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Idaho Fish and Game wants new hunters. So it created a video game to help them learn

Crouched down in the forest, knife in hand, Brennon Leman starts to skin the bull elk lying dead on the ground. He draws his blade across the animal’s belly, over …

Woman helps nursing-home residents see the world without leaving home

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Jim Halsey, 83, has traveled to Japan and South Korea, through Europe and Central America. One recent day, he squatted in a narrow, wooden boat and …

Virtual Pompeii: GU students time traveling in class using Lithodomos VR technology

This year, Gonzaga University history professor Andrew Goldman is testing classroom applications for new virtual-reality technology with viewpoints of ancient civilizations based on archeological evidence. The work is being led …

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 …

The Dirt: Former automotive shop to become brewery, restaurant

The Watts Project will transform the former Watts Automotive shop, 1312 W. First Ave., into a 6,600-square-foot brewery production facility and tap room called Brick West Brewing.

Virtual reality gaming business to fill former Starbucks near Gonzaga

The building at 1217 N. Hamilton St. will see about $50,000 in interior work to remove walls and build spaces needed for the gaming space.

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: 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 …

UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 18, 2018

New era in virtual reality therapy for common phobias

Virtual reality therapy can help people by exposing them gradually to their greatest terrors. The technology is just now reaching the mainstream after 20 years of research.

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.

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 …

‘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, …

Facebook gets real about broadening virtual reality’s appeal

SAN FRANCISCO – Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg seems to be realizing a sobering reality about virtual reality: His company’s Oculus headsets that send people into artificial worlds are too expensive …

UPDATED: Mon., June 5, 2017

With ‘HomePod’ speaker, Apple unveils first new product in years

Apple nodded to several up-and-coming technology trends, unveiling new device features touching on virtual reality, online privacy and a form of artificial intelligence called machine learning.

Bellevue startup sees contact lenses replacing bulky VR headsets

Virtual reality may be a hot new trend, but those dorky headsets certainly are not. What if experiencing virtual reality was as simple as putting on a pair of contacts?

UPDATED: Thu., March 2, 2017

Virtual reality exhibit lets you navigate the streets of Spokane and real life experiences

Darke’s “In Passing” takes place on the virtual street corners of the real Spokane, specifically the block around the Ridpath Hotel. Viewers who don Laboratory’s vitural reality headsets can see …

Intel has high hopes for virtual reality tool developed by WSU professors

The immersive, live-streaming sports and music experience of a virtual reality technology born on the Palouse is going big time under its new owner, Intel.

Big Ten to broadcast Minnesota-Nebraska in virtual reality

The Big Ten network is making Saturday’s football game between Minnesota and No. 21 Nebraska available in virtual reality. The network released a statement on Thursday saying it has partnered …

‘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 …

Eye on Boise: Idaho Rep. Labrador is sixth-poorest in Congress, site says

Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador is the sixth-poorest member of Congress, according to a comparison by

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 …

Microsoft, Lowe’s to help remodelers through virtual reality

Microsoft and Lowe’s are going to test customers’ appetite for virtual remodeling starting this month with a pilot program using the HoloLens headset inside a store in the Seattle area, …

Microsoft to ship developer HoloLens for $3,000 in March

Microsoft says it will start shipping a developer version of its augmented reality device, HoloLens, for $3,000 on March 30.