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Google API puts games on TV as phone/tablet become controller

Google API puts games on TV as phone/tablet become controller

Android users might have another reason to want an Android TV soon. Adjunct to the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Google is hosting a Developer’s day event, and has announced a new API. Called ‘Nearby Connections’, the API has a few handy tweaks for Developers, and when used properly, you as well. With Nearby Connections, users will be able to use Android devices as game controllers for Android TV-ready games. It’s only available on one game so far, but expect more to follow suit quickly.

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AR game Ingress comes to small screen via Android Wear

AR game Ingress comes to small screen via Android Wear

Ingress players — they’re a dedicated bunch. It takes heart to traipse around town and hack imaginary portals only you can see, conversing with people that (probably) aren’t there, and being part of a collective full of folks you’ll probably never lay eyes on. Still, the augmented reality game gone physical is something special, and it just got a lot cooler. Now, you can hack portals without ever touching your phone, as Ingress makes its way to Android Wear, courtesy of Google’s Niantic Labs.

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Dragon Quest Heroes to burst into action in North America

Dragon Quest Heroes to burst into action in North America

When it comes to JRPGs, it isn't only Final Fantasy that has a large following. Equally revered is the Dragon Quest series that is making a comeback through mobile devices. That, however, isn't all there is to the franchise. Square Enix is also targeting the latest console generation, which means PlayStation 4 for this particular title. Dragon Quest Heroes, the latest installment in the series, will be launching this week in Japan. But those in the US need not fret, as it will be arriving here as well sometime later this year.

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Guitar Hero revival tipped for consoles later this year

Guitar Hero revival tipped for consoles later this year

It's time to brush up on your guitar skills and dust off that old controller. Or maybe not, since you might have to buy a new one just for this rumored comeback. Kotaku UK reports that Guitar Hero might be due a sequel and that it will be announced at E3 in June and that it will launch before 2015 ends. If true, then this year could very well be known as the revival of the music jamming games, with Rock Band also rumored to be back in town.

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A Game of Craft: Westeros rebuilt block by block

A Game of Craft: Westeros rebuilt block by block

Time and again we've been awed by what Minecraft players have been able to accomplish with the limited resources but unlimited space that are given them. We've seen recreations of countries, the USS starship Enterprise, and even 4 KB computers. Though based on fictional places only, this latest achievement is equally, or perhaps even more, jaw-dropping. Thousands of "superfans" have come together to build in Minecraft the entire continent of Westeros, the land that serves as the stage for A Song of Ice and Fire novels, also known in pop culture as A Game of Thrones.

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Play Bayonetta for free, in your browser and in 16-bit 2D

Play Bayonetta for free, in your browser and in 16-bit 2D

Wouldn't it be grand if you could play your favorite gaming title for free and available anywhere you are? Bayonetta developers Platinum Games might be yielding to that desire with the launch of a new game from the Bayonetta franchise. But there are a few catches. First, it's only really a mini-game that you can probably finish in a few minutes or so. Second, you can indeed play it anywhere, but only inside a browser. And third, you'll have to stomach the fact it is a 16-bit 2D "side-scrolling" game.

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Alpine Vision GT concept races onto the virtual track

Alpine Vision GT concept races onto the virtual track

Renault has rolled out a slick looking concept car called the Alpine Vision Gran Turismo concept and it looks really cool. The car has lots of curves and reminds of something that Speed Racer or one of his pals would drive. The car is set to make its debut in the racing game Gran Turismo, but Renault has also produced a full size scale model of the car to show off at auto shows as well.

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Impossibly difficult Super Mario cheat glitch pulled off

Impossibly difficult Super Mario cheat glitch pulled off

The classics are making a comeback, and in more ways than one. Super Mario, one of the most beloved gaming franchises in the world, is back in the press, not because of a hot new game or a retro old game, but because of how people are stretching the game beyond what the developers intended. Like giving it a brain to play itself. Now a high-profile YouTuber is earning views because of how he managed to hit a very intricate glitch that let him finish Super Mario World in just 6 minute, without facing the final boss.

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Sid Meier’s Starships once again takes to the stars

Sid Meier’s Starships once again takes to the stars

Sid Meier is a name that is quickly associated with turn-based strategy and world building games, most of which take place on our beloved planet Earth. But after Civilization: Beyond Earth, itself seen as a "spiritual successor" of Sid Meier's own Alpha Centauri run, the acclaimed game designer seems to be turning his gaze skyward once more. Firaxis has just announced what is bound to be its next hit title, Starships, which unambiguously revolves around the development of your own star fleet and, perhaps, the formation of your own interstellar federation.

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Nintendo announces discontinuation of Club Nintendo loyalty program

Nintendo announces discontinuation of Club Nintendo loyalty program

Nintendo has had loyalty programs of one sort or another for over a decade now for fans of the games the company offers. The first loyalty programs were VIP 24:7 and Club Member, which started in May of 2002. In December 2007, Nintendo combined those two programs into Club Nintendo. Nintendo has announced that it is working to create a new loyalty club for fans that will launch later this year.

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