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Pac-Man Google Maps

Google Maps is now a giant game of Pac-Man


It's still March!
Mar 31
I like when companies channel their April Fools' Day creativity into something real as opposed to just announcing a phony product or service that really ought to exist. This year, Google has another fun interactive gag for us... read

Here's another one of these things: $99 Google Nexus console


Goole goes set-top
Oct 16
Google's new Nexus Player is an Android-based $99 set-top game console / video box. Well, disc. It's round. Crazy brilliant idea, right? An Atom processor at 1.8Ghz (quad core), 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage will let you pla... read
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Google to pay back $19 million for in-app purchase settlement


Parents relieved that they can continue to be irresponsible
Sep 08
In the latest in-app purchase settlement, the Federal Trade Commission is tasking Google with paying back $19 million to those whose children, against their parents' wishes, spent money on in-app purchases in apps downloaded ... read
Twitch acquisition

Google supposedly bailed on Twitch deal because of antitrust issues


Amazon was opportunistic
Aug 26
Amazon's recent acquisition of Twitch.TV for more than $1 billion might come as a surprise to anyone that had been following various suitors' attempts to buy the streaming mogul. As of late, it had seemed as if Google was poi... read
For more than $1 billion
[Update: It's confirmed. Amazon has officially acquired streaming site Twitch.TV. "Amazon will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Twitch for approximately $970 million in cash, as adjusted for the assumption of opt... read feature

Google to keynote Tokyo Game Show 2014


Google Play to be the focus of keynote
Aug 07
Tokyo Game Show has announced its Keynote sessions for this year's event. Google will take the stage for the very first time at TGS on Thursday, September 18 to speak to business attendees about the new gaming world, with a f... read
ONE BILLION $$$

Google buys Twitch for a billion bucks


That's a lot of ducks!
Jul 24
Nintendo may think watching Twitch streams is not fun, but a lot of people disagree. Twitch has 50 million active users per month. That's more than the population of California. That's more than 20 times the amount of people ... read
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Are you bright enough to not run out of miles in Google's Smarty Pin?


Travel across the world
Jul 02
Every now and then you can count on Google to come up with a solid time-waster. This is one of them. It's called Smarty Pins, and it'll have you dropping your Google Maps marker all over the world in the name of trivia. The i... read
Virtual reality

Google wants you to build a virtual-reality headset out of cardboard


Yes, really
Jun 25
Google wants "everyone to experience virtual reality in a simple, fun, and inexpensive way" with its Cardboard project. It's a template for making a "no-frills" cardboard enclosure -- such as the expertly crafted one above --... read

Razer micro console powered by Android TV revealed at Google I/O


Gaming focused, affordable
Jun 25
A new product, a Razer "micro-console" powered by Android TV, was shown as part of the keynote at Google I/O today. This is a device that will stream games and other content to televisions. Razer says that it will be priced t... read
Twitch

YouTube reportedly in talks to buy Twitch for $1 billion


Google x Twitch
May 19
Google buying Twitch. Well, that's one way to scale. Sources with Variety say that Google's YouTube is working to acquire the streaming video site for "more than $1 billion" and preparing for U.S. regulators to challenge the ... read
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Google wants you to partake in its Pokémon challenge


Or, it's maybe an April Fools' joke
Mar 31
Here we are on March 31 and Google's rolling out April Fools' Day jokes because it does not give a damn what your calendar says. While I wish this were real so I could finally earn my well-deserved recognition as a Pok&eacut... read

Google buys Android controller company Green Throttle Games


The mobile gaming arms race continues
Mar 12
Green Throttle Games was part of the whole Android-based gaming arms race alongside Ouya, GameStick, and others. What made GTG unique was their Atlas controller, which paired with the company's Arena software, allowed for mul... read
Google Glass

Here are some Google Glass videogame prototypes


Call me when they port Doom to the system
Jan 29
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... read

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


Google acquires DeepMind
Jan 28
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 &... read

Google's top picks for best games of 2013


Google Play has games!
Dec 20
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... read
A $199 value!
[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 me... read feature

Doctor Who

Google celebrates 50 years of Doctor Who with a mini-game


Don't blink
Nov 22
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 clickin... read

More details on the Amazon console surface


Will be a media box, plus they're securing exclusive games
Aug 10
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 ... read

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


The Destructoid Show wears a sombrero to be "offbeat"
Jun 28
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... read
Google game console

Google reportedly working on Android-based console


Could be out as early as this fall
Jun 28
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 ... read

Xbox One is terrible on Google, amazing on Bing


Oh, Microsoft!
Jun 19
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... read
Cube Slam

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


'dat adorable bear
Jun 13
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... read
Google Play

Google Play game services announced for Android and more


Google's answer to Game Center?
May 15
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... read
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Google brings on videogame vet as chief game designer


An interesting move by Google
May 05
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... read
Jones on Fire

Jones on Fire ditches F2P model, releases on GooglePlay


Cats can be saved on Android devices right meow
Mar 11
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... read
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... read feature

Wii Street U

Wii Street U available in US eShop NOW for FREE


Get some use out of that eShop
Feb 14
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. read
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
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... read
Revamped Bungie site

Bungie.net integrates PSN accounts into new website


Along with Facebook and Google accounts
Jan 11
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... read






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