GamesBeat Weekly Roundup

Here are some of the stories that ran on GamesBeat this week. We’re running more articles exclusively in the GamesBeat section of VentureBeat, particularly when they’re mainly of interest to our game readers. The broader-interest posts will continue to run on VentureBeat as well. Please visit the GamesBeat section to catch up on the latest game news. We’re ramping up our game coverage, so you’ll find a larger amount of deeper news at GamesBeat.

Get ready: NFC is nearing its tipping point

The mobile experience is in a renaissance period, from phones to tablets to autos and more. We’re seeing multi-core processors come to mobile devices to enable new applications like intense gaming and HD video playback, and we’re seeing advanced user interfaces, such as gesture and eye tracking, that could greatly improve the mobile experience. Then there’s Near Field Communications (NFC). Many predict NFC will bring one of the most significant improvements to the mobile experience of all.

Reality Check: Foxconn workers upset about new labor standards, want to work crazy overtime

Foxconn announced major reforms yesterday after an investigation by the Fair Labor Association found conditions that violated both the FLA’s standards and Chinese legal regulations. But while American’s may be comforting themselves that their shiny new iPhones and iPads are going to be made in more humane factories, the Chinese workers are upset that they will be missing out on the chance to maximize their income.

Reddit General Manager Erik Martin leads Time’s “100 Most Influential” poll

It’s hard to deny that community news sharing site Reddit hasn’t had a positive impact on the world. It’s user base is responsible for donating tons of money to good causes. Its employees led the crusade against the intrusive SOPA/PIPA legislation by shutting down for an entire day to live blog congressional protest. Reddit even makes the holidays more merry by running the largest Secret Santa gift giving event in the world.