Tag: category-/Games/Computer & Video Games

Twitter: Here’s who won the attention war at E3 2019

The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) drew more than 66,000 people to the Los Angeles Convention Center last week. But the real battle for attention happens on social media, where the goal is to steal the minds of millions of gamers around the world. Twitter measured the activity on its social network and found that people […]

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Jon Batiste lays down excellent Legend of Zelda cover on ‘Late Show’

I love two things in this world: covers of video game music and a network television show that validates my tastes. That’s why it’s wonderful that Jon Batiste exists. Batiste is the band leader on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and last night his band, Stay Human, covered the “Lost Woods Theme” from The Legend […]

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How Nintendo approached the PR battle at E3 2019

Nintendo brought up the rear in showing off new games at the 2019 Electronic Entertainment Expo, but it made a lot of noise last Tuesday with its Nintendo Direct livestream event. Nintendo doesn’t have a live physical press event anymore, but it did have one of the biggest booths at the show in the West […]

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Newzoo: U.S. will overtake China as No. 1 gaming market in 2019

For the first time since 2015, the United States is the top gaming market in the world. So says market research research firm Newzoo in its 2019 Global Games report, which it published today. It will be the first time since 2015 that the U.S. has been the No. 1 country, and this forecast isn’t […]

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Rekt Global adds new esports investor with DJ Nicky Romero

Esports conglomerate RektGlobal said that it is expanding further into the music industry with the addition of a new investor, DJ Nicky Romero. The addition of the new music mogul as an investor comes a week after RektGlobal announced that it was acquiring Greenlit Content (which is run by friends of mine). In addition to […]

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Empires & Puzzles gets Hunters Lodge expansion

Zynga’s Small Giant Games division is announcing an expansion to its popular Empires & Puzzle mobile game. The expansion features significant updates to bases, including an increase of the stronghold’s max level from 20 to 21 as well as advanced versions of mines, farms, storage units, and houses. A brand new building, the Hunter’s Lodge, […]

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Synative lets game developers build playable Google Play demos

Synative has announced that developers can use its Synative Playable Studio to create playable game demos — a relatively new form of advertising — for a free trial. Hong Kong-based Synative allows developers to build their own “try now” demo for the Google Play Store. These demos are like ads for the games. They let […]

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Microsoft Flight Simulator embodies Game Pass’s potential

Let’s take a look behind the scenes at GamesBeat a little bit. Coming out of the Electronic Entertainment Expo trade show last week, one of our stories had significantly more traffic than anything else. I’ll give you a chance to guess. It had nothing to do with Zelda, Halo, or Xbox’s Project Scarlett console. No […]

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Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda interview — Betting big on The Avengers game

Square Enix had so much to talk about at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) that it took advantage of the void left by Sony’s absence and held a press event. And it showed off a lot of games, including the highly anticipated game based on its partnership with Marvel on The Avengers. I spoke with […]

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Oculus Quest developer shares tricks to optimize Rift and Vive ports

In the days leading up to Oculus Quest’s launch, the company’s head of third-party content told VentureBeat that porting higher-end PC titles to the standalone platform was more about art asset formatting than code optimization. Now early third-party Quest developer Immerse is revealing exactly how art reformatting brought a PC-caliber enterprise training app to the […]

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Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick interview — Not every game has to last 100 hours

One of the annual highlights at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is interviewing Strauss Zelnick, the CEO of Take-Two Interactive, the publisher of games such as Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2 and the upcoming Borderlands 3. Zelnick is always very efficient and direct with his answers. This year, he was terse in some parts of our […]

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My.Games launches My.Studio to finance game studio

My.Games, the gaming division of Russia’s Mail.ru Group, said it is launching My.Studio, an investment initiative to find and fund a new triple-A game developer. The Moscow-based company said it will fully fund a new studio and the development of a new triple-A shooter game. In addition, My.Games will work closely with the winner on […]

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Battlewake’s pirates are sailing to Oculus Quest and PSVR

Hopefully you enjoyed UploadVR’s look at Survios’ latest game, Battlewake, in our E3 VR Showcase this week. If you were hoping to play the game on other headsets beside the Oculus Rift and , we have good news; it’s coming to Quest and PSVR, too. The latter version was confirmed on Kinda Funny’s E3 Showcase earlier […]

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Facebook’s Jason Rubin: The state of Oculus Quest, Rift, and Go at E3 2019

At the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) this week in Los Angeles I played an early demo version of official 360-degree songs from Beat Saber and learned to steer a kayak in VR. Afterward, I went to get lunch with UploadVR senior editor David Jagneaux ,and we found Jason Rubin “VP of Special Gaming Strategies” at Facebook […]

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How Crystal Dynamics designed The Avengers

The film Avengers: Endgame has made about $2.7 billion at the box office so far this year. It is behind only Avatar (which made about $2.8 billion in 2009) in worldwide box office receipts. And that is why it’s a big deal that Square Enix, maker of the Final Fantasy and Lara Croft games, showed […]

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Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga uses the Force to pull me back in

I used to enjoy the Lego video games, but I checked out of the series years ago. After seeing a live gameplay demo of Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga earlier this week at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, I’m ready to come back to the digital world of Lego. The Skywalker […]

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Everything UploadVR’s E3 Showcase announced

This week, UploadVR hosted the first ever Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) VR Showcase, featuring over 30 VR titles including new game announcements, DLC and content updates for current games, ports to Oculus Quest, and new gameplay for hotly anticipated upcoming titles. If you missed it or don’t have time to watch it, here’s all the […]

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E3 2019 killed CG reveal videos

The 2019 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles has come and gone. Despite talk of its demise, this show is still an inflection point. The biggest gaming companies work toward it each year. And I think it helps them establish a narrative that consumers are desperate to latch onto. But E3 2019 had a problem […]

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Final Fantasy VII Remake hands-on — My reservations are gone

Final Fantasy is one of my favorite video game franchises, so I was a little anxious when I heard that the Final Fantasy VII Remake would be revamping its traditional turn-based combat into a system with a real-time action focus. For a traditional Japanese role-playing game fan like me, this sounded like sacrilege. But now that […]

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AppOnBoard acquires mobile game dev suite Buildbox

AppOnboard has acquired Buildbox, a platform that enables developers to create mobile games without knowing how to code. In 2018, the Buildbox suite of tools powered more than 45,000 unique games, driving what it claims are 3 billion estimated downloads in the app stores. Among the hit games produced with it was Color Switch. AppOnboard makes […]

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