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Sci-fi sandbox game Planetoid Pioneers debuts on Steam Early Access

Planetoid Pioneers is a sci-fi sandbox game where you visit little “planetoids” and explore the physics-based environments. It is debuting today on Steam Early Access on the PC. The game from independent developer Data Realms is sort of like Minecraft in space, and it is counting on users to help make the game into a […]

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GamesBeat Summit will examine what investors seek from game startups

We’re happy to be adding four new speakers on our Deals roundtable on game investments for the second annual GamesBeat Summit 2016, an event that’s set for May 3 and May 4 at the scenic Cavallo Point Lodge in Sausalito, California. The speakers include Dan Fiden, chief strategy officer at Beijing-based FunPlus, which recently set up a $50 […]

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Outlyer Technologies’ Advrtas brings ads to virtual reality

Virtual reality is the next frontier for … advertising. Outlyer Technologies is announcing its Advrtas platform today, which enables the creation of interactive ads in virtual reality. The ad technology enables the development and distribution of fully interactive 360-degree advertising. Since VR is expected to be a huge new gaming, media, and entertainment platform, the […]

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Loook studio will make mixed reality apps for Microsoft HoloLens

EXCLUSIVE: Inspired by Microsoft’s HoloLens holographic glasses, the founders of Loook are announcing today that they are creating “mixed reality” apps that blend holographic animations and the real world. Seattle-based Loook is the brainchild of Sébastien Motte, former head of Xbox first-party business development, and John Howard, former creative Director on Microsoft HoloLens for partnerships with NASA, Autodesk, and […]

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Naked Labs’ home fitness scanner captures your entire body in 3D

Naked Labs is unveiling what it calls the world’s first 3D Fitness Tracker. It scans your entire body using a mirror and a scale, capturing your weight and the outline of your body. It uses that information to calculate your percentage body fat, and it shows you if those trips you’re making to the gym […]

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Twitch’s Kathy Astromoff will share developer success strategies at GamesBeat Summit 2016

We’re happy to be adding Kathy Astromoff as a lightning talk speaker for the second annual GamesBeat Summit 2016, an event that’s set for May 3 and May 4 at the scenic Cavallo Point Lodge in Sausalito, California. Astromoff is vice president of developer success at Twitch, the largest game livestreaming video platform and community for gamers. She has […]

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Lucid VR raises $2.1M for 180-degree virtual reality camera

Lucid VR has raised $2.1 million and it has partnered with Taiwanese manufacturer Wistron to make its LucidCam 180-degree virtual reality camera. The pocket-sized LucidCam captures 3D VR video, pretty much as your eyes see the world. The company hopes to make its mark as virtual reality becomes a $30 billion industry by 2020, according […]

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Facebook shows off virtual reality 360-degree camera

Facebook has created a 360-degree camera to capture virtual reality imagery produced by its Oculus Rift VR headset. That solves a problem that is commonly experienced by the few folks who have their own VR headsets today. The company made the announcement at its F8 conference in San Francisco today. Facebook’s Oculus division, which it […]

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Zuckerberg: Future VR and AR gadgets will look like ordinary glasses

Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive of Facebook, said that virtual reality and augmented reality of the future will be accessible by a powerful gadget that looks like an ordinary pair of glasses. VR and AR are expected to become a $120 billion business by 2020, according to tech adviser Digi-Capital. Zuckerberg made the announcement at its […]

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Like father, like son: A second-generation game developer launches Plight mobile game

James Castle didn’t fall too far from the tree. He just graduated from college and is launching a mobile game that he built from his friends. The novel thing about that is he’s the son of Louis Castle, the famous cofounder of Westwood Studios and the creator of games like Command & Conquer and Dune II. The […]

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Gaming legend John Carmack: A strong team can take any crazy vision and turn it into reality

John Carmack is a legend in video game programming, and he received a high award from the British Academy of Film and Television (BAFTA) on Friday. He gave a short acceptance speech and did an interview that should inspire the whole game industry to do greater things. We’ve posted the video below, and pulled a […]

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CastAR shows how it will turn your tabletop into an animated gaming world

Augmented reality gaming glasses startup CastAR recently sent out a taste of what the future of tabletop games will be like. Using its special AR glasses, CastAR can overlay animations on top of the real world, creating a “mixed reality” environment that makes you feel like you’re immersed inside a tabletop game experience. The company has raised […]

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Codemasters snares Sony’s Evolution Studios and speeds into racing games’ fast lane

Evolution Studios, the developer behind MotorStorm and DriveClub, has become part of Codemasters just a few weeks after Sony announced plans to shut the racing game studio. United Kingdom-based Codemasters, the maker of the Dirt and F1 racing games, aims to create a racing game powerhouse with the acquisition. The racing genre is a big […]

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How Remedy’s Sam Lake stepped up the ambition and creativity of Quantum Break

Sam Lake, whose name is an anglicized version of Sami Järvi, has provided the creative spark behind Remedy Entertainment’s games from the beginning. He’s the writer of Max Payne, Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne, and Alan Wake. But he stepped up to the role of creative director with Alan Wake’s American Nightmare, […]

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Deluxe VR offers creative services for virtual reality productions

Deluxe Entertainment Services Group is launching a creative services production division dubbed Deluxe VR to create virtual reality experiences. The Los Angeles-based company offers end-to-end production in entertainment, promotional, and enterprise applications, and now it will showcase several VR projects and services from the new VR division at the National Association of Broadcasters show in […]

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