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Day: February 6, 2019

Steam deals: 10 murder mystery games on sale for $3 in Fanatical bundle – Polygon

Steam deals: 10 murder mystery games on sale for $3 in Fanatical bundle – Polygon

PC Games
Calling all aspiring Sherlock Holmses, Jessica Fletchers, and Olivia Bensons. Fanatical’s new “Undercover Bundle” lets you play detective with a collection of 10 crime and murder mystery PC games on sale for $2.99. Most of the games in Fanatical’s bundle are point-and-click adventures, usually set in creepy mansions, that call for exploration and sleuthing to figure out whodunnit. In The Invisible Hours, which can be played with or without a VR headset, the famed inventor Nikola Tesla invites a group of strangers — with complicated pasts, of course — to his mansion, à la Clue (the movie), only to turn up dead in the foyer. In Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller, it’s the supernaturally-gifted Detective Reed’s brother who’s been ...
EA Access May Finally Be Making Its Way to the PS4 – Push Square

EA Access May Finally Be Making Its Way to the PS4 – Push Square

PlayStation Games
Early in the generation, when Microsoft would have chopped off its own arm for a public relations win, EA Access was a big point of conversation. The subscription service – which Sony controversially blocked on the PlayStation 4 – effectively provides, er, access to a vault of older Electronic Arts titles. It also unlocks discounts, and lets you try out select titles prior to release. But despite it being a relatively popular option for fans of EA’s games, the PlayStation maker has been dead against it from the start, suggesting that it represents poor value. It seems like its stance may be softening, however, as the publisher said overnight that it plans to bring the service to “another major platform” this year. It didn’t specify beyond that. Now th...
Xbox Game Studios – Rock Paper Shotgun

Xbox Game Studios – Rock Paper Shotgun

XBOX Games
Sea Of Thieves lets friends sail for free this week By Dominic Tarason • 2 hours ago After a rough first year, Sea Of Thieves - the piratical MMO-lite - is on the up and up. Interest in the game (and all things piratical) is high, and its latest big update brought a swathe of new PvE activities to its previously competitive-focused seas. Rare reckon that now would be a good time to show the game to your friends, so if you… Tagged with Rare, Windows 10 games, Xbox Game Studios, Sea of Thieves. ...
Sony says cloud gaming could be a future threat to its business, but it's confident people will keep gaming on the PlayStation – INSIDER

Sony says cloud gaming could be a future threat to its business, but it's confident people will keep gaming on the PlayStation – INSIDER

PlayStation Games
Discussing Sony's FY2018 Q3 earnings, chief financial officer Hiroki Totoki said the movement toward cloud gaming and video game streaming services could be a potential threat to the company's PlayStation gaming brand.Sony's PlayStation 4 is still the most popular video game console of this generation, with more than 90 consoles sold worldwide.The large install base has allowed PlayStation to steadily increase earnings from digital games, movies, and subscriptions, even as console sales have started to decline. While its competitors at Microsoft, Amazon, and Google are diving head first into new streaming technology for video games, Sony sees the rise of cloud gaming services as a potential risk. During its FY2018 Q3 earnings call, Sony CFO Hiroki Totoki said "games going to the cloud"...
PC games are showing us why we should care about surveillance – PCGamesN

PC games are showing us why we should care about surveillance – PCGamesN

PC Games
Psst. Did anyone follow you here? You sure? Good. After events like the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the whistleblowing of Edward Snowden, and the impending digital takeover of Facebook and Google, it’s slowly becoming clear that maybe we ought to be more aware of our personal data and privacy – how much we willingly share, and who we share it with. Even the most recent meme sensation, the ‘ten year challenge’, is starting to look like the ideal data harvesting tool for a face recognition algorithm Facebook are working on. This age of surveillance has already made its way into videogames, technological privacy becoming a launch pad for puzzle games and thrillers. A Normal Lost Phone has you delving into the emotionally fraught depths of a teenager’s mobile....
Disney admits it isn't very good at video games – CNET

Disney admits it isn't very good at video games – CNET

Games News
EA Games You can do anything you set your mind to -- but also, stick to your strengths.In an earnings call Tuesday, Disney noted it's steering clear of returning to games development, reports Variety.Disney, owner of Marvel, Star Wars and Pixar, said it had a "good" relationship with Electronic Arts, the company it partnered with in 2013 but admits video game making is not the House of Mouse's forte."We're good at making movies and television shows and theme parks and cruise ships and the like, we've just never managed to demonstrate much skill on the publishing side of games," CEO Bob Iger said when asked about Disney potentially dipping into video games once more.Disney video...
Flashbreak raises $2 million for live mobile game competitions with real-money rewards – VentureBeat

Flashbreak raises $2 million for live mobile game competitions with real-money rewards – VentureBeat

Mobile Games
Flashbreak has raised $2 million in funding for live mobile game competitions that reward gamers with real-money rewards. It’s sort of like HQ Trivia, in that everybody gathers at a particular time to compete in a show. Paris-based Flashbreak raised the money from French venture capital firm Alven and Kima Venture. It’s a kind of mash-up of esports meets mobile gaming. The app is a hybrid of both in-house games combined with a publishing platform for outside vendors to expose their own offerings to Flashbreak gamers. At a specific time, users gather in a live show on Flashbreak’s app. The show times are at 2 p.m. Pacific time, 2:15 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 2:45 p.m. The host introduces a game and then kicks-off three rounds of competition of 90 second...
Big Games Score Big Discounts in Latest EU PlayStation Store Sale – Push Square

Big Games Score Big Discounts in Latest EU PlayStation Store Sale – Push Square

PlayStation Games
Having grown up alongside PlayStation, Stephen has developed a wide knowledge of video games, from AAA blockbusters to the smallest indie gems. With relentless enthusiasm, eclectic taste, and a passion for writing, he’s always on the lookout for the next big thing. He also has the Platinum for The Witness, so there’s that.Let's block ads! (Why?) Source link
Microsoft Studios changes name to more fun-sounding Xbox Game Studios – CNET

Microsoft Studios changes name to more fun-sounding Xbox Game Studios – CNET

XBOX Games
Microsoft's games division got much bigger in 2018, and it's got a new name to boot. Microsoft Microsoft Studios got a small name change Tuesday to reflect the brand's evolution "from its original roots."The new name, Xbox Game Studios, hints at the company's ambitions to push the Xbox brand beyond its console origins. All of its first-party titles have hit PC in recent years and a game conference schedule indicated that it plans to bring Xbox Live support to iOS, Android and Nintendo Switch. Xbox Game Studios is made up of 13 developers, some of which are responsible for major franchises such as Age of Empires, Forza, Gears of War, Halo and Minecraft, corpor...