Posts Tagged: Game

Google and OnePlus are teaming up for a “Crackables” game later this month

OnePlus has teamed up with Google to create a game/challenge called Crackables, and it starts on September 18th. And aside from that, that’s pretty much all we know. The only way we can describe it right now is mysterious. OnePlus’s twitter feed is full of short snippets of videos and pictures related to cracking some […]

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A ‘Lord of the Rings’ game is coming from the publisher of ‘Warframe’

If you're itching for a new Lord of the Rings game to move past the controversy of Shadow of War, we have good news — although it might not be quite what you're expecting. Athlon Games (the owner of Digital Extremes and Splash Damage) has signed a…
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Up your smartphone photography game with Olloclip’s new universal clip-on lenses

Olloclip is known for making extra lenses that you can buy for your smartphone to take different kinds of shots with your camera. That includes things like macro and telephoto lenses, but also fish-eye and wide angle lenses. For anyone that needs their phone camera to be as versatile as possible, they’re invaluable. The only […]

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Facebook’s ‘playable ads’ bring game demos to the news feed

Facebook's next foray into the gaming space is giving players a chance to try mobile games out before they download them. The social network is calling them "Playable Ads," which is fairly self-explanatory. There's a lot of advertising mumbo-jumbo in…
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More rumors point to Google entering the video game market

If you’ve been keeping up, there have been several rumors that Google is getting into the gaming console market, at least indirectly. The Yeti streaming service, for example, was suggested to compete with GeForce Now and PlayStation Now, and recently some new interactions were tipped off for the Chromecast that would most likely be used […]

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Steam lets game developers customize their homepages

Steam has put its new Creator Homepages into open beta, letting developers and publishers customize their homepages to better show off their game catalogs. There's a lot of flexibility — publishers can divide their portfolios up however they wish, s…
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HBO’s Westworld mobile game has landed in the Play Store

If you’ve watched the somewhat surreal Westworld TV series from HBO, you may want to pay particular attention to the game that Warner Bros. has just published on the Play Store, some three months after preregistrations began. The game puts you in charge of managing the park at Westworld, where you’ll have to entertain each of […]

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First ‘State of Decay 2’ patch is as large as the game itself

If you have State of Decay 2 but haven't fired it up in a while, you'll have to be… patient. Undead Labs has released its first patch for the zombie-slaying title, and it's a whopping 20GB — that's about as large as the install on the Xbox One….
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Ben Heck’s mini pinball game: Analysis and programming

Ben is moving walls around, but don't expect him to quit his day job to become an architect just yet. After a few tests on the pieces for the modular miniature pinball kit, it has been decided that the angles need to change for the pinball run….
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Sony’s business stabilizes with strong PS4 game sales

Sony's latest earnings reveal a simple truth: former CEO Kaz Hirai left the company in a relatively good position. In the full year leading up to March 31st, 2018, the company raked in revenue of 8,544 billion yen (roughly $ 78.1 billion) and operatin…
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Google and Netflix team up for a “Lost in Space” game on Google Home

Google likes to create fun experiences on Google Home, adding to the little gadget’s highly functional approach. This time around they’ve partnered with Netflix to craft a game based on the streaming service’s new show, Lost in Space.  There’s only so much you can do with a game where the only feedback is sound, so it […]

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[TA Deals] Up your smartphone photography game with the ShutterGrip camera controller

If your smartphone is your primary camera, it might be worth investing in some accessories to improve your shots. Right now we’re running a deal on the ShutterGrip Camera Controller that will make your phone easier to hold and snap with, and it’s cheaper than ever. The ShutterGrip is universal so you can use it […]

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HBO’s ‘Westworld’ mobile game is up for pre-registration

HBO’s hit series Westworld is getting a mobile game adaptation, and as of today you can pre-register for the game to get some extra stuff when it does release. As a twist, the more users that pre-register, the more rewards everyone will get when the game unlocks. There are four milestones, with each tier unlocking something new. […]

