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Cops: He Flew 1K Miles to Attack Gamer He Met Online

Edward Kang, 20, charged with attempted murder following hammer attack

(Newser) - A video gamer allegedly flew from New Jersey to Florida to smash an online opponent's head with a hammer. Authorities say the pair had never met in person before 20-year-old Edward Kang turned up at the victim's home in Fernandina Beach late Saturday or early Sunday wearing black...

Player Uncovers Decades-Old Tamagotchi Secret

An enthusiast of the popular '90s toy found a way to unlock new characters

(Newser) - A discovery nearly 30 years in the making might inspire those who grew up in the '90s to break out their old Tamagotchi pals. 404 Media reports that an enthusiast of the virtual pets figured out how unlock two characters long thought to be unplayable. The Tamagotchi player, rhubarb_pie,...

IKEA Will Pay People to Work in Its Roblox Store

For 10 people, heading to work will mean logging into a virtual world

(Newser) - If you'd rather hide behind a computer than interact with real people, IKEA might have just the customer service job for you. The furniture chain is looking to hire workers for a virtual store on the popular gaming platform Roblox. The "Co-Worker Game" launching June 24 allows players...

Gaming Tycoon Is Dead After Poisoning
Former Gaming Company
Exec Sentenced to Death

Former Gaming Company Exec Sentenced to Death

Chinese court says Xu Yao killed Yoozoo Games founder Lin Qi over business dispute

(Newser) - A former executive at one of China's biggest gaming companies has been sentenced to death for murdering the firm's founder. A court in Shanghai said Friday that Yoozoo Games exec Xu Yao poisoned the food of Lin Qi because of a dispute over how the business was run,...

Sony Slashes Gaming Jobs
Sony Slashes Gaming Jobs

Sony Slashes Gaming Jobs

Company to drop 8% of workforce, close London's PlayStation Studio

(Newser) - Sony will cut about 900 jobs in its PlayStation division, or about 8% of its global workforce, becoming the latest company in the technology and gaming sector to announce layoffs, per the AP . Sony cited changes in the industry as a reason for the restructuring. "The industry has changed...

13-Year-Old Is First Person to 'Break' Tetris
13-Year-Old Is First
Person to 'Break' Tetris
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13-Year-Old Is First Person to 'Break' Tetris

No one thought the video game could be beat, but Willis 'blue scuti' Gibson proved everyone wrong

(Newser) - Since its inception, the NES version of Tetris had been considered an impossible game to beat. After more than three decades, however, a 13-year-old has now done the impossible. Popular Science reports on the "wunderkind" Willis Gibson, 13, who at the end of December reached what's called the...

'Grand Theft Auto' Hacker Going to Hospital Prison for Life

Arion Kurtaj, who has severe autism, expressed intent 'to return to cybercrime as soon as possible'

(Newser) - An 18-year-old member of the Lapsus$ hacking group who leaked gameplay from the highly-anticipated Grand Theft Auto VI last year has been sentenced to an indefinite stint in a prison hospital. Arion Kurtaj of Oxford, England, was found unfit to stand trial due to severe autism. A London jury was...

Legend of Zelda Is Getting Its Time on the Silver Screen

Nintendo hopes for the same kind of success as with 'The Super Mario Bros. Movie'

(Newser) - Link is about to leap from the Nintendo Switch screen to the big screen. Sony Pictures and Nintendo will team up to make a live-action film based on the beloved videogame franchise The Legend of Zelda, first released in 1986 and starring the elf-like hero Link, Deadline reports. Wes Ball...

Game Developers Irate Over 'Phenomenally Unpopular' Fee

Unity Technologies shuts 2 offices after death threat comes in over controversial new cost

(Newser) - Earlier this week, Unity Technologies, a video game software company based in San Francisco, made an announcement that roiled the gaming world: It would begin charging developers a 20-cent fee each time a user installed one of its games, a "phenomenally unpopular" move that set off "widespread anger,...

Cops: Alleged Robber Used 'Gun' Many Will Recognize

Officials say David Joseph Dalesandro held up convenience store with Nintendo 'Duck Hunt' pistol

(Newser) - An armed robbery this week at a South Carolina convenience store apparently wasn't as "armed" as the clerk thought. CNN reports on the Tuesday incident at a Kwik Stop in the small town of Sharon, where a man donning a hoodie, wig, and mask entered the store around...

