Make Tech Easier: “Serious Games” Want to Teach You Real Skills

Make Tech Easier: “Serious Games” Want to Teach You Real Skills. “If ‘serious game’ sounds like a bit of an oxymoron to you, you’re not using your imagination to its fullest potential. Don’t worry, though – there’s probably a serious game out there that can help you, just as they’re already helping teach people things like flying planes and cutting better deals.”

CNET: Some livestreamers make $50,000 per hour playing video games, report says

CNET: Some livestreamers make $50,000 per hour playing video games, report says. “Publishers are reportedly paying popular livestreamers upwards of $50,000 to play their latest games live in an attempt to dethrone games like Fortnite. Electronic Arts, Activision Blizzard, Ubisoft and Take-Two Interactive Software are some of the publishers shelling out serious cash to streamers, according to a report published Saturday by The Wall Street Journal.”

Vox: Angry Birds and the end of privacy

Vox: Angry Birds and the end of privacy. “A Pew study published this January found that 76 percent of Americans knew basically nothing about Facebook’s tracking and targeting policies, even though other research shows that most people understand that they shouldn’t trust the company. (Researchers at Georgetown University and NYU recently named it one of the least trusted American institutions, across political parties.) If the tactics of even the largest, most public, most well-documented violator of our privacy are a black box to the average person, what do most of us know about the tactics of, say, a Finnish game developer?”

Ars Technica: Senator Hawley announces bill banning loot boxes, pay-to-win mechanics

Ars Technica: Senator Hawley announces bill banning loot boxes, pay-to-win mechanics. “Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) today announced plans to introduce ‘The Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act,’ which would target ‘the exploitation of children through ‘pay-to-win’ and ‘loot box’ monetization practices by the video game industry,’ according to a summary released by Hawley’s office.”

Berkeley News: New online strategy game advances the science of nuclear security

Berkeley News: New online strategy game advances the science of nuclear security. “Love military strategy games like Risk and Diplomacy? Try SIGNAL, a new online game that lets you satisfy your appetite for virtual global domination while simultaneously helping researchers understand the risks of real-world nuclear conflict.”

VentureBeat: GameClub raises $2.5 million to preserve and rerelease classic iOS games

VentureBeat: GameClub raises $2.5 million to preserve and rerelease classic iOS games. ” Game preservation can be a challenging task, especially on mobile where constant updates make apps obsolete and unplayable. GameClub is trying to fix that issue by reintroducing old games that people can no longer play on iOS.”