Tag: category-/Arts & Entertainment

Tencent partners with The Pokémon Company to develop new games

Chinese internet and entertainment giant Tencent announced that it is working with The Pokémon Company to develop games. The release didn’t say anything about which platforms or any other details about the games. Tencent is the mobile giant behind Honour of Kings and PUBG Mobile (now called Game of Peace) and other big PC titles […]

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Vertigo 2 hands-on — This VR shooter has Valve-like potential

Maybe I didn’t give the original Vertigo enough credit. I remember playing it during Christmas break, belly full from a diet of Superhot, thinking VR was only going to get better from here on out. In comparison, Zulubo Productions’ low-fi take on Half-Life VR seemed like an earnest beginning outweighed by lofty ambition. It had a keen […]

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GamesBeat Decides 120: Fire Emblem or Marvel

The summer is still slow for news on the GamesBeat Decides podcast. But on this week’s episode, we’ve got plenty of coverage of the monthly NPD report. We also talk about a law firm’s potential class-action lawsuit against Nintendo and more. First, however, we dive into a lot of games. GamesBeat PC gaming editor Jeffrey […]

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The RetroBeat: Critiquing classic Sonic box art

I bought a refrigerator magnet last week that has the box art for the original Sonic the Hedgehog, the one that came out for the Sega Genesis back in 1991. Not to sound like a crazy person who just stands in front of his fridge all day, but I’ve spent a lot of time staring […]

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DeepMind’s AI learns to generate realistic videos by watching YouTube clips

Perhaps you’ve heard of FaceApp, the mobile app that taps AI to transform selfies, or This Person Does Not Exist, which surfaces computer-generated photos of fictional people. But what about an algorithm whose videos are wholly novel? One of the newest papers from Google parent company Alphabet’s DeepMind (Efficient Video Generation on Complex Datasets) details […]

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Microsoft wows Inspire crowd with language-translating HoloLens hologram

Microsoft’s on-stage HoloLens demonstrations haven’t always been impressive, but a new one at the company’s Inspire event (via The Verge) is nothing short of amazing. Using a combination of body and voice capture technologies, Azure AI, and HoloLens, Microsoft created a nearly photorealistic hologram of executive Julia White, then had the hologram deliver part of White’s […]

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Patreon raises $60 million to expand its creator membership platform internationally

Patreon, a subscription and membership platform that lets creators on YouTube and elsewhere monetize their work, has raised $60 million in a series D round of funding led by Glade Brook Capital, with participation from Thrive Capital, Index Ventures, DFJ, Otherwise, Charles River Ventures, and Freestyle Capital. A number of individual artists also participated in […]

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NetEase invests in Dead by Daylight maker Behaviour Interactive

NetEase Games, the online games division of NetEase, has made a strategic investment in Dead by Daylight game creator Behaviour Interactive. The investment will enable Montreal-based Behaviour to continue to operate independently underthe leadership of Rémi Racine, its president and executive producer. NetEase Games willnominate a director to Behaviour’s board. Last October, Behaviour also raised […]

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Surrogate raises $2 million for ‘reality’-focused games and video streaming

Surrogate has raised $2 million in funding for reality-focused game development and video streaming technology from some of the same investors that backed Finland’s most successful game studios. Initial Capital, which previously invested in Supercell, led the round. Other investors include ProFounders Capital, Brighteye Ventures, and Business Finland. Surrogate said it will use the money […]

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Social VR platform Bigscreen TV adds 50 free live channels

Social VR platform Bigscreen is first and foremost a destination where users can share their desktop screens with friends. Bigscreen TV, however, takes the service in a new direction. Released today, Bigscreen TV allows up to eight VR users to watch over 50 live channels together. The service will provide free access to channels like […]

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Private Division and V1 Interactive unveil sci-fi shooter Disintegration

Take-Two Interactive’s Private Division and V1 Interactive today announced Disintegration, an upcoming sci-fi, first-person shooter video game. The companies will reveal the title next month at the Gamescom 2019 convention in Cologne, Germany (where I’ll be speaking at the Devcom business event). Disintegration is the debut title from V1 Interactive, the independent development studio co-founded […]

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Funko Pop! Blitz takes Universal franchises to match-3 mobile game

Universal Games and Digital Platforms and Funko unveiled Funko Pop! Blitz, a new match-3 puzzle mobile game featuring Funko Pop! characters from popular Universal franchises. The characters come from popular franchises such as Back to the Future, Jurassic World, Fantastic Plastik, Shrek, How to Train Your Dragon, General Mills, Universal Monsters, and more. It’s another […]

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Microsoft launches AI for Cultural Heritage program

In June 2017, Microsoft launched AI for Earth, a $50 million program that’s provided cloud-based tools and services to dozens of startups working to protect the planet. In the intervening years, the Seattle company expanded the scope of its “AI for good” work with AI for Accessibility (in May 2018) and AI for Humanitarian Action […]

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Netflix taps Google Lens to bring Stranger Things newspaper ad to life

Google Lens can be used to translate menus and highlight the top meals, it can tell you all about local art installations, and now it’s being used by Netflix to promote the new season of Stranger Things. First debuted in 2017, Google Lens is the internet giant’s computer vision-powered, augmented reality-infused search tool that can […]

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Pinterest introduces new video tools for brands and creators

There’s more to Pinterest than pictures and hashtags. According to the San Francisco tech giant, there’s been a 31% uptick in searches for “inspirational videos” since last year, and the network’s nearly 300 million monthly active users (MAU) are 54% more likely to say videos on Pinterest inspire them compared with content on other media […]

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How to watch Transform 2019 and the Conversational AI Summit live

Transform 2019 is VentureBeat’s most ambitious event to date, with more than 1,000 attendees gathering July 10-11 to explore the impact of AI across six different tracks, ranging from computer vision, AI at the edge, and business integration to AI tech, implementing AI, and intelligent RPA. Didn’t get a ticket? No worries — we’ll be […]

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Take This: Game developers face serious mental health challenges

Take This, a mental health nonprofit organization geared toward game developers, released a white paper today that describes the severe challenges that game makers face as they craft their art. The paper notes the tough mental issues that come from crunch (unpaid overtime), online harassment, layoffs, and job instability. And it also looks at how […]

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Microsoft and Netflix release Windows 1.0 app to ride Stranger Things 3’s mid-’80s vibe

Adding to the surge of mid-’80s nostalgia sparked by the release of Netflix’s Stranger Things 3, Microsoft has created a Windows 1.0 app that lets users experience desktop computing’s earliest days. The app is the result of a promotional partnership between Microsoft and Netflix for one of the streaming service’s most successful original shows. Season […]

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Pokémon Sword and Shield now have Gigantamax on top of Dynamax for some reason

A new trailer for Pokémon Sword and Shield has revealed several new characters and Pokémon for the Switch games that come out on November 15, but it also reveals a new feature. Gigantamax turns some Pokémon huge for a limited time. If this sounds familiar, that’s because we’ve already known about Dynamax. This similarly-named ability […]

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Udacity’s AI generates lecture videos from audio narration

Producing content for Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platforms like Coursera and EdX might be academically rewarding (and potentially lucrative), but it’s time-consuming — particularly where videos are involved. Professional-level lecture clips require not only a veritable studio’s worth of equipment, but significant resources to transfer, edit, and upload footage of each lesson. That’s why […]

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