UK Just Nixed the Biggest Tech Deal in History

Microsoft's $69B attempt to buy video game maker Activision scuttled over fears of stifling competition

(Newser) - British regulators have blocked Microsoft's $69 billion deal to buy video game maker Activision Blizzard over worries that it would stifle competition in the cloud gaming market. The UK's Competition and Markets Authority said in its final report Wednesday that "the only effective remedy" to the significant...

Judge Uses Tobacco Analogy in Fortnite Addiction Lawsuit

Canadian judge says class action suit can proceed

(Newser) - Lawyers in Canada are urging parents with children addicted to Fortnite to consider joining a class action lawsuit. A judge in Quebec has approved a lawsuit first filed in 2019 from parents who said their children had stopped socializing, sleeping, showering, and eating because they were hooked on the wildly...

Hacker: I've Got Source Code for Grand Theft Auto

Rockstar Games is 'extremely disappointed' on leaked footage of upcoming version of video game

(Newser) - Video game producer Rockstar Games said Monday that early development footage from the next version of its popular title Grand Theft Auto was stolen in the hack of its network. Someone claiming to be the hacker, posting on Telegram, dumped 90 video clips from the theft online on Sunday and...

The Safe Was Gone, as Were the 120 'Cherries' Inside It
The Safe Was Gone,
as Were the 120
'Cherries' Inside It
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The Safe Was Gone, as Were the 120 'Cherries' Inside It

Inside the 2019 theft of an incredibly rare collection of video games

(Newser) - As Jason Brassard sped at 100mph toward Trade-N-Games before sunrise on August 16, 2019, he braced himself for what he would find at his video game store outside St. Louis. He had been alerted that the store's alarm system had activated. PlayStation 4s and all the latest games were...

Rittenhouse to Pay for Lawsuits With Shooter Video Game

He says he's fighting back with 'fake news turkey shoot'

(Newser) - Kyle Rittenhouse says he's releasing a video game to fund his planned defamation lawsuits against media outlets. In it, players act as a cartoonish Rittenhouse, shooting flying turkeys labeled "fake news" and "MSDNC" with a large orange gun, per the Washington Post . "The media is nothing...

Online Game Hit by Massive Crypto Heist

'Axie Infinity' says $615M was taken after criminals compromised blockchain bridge

(Newser) - A popular online game says it is "here to stay" despite one of the biggest cryptocurrency thefts on record. Vietnamese studio Sky Mavis says hackers drained cryptocurrency worth more than $600 million from the "bridge" that allows Axie Infinity players to exchange other cryptocurrencies for in-game currency or...

Wordle Is Taking Over the World
Wordle Is
Taking Over
the World

Wordle Is Taking Over the World

Ad-free word game is a massive online hit

(Newser) - Last year, New York-based programmer Josh Wardle created a game for his partner Palak Shah, a big fan of crosswords and other word games. Fast-forward a few months, and Wordle is taking over the world. The free online game, in which users have six chances to guess a five-letter word,...

Tesla to Disable Gaming While Vehicle Is Moving

NHTSA has launched an investigation of 'Passenger Play' feature

(Newser) - Tesla has released a software update that will block drivers from playing video games on the front touch screen while their vehicle is in motion. Tesla announced the move after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation of the "Passenger Play" feature, the Wall Street Journal reports....

Josh Hawley: Liberals Are Ruining Men
Josh Hawley
Starts Debate
on Manhood
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Josh Hawley Starts Debate on Manhood

Senator says liberals are turning young men into pathetic creatures hooked on porn, video games

(Newser) - Conservative Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri opened a fresh battle in the culture wars with a defense of masculinity, arguing that the left is turning young men into wimpy creatures addicted to porn and video games. That, in turn, triggered a backlash against the 41-year-old. Coverage:
  • The speech: Hawley addressed

Game Studio CEO Steps Down After Praising Texas Law

Tripwire Interactive faced huge backlash after tweet from John Gibson

(Newser) - Gaming studio Tripwire Interactive announced Monday night that John Gibson had stepped down as CEO—two days after he expressed support for the new Texas abortion law. Gibson and Tripwire faced a major backlash after Gibson tweeted that he was "proud" of the Supreme Court for affirming the law,...

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