Dots & Co. tweaks the Dots games by adding a friendly companion

 Dots & Co., the follow-up to the popular puzzle games Dots and Two Dots, launched on iOS and Android earlier this week. If reading about the new game isn’t enough … Continue Reading →


Pokémon Go is doing a lot of good, here are 3 surprising ways

 “What are they doing?” That was the question an older woman, probably around 70 or so, asked me yesterday. She was pointing to a group of 18-ish boys and girls … Continue Reading →


Apple says Pokémon Go is the most downloaded app in its first week ever

 Apple has told TechCrunch that Pokémon Go has broken an impressive App Store record. While the game was only available in a few countries at the time, the app has … Continue Reading →


Apple says Pokémon Go is the most downloaded app in a first week ever

 Apple has told TechCrunch that Pokémon Go has broken an impressive App Store record. While the game was only available in a few countries at the time, the app has … Continue Reading →


Pokémon Go finally goes live in Japan with McDonalds the first sponsored location

 Pokémon Go has finally launched in Japan, the land where Pokémania first began. McDonalds is the game’s first sponsor in a deal which, as we reported earlier this week, turns … Continue Reading →


Shiny and chrome! Rendering sparkly surfaces in CG just got massively better

 As the graphics in games and movies edge closer and closer to photorealism, even the subtlest tricks of the light must be simulated. For years an especially tough one has … Continue Reading →


Pokemon is getting a live-action movie based on Detective Pikachu

 Pokemon Go fever has definitely caught Hollywood’s attention: The franchise is getting a live-action movie, the rights to which were just won by Legendary Pictures. The movie won’t be focused on … Continue Reading →


Nintendo NX could bring “lots more casual players back” according to Ubisoft CEO

 The Nintendo NX is one of the most long-teased console releases I can ever remember, especially as an officially acknowledged thing. Speaking on his company’s quarterly earnings conference call yesterday (via … Continue Reading →


Meet Dots & Co, the latest game in the Dots series

 Dots, the gaming studio that brought you ultra-successful time sinks Dots and Two Dots, is today releasing Dots & Co. Dots & Co is very familiar for folks who have … Continue Reading →


Learn-to-code startup CK targets the Minecraft modding craze

 The learn to code space is packed with ideas. But when it comes to what children want to do online, towering over everything else is the build-it-yourself Microsoft-owned Minecraft platform. … Continue Reading →


Get lost in 10,000 square miles of multiplayer VR with MetaWorld later this year

 Virtual reality as it exists currently is generally an isolating experience. Plenty of VR worlds are sparsely populated, inhabited by robots, or empty. There are social platforms for VR already, … Continue Reading →


Pokemon Go is a hit at Hot Topic, but hardly happening at Home Depot

 As Pokemon Go moves into the real-world partner marketing business with McDonald’s, one might wonder what businesses potentially stand to gain the most from association with Niantic’s world dominating location-based … Continue Reading →


Pokémon Go launch in Japan postponed after email leak

 Game-maker Niantic has postponed today’s scheduled launch of Pokémon Go in Japan after internal emails leaked out on to the internet. Read More


Meet 6 weird new Pokemon from Pokemon Sun and Moon

Nintendo and The Pokemon Company have another game besides Pokemon Go that they want you to remember: Pokemon Sun and Moon. Since I loved Pokemon before it was about getting … Continue Reading →


This 11-Year-Old Fit a Gaming System into an Altoids Tin

Elijah wanted a retro-game console that could be playable both on the road in hotels, guest houses, and summer venues… Read more on MAKE The post This 11-Year-Old Fit a … Continue Reading →


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When Pokémon Go’s Servers Go Down, You’re Not the Only Loser

Can’t log into Pokémon Go? That’s not just a disappointment for players. It’s also costing the company behind the game money. The post When Pokémon Go’s Servers Go Down, You’re … Continue Reading →


5K people turn up to catch Pokémon in Chicago

 About 5.000 people showed up at Millennium Park on Sunday for probably one of the first massive Pokémon Go player gatherings since the game was released in the US a … Continue Reading →


Casual games go pro as Doodle Jump announces plans for an e-sports league with Skillz

 How about some mobile games news that isn’t about Pokemon Go? Lima Sky has committed to launching an e-sports league and new edition of their wildly popular Doodle Jump mobile … Continue Reading →


Xbox One S hits stores on August 2

 In this brave new world of significant mid-cycle game console upgrades, the X Box One S will lead the way. The Microsoft Xbox One semi-successor will be available in its … Continue Reading →


How Pokemon Go did what these 3 hype-heavy startups couldn’t

 Pokemon Go has been continuing its global rollout fairly slowly, with a lacuna in Canada just this past Sunday, and even without an official debut in some key markets like … Continue Reading →


