Emerging Tech

Caltech scientists used DNA to play the world’s tiniest game of tic-tac-toe

[embedded content] Wondering which penny-pinching family member will hand out the smallest gifts this holidays? It would be hard to beat the one California Institute of Technology (Caltech) researchers just gave the world — with the tiniest ever version of the game tic-tac-toe. Having previously used nanoscale bioengineering to create a replica of the iconic […]

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A workers' union skewered Amazon's labour practices with a whack-a-mole game about working at a warehouse over Christmas

GMB The GMB Union has made an online game satirizing Amazon working conditions. A British union has highlighted working conditions at Amazon warehouses over Christmas with a satirical whack-a-mole-style game. The game was created by the GMB union, one of the biggest workers’ unions in the UK. The game makes the player furiously click on […]

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The world's most popular video game chat app is now worth more than $2 billion, as it gears up to take on the makers of 'Fortnite'

DiscordDiscord offers a variety of text and voice chat channels, along with a shop for digital video games. Discord is the world’s largest chat platform for gaming, with more than 200 million users. The company is now valued at more than $ 2 billion after raising $ 150 million in a new round of funding. […]

Gaming

KeyForge: The red-hot card game where every deck is unique—and unchangeable

Enlarge Charlie Theel As a concept, KeyForge is enthralling. The game is the latest effort from legendary Magic: The Gathering designer Richard Garfield—and the big idea here is that every sealed deck is unique. Decks are pre-constructed and can’t be altered; there’s no card chasing, and there’s certainly no over-arching “meta” game that must be […]

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China hasn't approved a single new video game for sale in 9 months, and that freeze could continue into 2019

ReutersOne of China’s most popular games, “Honor of Kings.” The Chinese government has not approved any new video games for release in the country since March 2018, and the freeze could continue into early 2019. China recently announced the formation of an Online Games Ethics Committe, but the committee’s first batch of reviews resulted in […]