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Microsoft Xbox bros hired 'half-naked' 'schoolgirls' for GDC bash

Microsoft Xbox 'bros' paid women to entertain attendees at the Game Developers Conference (GDC). As if that's not bad enough, these mini-skirted dancers were described by some party attendees as being dressed like "schoolgirls"...

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VR may be with us for good, but lots of uncharted territory for developers

Game developers are excited about the future for virtual reality headsets in the consumer market. But while there's a lot of potential, there's plenty we don't know yet.

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PlayStation VR coming in October for $399 (+video)

Sony's long-awaited virtual reality headset for the PlayStation games console will go on sale around the world in October.

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Old database dump from Nexus Mods circulating in criminal circles: Change password

If you use mods for Fallout 4, Skyrim or over 200 other games, then you might want to change your password as an 'old' Nexus Mods' database dump from 2013 is circulating in 'criminal circles;' some gamers who reused passwords reported...

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Silicon Valley startup aims to make VR better with eye contact

Eyefluence, a Silicon Valley startup, unveiled a tool for manufacturers of AR and VR headsets to implement eye tracking.

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Google's Niantic Labs to become independent company

Two days after announcing a sweeping reorganization, Google has detailed its first departure. Niantic Labs, an augmented reality unit of Google, will be spun off into an independent company.

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Valve patches huge password reset hole that allowed anyone to hijack Steam accounts

After losing control of their Steam accounts, some gamers and Twitch streamers were definitely steamed. Valve blamed the account takeovers on a “bug,” but the vulnerability seemed more like a critical hole – an authentication pit –...

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Microsoft pitches HoloLens to businesses creating 3D models

Demonstrations at the Worldwide Partners Conference also showed what voice commands HoloLens can understand


Microsoft offers researchers $500K to work on HoloLens

Microsoft is offering U.S. academic researchers a chance to get their hands on its HoloLens augmented reality headgear later this year with a new program that will award funding and hardware to a handful of projects that will put the...


Google looks for content makers to test its Jump VR video camera

If you're an aspiring virtual reality content producer, Google wants to give you a chance to test the Jump camera system it developed for recording video to be used in VR environments.

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The Xbox-Oculus partnership won't harm HoloLens

Oculus VR revealed the final version of its Rift virtual reality headset on Thursday, but the partnership between the Facebook-owned company and Microsoft may have raised some eyebrows.

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Oculus unwraps Rift VR headset, plans to ship by March

The Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headset that lets users play epic games with an immersive 360-degree field of vision, will ship by March 2016.

AMD to launch next-generation Fiji GPUs on June 16

Gamers, buckle up: AMD will launch its highly anticipated graphics processing unit, code-named Fiji, on June 16 at the E3 conference.

Oculus is already producing high-res video like this short, called 'Lost.

Virtual reality could be the most important gimmick ever based on a brain flaw

Virtual reality therapy is being widely used for mental and physical therapy, is about to be huge in entertainment and still works only because human brains are stupid in very specific ways.


Can gamification solve enterprises' engagement problem?

Big data and other new technologies are fueling the use of gaming principles in the workplace.

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Twitch hit by possible data breach, resets user passwords

Account information for users of Twitch, the popular live-streaming service for gamers, may have been accessed through unauthorized means, the service warned on Monday.


Gamers targeted by TeslaCrypt ransomware: $1,000 to decrypt games, mods, Steam

Gamers are being targeted by crypto-ransomware for the first time. TeslaCrypt encrypts and holds over 50 game-related files -- both single player and multiplayer games, Steam and game development software -- for a ransom of about...

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Microsoft to release Project Orleans as open source

Microsoft plans to open-source the framework that helps developers of cloud services like those behind the popular Halo 4 game.

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