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This year marks my first year at the Tokyo Game Show. It also marks the first time I've ever been to Japan. I've heard stories about how different it is, of course, and I've seen Lost in Translation more than once. So, before I arrived in Tokyo, I had considered the possibility that there might be...

September 19th 2011 at 10:00am 0 Comments
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In a video presentation at the Game Developers Choice Awards, White House chief technology officer Aneesh Chopra discussed the Apps for Healthy Kids project, a plan to encourage game developers to collaborate with government to work against childhood obesity. The latest component, an Apps for Heal...

March 13th 2010 at 12:00am 0 Comments
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The public health unit in London, Ontario has put together a trivia-based video game called Adventures in Sex City, a sort of comic-book inspired quiz with some ... stiff penalties for failure. You can play it here, but if you're at work, you probably shouldn't. According to Shaya Dhinsa, manager...

February 16th 2010 at 6:00am 0 Comments
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Australians have gotten the short end of the gaming stick for some time now, with several games either receiving edits or simply being banned because of the country's lack of an adult classification. Now you can be the one doing the stick shortening thanks to the free downloadable title Ban This Ga...

January 6th 2010 at 3:00am 0 Comments
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What is the metagame? It can mean a lot of different things depending on context, but all of the meanings share the sense that the metagame is not the game itself, but something above and affecting the game as a whole. In a casual game of poker, the metagame could be as simple as one of the players...

December 13th 2009 at 8:00pm 0 Comments
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Perhaps as penance for all the brains it's helped to rot with WoW, Counter-Strike and Dolphin Olympics over the years, AMD has announced that it has awarded three grants for the creation of educational or "serious" games to build skills in science, technology and math.There are, of course, no specif...

May 29th 2009 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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We weren't sure what to expect when we rolled up to the first annual Knight News Game Awards, wearing our finest armor and eager to graciously accept our much-deserved award for sharpest swords. It turns out the ceremony, named for its sponsor -- the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation -- is de...

May 25th 2009 at 1:30pm 0 Comments
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The South Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports, Tourism and Starcraft (okay, we made that last one up) plans to invest ₩80 billion ($64 million) in serious games. The Korea IT Times reports that the ministry is trying to grow the market to ₩500 billion ($400 million) by 2012. Minister Yu In-chon note...

May 21st 2009 at 3:00am 0 Comments
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Each week Mark Methenitis contributes Law of the Game on Joystiq ("LGJ"), a column on legal issues as they relate to video games: One of the areas in which the law firm I work for focuses on is international trade, which many of us might assume doesn't have a significant impact on the video game in...

March 25th 2009 at 7:30am 0 Comments
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One of the first things we were going to do as soon as we became super-private-island rich was to create a giant chess game where the pieces were played by people. Well, we were actually planning on man-sized Bejeweled, because chess so often makes our think-meat sore. Tragically, we've been beaten...

March 18th 2009 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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As chair for the UK's Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Draft Climate Change Bill, Lord David Puttnam has been a voice for raising awareness about issues affecting the environment. Now the film maker and Labour Party politician is looking to video games as a means to help educate people about da...

February 9th 2009 at 11:00am 0 Comments
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Games for Health is a conference organized by the Serious Games Initiative on the subject of games' application in the health care field. Serious Games Japan's Toru Fujimoto gave a presentation at this conference offering an overview of Japan's serious games market. Naturally, the DS came up, as it...

May 27th 2008 at 11:00am 0 Comments