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Ask Dr. Universe: Will playing video games turn our brains to slime?

Our mom says video games and too much TV rot our brains. What does that mean? How does that happen? Will our brains turn to slime?

Gridiron gaming: A look back at some of the NFL video game classics, including Madden

The former NFL coach and broadcaster’s name is the biggest in NFL video games, but that wasn’t always the case. Let’s take a look at some of the biggest football …

UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 24, 2018

Mead-based ‘Myst’ creators to publish new virtual reality game ‘ZED’ early in 2019

It’s the first time the small developer Cyan Worlds has collaborated to release a title with another developer, though the relationship isn’t a new one. Chuck Carter, a former Spokesman-Review …

Video game review: PS4 exclusive ‘Spider-Man’ shines as new head of the class in super-hero game genre

If you’ve ever wanted to swing between towering skyscrapers in Times Square, scale the side of the Empire State Building, or stealthily string a bad guy up in a ball …

SWX gets in video gaming business with launch of streaming channel

The 24/7 sports station owned by KHQ is dipping its toe in the video game streaming world beginning Wednesday, when a 50-hour marathon of a Bothell-produced title begins. Sports anchor …

A Seattle museum’s tech bonanza, from classic video games to virtual reality

Living Computers: Museum + Labs is a unique convergence of new and old technology that shows in a fun, hands-on way how ideas can improve and evolve over time.

UPDATED: Tue., June 5, 2018

Gamer: LeBron James appearing on cover of NBA 2K video game

LeBron James is a gamer – on and off the floor. Cleveland’s star is being honored for his skills by appearing on the cover of NBA 2K’s 20th anniversary edition. …

UPDATED: Thu., March 8, 2018

Trump discusses violence with video game execs and critics

President Donald Trump raised concerns about the graphic depiction of violence in video games at a White House meeting Thursday with members of the industry and some of their most …

‘Myst’ creators surprise with announcement of new, virtual-reality based game

Cyan Worlds released a trailer early Thursday for what they hope will be a complete gaming adventure set in virtual reality. The steampunk-inspired “Firmament” does not have a release date, …

Editorial: Freeman tragedy needs broader perspective

Why does it keep happening? What can we do? We all want to make sense of this. But the answers aren’t simple, no matter how much we wish they were

UPDATED: Mon., March 20, 2017

Apple’s next big thing: augmented reality

Tim Cook has talked up a lot of technologies since becoming Apple’s chief executive in 2011. Driverless cars. Artificial intelligence. Streaming television. But no technology has fired up Cook quite …

UPDATED: Fri., March 3, 2017

Nintendo in need of hit with its Switch

Nintendo is trying to erase the divide between video games played in the living room and on the go. And the highly anticipated launch of its Nintendo Switch system on …

Evolution always wins: University of Idaho video game uses mutating aliens to teach science concepts

“Darwin’s Demons,” a video game created at the University of Idaho, uses mutating aliens to teach students about natural selection and evolution.

Compulsive video-gaming may mean less drug use among U.S. teens

American teens are using fewer illicit drugs, with the exception of marijuana, according to a new study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

‘Myst’ creators Cyan break into virtual reality game design with ‘Obduction’

Rand Miller, co-creator of the classic computer game “Myst,” said his small team of developers is closer now, with the advent of virtual reality technology, to creating the immersive experience …

Ken Griffey Jr. announced as cover athlete of ‘MLB The Show 17’

Ken Griffey Jr., the former Seattle Mariners all-star and newly enshrined member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, will grace the cover of PlayStation 4 video game, “MLB The Show …

Microsoft buys Seattle video-game streaming startup for Xbox Live

Microsoft said Thursday it has acquired Beam, a Seattle startup that builds video-game streaming tools.

Feedback: Favorite video games of all time

We asked our Facebook friends for their favorite video games of all time. The answers span generations.

Pokémon Go hordes flock to Riverfront Park in Spokane

Hundreds of Spokane residents came out to Riverfront Park Monday afternoon hoping to catch Pokémon in the wild.

Dad admits killing 6-year-old son while playing video games

A Florida man who kept playing videogames after pinning his 6-year-old son to the couch on Christmas Eve has pleaded guilty to killing the boy.

Shooter games hyped at trade show after Orlando attack

The flags outside the Electronic Entertainment Expo are flying at half-staff in honor of the victims of the attack on a Florida gay nightclub that left 49 dead. But it …

Nintendo looks to filmmaking for growth after Mariners sale

Japanese video game maker Nintendo Co. is eyeing the movie business for growth. Company spokesman Makoto Wakae said Monday details are undecided but the work might be a theater or …

Movie review: ‘Ratchet & Clank’ jumps from video games to big screen

Based on a popular Playstation game, the sci-fi animated feature “Ratchet & Clank” seeks to capture the kid-friendly audience this weekend, as well as the gamer crowd who have a …

Spokane game developers seek to ride new wave of virtual reality excitement

Anna Czoski and Lew Strachman co-founded Novawake Studios to explore the potential of virtual reality technology. Their projects, which are loosely defined as “video games,” can be experienced at the …

Video Game Hall of Fame reveals finalists for May induction

“Sonic the Hedgehog,” “Space Invaders” and “John Madden Football” are among 15 games named Tuesday as finalists for the World Video Game Hall of Fame.

Spokane brothers open Jedi-themed ‘church’ offering arcade, toys and comics

Tim and Tyler Arnold have turned their collection of all things pop culture into a Jedi-themed church in Spokane they hope will serve as an outlet for community service as …

‘Myst,’ ‘Riven’ video games will be basis for TV series

A Burbank, California, company will produce a 10-episode season based on the popular “Myst” and “Riven” video games developed by Spokane game company Cyan Worlds Inc. The not-yet-scheduled series will …

‘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 …

Local developers launch trivia app

Making video games is the realization of a longtime dream for Spokane Valley resident Jason Stock. “There was this new mobile thing, that you could do it yourself,” Stock, 36, …

‘Ebola Attack’ creators make a mobile game for good

Lance Hughes and Anna Czoski hope their viral video game goes viral. The pair created “Ebola Attack,” a game for smartphones and tablets that tasks players with saving organs from …