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Oh snap
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 du...

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Wii Street U

Wii Street U available in US eShop NOW for FREE


Get some use out of that eShop
Feb 14
// 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

Wii Street U is Google Street View for (duh!) Wii U


Currently available in Japan, nothing yet announced for US
Feb 07
// 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 demon...
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Revamped Bungie site

Bungie.net integrates PSN accounts into new website


Along with Facebook and Google accounts
Jan 11
// Jason Cabral
In the minds of most gamers, Bungie is still synonymous with Microsoft and the Xbox. But the studio appears to be broadening its audience with the recent update to its website. Bungie.net now gives players the option to log i...
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Zen Pinball HD now on Google Play, Marvel tables on sale


Hey Zen Studios, take all my money... again
Dec 18
// Brett Zeidler
Zen Studios has announced today that Zen Pinball HD would make its way to the Google Play store today. Yes, I'm sure some of you have had it for awhile (myself included), but that's because we're running one of those sexy Teg...
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Google Maps for Wii U? Why not?


Super useful
Dec 05
// Dale North
Today's Nintendo Direct broadcast unveiled Google Maps running on the Wii U? Why would you need a map app for a home console? No idea, but Iwata seemed excited about it in his silly helmet. He says that the service is coming ...
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Judge denies Motorola U.S. Xbox 360 ban


Germany also in the clear
Dec 04
// Dale North
Motorola tried to shut down the sale of the Xbox 360 and other Microsoft products over a patent fees dispute, but it didn't stick. Motorola wanted somewhere near $4 billion a year for the use of some pretty standard tech...
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Google v Microsoft patent license trial kicks off


A fight over yearly fees
Nov 14
// Dale North
Seattle is the battleground where Google and Microsoft will duke it out in a dispute over yearly licensing payment amounts. Google's Motorola feels that Microsoft should be paying somewhere around $4 billion a year for u...
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Google celebrates Little Nemo's 107th birthday


I'm the Dream Master, baby, and I'm dreaming away
Oct 15
// Tony Ponce
The first installment of Winsor McCay's influential Little Nemo in Slumberland strip was published in the New York Herald on October 15, 1905. To celebrate the comic's 107th birthday, Google has created an interactive Doodle ...
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US Court: Google can't enforce German Xbox 360 ban in US


Sep 30
// Kyle MacGregor
Earlier this summer, Google's Motorola Mobility obtained an injunction against Microsoft from a German court. A Mannheim judge issued a sales ban on several Microsoft devices for the violation of four patents. ...
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Google Play celebrates milestone with a $0.25 app sale


Sep 26
// Dale North
Android app store Google Play just hit 25 billion app downloads (!), and to celebrate Google has rounded up a bunch of games and other apps and slashed their price down to $0.25. A quarter, folks. Google lists publishers like...
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Google says searches can predict 84% of game sales


Sep 25
// Dale North
A Google whitepaper called "Understanding the Modern Gamer" shows that gamer behavior can be tracked through searches, and shows that there is a link between searches and game sales. One of their key bulletpoints from the pap...
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Blatant Pushmo clone available on the Android marketplace


Aug 04
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
The never ending saga of mobile games ripping off other titles has found a new victim with Pushmo for the 3DS. The clone in this case is called BlockShift, and the developer behind the project has even stated in the comments...
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Google reveals $199 Nexus 7 tablet, uses Nvidia Tegra 3


Jun 27
// Dale North
At today's annual developer conference, Google revealed its Nexus 7 tablet, which goes up against Amazon's Kindle Fire and kind of winks at Apple's iPad. The big news is that this 7-inch screen Android (running Jelly Bean) de...
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From Dust arrives on Google Chrome browser


May 22
// Conrad Zimmerman
Ubisoft has released Eric Chahi's 2011 God game, From Dust, for the Google Chrome browser today. You can grab the game from the Chrome Web Store right now, where it's on sale at an introductory price of $9.99 for the next wee...
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Google gets Zerg rushed


Apr 27
// Joshua Derocher
Open up Google and search for "Zerg Rush," then be ready to fight! Good luck! Google "Zerg Rush" and prepare to defend your browser [PC Gamer]
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Google Maps: Dragon Quest edition!


