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Kimberly Palmer: Do video games level up kids’ money skills?

Aug. 30, 2021 09:11 AM EDT

Every few days, my 8-year-old son, Neal, asks if he can “earn something” on Roblox, a popular online video game platform. That’s his way of suggesting I buy him Robux, the platform’s currency, in exchange for him doing a chore or extra academic assignment. While...

Fantasy sports contests go live in Arizona on Saturday

Aug. 27, 2021 22:29 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Fantasy sports fans can legally bet on the contests starting Saturday in Arizona, a state that was among one of the last holdouts to allow wagers and the collection of winnings on the popular online pastime. Legislation that Gov. Doug Ducey signed earlier...

Olympics ceremony uses music from Japanese video games

Jul. 23, 2021 08:08 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The athletes of the Tokyo Olympics were greeted by a few familiar notes Friday night. Those video game songs that get stuck in your head. An orchestral medley of songs from iconic Japanese video games served as the soundtrack for the...

Firms, Rutgers to study telehealth gambling treatments

Jul. 07, 2021 12:59 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A gambling technology company and a virtual mental health clinic are joining with New Jersey's Rutgers University to study the effectiveness of treatment for compulsive gambling and video game playing delivered in a virtual setting. Playtech,...