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It has been 30 years since a certain iconic childhood villain first simultaneously taught geography, math, civics, and language arts while going on adventures and creating chaos. On Thursday Boston’s Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Co. brings Carmen Sandiego to the small screen, launching an iOS app version of the character who has starred in a long-running computer game and public television series.More →

A frequent target of online threats herself, Arlington resident and software engineer Brianna Wu is as mad as anyone that SXSW Interactive canceled a discussion of the harassment of women in gaming proposed for its upcoming conference. But she has found a silver lining to the cloud surrounding the tech culture conference since: Conversations about the harassment of women online have finally become a big-ticket issue that can no longer be ignored.More →

Harmonix Music Systems Inc’s bid to resurrect its classic music game “Rock Band” is getting a major boost from legendary band U2. Boston-based Harmonix said that two U2 songs, “Cedarwood Road” and “I Will Follow,” will be included in the upcoming game “Rock Band 4,” which will be released on Oct. 6. U2 will join a roster of major stars, including Elvis Presley, Aerosmith and Bruno Mars, whose songs will be included in the game.More →

“Soda Drinker Pro” is a small indie video game that lets you walk around and drink soda. You can drink soda on a beach or drink soda in a park. That’s about it. However, it’s become a cult hit on PC, with a version set to be released on the Xbox One in the next few months. It’s also simple enough that it’s now being used by Myomo, a Cambridge-based startup that is helping people with partly paralyzed or weakened arms to regain movement in their limbs.More →

About 20 years ago, an educational video game called “Zoombinis” was launched to help children improve problem-solving skills. The game, from Broderbund Software, which was later acquired by a Houghton Mifflin Harcourt subsidiary, The Learning Co., ended up selling more than 1 million copies.

Now the original creator, Cambridge-based TERC (for Technical Education Resource Centers) has teamed up with a Boston children’s media company, FableVision, and the Learning Games Network to launch an updated version of the game for Android, iOS and, eventually, a wide array of other devices.More →