We’ve somehow made it to the last month of the year without the world ending, which means it’s time for Google to reveal its Best of 2017 list for the years’ most popular apps, games, movies, books, and TV Shows. It should come as no surprise that Game of Thrones held off all comers to retain […]
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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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Earlier this week, Fortnite publisher Epic Games filed a civil suit against two people who were allegedly cheating while playing the game online. They were associated with subscription-based website Addicted Cheats and used its services to hunt down…
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How Soccer Players Are Getting Smarter On the Field With Brain-Training Video Games Tom Taylor, Sports Illustrated Athletes are employing all kinds of tech during training to gain a competitive edge while tracking progress. Sports Illustrated tell…
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Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey has always railed against the idea of locking VR games to a single platform. Now, several months after leaving Facebook following controversy about his political donations to a pro-Trump group, Luckey is stepping back…
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The cool thing about Pebble’s wears is that they allow for third-party support. The smartwatches can only hold a few apps, however, so we’ve picked 36 of favorite apps, games, and watch faces for you to choose from.
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Apple’s Indie Showcase will give independent games a prominent place to shine on the App Store. Leading up to the reveal, Apple offered discounts on numerous indie games, some of which occupy spots in the top-10 paid chart.
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YouTube’s become a global destination for people who love watching gaming videos. And we want to take gamers’ viewing experience a step further by exploring how VR videos can put them right at the center of the action. That’s why we partnered with gaming creators and publishers to experiment with the production of 360 and VR videos. What’s come out of those experiments, from “League of Legends” to “Minecraft,” was pretty exciting.
From Let’s Play to trailers, there’s a really wide range of gaming content on YouTube, and a lot of these different style videos are now also becoming available in VR. You can check out gameplay from global creators as well as gaming-themed live action videos celebrating games like “Call of Duty.”
Game publishers are also getting involved in VR gaming videos in a big way, from the immensely popular “Clash of Clans” 360-degree video by Supercell to documentaries uploaded by “World of Tanks” publisher Wargaming. Even eSports organizations are producing content for VR, uploading 360-degree content from top events like the “League of Legends” World Championship Finals.
To give you a taste of gaming experience in VR, check out the playlist above for some of our favorite videos so far. It’s a good cross section of the kind of gaming videos we offer in VR, many of which can make you feel like you’re standing inside the game itself. You can watch these videos using the YouTube VR app available on Daydream or with Google Cardboard. If you don’t have a headset, don’t worry, you can still get the 360-degree video experience on your mobile phone or desktop.
Ryan Wyatt, Head of Gaming Content, recently watched “Clash of Clans: Hog Rider 360°.”
Nintendo's excellent but imperfect Switch console is hitting stores and shipping out to homes today, but there's still a few odd details sprouting up. It appears that the Nintendo Account, which replaces the Nintendo Network ID, ties itself to whiche…
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Project Tango, Google’s augmented reality platform for smartphones and tablets, is in its infancy. But there are already a number of great games and apps for the burgeoning hardware.
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The last week of 2016 is light on videogames, but there are other options out there. Oliver Stone's Snowden movie has arrived on Blu-ray, while Netflix recently added its first Marvel flick under the new arrangement with Disney, Captain America: Civi…
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The best way to encourage participation? By turning everything into a competition, of course. Tapping into the human penchant for contest, Samsung has launched its Tizen App Challenge.
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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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Another year, another massive, exciting E3 showcase. The biggest names in the video game industry brought out their newest games and hardware, including two console announcements (and controllers) from Xbox and a ton of fresh games from PlayStation w…
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Atari founder Nolan Bushnell has teamed up with a small Amsterdam studio to develop and publish new mobile games. Bushnell created the iconic Atari brand in 1972, and oversaw the release of classic systems such as the Atari 2600. He was ousted from t…
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After reporting shrinking profits, Nintendo teased upcoming projects and new areas of corporate “interest,” including mobile gaming, virtual reality, and the upcoming NX console.
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This may be the year that some significant changes are made to Google’s Play Games service.
Google wants to eliminate permission requirements that are unnecessary and reduce the amount of times users have to sign into apps. To fix the issue, Google is thinking about moving the Games API’s to a new model. However, they’re skeptical because of the issues that could arise for developers. Hopefully this is nothing too major. Here are some of the changes taking place:
The most significant change users may realize is that Play Games will no longer require the need of a Google+ profile. The two services will no longer be connected, meaning that Play Games will provide you a name that is completely unrelated to the name on your Google+ profile. This has been complained about for quite some time and it’s great to see that Google has finally noticed it. Users may also notice that the amount of times they’re required to log-in is significantly lower. Users will only have to sign-in to the service once. Best of all, it will be done automatically when going into a new game for the first time, unless you have more than one Google account tied to your phone/tablet.
The changes will me made sometime in 2016.
Source: Android Developers Blog
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We’ve rewritten and re-chosen our favorite Android games on the Google Play Store and Amazon Appstore. Check out our picks in every major game genre.
Amazon Underground has been gaining momentum since launch, and even big name developers can stand to benefit from putting their games on the service. Rovio, for example, published several big titles to Amazon Underground, including Angry Birds Rio, Angry Birds Stella, Angry Birds Space, and Bad Piggies, and saw their revenue triple for those titles just by being on Amazon Underground.
While Amazon makes the apps (and their in-app purchases) free for users, it also reimburses developers for every minute that the apps are used. That means that Rovio made some money off of users that probably wouldn’t have purchased anything to begin with, which is a pretty big deal in a time when monetizing mobile apps is extremely difficult.
Now to keep things in perspective, these apps tripled their revenue compared to what was previously being made in Amazon’s own App Store. That doesn’t include the revenue from the Play Store and Apple’s App Store, both of which are certainly bigger pools than Amazon’s fairly limited storefront. But Amazon’s Kindle ecosystem makes up a big enough portion of the pie that it was still probably a fairly profitable move for Rovio to make, and it might entice other developers to follow suit.
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Fanpics is like the camera at the first sharp drop on a roller coaster. It’s a free app that captures fan reactions to breaking plays right in the stadium, giving you free high-res photos of the best moments of game.
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If you’re aching for some supremely affordable games on Android, 13 games just got discounted to 10 cents each on the Google Play Store. We’re not sure when these discounts will end, so it’d be wise to snatch them up sooner rather than later.
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The cool thing about the Pebble is its ability to have third party apps, and we’ve compiled the ones you’ve got to have. It can only hold a few apps, so we’ve picked our eight favorite apps, games, and watchfaces for you to choose from.
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When it comes to the App Store, it can be challenging to find the best iPhone games, so to help you discover the best of what’s available, here’s our roundup of our favorite new games.
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