Tag: category-/Games/Computer & Video Games

The RetroBeat: Learning to love PlayStation after years of bitterness

I wish I appreciated the original PlayStation back when it was new. Sony’s first console celebrated its 25th anniversary on December 3. When the PlayStation brand started back in 1994, gaming was a different world. I was also only 8 years old, so I was pretty different myself. I was a fanboy, and I was […]

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Niantic and Qualcomm will build AR glasses for world-scale games

Fresh off today’s announcement of the Snapdragon XR2 mobile platform, Qualcomm has revealed an impressively ambitious early partner for its latest mixed reality effort: AR software giant Niantic. The developer of multi-billion-dollar hit Pokémon Go and the popular Warner Bros. collaboration Harry Potter: Wizards Unite said today that it will collaborate with the chipmaker on AR glasses, software, […]

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Zooba maker Wildlife Studios raises $60 million to expand its mobile game empire

Wildlife Studios has quietly reached more than 2 billion mobile game downloads in the past eight years, and that’s one of the reasons it is announcing today it has raised $60 million in funding. Wildlife Studio’s mobile game hits include titles such as Zooba, Tennis Clash, and Castle Clash. They’re among a half-dozen big hits […]

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How Saber Interactive crammed the Witcher 3 onto Switch

Getting The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to work on Nintendo Switch was a major undertaking. But it’s a challenge that Saber Interactive chief executive officer Matthew Karch was confident his team could overcome. After all, this is the same team that upgraded The Wither 3 into 4K for PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X. […]

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Kongregate acquires popular battle royale game Surviv.io

Kongregate, a cross-platform game publisher that is part of Modern Times Group (MTG), has acquired Surviv.io, the top-down battle royale game for both web and mobile. The deal follows the recent acquisition and integration of the Bit Heroes game by Kongregate earlier this year. “Surviv.io marks our second acquisition in which we have acquired the […]

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StreamElements wants to be every Twitch star’s digital talent agent

If you watch a popular livestreamer on Twitch, YouTube, Mixer, or Facebook, it might seem like they are juggling a lot at once. They are often playing a game, talking to their audience, and managing a suite of tools that provide chat interactivity, overlays, and more. But the truth is that software is simplifying a […]

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Gosu.ai’s AI-driven voice assistant coaches gamers as they play League of Legends

Gosu.ai, the AI-driven video game coach, unveiled its plans for a desktop voice assistant that proactively offers strategy, tactics, and feedback to gamers as they play League of Legends. Previously, Gosu.ai’s virtual assistant used machine learning to offer detailed post-match analysis with recommendations regarding training matches, weapons and strategies. The desktop assistant, now with emotive […]

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Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous is pointing the way for indie studio Owlcat Games

Pathfinder has been good to Owlcat Games. The Moscow-based indie studio put out its first game last year, Pathfinder: Kingmaker, winning acclaim and awards (even if it was a bit rough at launch). It helped Owlcat secure $1 million in funding for its next game, Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous, which it announced Wednesday. Wrath […]

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Imgur launches Melee community-powered entertainment platform for gamers

Imgur has launched Melee, a community-powered in-app platform for gamers. Imgur reaches 300 million users a month with its focus on entertaining users with images that go viral. Many of Imgur’s users are gamers, and Melee lets them share highlights from their favorite players and esports events, find news and updates on their favorite games, […]

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Nintendo doesn’t add Super Mario RPG to Switch Online’s SNES games

Nintendo has updated the roster of retro games available as part of the Nintendo Switch Online service with six games that are not Super Mario RPG. But this is the first sign that the publisher plans to add more Super Nintendo games to the service over time. Nintendo revealed the additions in an announcement trailer […]

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Unwrapping the secrets of seasonal content

The holiday season is imminent, and it’s another marker in the year where retailers, service providers, and other industries tailor their offerings to fit in with the seasonal holidays. But why exactly is seasonal content so important, especially for mobile games? In short, it can boost session lengths, retention, and monetization because it gives players […]

