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Nintendo Sets Its Sights on Virtual Reality

  • Earlier this month, the company announced its new Labo: VR Kit, cardboard that video game players can mold into game accessories, like a bird and camera among others, and then use them with Nintendo’s flagship Switch console.
  • The full kit, which costs $80, comes with software for nine games and activities, and the six Toy-Con builds, or cardboard accessories.
  • Earlier this week, Nintendo gave a demonstration of the Labo VR kit in New York City and highlighted it would do some things differently from its rivals.
  • In a big departure from competitors, Nintendo’s VR games feature a prompt that appears after a certain amount of time and suggests that users take a break.
  • Nintendo’s VR kit also includes Toy-Con garage, a feature from earlier releases that lets players create their own games or game levels.

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Valve spruces up the Steam store with better social features, networking, and reach

  • He said Steam operates on some simple values, such as wanting players to experience the best possible version of a game surrounded by a rich set of features and services.
  • Valve also wants developers to have low friction access to powerful tools and the freedom to manage their games on Steam directly, Giardino said.
  • Kassidy Gerber said that Steam is also making its network for games like Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive to developers who have games on Steam.
  • Steam developers have pushed 11 billion game updates to players, and Valve does not require certification for those updates.
  • Valve tackles problems like operating costs, local customer support, alternative payment methods, and other things that the developer doesn’t want to handle.
  • Uy said that in Japan the company found that players want to pay for Steam games with Steam payment cards that they can pick up at convenience stores.

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Jessica Simpson welcomes new daughter

  • The singer and designer, who is married to former NFL player Eric Johnson, welcomed a new daughter on March 19, Simpson announced on Twitter.
  • She said her daughter, named Birdie Mae Johnson, weighed in at 10 pounds, 13 ounces.
  • The couple, who married in 2014, have two other children, a son, Ace, and a daughter Maxwell.

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How big is 'Fortnite'? With nearly 250 million players, it's over two-thirds the size of the US population

  • That's clear from the latest statistic to come out of "Fortnite" creator Epic Games: More than 250 million players have registered accounts, Epic Games revealed on Wednesday.
  • Between June 2018 and March 2019, 125 million new players registered, putting the total at nearly 250 million.
  • It also doesn't hurt that the focus of "Fortnite" is an online-only multiplayer mode named "Battle Royale" that's endlessly re-playable.
  • It's that mix of attributes that's helped "Fortnite" become the most popular game in the world since the Battle Royale mode launched in September 2017.
  • And now, less than two years after Battle Royale hit "Fortnite," more people are playing it monthly than there are people living in Drake's home country.
  • But if we're talking about registered players?
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Jennifer Lopez says that she and fiancé Alex Rodriguez are 'stronger' together: 'He knows my dreams and I know his dreams'

  • Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez opened up about their relationship for the first time since getting engaged on March 9.
  • The two stars first met at a baseball game in 2005 and reconnected in late 2016, after Lopez spotted Rodriguez in walking by the Beverly Hills restaurant where she was eating lunch.
  • They started dating in February 2017 and made their red carpet debut as a couple three months later at the Met Gala.
  • During an appearance on NBC's "Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" in December 2018, the "Dinero" singer explained one of the reasons why she fell for the former baseball player.
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Epic Games makes online services available for free to game devs

  • Epic Games learned a lot about creating online services with the launch of Fortnite, the enormously successful battle royale game with 250 million users.
  • Originally built for Fortnite, Epic Online Services have been battle-tested by nearly 250 million players and are a suite of robust solutions for developers to provide players with a unified social experience across platforms.
  • Through a single SDK and a developer portal, developers can access services, including game analytics to understand and boost player retention and engagement and a ticketing system to connect directly with players through integrated customer support tools that tie tickets to a player’s profile.
  • By leveraging these free tools, developers can better understand how and where their games are gaining traction with players, connect directly with players for customer support, and access a unified portal to manage all services without the need for building out an internal infrastructure.

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Google moves to upend gaming industry with the holy grail: A streaming platform called Stadia

  • Stadia servers will be powered by a new graphics processing unit (GPU) developed in partnership with American semiconductor manufacturer AMD, Inc. Google claims its chips are capable of pushing out in excess of 10 teraflops — more than the combined computing power of Microsoft’s Xbox One X and Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro — and will help deliver games in 4K HDR at 60 frames per second to players wherever they happen to be, regardless of the specifications of the device on which they’re playing.
  • However, Google’s hardware division has created a branded controller for Stadia that will connect to data centres via Wi-Fi and offer players additional perks, like pressing a dedicated Google Assistant button to access tips and tricks for a game without needing to pause play.

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Intel and Keemotion detail the ways Yale’s basketball team uses AI

  • Just in time for March Madness, the San Jose chipmaker today detailed the system that the college’s men’s basketball team — the Bulldogs — uses to capture and analyze live game footage.
  • The cameras autonomously track the basketball and adjust the center of the viewport during the “most exciting” moments, without human direction, and feed the footage to an Intel Xeon Scalable-packing server optimized with Intel’s Math Kernel Library software, a collection of math routines fine-tuned for science, engineering, and financial applications (specifically Intel AVX-512).
  • Keemotion’s software platform streams the annotated footage to handheld tablets that coaches and support staff use to view annotated replays and hone in on specific points of the floor.
  • Sports tech company Hudl, meanwhile, supports video analysis workflows for youth, high school, club, and professional teams.

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Google moves to upend gaming industry with the holy grail: A streaming platform called Stadia

  • Stadia servers will be powered by a new graphics processing unit (GPU) developed in partnership with American semiconductor manufacturer AMD, Inc. Google claims its chips are capable of pushing out in excess of 10 teraflops — more than the combined computing power of Microsoft’s Xbox One X and Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro — and will help deliver games in 4K HDR at 60 frames per second to players wherever they happen to be, regardless of the specifications of the device on which they’re playing.
  • However, Google’s hardware division has created a branded controller for Stadia that will connect to data centres via Wi-Fi and offer players additional perks, like pressing a dedicated Google Assistant button to access tips and tricks for a game without needing to pause play.

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How to Build an Adventure Voice Game on Alexa: 5 Things Game Developers Should Consider

  • It's exciting to think about how game developers can leverage voice to create immersive experiences that transform players to a new world or interactive scenario and fire up their imaginations.
  • In other games like Fangtastico's Dungeon Adventure, Alexa plays the role of the narrator describing to the player what is happening around them, how the world works, and acting as an impartial mediator in the story.
  • For immersive adventure games where the user input is minimal, you may want to consider using Alexa (or another voice) as a narrator, and depict a richer scene than what could be depicted only through character dialogue.
  • The second type of in-skill product is a subscription that you can use to offer players access to premium content (e.g. level packs, special maps, upgrades) for the duration of the customer's subscription.

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