FarmVille creator Zynga’s shares  rose 11.7 per cent to $2.57 in after-market trading on Wednesday

“FarmVille” game maker Zynga Inc reported higher than expected bookings in the first quarter, helped by its slot machine-based games and “Words With F(...)

In Dublin, Ryanair closed up 2.3 per cent, while while Paddy Power, which is preparing a merger with Betfair, was up 1.3 per cent after €240 million worth of its shares changed hands. Photograph:  Nick Ansell/PA Wire

European stokcks rallied on Friday, trimming their worst January drop since 2008. The Iseq rose more than 2 per cent while the FTSE climbed 2.4 per c(...)

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen and one of her dragons in Game of Thrones.

An unsung chicken hero had a central part to play in bringing dragons to life in the TV series Game of Thrones. Special effects people purchased a sup(...)

Gamescom: expected to break last year’s attendance record of 335,000 after the show sold out before it even began. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Gamescom, the world’s largest computer game trade show, has thrown open its doors in Cologne offering visitors a new blast of Star Wars and a new TV s(...)

Bungie’s sci-fi epic “Destiny”: Irish firm Havok’s software is used in the game

Vast arenas, countless characters, immersive music and some adherence to the laws of physics are the vital components of a modern AAA gaming title. Tr(...)

Henry Ryan: his latest venture is based firmly on the belief that “kids don’t hate learning, they just learn in different ways”.

“There’s nothing more impressive than a great teacher,” says Henry Ryan. The Montreal-based entrepreneur was “hardly even a student”, but, his latest (...)

A visitor plays the ‘Nosgoth’ video game at the Gamescom 2014 fair in Cologne yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Ina Fassbender

The world’s largest video game fair is set to draw a record attendance this week as visitors seek out titles for new consoles from Microsoft and So(...)

EA’s Dungeon Keeper, a PC game from the late 1990s. When a free version came out on mobile this year, critics panned it for asking players to spend too much money to avoid long waits. Photograph: Electronic Arts via New York Times

In the world of gaming, as in life, you get what you pay for. There used to be one way most people bought video games: They spent, say, $60, and the w(...)

Ranking Roger at Tramore Skafest

‘Ah c’mere, why didn’t you tell me that one was on?” If Bill Cullen had a euro for every time I’ve heard that refrain from a forlorn festival absen(...)

‘Are there actually three festivals happening in Ireland every week?” A common response whenever I try to explain the obsessive festival behaviour I’v(...)