US Army National Guard is sponsoring 'esports labs' for 25 high schools

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US Army National Guard is sponsoring 'esports labs' for 25 high schools

The US Army struggled this year with an attempted incursion into Twitch. Its esports team was grilled by gamers who wouldn't stop asking about war crimes, and then Columbia University's Knight First Amendment Institute said that deleting them, and banning those who ask, may actually constitute a violation of the First Amendment. The Army's return to Twitch in August was thus unmoderated, and went about as well as you'd expect.

Mathematicians do the most videogame thing ever by inventing a real world happiness meter

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Mathematicians do the most videogame thing ever by inventing a real world happiness meter

Videogames are filled with meters. You can have meters for health, stamina, magic, hunger, thirst, XP, even sanity. And in some games, meters can show how other people are feeling, too. In Guitar Hero, the rock meter tells you how stoked your audience is, in Frostpunk a meter shows your survivors' hope and discontent, and In Cities: Skylines, meters display citizen happiness (and unhappiness) across your growing metropolis.

Zombies are invading World of Warcraft in a special pre-expansion event

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Zombies are invading World of Warcraft in a special pre-expansion event

World of Warcraft's pre-expansion event is now live, unleashing a horde of undead across Azeroth's biggest cities. Like all pre-expansion events, this is your chance to earn some time-limited rewards, like a funny zombie pet, alongside powerful loot that'll jump you straight into Shadowlands if you're not all geared up.