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At SXSW, thousands get a Kevin Bacon number of one

I now have a Kevin Bacon number of one.

Technically, that's not true. But given that I was in the audience today, along with at least a thousand other people at South by Southwest (SXSW), listening to the famous actor talking about the now 20-year-old Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon game, I'm going to stake a claim to a score of one. With an asterisk.

In 1994, after watching a couple Kevin Bacon movies, Brian Turtle, along with friends Mike Ginelli and Craig Fass, decided to figure out how many connections it would take to get from actors … Read more

Disney Interactive lays off 700 workers, adios social gaming

After dismal earnings, Disney announced Thursday that it's laying off one quarter of its gaming and Internet division -- that's about 700 people, according to the Associated Press.

The cuts are in the company's Interactive unit and will most likely affect people who work on Disney's social games, according to the AP. The layoffs also come with discontinued games like Sorority Life and Tap Tap Revenge.

The restructuring was "difficult but necessary given our long-term strategy focused on sustainable profitability and innovation," Disney told the AP.

Disney put most of its Internet properties into … Read more

Minecraft 'Fear Clinic' does battle with smoking

Trying to quit smoking but feeling the urge? Maybe talking to a psychologist before lighting up will help you resist.

It's easy to do in Minecraft. Swedish nonprofit A Non Smoking Generation, which aims to prevent young people from smoking, has set up what it calls a Fear Clinic inside the popular indie sandbox game.

Young Swedes are invited to swing by the virtual clinic to talk about smoking-related concerns and struggles with a psychologist on standby for three hours daily -- from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Swedish time. … Read more

Yep, it's playable Tetris on a business card

Business cards are used to share your contact information and make a good impression. Even the fanciest paper business card can't hold a candle to technical designer Kevin Bates' Arduboy interactive business card that comes with a playable game of Tetris built into it.

Bates built the card using the tiniest Arduino he could find, an OLED screen, and a piezo speaker. The whole creation is only slightly thicker than a penny. It has working buttons for controlling the game, and could conceivably be programmed to play a lot more old-school games besides just Tetris. Bates is already working on a Pokemon game for the platform.… Read more

HBO Go lands on PS3

HBO Go, the network's streaming service, will be available on PlayStation 3 later today through a free app, Sony has announced on the PlayStation Blog. Sony is working "diligently" with HBO to get the PlayStation 4 version ready, PlayStation executive Phil Rosenberg said, but there's no release date yet for it.

The HBO Go app, about which CNET earlier reported, will be free to download on PS3 and PS4, but you'll need an HBO subscription from your cable or satellite provider to access on-demand content like episodes of Game of Thrones or True Detective.

An … Read more

Xbox One adds music videos to streaming service

Xbox Music, Microsoft's music streaming product for its game console franchise, is adding music videos to the gaming console, the company said Tuesday in a blog post.

"Once a TV staple, music videos are now primarily housed on the internet, where easy access is key," it wrote, noting that when customers play a track on their Xbox One using Xbox Music, the song will automatically play as a video if it is among the 92,000 that are being added.

Vevo, a joint venture between venture between Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group with a strategic … Read more

Rocksteady Studios to complete Batman: Arkham series on next-gen consoles

Rocksteady Studios, the development house responsible for Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City is deep into production on what it's calling the finale to the Arkham series. Just announced as a reveal of Game Informer's April issue cover story, Batman: Arkham Knight will take place one year after the events of CNET's 2011 game of the year, Batman: Arkham City.

Arkham Knight will hit next-generation consoles and the PC later this year. You'll recall last year's underwhelming effort Batman: Arkham Origins, which was instead developed by Warner Bros. Games Montréal. News of … Read more

Sony PlayStation 4 racks up 6 million sales

Sales of Sony's PlayStation 4 have surpassed the 6 million mark after less than four months, according to Sony.

Revealing the latest stats on Tuesday, Sony said that customers have purchased more than 6 million PS4 units globally as of Sunday. That number includes the 370,000 units sold in Japan since the console launched there on February 22.

The latest sales figure shows a steady rise from the 5.3 million units sold as of February 8 and the 2.1 million sold in the first two weeks following the PS4's initial launch in November. The console … Read more

Reenact Samuel L. Jackson's 'Jurassic Park' hacking scene

You may not be aware, but up until now your life has been sadly incomplete because you have not yet role-played as Samuel L. Jackson's cigarette-munching character from "Jurassic Park" as he desperately tries to hack into the park's computer system. Make up for lost time by heading over to the Jurassic Systems site, an HTML5/Javascript version of the Irix and Mac screens from the movie.

The look of the screens perfectly mirrors what was seen in the film. You're given a command-line prompt to work with. Jackson's character Ray Arnold didn't get very far when he tried to use the system. You can try your own luck at a hack attack.… Read more

Nintendo starts health business to improve your quality of life

Nintendo is looking toward your quality of life and trying to find a business model in it, the company's president, Satoru Iwata, said Monday.

In a public letter, Iwata said that due to the changing "business environment," Nintendo has "decided to redefine entertainment as something that improves people's quality of life ('QOL') in enjoyable ways and expand our business areas. What Nintendo will try to achieve in the next 10 years is a platform business that improves people's QOL in enjoyable ways."

So, what exactly does Nintendo have planned? It's hard to … Read more