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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Dec 03, 2019 at 06:30. 17 comments

YouTube Is Relaxing Its Rules Against Video Game Violence

YouTube Is Relaxing Its Rules Against Video Game Violence

In a “Policy enforcement update” posted earlier today, YouTube announced a series of changes coming to the site’s content moderation, most of them centred around new distinctions between actual real-world violence and the “scripted or simulated violence” you see in video games.

Starting today, “scripted or simulated violent content found in video games will be treated the same as other types...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Nov 28, 2019. 11 comments

Google Says It'll Give Refunds To Anyone Who Bought Stadia's Free December Games

Google Says It'll Give Refunds To Anyone Who Bought Stadia's Free December Games

The Stadia launch games Tomb Raider and Farming Simulator 19 will be free to Pro subscribers of Google’s streaming platform in December, the company said yesterday. This would have been a raw deal for anyone who has purchased either game since Stadia went live, on November 19, but Google added last night that it will make up for that by offering refunds to those people.

Stadia Pro is a $10 per...

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Zack Zwiezen Zack Zwiezen Nov 24, 2019. 13 comments

This Google Stadia Ad Is So Random (And Terrible)

This Google Stadia Ad Is So Random (And Terrible)

Google Stadia hasn’t had the best month. Its list of launch games was tiny and it seemed Google panicked right before launch and added more games. People who preordered were running into issues and couldn’t actually use the service. And reviews have been mixed. So with all that bad news floating around, you might have missed this terrible, awful, cringe-inducing Stadia launch trailer.

The...

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Paul Tamayo Paul Tamayo Nov 22, 2019. 10 comments

Google’s Stadia Is Not Ready For Prime Time

Google’s Stadia Is Not Ready For Prime Time

Now that Stadia’s been out for a few days, it’s safe to say Google’s game-streaming platform launch isn’t going smoothly. Some people who pre-ordered Stadia still didn’t get codes to set up their accounts as of two days after launch , and features like Stream Connect and Crowd Play are missing. Stadia so far feels like a beta program…that you pay to participate in.

While all signs point to a...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Nov 14, 2019. 10 comments

Google Confirms All The Stuff Stadia Won't Have At Launch

Google Confirms All The Stuff Stadia Won't Have At Launch

Ahead of Stadia’s launch next week, Google’s representatives fielded questions during an AMA on Reddit about what exactly the video game streaming service will include in the beginning. The answer is, not much.

The whole thread was a good reminder that much of Stadia remains as theoretical as it seemed when it was originally pitched during its reveal at Google’s GDC 2019 press conference....

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Oct 25, 2019. 9 comments

Google's New Phone Has An Excellent Pokémon Gimmick

Google's New Phone Has An Excellent Pokémon Gimmick

I picked up my new Pixel 4XL yesterday, and instead of rushing to test out the new camera, radar features or terrifyingly fast face-scanning, the first thing I did with the new phone was...play with some interactive Pokémon wallpapers.

The Pixel 4 has an app called Pokémon Wave Hello, which is part Sword and Shield promo, part tutorial/testbed for the phones motion and gesture controls. It...

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Chris Kohler Chris Kohler Aug 20, 2019. 6 comments

Cyberpunk 2077 And More Games Coming To Stadia

Cyberpunk 2077 And More Games Coming To Stadia

CD Projekt Red’s anticipated Keanu Reeves vehicle Cyberpunk 2077 is coming to Stadia among other games, Google said today in its second Stadia Connect livestream.

Orcs Must Die 3 is coming exclusively to Stadia. The previous game in the series, a free-to-play game called Orcs Must Die: Unchained, released in 2017 but was shut down earlier this year after developer Robot Entertainment said that...

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Joshua Rivera Joshua Rivera Jul 23, 2019. 23 comments

The Video Game Industry Can't Go On Like This

The Video Game Industry Can't Go On Like This

At about this time next year, we’ll have a pretty good idea of what the next generation of video games will look like. New consoles will likely be shown off, bold new streaming initiatives will begin to launch, and we’ll see all the wonderful kinds of games they will bring us. All these new things will come, and we’ll close the book on a generation that saw the industry that makes games come...

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Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Jul 15, 2019. 16 comments

Parents Name Their Baby 'Google' After...Google

Parents Name Their Baby 'Google' After...Google

Baby names are important. If you need suggestions, you can always try Google. Or, as one Indonesian family did, you can skip the looking on Google and just name your kid after it.

The Jakarta Post (via AsiaOne) reports that parents Ella Karina and Andi Cahya Saputra decided to name their son “Google.” Ella was originally against her husband’s idea, only referring to her son as “baby boy”...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Jun 01, 2019. 6 comments

Google's DeepMind AI Takes Down Human Players In Quake III's Capture The Flag Mode

Google's DeepMind AI Takes Down Human Players In Quake III's Capture The Flag Mode

Google’s DeepMind AI lab has been hard at work creating programs to take on human players across a variety of games these last few years. In 2016 its AlphaGo beat the best Go player in the world. Earlier this year, its Alpha Star defeated two middle-tier pros at StarCraft II . Now it’s learning to win at multiplayer games like Quake III.