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Bite-sized, black-and-white game ‘Minit’ lands April 3rd

A crew of indie veterans, including half of notable studio Vlambeer, will release Minit on April 3rd for Steam (PC), PS4 and Xbox One. In the monochromatic Lo-Fi title, players rushing out their front door to do as much adventuring as possible before…
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Trump will meet with video game industry leaders on March 8th

After a little bit of back and forth, it appears that the White House's meeting with the video game industry is on. At today's press briefing, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed that a meeting will take place this Thursday,…
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YouTube TV’s got game on Valentine’s Day: more channels and markets

Last year we launched YouTube TV, the best way to enjoy cable-free live TV, and we’ve been working hard to make it better every day. Today we are excited to wish all our members an extra Happy Valentine’s Day by bringing more of the networks you love to YouTube TV, including TNT, Adult Swim, TBS, CNN, Cartoon Network, truTV, Turner Classic Movies and more!

That’s great news for everyone, from Anderson Cooper addicts to Rick and Morty binge-watchers, and everything in between. Now you can also get breaking news from CNN, watch cable’s #1 new drama series The Alienist on TNT, catch up on TBS’s hit comedy series The Detour, check out the popular kids series Teen Titans Go!, and enjoy the new season of truTV’s Impractical Jokers – all included now with your YouTube TV membership.

For sports lovers in particular, we’ve got you covered: you now have access to March Madness and you can watch nationally televised NBA games, NBA All-Star weekend, NBA Playoff games, MLB Postseason games, the PGA Championship and soccer from the UEFA Champions League.

But wait, there’s more! We’re thrilled to announce that we’re soon adding NBA TV, the league’s 24-hour network, and MLB Network, Major League Baseball’s award-winning 24/7 TV network, to the YouTube TV base package. And in the coming months, you’ll also be able to watch NBA League Pass, the league’s premium out-of-market live game service, or MLB.TV, the longest running sports streaming service in the U.S., for an extra fee. Game on!

It would break our hearts for you to miss out on the action, so in the coming weeks, YouTube TV is also expanding to all top 100 U.S. markets! While we started out in just five markets and expanded to over 80 from there, we’re thrilled to announce that we are taking YouTube TV to over 85 percent of U.S. households, with the most live local broadcast stations in markets where YouTube TV is available. New markets include: Lexington, Dayton, Honolulu, Richmond, Mobile, and Syracuse. Check out here if YouTube TV is available in your city.

We will be increasing our price to $ 40/month on March 13 for new members. However, if you are already a member or sign up before March 13, we are keeping your original price of $ 35/month.

YouTube TV offers cable-free live TV through a simple and easy experience that’s built from the ground up for the 21st century. It includes:

  • Over 50 networks, including ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, plus popular cable networks like TNT, TBS, CNN, ESPN, AMC, and FX, and local sports networks from NBC Sports, FOX Sports, and NESN in select markets.
  • Ability to watch on any screen – mobile, tablet or computer – and easily streamed to your TV with apps built for Roku (new!), Apple TV (new!), Xbox One, Android TVs and Samsung and LG 2016 and 2017 smart TVs; and Chromecast, Chromecast built-in TVs, and AirPlay through Apple TV.
  • A cloud DVR, with no storage space limits that travels with you within the United States so you can stream recordings on any device, whenever and wherever you want. It enables you to record live TV and never run out of storage space, plus record shows simultaneously, without using precious data or space on your phone. Your programs are stored for nine months.
  • Six accounts per household, each with its own unique recommendations and personal DVR with no storage space limits.
  • Half the cost of cable with zero commitments. A YouTube TV membership is only $ 35 a month (if you sign up before March 13) and there are no commitments – you can cancel anytime.

So hop on the couch with us, fire up the TV remote and let’s celebrate the best way to watch cable-free live TV together. Happy Valentine’s Day, YouTube TV members! We’re having so much fun in our new relationship and are committed to making YouTube TV the live TV experience you’ve been waiting for. And if you are not a member, remember to join by March 13 to experience the new live TV service everyone’s talking about for only $ 35/month.