Mar 31
// Tony Ponce
Leave it to Google to show the rest of the world how to properly pull an April Fools' prank! Launched earlier today, Google Maps has received an update with the help of Square Enix. If you visit the Maps page and click the "...
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Android: 11 billion downloads, 250 million activations


Jan 20
// Dale North
Downloads on the Android Market have now hit the 11 billion mark. That's up from last month's 10 billion, and enough to make the boys over at Apple wince. Android-compatible tablets flew off shelves over the holiday season, a...
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CES: OnLive games will soon be playable through Google TV


Jan 11
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
OnLive is everywhere! First your PC, your TV by way of the MicroConsole and mobile devices like the iPad. Now they're teaming up with Google TV to provide OnLive game services straight to your TV. As of today, only the OnLive...
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Neato! Google's most searched gaming terms in 2011


Dec 15
// Dale North
Google has released its 11th annual Zeitgeist lists of the most popular and fastest rising search terms. They're a lot of fun to look through, and some of the results are pretty surprising. You're going to sh*t when you ...
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Square Enix announces Mini Ninjas for Google Chrome


Dec 09
// Dale North
Square Enix is getting into the browser game game with their first title for Google's Chrome browser, Mini Ninjas. They're working with Google to bring what they call "console quality" gaming to the browser, using its Native ...
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Bastion now available in Google Chrome


Dec 09
// Jim Sterling
Google has been ramping ups its gaming presence steadily this year, with plans to make Chrome a viable gaming destination. Those efforts got a significant shot in the arm last night with the reveal of Bastion, formerly an XBL...
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Android Market hits 10 billion download mark, $0.10 games


Dec 07
// Dale North
The Android Market started small, but grew very quickly. The Google Mobile blog says that the Market has just passed the 10 billion download mark this past weekend. The growth rate is at one billion app downloads a month! Tha...
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Everyone: Google 'Do a barrel roll' immediately


Nov 03
// Dale North
Just do it! Love you, Google.
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Tech Industry Insider takes on Google+ games


Aug 19
// Nick Chester
[Tech Industry Insider is tech industry veteran and analyst Scott Steinberg's weekly look at the latest trends in the industry, news, and more. Let us know what you think of the videos and Scott's insight, and we may feature...
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Facebook doesn't feel threatened by Google+


Aug 15
// Jim Sterling
While Facebook has become popular for its social networking features, there's no denying that its gaming potential is what's really gotten people excited over the past year. With Google+ seducing the tech-heads and unleashing...
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The DTOID Show: Friday live show was live! Did you watch?


Aug 13
// Tara Long
First and foremost, a tremendous thank you to everyone who tuned into yesterday's live show. Between The Destructoid Show and Mash Tactics, your afternoons must be as unproductive as the day is long. Yesterday, we had a laun...