Pokemon Go T&Cs strip users of legal rights

 Players of Pokemon Go are not only giving up their right to act like sane human beings in public, as they walk around, zombie-esque, reaching into the phones held in … Continue Reading →


Pokémon Go’s retention rates, average revenue per user are double the industry average

 New data released this morning on the mobile phenomenon Pokémon Go shows that the popular game isn’t only the biggest in U.S. history – it’s also breaking records when it comes … Continue Reading →


Pokémon Go to go global ‘soon’ as hit game launches in three more countries

 Pokémon Go is already a phenomenon that has captured the attention of millions and added billions to Nintendo’s market cap, but it is limited to a handful of countries. There’s … Continue Reading →


Twitch begins shift from Flash to HTML5 with closed beta

 It feels like we keep saying it year after year, but Flash’s days really are numbered — and one of the largest Flash video streaming sites on the web, Twitch, … Continue Reading →


Pokémon Go installed on more devices than Candy Crush, LinkedIn, Lyft, Tinder & more

 Still fascinated by the viral spread of Pokémon Go? So are we. The app on Monday topped Twitter’s daily users, and has people spending more minutes per day playing the game than browsing Facebook, reports have … Continue Reading →


Nintendo is launching a mini version of its iconic NES console with 30 classic games

 When you’re on a roll, why not make crowd-pleasing decisions. Nintendo, which has seen its market cap soar thanks to the Pokemon Go phenomenon, just announced that it will relaunch … Continue Reading →


NVIDIA releases its own VR game ‘Funhouse’ to the masses through Steam

 As of this morning, NVIDIA is in the game publishing business. In its own weird, roundabout sort of way. The company has pushed its first title out to Steam, offering … Continue Reading →


Pokémon Go continues its worldwide march, now live in the UK

 One of the more interesting side effects from the explosion of new mobile AR game Pokémon Go is physical movement: a lot of people are finding themselves walking miles and miles (and miles) … Continue Reading →


Pokémon Go will soon get ads in the form of sponsored locations

 After having become one of the most viral mobile applications of all time, Pokémon Go will soon include advertising, according to its developer. In an interview with the Financial Times, Niantic … Continue Reading →


Pokémon Go tops Twitter’s daily users, sees more engagement than Facebook

 Pokémon Go has quickly become one of the most viral mobile applications of all time. The game is now the biggest ever in the U.S.; it has now topped Twitter’s … Continue Reading →


Unity raises $181M monster round at a reported $1.5B valuation

 Over the last few years, Unity Technologies has grown to become indispensable to the gaming industry and much of the entertainment industry as an engine for building experiences in one … Continue Reading →


An Open Valve: How a Modding Community Shaped the Future of Virtual Reality

How did a traditional gaming software company end up creating arguably the most cutting-edge VR hardware on the market, the HTC Vive? Read more on MAKE The post An Open … Continue Reading →


Pokémon Go expands to Europe starting with Germany

 Pokémon Go isn’t a global phenomenon just yet as the game has only been available in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand. But the game is preparing for its European … Continue Reading →


Sen. Al Franken questions Niantic over Poképrivacy policy

 Always with his finger on the pulse, Senator Al Franken today sent an official request to Niantic asking about particulars of the Pokémon GO privacy policy. “I am concerned about … Continue Reading →


Pokémon Go updated to address privacy concerns

 After users and press noticed that Pokémon Go on iOS requested “full access” to a user’s Google account when signing up, Niantic promised an update to modify the permissions required. Now, … Continue Reading →


5 mobile models for Nintendo’s other popular game franchises

 Pokémon Go used Google-incubated AR MMO Ingress as a functional model, but the same model doesn’t make sense when applied to Mario, Zelda or Animal Crossing. Investors are looking at … Continue Reading →


Oculus says Rift orders now ship in 2 – 4 days, all pre-orders have gone out

 Oculus says it has resolved its shipping delays to the point where new orders now she in two to four business days, which is a considerable improvement to where things … Continue Reading →


Pokémon Go promises to fix the bug that let it access all your Google data

 Pokémon Go isn’t reading your Gmail. The makers of the hot, new mobile game are fixing a bug that allowed the app to gain full access to users’ accounts, when they … Continue Reading →


Robbers target Pokémon Go players in Missouri

 Catching them all could be risky. Four men in O’Fallon, Missouri, have been arrested on charges of first-degree robbery and armed criminal action after having used the popular gaming app … Continue Reading →


Pokémon GO shouldn’t have full access to your Gmail, Docs, and Google account – but it does

 When you use Google to sign into Pokémon GO, as so many of you have already, the popular game for some reason grants itself (for some users, anyway) the highest … Continue Reading →