What can we say, YouTube TV is a cheap date 🙂 Enjoy the game!

Posted by Heather Moosnick, Director of Content Partnerships, YouTube TV, who will be rooting for Team Curry #30 this Sunday in the NBA All-Star Game on TNT live on YouTube TV.


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[TA Deals] Improve your smartphone photography game with the RevolCam

If you rely on your smartphone for all of your photography, you’ll want to give the RevolCam a look. It’s a nifty little gadget that adds new features and improves the quality of your photos, all with a small accessory. The RevolCam features three different lenses and an LED flash, plus a selfie mirror. The […]

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Ben Heck’s mini pinball game: Designing the PCB

In tackling another prototype-to-production design, Ben uses Autodesk Eagle to recreate Felix's printed circuit board layout. Learn with Ben how to create your own parts in Eagle and ensure that the board's components are laid out correctly, bear…
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Ben Heck’s Hex game: Fun with soldering

After working out the kinks with the layout of the Hex board game, Ben and Felix have received the PCBs from OSHPark and they're all ready for soldering. That's interesting, because ultimately the game itself will be used to teach soldering in…
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[TA Deals] Develop your own games with the 2017 Zero to Hero Game Developer bundle

Mobile game development can be tough to break into without any help, but luckily, you can score the 2017 Zero to Hero Game Developer bundle at a big discount right now. This bundle includes 9 courses with 413 lessons and over 80 hours of content. It covers a ton of different skills, including developing in […]

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11 years after creating ‘League of Legends,’ Riot is making a new game

The two founders of Riot Games announced that they're handing off the management of League of Legends to other administrators so they can make a new game — which will end up being the publisher's second big video game release in 11 years of operatio…
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Watch the NFL’s London game at 9:30AM Eastern

You're about to get a chance to watch an out-of-the-ordinary NFL game wherever you happen to live. The league and Yahoo (disclaimer: yes, they're part of our parent company Verizon) are streaming a special game in London on September 24th at 9:30AM…
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Run the Jewels’ video game tour continues in ‘FIFA 18’

Killer Mike and El-P, collectively known as Run the Jewels, are no strangers to video games. Previously they appeared in Gears of War 4 as multiplayer characters, and now the duo are lending their talents to FIFA 18. Or, at least, their iconography….
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Nike’s ‘NBA Connected’ jerseys tap into the game with NFC tags

Nike is the new apparel maker for the NBA and tonight it officially rolled out updated jerseys for the teams. They're specially constructed to keep players cool and allow for freedom of movement, but there's a new feature for fans too. They'll debut…
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Sprint steps up the bloatware game in a bad way with BlackBerry KeyOne

Getting a new smartphone from a carrier usually means putting up with the bloatware that carriers install. This can be in the form of the carrier’s own specific apps that it believes you just cannot live without or it can be third-party apps from vendors the carrier has struck business deals with. The bloatware landscape […]

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Open-world adventure game ‘Rime’ comes to the Switch this November

Tequila Works' highly-anticipated indie game Rime, formerly planned as a PS4 exclusive, is also headed to PC, the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. While some were worried the open-world adventure would cost more on the Switch (it won't), Rime will still…
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Hit indie FMV game ‘Her Story’ gets a spiritual sequel

Did you enjoy Her Story, the indie title that revived the use of full-motion video in games? You're not alone: Sam Barlow's game sold over 100,000 copies, a lot for a small-budget release, and won its share of acclaim, including multiple awards. An…
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Xfinity TV customers can catch up on ‘Game of Thrones’ for free

If you're clamoring to catch up on Game of Thrones but don't have an HBO subscription, you'd better get ready for an epic binge watch. Starting today, TV customers can access all six seasons of the show through Xfinity on Demand for free. The promoti…
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Game on!: YouTube at E3 2017

From the hotly anticipated reveal of Xbox’s Project Scorpio to the breathtaking trailer of Hideo Kojima’s “Death Stranding,” gamers around the world joined together in celebration at last year’s E3. It’s the most anticipated event of the year for us gamers, where we get to hit refresh on every blog, website and gaming stream to see what the next year has in store.

