Over the past few months, the wildest rumors in video game industry circles haven’t involved the PlayStation 5 or Xbox Two. The most interesting chatter has centered on a tech company that’s been quietly making moves to tackle video games in a big way: Google, the conglomerate that operates our email, our internet…
Google has rolled back the Chrome update that broke the sound on many browser games, at least temporarily. Google removed the update until October to give developers a chance to patch their games.
The latest update for Google Chrome has stopped videos from autoplaying with sound, which is great. It’s also had the side effect of removing audio entirely from web-based games, effectively breaking them.
You know the romantic cliche, “We’re so in love, we can finish each other’s sentences”? Last week, Google made a game just like that, except instead of being romantic, it’s a little creepy.
Way back in the 1960s, researchers at MIT created Logo, an early programming language designed to teach children the basics of instruction-based coding. In honor of 50 years of teaching kids to code, Google has transformed its logo into a fun little rabbit-based coding game.
The art for Sino Alice has been changed on both the Google Play Store and the App Store in Japan. The original key art, which can still be seen on Square Enix’s website, featured low cut outfits. The new art, however, does not.
If you’ve ever had the very specific fantasy of playing Ms. Pacman on your neighborhood streets, there’s good news. The Google Maps phone app will let you transform anywhere into a playable Ms. Pacman stage.
The chances of playing Pokémon Go in China look slim. The Chinese state censor said that augmented reality games like Pokémon Go will not be licensed until they could assess potential security risks.
Google has released its annual collection of top search results for the year, and as always there’s some good video game shit to dig through. Like the fact Pokemon Go was the #1 search topic in the world for the year. And that many of you like to follow up your Overwatch Googling with something a little more adult.
As it does every December, Google is in the process of posting some data-filled 2016 recaps. One that’s got our interest is YouTube’s official “top ten” of video game trailers for the year, ranked according to views.
The idea behind Google Experiments’ Quick, Draw! is to teach a neural network to recognize everyday objects based on the rushed scribbles of flawed humans. If it can figure out what I’m drawing, it can do anything.
One of the biggest scandals to hit the 2016 Google Doodle Fruit Games was the realization that I can’t ride a tricycle. But it’s far from the only one. My career as a Fruitlympian is over.
Here’s a neat look behind the scenes at Google showing how the company’s search page minigames (like the current Olympics ones) are made.
At its I/O 2016 show earlier in the week, Google slipped in some news that Play Store apps—with special focus on games—will now have a section in the store called “Google Play Early Access”, which works pretty much exactly the same as Steam’s Early Access.
You know what they say, it’s dangerous to go alone.
Fans of Google’s mobile game Ingress were supposed to be getting together at the end of the month in Rio for the latest Anomaly, a thing where Ingress players meet up and play/hang out together. Instead, because of fears over the spread of the Zika virus, the bulk of the event has been moved to Seattle.