In Defense of Videogame Selfies (Yes, Really)

In Defense of Videogame Selfies (Yes, Really)

Sora, the protagonist, could take selfies to complete various quests in the Disney worlds, and the game's loading screens featured shots of in-game Disney characters in an Instagram-like photo app .

The Fallout of the Activision Layoffs Will Last a While

The Fallout of the Activision Layoffs Will Last a While

Unity Might Be Going Public, Which Could Be Troubling for the Independent Developers Who Rely on Unity Unity Technologies, the company behind the incredibly popular Unity game engine, might be up for an IPO in 2020, according to rumors rounded up by Variety .

Don't Blame Fortnite for Activision-Blizzard's Layoffs

Don't Blame Fortnite for Activision-Blizzard's Layoffs

There is a Fortnite Effect, yes, but it's not being caused by the game's continuing utter dominance—the source is a lack of original thinking among developers and investors both. Activision-Blizzard announced that it would pour money into its games, increasing development staff up to 20 percent over the next year.

Surprisingly, Disney Is Happy With EA's Star Wars Games

Surprisingly, Disney Is Happy With EA's Star Wars Games

Also, sales numbers are in for the hottest new battle royale title around and there's a Halo theme park in the works.

'Apex Legends' Is a Surprising Threat to the Dominance of 'Fortnite'

'Apex Legends' Is a Surprising Threat to the Dominance of 'Fortnite'

Apex Legends ' ping system is a means to fix that, while also empowering players who, for many valid reasons, maybe don't want to have active conversations with random teammates.

New Game of Thrones Images Show ... Umm, the Furs Are Great

New Game of Thrones Images Show ... Umm, the Furs Are Great

Emily Dreyfuss, Senior Writer: Having read all the books and watched every episode of this show, I have to admit that I still can't remember what's happening at this point of HBO's Game of Thrones . Dreyfuss: Jon Snow (Kit Harington) looks like he just realized Daenerys is his sister … five minutes after they slept together.

'Fortnite' Held a Marshmello Concert—and It's the Future of the Multiverse

'Fortnite' Held a Marshmello Concert—and It's the Future of the Multiverse

"The Fortnite phenomenon shows it doesn't take that much technological connection for people to feel that they are together in a virtual place—to make friends, and to start caring about what happens to their characters," he says.

Your Next Game Night Partner? A Computer

Your Next Game Night Partner? A Computer

The bot you’ll play Iconary with was created by applying machine learning algorithms to records of more than 100,000 Iconary games played by humans, drawing and guessing around 75,000 different phrases.

The New Toy Story 4 Trailer Will Delight You

The New Toy Story 4 Trailer Will Delight You

Today: Toy Story 4 gets a Big Game spot, Captain Marvel drops a new teaser, and Goop goes to Netflix. Captain Marvel Heads to the Big Game Toy Story 4 wasn’t the only property to drop a Super Bowl teaser.

How to Stream the Super Bowl, Kitten Bowl, and Puppy Bowl

How to Stream the Super Bowl, Kitten Bowl, and Puppy Bowl

How to Stream All the Bowls For a complete day of baby-animal cuteness and Super Bowl insanity, you'd normally need a cable subscription that includes CBS for the Super Bowl, Animal Planet for the Puppy Bowl, and the Hallmark Channel for the Kitten Bowl.

'Resident Evil 2' Zombie-Hunts Its Way to Massive Success

'Resident Evil 2' Zombie-Hunts Its Way to Massive Success

Capcom This week, the competition between Steam and Epic's new online storefront heats up the frozen tundras of post-apocalyptic Russia, while zombie games hit their stride (for the third or fourth time), and the rumor mill is gearing up for a second version of the Switch hardware, right on schedule.

The Future of Super Bowl Ads Doesn’t Include TV—or Football

The Future of Super Bowl Ads Doesn’t Include TV—or Football

The Future of Super Bowl Ads Doesn’t Include TV—or Football From press-generating live musicals to viral tweets, brands are figuring out that they can get a lot more than 30 seconds for their money. It’s called Skittles Commercial: The Broadway Musical .

Playing Kingdom Hearts III Feels Like Coming Home

Playing Kingdom Hearts III Feels Like Coming Home

Playing Kingdom Hearts III Feels Like Coming Home Kingdom Hearts is primarily the story of Sora, an adventurous and happy young boy, who teams up with Donald Duck and Goofy (yes, the Disney characters) to fight monsters and find their friends.

How a Trash-Talking Furry Became Esports' Dominant Player

How a Trash-Talking Furry Became Esports' Dominant Player

Eight games play out their championships on the mainstage at Evo, including Dragon Ball FighterZ , but the event is filled with side matches and exhibitions of more than a dozen other titles.

DeepMind Beats Pros at StarCraft in Another Triumph for Bots

DeepMind Beats Pros at StarCraft in Another Triumph for Bots

DeepMind’s broadcast showed its artificial intelligence bot, AlphaStar, defeating a professional player at the complex real-time-strategy videogame StarCraft II . “In a way, beating humans at games has gotten boring.” StarCraft is a trickier challenge for computers than boardgames like chess because many more decisions are required to build and direct an alien army in real time.

