Tag: category-/Arts & Entertainment

Skydance Media taps Amy Hennig to launch new game studio for story-based games

Hollywood studio Skydance Media, maker of the Mission Impossible and Terminator movies, has hired Uncharted co-creator Amy Hennig and former Electronic Arts executive Julian Beak to start a new game studio in the San Francisco Bay Area. The move means that Skydance, run by Larry Ellison’s son David Ellison, will give Hennig and Beak the […]

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Razer Seiren Emote is a USB microphone with feelings

Razer has a new microphone. It’s called the Razer Seiren Emote, and its titular feature is an array of lights that can display various patterns for viewers of your livestream. So if someone subs to your channel or gives you a donation, your mic can respond to those interactions. It’s a gimmick, but it works. […]

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Terminator: Guardian of Fate arrives at Dave & Buster’s

Restaurant and arcade chain Dave & Buster’s launched another new VR experience after the success of their previous VR attractions. The new VR title is called Terminator: Guardian of Fate – a tie-in with the new Terminator: Dark Fate movie. The Terminator VR experience is the fifth VR game available at Dave & Buster’s locations. […]

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Star Wars + Fortnite event brings Jedi: Fallen Order to Epic’s shooter

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is out now on Steam and consoles. But it’s also coming to the Epic Games Store. This announcement comes as part of a surprise Fortnite event that brings the Star Wars universe to Epic’s battle royale shooter. Around the time that Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order launched, a Star Destroyer ship […]

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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order review — A series-defining adventure

I don’t get my hopes up for a lot these days. I’m busy with a ton of responsibilities, and I’ve found that setting high expectations is rarely worth the effort. It’s more efficient to let things pleasantly surprise you. But that strategy didn’t work for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. The latest game from Respawn […]

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Obisidan’s Grounded is a co-op survival RPG that turns you into an ant-sized hero

Obsidian Entertainment’s first game under the Xbox Game Studios banner is a more … down to Earth than the likes of Pillars of Eternity or The Outer Worlds. It’s Grounded, a co-op survival role-playing game that takes place in a suburban backyard, not a world of magic and mythical monsters or spaceships and energy weapons. […]

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Rare teases its new IP, Everwild

Rare gave the world its first look at the developer’s newest game, Everwild, during today’s X019 event. “The Everwild team is focused on building an experience that allows for new ways to play in a natural and magical world,” Rare studio head Craig Duncan details on an Xbox Wire post. “The development team, led by […]

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Chris DeWolfe interview: Jam City bets on Disney Frozen 2 collaboration

Jam City is one of the big survivors in the mobile game business, and it has a big presence in the Culver City area of Los Angeles. That proximity to Hollywood gives it an advantage as it pursues licensed game deals and collaborations with partners like Disney. Jam City is launching its Disney Frozen Adventures […]

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Twitch Studio’s streamlined streaming suite hits open beta

Twitch Studio is going into open beta today with the goal of enabling anyone to become a livestreamer. The aim from Amazon’s Twitch division is to get new streamers to learn how to stream quickly. Twitch Studio has livestream production features such as a guided stream setup, which simplifies the detection of your PC’s microphone, […]

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Beyond banning: More ways to protect your game from exploits (VB Live)

Presented by Akamai Game developers not only have to think about security from the start, but make sure it doesn’t affect game performance, either. Join VB’s Dean Takahashi and a panel of pros to learn how to lock out hackers, protect your users, and future proof your security from evolving threats at this VB Live […]

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Candy Crush Friends Saga helps King have the top-grossing franchise in U.S. app stores

Activision Blizzard noted today when reporting its earnings for the third quarter that the Candy Crush series remains the top-grossing franchise in the U.S. mobile app stores. The company attributes the success to the October 31, 2018 launch of Candy Crush Friends Saga. The addition of the new entry in the free-to-play puzzle series gave […]

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Niantic sets up $10 million third-party developer fund and names first dev contest winner

