Video Gaming

13 video games to scare you into the Halloween spirit

Movies, TV shows, books and podcasts aren’t the only media that can serve you some fright this Halloween season. Some video games are plenty scary on their own. Here are 13 games that are all spooky, for different reasons. Don’t play these with the...

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Hong Kong-based Leyou Technologies buys $10 million stake in Austin’s Certain Affinity game studio

Austin indie video game studio Certain Affinity  -- the company behind a successful reboot of  “DOOM” and a player on the “Halo” and “Call of Duty” franchises -- said Monday that it has landed a new investor. Hong Kong-based Leyou Technologies Holdings...

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Why do some VR headsets still need wires?

This week, Facebook’s Oculus VR announced that it will release a $199 VR headset next year that doesn’t require a phone, a Windows PC or even wires attached to anything to operate. That’s a far cry from the $399 flagship Oculus Rift, a very powerful...

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More orc damage returns in ‘Middle-earth: Shadow of War’; ‘Evil Within 2’ looks scary

New video games out this week: “Middle-earth: Shadow of War.” The sequel to 2014’s wildly popular “Shadow of Mordor” brings more bloody, open-world action to the Tolkeinverse. In this game, you must go behind enemy lines to try to turn your enemies...

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‘District 9’ director Neill Blomkamp debuting ‘Adam: The Mirror’ short film from Unite Austin 2017 

The Oscar-nominated director of the South African sci-fi film “District 9” will debut his new short film, “Adam: The Mirror” at a tech conference in Austin Tuesday evening. The short film from Neill Blomkamp will debut free online with a livestream...

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‘Forza Motorsport 7’ arrives to finally give that 4K TV a proper workout

New video games out this week: “Forza Motorsport 7.” Microsoft's big racing franchise gets a graphical upgrade with 4K HDR and over 700 cars across 30 destinations. It’s also built for enhanced gameplay on the upcoming Xbox One X console (but still...

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Soccer action arrives with ‘FIFA 18,’ RTS fans get long-awaited ‘Total War: Warhammer II’

New video games out this week “FIFA 18.” In case the recent “Madden 18” and “NBA 2K18” releases didn’t tip you off, it’s sports-game-release season. Soccer gets to throw in with new motion tech designed to give players more responsiveness and personality...

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Finally, a Game Boy for giants

It won’t be mass produced by Nintendo, but there’s a new Game Boy out there in the world. And it’s perfect for large adult sons (or giants, or people with long arms). Gaming in Texas: With ‘Pong to Pokémon,’ Bullock Museum spotlights games as art...

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We’ve only scratched the surface with AR, says ‘Pokemon Go’ lead John Hanke

John Hanke, who appears to still be recovering from the success of last year’s hit mobile game “Pokemon Go,” made a strong case for augmented reality as an opening keynote speaker Thursday at the Austin Game Conference. At the two-day convention for...

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