Google’s streaming video game service Stadia had ambitious plans to disrupt the gaming industry, which is dominated by consoles. The tech giant had planned to pack Stadia with original content, announcing two years ago that it was hiring hundreds of game developers and starting studios in Los Angeles and Montreal. But those teams barely had time to get started before they were dismissed earlier this month as Google shut down in-house game development. From the beginning, Google’s approach to video games wasn’t very Google-like. The Alphabet Inc company tends to launch bare-bones products and test them as they grow. With Stadia, it came out big. Flashy press conferences and ad campaigns promised high-quality games with innovative features playable on Android smartphones or on the TV through Chromecast. Gamers would have access to a library of exclusive titles and well-known favourites like Assassin’s Creed without having to dish out US$500 (RM2,027) for Sony Corp’s PlayStation or … [Read more...] about Google’s Stadia problem? A video game unit that’s not Googley enough
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Almost out of nowhere, Apple is poised to be a major force in mainstream gaming. It’s doing it in its own Apple way, too—not by chasing down the graphics-intensive blockbusters so popular on devices like the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 (or even the PC), but instead by positioning its upcoming Apple Arcade service as a hub for remarkable and tightly focused games that often get mentioned in discussions of whether games are art. It’s quite the turnaround. Last year I would have laughed if you’ve have told me we’d be at this point today. Apple all but stated this was its goal during its March reveal of Apple Arcade, but back then it still looked like an iffy prospect. The ability to play games where you left off on everything from the Mac to the iPhone and Apple TV sounded wonderful, but it looked as though the latter two devices were going to remain saddled with the awkward MFi (Made for iOS) controllers that don’t always support all of a game’s inputs. After WWDC, though, Apple … [Read more...] about Apple Arcade is poised to make Apple the ‘art house’ gaming platform
I’m so happy Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet exists. So much about it sounds implausible. For one, it’s a workplace comedy set at a game studio that makes an MMORPG in the vein of World of Warcraft , and the miserable little misanthropes within are busy preparing for the launch of their first expansion. Games, for all the talk about how they bring in more money than movies these days, almost never get this kind of mainstream attention on TV. For another, it’s made by executive producers Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day, David Hornsby, and Megan Ganz, best known for their work with It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia . And here’s the chaser: All of this was made possible by none other than Apple, which normally plays so poorly with the mainstream game industry that I recently said a third-party streaming service delivered the best gaming experience we’re probably going to see on a Mac for years. (It’s worth noting, though, that few genres cater so strongly to Mac players like the … [Read more...] about ‘Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet’ review: A funny look at the serious side of game development
Apple is now offering several of its Apple TV+ shows and movies for free for a "limited time," and at a time when most of us are stuck in our houses. Even if you’ve avoided it until now: C'mon, it’s a good time to give Apple TV+ a try. It’s still a tiny service in comparison to competitors like Disney+ and Netflix, but five months after launch, it now offers enough of a library that you might have a hard time figuring out what to watch first. Nothing is particularly bad , and if you like post-apocalyptic scenarios with a Waterworld -flavored aftertaste, then by all means, watch something like See . But if you want to see the productions with the quality you’d expect to see from a company like Apple, here’s what we recommend starting off with. Note: Apple still doesn’t have a lot of movies, so I’ve kept them off this list. But if feature films are more your speed, I’d start with The Banker , a tale of two African-American businessmen who use a white man as their … [Read more...] about The 6 Apple TV+ shows you should watch first
AMD announced its $479 RX 6700 XT graphics card Wednesday afternoon, sending crypto miners and gamers alike into a frenzy. Officially billed as the "sweet spot" for 1440p PC gameplay, the 6700 XT hardware was advertised as a staunch competitor to the $499 RTX 3070 and well-advantaged over the $400 RTX 3060 Ti. Given the available benchmarks, however, is that claim really true? In this explainer, we break down the numbers and offer our thoughts on where the 6700 XT truly ranks among the competition. AMD RX 6700 XT barebones specs Before getting to our assessment of the card itself, it helps to establish a baseline by taking a gander at the kit's official specs as described by AMD during the 6700 XT reveal presentation on March 3. Here are the brass tacks. Compute Units: 40 Memory: 12GB GDDR6 Game Clock: 2.42 GHz Boost Clock: Up to 2.58 GHz MSRP: $479 Now let's take a look at the specs of the 6700 XT's two closest competitors: NVIDIA's RTX 3070 and RTX 3060 Ti. … [Read more...] about AMD RX 6700 XT Specs Comparison Vs RTX 3070 and 3060 Ti: Which Card is Best?