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Report: YouTube Live relaunching at E3 2015 to take on Twitch

By Daniel Perez, Mar 25, 2015 9:05am PDT

Google has its eyes set on the livestream and eSports scenes, and it's expected to relaunch YouTube Live to attempt to dethrone Twitch.


Google joins the realm of Virtual Reality with VR Android OS

By Josh Hawkins, Mar 09, 2015 10:05am PDT

Reports are coming in that Google has joined the ranks of the VR masterminds with plans for a Virtual Reality version of their popular Android operating system.


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

By Steve Watts, Aug 06, 2014 3:45pm 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.


"Then just leave AdBlock on. Is whatever miniscule amount they earn from your ad view worth the ..."

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Shack Snack: July 24, 2014

By Steven Wong, Jul 24, 2014 6:00pm PDT

Shacknews presents the Shack Snack, a short recap of the day's big stories.


Report: Google acquires Twitch for $1 billion

By Steve Watts, Jul 24, 2014 2:55pm PDT

Google's YouTube division reportedly taking the lead in acquisition.


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Google to stop advertising games with IAPs as 'free'

By Steve Watts, Jul 22, 2014 7:05am PDT

In-app purchases will disqualify you from the "free" label in Europe, following new guidelines from the European Commission.


"About fucking time. Now bring this to America and call it a day."

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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...


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

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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...


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

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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.


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

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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.


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

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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.


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?


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

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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.


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

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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...


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

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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.


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

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