Video Game

New video game mirrors NSA-style surveillance state

A super-hacker eavesdrops in Ubisoft's Watch Dogs game. Photo: AP

A video game with a protagonist who controls the world around him by hacking into systems is generating growing buzz for its eerie parallels with the current storm about US surveillance.

Tuesday, 13 August, 2013, 3:42pm

Controversy over US National Rifle Association's shooting game

Shooting ranges on the game NRA: Practice Range. Photo: AFP

The US National Rifle Association, which blames video games in part for mass shootings, triggered controversy after coming out with its own shooting game for iPhones and iPads.

NRA: Practice Range, is billed as "the NRA's new mobile nerve centre" with access to information about gun safety, legislation and news from the influential 4.25 million-member US gun lobby group.

17 Jan 2013 - 4:11am

Taking on a boys' club

The world of video games has often been viewed as a boys-only club. Female gamers are rare, so female game designers like Wendy Chan are even harder to find.

The 27-year-old started playing video games in primary school. She was introduced to an RPG by her brother and was instantly hooked. But she never thought of it as a career when she was young.

21 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Why the kids are all right

After school, 12-year-old George immediately turns on his Xbox at home in Mid-Levels. An invitation to play Call of Duty: Black Ops flashes on his screen; his friend Adam in Oxfordshire, Britain, is waiting. George accepts, puts on his headset, and the two start chatting and planning strategy while they wait for their friend Joe in Pokfulam to come online and join the team.

27 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Eyes strained on school breaks, poll finds

23 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

There's a market for female characters

I am writing in response to the article 'Games lack girl power' (Young Post, September 10). It is about the discrimination against female characters in video games, where their abilities are far inferior to their male counterparts. It was a very interesting topic and I hadn't thought about it before.

17 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Iron Man 2: The Video Game

Suit up, it's time to shoot some bad guys in the latest movie tie-in game, Iron Man 2: The Video Game, The game is designed for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii and Sony PlayStation Portable.

7 May 2010 - 12:00am

Violent games - to ban or not to

The United States Supreme Court has decided to review a California law which bans the sale or rental of violent video games to minors - teenagers aged under 18.

Supporters of the ban insist that just as the sale of pornographic materials to minors is banned, video games that contain gory, graphic violence should be too.

29 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

It's more than just a game

Like it or not, people play games at work - and they are rarely pretty. Regardless of whether your colleagues are driven by the need to run ahead of the pack, nail a promotion or win funding for their pet projects, they have, are and will be tempted to engage in sneaky strategies.

9 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Are video games a waste of time?

Matthew Murchie, 15, St Joseph's College

Society has divided entertainment into two types: the good and the bad.

'Good' entertainment includes reading, exercising and playing chess, and is considered 'good for you'.

The 'bad' sort includes watching TV, surfing the internet and, of course, playing video games.

18 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Take your work home

If you love playing computer games, game designing could be your perfect career

Requirements: As a game designer, you need good language skills to present your ideas to others. You also need to have knowledge of artwork and computer programming, and a good imagination.

27 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Letting your imagination run wild can be liberating

But it's not all fun and games, according to Cal Hung Ling-ki, a console game designer at M-Inverse Holdings, who says that it is a common misconception that designers are paid to play all the time

11 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Game over

My sister is addicted to computer games. I used to be absorbed in the virtual world when I was in Form Four. But I kicked the habit in Form Five.

I realised playing computer games was a huge waste of time. Once you get addicted, it is very hard to quit.

5 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Computer Science

IT experts must constantly study and update skills to remain competitive

Keeping pace with information technology (IT) trends is not enough to compete in the fast-changing industry. One must also be capable of creating new IT systems and services tailor-made to meet people's many expectations, according to an academic.

1 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

All the right moves

In an upstairs cafe in Prince Edward, a young man is about to get shot. Not with a gun but with the reach for a card and a laugh over a board game called Bang. 'I'd like to shoot you,' says a young woman in the Jolly Thinkers cafe. There are cheers and laughter around the table as the teenage victim smiles at his fate.

9 Jan 2008 - 12:00am