Tag: 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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Bipartisan group condemns Blizzard and Apple for kowtowing to China

A group of Republican and Democratic party congress members have come together to condemn Hearthstone publisher Activision Blizzard for punishing a player that criticized China. In a separate letter, the same group lambasted Apple for removing an app from its store at the request of China. The group includes Senators Ron Wyden and Marco Rubio […]

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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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Verizon debuts GPU-based 5G edge services for mobile VR/XR developers

As the 5G era kicks off, all signs point to dramatic improvements in virtual and mixed reality experiences as computing shifts from hardware worn on your body to nearby “edge” cloud servers. Since much of the processing will be visual and used by numerous users at once, Verizon has been preparing for the shift by developing […]

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Electronic Theatre brings immersive group gaming to physical rooms

A London-based startup is creating immersive gaming experiences where friends can participate together in the real-world. Electronic Theatre has custom-built rooms (LightBoxes) that are 200 square-feet in size, and which use touchscreens, motion-tracking, surround sound, and projection mapping to beam interactive games from floor-to-ceiling across four walls. Teams of up to six people can choose […]

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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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The DeanBeat: Riot Games sheds its image as a single-game company

League of Legends is a decade old, and it has become a cultural phenomenon, a rare achievement for any video game. It is an esport, a community, and a fantasy world. But for most of the past decade, it has only been one game. Until this week. Riot Games put the “s” back in its […]

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Saber Interactive buys Bigmoon Entertainment, announces two new projects

It’s been a big year for Saber Interactive. It started in March when World War Z sold more than 1 million copies when it debuted in April. The year got bigger when longtime id Software producer and game director Tim Willits announced he was joining Saber in August, adding a high-profile name to its roster. […]

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Call of Duty League: How Activision reimagined its city-based esports structure

Taking lessons from the success of the Overwatch League, Activision has revamped the structure of its esports competition in the newly re-christened Call of Duty League. The new league is now ready to share a lot about how it is reinventing the league for the new era of esports. That includes a structure for city-based […]

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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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NBA 2K20 is already the best-selling game of 2019 in the U.S.

NBA 2K20 came out on September 6 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC, but the sports game is already the U.S.’s best-selling title of 2019. This is according to industry-tracking firm The NPD Group’s report on U.S. gaming sales for September 2019. Yes, NBA 2K20 was the top seller for the month, but […]

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September 2019 NPD: NBA 2K20 and Borderlands 3 top the charts

Consumer spending on video games continued to decline in the United States in September, according to industry-tracking firm The NPD Group. But fans still showed up for some of the big releases, including the double-header of NBA 2K20 and Borderlands 3 from publisher Take-Two Interactive. Here are the full results: September 2019 Dollar Sales Sep’18 […]

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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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OGN launches Creator Collective to give streamers better tools for esports content

OGN, which has built a big esports network and esports content production business, unveiled the launch of its OGN Creators Collective. The new program will allow streamers, online video creators, and social media influencers from the gaming community to access OGN’s vast resources as one of the largest esports content companies. “We understand that there […]

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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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FlowPlay launches Casino World social casino tycoon game

FlowPlay is launching a free-to-play social casino game dubbed Casino World. That’s not exactly a big surprise, but the title has a metagame where you can build out your own virtual Las Vegas as if you were a gambling tycoon. That’s an interesting combination of social casino and tycoon building genres, and Seattle-based FlowPlay hopes […]

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Jedi: Fallen Order hands-on — This is the Star Wars adventure that you’re looking for

We’ve had a lot of Star Wars action games that focus on the power fantasy of being a Jedi, such as Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast and The Force Unleashed. I mean, it’s not like I expect someone to make a game about a Corellian baker or something. But at first glance, Respawn’s Star Wars […]

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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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