Tag: category-/Arts & Entertainment

Amazon Echo Show vs. Facebook Portal vs. Google Home Hub: Which speaks to you?

As people continue to purchase tens of millions of smart speakers around the world, the Echo Dot and Home Mini continue to lead global sales by the numbers. But the new twist we collectively witnessed in the past year was the emergence of the smart display, a new category of devices that gives the likes […]

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Wevr’s TheBlue: Deep Rescue debuts at Dreamscape social VR arcade

Wevr’s TheBlu delivered a mesmerizing deep-sea experience with blue whales and other creatures when it debuted on virtual reality platforms in 2016. And now Wevr is launching an all-new undersea adventure, TheBlu: Deep Rescue, at the new Dreamscape Immersive social VR experience at a mall in Los Angeles today. The original version of TheBlu helped […]

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The Game Awards doubles viewership to 26 million livestreams

The Game Awards today announced that its 2018 broadcast more than doubled its viewership to over 26.2 million global livestreams, up 128 percent from 2017’s record-setting performance of 11.5 million livestreams. The Game Awards hosted by Geoff Keighley has become a celebration of the popularity and culture of gaming, which has become a $135 billion […]

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Sledgehammer Games cofounder Glen Schofield leaves Activision

Glen Schofield, co-creator of several Call of Duty games, announced today on Twitter that he was leaving Sledgehammer Games, the game studio he cofounded in 2009 with Michael Condrey. Schofield and Condrey worked together at Electronic Arts’s Visceral Games studio before starting Sledgehammer, with work that culminated in the hit title Dead Space. They started […]

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Path of Exile faces an epic Betrayal

You’ve just emerged from the Azurite Mine, bloody and laden with loot. You’re ready to sell the treasures from your latest delve, and you get ready to use a scroll to teleport you to a nearby town … ignorant that betrayal is waiting around the corner. Welcome to Path of Exile: Betrayal, the next expansion for […]

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The DeanBeat: The Game Awards show gaming’s bright future

The Game Awards was all over the internet last night, as the top trending item on Twitter and airing on 40 global video networks, including live coverage in China. It certainly felt more momentous than last year, with so many more world premieres of games across more than hours of programming. If only the Oscars […]

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Anthem gets VIP demo in January for anyone who preorders

BioWare showed up at The Game Awards to show off the multiplayer online shooter Anthem one last time in 2018. The developer revealed a new trailer that dives into the world and characters of the game. It also confirmed that players will get a chance to try the game before its February 22 release date. […]

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The Stanley Parable is coming to the consoles

The Stanley Parable, a maddening game with a funny narrator, is coming to the game consoles. The Stanley Parable Ultra Deluxe is coming in 2019. The announcement was made at The Game Awards. The game is a sequel to The Stanley Parable, a hilarious game from 2013. The Stanley Parable earned critical acclaim in 2013. It […]

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Counter-Strike: GO gets 18-player battle royale mode

One of Valve’s most popular games is hopping aboard the battle royale train. The publisher updated Counter-Strike: Global Offensive today to add the last player standing mode Danger Zone. Counter-Strike is now also free-to-play, just like the biggest game in this space, Fortnite. Both Danger Zone and going free-to-play are major changes for Counter-Strike, which […]

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VR veterans found Artie augmented reality avatar company

The migration of virtual reality veterans to augmented reality continues. A new AR startup dubbed Artie is coming out of stealth mode today in Los Angeles with the aim of giving you artificial intelligence companions in your own home. Armando Kirwin and Ryan Horrigan started the company to use artificial intelligence and augmented reality to […]

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Battlefield V’s Tides of War update delayed due to bug

Electronic Arts’ DICE studio has delayed Battlefield V‘s Overture chapter in the Tides of War series due to the discovery of a bug. The Overture update was due to arrive today. It adds new multiplayer and single-player content for those who bought the game, which debuted on November 20. But DICE tweeted about the delay. […]

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ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove gets funky on March 1

A new trailer for ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove, which you can watch above, reveals that the new addition to the classic (and funky) series is coming out on March 1 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC. Back in the Groove was originally set for a late 2018 release date, but it […]

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Google AI generates images of 3D models with realistic lighting and reflections

Artificial intelligence (AI) that can synthesize realistic three-dimensional object models isn’t as far-fetched as it might seem. In a paper (“Visual Object Networks: Image Generation with Disentangled 3D Representation“) accepted at the NeurIPS 2018 conference in Montreal, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (MIT CSAIL) and Google describe a […]

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Appodeal: Rewarded video monetization soars in U.S. mobile apps

Video ads that reward app users or gamers for viewing increased significantly as a form of monetization for mobile apps in the U.S., according to a new report (here’s last year’s report) by mobile ad monetization firm Appodeal. These “rewarded videos” saw a significant increase in the past year when it comes to generating a […]

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Gaming media and brand report: Rockstar Gets (Red Dead) Redemption in October

When you go eight years between release dates, it’s bound to cause some excitement. Coinciding with the long-awaited Red Dead Redemption 2, Rockstar Games churned out plenty of supporting material to hype the release in October. Gaming brands and media continue to grow via social video as the demand for related content also soars by […]

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Adobe’s Smart Tags for video can classify objects, scenes, attributes, and actions

User-generated content (UGC) could be a godsend for marketers. It promises to cut down on the roughly $10 billion spent on content in the U.S. alone, an estimated $1 billion of which is lost to waste due to inefficiencies. Moreover, there’s evidence to suggest it yields a better ROI than in-house media. According to Adweek, […]

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Google Assistant gets photo-sharing with voice, to-do lists, and new kids’ stories

Google Assistant and its Home speakers are getting smarter ahead of the holiday season with the launch of new features like the ability to create and manage to-do lists, teach kids manners, and share photos with your voice. The ability to create to-do lists will only be available for Assistant iOS and Android app users, […]

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Valve’s Artifact launches on Steam

Valve released its digital card game Artifact today on Steam. The Dota 2-inspired title costs $20. Blizzard Entertainment launched Hearthstone in 2014, and it quickly became a success and established a $1.4 billion digital card game market. Hearthstone has over 100 million registered players. Valve is hoping that Artifact can capture some of that success. […]

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Crow: The Legend interview — Taking VR entertainment to the next level

Crow: The Legend debuted last week as a new animated film for both 2D viewing on YouTube and Facebook, as well as an interactive virtual reality experience. The creator, Baobab Studios, released the film for free as part of an effort to pioneer entertainment in the new medium. In part because the film tells a meaningful story […]

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