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Classic Mega Man … storytelling gets inventive when your main character can’t speak. Brian Talbot

Explainer: the art of video game writing

Writers are vital to today's increasingly story-driven video games. Readers are active players and everything in the game – from the environment to the rules – can shape the narrative.
The Division video games uses eye tracking technology to help target the enemy. Tobii EyeX/YouTube screengrab

How eye tracking gives players a new experience in video games

The ability to track where you are looking on screen opens up new options for video game players and developers. But is eye-tracking technology a gimmick or a game changer for the gaming industry?
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.
Just Go for it: programming a computer to play an ancient game. Donar Reiskoffer/Wikimedia Commons

Evolving our way to artificial intelligence

While it's impressive, developing a computer to win at Go is not a big step toward the type of artificial intelligence used by the thinking machines we see in the movies.
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.
Dire predictions on the future of children’s brains are shocking, not least because of how flimsy the evidence is to support these views. zeitfaenger.at/Flickr

Don’t panic, the internet won’t rot children’s brains

Baseless claims about the damage done to kids' development create needless panic. And they distract from legitimate, evidence-based concerns with which parents need to engage.

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