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Keeping esports athletes healthy is more than just fun and games

by Sam Whitehead Aug 19, 2019
Health care professionals are starting to pay attention to people who play video games at the professional level.
James Heseltine, 20, takes the impact test. The impact test is a concussion baseline test that measures the 5 executive functions of the brain, including visual memory, verbal memory and reaction composite.
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Delays plague China's video games industry

by Jennifer Pak Mar 21, 2019
Chinese video game companies hit a snag with regulatory pause in the world's biggest video game market.
Hundreds of video game companies are fighting for the attention of cell phone users in China, where the video game market is worth more than $30 billion.
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Google's new cloud-based gaming platform will meet gamers where they are

by Mitchell Hartman Mar 20, 2019
Yesterday at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Google unveiled a new gaming platform called “Stadia.” Instead of focusing on a local console, the platform will be cloud-based and offer instant access to play from sites like YouTube, meeting…
Google Vice President Majd Bakar speaks on-stage during the annual Game Developers Conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco, California on March 19, 2019. - Google set out to disrupt the world of video games with a Stadia platform aimed at putting its massive data center power in game maker's hands and letting people play blockbuster titles from any device they wish.
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Making a video game about your life

by Sean McHenry Mar 7, 2019
Catt Small's newest game puts the player in very familiar shoes — her own.
For Catt Small, creator of the game "Sweetheart," game development is about "trying to understand ways to communicate what it means to be a person to other people." 
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Was this the week Fortnite went from video game to social network of the future?

by Molly Wood Feb 8, 2019
An in-game concert had a reported 10 million players watching - and dancing - at the same time.
10 million players watched Fortnite's in-game concert with electronic music DJ Marshmello.
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Thanks to "Fortnite" and esports, computers are almost cool again

by Molly Wood Nov 22, 2018
There's a minor resurgence in the PC market, a CNET editor says.
Gamers play “Fortnite” against Twitch streamer and professional gamer Tyler Blevins during Ninja Vegas 18 at the Luxor Hotel & Casino in April.
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What should streaming platforms do when acts of violence are broadcast live?

by Molly Wood Aug 30, 2018
The fatal shooting in Jacksonville, Florida, makes esports the latest online arena to struggle with issues of violence.
Gamers compete at the Nvidia booth during the Electronic Entertainment Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center in 2017.
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Yes, lots of people are still playing "Pokemon Go"

by Molly Wood, Stephanie Hughes, and Danielle Chiriguayo Jul 12, 2018
The popular mobile phone game is making a comeback.
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Video game addiction is now considered a medical condition

by David Brancaccio, Anu Anand, and Janet Nguyen Jun 18, 2018
Will insurance companies cover it?
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Violent video games have come under scrutiny... again

by Molly Wood and Stephanie Hughes Mar 19, 2018
The game industry is reacting after scrutiny from the White House.
An Xbox One controller is used at the Microsoft Xbox booth during the Electronics Expo 2013 at the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 11, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. 
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