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Google acquires game dev Typhoon Studios to beef up Stadia team

A year ago, many of us were enjoying a free test of Google's game streaming technology known as Project Stream. That test has morphed into Stadia with games like Red Dead Redemption 2, Mortal Kombat 11, and Borderlands 3. Google wants to make its own games, too. That's why it has acquired Montreal-based Typhoon Studios.

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Pokémon GO working on cross-platform AR-multiplayer Buddy Adventure (Update: Out now)

Niantic has revealed today that a new multiplayer feature tentatively titled Buddy Adventure should be coming to Pokémon GO sometime soon. This new feature will offer a shared augmented reality experience where players will interact with their friend's Pokémon via the AR camera. These friends can watch in real-time as you pet their Pokémon, and cross-platform support is expected, which means iOS and Android users can enjoy the upcoming Buddy Adventure mode together.

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Firmware update enables Stadia on some existing Chromecast Ultras (Update: Official)

Stadia was largely touted as a cloud gaming service that’s supposed to work across screens, but with a big asterisk. For streaming games on a TV, you need a Chromecast Ultra unit shipped inside the Founder’s or Premiere Edition packages, at least initially, while the existing Ultras were required to wait for an update. It appears that some Redditors got a new firmware that allows pairing Stadia controllers with those left-out dongles.

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24 temporarily free and 26 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday

Welcome to Wednesday, everyone. Now that the week is halfway over, it's time again to check out the current app and game sales available on the Google Play Store. As usual, I've highlighted the more interesting titles in bold to make discovery easier. So without further ado, here are 24 temporarily free and 60 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday.

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Borderlands 3 and Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 are now available on Google Stadia

Stadia's game library, despite a conspicuous lack of compelling original content, has continued to expand since the service's launch just four weeks ago. Today, members have access to a pair of previously-announced titles that, until now, didn't have firm release windows on the platform: Borderlands 3 and Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2.

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Google Stadia gifts bonus Buddy Pass to Founder's Edition owners

Google's game-streaming service Stadia launched amid worries about its viability, but we've been impressed with it so far. The Founder's Edition originally shipped with a single 3-month Buddy Pass so players could invite friends to join their multiplayer escapades. Now, Stadia is attempting to reel in more users by giving Founder buyers an extra Buddy Pass for the holidays.

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46 temporarily free and 60 on-sale apps and games for Monday

Welcome to Monday, everyone. This is the last full week before Christmas, and so I have many sales to share today, with the standouts highlighted in bold for easier discovery. These highlights just so happen to be centered around the paid apps and games in today's list, and if you're a fan of PixelFade's visual novels, all three of its games are on sale today. So without further ado, here are 46 temporarily free and 60 on-sale apps and games for the beginning of the week.

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Samsung's PlayGalaxy Link game streaming app is now available on Android and Windows (Update: Galaxy Fold, S9, Note9, A90 supported)

When Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note10, it also introduced a new game streaming platform called PlayGalaxy Link albeit with very little by way of concrete information. We learned soon after that it would be launching in September, and so it's come to pass. The Playgalaxay.com site is now live and the Android app is available for download.

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Snowman Story is a delightful adventure game that offers a heartfelt story perfect for Christmas

I've been covering Odencat (formerly known as Daigo Studio) releases in my weekly game roundups for a while now, so I'm delighted to highlight the studio's newest game Snowman Story. Having arrived on the Play Store yesterday, I spent some time with this story-based adventure game. Not only does it offer a heartwarming Christmas story that's perfect for play throughout the holidays, but the pixel-based graphics are also excellent, and the monetization is fantastic.

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17 new Android games from the week of December 9th, 2019: Black Desert Mobile, Poopdie, and The Last Remnant Remastered

Welcome to the roundup of the new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. Today I have the release of Black Desert Mobile in the West, a new action game from PewDiePie, and a remastered RPG from Square Enix. So without further ado, here are the more notable Android games released during the week of December 9th, 2019.

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