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Facebook is teaming up with Unity to build a gaming platform for PC

By David Craddock, Aug 18, 2016 2:34pm PDT

With more casual users playing games on mobile devices instead of Facebook, the social media giant may be looking to go toe-to-toe with the likes of Steam.

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"I am going to skip any PC game that forces Facebook integration or DRM."

- TheEmissary see all 9 comments

Blizzard to integrate Facebook login and social functions into PC games

By David Craddock, Jun 06, 2016 7:00am PDT

Popular games from World of WarCraft to Overwatch will be able to more easily share and browse social content.

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"I can't begin to imagine how much money Facebook threw at Blizzard to go with Facebook instead ..."

- Entity see all 15 comments

Stuff That Sucks: Oculus and HTC VR Launch

By Shack Staff, Apr 21, 2016 4:00pm PDT

Stuff That Sucks returns after some delays due to component shortages.

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"https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/92324/Shacknews-images/IMG_0203.JPG (shrug) "

- pixelat3d see all 11 comments

Oculus addresses Facebook privacy concerns

By David Craddock, Apr 06, 2016 2:15pm PDT

The VR company promises it doesn't share customer info, but may consider doing so down the road.

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"Suddenly the extra money for the Vive seems like it might be worth it. Does anyone know if the ..."

- kwperley see all 18 comments

Facebook outlines advancements in 360 video for Gear VR

By Ozzie Mejia, Feb 21, 2016 3:55pm PST

Facebook and Oculus are continue aiming for a greater social experience in virtual reality, with CEO Mark Zuckerberg discussing some of the advancements that are set to hit Samsung's Gear VR soon.

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"You would need some omni-directional camera kind of like what the google vans use but in ..."

- TheEmissary see all 4 comments

2014 in Review: PC Gaming

By Steven Wong, Dec 29, 2014 11:00am PST

Shacknews takes a look back at some of the most notable news stories and annoucements in PC gaming of the last year.

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"Google is paying 75$ per hour! Just work for few hours & spend more time with friends and ..."

- xneenmark see all 7 comments

2014 in Review: Technology

By Daniel Perez, Dec 26, 2014 11:00am PST

Shacknews takes a look back at some of the most notable news stories in tech.

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"I just got paid usd6784 working off my laptop this month. And if you think that's cool, my ..."

- xneenmark see all 10 comments

John Carmack expresses optimism and concern over Facebook/Oculus deal

By Ozzie Mejia, Mar 31, 2014 1:30pm PDT

John Carmack has spoken out about Facebook's acquisition of Oculus VR, expressing confidence in the social media giant, while also expressing concern that tech startups will now enter the field with the goal of acquisition over innovation.

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"There is an article on Oculus and John Carmack in the latest Time magazine. That was a weird ..."

- MaxPete82 see all 19 comments

Facebook acquires Oculus VR for $2 billion

By Ozzie Mejia, Mar 25, 2014 3:00pm PDT

Facebook has taken an unexpected step into the realm of virtual reality and has acquired Oculus VR, Inc, makers of the Oculus Rift VR headset, for $2 billion.

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"Okay I'm just going to leave for the record that this was an overreaction and I'm now taking a ..."

- Grape Flavor see all 266 comments

Insomniac's Outernauts headed to iOS, dropping browser version

By Ozzie Mejia, Dec 05, 2013 8:15am PST

Insomniac's browser-based monster-collecting RPG, Outernauts, will formally end on January 31, in order to make way for a new and improved iOS version set to be released soon.

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Angry Birds games getting 'Zombie Pigs' for Halloween

By Steve Watts, Oct 22, 2013 9:00am PDT

Rovio is Halloweening its Angry Birds properties, with "Zombie Pigs." New stages with the zombie swine were added to Bad Piggies last week, and a tournament will kick off in Angry Birds Friends tomorrow.

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Facebook launches Mobile Games Publishing program

By Andrew Yoon, Jul 30, 2013 8:30am PDT

Yet another heavyweight is throwing its hat in the mobile games publishing ring. Facebook's "Mobile Games Publishing" initiative is exactly what it sounds like.

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Report: Social games popularity shrinking

By Steve Watts, Apr 23, 2013 12:22pm PDT

Social games participation dropped sharply recently. A research firm concluded that 10 million fewer people played social games in March than in months prior, due to an oversaturated marketplace.

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"Social games... you mean like the new Simcity tried to be to much of?"

- tossitupdude see all 4 comments

SimCity Social, The Sims Social and Pet Society shutting down

By Alice O'Connor, Apr 15, 2013 7:30am PDT

"Say, that FarmVille certainly is popular," executives the industry over observed, "Let's make one of those too." And so innumerable copies of Zynga's social games (which, while perhaps not original, refined and better-marketed what came before) flooded Facebook and pocket t...

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FarmVille TV series to be produced by Brett Ratner

By Andrew Yoon, Feb 07, 2013 3:45pm PST

FarmVille is set to be an animated television series, produced by Brett Ratner.

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"Tune in next week for another episode of Farmville... or just pay us $20 and watch it now."

- CampKusoge see all 9 comments