Eduardo Woo

Has Pokémon Go Run Its Course?

And just like that, the uber-popular Pokémon Go game has begun to fizzle out. Or at least, that’s the takeaway from a new report that found usage of the app has dropped by tens of millions of users.  [More]

More Than 2,000 Amiga Games Now Online

More Than 2,000 Amiga Games Now Online

Update: As of Aug. 12 the Amiga games are no longer available. The Internet Archive removed the games and software for further development after completing a beta test.

Long before we wandered the streets, using our smartphones to hunt virtual creatures, some of us huddled around bulky home computers like the Commodore Amiga to play Bubble Bobble, Double Dragon, and (when the parents weren’t looking) Leisure Suit Larry. Now you can relive that aspect of your youth thanks to a new online library of thousands of Amiga games available to play for free. [More]

Robert Couse-Baker

Pokémon Go Shouldn’t Be Used To Sell Fast Food To Kids, Say Advocates

Last week, Niantic, the company behind the wildly popular Pokémon Go app, unveiled its first sponsored partnership with McDonald’s in Japan, turning the country’s fast food restaurants into PokéStops where players can purchase items for their characters. While there currently aren’t any sponsored stops stateside, one group is trying to get ahead of the Poké-ball, urging the game maker not to deliver personalized ads to kids based on PokéStops and gyms at retail locations.  [More]

Chris Rief aka Spodie Odie

Twitter To Live-Stream Some MLB, NHL Games

Want to take your favorite Major League Baseball or National Hockey League team with you wherever you go? Twitter is hoping to make that a reality by live-streaming select games soon.  [More]

Is Pokémon Go Partnering With McDonald’s?

Is Pokémon Go Partnering With McDonald’s?

With Pokémon Go coming out of nowhere to become an overnight obsession, it makes sense that the game’s maker, Niantic, is looking to cash in with brand-name partnerships. Who will be the first to pay up to be associated with the wildly popular game? [More]

Pokemon Go: Some Businesses Embrace The Craze, Others Just Want It To Go Away

Pokemon Go: Some Businesses Embrace The Craze, Others Just Want It To Go Away

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re probably familiar with the Pokémon Go craze currently sweeping the country. But not everyone is amused by this new digital obsession: some businesses are banning patrons from playing the game inside — even if it means missing out on capturing the virtual creatures — while others are turning the popular game into a way to drum up business.  [More]

AAA Would Like To Remind You Not To Use Pokémon Go While Driving

AAA Would Like To Remind You Not To Use Pokémon Go While Driving

While it might seem obvious that you shouldn’t have your phone in front of your face for any reason while you’re operating heavy machinery, AAA would still like to remind all those Pokémon Go players out there to keep their eyes on the road and not on the app. [More]

Lumosity Ordered To Quit Claiming Their Games Make Users Smarter, Prevent Dementia

Lumosity Ordered To Quit Claiming Their Games Make Users Smarter, Prevent Dementia

Improving every day at a casual mobile or computer game might make you feel like you’ve accomplished something, but does it make you smarter? It’s possible, but if recent ads from Lumosity made you wonder how a company can legally claim that playing a simple game can help stave off Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, well, they can’t. As a result, Lumosity must pay $2 million to customers. There is also a court-ordered $50 million penalty involved, but that has been suspended because Lumosity doesn’t have the money to pay it. [More]

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Google Subsidiary Apologizes For Including Concentration Camps In Mobile Game

It can be a good thing for game developers to include real-life sights in the unreal world of video games, but there are cases where such inclusions are simply unacceptable. This was the case for a unit of Google, which has apologized after including Nazi concentration camps as “portals” in a mobile role-playing game.

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How Do Video Game Publishers Continue To Get Away With Mistreating Their Customers?

(Alan Rappa)

It’s E3 time: the annual video game conference — still, barely nominally, a trade show — is taking place this week in Los Angeles, drawing developers, publishers, and media from around the world to gawk at titles large and small. From Facebook games to Fallout, everything is on display… including the long history of the contentious, adversarial relationship between the companies that make the games and the consumers who play them. [More]

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Windows 10 Will Come Pre-Loaded With Candy Crush Saga Because That Is The World We Live In Now

Get your best “back in my day” grumble face on: Solitaire and Minesweeper might’ve been good enough procrastination tools in times past, but Microsoft is getting hip to the times, and will pre-load Candy Crush Saga into its upcoming Windows 10.

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Amazon Shuts Down Service That Let Users Test Apps Before Buying Them Because No One Was Really Using It

If you haven’t used — much less heard of — Amazon’s TestDrive service, designed to let customers check out how an app works before buying it, you’re not alone. The company says it’s shutting the program down due to “a significant decline” in usage, among other factors.

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Nintendo Announces Plans To Make Games For Mobile Devices

Have a hankering to play Super Mario at the bus stop but don’t have the portable gaming console to satisfy that urge? Soon video games from Nintendo will make the move from consoles to mobile devices, as the company announces a partnership with an online gaming firm to develop and operate new apps.

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(Alan Rappa)

N.Y. Museum Announces Creation Of World Video Game Hall Of Fame

Why should traditional toys have all the accolades? Not content to keep all the honors for toy soldiers and board games, the upstate New York museum that runs the National Toy Hall of Fame is adding a new attraction to its rolls with a new World Video Game Hall of Fame.

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Should Kid-Oriented Mobile Phone Games Serve Up Birth Control Ads?

Yes, many people love kittens, but the target customer for a kitten-themed cartoon mobile phone game is somewhat younger than the target customer for hormonal birth control devices. There are exceptions, and some overlap between the two categories, but those are generally different audiences. Why, then, did an ad pop up that led an 8-year-old girl to ask her mom some very understandable questions about NuvaRing? [More]

Raiders Of The Lost Walmart Need A Laptop GPS In 2008

Raiders Of The Lost Walmart Need A Laptop GPS In 2008

The Raiders of the Lost Walmart are a band of fearless retail archaeologists who comb the world’s retail stores for the most ancient and obsolete gadgets and software. Today’s discoveries do still work, as in you could add them to your compatible computer or PlayStation 2 and use them. The question is, would you want to? [More]

Flappy Bird Will Flap Again In August

Flappy Bird Will Flap Again In August

In the winter of 2013/2014, mobile phone users all over the world kept one finger glued to their screens as they played the deceptively simple and completely infuriating game “Flappy Bird.” Creator Dong Nguyen pulled the game from app marketplaces when the attention and fame was too much, but told CNBC yesterday that a different form of the game will come back in August. [More]

Where Can I Trade In My Old Electronics And Games For Fast Cash?

Where Can I Trade In My Old Electronics And Games For Fast Cash?

There are a lot of websites out there that are happy to take your electronics, games, music, and movies off your hands for a modest fee. You unload your stuff with a minimum of effort, and the buyer resells your old crap in volumes that regular consumers can hardly comprehend. Where’s the best place to unload your stuff, though? Does it really matter? [More]