Tag: category-/Arts & Entertainment

Ex-King developers raise $1.5 million and launch Starform studio to make online games

Starform, a new Seattle-based game studio that former King and Z2Live mobile game veterans started, has raised $1.25 million and announced plans to make online games across various platforms. The studio’s focus is to build experiences that are played together with friends. Yeah, that’s kinda vague. Starform says it’s built a platform that enables rapid […]

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Pokémon Go adds critters from Black and White’s Gen 5 roster

Pokémon from the franchise’s fifth generation will start showing up in Niantic‘s hit mobile game Pokémon Go today. Gen 5 encompasses Pokémon Black and White and the direct sequels Pokémon Black 2 and Pokémon White 2. Yes, it can all be a bit confusing if you’re not familiar with the franchise, but all of the […]

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Hide & Freezes shows hide-and-seek is brilliant for VR

The moment I dropped into Hide & Freeze, I asked myself why I hadn’t thought of it first. No beating around the bush; this is just hide and seek in VR. It’s the latest project from ImproVive, a fascinatingly experimental VR developer that has little interest in following wave-shooting and beat-slicing trends. Anamika, for example, is […]

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Apple TV+ faces huge obstacles even bargain pricing won’t fix

The details revealed about Apple TV+ at the iPhone marketingpalooza this week show just how far behind Apple will be when it officially enters the video streaming battle arena. Even more problematic, Apple’s strategy for closing the gap with a low price and a free year for new gadget buyers could be inviting a new […]

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Watch System Shock 3’s first gameplay teaser video

Developer OtherSide Entertainment is making progress on System Shock 3, and now the studio wants to prove it to you. The team released a teaser video today that shows off a number of gameplay scenarios for the upcoming immersive sim. In the minute-long clip, OtherSide reveals an atmospheric world and wrench-wielding action. But this is […]

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SynVAE AI translates visual artwork into melodies

Synesthesia, which afflicts an estimated 1% to 25% of the world’s population, is a phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory pathway (such as hearing) leads to involuntary experiences in a second sensory pathway (such as sight). Those with chromesthesia “hear” sounds as color, for instance, while those with lexical-gustatory synesthesia have associations between words […]

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Munich’s Zeuz offloads multiplayer infrastructure to ‘backend badasses’

Munich’s Zeuz wants to be the “backend badass” of games. That means it tackles the issues related to keeping an online multiplayer game operating on any platform or territory. As games from smaller developers like Phoenix Labs’ Dauntless go global, it’s important to have tools and technical “badasses” that can make sure that players can […]

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Medal.tv raises $9 million for short-form gaming videos

Medal.tv said it has raised $9 million in funding for short-form videos that have become a big means of self-expression in the social media age. Horizons Ventures led the round with participation from existing investors Makers Fund, Backed.VC, and Social Starts. In just 14 months since launch, the platform said it has grown into one […]

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Steam’s latest experiment tests beefier search features

Valve Software is continuing to improve discoverability on its Steam PC-gaming platform. The company launched Steam Labs in July to test new store concepts. These experiments include an interactive recommender that suggests games based on your play history as well as a tool that condenses trailers down into bite-sized 6-second clips. Today, Valve is updating […]

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Google Search now lets you personalize TV and movie recommendations on mobile

Finding the best new flicks and shows just got easier, thanks to Google. This Moutain View company today quietly announced a new way to improve suggestions surfaced by Google Search on mobile. Starting today in the U.S., when you type queries like “Good shows to watch” or “What to watch” in Search on your phone, […]

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Star Wars: Jedi Knight II – Jedi Outcast hits Nintendo Switch

The Force-user so nice, his game says Jedi twice. Developer Aspyr is porting Star Wars: Jedi Knight II – Jedi Outcast, which is an absurd name, to the Nintendo Switch on September 24. This version of the game only includes the single-player adventure, so no multiplayer for those of you who want to slice up […]

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Indie studio BonusXP on what it’s like to make games for Netflix

This article is made possible by Intel’s GameDev BOOST program — dedicated to helping indie game developers everywhere achieve their dreams. When Dave Pottinger and his longtime collaborators founded BonusXP in 2012, they didn’t see themselves as the kind of team that would work on licensed games. But seven years later, the indie studio has […]

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The DeanBeat: The fears, complexities, and hopes of Hollywood games

Eric Goldberg, managing director of Crossover Technologies, told me this week at the GameDaily Connect event in Anaheim, California, that a huge amount of money and lots of investors are circling around game developers. 17 venture capital firms are putting money into games. Google, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Zynga, Sony, Tencent, NetEase, and others are busy […]

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Trevor Noah’s advice to tech leaders: ‘They are now the man that they were trying to disrupt’

Trevor Noah is a comedian, a writer, and a political commentator arguably best known for hosting The Daily Show. Noah spoke today about technology, education, gaming, VR, and his foundation that helps children in the U.S. and South Africa. And of course, there were plenty of jokes. But it was Noah’s advice to tech leaders […]

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Control is the kind of schlocky shooter fun I needed in my life

Control may seem like a deep game with its paranormal story and world. But honestly, as prominent as alternate dimensions and reality-bending abilities are here, they’re all kind of … dumb. And I wouldn’t have any other way. This new third-person shooter from Remedy Entertainment is out now for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One […]

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Annapurna announces interactive visual novel If Found

Annapurna Interactive is announcing If Found, an interactive coming-of-age experience that is like a visual novel. The publisher of indie games will launch If Found in 2020. Created by Llaura Ash McGee and Dreamfeel, a small, independent studio based in Dublin, If Found is a compelling and intense exploration of family, community, connection, and isolation. […]

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Trivia Crack maker Etermax launches kids animated series

If Rovio can make the Angry Birds Movie, then Trivia Crack maker Etermax can make an animated YouTube show for kids called Triviatopia. That’s the thinking at Buenos Aires-based Etermax, which announced today that the Triviatopia show will debut on September 12 on YouTube and YouTube Kids. The series, based on the characters from the […]

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Nintendo continues to dominate TV ahead of triple-A season

Nintendo maintains its hot streak when it comes to the gaming industry’s recent TV ad impressions. the company’s commercials account for over 64% of the sector’s impressions across 30 days, with Rockstar Games in second place with 20% of industry impressions. GamesBeat has partnered with iSpot.tv, the always-on TV ad measurement and attribution company, to bring […]

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AI Weekly: Detroit’s facial recognition battle is about the ends justifying the means

This week, after U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) criticized on Twitter the Detroit Police Department’s use of facial recognition software, they invited her to visit its Real Time Crime Center so she could see the technology in action. Rep. Tlaib readily agreed to a visit (how could she not), and so presumably we’ll get to […]

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Wolves in the Walls wins first Emmy Award for a virtual being

Fable, which transitioned from being a virtual reality studio to a “virtual beings” company, has won an Emmy Award for its Wolves in the Walls project. It’s a landmark day for “virtual beings,” or animated characters who are embued with artificial intelligence. If you don’t know what a virtual being is, that’s understandable. It’s not […]

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