Tag: category-/Games/Computer & Video Games

Fortnite is finally getting better spatial audio

One of the reasons I couldn’t get into Fortnite was the sound. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has an excellent and accurate sound model, and that made it difficult to move to another game that doesn’t. In Fortnite, it was difficult to tell where attacks were coming from. That is changing in the battle royale shooter, because developer […]

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The RetroBeat: Sonic & Knuckles turned a problem into success 25 years ago

Sonic & Knuckles is what happens when you make the best out of a bad situation. The Sega Genesis 2D platformer is celebrating its 25th anniversary today. But Sonic & Knuckles only exists because of time and memory constraints. Sega had planned for everything that’s in Sonic & Knuckles to be a part of Sonic […]

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Jedi: Fallen Order — The satisfaction of creating new Star Wars canon

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is an impressive action game with an impressive focus on exploration, but it’s also a new Star Wars story. It has some familiar faces (like Saw Gerrera from Rogue One, Clone Wars, and Rebels) and places (like the Wookiee home world of Kashyyyk, which we’ve seen in Revenge of the […]

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GamesBeat Decides 128: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order rules

It’s time to get excited for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order because it turns out that it is good. On this week’s episode of GamesBeat Decides, co-host and reviews editor Mike Minotti talks about playing the first few hours of Respawn’s adventure. And he thinks this could end up as one of the best Star […]

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NPD: Nintendo Switch outsold Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in September

As Microsoft and Sony slowly sunset their current-generation consoles, Nintendo is maintaining its momentum. The Nintendo Switch was the top-seller in September, according to industry-tracking firm The NPD Group. “Nintendo Switch was again the best-selling hardware platform of September and remains the best-selling platform of 2019,” NPD analyst Mat Piscatella said. Of course, the Switch […]

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Nintendo Switch sales in North America pass 15 million

Nintendo announced today that sales of the Switch console have surpassed 15 million in North America. This includes the original console and the newer, portable-only Switch Lite. The Switch debuted in March 2017. It has done much better than its predecessor, the Wii U, which sold 13.56 worldwide during its entire life. The Switch has already […]

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Nvidia Shield TV Pro leaks on Amazon with improved Tegra X1 chip

The Nvidia Shield TV is one of my favorite devices. It’s an Android-powered set-top box that is great for streaming media from Netflix, Amazon, and Plex. It’s also a great device for emulating classic games and streaming games from Nvidia’s GeForce Now cloud service. But the original Shield TV came out in 2015, so it […]

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Red Dead Redemption 2 sure looks pretty at 4K60 on PC

Red Dead Redemption 2 is coming to PC, and now we can know just how good it will look. Developer Rockstar Games released the first 4K trailer of the game running at 60 frames per second today. And yeah, it turns out that the game looks stunning on modern hardware. Rockstar is releasing Red Dead […]

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Ring Fit Adventure review — Exercise: The RPG

Nintendo has a history of combining exercise and video games. And Ring Fit Adventure is the most recent entry in that lineage. Like Wii Fit before it, Ring Fit Adventure comes with a specialized peripheral. The RingCon is a circular resistant band that you might have encountered if you’ve ever done Pilates or yoga. It […]

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Tilting Point acquires mobile game monetization platform Gondola

Mobile game publisher Tilting Point has acquired in-game offer and video ad optimization platform Gondola, bolstering its ability to offer developers a shot at extending the time that gamers play a given title. It’s a small deal, and the purchase price was not disclosed. But it could make a big difference in how game developers […]

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Sensor Tower: Dragon Quest Walk has second-best AR game launch

Pokémon Go’s success has brought about a wave of other AR exploration games, like Jurassic World: Alive or Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. But none of those have found anywhere close to Pokémon Go’s success. Until a wild Dragon Quest Walk appeared. The location-based AR game from Square Enix has enjoyed what mobile intelligence firm Sensor […]

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Xiaomi Black Shark 2 review — An affordable flagship gaming phone

Gaming phones are an ancient idea. Nokia released the N-Gage, which was like a phone built into a game controller, in 2003. And it didn’t do very well. But the concept has made a resurgence recently thanks to devices from Razer, Asus, and Xiaomi. Now, Xiaomi has launched its second-generation gaming phone called the Black […]

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Analogue Pocket is a gorgeous handheld that plays Game Boy games and more

Ever since Analogue released its Nt Mini console that re-creates Nintendo Entertainment System hardware, I wondered when it would do the same for Game Boy. Well, here comes the Analogue Pocket. This is a sleek device that looks like a modern reinvention of a Game Boy Pocket. The difference is that it has four face […]

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The best Witcher 3 is the Witcher 3 you have with you

I have a decent PC that can play The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt at max settings and more than 60 frames per second. But what good does that do me when I’m waiting for my drink at Dunkin’ Donuts? There’s a photography adage that says: “The best camera is the one you have with you.” […]

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Google’s Stadia Controller is like a chef’s knife

Google Stadia is launching November 19. If you buy the Stadia Founder’s Edition for $129, you can start streaming games from Google’s cloud directly to your TV. In that Founder’s Edition, you get a Chromecast Ultra and the Stadia Controller. And during its Made By Google event today, the company shared more details about how […]

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For Twitch, 2019 is all about the growth of ‘Just Chatting’ streams

Twitch is still the primary destination for live gaming video for most people. But the company is no longer laser focused on just games. And that’s good because it is seeing more growth outside of those traditional categories, according to data-tracking firm SullyGnome and broadcasting services provider StreamElements. The “Just Chatting” category on Twitch has grown […]

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Fortnite Chapter 2 trailer leaks, and it has boats on a new map

Fortnite isn’t over quite yet. Epic Games is about to bring the game back with Chapter 2 – Season 1, according to a leaked trailer. Twitter account SkinTrackerCom tweeted the 30-second promo for Fortnite’s latest Battle Pass. That tweet is now gone, but I captured the video. You can watch it above. The clip shows […]

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Dauntless review — exciting combat hamstrung by repetition

Between borrowing the core gameplay loop of Monster Hunter and the free-to-play business model popularized by Fortnite, developer Phoenix Labs makes no secret of the influence behind Dauntless. It’s out now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC (I played the game on PC). A Switch version is scheduled to come out later this year. […]

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Fortnite Chapter 2 hype builds as Epic shuts it down

Developer Epic Games is using a classic strategy to build up excitement for Fortnite Chapter 2. The studio is hoping that the absence of its free-to-play battle royale shooter will make players’ hearts grow fonder. And it seems like it’s working. Fans are engaging with the mystery of why they cannot play Fortnite. It is […]

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Microsoft Flight Simulator VR support: ‘We will try our darnedest to make it happen’

In an interview with AVSIM, the head of Microsoft’s upcoming Microsoft Flight Simulator stated that the team will “try our darnedest” to add VR support. “Right after the E3 trailer came out there was a lot of people making that exact assumption, that ‘Oh yeah, this better be supporting VR right from the get go.’ It […]

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