The remains of US-born chess champion Bobby Fischer have been exhumed in Iceland to establish a paternity claim.
We've been watching Project Natal, Microsoft's controller-less motion detection system for Xbox 360 develop for months, but as the video gaming conference E3 launches this week, Microsoft has unveiled the final hardware and a new name: Kinect.
Test your knowledge of current events, keep up on the news (both real and imagined) or play one of the fastest-growing online games, 2011: Obama’s Failed Coup. It’s all at the US of Earth website.
A Senate committee gave a sympathetic hearing today to legislation ordering a Department of Energy study of "minimum energy efficiency standards" for video game consoles.
The object of the game is to spend the U.S. Government into bankruptcy.Players try to spend as much U.S. taxpayer money as possible by passing pork spending legislation through Congress. The player with the most pork spent at the end of the game is t
Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez won't spare a kind word for video games, calling them 'poison' and accusing them of being proxies for capitalist warmongering. Chavez who once referred to George Bush as "the devil", used his weekly radio-TV show
The U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve delayed the implementation date for a new Internet gambling payment ban for six months, a move that gives lawmakers time to overturn it or end confusion over illegal practices. In a joint statement, the Treasury
Is the world ready for a sport played with a headless goat carcass? Haji Abdul Rashid thinks it is and has big plans: corporate sponsors, television rights and beyond. "We want it to become an Olympic sport," says Rashid, who heads the Buzkashi
A 21-year-old Michigan poker professional who chose cards over college won the World Series of Poker main event in Las Vegas early Tuesday, winning $8.55 million and becoming the youngest player to win the tournament in its 40-year history. Joe Ca
There’s a battle royal brewing between two China government agencies over who controls the popular War of Worldcraft online game. On Monday, one agency ordered the game suspended, leaving one million Chinese War of Warcraft players out in the cold.
The year is 2011. President Obama has just outlawed the private ownership of firearms, announced that the Constitution has been dissolved and revealed that the United States is going to be replaced by the North American Union, an amalgamation of th
The year is 2011. President Obama has just outlawed the private ownership of firearms, announced that the Constitution has been dissolved and revealed that the United States is going to be replaced by the North American Union, an amalgamation of the
When my brother and I were very young, and a song by The Beatles came on the car radio, our parents would ask: “Who’s this, kids?”
“The Beatles!” we’d always yell from the back seat. This was less because we recognized the group’s catalog and more because we realized our parents only asked us this question when a Beatles song was playing. The Beatles were so much more to them than just a band: They were a cultural legacy that needed to be passed down to us, the babies of the baby boomers.See also: The Beatles Make the Leap to Rock Band
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The first thing my mom said in 2007, after playing the original Rock Band for the first time, was: “They’ve got to get some Beatles on here.” Fortunately for her, at about the same time, George Harrison’
If and when America expires, we probably won't agree on the cause of death. For proof that autopsies of empires are inconclusive, consider the case of Alexander Demandt, the German historian who set out in the 1980s to collect every theory ever given for why Rome fell. The final tally: 210, including attacks by nomads on horseback, blood poisoning, decline of Nordic character, homosexuality, outflow of gold, and vaingloriousness. Scroll through the list of theories for America's demise, then select up to five that you find most persuasive. (If you'd prefer, you can also read all 144 end-of-America scenarios on a single page.) As you're making your picks, you'll get real-time updates on the apocalypse you've chosen—our Apocalypse Matrix reveals if your American end times will be bloodless or violent, and whether you blame man or nature for the country's downfall. You can also compare your choices with those of the average Slate reader. And check back on Fr
The European Union recently took a shot at the United States in
little-noticed trade war over internet gambling, charging that the
United States unfairly interferes with internet gambling in ways that
run contrary to World Trade Organization rules.
I couldn't decide which category to put this in. Judging by the comments, 'humor' isn't the right choice...
Las Vegas casino magnates will be hosting a luncheon fundraiser today for Senator John McCain behind the guarded gates of a posh Vegas golf club where donors ponying up tens of thousands of dollars will get face time with the presumptive Republican n
Dungeons & Dragons co-creator Gary Gygax has died at age 69. ["Gary Gygax saved more lives than pennacillian [sic]," may be the best eulogy ever given for anyone.]
Three critically acclaimed first-person shooters won top honors at the video game industry's most prestigious awards show. "BioShock,""Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare" and "The Orange Box" garnered 4 prizes apiece at
After years of obscurity, he defied U.S. sanctions to play and beat Spassky again in former Yugoslavia during the Balkan wars. This was the match that got him into trouble and forced him to become a fugitive wanted by U.S. authorities.
Comedian Drew Carey, who debuted Monday as the host of “The Price Is Right,” is showing his libertarian colors by participating in a series of videos for the Reason Foundation’s new Web site Reason.tv. (TPIR Babes are going to be HOT)
(I'm glad to see taxpayer money being spent wisely) Now, the Dept. of Homeland Security is using game technology to help shore up defenses at home. ABC News is reporting that for the past year, the government agency has spent $600,000 funding Gr
The 46-year-old entrepreneur recognized four years ago that people would pay to equip their online selves — which start out with the smooth anatomy of a Barbie or Ken doll — with realistic genitalia and even more to add some sexy moves.
In creating an online role-playing game based on J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy, game developer Turbine wanted to make sure it was not too intimidating for newcomers to the massively multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG) genre
The past year heralded a seismic shift in the video-game industry. The cause? The Nintendo Wii and PlayStation 3 game consoles.
"Fox's Firefly series is set in an incredibly rich and exciting universe. It's going to make a very compelling and unique online experience filled with adventure, humor, and mystery," said Corey Bridges, Multiverse co-founder and Ex
Sony's PS3, which will come in two versions, boasts the best technical specs and plays Blu-ray discs (one of the two formats battling to be the successor to DVD).
The game Star Trek: Legacy, due out in October, will let players steer more than 60 starships - spanning all five of the franchise's live-action TV series - into combat against foes such as the militant Klingons and the all-assimilating Borg.