Ataribox Console Renamed VCS

The Atari retro console has got a new name. The former Ataribox, now the VCS, will be available for pre-order from the end of this month. Unlike many similar retro console remakes, including several Atari models, this isn’t simply a gadget with a bunch of old games. It’s a Linux-based PC that’s designed to play […]

Pig Brain Kept ‘Alive’ After Death

Researchers have kept pig brains ‘alive’ for 36 hours after being removed from dead animals. Now they say they need clear ethical guidelines to cover future uses of their techniques, including potentially working on humans. The researcher at Tale used a system they call BrainEx which involves hooking the disembodied brain up to a closed […]

13-Year-Old Becomes Fortnite ‘Pro’

A 13-year-old has been contracted as a “professional” Fortnite player. Kyle Jackson isn’t being paid to play, but will earn a share of his team’s winnings if and when there’s a competitive league. Team Secret, which already has squads competing in leagues for other games, sought out a player using the handle Mongraal after seeing […]

Loot Boxes May Break Gambling Laws

Game developers have been warned they face hefty fines and even prison sentences if they continue to offer some types of loot boxes. The warning follows Belgium’s Gaming Commision ruling that Counter Strike: Global Offensive, FIFA 18 and Overwatch are all breaching gambling laws. The games must now remove the loot boxes for players in […]

eSports Players Can Get College Scholarship

An Ohio university is offering scholarships for eSports players in games such as Fortnite Battle Royale. But it’s not exactly going to pay your way through college. Ashland University has a small but dedicated eSports program headed by Joshua Buchanan, a competitive Starcraft player and commentator on streaming coverage. The team will practice and compete […]