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City policymakers are realising creative workers don’t have to be permanently clustered together if they can collaborate as needed. Steve Purkiss/flickr

Gaming trends show cities need to rethink how they tap into creative economy

Cities seeking to attract creative industries have relied heavily on the cluster concept. New research suggests a technology-driven transformation of how the sector works calls for a new approach.
An orang-utan playing with the interactive digital projector at the Melbourne Zoo. Microsoft Research Centre for Social Natural User Interfaces at the University of Melbourne

Orang-utans play video games too, and it can enrich their lives in the zoo

An experiment providing interactive games for orang-utans is showing the potential for digital technology to enrich the lives of zoo animals.
Fans cheer during The International Dota 2 Championships in Seattle, Washington earlier this month. Jason Redmond/Reuters

Just how big has eSports become?

The US$17 million prize pool at The International Dota 2 Championships shows how much the industry has grown over the past decade.
Slot machines are designed to make losses seem like wins. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

How slots trick gamblers into losing more than they know

A 2011 Massachusetts law allows for the expansion of gambling, including slot machines. That law is now on the November 2014 election ballot for potential repeal. This is a real opportunity for voters…
Your odds of winning are greatly improved if you own a casino.

Losses disguised as wins, the science behind casino profits

Gambling is good business, or at least a profitable one. According to the American Gaming Association, in 2012 the 464 commercial casinos in the US served 76.1 million patrons and grossed $US37.34 billion…
Casinos like this one in Maryland bring benefits as well as costs. The challenge is working out which is greater. www.marylandlivecasino.com

Economic benefits of casinos likely to outweigh costs

During the past two decades, the US casino industry has expanded dramatically. According to the American Gaming Association, there are now nearly 1,000 commercial and tribal casinos in the country. Plans…
The hugely popular Minecraft was released early to let the developer finish it, but not all people are supportive of that strategy. Claire Sutton/Flickr

Better in beta? Why early access games are a double-edged sword

Imagine you see a new book by your favourite author. Unlike most books, this one is not finished yet. The author will send you updates when they are available so you can see the story develop as it is…

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