Gaming Archive

Is VR a leap back in time for the games industry?

When we look back through the annals of time, there, etched in the history books will be “2016: The year of VR.” And what a year it’s been. We’ve already seen the Samsung VR launch to great applause, but with the imminent release of the PlayStation VR and Oculus Rift devices, the VR sector is about to shift into overdrive. But VR is not exactly …

The hiring game

With nearly 8 million Americans unemployed and looking for work while nearly 6 million jobs remain unfilled, it’s fair to say that technology has not disrupted the labor market in a good way. In fact, most employers believe technology has made hiring harder. Approximately 85% of job descriptions are posted online, and with each job description yielding hundreds of digital applications — the vast majority …

Disruptor Beam is developing a multiplayer strategy game based on The Walking Dead

Game developer Disruptor Beam has already adapted Game of Thrones and Star Trek to the world of smartphones and tablets. Now it’s adding The Walking Dead to that list. CEO Jon Radoff said The Walking Dead: March to War will be a multiplayer strategy game for iOS and Android, where players (potentially tens of thousands of them on a single map) compete with each other …

Test your ethics around killer AI cars with this Moral Machine game

Should a self-driving car full of old folks crash to avoid puppies in the cross-walk? Is it ok to run over two criminals if you save one doctor? Whose lives are worth more, seven-year-olds or senior citizens? This new game called the “Moral Machine” from MIT’s researchers lets you make the calls in the famous “trolly problem” and see analytics about your ethics. Thinking about …

Twitch appears to be getting its own version of Amazon Prime, called “Twitch Prime”

It appears that Twitch-integrated games are not the only thing Amazon has been working on with the live-streaming site it owns. A small number of Twitch users are now reporting seeing a new section called “Twitch Prime” pop up in their profiles. According to a banner ad spotted by one user, Twitch Prime will include perks like “free loot every month,” as well as exclusive discounts on …

Catching Pokémon with the new Pokémon Go Plus

The new Pokémon Go Plus has finally arrived, giving Pokémon Go players a way to catch critters and collect items without ever taking their phones out of their pockets. I walked into a store and bought two today (there were plenty more around) so chances are you won’t have to resort to overpaying on eBay for a pre-order slot. After only a few hours playing …

Pokémon Go will “likely” come to Android Wear

Pokémon Go will come to Android Wear, it seems. At TechCrunch Disrupt SF this afternoon, John Hanke, CEO of Niantic Labs – the company behind the most viral and profitable mobile game of all time – confirmed that his team will look into bringing game to other mobile platforms which are interesting in terms of both gameplay and mobility. Asked specifically if Android Wear was on that …

Toyota’s VR drive through a Syd Mead-created world is a near-future trip

How do you convince a potential car buyer your vehicle is a future-focused choice? One way is to get one of the most iconic creators of cinematic futurescapes to help you build a virtual world that people can drive the car through themselves. Toyota enlisted Syd Mead, the creative visionary behind Blade Runner and Tron‘s vehicles, architecture and more. Mead provided concept art and designs …

As eSports popularity explodes, betting needs to be regulated

Aurangzeb Durrani Crunch Network Contributor Aurangzeb Durrani is a former professional gamer and has been in the e-sports industry since 2006. He is currently the manager of international marketing for Kill Ping. More posts by this contributor: How to join the network Esports betting has boomed in the last five years, attracting investments from celebrities, investors and entrepreneurs like Mark Cuban and Ashton Kutcher — even the …

Acer’s 17 pound, curved-screen temple to gaming excess

Where to start? There’s the weight: 17 pounds. The screen: 21 inches, 2560 x 108, curved. The power supply: two. The fans: five. Rear ports: 21. Or how about the gaming pad that flips over, trap door style to reveal a number pad? Most ridiculous of all is the fact that, in spite of everything, the Acer Predator 21 X still somehow qualifies as a …