Google+ Games: Nothing to get excited about yet

Aug 12 // Dale North
I gave the new game section Google+ some hands-on time this afternoon, poking around through several of the games and features of the service. I expected some kind of polished gaming wonderland, packed with advanced features that have never occurred to me. I was kind of hoping for something that would blow my browser gaming mind. Instead I got some Facebook ports and a lot of browser hangs and crashes.  I instantly clicked on Bejeweled Blitz as I am a big fan of the game. After pushing through a dialogue box asking for permission and then another asking to continue, Blitz instantly started loading. It looks nice, though a bit small. I noticed that an "Add Coins" option was grayed out. I'm sure that will be available soon.  Later I tried several other of the dozen or so launch games. My first session of Wild Ones lasted about 7 seconds, instantly prompting me to spam my friends with a notification before I could even blink. I asked fellow editor Nick Chester for points from this prompt, but he never saw that request.  Hitting the always present Back To Games button I tried others like Zynga Poker, puzzler Diamond Dash and BioWare's Dragon Age Legends. All looked and played just like any Facebook game out there, with no hiccups or problems. Zynga Poker did have me agree to some pretty strict sounding chip rules. It also made clear that I could buy in-game poker chips with real money.  The insanely popular physics-based bird flinger Angry Birds is also a launch game for G+. It looks...just like Angry Birds, though the audio seemed to be of a lower quality than the other available games. Single-player was exactly as expected, with score reminders of how much better everyone else is me. I also loaded up the teamwork-based multiplayer but some of the graphics were broken. Speaking of broken, not all games seemed to be ready for prime time. Luckily most of these games have the "beta" tag attached to their names. Zombie Lane is nothing to write home about with its zombie clicking and coin gathering, but I did want to point out that we saw remnants of Facebook code and graphics. Diamond Dash hung every time I accepted its request to spam my friends with a notification. Edge World never loaded, even after waiting for about 10 minutes. Flood-It crashed a few seconds in. It's not completely clear on how your gaming is shared. In games you'll see high score lists, but I had never heard of some of the people in most of the lists. I 'added' friends to other games, but some of them never saw the requests. In Zynga Poker I didn't know anyone at the table. In Bejewled Blitz the list of 'friends played recently' did not list any of my friends! How does this work, Google? One thing that Google did get right is how notifications appear within the service. You won't have to deal with seeing high scores posts and other junk in your stream as Google games sends that all to your games tab. They're totally separate from your stream, so you can poke through game brag posts when you're in a gaming mood. Under that same tab is a subcategory called Game Notifications, and it's there that you'll find all the silly social game prompts and requests that blanket Facebook walls. Very nice. So what's the big picture? This is more browser gaming, exactly like Facebook. Google has a smarter way of dealing with game notifications, but just about everything else is the same. Hell, I bet all of these games are all Facebook code under the hood. 'What did you expect?' is probably what you're asking. I don't know. Something cooler. Maybe some cool integration of Hangouts with multiplayer games. Maybe pre-made Huddles for game strategies. Maybe I wanted the usage of Circles to be more than just how you decide who to spam with your high scores. But this is just browser gaming, and the quality of the experience depends on how much work each game studio put into their titles. Google has set up a new place and framework for these game makers to offer their products, but I think you'll find that there's not enough here to pull you away from gaming on Facebook. 
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Refresh. Refresh. Refresh again. For some reason we were all anxiously waiting for that Google+ games tab to appear in our accounts this morning in the Destructoid office. When it finally did appear for me I was a bit excited...

Top ten games we can't wait for on Google+ Games

Aug 12 // Jim Sterling
Colors & Shapes People Planting Things Soccer Mom Card Saloon Make A Thing Hit A Thing With Physics Another Exploitative Reality Show On Cable: The Shitty Spin-Off Web Game! Hilariously Satirical Resource Management Sim Build Things With Coins, Beg Friends For Stuff IX Gem Game: 2 Gem 2 Furious Game That's Exactly Like Mafia Wars But Isn't Mafia Wars Killer Instinct III
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Nick Chester, Dale North and myself are all patiently waiting for Google to finally roll out G+ Games in our respective areas. We cannot wait to play them, because we love videogames in all shapes and sizes. While we got ours...

Google+ gets games, player

Aug 11 // Dale North
Angry Birds Bejeweled Blitz Bubble Island City of Wonder Collapse! Blast Crime City Diamond Dash Dragon Age Legends Dragon of Atlantis Edge World Flood-It! Monster World Sudoku Wild Ones Zombie Lane Zynga Poker
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[inhales through teeth] sssssssh Yeah. Un. Yeah, baby. Games on Google+, grrrrl. Sh*t is so real. Umm. It's real. Pandas and gems and diamonds and puzzles and all that thug sh*t is on Google+ now. Real talk. It's a gradual ro...


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