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Samsung unveils gaming-friendly Galaxy Note 9

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd launched the Galaxy Note 9 “phablet” in New York on Thursday, promising better battery life and quick cooling to attract gamers and rejuvenate flagging sales. The focus on gamer-friendly features appears to be a shift away from Samsung’s previous positioning of the Note as a productivity-boosting device, and is an attempt to lure younger customers as the company’s smartphone sales falter. Samsung last month posted its slowest quarterly profit growth in more than a year as rivals such as…

Video gaming addictive like cocaine: WHO

Video gaming can be addictive in the same way as cocaine or gambling, the World Health Organization said Monday in a much anticipated update of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11). "After consulting with experts across the world, and reviewing evidence in an exhaustive manner, we decided that this condition should be added," Shekhar Saxena, director of the WHO's department of mental health and substance abuse, told AFP. Online and offline "gaming disorder" is grouped with "disorders due to substance use…

Addictive gaming to be recognised as disease: WHO

GENEVA: "Gaming disorder" will be recognised as a disease later this year following expert consensus over the addictive risks associated with playing electronic games, the World Health Organization said Friday. The disorder will be listed in the 11th edition of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), to be published in June, WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic told reporters in Geneva. WHO is leading the process of updating ICD-11, which includes input from global health practitioners. Read More: Scientists…

‘Assassin’s Creed’ game is back, this time in ancient Egypt

SAN FRANCISCO:  Video game titan Ubisoft on Friday released a new instalment of "Assassin's Creed," seeking to reignite the passion for the game after a year off to freshen its top franchise. Breaking from its pattern of annually releasing sequels to "Assassin's Creed,"  which has sold more than 100 million copies since the first version debuted in a decade ago, Ubisoft took an extra year to craft "Assassin's Creed: Origins." The new installment is set in Egypt at a time when Cleopatra is ascending to the throne,…

Microsoft and Porsche announce multi-year Forza partnership

Porsche and Microsoft have announced a six-year partnership to collaborate on a range of co-branded initiatives for Porsche and the Forza franchise at the New York International Auto Show to be held from April 14-23, 2017.  Alan Hartman, Studio Head at Microsoft’s Turn 10 Studios, said that the premium partnership with Porsche is as a result of their shared passion for sports cars and motorsport, and the multi-year partnership is starting off strong with ForzaRC. “Porsche has a rich history of motorsport which combined…

Acer launches world’s first curved gaming laptop

Acer has launched a monstrous 21 inches high resolution gaming laptop, Predator 21 X, with full-sized mechanical keyboard. It is the world’s first curved screen notebook. This laptop, featuring Windows 10, is projected to be ‘advanced beyond anything available in the market’. It is specially designed to soothe the thirst of gaming enthusiasts. “As the world’s first notebook to offer a curved 21-inch IPS display (2560 x 1080 resolutions with a 120Hz refresh rate), it delivers a truly immersive gaming experience,…

Astroneer launches on Xbox One and PC

Astroneer, a game of aerospace industry and interplanetary exploration, was finally launched on Xbox One and Windows 10 store on December 16, Friday. One of the most awaited games of the year, Astroneer is set during a 25th century gold rush where players must explore the frontiers of outer space, risking their lives and resources in harsh environments for the chance of striking it rich. GAME PLAY You play an Astroneer: a near-future prospector seeking fortune and adventure, deposited on far-flung worlds by your…