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Galloping Ghost Gives Arcade Gaming an Extra Life

WIRED

Arcades occupy a unique place in video game history. In the late 1970s and 1980s, a string of hits like Space Invaders, Pac-Man, and Donkey Kong ushered in new gameplay mechanics and bright, crispy pixel graphics. The 1990s featured the fighting game boom with Street Fighter II, Mortal Kombat, and Virtua Fighter demonstrating cutting-edge graphics and gameplay. It was the place to be, a time when the cutting edge in video games, from texture-mapped polygonal graphics to peripheral control inputs (including steering wheels, light guns, and dance-mats), could only be found crammed into immaculately designed cabinets, complete with their showy bezels and marquees. Arcades dodged hardware limitations largely due to their ability to optimize the hardware specifically to play one single game.


Artificial cell can be used to destroy germs such as E. coli and clean up pollution in water

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Scientists have developed an artificial cell that can eat bacteria – just like the hungry video game character Pac-Man. The cells are the size of a red blood cell and can be used to'eat' bad bacteria such as E coli, deliver drugs to sites in the body and clean up pollution in water. The Pac-Man cell was created by researchers at New York and Chicago universities by piercing a microscopic hole in a sphere made from a polymer to allow matter to enter or exit. The cell can be made to pump or'eat' by shining a light on it. The research was published in Nature.


Medical video game maker Level Ex acquired by surgical technology firm Brainlab - 360WiSE MEDiA

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Level Ex, a Chicago startup that makes medical-training video games for doctors, has been acquired by Berlin-based medical-technology company Brainlab, the companies announced today. The companies did not disclose the terms of their deal, although Level Ex CEO Sam Glassenberg told MobiHealthNews that his company would continue to operate under the new ownership as an independent entity. "We're a bunch of game developers that have been parachuted into the healthcare industry, and we're constantly seeing technology that is, like, two decades behind what we're doing in the entertainment industry," he said. If you go to their offices and see their tech, it's incredibly forward looking. Learn on-demand, earn credit, find products and solutions.


Atari is planning video game-themed hotels. Here's a first look and what we know

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Atari is bringing its virtual experience to life with video game-themed hotels, and the first location will open in Phoenix. The first Atari Hotel is slated to break ground this year and open at an undetermined date. Atari Hotels also are planned for Las Vegas; Denver; Chicago; Seattle; San Francisco; Austin, Texas; and San Jose, California. The Phoenix hotel is still in its initial development stages, but the announcement holds a few hints as to what guests can expect. The hotel will offer "the ultimate in immersive entertainment and in every aspect of gaming," Shelly Murphy of GSD Group, one of the hotels' developers, said in a press release.


You must resist Big Brother in upcoming Ubisoft video game 'Watch Dogs: Legion'

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

If you're a fan of Ubisoft's popular Watch Dogs video game series – a 5-year-old action-adventure franchise played out in real-world cities like Chicago and San Francisco – you'll no doubt want to get your hands on the next installment, slated for March 5, 2020, for PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Google Stadia. "Watch Dogs: Legion," which earned several "Best of Show" awards at the recent Electronic Entertainment Expo, the video game confab known as E3, looks to be the most ambitious title in the series to date. Is Facebook listening to me?: Why those ads appear after you talk about things One of the most ambitious games of 2020, Ubisoft's'Watch Dogs: Legion' takes place in a post-Brexit London, which has become an all-seeing surveillance state. The following is what you need to know about the game – based on what I saw (and played) at E3, along with some details provided by Joel Burgess, world director at Ubisoft Toronto, which is taking the reins on this title with portions of the game being developed simultaneously at Ubisoft studios in Montreal, Paris, Newcastle, England; Bucharest, Romania; and Kiev, Ukraine. One of the most ambitious games of 2020, Ubisoft's'Watch Dogs: Legion' takes place in a post-Brexit London, which has become an all-seeing surveillance state.


The female game designers fighting back on abortion rights

The Guardian

You're part of an underground network of feminists in Chicago that provide illegal (at the time) abortion services to vulnerable, pregnant people with few options. Despite the risk of imprisonment, and the ways that your personal experiences may not always perfectly align with your activism, you persist. It's a live-action roleplaying game by Jon Cole and Kelley Vanda called The Abortionists, which requires three players, one facilitator, six hours and a willingness to dig deep into the painful history of reproductive rights in the United States. That history has terrifying relevance in 2019, as numerous states pass laws that put their residents in a reality where abortion is functionally illegal. Based on the real-life work of a 1970s activist group called Jane, it challenges its participants to think about the "internal landscapes" of its players, and how they deal with the larger political and personal landscape of their world.


Your doctor may be playing medical video games at work. That could be good for your health

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Doctors can perfect their craft playing Level Ex medical video games, and even earn continuing education credits towards maintaining their licenses. Can playing video games be a prescription for good health? Two to three times a week, the UCSF/Stanford-trained internist and founder of the Turntable Health primary care clinic, is on his smartphone playing video games. "People who are good at video games are actually good at some aspects of clinical medicine." Instead, ZDoggMD, as he's known by his pseudonym as a producer of healthcare videos and live shows, is among the 400,000 medical professionals practicing the craft of medicine through a series of games from Level Ex, a Chicago videogames developer whose titles are specially designed for doctors, med students and other healthcare providers.


Illinois man allegedly kills 4-year-old girl after she spilled juice on Xbox

FOX News

Johnathan Fair, 19, allegedly beat his girlfriend's 4-year-old daughter to death in December after she spilled juice on an Xbox video game console. Prosecutors in Illinois plan to seek a life sentence for a man who allegedly killed his girlfriend's daughter after she spilled juice on an Xbox video game console. Johnathan Fair, 19, of Waukegan, roughly 40 miles northwest of Chicago, was babysitting 4-year-old Skylar Mendez on Dec. 13 when the incident occurred, the Lake County News-Sun reported, citing the State Attorney's Office. Fair took the child to a hospital and claimed she fell and hit her head, prosecutors said. He later reportedly admitted that he shook Mendez "really hard" and beat her because she spilled juice on the console.


Six of 2018's best new books about video games

The Guardian

Meagan Marie, an author, cosplayer and senior community manager at Crystal Dynamics, interviewed more than 100 women across all areas of the video games industry for this epic compilation. Marie celebrates the notable contribution that women – from artists to programmers to voice actors – have made to gaming throughout the decades. Professionals of Play cheerfully pays tribute to the indispensable work of those who have helped make the gaming industry a global success story, but not always received the credit they deserve. Even if you've never played the brilliant 2D side-scroller Shovel Knight or you've any interest in the hidden workings of game development, you'll be gripped by the story of how it became one of the most acclaimed indie games of the decade. David L Craddock explains in great detail how the 2014 game offered a satisfying nostalgia trip for fans who had grown up playing classic NES titles such as Zelda II: The Adventure of Link.


Missing Teen Lured Away by Video Game Chat Resurfaces

U.S. News

Peal had been missing since Wednesday. His parents told local news outlets that Peal left after he made plans to meet someone in person whom he contacted using Discord -- a video game-centered chat program.