This year, YouTube is back again to give gamers around the world a front row seat to everything at E3 on our YouTube Gaming hub. Yesterday we began our exclusive two-day, 17-hour livestream hosted by Geoff Keighley and brought to you by Totino’s Pizza Rolls™. We saw the reveal of the Xbox One X and made live Tiltbrush Art in mixed reality, all in 4K Ultra HD. We’re back today at 1 p.m. PT with more press releases, exclusive interviews, and discussion with YouTube’s biggest names.

But the YouTube E3 coverage doesn’t stop there! From Tuesday, June 13, to Thursday, June 15, Rooster Teeth takes over with nonstop discussion of the big announcements, interviews with your favorite developers, and game demos from the show, presented by “War for the Planet of the Apes,” in theaters July 14.

Finally, YouTube.com/e3 will host the Trailer Battle for its ninth year in a row. With our annual showcase of the hottest trailers released at and around E3, you can watch and vote for your favorite trailers, collect items, and build your inventory to save the multiverse! Be sure to come back the following week to see if your favorites made the top 5.

See you soon at E3!

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Ben Heck’s Logic Gate board game: Adventures in LCD screens

After deciding to use an LCD screen for the Logic Gate board game, Ben gets to work on programming the Pic32mz series microcontroller in MPLab X IDE. Using the programming software and Direct Memory Access (DMA) transfers, Ben learns how to displ…
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USB-powered Sega Nomad gives you near-endless game time

Sega's Genesis Nomad was always something of a compromise (it was running 16-bit console games on mid-1990s handheld tech), but the battery life was a particularly sore point: it took six AA batteries just to get 3 hours of play time. Wouldn't it be…
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Someone made a Game Boy emulator for the Apple Watch

An Apple Watch developer has figured out how to port the Gambatte Game Boy emulator to the hardware, creating a unique control scheme that takes advantage of the wearable’s touchscreen.

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Get the most out of your game with Golf Pad’s Link system

The Golf Pad Link is a new way to accurately track rounds of golf without needing to be tethered to your phone. With each new round played, Golf Pad learns the way you golf so that it can make suggestions to improve your score.

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Overtime? Game Day ads are still in play on YouTube

The confetti has hit the field. We all went Gaga. The Pats have come out victorious.

While you may not have seen that coming, we’ve seen our highest ever watch time during the game, with more than 350K hours spent watching Big Game ads, marking over 15 percent year-over year-growth. If your Game Day party was anything like ours, mobile also played a huge role – 70 percent of this watch time came from mobile devices. And this is just the beginning.

Historically, the day after the Big Game kicks off several weeks of watching and re-watching Big Game ads, so make sure you check out the tenth anniversary of the YouTube AdBlitz channel and vote for your favorite by February 10 at midnight ET.

We’re already starting to see some early favorites. Some with a fresh take on iconic characters, others that introduced new heroes. But the undeniable theme of the night was ads that connected to social and political topics — in fact, these ads accounted for nearly half of the watch time on Game Day.

Here are the top ten ads so far (based on Game Day views as of 2/6 at 2 a.m. ET):

  1. Budweiser – Budweiser 2017 Super Bowl Commercial | “Born The Hard Way”
  2. Bud Light – Ghost Spuds | Bud Light Super Bowl Commercial 2017 feat. Spuds MacKenzie
  3. Hyundai – A Better Super Bowl | NFL Hyundai Super Bowl LI
  4. Kia – 2017 Kia Niro | “Hero’s Journey” Starring Melissa McCarthy
  5. T-Mobile – T-Mobile | #UnlimitedMoves with Justin Bieber | T-Mobile Commercial
  6. Tide – Tide | Super Bowl Commercial 2017 with Terry Bradshaw
  7. 84 Lumber – 84 Lumber Super Bowl Commercial – The Entire Journey
  8. Netflix – “Stranger Things 2” – Super Bowl 2017 Ad
  9. Audi – Audi #DriveProgress Big Game Commercial – “Daughter”
  10. Mr. Clean – Mr. Clean | New Super Bowl Ad | Cleaner of Your Dreams

