Déjà vu: New bill would give ESRB video game ratings the force of law

Congressman Jim Matheson (D-Utah) has introduced a bill – H.R. 287 – to the United States House of Representatives which would give the Entertainment Software Rating Board’s rating scheme – heretofore a voluntary, self-regulatory system – the force of law and make it illegal to sell “Mature” or “Adults Only” titles to minors.

Top gaming technologies of 2012

This year saw the continued evolution of three consumer technologies — autostereoscopy, touch sensing, and motion sense – with direct application in the gaming world.

A soldier’s perspective on Call of Duty and its ilk (interview)

It’s no secret that first-person shooters — in all their Hollywood-inspired clamor and spectacle — don’t simulate the realities of war very well. From basic rules of engagement, to gun safety (i.e., don’t flag your buddies), and the dynamics of combat, FPSs are more akin to interactive action flicks than a proper recreation of armed conflict.

Jedi, fedoras, and carpal tunnel: A history of LucasArts

What if LucasArts never existed? What if the irascible filmmaker, beloved (and despised) the world over for his invaluable contributions to the pop-culture lexicon, had stuck to making space operas and juvenile fantasies about archeologists in fedora hats? What if George Lucas never entered the arena of gaming 30 years ago?

How Unreal Tournament bots passed the Turing test

A custom-designed Unreal Tournament “bot” has apparently passed the Turing test for artificial intelligence by convincing over half its flesh-and-blood opponents that it was human. This could have huge implications for robotics, gaming, and sci-fi doomsday scenarios.