BBC News: Tencent brings popular game Candy Crush to China
China’s internet giant Tencent will launch the popular Candy Crush game on the mainland in a partnership with the game’s creator.
The Drum: Glasgow 2014 launches £30,000 #DigitalSprint competition for businesses that can bring digital to the Commonwealth Games
Businesses have been invited to enter ‘The Glasgow 2014 Digital Sprint’, a £30,000 competition encouraging digital innovation ahead of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Guardian: Google is building up a digital superstate, says German media boss
Mathias Döpfner, head of Europe’s largest newspaper publisher, says internet search engine is abusing market dominance.
Independent: Neil Young’s Pono music player becomes the 3rd most funded product on Kickstarter, but can you even hear the difference?
Neil Young has made headlines today with the third most successful Kickstarter of all time, raising $6.22m for his new high quality Pono music player; the music connoisseurs fine Bordeaux.
BBC News: Men ‘giving up’ on books to watch films or go online
Men prefer to watch film adaptations of books than read the original novel, according to a new study, which found the opposite is true for women.
Mashable: Tapping Into the Emotional Side of Video Games: Developing Hope, Healing and Love
“Look at the genres women like: a romantic comedy game doesn’t exist. Few examples of a documentary game exist. What is the equivalent of a real drama game? They don’t exist.”
Develop: Training Spotlight: Falmouth University
Falmouth University in Cornwall is offering a new course, the Alacrity Falmouth programme, which begins in May 2014, focused on entrepreneurship is its answer to kick-starting a new wave of video game start-ups in the UK.
And finally, anyone who has ever played Half-Life will know what an achievement this…
Wired: Watch speedrunners complete Half-Life in 20 minutes
A team of seven players has completed the 1998 action game Half-Life in less time than it takes to watch an episode of The Simpsons. What’s more, the new speedrunning record — standing at 20 minutes 41 seconds — has smashed the existing record of 29 minutes and 41 seconds by almost a third. “After almost four years of painstaking planning, theory crafting and execution, we have arrived at our final time, smashing all of our wildest expectations.”….