FROM Stephanie Barish
Gamers Gather in Downtown LA The Electronic Entertainment Expo , known as E-3, is crowding hotels and restaurants again in downtown Los Angeles. It's not open to the public, but electronic games are wildly popular and they’re big business.
Game Designers and Developers Converge for IndieCade When the iPhone 5 was presented last week, Apple made a point of how its faster processor, better graphics and light, thin, larger screen will be a boon for video gamers. Increasingly people are playing games on mobile devices instead of on computers and consoles. So game designers are busy trying to target this booming market, and that includes independent designers—sole operators or small teams who create games almost as passion projects. Some of these games will go on display starting October 4 at the IndieCade festival here in Los Angeles. IndieCade founder and CEO Stephanie Barish and festival director Sam Roberts describe the changing landscape of the indie gaming industry, and how design plays a big role. If you want to experience one of these indie games for yourself, try Frances' favorite: Contra Jour , featuring a little eyeball that has to chase turquoise dots down globular hills that are shaped into slopes by your finger, all to the sound of soothing piano music. We have five pairs of tickets to give away to IndieCade. If you'd like to win, head over to the DnA blog to enter. A screengrab from Contra Jour, a soothing, almost meditative game BlindSide is a somewhat-terrifying "audio adventure" game using sound to create a virtual reality Top image is from the game Bloop that uses an iPad or iPhone's touchscreen as a gameboard
GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow.
Does 'hire American' mean fire a foreigner? US companies are allowed to hire employees from other countries with highly developed skills that can't be found here. President Trump says it's being abused as a way to find cheap foreign labor. We hear about the benefits—and the risks—of changing the H-1B program.
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.