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 […]

Hellboy Board Game Makes A Million Dollars On Kickstarter Launch Day

A Hellboy board game has made a million dollars in pre-orders before the first day of its Kickstarter campaign. It equates to more than 8,000 sales at the time of writing. The game is based on the graphic novels rather than the movie adaptations. It’s a co-op for one to four players, controlling Hellboy, Abe, […]

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 […]

Xbox One Gets 1440p And 120Hz Display

The Xbox One is getting a series of updates with picture quality the key. 1440p and 120Hz support are among the big changes. The April update is already rolling out and adds support for 1440p displays, also known as QHD. While this isn’t widespread with TVs, it’s a popular option for PC gaming monitors. With […]

Spotify Tweaks Free Mobile Options

Spotify is revamping its mobile app for free users. They won’t be stuck with shuffle mode but there’s still a catch. Originally the mobile Spotify apps were only available to people on premium (paid) subscriptions. That was then switched so that free users could run the app but any album or playlist they selected would […]

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 […]