Thursday, March 05, 2015
 
 
 
The museum that houses the National Toy Hall of Fame announced Tuesday the creation of the World Video Game Hall of Fame to recognize the impact games like "Pong" and "Grand Theft Auto" have on culture and society. G. Rollie Adams, president and chief executive of The Strong museum in Rochester, where the new hall is located, said "Electronic games have changed how people play, learn and connect with each other, including across boundaries of culture and geography.   [READ MORE]
 
Twenty-something consumers raised on video games such as Grand Theft Auto and Angry Birds are being wooed by financial trading apps, keen to build bridges with a post-crisis generation that is uninterested in financial services or plain mistrustful. Bright colors, cartoon graphics and the ability to trade risk-free with virtual credits are features of apps such as BUX and Kapitall, which eschew financial lingo and complex charts in favor of competitive head-to-head battles and motivational messages like "OMG!" after placing a trade. While financial trading is a niche slice of the $15 billion mobile gaming industry, dominated by brands such as King Digital Entertainment's Candy Crush, some two-thirds of UK retail traders already use their smartphone or computer to buy or sell and app makers are sensing an opportunity.

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Star Wars fans, we have a long time until The Force Awakens. Maybe it's time for a distraction. Starting Tuesday, game distribution service Humble Bundle will team up with Disney Interactive to offer more recent Star Wars titles in a name-your-own-price bundle, with some proceeds going toward charity. Gamers can now snag three Star Wars PC games for any price — even for free. Those games include Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic, Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy and Star Wars: Dark Forces, regardless of what anyone pays. All of the games are for Windows, but several titles will work on Macs, too. The Star Wars Humble Bundle lasts until Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. ET. More games will be added throughout the sale.

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Finland's Rovio and the head of its games operation, Jami Laes (Yami lice), have parted company as the business behind Angry Birds continues to grapple with an increasingly competitive mobile games market. Rovio has expanded its hugely successful Angry Birds brand into an animated TV series and consumer product licensing, but the company has struggled to produce more hit games and recently said it would cut about 14 percent of its workforce. Laes said on Wednesday that he had left Rovio recently and is planning to launch a new start-up, but declined to comment further. ...

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Electronic Arts, publisher of the "FIFA" and "Madden NFL" video games, posted better-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue, helped by growth in digital revenue and strong sales of its sports titles. The company's shares rose 3 percent to $49.92 in extended trading. The world's second-largest video game publisher has benefited by offering its popular PC and online games on mobile devices, a high-margin "freemium" model. EA's digital revenue rose about 32 percent to $541 million in the third quarter ended Dec. 31. Total revenue rose nearly 40 percent to $1.13 billion.

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The Xbox One has always been a big black box full of promise. Would it be more than a game console? With Microsoft's Windows 10, it looks like the Xbox One's big convergence moment is finally here. Microsoft wants your Xbox to be your Everybox. For one, universal Windows apps will work on Xbox One. That was just announced during Microsoft's Windows 10 event by Terry Myerson, Executive Vice President of Operating Systems for Microsoft.

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