Microsoft buys AltspaceVR’s struggling virtual hangout

When AltspaceVR announced that it was staying open after threatening to close its doors, it said it was “deep in discussions” with people who were passionate about it. Apparently one of those people was Microsoft, because the software giant has just announced that it’s acquiring AltspaceVR, officially providing Windows Mixed Reality with a social VR solution. “With the AltspaceVR team …

What we’re playing: ‘Tacoma,’ ‘Final Fantasy’ and ‘A Dark Room’

Welcome back to Gaming IRL, a monthly segment where several editors talk about what they’ve been playing in their downtime. This month, we’ve enjoyed (to varying degrees) two flavors of Final Fantasy, explored Fullbright’s new game, Tacoma, and lost ourselves in a “button-tapping mash-up between an idle-clicker and a text adventure.” To open proceedings, UK Bureau Chief Mat Smith talks …

Kids can learn to code Xbox and PC games at Microsoft stores

There are a ton of initiatives to help kids (and adults) learn to code these days. Google has lessons for teens to code animates scenes starring Wonder Woman, Apple has the kid-friendly Swift Playgrounds and a partnership with Tynker, and even Facebook has a program that suggests learning gadgets and other resources to help encourage the next generation of coders. …

2017 is already an incredible year for video games

Every now and then, it’s wise to stop and recognize the good things in life. And right now, it doesn’t get much better than the video game industry. After dozens of Slack conversations about all the exciting titles and hardware coming out this year, a handful of Engadget editors got together to formally celebrate the year in gaming so far. …