Interest in commercials didn’t stop at YouTube either. Of the top trending Google Search questions during the game, three were about the ads:

  1. How old is Lady Gaga?
  2. How does overtime work in NFL?
  3. Who owns Alfa Romeo?
  4. What is 84 Lumber?
  5. How many “Pirates of the Caribbean” are there?

The Big Game may have been called, but the battle for top ad is still in play. Check back next week to find out this year’s winner of YouTube AdBlitz!

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Game developers take a stand against Trump’s immigration ban

The opposition to the Trump administration's immigration ban has spread far and wide. Video game developers are joining the chorus against what some see as an unconstitutional policy put forth with no thought or consideration of the outcome. For a nu…
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Celebrating ten years of Big Game ads on YouTube

Every year, a few Big Game ads stand out from the pack and keep us smiling long after the last play … like your daughter’s first date, that time Liam Neeson wanted revenge, or the year we met whatever this is.

Today, we’re kicking off YouTube AdBlitz for the tenth time, a destination where you can come watch and vote for all your favorite Big Game ads.

To continue to spotlight excellence as part of our AdBlitz program, we’ve made two key changes. First, in addition to our main list of AdBlitz winners, we’ll be recognizing top performers in individual categories, like automotive and food & beverage. Second, we’ve seen more and more traditional in-game advertisers choose to launch ads around the Big Game versus during the actual broadcast. This year, these spots will also be eligible to compete in AdBlitz.

In honor of AdBlitz’s ten-year anniversary, we’re also taking a look back at the top 20 Big Game ads from the past nine years that have stood the test of time. Collectively, these ads have racked up more than 440M minutes of watchtime along the way.

Of course as much as we love Big Game ads, they also represent just one slice of all the football-related content people watch on YouTube. Overall, watchtime for football-related content has grown over 90 percent year-over-year.1 Given this huge interest, it’s no surprise that the NFL’s YouTube channel, which they unveiled two years ago, just passed the 1 billion views mark, a huge achievement.

In looking at the ads that made our top 20 list, we noticed a few things.

The ad your ad could smell like: Iconic ads continue to thrive on YouTube long past their initial release. Some of the most memorable ads from previous years, like Old Spice’s “The Man Your Man Could Smell Like” (2010), Ram Trucks’ “Farmer” (2013) and GoPro and Red Bull’s “Red Bull Stratos – The Full Story” (2014) collectively garnered over 5M views in 2016, years after their original airing. And combined, these ads have driven over 92.5M lifetime views.

Advertisers use the force … of uploading early. Advertisers that upload early do better overall. The share of Big Game ads released on YouTube before game day grew over 200 percent from 2008 to 2016, due to a combination of more advertisers releasing their television spots early on YouTube as well the growing popularity of teasers. Among YouTube’s Top 20 ranking, 90 percent of the ads listed were released on YouTube before the Super Bowl that year, including Volkswagen’s “The Force” and Budweiser’s “Puppy Love.”

Pokemon goes global: Just as the Big Game has become a global moment, so have the ads. Outside the U.S., Super Bowl ad viewership on YouTube has grown over 28x since 2008. In 2016, the three countries outside the U.S. that watched the most Super Bowl ads on YouTube are Canada, the United Kingdom and Russia. Some of the most popular Super Bowl ads internationally included: Pokemon’s “#Pokemon20: Pokémon Super Bowl Commercial,” Coca-Cola’s “Coke Mini (Hulk vs. Ant-Man),” and Heinz’s “Wiener Stampede – Extended Cut.”

