Tag: category-/Arts & Entertainment

Pharos AR lets you interact with a holographic Childish Gambino

If you’ve ever wanted to interact with your favorite musician but haven’t been able to actually make it happen, there may be a way to get a similar — if not better — experience through augmented reality. The latest magic trick from multitalented recording artist, actor, and writer Donald Glover is Pharos AR, a new […]

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Bonfire Studios is not ‘gonna suddenly go out and make Candy Crush’

Indie studio Bonfire Games has been quiet about what it’s been up to since its founding in 2016. But at the 2019 GamesBeat Summit, the Irvine, California-based company offered a few new details about its debut project, saying that it’ll be an online multiplayer game for targeting core gamers. “We’re not gonna suddenly go out […]

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Twitter is slowly perfecting the art of inventing nonsensical performance metrics

In its latest effort to innovate around its business model of opacity, Twitter officially today unveiled its latest self-invented metric, dubbed “monetizable daily active usage.” Naturally, this being Twitter, the company decided to retire the more standard Monthy Active User metric during a quarter in which it announced MAUs were actually good, MAUs rose to […]

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Watch GamesBeat Summit 2019: Phil Harrison, Amy Hennig, Ted Price, and Vince Zampella headline Day 1

Our GamesBeat Summit 2019 event kicks off today at the Two-Bit Circus micro-amusement park in Downtown Los Angeles. We’ve got 97 speakers over two days — so many good talks, in fact, that we’re broadcasting live from two stages this year. We start streaming from our two stages — Boss and Hero. The action starts on […]

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Is there a new future for storytelling in interactive media?

Presented by NBCUniversal  Every gamer has their “gateway game” — the one that got them into gaming in the first place. For me, it was the Infocom series of text-based adventures and in particular, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which was written by the novel’s author, Douglas Adams, in collaboration with Steve Meretzky. Adams […]

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Nintendo gets nearly a quarter of gaming’s 1.5 million TV ad impressions between March 16 and April 15

Nintendo’s been busy promoting the Switch hybrid console, and it shows: The publisher is in first place when it comes to the most-seen gaming industry TV ads, while Xbox lingers behind, followed by Respawn Entertainment. GamesBeat has partnered with iSpot.tv, the TV ad measurement and attribution company, to bring you a monthly report on TV […]

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Building games communities with YouTube, Twitch, and more at GamesBeat Summit 2019

More than 15 million unique daily visitors each spend an average of 95 minutes daily watching live gaming on Twitch; every day, more than 200 million people view gaming content on YouTube, and in the past year, people watched more than 50 billion hours of gaming videos on YouTube. With numbers like these, building a […]

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GamesBeat Decides 115: Why is everything always rising?

The new teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and Sunday’s Wrestlemania give us plenty to talk about on GamesBeat Decides this week. Also on this episode, co-hosts Mike Minotti and Jeffrey Grubb talk about Katana Zero and Pathway as well as more Sekiro and World of Warcraft. In the news, the crew talks about […]

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Katana Zero is more than swords and style

Devolver Digital is launching Katana Zero for PC and consoles April 18. This low-fi action adventure from developer Askiisoft has you playing as a samurai in a modern techno setting. And as is standard for Devolver, Katana Zero is dripping with style. Askiisoft combines a pixel art style with some extreme effects. Your sword shines […]

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Journey to the Savage Planet is a cheeky sci-fi romp packed with secrets

Alex Hutchinson is terrified of any game that asks him to spend hundreds of hours on it. So instead of making a time-sucking, open-world role-playing game or hopping on the live-service trend, the cofounder and creative director at Typhoon Studios opted to make something he considers a bit old-fashioned. The result is Journey to the […]

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Star Wars Pinball is bouncing its way to Switch

Star Wars Celebration has begun, and many fans are waiting for Saturday’s big reveal of Respawn’s Jedi: Fallen Order game. But we already have some Star Wars gaming news, with Zen Studios announcing that Star Wars Pinball is coming to Switch on September 13. Star Wars Pinball will include 19 digital tables that Zen Studios […]

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Google debuts AutoML Video and AutoML Tables for structured data

Google today made its biggest updates in nearly a year for AutoML with the introduction of AutoML Video and AutoML Tables for structured data, two new classes for Google’s suite of services that automate the creation of automated AI systems. Cloud AutoML for the creation of custom AI models was first introduced in January 2018. […]

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Kabam partners with NetEase to bring Marvel Contest of Champions to China

Kabam announced today that it is partnering with NetEase to bring the mobile fighting game Marvel Contest of Champions to China. Contest of Champions launched in 2014. Despite its age, the free-to-play game still makes a lot of money. It earned $3.3 million on last Cyber Monday alone, according to Sensor Tower. China is home […]

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IGDA executive director Jen MacLean to step down

The International Game Developers Association announced today that its executive director, Jen MacLean, will step down from her role to pursue new career opportunities. Her last day will be on April 14. The UGDA is a U.S.-based nonprofit that “exists to advance the careers and enhance the lives of game developers by connecting members with […]

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Game of Thrones AR experience is coming to Magic Leap demo kiosks

Two exciting bits one news here. One: A Game of Thrones AR experience is on its way to Magic Leap. Two: You might actually get to see it yourself. Instead of releasing on sold Creator Editions of Magic Leap One, Game of Thrones: The Dead Must Die (as it’s called) will be showing at in-store […]

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Promethean AI automatically generates game scenes, like a bedroom, for human artists

Promethean AI uses artificial intelligence to help human artists create art for video games. It can, for instance, automatically generate a bedroom when a human artist says, “Make a bedroom.” Then the artist can take that scene and customize it as needed. I saw this in action as Andrew Maximov, founder of Promethean AI and […]

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GamesBeat Decides 114: Baba is not always you

We’re mad about Epic Games Store and dealing with an existential Baba crisis on GamesBeat Decides. On this week’s episode, we’re also talking about The Division 2 and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. In the news, Microsoft may launch an ultimate subscription bundle and Sega has its own miniconsole. Meanwhile, at PAX East, Gearbox boss Randy […]

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Video: How Elastic Games created its love letter to ’90s horror films

Presented by Intel When the developers at Elastic Games set out to make Last Year: The Nightmare, they had one goal in mind: to make the kind of game they love and believe in  which unlike most horror games, leans more to the campy vibe of ‘90s slasher flicks. And they hope gamers will love […]

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The Walking Dead finale — How Skybound labored to ship the final episode

Skybound Games’ crowning achievement, ironically enough, might be bringing back a game from the dead. The company recent published the fourth and final episode of Telltale’s The Walking Dead: The Final Season on the PC in the Epic Games Store, as well as on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The game’s fate […]

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Marvel’s Iron Man VR hands-on — Free flight that doesn’t make me sick

Marvel’s Iron Man VR lets you fly around like Tony Stark in a near-invincible suit of armor in just about any direction that you desire. The game promises to be one of the first VR experiences that will be as big as a full video game when it comes out later this year. I tried […]

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