With Stadia, Google's Gaming Dreams Head For the Cloud

With Stadia, Google's Gaming Dreams Head For the Cloud

"Within five seconds, you can be playing the game." Stadia doesn't simply present a challenge to traditional consoles and computers, but to distribution platforms themselves.

Best Xbox One Console Bundles and Deals for 2019

Best Xbox One Console Bundles and Deals for 2019

The Best Xbox One Deals, Bundles, and Essentials Online Microsoft With its impressive performance and support for the latest television tech, the Xbox One X is the go-to console for enthusiasts.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sonic the Hedgehog Is Ready For His Closeup—and It's Weird

Sonic the Hedgehog Is Ready For His Closeup—and It's Weird

Sonic the Hedgehog Is Ready For His Closeup—and It's WeirdSega's speedy blue blur is about to race his way into film, but why are his legs so long?SegaThis week, as the year begins to wind down, the news certainly doesn't.

'Fortnite' Season 7's Winter Wonderland Tops the Week's Game News

'Fortnite' Season 7's Winter Wonderland Tops the Week's Game News

Right?In Less Fun Fortnite News, the Inventor of the Milly Rock is Suing EpicYes, The Washington Post reports that rapper 2 Milly is suing Epic Games for the use of his Milly Rock dance as an in-game emote.

The Teens Who Hacked Microsoft's Xbox Empire—And Went Too Far

The Teens Who Hacked Microsoft's Xbox Empire—And Went Too Far

There was one hacker, however, who lucked into a mother lode of 360 dev kits and whose eagerness to profit off his good fortune would help Pokora ascend to the top of the Xbox scene.Meet the cast of characters behind the Xbox Underground.Gifted Canadian hacker and the brains of the Xbox Underground.Programmer who made millions by tricking FIFA Soccer into minting virtual coins.Australian teenage hacker who turned reckless as the FBI closed in.Pokora's friend in Delaware, arrested in 2010 for trying to steal a game's source code.Abruptly vanished from the Xbox hacking scene, causing widespread paranoia.Owner of a hacked modem that he used to help the Xbox Underground steal software.III.

'Red Dead Redemption 2' Reaches for Magic on the Shoulders of Indie Games

'Red Dead Redemption 2' Reaches for Magic on the Shoulders of Indie Games

But the idea of using deliberate slowness and inaccessibility bears a powerful resemblance to other corners of the gaming world.Red Dead Redemption 2's exploration is like Proteus, with its emphasis on dreamy, carefully paced exploration.

Preorder the iPhone XS or Shop 15 of the Weekend’s Best Tech Deals

Preorder the iPhone XS or Shop 15 of the Weekend’s Best Tech Deals

We've worked with our friends at TechBargains to bring you 14 of the best tech deals that we’ve seen around the web.Preorder the Apple iPhone XS, XS Max, and XRThe prices on these things just keep going up.

Meet Apple's New High-End iPhones, the Xs and Xs Max

Meet Apple's New High-End iPhones, the Xs and Xs Max

Then, with the launch of the iPhone X last fall, Apple introduced a new, edge-to-edge OLED display, face authentication, and seriously impressive cameras.This year's new phones fall in line with "S" upgrades: they're getting better internals, but they don't look drastically different from the year before.

Can Samantha Bee's Comedy Quiz App Gamify Getting out the Vote?

Can Samantha Bee's Comedy Quiz App Gamify Getting out the Vote?

But if the idea is to raise voting behavior, I'm not convinced a trivia app is the best way to do it.'University of Kansas professor Genelle BelmasTraditionally, fewer people cast ballots during midterm elections, and young people have especially low numbers when it comes to voter turnout.

Superman Joins The Witcher and the Rest of the Week in Games

Superman Joins The Witcher and the Rest of the Week in Games

So it'll be interesting to see how Cavill does, and doesn't, live up to the stellar precedent set by CD Projekt Red and voice actor Doug Cockle.Korea's Biggest MMO Developer Just Bought the Studio Behind Eve: OnlineEve: Online, probably the most notable cult success in all of gaming, might be going through some changes in the future.

Spider-Man Loses Its Web-Swinging Joy in an Overstuffed City

Spider-Man Loses Its Web-Swinging Joy in an Overstuffed City

Insomniac has created a hero who moves like he knows what he's doing, and his abilities bind together your journey through massive setpieces and a large, varied architectural space that is always compelling to move and fight and climb through.So many open worlds in the past few years have been built on lists: monuments to explore; towers to climb; side missions and collectibles and clutter.