Kids who spent their high school days slaying dragons in WoW never suspected they’d be the jocks when they got to college.
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Quite a few April Fool’s Day jokes have come through Betabeat’s transom today, but only one held our attention for more than 30 seconds: QuizUp’s new “general nonsense” quiz category.
The wildly popular QuizUp app matches you with strangers or friends to compete in a variety of categories, from Harry Potter to Ancient Rome to general knowledge. They introduce new categories pretty frequently, but usually they follow the SAT-multiple-choice format of one question with three wrong answers and the right one. Read More
Critics of violent video games like to make a big fuss over the cultural impact of titles like “Grand Theft Auto,” but it’s always seemed like a stretch. Or at least it did, until this report from WBRZ, a local news station in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Apparently the town’s finest recently arrested a young man Read More
Mark Zuckerberg just can’t catch a break. Players of the newly released Grand Theft Auto V say there’s a Zuckerberg imitator featured in the game who can be hunted down and killed. And the similarities are pretty striking.
The New York Post reports that there is a character named “Jay Norris,” who is the founder of a fictional social network dubbed “Lifeinvader,” and claims he’s “clearly inspired” by Zuck. Just like the real Zuck, the character dons a drab sweater and has lightly gingered hair, though his notable sheen of sweat is missing. Read More
When attempting to complete a study on how playing the computer game “StarCraft” impacts mental faculties, researchers at Queen Mary University of London and University College London ran into a minor snag: For their sample pool, they’d need inexperienced gamers to participate, but they couldn’t find any men who fit that criteria. Guess your boyfriend isn’t so abnormal after all. Read More
CNBC Says Call of Duty, Not Crippling Insecurity and Sriracha Breath, Is the Reason Some Guys Can’t Get Dates
When video games aren’t precipitating violent acts IRL or dangerously cutting into study time, they’re also keeping young men from nailing chicks. The future is terrible, isn’t it?
In a segment for CNBC’s The Kudlow Report, two experts–one an online matchmaker named Lori Zaslow and the other CNBC contributor Carrol Roth–attempted to parse just what first person shooter games like Call of Duty are doing to the young men of America.
Naturally, obsessive gamers who opt for virtual worlds instead of reality are being deprived of important rites of passages like feverishly making out in parked cars then running home to brag about it on Reddit. Read More
Hey startups, if the space next to your iced coffee kegerator is looking a bit lonely, then we suppose the best solution is to rent a vintage video game machine. That’s what the cool kids in San Francisco are doing with a new service called All You Can Arcade. It’s best described as Netflix for bulky, dust-collecting arcade machines. Read More
Last week, 10-year-old Gryffin Sanders taught a master class to preteens everywhere in how to get their parents to stop pestering them about playing too many video games. Read More
A totally tasteless smartphone game called “Angry Trayvon” has been removed from app stores following public outcry and a change.org petition protesting the offensive app.
The game—the demo video of which we were able to watch before it was taken down—stars a hoodie-wearing, knife-wielding, shadowy-faced protagonist fighting villains on the streets of various cities. According to the video, players could “Fight in historic cities like Brooklyn, NY,” “Collect money and wallets to increase [their] score” and “Eliminate the bad guys with flying daggers.” It was previously available for download in both the Apple App Store and on Google Play. Read More
Screw the tasteful minimalism of Dots: I am completely, hopelessly addicted to the gloriously tacky Candy Crush.
I play it on the subway, riding the elevator, in bed trying to fall asleep at night. It’s killing my battery. I’ve resorted to begging friends for additional moves, in hopes of escaping the replicating chocolate squares of level 65.
Nor am I alone in my addiction: According to App Data, it’s currently the most popular app on Facebook. It even makes real money off in-game purchases from desperate obsessives like yours truly.