Nintendo Switch Had the Best Holiday Ever

Nintendo Switch Had the Best Holiday Ever

The Nintendo Switch Sells Like Hotcakes Artisanal Avocado Toast The ultimate dream of the Nintendo Switch and everything Nintendo releases is to recapture the incredible sales of the original Wii, a console that changed gaming and really impressed your grandparents.

Resident Evil 2 Rebuilds a Horror Masterpiece

Resident Evil 2 Rebuilds a Horror Masterpiece

Capcom Every Resident Evil game is only as good as its setting, and the Raccoon City Police Station is one of the best. To put it another way, Resident Evil 2 is a zombie-fighting game that refuses to give you enough bullets.

More College Esports Players Are Cashing In Big Scholarships

More College Esports Players Are Cashing In Big Scholarships

1. Pay for Play The average esports scholarship student receives $4,800 in tuition awards a year, according to the National Association of Collegiate Esports—but some can receive up to half off tuition.

A New Assassin's Creed Marriage Plot Comes Under Fire

A New Assassin's Creed Marriage Plot Comes Under Fire

A New Assassin's Creed Marriage Plot Comes Under Fire The game was lauded for actual solid LGBT representation—until it released an expansion pack that forces your player to settle down with a member of the opposite sex.

The Final Season of 'Game of Thrones' Has a Launch Date

The Final Season of 'Game of Thrones' Has a Launch Date

In today's news, HBO has finally coughed up a release date for the final season of Game of Thrones , Netflix is facing a lawsuit, and it looks like the Super Bowl won't be marooned without a halftime show act.

Steam's Platform Dominance Takes an Epic Hit

Steam's Platform Dominance Takes an Epic Hit

Ubisoft This week, we've got four big stories for you, from Steam's weaknesses and challenges to Facebook's weird ad policies and some huge news for Destiny fans.

How to Calculate the Physics in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

How to Calculate the Physics in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Here is the rule that I have for a jumping Captain Falcon: Yes, that seems like a crazy model, but when I run it I get the following plot (along with data from the video analysis).

Ex-'Hearthstone' Designers Are Working on a New Marvel Game

Ex-'Hearthstone' Designers Are Working on a New Marvel Game

Ex- Hearthstone Designers Are Working on a New Marvel Game Second Dinner, a studio made up of designers who worked on Blizzard's popular card-based title, will set its debut game in a different (but still well-known) universe of giant, powerful beings.

Carnival Medallion Cruises Now Overlay Personalized Avatars

Carnival Medallion Cruises Now Overlay Personalized Avatars

Carnival Corporation, owner of the high-end cruise line best known among (and frequented by) the older generation of passengers who remember the brand from the hit '80s TV show The Love Boat , has outfitted the entire Caribbean Princess cruise ship with sensors, 4K touchscreens, and other connected devices to support a new interactive platform called PlayOcean.

The 10 Best Games of 2018—and Yes, They're Ranked

The 10 Best Games of 2018—and Yes, They're Ranked

Nintendo excels at building games that are just good, clean fun, and this is the best the company they put out this year. Spider-Man (Insomniac Games, PS4)2018 was a conservative year in videogames.

The Streaming Wars Began in 2018—and They'll Only Get Worse

The Streaming Wars Began in 2018—and They'll Only Get Worse

Related Stories The hope for many of these companies, of course, is that they can prove to be a viable competitor to Netflix, which is expected to hit nearly 150 million worldwide subscribers by year’s end, and which continues to mint must-see original shows ( The Haunting of Hill House ), specials (Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette ), and movies (the critically beloved, shakily handled Roma ).

14 Surprising Things You Can Do With Your Nintendo Switch

14 Surprising Things You Can Do With Your Nintendo Switch

To see the battery life, and adjust a few other settings like volume and brightness, hold down the Home button while playing a game.

2018 Proved Game Streaming Can Still Get Bigger—and Messier

2018 Proved Game Streaming Can Still Get Bigger—and Messier

In March, popular Fortnite streamer and no-talking-to-girls-er Ninja invited the rapper Drake onto his stream, and racked up 1.5 million viewers in a record-setting display for Twitch, the biggest streaming platform in the videogame world.

Gamers, Heads up: Holiday Deals Are Available Right Now

Gamers, Heads up: Holiday Deals Are Available Right Now

You can choose between Battlefield V, Fallout 76, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider.Xbox Game DealsWe've highlighted some titles we think you might like, but you can find many of these deals at multiple retailers, including Walmart, Best Buy, Xbox.com, GameStop, and Target.Call of Duty Black Ops 4 for $40 ($20 off)Assassin's Creed Odyssey for $40 ($20 off)Forza Horizon 4 for $40 ($20 off)Battlefield V for $30 ($30 off)Madden NFL 19 + FIFA 19 for $50 ($20 off)Overwatch Legendary Edition for $30 ($30 off)Nintendo Holiday DealsNintendoNintendo has a lot of indie games and other titles for sale through the new year on its Switch Game Store.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Is a Massive Monument to Itself

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Is a Massive Monument to Itself

Ultimate Is a Massive Monument to ItselfThe latest in the fighting-game franchise is Nintendo doing what Nintendo does best—but at times its deference to history threatens to overwhelm it.NintendoThe greatest thing about the Super Smash Bros.

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