April 20, 2019

Nintendo Switch Coming to China Via Tencent, But Will It Sell in a Console-Hostile Market?

The administration of Guangdong province has given gaming company Tencent permission to distribute the Nintendo Switch console across China.
April 19, 2019

Samsung Galaxy Fold assessment: damaged dream

This is going to be a weird review.It’ll be weird because, as I’m sure you’ve heard, several reviewers have experienced their Galaxy Fold review unit screens breaking a day or two after receiving them. Some of those breaks happened because Samsung didn’t warn reviewers that a “protective layer” that looks exactly like a removable screen protector is not removable at all, but instead it’s a “part of the display structure.”
April 19, 2019

War video games make clear real-world methods

Want to try your hand at negotiating during a crisis? Think you have a plan that could get the U.S. out of Afghanistan? Confident you could keep a nation secure when multi-party international diplomacy is more important than warfare? Strategy-based board games let you test your political and military acumen right at your kitchen table – while also helping you appreciate how decision-makers are limited by the choices of others.
April 19, 2019

This $2,799 emulator is the fanciest retro recreation console round

Retro games keep resurfacing in all types of emulators, but Swedish artist and craftsman Love Hultén has created one that goes the extra mile if you really want a full, nostalgia-fueled experience. His newest design, called Yesterday Vision, is a handmade midcentury-inspired monitor enclosure that can play games from classic systems.
April 19, 2019

YouTube Premium subscribers may quickly get $2 month-to-month to ship to their favourite creators

YouTube is beta testing a new gifting feature for its Premium subscribers that allows those users to spend $2 on Super Chats for their favorite creators.
April 19, 2019

‘Mortal Kombat 11’ YouTubers Struggle to Keep Bloody Content Monetized

A masked psychopath named Kabal uses twin sickles to disembowel his opponent while he rips their skull in two. D’vorah, a bipedal insectoid, uses her acid breath to impregnate the enemy with a spider, who’s legs and head rip out from their dismembered body. A green ninja named Jade uses her staff to dislocate both of the enemy’s arms, ripping their head from it’s spine and showing off the oozing face to the camera.
April 18, 2019

15 sport streaming companies you may strive earlier than Google Stadia arrives

Streaming games from remote internet servers could be the future of the video game industry — or part of that future, anyhow. By removing the need to own a PC or console to play the latest, most demanding blockbuster games, the medium as a whole could become more accessible. That is, if you have a good internet connection. Google’s recent announcement of its Stadia game service has thrust this idea back into the spotlight, and when it launches later this year, it might be an interesting option for both newcomers and seasoned gamers who are curious about streaming games over the internet. But it’s hardly the first cloud gaming platform to debut.
April 18, 2019

LucidSound’s quantity management headphone dials are a sensible answer for a nagging gaming situation

In today’s digital age, it sometimes feels like hardware has taken a back seat to the software that drives out devices. Button of the Month is a monthly look at what some of those buttons and switches are like on devices old and new, and it aims to appreciate how we interact with our devices on a physical, tactile level.
April 18, 2019

One of the Game Boy’s weirdest video games was a Pokémon clone with infrared buying and selling

Many years ago, before AirDrop and Bluetooth, before widespread Wi-Fi and even remotely fast home internet access, there was the Game Boy Link Cable. It was how you got all three starters on your copy of Pokémon Red, and it was, at least in my mind, the only way to bring any sort of peer-to-peer connectivity to Nintendo’s handheld. I remember dutifully trading pokémon with friends after school, ensuring we could fill one another’s Pokédex entries before trading back our precious virtual creatures using Nintendo’s cable accessory, a device Pokémon creator Satoshi Tajiri credits as inspiration for virtual worlds that insect-like creatures could crawl between, like tunnels.
April 18, 2019

YouTube’s misinformation disaster was years within the making

A rule of thumb I have about covering big tech platforms is that generally you will not learn anything useful about a company from talking to their CEOs. Even when the CEO is candid in their responses, which they often are, the platforms they run have long ago ceased to be under their direct control. A big tech CEO these days is more like a head of state: trying to nudge a large, unruly population toward progress through legislation and speech-making, while managing the chaos that the worst of its citizens are inventing every day.