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When I played Megalith at E3, it was a little bit of a revelation for me. Intuitively I knew that hero shooter-style games, or rather action games that pit players against each other in an arena and let them pick from a host of characters each with vastly different powers, would be a good fit for VR. But I’d never tried one. Now with Conjure Strike…Read More

GUEST: Arriving in Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein, is like walking onto the set of Frozen or some other classic Disney movie. The Prince’s castle sits perched on the side of a mountain, overlooking the small town below. With a population of only 36,000, every citizen of the country could comfortably fit inside Yankee stadium, and a third of th…Read More

GUEST: Last year AI companies attracted more than $10.8 billion in funding from venture capitalists like me. AI has the ability to enable smarter decision-making. It allows entrepreneurs and innovators to create products of great value to the customer. So why don’t I don’t focus on investing in AI? During the AI boom of the 1980s, the field also en…Read More

GUEST: The skill of feature engineering — crafting data features optimized for machine learning — is as old as data science itself. But it’s a skill I’ve noticed is becoming more and more neglected. The high demand for machine learning has produced a large pool of data scientists who have developed expertise in tools and algorithms but…Read More

ANALYSIS: WhatsApp announced yesterday its latest effort to combat the spread of fake news through its platform. Its solution? Limit the number of “chats” you can forward a message to. The move came in response to a series of violent lynchings in India that were triggered by the spread of false information through the Facebook-owned mes…Read More

GUEST: Nintendo has surged ahead of King (June’s leader, now in third place) as well as Warner Bros. Games to take the lead with over a quarter, or 438.6 million, of the industry’s impressions. GamesBeat has partnered with, the real-time TV ad measurement company with attention and conversion analytics from more than eight million sm…Read More

Ever wanted to be a superhero? Better yet, how about a Marvel superhero? With Marvel Powers United VR you can do just that. This promising new VR game lets you step into the shoes of your favorite comic book characters and team up with friends to save the world over and over again. What is it? Marvel Powers United VR is essentially a co-op brawler.…Read More

SPONSORED: Presented by SevenVentures Taking your product to market is the easy part. Building a leading brand separates the weak from the strong. SevenVentures, a TV media investor and an investment arm of Europe’s largest broadcaster, ProSiebenSat.1 Group, is devoted to creating the next generation of market leaders by helping growth companies sc…Read More

OPINION: Earlier this week, Blizzard Entertainment released a new patch for World of Warcraft that implemented class changes and added new features ahead of the August 14 launch of the new expansion, Battle for Azeroth. This pre-patch experience is usually an exciting one for fans. But this time, it’s filled with a good amount of apprehension…Read More

Microsoft reported its Q4 2018 earnings yesterday, with highlights like surpassing $100 billion in revenue for the fiscal year, all three operating groups seeing double-digit year-over-year growth, and as a result the stock soaring past $800 billion in value. All of that meant a smaller tidbit slipped through: three additions and three minor change…Read More

Artificial intelligence (AI) excels at empirical tasks like mapping the brain’s neurons, predicting Alzheimer’s disease, and tracking sleep patterns. But it’s not half bad at the humanities, either. This week, ten winners of the third annual international RobotArt competition, which tasks contestants with designing artistically in…Read More

Facebook is scrutinizing a Boston-based analytics firm over its contracts with government agencies, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. Apps from the firm, Crimson Hexagon, have been suspended from Facebook and Instagram while Facebook investigates whether the firm may have violated any of its developer policies. Crimson Hexagon pulls publi…Read More

Video game characters can start from humble roots before becoming stars. Mario was once a more generic hero called Jumpman who starred in a game named after his enemy, Donkey Kong, and this came after Nintendo lost the rights to make a Popeye arcade game. And now the star of Hearthstone’s next expansion, The Boomsday Project, continues the in…Read More

Besieged by spam calls and messages, Indian smartphone users have waited years for Apple to allow a government-developed spam-fighting solution onto iPhones. Now India’s government is giving Apple and its carrier partners a January 2019 deadline for compliance with a new anti-spam regulation, or else iPhones will be blocked from the country…Read More

OPINION: Every few months we hear a little bit more about Google’s not-so-secret Fuchsia operating system. The project is open-source, and first became publicly available on GitHub in August 2016. Google didn’t bother announcing Fuchsia, but it has talked about the project a few times. After all, it is being developed in the open, altho…Read More

OPINION: I don’t envy Apple’s marketing team. Last year, they decided to pitch the iPhone X as an “all display” design when everyone could plainly see that the screen was actually interrupted by a giant black notch. Then they said they wanted to embrace the notch rather than hide it. While I give Apple credit for planning ah…Read More

Kate Edwards was very outspoken as the executive director of the International Game Developers Association. After five years in that job, she left in June 2017. And she’s still outspoken. In fact, Edwards can talk about more issues now than she could while she worked for the IGDA, which represents the interests of game developers and is now l…Read More

Trion Worlds has issued a round of layoffs. The Redwood City, California-based studio focuses on developing and publishing massively multiplayer online role-playing games. Trion’s projects include fantasy MMOs like ArcheAge and Rift. The company’s latest project is an updated version of its online sci-fi game Defiance. The original laun…Read More

A majority of people think that artificial intelligence will steal jobs away from human workers. They’re not wrong, but that’s not the whole story. In a recent survey conducted by Quartz, more than 1,600 respondents in 84 countries said that half of positions would be made redundant by automation in the next five years. A separate surve…Read More

When the blockbuster film Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom debuted on June 22, it was accompanied by a bunch of Jurassic World games. Normally, based on video game industry history, that would be cause for alarm, as most movie games suck. But in this case, the games are turning out to be both profitable and a boost for the Jurassic World franchise. T…Read More