Niantic has scored hundreds of millions of players and billions of dollars in revenue from games like Pokémon Go. And now it is using the learnings from those games to make its platform available to third party developers. And it is setting up a $10 million fund to invest in interesting location-based and augmented reality […]

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TabTale will publish movie-based Charlie’s Angels and Jumanji mobile games

TabTale, a maker of cartoony casual and hyper-casual games, is announcing today it will launch two mobile games based on the upcoming films Charlie’s Angels and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. TabTale has had 2 billion downloads for its free-to-play mobile games. And lately, its specialty has been hyper-casual games, which are casual and easy […]

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Clash Royale League World Finals take place December 7 with $400,000 purse

The 2019 Clash Royale League (CRL) World Finals will take place on December 7 before a live audience at Los Angeles’ iconic Shrine Auditorium. Presented by Google Play for the second year in a row, the CRL World Finals will bring together the league’s top six teams from around the world, which will compete for […]

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Supercell shuts down Rush Wars after players shrug

Supercell is closing down Rush Wars. The developer posted a blog today that explains the decision. Fans weren’t loving the early beta test, which launched in key test markets in August. And Supercell’s efforts to improve that reception did little to turn it around. “When we started developing Rush Wars, the team’s goal was to […]

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At Adobe Max, augmented reality is fighting its way out of the corner

Adobe’s annual Max conference is one of the year’s largest gatherings of creative professionals — people whose artistic, photographic, and graphic design skills improve the images we see and the materials we read every day. At this week’s event, Adobe is taking steps to embrace augmented reality as a new opportunity for creators, though the […]

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GamesBeat Decides 130: Death Stranding and Yves Guillemot’s Shark Tank

The GamesBeat Decides podcast can finally talk about Death Stranding, and that’s exactly what happens on this week’s episode. Gameranx producer Tom Johnson and Sidequesting editor and podcaster Erron Kelly join GamesBeat PC gaming editor Jeff Grubb for that discussion. The crew also touches on some Destiny 2, The Outer Worlds, and Lonely Mountain Downhill. Join […]

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Marc Merrill interview: Why Riot Games took a decade to come up with new games

League of Legends is a hard act to follow. At 10 years old, it’s a cultural phenomenon, and it still has 8 million concurrent daily users. But the game was so successful that fans joked that Riot Games took the “s” out of its name. Then, a couple of weeks ago, Riot announced a series […]

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Apple TV+ goes live with $50 annual plan, 7-day free trial

Right on schedule, Apple today officially launched its long-anticipated subscription video service Apple TV+ — a handful of “Apple Original” shows bundled together for $4.99 per month, streaming to users in over 100 countries. But the company saved a small surprise for the last minute: the option of a $49.99 annual plan that further discounts […]

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Zynga teams up with Alec Baldwin for 10th anniversary of Words With Friends

Zynga and Alec Baldwin have been a good match ever since the actor got kicked off a plane for playing Words With Friends as the jet was about to take off. So the San Francisco social mobile game publisher and Baldwin have teamed up to celebrate the game for its 10th anniversary. Zynga has started […]

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You should watch the spoiler-heavy Death Stranding trailer

Death Stranding is out on November 8, which is a reasonable amount of time to shut out any new details about developer Hideo Kojima’s newest game. If you do decide to go “media dark,” however, you’ll have to miss out on today’s launch trailer. And maybe that’s good. The video is nearly eight minutes long […]

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Apple TV+ looks increasingly desperate to lure viewers ahead of launch

Virtually everyone knows by now that Apple is launching its subscription television offering — Apple TV+ — publicly on November 1. But the company, which has reportedly invested billions of dollars in dozens of original programs for the service, appears to be facing a serious problem: finding viewers willing to pay for it. Even though […]

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Imagine Impact is an AI-based incubator for entertainment storytellers

Strong writing makes all the difference about whether a Hollywood show turns out like Game of Thrones or Pee-Wee Herman’s Big Adventure. That’s why Ron Howard and Brian Glazer’s Imagine Entertainment opened an incubator for writers called Imagine Impact. The film and TV industries employ 2.6 million people in the U.S. alone, and those businesses […]

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