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It's Tetris' 30th birthday, and in honour of the block-arranging, totally addictive, all consuming game that propelled the Gameboy to stardom, programmer Alexey Pajitnov has had a chat with Britain's Guardian newspaper.
In it Pajitnov details his time spent at a Soviet computing lab, and his childhood love for puzzles. In the early 80s it dawned on him that perhaps puzzles would be a good basis for a videogame.
Pajitnov says the key game mechanic - that of disappearing lines - was inspired by just how quickly the screen filled up with the blocks, before going on to call Nintendo's choice of music "embarrassing" for Russian culture.
There are plenty of people out there that don't like video games and believe that games are bad for you. A new study that was commission by Twitch, the steaming game platform, has found some interesting results. According to the study, gamers are more social and educated than non-gamers.
The study, performed by LifeCourse Associates, looked at 1227 Americans in the 13-64 demographic. According to the report, people who play games tend to be more educated with 43% of players holding a college degree or higher.
Retro gaming revivalists at GOG.com have just announced a DRM-free gaming service that looks a little like its own version of Steam.
GOG Galaxy will let players get gaming without connecting to the internet. There's "no online activation required," the company said in a trailer. "Being online will always be optional."
Perhaps it goes without saying but web-enabled features such as gaming with friends or social achievement sharing will need internet access.
The Oculus rift VR headset has created quite a stir in the gaming industry as people have become very excited at the thought of gaming with a virtual reality headset. A new game is in the works that will be an Oculus Rift exclusive title and it comes from the man who co-created Words with Friends, Paul Bettner.
The game is a third-person platforming adventure called Lucky's Tale and it will be displayed at E3. "Virtual reality--I mean truly accurate, comfortable virtual reality--is the most important thing to happen to interactive entertainment in decades," Bettner said in a statement. "I know it sounds like exaggeration, but it's impossible to explain what this is like to someone who hasn't experienced it for themselves. Your brain is convinced that you are somewhere else, that you are in another world. I have worked my entire career to get to this moment, to create something like this."
Popular mobile game Temple Run from Imangi Studios has been downloaded more than 1 billion times since it was released in August 2011, according to company officials. Originally developed by three people, the game has seen continued success as casual gaming still increases even higher in popularity.
Gamers have run more than 50 trillion meters in the game, playing 32 billion games, according to Keith Shepherd, co-developer of the game.
It's possible Imangi Studios, which has seen great success with Temple Run 1 and Temple Run 2, could develop a third game in the future. However, the studio currently has other mobile games currently in development, so no public announcements have been made just yet.
The Sony PSP is a portable game console that has been around for years. The console originally shipped to try and put a dent in the reign of the Nintendo DS portable. Sony proved unable to really compete with the Nintendo DS, but the PSP was reasonably popular.
After nearly ten years, Sony has now announced that the PSP is no longer shipping to Japanese retailers. The final shipments of the portable will be made this month and no more will follow. Sony does expect to continue offering the PSP in other Asian countries for a while longer.
The Oculus Rift VR headset made some very big waves in the VR world when it was unveiled and left many gamers aching to get their hands-on the headset. Oculus isn't the only company working on VR headsets for gamers. Gaming firm Valve is working on its own VR headset with a prototype VR headset that has white dots all over it.
The white dots all over the headset are there so that the tabletop camera used with the system can track the headset location. Sources that have used the headset say that inside there are a pair of screens. The prototype headset is more of a proof of concept than something that is destined for production in its current form.
Gaming peripheral company ROCCAT has unveiled the Tyon customizable PC gaming mouse, aimed at giving gamers a mouse that can be modified. The Tyon has 16 assignable buttons, 31 distinct functions, with an 82000 DPI laser sensor, and 32-bit processor with 576KB memory. Release information and pricing hasn't been released for the United States.
The PC gaming industry is evolving and changing rapidly, and it's important for peripheral makers to try to keep up. The Tyon also has a 2-way analog stick and easy-shift on-the-fly button duplicator, so gamers can make adjustments while playing.
"Today's gaming experience demands that players adapt to the many dimensions of gameplay, whether on land, at sea, in air or space," said Rene Korte, ROCCAT founder and CEO. "Our designers and developers worked in close collaboration with gaming experts to craft, test, fine-tune, and ensure that the Tyon's abilities meet these challenges."
Razer today announced the Junglecat gamepad for Apple iOS devices, entering the mobile phone hardware market in a highly-anticipated move. The peripheral was designed to attach comfortably to the Apple iPhone - and it can be left attached to the smartphone - with all buttons and ports still available. The device is fully supported by iOS 7 and has been designed for the iPhone 5/5s models.
In addition to the peripheral, the Junglecat also includes an iOS app so users are able to customize and remap button functions. The Razer Jungecat will be available in July with a $99.99 MSRP.
"Game development is cascading into mobile with incredible production values and at a record pace, and the crossover of console gamers playing on their iOS and other mobile devices is growing in stride," said Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO, in a statement. "The opportunity to design a sleek, high-performance gamepad controller for the iPhone was an exciting proposition that we can't wait to share with our community and the world."
It looks like we can expect another Mortal Kombat game, with "Mortal Kombat X" listed on Amazon's UK store. Mortal Kombat X will reportedly reach the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC sometime in 2015.
We reported a few months ago now that Jack Bauer himself, Keifer Sutherland, was involved in a new Mortal Kombat game, so this is probably it. Mortal Kombat's creator, Ed Boon, has been teasing over Twitter, with a countdown that only has hours to go. Hopefully we'll find out more then.