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Virtual Pandemic Unleashed on a WoW Server

Bart Swiatek, 16 April 2020, 14:47

The administrators of one of the so-called private servers of World of Warcraft - Elysium - decided to create an event aimed at educating players on issues such as the spread of infectious diseases and ways to fight them. The idea came up in connection with the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic.

Sensitive Gaming is Fine? The WHO Encourages to Play Video Games

Jacob Blazewicz, 02 April 2020, 13:58

The gaming industry and the World Health Organization launched #PlayApartTogether. The campaign promotes compliance with the recommendations in the fight against coronavirus using video games. Some Internet users point out that this is in contradiction to the current WHO policy, which culminated in the recognition of excessive gaming as a disease last year.

[email protected] is Earth's Mightiest Supercomputer Battling the Coronavirus

Bart Swiatek, 24 March 2020, 19:17

Greg Bowman, the man responsible for the [email protected] project, reported that the initiative currently has 470 petaflops of computing power, making it „the most powerful supercomputer in the world”. Such a high level has been achieved thanks to the increased interest in the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.

Use Your GPU and CPU to Fight Coronavirus

Frozen, 14 March 2020, 21:21

Anyone with a Windows, Linux or MacOS can contribute to the invention of the cure for COVID-19, all thanks to the [email protected] application developed by Stanford University.

Foldit - Gamers Will Help Defeat the Coronavirus

Jacob Blazewicz, 04 March 2020, 22:01

The University of Washington wants to take advantage of the support of gamers in the fight against the novel coronavirus. To this end, scientists have released a new challenge in Foldit, which can help to find a way to neutralize the disease.

Amazon Removes Offers for Coronavirus-related Price Gouging

Bart Swiatek, 04 March 2020, 11:48

Amazon has decided to remove more than one million item sale offers from its website. The reason was false advertisement and price gauging. The case is related to the epidemic of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which causes the disease labeled as COVID-19.

E3 2020 Preparations Moving Full Steam Ahead, Despite Concerns

Bart Swiatek, 03 March 2020, 16:17

The organizers of E3 - Entertainment Software Association - informed that for the time being they have no plans to cancel the event in connection with the coronavirus epidemic. Plans may change if the world situation requires it.

Microsoft, Unity and Epic Games Withdraw From GDC 2020

Paul Wozniak, 27 February 2020, 21:07

We have just learned that more companies have resigned from participating in this year's edition of GDC. These are Microsoft, Unity and Epic Games, which, like their predecessors, fear for the health of their employees due to the coronavirus epidemic.

Facebook Will Ban Some of the Coronavirus Medicine Ads

Bart Swiatek, 26 February 2020, 14:47

Facebook has announced that it intends to ban several advertisements of COVID-19 coronavirus medicine, which are said to spread fear and play on user emotions. The company does not want the website to be used for disinformation and making money from the commotion associated with this epidemic.

CD Projekt RED is Not Coming to PAX East 2020

Bart Swiatek, 26 February 2020, 14:10

CD Projekt RED informed that it will not appear at PAX East 2020 in Boston. Although no official reason was given, one can guess that the decision was made because of the COVID-19 coronavirus threat. A similar step was taken by PUBG Corporation.

EA Limits its Presence on GDC Due to Coronavirus

Bart Swiatek, 25 February 2020, 15:09

Electronic Arts informed their employees that it would limit their presence at GDC 2020 and warned them not to go to the fair. The source of information is a LinkeIn post of one of the people employed in the company.

PAX East 2020: Square Enix and Capcom Change Plans Due to Coronavirus

Bart Swiatek, 25 February 2020, 12:40

The Japanese companies Square Enix and Capcom have announced a reduction in their presence at the PAX East 2020 trade event due to the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Hideo Kojima is Giving up GDC 2020 Because of Coronavirus

Jacob Blazewicz, 24 February 2020, 23:25

Kojima Productions will not appear at GDC 2020. Hideo Kojima's team decided not to participate in the event due to the threat of coronavirus, thus taking the example from Sony.

