As the metaverse continues to grow, virtual reality is becoming more popular. Elijah Hickman

Meta enforcing personal space rules in VR

Personal space is an important factor in making people feel comfortable. In addition to personal space in the real world, this is now being extended to virtual reality (VR) environments. Because VR strives to make things seem real, personal space violations to one’s personal avatar can be more jarring than similar violations in non-VR video […]

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Acquisition of Activision studios puts Microsoft ahead of Nintendo

Microsoft announced Jan. 18 that it is acquiring the company Activision Blizzard, a company that owns such popular games as Call of Duty and Overwatch, in an all-cash transaction of $68.7 billion. “When the transaction closes, Microsoft will become the world’s third-largest gaming company by revenue, behind Tencent and Sony,” Microsoft said in a Jan. […]

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Popular gaming site responds to educators using the platform

Over the past year and a half, many companies have been rethinking how to run and market their websites during the pandemic. As quarantine hit, many website and app-based companies have had an influx of users, and platforms have seen their users expanding use of their sites to stay in contact with each other and […]

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Users of forum website Reddit cause stockmarket surge

Gamestop stock reached a record high as small investors from an online messaging board take the financial world by storm. Gamestop is filing a lawsuit against Robinhood — the daytrading app that made everything possible. Hedge funds thought they were smarter than the common man. It is something big corporations often do — a technique […]

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Google and Microsoft compete via video game streaming services

For consumers, being able to open their phone, bring out a controller and play the newest Call of Duty game on the go was just a pipe dream, but now Google and Microsoft are promising major advancements to gaming-on-the-go with new game streaming services. PCs and consoles are expensive. Google’s newest gaming project, called Stadia, […]

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Mario celebrates 35th anniversary

Everyone’s favorite plumber wearing overalls and a signature red hat turned 35 this Sept. 13. Super Mario Brothers, Nintendo Entertainment’s flagship video game character, celebrates a long life with a trip through Mario’s most classic moments. In a recent CNN interview, Shigeru Miyamoto, Mario’s Japanese creator, said he chose to create a character that might […]

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Apple’s app store raises controversy

The makers of the popular video game “Fortnite” accused Apple of monopolistic actions Aug. 13 after the game broke terms of service to bypass Apple’s 30% cut of all in-app profits.  Epic Games, “Fortnite’s” publisher, said 30% is unreasonable. While previously players could buy “v-bucks,” “Fortnite’s” in-game currency, through the App Store, Epic added a […]

Luc Stringer | Banner | Aaron Kooistra, freshman engineering major, throws out and ability in " League of Legends" on his computer

eSports viewership surpasses the Super Bowl

“League of Legends,” a massive electronic sports (eSports) competition in video gaming, surpassed the Super Bowl’s viewership numbers in 2019, ushering in a new generation of competition. According to numbers released by Riot Games, the company behind the game, the 2019 “League of Legends” World Championship Finals clocked in at more than 100 million unique […]