Video games aren't always seen as the best medium for storytelling. But I think they should be, for one simple reason: interactivity.
As the player, you're experiencing the story first-hand. Whatever happens to the protagonist of the story is happening to you as a player. How you act and react forms part of the story.
I think interactivity should, in theory, allow people to have a greater connection with the story. But too many games use non-interactive, cinematic sequences to show their most important scenes. At a time when games could hammer home the advantage they have over movies, the player instead puts down the controller to passively watch it unfold without his input.
So it's funny that it took a Swedish filmmaker to make a game that avoids cinematic tricks to tell his story.
It's safe to say few saw this coming: Nintendo's latest version of the popular 3DS handheld game console is ditching the 3D screen.
The Nintendo 2DS will play all 3DS (and DS) games - they just won't be in 3D. The upside? The 2DS will cost just $129 in the United States, $40 cheaper than the existing 3DS.
Your smart phone is smarter than you think.
The UK-based OpenSignal has developed an app that crowd sources the weather using data from your mobile battery.
That's right, you can tell how hot it is outside thanks your cellphone's energy source. That's because smartphones have built-in thermometers to track battery temperature to help prevent overheating.
It's something the company discovered by accident. A year ago, OpenSignal discovered a strong correlation between battery temperature and daily temperatures recorded at a weather station.
Its WeatherSignal app, available for Android phones, crowd sources the temperature data from thousands of users who are running the app.
How accurate is the data? And will it be able to predict the weather one day?
Click on to my News Stream interview with OpenSignal co-founder and CTO James Robinson to find out.
Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales is in Hong Kong for Wikimania, the annual gathering that charts the future of the popular website.
Speaking at the conference this morning, he addressed another high-profile visitor to the territory – Edward Snowden.
Wales called the NSA leaker “awesome,” and that “he’s done something remarkable and really important.”
Jimmy Wales said Snowden’s leaks led to Wikipedia’s decision to encryption more quickly.
But why is it important to keep what we’re reading on Wikipedia a secret?
Click on to hear his response… as well as his thoughts on the Lavabit shutdown and efforts to bring more contributors into the Wikipedia fold.
10 years ago, I filed my first report on Wikipedia.
It was Andrew Lih, now an associate professor at American University, who first introduced me to Wikipedia.
Now back in Hong Kong for the conference, he tells me the core challenges ahead for Wikipedia are introducing more video and interactive features to the site, and broadening its base of contributors.
Shockingly, Lih says some 90% of Wikipedia's contributor population is male. How does Wikipedia plan to bridge the gender gap?
Watch the video above to find out.