When Google announced they were leapfrogging E3 to reveal their Stadia game “console” on June 6, we figured “they must have news so big that it puts everything else to shame!” Given the size of the company and the resources at its fingertips, we were expecting a megaton bomb like “we bought Activision!” or “WE’RE coming out with Half Life 3!”
If you’ve been on any website at all today, including Sesamestreet.com, then you’ve already read the news: Google unveiled Stadia, their ambitious plans to get into the video game business, this morning.
The Googlers of the world received a surprise this morning when the information giant partnered with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to launch Where On Google Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?, a new entry in the long-running educational game series that plays on the Google Earth website just as it did on Apples and Commodores.
For the longest time (at least since 2001), there have been only three major game console companies: Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft. Many have tried to enter, most have failed — mainly because nudging your way into the console business requires a HUGE monetary investment that won’t pay off within its first few years. The XBox brand operated in the red when it was young.
Google says it will announce the featured games later that month, and that it will be looking for “high-quality games that are both innovative and fun.” The event takes place less than a month before another big indie gaming festival, Indiecade in Los Angeles, which kicks off on October 14th. Speaking about the event, Google have said:
Despite the world claiming that digital comics are the future, there is an inherent downside to reading comics on digital platforms. If you’re not on a computer or decent sized tablet, the text of the comics can be very hard to read.
Google’s April Fools gag for 2015 has launched a day early, because it was just too good to keep under wraps. If you surf over to Google Maps and zoom into a major city, you may find a Pac-Man button on the lower left side of your screen. Select it, and the map turns into a playable Pac-Man game! Chomp-tastic!
Earlier this year on April Fools’ Day 2014, Google unleashed 151 Pokémon on its Google Maps site and challenged the world over to find and capture the pocket monsters, with the promise of a job opportunity under the title of “Pokémon Master.”
A number of outlets are reporting that Google are in the process of buying the popular streaming platform Twitch. Sources are claiming that a $1 billion price tag has already been agreed, with Google’s YouTube division taking charge of the deal.
If you happen to follow @PlayStation on Twitter, you might have seen the “When Worlds Collide” image above Tweeted around 16:30 GMT yesterday. Like all good teasers, the possibilities behind its meaning are many, but IGN contributor and The Gamer’s Advocate co-host Adam Bankhurst believes it could signify the awaited return of galactic duo Ratchet and Clank.(more…)
When the vision of a low-cost, flexible gaming console open to anyone who with a dream of developing, a large number of people flocked to stand behind it. It brought about the birth of the Ouya, the Android-based, hackable bit of hand-sized hardware that was released this week with reasonable success. Though the Ouya itself still has quirks to be worked out, its story alone ought to have reminded the corporate world of those things which the core of the gaming crowd has always supported – the freedom for anyone to choose and create.
Now, to be fair, there are various Google projects that had a narrow, but devoted fan base (App Inventor, Wave, Buzz.) However, while Google’s internal metrics may say it’s not worth keeping the lights on at Reader, the fact that Google Reader’s closure globally out trended news of a new pope suggests the service was very widely loved and used. Huge read counts like my own came up in blog and forum discussions about this news all over the web. For many people, Reader was how they took in the internet. Even forum posts were pushed through RSS for the most extreme Reader users, and even more social platforms like tumblr blogs were often fodder for Reader rather than the social service itself. Beyond that, the fact that Google had all that information means of all their ways of data-mining people for better ad information, Reader had to be painting some very detailed pictures, so the idea they couldn’t monetize the service seems just plain wrong. They have 175 thousand data points on just me from what I’ve read. Twitter only has a couple thousand tweets, and a lot of that isn’t links to full articles from sites that themselves have very clear profiles.