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How Google Glass Could Change the Face of Gaming

By Steven Wong, Jun 25, 2014 12:00pm PDT

The annual Google I/O Developer Conference started today, and that got us thinking about how Google Glass might revolutionize how we see life. Although the Oculus VR has rightly dominated the conversation lately, we began to wonder about how a gadget as compact as Google Gla...

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"The point isn't necessarily whether or not Glass would completely replace things like HUDs, but ..."

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Opinion: YouTube's Twitch acquisition rife with peril and possibilities

By Steve Watts, May 21, 2014 7:00am PDT

Reports circulated over the weekend that YouTube (under Google) is planning to acquire Twitch for more than $1 billion. Just how beneficial this is to gamers will depend largely on how autonomous Twitch is allowed to be under the Google banner.

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"That, or I only watch Twitch on my iPad and it's the device that makes the difference. I have ..."

- skankcore see all 37 comments

Report: Android TV is Google's new set-top box

By Andrew Yoon, Apr 07, 2014 7:00am PDT

Less than a week after Amazon debuted Fire TV, it appears Google is ready to launch its own set-top box. Called "Android TV," Google's next attempt...

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"Its not available yet and no announcement yet on any pending date or confirmation it will ever ..."

- mastermike569 see all 56 comments

Google Maps updated with Pokemon Challenge

By Andrew Yoon, Mar 31, 2014 10:30am PDT

Google has updated its Maps app with Pokemon. And while it may seem like an April Fools joke, it's true: launch the app, hit the search bar, "Press Start," and you'll be able to start hunting down Pokemon.

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"So many lines of code to make this, none of which remove the default shake-to-send-feedback in ..."

- ingenus see all 26 comments

Google Play expanding to allow iOS/Android cross-platform multiplayer

By Steve Watts, Mar 17, 2014 1:00pm PDT

Google has announced plans to expand its Google Play gaming service to allow cross-platform play. This and several other features are said to be on their way to developers in the coming weeks.

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"I believe Ingress doesn't us Google Play game services at all. It's just a normal ..."

- zehh see all 4 comments

Google buys Green Throttle Games

By Andrew Yoon, Mar 12, 2014 4:30pm PDT

Thanks to the Android operating system, Google has become a key player in video games. Today, the internet behemoth acquired yet another company: Green Throttle Games, a largely-defunct company that attempted to create a TV-based interface for Android games.

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Google Glass games now available

By Andrew Yoon, Jan 29, 2014 1:05pm PST

Okay, so you got an Explorer invite. And you spent $1500 to score your self a pre-release Google Glass. Now what? Well, how about some games?

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"Yeah, because all we need is more distractions from anything actually going on around us."

- boarder2 see all 5 comments

Report: Google considering game machine, looking at Ouya

By Andrew Yoon, Jun 27, 2013 6:46pm PDT

Ouya may face some serious competition in the future. According to a new report by the Wall Street Journal, Google is looking into preparing its own gaming console.

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"Google Wave is one of the cooler things I wish had better focus and gotten traction."

- Peanut Fox see all 19 comments

Google Play game services bring cross-platform shinies

By Alice O'Connor, May 16, 2013 10:00am PDT

Google has unveiled a handy suite of gaming account services in a similar vein to GameCenter on iOS, including cloud saves, leaderboards, and matchmaking. Unlike Apple's offering, however, the 'Google Play game services' are cross-platform, supported on Android, iOS, and bro...

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"requires a google login though. and the multiplayer matchmaking is android only"

- Chandler55 see all 4 comments

YouTube app launches on Wii

By Andrew Yoon, Nov 16, 2012 3:45pm PST

Wii U will launch with a YouTube app built into the system, but don't fret if you're sticking with Nintendo's original motion controlling console. Google has launched a dedicated YouTube app for the SD Wii.

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"i like xbox live, but this is the #1 reason I'm not signing on with whatever their next console ..."

- UberKalden see all 5 comments

Developers pulling games from Google+

By Steve Watts, Jun 18, 2012 12:30pm PDT

Both PopCap/EA and Wooga have either pulled games from Google+ or announced plans to soon, citing low response and redirected resources.

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"shacknews doesn't give a fuck. shacknews is reading it now"

- thecray see all 22 comments

Google tips hat to StarCraft with 'Zerg Rush'

By Steve Watts, Apr 27, 2012 8:00am PDT

Google has updated with a clever easter egg search for StarCraft fans: "zerg rush."

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"worked for me. did it directly from google.com i was amused."

- riedlos see all 10 comments

Google Maps now for the NES

By John Keefer, Apr 01, 2012 8:00am PDT

OK, so it is an April Fools gag, but it is pretty well done. Enjoy the ingenuity.

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"it sounds like dragon warrior music at parts. i remember those long 8bit notes from wandering ..."

- chilln see all 17 comments

From Dust heading to Google Chrome

By Steve Watts, Mar 08, 2012 6:45pm PST

Google Chrome will be getting From Dust in April, Ubisoft announced today.

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"Why didn't you guys like the game? I didn't realize it was out but I'll probably pick it up ..."

- Onumis see all 8 comments

Google unveils 'Google Play'

By Steve Watts, Mar 06, 2012 11:30am PST

Google kicked off its cloud-based entertainment initiative "Google Play" today, serving as a central location for PCs, Android tablets, and Android phones to access music, movies, eBooks, and games.

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"it's anonymised after 18 months, isn't it? anyway, that bit hasn't changed much, the big change ..."

- jcupitt see all 12 comments