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Switch has its best week ever in the U.S. thanks to Black Friday and Pokémon

Nintendo announced today that the Switch had its best sales week ever in the U.S. during Thanksgiving week, which included Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Switch sold 830,000 consoles during the week, bringing total sales for the machine in the U.S. to 17.5 million. The Switch debuted in March 2017, and it’s been a much […]

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Nintendo Switch launches in China on December 10 for $300

(Reuters) — Japan’s Nintendo said on Wednesday it will officially launch its Switch gaming console in mainland China on December 10 priced 2,099 yuan ($298) with local partner Tencent. Pre-orders for the console began at noon (0400 GMT) in China on Wednesday, opening a major front in Nintendo’s drive to expand the reach of the […]

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Dead Cells’ giant The Bad Seed DLC sprouts in early 2020

Motion Twin and Evil Empire announced today that Dead Cells will be getting its next downloadable content drop in Q1 2020 when The Bad Seed launches. The Bad Seed will be available for Dead Cells on all of its platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, Android, and iOS. It will cost $5. Dead Cells […]

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Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire sails to PS4 and Xbox One on January 28

Publisher THQ Nordic announced today that Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire will be available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on January 28. Deadfire is a role-playing game from Obsidian that came out for PC in May 2018. It’s one of the last titles Obsidian made before Microsoft bought the developer in November 2018. Before […]

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Fantasy General II: Reviving a strategy game for a modern audience

Released in September by recently founded developer Owned by Gravity, Fantasy General II is equal parts sequel and homage to the original 1996 game from the since defunct Strategic Simulations, Inc. (SSI). It’s a unique, narrative-driven modern spin on the turn-based strategy game genre, where every choice you make has consequential knock-on effects throughout the […]

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Xbox Game Pass gets Overcooked 2, Pathologic 2, and more in December

Microsoft has plans to update Xbox Game Pass throughout December with new additions. The publisher’s subscription service already has over 100 games, and now it’s getting a number of new ones in time for the gift-giving holidays. Xbox Game Pass is the focus of Microsoft’s current gaming initiative. The company is trying to get people […]

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Esports and fashion? A match made in marketing heaven

When luxury fashion brand Louis Vuitton announced in September it would be partnering with Riot Games’ League of Legends World Championship to design in-game outfits and a trophy carrying case, many people were left scratching their heads. On the surface, high fashion and video games seem an unlikely pairing. But as esports continues to shift […]

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Persona 5 Royal comes to the U.S. on March 31

Atlus announced today that Persona 5 Royal will be coming to PlayStation 4 in the U.S. on March 31. This expanded version of the hit Japanese role-playing game includes a new playable character and other extra content. The original version of Persona 5 first came out in Japan in 2016, with the U.S. release following […]

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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III is coming to Switch

NIS America revealed today to GameSpot that The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III is coming to Switch next spring. Trails of Cold Steel III is the third part of a four-game series. It came out for PlayStation 4 in the U.S. on October 22. Trails of Cold Steel IV, the last part […]

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PlayStation Now adds PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is now in both of the major console subscription services. The battle royale shooter joined Xbox Game Pass back in November 2018. Now, Sony is adding PUBG to its equivalent PlayStation Now service. PUBG is still one of the most-played games in the world. On Steam, it has more than 500,000 peak concurrent […]

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Persona 5 sales pass 3.2 million

Atlus has released new sales numbers for Persona 5, revealing that the Japanese role-playing game has sold over 3.2 million copies. Persona 5 came out in September 2016 in Japan and in April 2017 in other markets, including the U.S. and Europe. Sales for the entire Persona series, which started in 1996, now stand at […]

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How Twitch became huge … but still misses Ninja

Twitch, the Amazon-owned livestreaming service, has made livestreaming and content creators into worldwide phenomena. Fortnite broke out as one of the top battle royale games because so many influential streamers were playing it live on Twitch. But it was a bit touch and go for Twitch at the beginning — 13 years ago, in 2006 […]

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