Coronavirus: Samsung Temporarily Shuts Down Its Smartphone Factory

Bart Swiatek, 24 February 2020, 11:38

Samsung has decided to close one of its factories for the weekend - a plant located in the Korean city of Gumi, where Samsung Galaxy Fold and Samsung Galaxy Z Flip smartphones are manufactured.

The Last of Us 2 Presentation Cancelled - Sony Resigns From PAX East

Peter Doron, 20 February 2020, 11:33

Sony resigned from the PAX East event. This means that there will be no special preview of the playable version of The Last of Us 2. The reason for the decision is the fear of the coronavirus.

The Chinese Play Even More Because of the New Coronavirus

Paul Wozniak, 18 February 2020, 13:44

The coronavirus epidemic in China has caused the Chinese to spend their extra free time playing video games with friends. The mobile game Honor of Kings has broken its average activity record per day, and several titles on the Douyu streaming platform are twice as popular as a year ago.

Another Coronavirus Victim - MWC 2020 Cancelled

Jacob Blazewicz, 13 February 2020, 11:02

The GSMA decided to cancel the Mobile World 2020 Barcelona event. The reason for this is the threat of coronavirus, which has caused many of the biggest exhibitors to give up their participation in the Spanish fair.

Sony and Nvidia Will Not Show up on MWC 2020 Because of Coronavirus

Jacob Blazewicz, 10 February 2020, 23:41

Nvidia and Sony have confirmed that they will not appear on Mobile World Congress 2020 in Barcelona due to the coronavirus threat. Thus, the companies joined LG, Ericsson, and many other exhibitors, who gave up their participation in the Spanish fair.

Coronavirus Causes Problems for Apple and Samsung

Bart Swiatek, 29 January 2020, 14:14

It appears that the coronavirus, which the Chinese authorities are currently trying to deal with, may have a negative impact on the electronic equipment market. The media reports about factory being closed, and global corporations are preparing for complications and limiting or suspending travels to the country.

Plague Inc. Popularity Increased Thanks to Coronavirus Outbreak in China

Jacob Blazewicz, 24 January 2020, 15:52

Plague Inc. is currently the most frequently downloaded paid application in China. Reason? New reports on the outbreaks of the so-called Wuhan coronavirus.

Gaming Disorder Survey Reveals Most Addictive Video Games

Peter Doron, 13 January 2020, 14:59

Clutch conducted a survey on „gaming disorder”, a new disease to be included in the International Classification of Diseases in 2022. Thanks to it, we got to know potentially the most addictive video games.

Co-founder of Devolver Digital: If we're Going to be Drug Dealers, Let's Offer People Psychedelics

Paul Wozniak, 05 November 2019, 20:47

At Reboot Develop conference, Devolver Digital co-founder Mike Wilson compared developers to drug dealers and their productions to addictive drugs. He also asked for thoughtful serving of content that would broaden the horizons of players, and not only take their time and money.

Oxford University: Obsessive Playing is Not Illness

Christian Pieniazek, 22 October 2019, 20:50

Research by the Oxford Internet Institute has shown that there is currently no evidence that excessive gambling is a illness. Instead, they argue that it is merely a symptom of wider problems unrelated to video games.

American Wins Battle Against Cancer, is Grateful for The Witcher 3

Milosz Szubert, 27 August 2019, 19:41

In front of the Polish embassy in the USA there was an inscription thanking for the Witcher. It turned out that it was from an American citizen, who has recently recovered from cancer and played the third installment of CD Projekt RED's series along the way.

Industry Wants to Remove Gaming Disorder From IDC-11

Frozen, 29 May 2019, 20:39

In response to the World Health Organisation's decision to classify gaming addiction as a disease, the American ESA, in agreement with several other institutions, issued a statement calling for the withdrawal of the controversial decision.

Excessive Gaming Officially Recognised as Illness

Adrian Werner, 26 May 2019, 16:37

The World Health Organisation has officially adopted the new version of the Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems. The controversial gaming disorder was added to the list.