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The game that ate the world: 40 facts on Pac-Man's 40th birthday

The Guardian

It was on this day in 1980 that one of gaming's most iconic characters made his debut. The idea for the character came to him when he removed a slice from a pizza. "When you think about things women like, you think about fashion, or fortune-telling, or food or dating boyfriends. So I decided to theme the game around'eating'." Blinky constantly chases Pac-Man, Pinky attempts to ambush him, Inky is randomised depending on Pac-Man's position and Clyde will get close to the player then attempt to flee to the bottom left corner, potentially cutting off escape routes.


One in 10 gamers suffer from 'pathological' video game addiction

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Video game addiction is real in one out of every 10 gamers and can result in mental, social and behavioural issues, according to a new study. US psychologists claim 10 per cent of gamers – a'significant minority' – play in a way that is harmful or causes negative long-term consequences. They fall into what they call a'pathological' gamer category, characterised by excessive time spend playing video games, difficultly disengaging from video games and a'disruption to healthy functioning'. In a survey of adolescents, these'pathological' gamers displayed higher levels of depression, aggression, shyness, problematic phone use and anxiety by as they entered their twenties. Researchers believe their six-year study, the longest ever study on video game addiction, suggests there should be a healthy medium when it comes to gaming, especially during the coronavirus lockdown.


The Morning After: Watch the Unreal 5 engine running on a PlayStation 5

Engadget

A lot of people are excited about the new Xbox and the new PlayStation. Both are set to arrive later this year, with fantastical graphic fidelity, minimal load times and all kinds of hardware specs. Then, last week, Microsoft revealed 13 third-party games heading to the Xbox Series X during the console's launch window this fall. It also gave us a glimpse at ninth-generation console gaming, which left me a little cold. Maybe it's because Microsoft is going to stretch out the teasers for the Series X across multiple livestreams and videos.


Video Games Are a Great Way to Pass the Time and Keep You Connected. Here's How to Get Started

TIME - Tech

For the millions of people largely stuck indoors amid the COVID-19 pandemic, finding ways to pass the time is half the battle. But what to do if you've binge-watched all the shows on your list, got sick of doing puzzles and you can't stomach yet another classic sports rebroadcast? Video games are here to help. Not only are they a great way to stay entertained, they can also be an excellent group activity, whether you're playing "locally" on the couch with your immediate family, or online with friends to spend quality time together while social distancing. If you've been thinking about getting into gaming as a new hobby, here are some tips on getting started, as well as some game suggestions.


Intel launches 10th gen Intel Core desktop processor with perks for gaming, video editors

ZDNet

Most every organization has been thrust into the future of work faster than prognosticators dared imagine. What will determine failure or success in this brave new world of work? Intel has launched new 10th generation Intel Core desktop processors aimed at bolstering gaming experiences as well as enabling 4K video editing for creative pros. The desktop processor launches come as more employees are working remote and need to upgrade systems. Intel's launch also comes as the company is in a dogfight with AMD, which has been upping its innovation cadence and powering more systems.


Two boys bonded over gaming. Now they fight cancer side by side.

Washington Post - Technology News

Gaming has given Zac more than a distraction in his fight against cancer. In a way, it's also given him his best friend. Zac was playing his Switch in the recovery room at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., two-and-a-half years back, when eight-year-old Carson Dimsdale was wheeled in. The two boys' parents had just met in the waiting room, a meeting Amy says she believes was orchestrated by God. The two boys bonded over gaming and a shared sense of living with so much adversity at such a young age.


Briana White yowled battle cries in auditions. Then she became the voice of Aerith.

Washington Post - Technology News

Briana White has orbited the gaming and entertainment industry for some time, hoping to catch a big break. She's worked as an on-air host, filmed commercials and hustled as a content creator on YouTube and Twitch for years. She even started her own merchandise line for her personal brand, Strange Rebel Gaming. But little of that mattered little in her audition for the role of Aerith Gainsborough, one of the most popular and beloved video game characters.


I'm Gaming My Way Through Quarantine -- and That's Nothing to Feel Guilty About

TIME - Tech

I love fiction and non-fiction, I love paper books, audiobooks, e-books, comic books, whatever. And I live near a world-class library for easy access to all of the above. But since the COVID-19 pandemic changed everyone's lives, I'm struggling to get lost in their worlds. While reading, my mind invariably wanders to the outbreak. What I can do is play video games.


Don't Feel Bad If Your Kids Are Gaming More Than Ever. In Fact, Why Not Join Them?

TIME - Tech

I've been thinking an awful lot about the 1989 Detroit Pistons over the past few days. Rick Mahorn, the starting power forward, can't make a goddamn layup. Isaiah Thomas is missing too many shots. Do I have anyone on my team who can stop Michael Jordan, who over the past four games is averaging 83.5 points per game against a squad once known as "The Bad Boys" because of its nasty defensive disposition? Yeah, it would probably be sorry enough if I was consumed by the actual Detroit team that last played an actual NBA game at the outset of the George H.W. Bush administration.


r/MachineLearning - [P] Comparison of consumer GPUs to workstation GPUs for deep learning. Is there any good reference already out there?

#artificialintelligence

I was wondering if there is any good comparisons between top GPUs used for gaming like the Nividia 20x series and the workstation GPUs specialized for deep learning, like the Tesla V100, K80, etc. Obviously the workstations will be far faster, but I was looking for a comparison. If I'm already going to purchase a high end GPU for gaming, I'd like to see just how much slower it would be to train a neural net than paying for service on the cloud.