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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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New Destructoid Episode: F*ck it, we did it live!


Jul 23
// Tara Long
Phew, sorry I had to break out the overused meme, guys. I'm just exhausted after a long day of live streaming the Destructoid show. It truly was a festival of horrors!  In case you missed it, we discussed how G...
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Google+ Games is soon to be a thing


Jul 22
// Jim Sterling
The tech-savvy among you have no doubt engaged in a "Google+ versus Facebook" debate already (G+ wins, by the way), but the fight looks set to get a bit more real -- Google+ is getting its own gaming stream, allowing it to ch...
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Saints Row 3 Google ad tells you for 'forget Uncharted 3'


Jul 12
// Jim Sterling
A series of Google advertisements from THQ are suggesting that you forget about the competition and "strap it on" with Saints Row: The Third. When doing Google searches for high profile games such as Uncharted 3, Batman: Arkh...
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Games on Google could be a first attempt at social games


Jun 23
// Dale North
A job listing for Google is looking for a product manager to head up something called Games at Google. The listing calls this a "brand new business," and throws around "social gaming" a few times. They're looking for someone ...
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Google Chrome users can play Angry Birds for free


May 11
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
[Update] Okay, so any browser can play this apparently. Go figure. Google's I/O Conference is taking place right now in San Francisco and one of the announcements gamers will care about is that Angry Birds is playable for fre...
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You need Serious Sam: Kamikaze Attack in your life


May 01
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Another one of the indie games being made with the Serious Sam license is Serious Sam: Kamikaze Attack by Be-Rad Entertainment. The iPhone AND Android game sees you controlling a Headless Kamikaze and it's your goal to blow u...
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Google homepage gets accelerometer control, goes deep


Feb 08
// Dale North
It's not really Bioshock, but there's some deep sea action on the Google homepage. And look! A d-pad. Kind of. Move it left and right to turn your sub about, and then pull down to dive. You'll see various divers and creatures...
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Kongregate app returns to Android App Store


Jan 26
// Conrad Zimmerman
The Kongregate Arcade app which was released last week and subsequently pulled by Google has now returned on the Android app store. Google removed the app from the store a few hours following its arrival, where it had been ge...
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Kongregate: Android Market removal 'bizarre'


Jan 21
// Jim Sterling
It seems an odd thing to think that Google would pull one of the few gaming advantages it has over iOS and Windows Phone 7, but Google did exactly that. Apparently in violation of its "No Apps can download other Apps" rule, K...
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Google pulls Kongregate Arcade from Android (update)


Jan 19
// Jim Sterling
F*cking really?  Yesterday we talked about Kongregate Arcade releasing an App with support for over 300 Flash games on the Android. Exciting stuff, considering how woefully below standards the Android OS is when it comes...
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90 hours to race across America in Google Streetview


Dec 27
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
It takes 90 hours and over 100,000 clicks to get from San Francisco to New York in Google Streetview. You know, just in case you were wondering.

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