“Artificially intelligent agents are getting better and...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach May 31, 2019. 8 comments

Google Now Requires App Makers To Disclose Loot Box Odds

Google Now Requires App Makers To Disclose Loot Box Odds

Google rolled out a new Play Store policy requiring game makers to show players what the chances are of getting any items that might be contained in a paid random-chance scenario.

Spotted by the website Android Police, the new requirement, listed in the monetization section of Google’s Development Policy Center, states: “Apps offering mechanisms to receive randomized virtual items from a...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Apr 01, 2019. 4 comments

Snake Gets Added To Google Maps

Snake Gets Added To Google Maps

Snake, the game most famous for its appearance on ancient Nokia phones, is making a temporary comeback over the next day or two (depending on where you are in the world) with a version being added to Google Maps for an April 1 treat.

It’s available from April 1 on both iOS and Android, and Google says it’ll be live “for about a week”. To access it, just slide out the menu, pick a city and try...

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Mar 24, 2019. 24 comments

The Google Stadia Backlash Has Begun

The Google Stadia Backlash Has Begun

While people are still grappling with the technical ramifications of Google’s Stadia platform, gamers have begun asking deeper, more troubling questions. What do mods look like in a world of game streaming? What happens to game preservation? What happens if Google dwarfs gaming the same way it has with search, browsers and advertising? And most worryingly of all, what happens if Google...

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Paul Tamayo Paul Tamayo Mar 23, 2019. 23 comments

Will Google's Stadia Make Consoles Obsolete?

Will Google's Stadia Make Consoles Obsolete?

Google’s upcoming video game-streaming service Stadia aims to eliminate the middleman by letting you play games in 4K and 60 frames-per-second on almost any device as long as you have a decent internet connection. While this sounds pretty incredible on paper, it leaves us with a ton of questions.

I sat down with Kotaku’s Ethan Gach to talk about the things we find promising about this new...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Mar 21, 2019. 18 comments

What We Know And Don’t Know About Google’s New Gaming Platform Stadia

What We Know And Don’t Know About Google’s New Gaming Platform Stadia

Google shared a lot of information about it’s new video game streaming platform at yesterday’s GDC presentation , and we’ve learned even more about the technology through interviews, like the one Kotaku had with Stadia boss Phil Harrison on Splitscreen . But there’s still a lot we don’t know.

Google has not said exactly when it comes, how the service will be priced and what games will be...

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Maddy Myers Maddy Myers Mar 20, 2019. 18 comments

Google Stadia Boss Answers (And Dodges) Our Questions

Google Stadia Boss Answers (And Dodges) Our Questions

This afternoon at GDC 2019, Google Stadia boss Phil Harrison announced the tech company’s plans to launch a game streaming service that will stream high-end games in a Chrome browser. But how good, exactly, does your internet have to be in order for Stadia to work? And do you need one of Google’s new Stadia controllers? Jason and I sat down with Phil for an interview on Kotaku Splitscreen...

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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Mar 20, 2019. 24 comments

Google Unveils Gaming Platform Stadia, A Competitor To Xbox, PlayStation And PC

Google Unveils Gaming Platform Stadia, A Competitor To Xbox, PlayStation And PC

Tech giant Google is getting into gaming in a big way with a direct challenge to the giants of console and PC gaming. It’s called Stadia.

Former Sony and Xbox executive and current Google gaming boss Phil Harrison detailed the platform today at an event in San Francisco during the Game Developers Conference, saying it would link all the ways people play games. The core of it is that it’ll be a...

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Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Mar 19, 2019. 21 comments

Here's What We're Hearing About Google's Plans For Gaming

Here's What We're Hearing About Google's Plans For Gaming

Tomorrow, the tech giant Google will reveal its newest plans for entering the video game world. What we’re hearing suggests that the main focus isn’t on a console, as has been speculated, but instead a streaming platform with all sorts of bells and whistles. And a fancy new controller that you can use to play it.

Google’s investment in streaming is no secret. Last fall, the company’s Project...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Mar 14, 2019. 10 comments

Where On Google Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?

Where On Google Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?

We’ve been hunting Carmen Sandiego across the globe and through space and time for nearly 35 years. Now the notorious thief launches the first in a series of capers within the virtual world of Google Earth. Can you find her before she makes off with the Crown Jewels? Probably—it’s not that hard.

The original Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego, released in 1985 on PC from Broderbund...

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Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Mar 05, 2019. 17 comments

We're Excited To See What Google's Project Stream Can Do

We're Excited To See What Google's Project Stream Can Do

Is video game streaming going to change the industry as we know it? On Kotaku Splitscreen we discuss that question and much more.

Kirk was on jury duty last week, so Maddy and I recorded and edited the show all by ourselves like grown adults. First we talk about Bloodborne, Danganronpa, beloved Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime retiring, and the rumors of a Nintendo-Xbox love...

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