Tag: console gaming

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order — The beginning of a compelling journey

I have begun my journey as a padawan. And it’s fun. I’ve played the beginning of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, the new video game from Respawn Entertainment and Electronic Arts. I’ve been looking forward to this game for a while, and the beginning of the journey doesn’t disappoint. It starts in the middle of […]

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Luigi’s Mansion 3 has the best U.S. debut month for the franchise

Luigi’s Mansion 3 may have come out on October 31, but it still managed to be the third best-selling game in the U.S. for the month. That’s according to market analyst The NPD Group. Luigi’s latest spooky adventure was also the best-selling Switch game for October. It also had the best debut month for any […]

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PlayStation 4’s first six years were better than every console except PS2 and Wii

The NPD Group’s report for U.S. game sales in October included an interesting nugget about the PlayStation 4‘s success. The system has had the third-best first six years for any U.S. console, trailing only the PlayStation 2 and Wii. The PS4 launched on November 15, 2013. It became a fast hit, and strong first-party exclusives […]

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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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Overwatch celebrates Mercy with new short story and in-game skin

We don’t know when Overwatch 2 is coming, but it’ll won’t be soon. However, Overwatch fans are still getting some love from Blizzard Entertainment, including the start today of a new event celebrating the healer Mercy. Overwatch launched in 2016. The team-based shooter is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC. The game […]

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Epic Games acquires photogrammetry startup Quixel to make games more realistic

Epic Games announced it has acquired Quixel, a startup that created a huge “photogrammetry” asset library of real world imagery that can be used in animated films or video games. Back in March during the Epic Games event at the Game Developers Conference, Quixel demoed a cinematic short film Rebirth that looked like it was […]

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Flavourworks raises $3.8 million to make interactive games with live-action video

Flavourworks has raised $3.8 million in funding for its interactive movie games that fuse together live-action video with interactive gameplay. Flavourworks has created a “touch video” technology that fuses interactive gameplay with live-action videos. The game has full-motion video, complete with actors and real-world environments. They act out a story, but you can play the […]

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Techland’s Arise: A Simple Story lets players look back on and relive someone’s life

Arise: A Simple Story is a very different kind of video game. And if you think about its genesis and where it came from, it becomes a bit easier to understand how it came to be. Polish game publisher Techland (maker of Dying Light) is publishing the game on December 3 for $20 on the […]

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At BlizzCon, most fans found a reason to move on from Hong Kong

Earlier in October, it seemed like this year’s BlizzCon could be a disaster. Blizzard Entertainment’s annual fan event took place on November 1 and November 2 in Anaheim, California. I went to the show and covered it, and I was curious to see if the show would divulge into one giant protest. That didn’t happen. […]

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Microsoft’s Azure PlayFab and Xbox offer better matchmaking for game devs

Microsoft’s Azure PlayFab and Xbox divisions have joined together to offer game developers matchmaking and multiplayer parties at no cost when used by an Xbox network authenticated player. The offer extends to all platforms where the Xbox network is supported today, including the Xbox, PC, iOS, or Android. PlayFab Matchmaking is a customizable matchmaking service […]

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Tumblr partners with Medal.tv to highlight 15-second gameplay videos

Tumblr has partnered with Medal.tv to highlight 15-second gameplay videos in an attempt to foster a growing gaming audience. It’s one more example of how gamers are emerging as a big audience on a social media platform, even though the platform didn’t start out targeting game players. As of September, Tumblr has seen more than […]

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Blizzard explains how Diablo IV is different from Diablo III

Blizzard said that Diablo IV is taking inspiration from every past entry in the franchise, but it’s hard to not feel like it’s distancing itself a bit from Diablo III. Diablo IV had its unveiling on November 1 at BlizzCon 2019 in Anaheim, California. Blizzard is positioning the action role-playing game as a return to […]

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Overwatch 2 brings the charm of the cinematics to the actual game

I didn’t think we needed an Overwatch 2. Now that I played it, I’m glad it exists. Blizzard announced the sequel at BlizzCon on November 1, and I got to play the multiplayer shooter that same day. I’ve spent a lot of time with the original Overwatch, a game I love for its team-based combat […]

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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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Diablo IV hands-on — Hello darkness, my old friend

I’m not usually a fan of grim and dark things. But seeing Diablo IV‘s gritty, bloody world in person made me feel good. Blizzard announced Diablo IV today during the opening ceremonies for BlizzCon 2019 in Anaheim, California. I played it just a bit after its reveal, getting to spend 15 minutes with the Druid […]

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Overwatch 2 revealed at BlizzCon

Overwatch 2 is real. Blizzard announced the sequel today during the opening ceremonies for BlizzCon 2019 in Anaheim, California. Overwatch 2 a adds fleshed-out cooperative mode, which will have four players working together against computer-controlled opponents as they earn new skills abilities. Those on who just stick with the original Overwatch will still get access […]

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The DeanBeat: Death Stranding and the madness or genius of Hideo Kojima

Very soon, starting on November 8, we’re going to find out one of the answers to one of the great mysteries of the video game industry. And that is whether Hideo Kojima, the head of Kojima Productions and the creator of Death Stranding for Sony’s PlayStation, is a genius creator or a bit kooky. And […]

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare beats Black Ops 4 and WWII with $600 million in first weekend

Activision Blizzard announced today that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare made $600 million in its first three days. The publisher reveals that the strong start already makes it the best-selling game of 2019. That’s a better launch than the last two Call of Duty games, Black Ops 4 and WWII, which both made $500 million […]

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PlayStation 4 sales surpass Wii and the original PlayStation

Sony announced today that PlayStation 4 sales have now surpassed 102.8 million units as of September 30. The reveal came as part of the company’s financial results for the second quarter of the year. It has now beaten Wii (101.63 million) and the original PlayStation (102.49 million) to become the second-best selling home console of […]

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