Despite Spotify now streaming tens of millions of tracks to over 75 million paying customers for 10 bucks a month, not everyone has found solace with the market leader. You can count now Google among the rivals that think it can do better.
Its alternative is the brand-new YouTube Music, which now comes with an optional $10 a month subscription with features aimed squarely at Spotify. We got an early look at it, and wanted to share our first... Read More »
Washington D.C. politics has gotten intensely interesting in the last year and a half, and the flood of news has been enough to drown most casual observers. How do you stay afloat? Is there any news source that can keep it all sorted -- and do it without breaking your budget?
Well, thanks to the magic of capitalism and the deep pockets of one particular tech billionaire, the answer is "Yes." But it may be the best kept secret in the... Read More »
Warner Brothers and TT Games have just announced that The Incredibles are getting their own LEGO game on June 15, to coincide with the long-awaited sequel to Pixar's 2004 animated film arriving a week later. LEGO The Incredibles will be coming out on the Nintendo Switch mobile game console, as well as the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4. The game is priced at $59.99 for all three platforms. A Windows release has not been announced.
TT's LEGO games straddle... Read More »
Niantic and Nintendo announced today that the mythical mew will be coming to Pokemon GO (Android, iOS) this week, making it the 151st creature, finally completing the original Kanto Pokedex for the popular mobile augmented reality (AR) game that still has hordes of people wandering the physical world to collect virtual pets. And to make things interesting, Niantic is adding a series of challenges you have to complete to get a chance to encounter... Read More »
There was a time when you couldn't make it from your living room to the kitchen without stumbling over a tycoon game, and now they've almost all faded into the mists of time. RollerCoaster Tycoon (RCT) is basically the honey badger of this genre, spawning three direct sequels, five spinoffs, and even a pinball machine. While the upcoming Nintendo Switch version had some initial skepticism around its Kickstarter-like funding, we can confirm that this game is actually slated... Read More »
Adjusted for inflation, Westworld made a modest $57M as a film in 1973, and it could easily have been forgotten in an era before home video became a thing. But despite everything, we've got another smash-hit HBO show boasting a level of talent and creative passion that the original makers couldn't have imagined. Westworld, as a mobile game, coming to a phone or tablet near you in April, is positioned as a logical extension of watching the show,... Read More »
Tuesday morning, Nintendo revealed 14 indie games coming to its red-hot Switch handheld console, and it has now added two big names to the mix: Hyper Light Drifter and No More Heroes: Travis Strikes again. With Nintendo still ramping up its library of games one year after launch, it's opened the doors wide to indie games, which tend to take less time to develop than so called "Triple-A" games like Call of Duty or Halo. And Switch users... Read More »
In May 2016, Google added Instant Apps to Android, which let users try an app without having to go through the usual download process, and the company has just announced that its extending this feature to its games catalog too. The Play Instant library sits on the Play Store, with a collection of six titles: Clash Royale, Words with Friends 2, Solitaire, Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire (not to be confused with Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition),... Read More »
Hot on the heels of Fornite, whose battle royale mode has rocketed it to the top of the iOS App Store in dozens of countries, Tencent announced today that its own juggernaut, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (or PUBG for short), is available for download on Google Play Stores around the world. The Windows version of the game has become Steam's third-biggest selling title of all time, so the timing seems good for expanding to Android phones and... Read More »
If you've watched HBO's Silicon Valley, you know about pivots in app development. This gamble usually doesn't turn out well, but the battle royale game mode of Fortnite is quickly becoming a textbook example in how to nail the concept. With this free-to-play spectacle in its arsenal, the game is leapfrogging even over PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (aka PUBG), which itself is surpassing stalwarts like DOTA 2 and Overwatch. Numbers: Last month, Epic recorded 3.4 million people playing Fornite at the same... Read More »