WIRED: How I Accidentally Broke My Doomscrolling Habit

WIRED: How I Accidentally Broke My Doomscrolling Habit. “AS READERS OF this column know, there’s no shame in a mobile game. Despite the fact that at one point in my not-too-distant past I’d been embarrassed about my consumption of corny phone games, Merge Mansion captured my soul and in the process transformed my relationship with mobile gaming and social media. Tuning in to Merge Mansion made it possible for me to tune out doomscrolling.” Currently on level 3125 of Kitten Match and not ashamed.

North Carolina State University: Tracing the History of Mobile Games

North Carolina State University: Tracing the History of Mobile Games . “NC State’s Mobile Gaming Research Lab is launching the Retro Mobile Gaming Database (RMGD). The RMGD is an online, publicly searchable database of early mobile games, intended for use by game scholars, students interested in games, and game enthusiasts. And if there are games missing from the database, we want you to tell us about them.”

CNET: Microsoft unveils Minecraft Earth, an AR game for the Pokemon Go generation

CNET: Microsoft unveils Minecraft Earth, an AR game for the Pokemon Go generation. “Microsoft on Friday announced a new take on Minecraft as the game marks 10 years since its initial release. The free title, called Minecraft Earth, uses ideas similar to those in 2016’s hit mobile game Pokemon Go. And just like that game, it’ll be available on Apple and Android-powered devices when it launches later this year.”

New York Times: That Game on Your Phone May Be Tracking What You’re Watching on TV

New York Times: That Game on Your Phone May Be Tracking What You’re Watching on TV. “At first glance, the gaming apps — with names like ‘Pool 3D,’ ‘Beer Pong: Trickshot’ and ‘Real Bowling Strike 10 Pin’ — seem innocuous. One called “Honey Quest” features Jumbo, an animated bear. Yet these apps, once downloaded onto a smartphone, have the ability to keep tabs on the viewing habits of their users — some of whom may be children — even when the games aren’t being played.”

Drexel Now: Drexel and Chemical Heritage Foundation Mix Artifacts With Mobile Gaming to Create History of Alchemy Experience

Drexel Now: Drexel and Chemical Heritage Foundation Mix Artifacts With Mobile Gaming to Create History of Alchemy Experience . “The Chemical Heritage Foundation wants to set the record straight about alchemy. The medieval practice, often perceived as a dark art or pseudoscience, actually helped form the process of scientific experimentation and influenced our modern understanding of chemistry and medicine. On its quest to shed light on alchemy, the Foundation, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, has enlisted help from Gossamer Games, a game design startup in Drexel University’s Entrepreneurial Game Studio, and Frank Lee, PhD, director of the EGS, to create a mobile gaming experience about the ‘golden age of alchemy’ using books, art and artifacts from CHF Museum’s alchemy collection. ”

The Register: Parents claim Disney gobbled up kids’ info through mobile games

The Register: Parents claim Disney gobbled up kids’ info through mobile games . “Disney has been sued in America for allegedly collecting children’s personal information without getting parents’ approvals. A class-action lawsuit [PDF] filed Thursday in northern California accuses the unstoppable children’s entertainment brand and three of its developer partners of violating privacy laws by tracking the locations and activities of kids who use their mobile games – without first asking parents to approve the activity.”