Next-gen games will have machine intelligence, says Google’s Robert J. Mical

Games that can communicate intelligently with players will be the next landmark advance in gaming, according to industry legend Robert J. Mical. But virtual reality headsets were less likely to take off a big way, Mical, who is best known for co-inventing the Atari Lynx and the 3DO Interactive multiplayer, told CNBC at the EmTech Asia conference in Singapore on ... Read More »

‘Angry Birds’ maker Rovio to change CEO

Rovio, maker of hit mobile phone game Angry Birds, said on Wednesday chief executive Pekka Rantala would step down after just a year in the role, which included deep job cuts and restructuring at the Finnish company. Rovio, which in October cut 213 jobs after forecasting falling profits for this year, said chief legal officer Kati Levoranta would take over ... Read More »

Is ‘Candy Crush’ really worth more than ‘Star Wars’?

Even in a world of start-up unicorns and big mergers, Activision-Blizzard’s $5.9 billion buyout of King Digital is a head turner. The purchase price is more than five times what Amazon spent on game streaming site Twitch. It’s roughly triple the $2 billion Facebookpaid for Oculus last March. It blows past the $2.5 billion Microsoft paid for “Minecraft” creator Mojang ... Read More »

This week in games: Fallout 4 DLC, Arnold Schwarzenegger invades XCOM 2

I’ve been deliberately avoiding XCOM 2 on account of it being pretty broken on my machine, but…well, someone modded Arnold Schwarzenegger into the game and now I think I’ve got weekend plans. More details on that and other news—Fallout DLC, Master of Orion’s love affair with Star Trek, and more—below. This is gaming news for February 15 – 19. Mayor ... Read More »

Nvidia GeForce Now kicks off Square Enix game deal with free Tomb Raider streaming

Sit up and pay attention, Shield owners: Nvidia’s GeForce Now, a Netflix-style game-streaming service, is bringing some big games from another top studio to its catalog.Nvidia announced Thursday that Square Enix would bring five games to GeForce Now over the course of 2016. The first game will be Tomb Raider, the critically acclaimed 2013 series reboot, which hits the service ... Read More »

Cheap, multiplayer-only version of Call of Duty: Black Ops III lands on Steam

Perhaps you’ve, sometime in the last ten years, uttered the words, “Who cares about Call of Duty’s singleplayer campaign? I’m only here for the multiplayer.” Well in answer to your question, I care about the campaign. It’s a guilty pleasure. But perhaps I’m in the minority, and I guess it was only a matter of time before Activision tried to ... Read More »

AMD, Nvidia graphics cards come bundled with March’s hottest games

Hardcore PC gaming enthusiasts may be waiting for the long-delayed, next-gen graphics processors due later this year, but AMD, Nvidia, and their hardware partners still have perfectly potent graphics cards to sell in the meantime.To entice would-be graphics-card buyers off the fence, both camps are bundling their high-end GPUs with free copies of hotly anticipated PC games. Naturally, the games ... Read More »

Glowforge printer cuts and etches patterns into almost any surface

This CO2 laser printer can cut and etch patterns into almost any type of material, from More CES 2016 CES 2016 Intel improves Compute Stick lineup with Core M chips (2:15) CES 2016 New app gives Zeiss’s VR One a drone’s eye view (2:20) CES 2016 Meet EVGA’s new full-tower gaming case (1:21) Now Playing CES 2016 Glowforge printer cuts ... Read More »

Seagate slapped with a class action lawsuit over hard drive failure rates

Seagate is facing a class action lawsuit over its 3TB consumer hard drives, which by some accounts have suffered unusually high failure rates. The lawsuit, filed on February 1 in the U.S. District Court for Northern California, primarily cites reliability data from Backblaze, a cloud backup provider that builds its own storage pods from consumer hard drives. In Backblaze’s experience, ... Read More »

You can play Star Citizen for free this week

Some people have spent thousands upon thousands of dollars for the privilege of playingStar Citizen early. Suckers. You? You get to try it for free, this entire week. Presumably because Chris Roberts and Co. hope to convince you to spend thousands upon thousands of dollars. Drug dealer rules, you know? The first hit is free. From the announcement: “On the ... Read More »