E3 2017: Gamers head to LA to play

E3 2017: Gamers head to LA to play

Gamers from around the globe are heading to Los Angeles for the E3 video games showcase, which lays out what players can expect in the year ahead. E3 is traditionally an industry-only event, but in recent years some studios have held their own showcases and broadcast them to fans online. This year, for the first time in its 24-year history, 15,000 video game fans will be allowed to attend too. One analyst said it was…

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Gamers Claim to Want Backwards Compatibility. Why Don’t They Use It?

Gamers Claim to Want Backwards Compatibility. Why Don’t They Use It?

A brace of news reports this week highlighted an interesting scenario in console world (and arguably for PCs as well, though I’ll address that separately). First, Sony executive Jim Ryan was openly dismissive of backwards compatibility as a major focus or feature for the PS4, noting that few console players actually took advantage of the feature when it was available and that it wasn’t seen as important within Sony. “When we’ve dabbled with backwards compatibility,…

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'One in two' young online gamers bullied, report finds

'One in two' young online gamers bullied, report finds

Media playback is unsupported on your device A study carried out by an anti-bullying charity found that 57% of the young people it surveyed had experienced bullying online when playing games. In addition, 22% said they had stopped playing a game as a result. Ditch the Label surveyed around 2,500 young members of the virtual hotel platform Habbo, aged between 12 and 25. One 16-year-old gamer, Bailey Mitchell, told the BBC he had experienced bullying…

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