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Samsung invests in FOVE eye-tracking VR headset

Samsung invests in FOVE eye-tracking VR headset

Samsung may have its own virtual reality tech, but that hasn't stopped it from investing in eye-tracking headset startup FOVE. The head-worn display has already raised almost twice its quarter-million Kickstarter goal of $250,000 with more than a week to spare, but in the meantime its combination of 3D graphics that respond not only where your head is pointing, but where in the scene your eyes are actually looking, has caught the attention of Samsung Ventures, the investment arm of the South Korean firm.

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Blindfolded gamer beats Super Mario World in just 23 minutes

Blindfolded gamer beats Super Mario World in just 23 minutes

If you think you're a hardcore, old school game fan, or one of the best speedrunners around, you've got nothing on this guy. YouTuber/Twitch streamer PangaeaPanga has beaten Super Mario World in just 23 minutes, 14 seconds… while blindfolded the entire time. It's an incredible feat just to comprehend, even more so when he says he only began practicing for the challenge on June 16th, started blindfolded runs on June 20th, and uploaded the successful attempt days later on June 23rd.

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AI learns to create Mario levels by watching YouTube

AI learns to create Mario levels by watching YouTube

It's one thing for a computer to learn how to beat a Super Mario level from scratch and another to actually learn how to create such a level. And it is definitely another thing to learn all that just by watching people play Super Mario on YouTube. This latest and almost unbelievable feat of machine learning is exactly what Georgia Tech researchers, headed by Ph. D. student Matthew Guzdial, have accomplished. The computer program watches gameplay videos and tries to create its own unique level that a player can really play through.

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Batman: Arkham Night for PC pulled, critical issues cited

Batman: Arkham Night for PC pulled, critical issues cited

Games being delayed because of last minute showstoppers are nothing new. In fact, they have almost become expected. But games being suspended almost immediately after launch is definitely not a common occurrence. So when the PC version of a high profile, highly anticipated title like Batman: Arkham Knight gets pulled from shelves just days after its launch, you can bet that something is terribly wrong. And that is exactly what Warner Bros. Interactive is admitting to on Steam when it announced on Steam that it is halting PC sales until issues are ironed out.

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Driveclub PlayStation Plus Edition arrives tomorrow

Driveclub PlayStation Plus Edition arrives tomorrow

Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida announced that Driveclub PlayStation Plus Edition will be arriving tomorrow, something promised to follow “a long time” spent preparing for the launch. The offline availability will launch tomorrow, and the online functionality will start rolling out. This follows a very long wait for the game, a wait that is going to be joined by a healthy dose of caution. Sony is careful to reassure gamers that a lot of effort has gone into getting things going without any issues…though that, of course, is yet to be seen.

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Nintendo’s Splatoon holds strong with new sales milestone

Nintendo’s Splatoon holds strong with new sales milestone

Nintendo's ink flinging game Splatoon has found itself a wide fan base, and that popularity is reflected in the game's recent milestone: more than one million units have been sold. Splatoon is a third-person shooter game with a distinct Nintendo flavor featuring Inklings (the squid-like creatures) that are controlled by players — when the Inklings are in human form, they shoot colored paint-like ink which splats other players. When in squid form, the Inklings can swim through the ink. There are guns, bombs, and a lot of amusement.

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Kids get to play Minecraft on movie theater screens with Super League Gaming

Kids get to play Minecraft on movie theater screens with Super League Gaming

As part of a summer tour that will hit 28 cities, Super League Gaming is giving kids a chance to play Minecraft on the biggest screen possible: in a movie theater. As one of the most downloaded and most loved games among kids of a wide age range, players love showing of their creations within the Lego-like building game, as well as competing with one another. Now they have an opportunity to gather and play together in public, while maintaining the family-friendly atmosphere.

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Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 gameplay/interview trailers released

Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 gameplay/interview trailers released

This week the folks at Activision are ramping up - pun intended - for Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5. They're releasing both trailers in gameplay and trailers in interviews, all leading up to the first Tony Hawk Pro Skater full release in 13 years. Tony Hawk Pro Skater 4 was released all the way back in 2002, while a number of spin-offs and odd games like "Underground" were released in the meantime. Now it's time to return to the formula that made Tony Hawk's Pro Skater series great.

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Microsoft announces Xbox One Forza Motorsport 6 Limited Edition Console

Microsoft announces Xbox One Forza Motorsport 6 Limited Edition Console

With Forza Motorsport 6, the latest entry in the in-depth racing game series for Xbox, approaching its September release date, Microsoft has just unveiling a limited edition Xbox One console to celebrate not only Forza 6, but the series' 10th anniversary. Fans of the Forza series, or racing games in general, are going to find a lot of loving attention and detail went into designing this special edition console. Not only does it feature a sports car-inspired design, but it even comes with special sound effects.

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Square Enix chair steps down to focus on cloud gaming

Square Enix chair steps down to focus on cloud gaming

Management, even the top brass, change a lot, but sometimes, the news that surround it are equally or even more interesting than the change itself. Take for example Yoichi Wada, former CEO of Square Enix, who is now also its former Chairman of the board. That news itself might have little bearing, unless you are deep into the company's story. But the news that Wada is stepping down to pool all his energy and time into the newly-formed Shinra cloud gaming startup makes it definitely worth noting.

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