Our full AdBlitz 10-Year Anniversary report is here along with the full list of the top 20 ads of the past nine years. We encourage you to take a look and come up with your own insights. And of course check back with AdBlitz before, during, and after the Big Game to see and vote for this year’s additions to the catalog of iconic Big Game ads.

Tara Walpert Levy, Vice President of Agency & Media Solutions, recently watched “NFL 2016: Part One” — A Bad Lip Reading of the NFL.”

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Netflix made a game featuring some of its top shows

When Netflix isn't commissioning award-winning programming and movies, some members of its team dedicate some of their time to building fun little projects. We've already The Switch, a Netflix and Chill button that can automatically dim the lights, a…
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After Math: Game over

This was a week of tremendous loss. America said goodbye to John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, Twitter accidentally murdered @-replies for a day, Fitbit cannibalized its new acquisition of Pebble and new studies suggest that robots ar…
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Watch The Game Awards right here!

It's time for The Game Awards and you can watch the show right here on this page! Games like Uncharted 4, Firewatch and Inside are up for some pretty big accolades, but that's not all that's on tap. Metal Gear mastermind Hideo Kojima is scheduled to…
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Lightseekers Kickstarter aims to turn your toys into true game controllers

Bringing toys to life in video games seems to be a big trend these days, however most of the time the toys do not do much. Lightseekers hopes to change that, allowing you to use your figurines as in-game controllers.

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Sex and sexuality: The Jane Austen game breaking the MMO rules

Ever, Jane is an online role-playing game set in the dramatic, romantic worlds of Jane Austen. It invites players to attend sophisticated dinner parties and fancy balls, share gossip, keep secrets, fall in love, get married and climb the ribbon-lined…
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‘Star Citizen’ presentation hints the game is coming together

We won't blame you if you're skeptical that Star Citizen will ever be a finished, shipping title. Even now, it's not so much a game as a collection of modules: you can explore space and get into gun battles on foot, but not much more. However, Robert…
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Cosplayer combines love for ‘Game of Thrones’ and hit game at San Diego Comic-Con

Duranleau, re-invigorated with his love for Pokémon after Pokémon Go came out, combined his usual Ketchum garb with that of House Targaryen of Game of Thrones to make him the ultimate Pokémaster of dragons.

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Warner Bros. paid YouTubers for positive game reviews

Warner Bros. has settled an FTC complaint accusing the company of paying YouTubers "hundreds to tens of thousands of dollars" to make positive review videos for Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor. FTC filed the complaint back in 2014, after the studio ra…
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G2A makes it harder for scammers to sell shady game codes

G2A is still determined to show that it can do right by developers worried about shady game key sellers. The online marketplace has introduced a new verification process that should make it harder to commit fraud. New sellers will have to provide a l…
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Google just upped the ante in the machine-learning game by purchasing Moodstocks

tech giant Google has just made moves to improve its own AI capabilities by purchasing Moodstocks, a French startup that is particularly adept at helping phones recognize objects.

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It’s a numbers game! How analytics are turning games into distraction machines

Gaming analytics allow developers to hack your feeble human brain like never before, and highly refined games they’re cranking out with it are more like crack than art.

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Asus might get back in the tablet game with the Zenpad Z8 for Verizon

It’s rumored that Verizon may sell the Asus Zenpad Z8 sometime in the near future. Interestingly enough, Asus has yet to officially unveil the tablet, with a possible announcement coming sometime next week.

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Wear me to the ball game: Zepp 2 sensor adds Smart Coach system to improve form

Zepp is introducing an updated sensor that has a different form factor, allowing it to pack in more sensors, and utilize Bluetooth low energy. The company is also unveiling a new Smart Coach system in its respective apps.

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11 March Madness apps to bring the game with you everywhere

You’ve got your bracket all filled out, you’ve got your favorites and upsets picked, now you just have to watch the games and see who wins. We’ve got some great apps to accompany your March Madness experience to make sure you see every moment.

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