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Dirt 5, Chorus, Jotun: Valhalla Edition, and more are coming to Stadia

Stadia has been steadily improving since launching last year, including getting the Stadia controller to work wirelessly in web browsers. Now, four new games have been announced for the cloud gaming platform, with two titles from Thunder Lotus Games coming this month and DIRT 5 and CHORUS dropping in 2021.

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Stadia announces two first-person puzzle games, Relicta and The Turing Test

Google's Stadia cloud gaming platform has been picking up steam recently, launching its second first-party studio, giving players a way to download their screenshots/videos, and rolling out 4K support for gaming on the web. Keeping that momentum rolling, the Stadia team has announced that two first-person puzzle games —Relicta and The Turing Test — will be coming to the platform soon.

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YouTube Gaming standalone app to shut down in March 2019 as features migrate to main app

Before the days of Twitch, or even, YouTube was the one place we all went for gaming content. Whether they were Let's Plays of games that were out of our reach, guides on how to complete quests or boss battles, or lore videos that dove deep into a game's story, YouTube was the place to find it all. In 2015, the company launched YouTube Gaming to combat the rising popularity of Twitch. It also ended up being a testing ground of sorts for things like a dark theme, Super Chat, and Channel Memberships. But in a weird turn of events, the popularity of the service (according to YouTube, at least) is leading to its shutdown in March 2019.

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[Update: Amazon Too] Google Refuses To Allow Postal Game In The Play Store For 'Gratuitous Violence' - Apparently They Forgot About GTA, The Walking Dead, And Others

If you're below a certain age or simply not all that familiar with the history of video games, perhaps you haven't heard about Postal. Originally released for the PC in 1997, Postal was an isometric top-down shooter - think Contra with some better graphics.

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Twitch For Android Updated With Windowed Video Player And Audio-Only Streaming Option

Playing video games is for losers, apparently - these days all the cool kids watch other people play video games. Twitch, the platform of choice for your non-video game-playing needs, has updated its Android client with a few handy features in version 3.2. Both of them come straight out of YouTube's bag of tricks, but that's OK - every video player should let you do this stuff.

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The first thing you'll notice is that Twitch now has a pop-out mini-player that lets you browse for a new stream while watching your current one. Press the channel button in the top left-hand corner of the fullsreen video to go back one step, where said video will minimize into a ribbon at the bottom of the screen.

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Rumor: YouTube Is Preparing A Re-Launch Of Its Live Streaming Service With A Focus On Twitch-Style Gaming

Have you noticed that it's impossible to search for a game-related video on YouTube without seeing dozens of hour-long "Let's Play" videos? You're not the only one. According to a report from The Daily Dot, Google is looking to re-make YouTube's live streaming service (the one you use for every official Android event) with a focus on video games. The report cites anonymous sources "within the streaming industry," so it's firmly in the rumor department for the time being.


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While there's no way to confirm the report, it certainly makes sense.

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Strafe Keeps A Vigilant Eye On The Competitive World Of eSports

A friend once told me that watching someone else play a game can sometimes be even more entertaining than playing it yourself and more enjoyable than a movie. I wouldn't know, but I trust his opinion. Well, his and that of the thousands of people who seem to love it as much, to a point where a game streaming platform like Twitch exists and is valued equally to Instagram. If you fall in this demography of video game lovers and if you're a fan of the multi-million dollar competitions that ensue, you should check out Strafe.

Think of Strafe as a sports scheduling and scores application, only it's geared toward eSports, ie. video games competitions. For now, Strafe follows 5 of the most popular eSport titles: Counter-Strike:GO, League of Legends, Dota 2, Starcraft 2, and Hearthstone.

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Google Bundles Video Game Knowledge Graph Cards Into Search Results

When you search for certain artists, movies, or figures, Google sticks a card within the results that displays background information all in once place. This way you can potentially get what you need without having to click on a single link. Recently the company started giving video games this same treatment.

When you search for a particular title, Google will toss up such details as a brief history, the developer, release dates, and supported platforms. It will also supplement this text with screenshots. These Knowledge Graph cards show up on desktops and mobile devices alike.

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Information appears for games spread across various platforms, including indie PC titles, console hits, and mobile games for Android and iOS.

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GameStop's Android App Has Been Updated With An Interface That's Much Less Awful

As a dedicated gamer and a former cash-starved teenager, please listen to me: don't shop at GameStop. The ubiquitous American video game retailer is almost certain to overcharge for software and hardware, underpay you for trade-ins, and try to squeeze three preorders and a Game Informer subscription out of you before you leave. But for those misguided souls who insist on giving them custom (or who live in a city with no retail alternatives), the official GameStop app has been notably updated today.

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The update text on the Play Store simply says "everything," and based on cached images of the previous version, that's not an understatement.

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Official PlayStation App Updated With Push Notifications And Profile Photo Uploads

Attention, gamer: your PlayStation playmates can now goad you into multiplayer matches anytime, anywhere. Well, they can if you've got the latest version of the official PlayStation Android app. Last night's update added push notifications for the PSN game-centric social network, according to the official PlayStation blog.

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The bad news is that this feature seems to be exclusive to the PlayStation 4 and certain games, at least at the moment. The good news is that you can turn them off. Supported notifications include game alerts (for some titles), friend requests, and invitations. Of course, you won't be able to do much about them unless you happen to be at home when you get the alert.

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