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6:00 PM on 01.29.2014

Here are some Google Glass videogame prototypes

After a flurry of excitement last year, you don't hear that much about Google Glass these days, aside from people getting into various types of trouble with the law. So it's no surprise to me to see a demonstration of some s...

Alasdair Duncan

6:00 AM on 01.28.2014

Theme Park creator sells AI company to Google for $400M

Demis Hassabis isn't a household name, but chances are you've played one of his games. He was the co-designer and lead programmer on Theme Park (at just age 17), and has been involved with games such as Syndicate, Black &...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

2:30 PM on 12.20.2013

Google's top picks for best games of 2013

Google has picked the best games of 2013 for the Google Play store. Here's the list: Heroes of Dragon Age  Juice Cubes DragonVale Plants vs. Zombies 2 Rayman Fiesta Run Asphalt 8: Airborne 10000000 Anomaly 2 Dots: A Gam...

Hamza CTZ Aziz



Contest: Win a Nexus 7 pre-loaded with Tiny Death Star! photo
Contest: Win a Nexus 7 pre-loaded with Tiny Death Star!
by Mr Andy Dixon

[Update: Contest over! Winner is Qtwentyseven!]

Our friends at Disney have just handed us a brand new Google Nexus 7 pre-loaded with their hit game Star Wars: Tiny Death Star to give away to one lucky Destructoid community member!

In the game, you get to decorate your own personal Death Star from a selection of themed floors, and work to capture Rebel scum like Luke and Leia. I have never heard of something more adorable in all my life. And what better way to play such an amazing sounding game than with a brand new 32GB Nexus 7?!

To enter, just leave a comment in this thread telling me what you think the cutest thing about Tiny Death Star is. Limit one entry per person, and the contest is open to anyone in the US. You have until this Sunday, December 1 at 11:59pm Pacific to enter.

Good luck! And don't forget, our Huge members get automatic entry into all contests (as well as a bunch of other awesome perks). It's pretty great!

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Google celebrates 50 years of Doctor Who with a mini-game photo
Google celebrates 50 years of Doctor Who with a mini-game
by Joshua Derocher

Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, and Google is celebrating with an awesome little game. I suggest that you just go check it out, without reading my description of it.

If you must know what it is without clicking on it for yourself, it's an adorable set of puzzles staring Doctor Who. You get to pick any Doctor you want, and then you guide him on a pixellated adventure to find all six letters from the word "Google". The puzzles will have you timing your moves around Weeping Angels, Daleks, and Cybermen. If you mess up and die, you'll come back as the next regeneration of The Doctor.

If the doodle isn't available in your timezone yet, or if you aren't reading this on Friday, this link will take you right to the doodle's archive page.

Please fight in the comments about who is the best Doctor. Hint: Tom Baker is the best.

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8:00 AM on 08.10.2013

More details on the Amazon console surface

TechCrunch has heard from its own sources regarding the Amazon console, and they have quite a bit more info to share. The hardware Amazon is building could be powered by a Qualcomm MPQ chip, which is the Snapdragon processor ...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

10:30 PM on 06.28.2013

The Order: 1886, Google's Console, & MGS1 in HD?

Hey hey! Here we are, another fine Destructoid show for you, about video game news. Tara's still gone, so I apologize about the scary bearded man who's guest-hosting. The news: Google might make an android console, Square lo...

Max Scoville

12:15 PM on 06.28.2013

Google reportedly working on Android-based console

Google is said to be building an Android-powered game console in part as a preemptive strike against Apple, reports The Wall Street Journal. Additionally, an Android wristwatch and revamped Nexus Q media-streaming device are ...

Jordan Devore

10:30 AM on 06.19.2013

Xbox One is terrible on Google, amazing on Bing

If you type "The Xbox One is" on Google, autocomplete will helpfully offer suggestions based on what the world is saying about it. Right now those suggestions are less than flattering. "The Xbox One is terrible," reads the fi...

Jim Sterling

5:00 AM on 06.13.2013

Play pong with Bob the Bear in Google Chrome's Cube Slam

Of all the news I expected to be covering during E3, I never thought I'd be typing the words "Google Chrome," "Pong," and "Bear" in the same sentence, but there you go. Google has launched another goofy in-browser experiment...

Chris Carter





2:45 PM on 05.15.2013

Google Play game services announced for Android and more

This week at Google I/O, the company announced Google Play game services, a collection of game-centric services for Android, iOS, and web platforms. Players running on the former platform in particular should be happy to hear...

Jordan Devore

11:00 AM on 05.05.2013

Google brings on videogame vet as chief game designer

TechCrunch caught wind of Google's recent move to bring on Noah Falstein as their newly appointed chief game designer. Who is Noah, you ask? He's been in the industry since the 1980s and in that time he's worked at Williams E...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

10:30 PM on 03.11.2013

Jones on Fire ditches F2P model, releases on GooglePlay

Developers have always had to make hard decisions concerning the future of their products and brands. Even after weeks of planning and researching business models, what may have worked for one brand my not work for yours. Su...

Jason Cabral



Head of Xbox doesn't view Valve as a competitor photo
Head of Xbox doesn't view Valve as a competitor
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

Valve's Steam Box is going to be a real big deal, but Microsoft's Don Mattrick, president of Xbox's Interactive Entertainment Business, doesn't think so. Verge reports that when asked whether he views Valve as a competitor during Microsoft's TechForum event, Don simply stated "no."

Don added that he thinks Valve is "doing innovative stuff" and that he loves Gabe, but he believes that "the scale of products and things that are being brought to market are probably a little bit richer when I look at Sony, Nintendo, Apple, and Google."

Gabe Newell, on the other hand, believes that Apple, not consoles, are their biggest threat.

The Verge piece also details how Don seems fine with keeping the Xbox platform as the way they have to third-party developers. A bad move given the openness of the PC market, and with what the PlayStation 4 will also be providing, especially to indies.

Microsoft's head of Xbox doesn't see Valve as a competitor, happy with curated apps [The Verge][Image]

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Wii Street U available in US eShop NOW for FREE photo
Wii Street U available in US eShop NOW for FREE
by Tony Ponce

The Google Street View app for Wii U, Wii Street U, is now up for Americans. As in right this second. Right now. Go download it for free (for a limited time).

I guess we gotta download something from the eShop. Unless you wanna pick up Ken's Rage 2, that is. But seriously, this could be fun for a bit, despite my pessimism.

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Wii Street U is Google Street View for (duh!) Wii U photo
Wii Street U is Google Street View for (duh!) Wii U
by Tony Ponce

Japanese Wii U owners can now download Wii Street U, which as the name implies is literally Google Street View adapted for use on the Wii U. The hook here is that the GamePad gives you a 360-degree view of the area, as demonstrated in the video above.

It looks lightly entertaining, but I'm sure like all Nintendo non-gaming apps, it'll get shuffled aside after a couple of days. Like, who even used the Everybody Votes Channel on the Wii, honestly?

Wii Street U is free through the end of May, after which users will be charged to use the panorama features. No word on when or if he app will hit our shores, but I'm sure it'll find its way. For a longer demonstation, check out Nintendo nut Daan Koopman's hands-on after the break.

Wii Street U launch trailer, footage [Nintendo Everything via GoNintendo]
Google Maps with Street View arrives on Nintendo Wii U in Japan, free for a limited time [Engadget]

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