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Roblox gamers must pay to die with an ‘oof’

Roblox gamers must pay to die with an ‘oof’

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PC gamers asked to donate GPU time for coronavirus research

PC gamers asked to donate GPU time for coronavirus research

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PC gamers are being asked to donate some of their computing power to an international effort researching diseases including the novel coronavirus, as well as cancer and Alzheimer's.There have now been more than 156,000 confirmed cases globally as the coronavirus continues to spread, with over 5,800 confirmed deaths following COVID-19 diagnoses. In addition to trying not to transmit the virus by regularly washing their hands and self-isolating if they show any symptoms, PC gamers can also contribute to cutting-edge research. Simply by installing software which runs in the background of their computer while they continue to use it for other activities, the gamers could be helping develop a treatment for the virus.The Folding@home (F@h) project is a distributed computing research programm...
Blizzard gamers complain they cannot boycott firm over China

Blizzard gamers complain they cannot boycott firm over China

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Gamers are complaining they are unable to delete their Activision Blizzard accounts, as they attempt to show solidarity with an e-sports competitor.The US publisher caused controversy by placing a 12-month ban on a player who had voiced support for pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong on Sunday. Users say they get error messages when they try to erase their accounts. Some suggest it could be deliberate.But the firm has indicated a technical problem is to blame."There's an issue affecting the site which our engineers are currently addressing... it's a priority for us to have this resolved," one of its North America accounts tweeted.The BBC's request for a comment has not yet been answered.Some players in Europe have said they are able to cancel their profil...
Google’s DeepMind goes undercover to battle gamers

Google’s DeepMind goes undercover to battle gamers

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Gamers in Europe are being invited to take on a bot developed by some of the world's leading artificial intelligence researchers.But there's a twist: players will not be told when they have been pitted against it.The tests are being carried out by DeepMind, the London-based AI company that previously created a program that defeated the world's top Go players.In this case, the challenge involves the sci-fi video game Starcraft II.It is seen as being a more complex task, since players can only get a partial overview of what their opponent is doing, unlike the Chinese board game Go where all the pieces are on show.In addition, both Starcraft players move their armies about simultaneously rather than by taking turns.DeepMind - which ...
Gamers suggest ways to combat addiction

Gamers suggest ways to combat addiction

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Gaming "addicts" have been talking to MPs about the dangers of spending too much time online.One told them that parents should set a three-hour-a-day limit on their children's gaming.It is part of an inquiry into technology addiction, being held by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee.At an earlier hearing, representatives from the gaming industry downplayed the issue.There is no publicly available content from that meeting but, in written evidence to the committee, the association for UK Interactive Entertainment (Ukie) said there was a "lack of evidence" around the concept of gaming addiction, citing both a UN report and one from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.It also told MPs gameplay could be a "force for good"."We...