Japanese game maker Sega Sammy sells resort to US fund

TOKYO — Sega Sammy is selling its resort complex Seagaia to Fortress Investment Group of the U.S., the Japanese entertainment company said Friday. Tokyo-based Sega Sammy Holdings, the company behind the “Sonic the Hedgehog” video games, said it will sell all its shares in Phoenix Resort Co., which operates Seagaia in Miyazaki, southwestern Japan. Financial … Read more

I’m finally tackling my video game backlog – and it’s been so much fun | Gaming | Entertainment

I’ve been playing through my video game backlog (Image: SQUARE ENIX) At the beginning of the year I decided I was finally going to do something about a video game backlog so long that it stretches all the way back to the 1980s. I made a list of around a dozen unfinished and unplayed games … Read more

Kai Cenat’s riot charges dropped after he apologizes and pays for Union Square mayhem

NEW YORK — Charges of inciting a riot will be dropped against online streamer Kai Cenat after he agreed to pay restitution and apologize for luring thousands of fans to New York’s Union Square last year, prosecutors said. Cenat, 22, and two codefendants agreed to pay more than $57,000 in restitution and apologize on social … Read more

Say hello (again) to EA Sports College Football. The beloved video-game behemoth is back

In a Michigan basement decked out in maize and blue, a father sat with his son. They’d bond over a video game. One with a story mode that would transport the 7-year-old into a college dorm room, where letters from fans filled his mailbox, the campus newspaper teased a championship and a list of Heisman … Read more

Amazon is giving away Fallout 76 free on Xbox and PC – get it here | Gaming | Entertainment

Amazon’s Fallout series is streaming now on Prime Video and has gone down a storm with both critics and general audiences. The live-action TV show is available to stream free with an Amazon Prime subscription, but fans can now play the latest video game in the franchise free thanks to brand-new deal. Amazon is giving … Read more

Putin makes bizarre push for Russian games console to rival PS5 and XBOX | World | News

Vladimir Putin has ordered his government to look into creating a games console to rival the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X/S, as the Russian leader seeks to satisfy the country’s vast community of gamers, according to reports. Putin has ordered the government to “consider the issue of organising the production of stationary and … Read more

From Asteroids to Guitar Hero, World Video Game Hall of Fame finalists draw from 4 decades

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The 12 finalists for the World Video Game Hall of Fame this year draw from four decades of gaming, from Atari Asteroids, played on coin-fed consoles in arcades, to Guitar Hero, for living-room rockers who compete on a plastic guitar. Asteroids, which debuted in 1979 and Guitar Hero, which arrived in 2005, … Read more

Florida rivals ask courts to stop online sports gambling off tribal lands

ORLANDO, Fla. — The state of Florida and the Seminole Tribe of Florida will be raking in hundreds of millions of dollars from online sports betting this decade, thanks to a compact between the tribe and Gov. Ron DeSantis that gave the tribe exclusive rights to run sports wagers as well as casino gambling on … Read more

Some video game actors are letting AI clone their voices. They just don’t want it to replace them

If you are battling a video game goblin who speaks with a Cockney accent, or asking a gruff Scottish blacksmith to forge a virtual sword, you might be hearing the voice of actor Andy Magee. Except it’s not quite Magee’s voice. It’s a synthetic voice clone generated by artificial intelligence. As video game worlds get … Read more