Gaming

‘Minecraft: The Island’ Blurs the Line Between Fiction and Gaming

The protagonist of Max Brooks’s new fantasy novel doesn’t have a name, a gender or even normal human appendages. Instead of hands, the narrator has clumsy, flesh-toned cubes, just one more weird feature of the strange and unsettling world where the story unfolds, where everything — the sun, clouds, cows, mushrooms, watermelons — is composed of squares. For the uninitiated, ... Read More »

People have no idea how big a deal it is’: the people pushing Australian gaming forward

More than 70% of Australians play video games, and I’m one of them. With its spread from computers to TVs to mobile phones, the global games industry is now worth over $100bn, with an Australian market alone worth $3bn. But the value of games goes beyond just money. Interactive entertainment and the “serious games” that share lessons and skills have ... Read More »

‘People have no idea how big a deal it is’: the people pushing Australian gaming forward

To win one of the estimated 700 full-time jobs across the gaming industry, you have to be better than good; you have to be exceptional. Photograph: Matjaz Slanic/Getty Images More than 70% of Australians play video games, and I’m one of them. With its spread from computers to TVs to mobile phones, the global games industry is now worth over ... Read More »

This week in games: Call of Duty WWII’s spooky zombies, Doom Guy identity revealed, and more

Christmas in July? More like Halloween in July, as we are inundated with horror trailers this week—Evil Within II, Observer, and Call of Duty: WWII‘s spooky new zombies. That, plus John Romero reveals who served as inspiration for the iconic Doom cover art, American Truck Simulator closes down Pacific Coast Highway, and StarCraft II adds skins, sprays, and other Overwatch-style fodder. This is gaming news for July 17 to ... Read More »

Pokemon Go Is Introducing Legendary Pokemon This Weekend

HIGHLIGHTS First legendary Pokemon this weekend Pokemon Go Fest attendees will have first chance Will likely roll out to everyone on July 23 Legendary Pokemon are on their way to Pokemon Go, Niantic announced in a video on Thursday. The first chance at catching them will go to attendees of the Pokemon Go Fest in Chicago on Saturday, July 22. Players ... Read More »

Fire Emblem Heroes for iOS and Android Made $115 Million in 6 Months: Report

HIGHLIGHTS Fire Emblem Heroes sees most of its revenue generated from Japan US and Canada are also substantial markets Despite being featured globally, its downloads are relatively low Fire Emblem Heroes is Nintendo’s second game for iOS and Android after Super Mario Run. And while the strategy role-playing game series has been confined to Nintendo’s handhelds and home consoles, Fire Emblem’s smartphone debut has made $115 (around Rs. ... Read More »

Overwatch’s New Hero Doomfist Will be Playable on July 27

HIGHLIGHTS The creation of Doomfist was prompted by fan feedback He was just a character mentioned in Overwatch’s reveal cinematic His design is inspired by fighting games The latest addition to the Overwatch roster of heroes, Doomfist will be playable for all from July 27. While you can play as Doomfist in Blizzard’s PTR (public test realm/region) on PC, he’s not available for the PS4 ... Read More »

Nintendo Switch Gets Its First Video Streaming App

HIGHLIGHTS Niconico is the first streaming app on the Nintendo Switch It is a popular video platform in Japan We could see the likes of YouTube and Netflix on the Switch in the future The Nintendo Switch gets its first video streaming app in Niconico. It’s an extremely popular live streaming platform in Japan. At the moment, Nintendo Switch owners with Japanese accounts ... Read More »

Logitech is acquiring gaming headset maker Astro for $85 million in cash

Photo: Astro Gaming Computer accessory company Logitech announced today that it’s acquiring Astro Gaming, a popular console gaming headset maker, for $85 million in cash. Astro will join the Logitech G division, Logitech’s PC gaming-focused sub-brand, as part of a broader effort by the accessory maker to gain a better foothold in the console market. The deal is expected to close by ... Read More »

Tencent’s Honor of Kings to Launch in US, EU Amid Regulatory Chill in China

HIGHLIGHTS Tencent to launch Honor of Kings game in EU and US this year The game has roughly 55 million daily active users It’s already facing a backlash in China over its addictive features Chinese gaming giant Tencent Holdings Ltd will launch its mega-hit smartphone game “Honor of Kings” in the EU and United States this year, a person familiar with the ... Read More »