Videogames

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos

The official announcement came that Amazon has bought Twitch for $970 million to be paid in cash. Twitch is a video streaming platform particularly targeted to video games with the broadcast of games played by users. Twitch offers both live and on-demand streaming. This news comes after months of rumors of possible acquisitions, especially by Google.

The console Gamebuino (Photo courtesy Aurélien Rodot. All rights reserved)

Gamebuino is a project to create a retro videogame console, like the old-fashioned 8-bit ones such as the Nintendo Game Boy, based on Arduino, an electronic platform with circuit diagrams that are distributed as free hardware with a software kit too free as well. The fundraiser with the crowdfunding method on the Indiegogo website, which started on March 12, 2014, is having a great success and will continue until April 28, 2014.

Sergey Orlovskiy testing Oculus Rift

Facebook has announced it has reached an agreement for the purchase of Oculus VR, Inc., producer of the virtual reality head-mounted display Oculus Rift, for a total of about $2 billion. The figure includes $400 million in cash and 23.1 million shares of Facebook common stock. The agreement also includes an additional $300 million in cash and shares based on the achievement of certain goals that weren’t specified in the press release.

Eve Online home page

In the last days, in the virtual universe of the game EVE Online the greatest space war in the history of the Internet was fought with over 7,500 people involved in what has been called the Bloodbath of B-R5RB. In the course of about 21 hours the level of destruction has reached levels never seen in an online game but the damages from this war are not all virtual. In fact, the cost in ISK, the virtual currency used in EVE Online, have a real equivalent whose official estimate is between $300,000 and $330,000.

Screenshot from Doom secret level

On December 10, 1993, id Software made ​​available the MS-DOS computer game “Doom” in its shareware version on the first of a series of bulletin boards and an ftp server giving rise to one of the most legendary stories in videogame history. The shareware version included only the first episode, titled “Knee-Deep in the Dead”, while the commercial version offered for sale included two more episodes: “Shores of Hell” and “Inferno”.