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Atari plans to open video game-themed resorts in 8 US cities

Atari, the arcade game company that ushered in the gaming revolution in the 1980s, is opening eight video game-themed hotels across the U.S. The company said this week it will …

PlayStation 5 is coming. Will it be the last one?

It surprised no one, but Sony’s official announcement of the PlayStation 5 has extended the millennial video game console war for another generation, and it could be the last.

Gamer’s Haven owners preparing space near Kendall Yards to include bar, restaurant

The Gamer’s Haven, a tabletop gaming store, is relocating to Spokane’s West Central neighborhood and opening a bar and restaurant, according to permits issued by the city.

UPDATED: Wed., July 31, 2019

Unopened 1987 Nintendo video game could sell for $10,000

An unopened copy of a 1987 cult classic video game that a Nevada man found in the attic of his childhood home is expected to sell for up to $10,000 …

Snap joins online game fray, unveils advertising products

Snapchat is joining the online games bandwagon with a new service that lets people play together on its mobile platform.

UPDATED: Fri., March 29, 2019

‘Myst’ makers Cyan Worlds turn to Kickstarter once more to fund virtual reality game ‘Firmament’

The Mead-based company that developed the seminal 1990s adventure game is crowdsourcing its next adventure, with a goal of raising $1.3 million in a month to make “Firmament.” The company’s …

UPDATED: Tue., March 19, 2019

Goodbye console? Google launches game-streaming platform

Google says it will launch a video game streaming platform called Stadia, positioning itself to take on the traditional video-game business.

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 28, 2019

Longtime dream of cloud-based gaming closer than ever to coming true

Major companies from Microsoft to Verizon are exploring how to replace game downloads with internet-based game services hoping to do for video gaming what Netflix and Spotify have done with …

Remember virtual reality? Its buzz has faded at CES 2019

It’s a world away from the scene a few years ago, when VR products from Samsung, Oculus, HTC and Sony seemed omnipresent and unstoppable at CES 2019. These days, VR …

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 28, 2018

U.S. consumer watchdog to investigate video game loot boxes

Federal regulators have vowed to investigate a growing trend in video games that analysts say could soon become a $50 billion industry but which has drawn fire from critics who …

UPDATED: Wed., July 11, 2018

Nintendo’s newest Smash Bros. game showcases its odd relationship with esports

The hands-on demos and tournament represent a huge promotional push by Nintendo for the latest installment of its beloved Smash Bros. series, a fighting game that pits some of Nintendo’s …

E3 expo highlights virtual reality’s never-ending challenge: to get real

Beyond the new game announcements and software improvements, if there’s anything that this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo confirmed, it’s that virtual reality in the $116-billion worldwide gaming industry is here …

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 16, 2018

‘Instant racing’ ballot measure pushed, but Idaho AG says it may be unconstitutional

A proposed ballot initiative to legalize “historical horse racing” – slot machine-like betting terminals at which players bet on randomly selected past horse races – has been submitted to the …

Spokane Tribe Casino honors tribe’s past with historic photos, Salish names

The Spokane Tribe Casino’s decor includes geometric designs, historic photographs and Salish names amid the flashing lights of 450 slot machines. The casino opens Monday evening.

Spokane Tribe betting on new casino that opens Monday

The Spokane Tribe Casino opens Monday in Airway Heights. Beyond the flash of Vegas-style slot machines and table games lie tribal leaders’ aspirations for a better future for the 2,900-member …

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 22, 2017

Popular SNES Classic preorders sell out quickly at local GameStops

A miniaturized version of the 1991 classic gaming console was announced for preorder Tuesday morning at area GameStop retailers, but clerks reported fast sell-outs. More machines will be available on …

UPDATED: Fri., June 23, 2017

Video of gaming Seattle officer discussing shooting removed

After an online outcry, a Seattle Police Department video in which an officer playing a video game discussed the recent fatal police shooting of a pregnant mother has been removed …

UPDATED: Sun., April 23, 2017

Wisconsin tribes clash in casino expansion fight

According to the National Indian Gambling Commission, 240 tribes offered gambling in 28 states as of January. With casinos restricted to reservations and land held in federal trust, tribes have …

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 23, 2017

Idaho House panel narrowly rejects bill going after tribal gaming

Idaho lawmakers took aim at tribal gaming, but legislation to amend the 2002 voter initiative that legalized tribal casinos statewide failed in a House committee Thursday on an 8-7 vote, …

Nintendo combines portable and home gaming with Switch

Nintendo has announced a new gaming system that combines a portable handheld device with a dock to use at home.

Winner of $487M Powerball set to claim prize, lottery officials say

The New Hampshire Lottery says the winner of the $487 million Powerball jackpot in July is set to claim the prize.

Trump Taj Mahal casino owner files formal petition to close

Billionaire Carl Icahn’s management team is asking state gambling regulators for permission to shut down the Trump Taj Mahal casino next month.

Idaho House panel introduces gaming agency bill

An Idaho House panel has introduced legislation that would create a new state agency to oversee and investigate gambling activities throughout the state.

‘Wolf’ brings adventure gaming to compelling fairy tale world

Imagine a world where fairy tales are real, their characters living their lives in New York with the same foibles as humans. It’s an easier thing to imagine nowadays with …

Lawmakers vote to repeal ‘instant racing’ machines

BOISE – Idaho lawmakers have voted overwhelmingly to repeal authorization for the slot machine-like “instant racing” machines that have cropped up around Idaho this year, including at the Greyhound Park …

Instant racing ban passes Idaho Senate

BOISE – An effort to outlaw slot machine-like betting terminals being used in Post Falls and elsewhere cleared the Idaho Senate on Tuesday. The move followed emotional debate over the …

Greyhound Park says it depends on instant racing machines

BOISE – The manager of the Greyhound Park Event Center in Post Falls told Idaho lawmakers Monday that the park will shut down if they repeal the law that allowed …

Idaho senators’ bill would repeal 2013 law on horse-racing betting

BOISE – An Idaho Senate committee agreed unanimously Friday to introduce legislation to repeal the 2013 law that authorized betting on “historical” horse races, and led to slot machine-like “instant …

‘Instant racing’ machines draw ire of Idaho lawmakers

BOISE – Idaho lawmakers expressed deep concern Thursday about “instant racing” betting machines that have been installed in Post Falls, Idaho Falls and the Boise area. The machines, which resemble …

Horse race machines spark debate for Idaho tribes, casinos

“Instant racing” machines flash neon colors at the Greyhound Park and Event Center in Post Falls, where for as little as a quarter, people can wager on historical horse races. …