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Google’s plan to encourage you to use your apps

Google’s plan to encourage you to use your apps

Google's got a new plan to make certain every single game in Android has the ability to turn your tap effort into revenue. They've angled their newest tech for this end as "App campaigns for engagement" and "smart segmentation" features for developer use in Android games. Both of these methods/options are available to developers in the very near future, so today we're talking about what they're doing to draw you in.

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Google gaming event at GDC: 5 product possibilities

Google gaming event at GDC: 5 product possibilities

At GDC 2019 Google will reveal something new, something they're describing now as "the future of gaming." The announcements will begin on March 19th, 2019, at 10AM PDT. You'll be able to watch the announcements here on SlashGear live via this article in the YouTube live video embed below. We might see a brand new streaming gaming service from Google, or we could get a brand new device, or maybe a combination of the two!

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Google teases a mysterious GDC 2019 event

Google teases a mysterious GDC 2019 event

Even though our attention has mostly been on MWC 2019, which kicks off next week in Barcelona, Google is looking beyond that show and to the annual Games Developer Conference in March. Google has announced that it'll be hosting an event at GDC this year, sending out cryptic invitations to it and everything. That, of course, suggests that the company will be making a big announcement at the show.

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Xbox Live mobile, Switch cross-platform support will be a game changer

Xbox Live mobile, Switch cross-platform support will be a game changer

Nintendo has proven it wasn't out of the running yet in the gaming console race by breaking records last year with the Switch. But while Sony seems to be unfazed by the threat and remains bullish on its current strategies, Microsoft may be trying to take on the gaming market from a different angle. While the fruits are still a few years away, the company seems to be planting the seeds for an Xbox gaming experience that spans multiple devices and platforms, even those from its rivals.

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Epic Games’ Siren demo is both amazing and super-creepy

Epic Games’ Siren demo is both amazing and super-creepy

Epic Games is no stranger to incredibly detailed motion capture technology. 2017's Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice was based on Unreal Engine's motion capture capabilities, and it received a lot of praise for just how detailed the in-game character of Senua was. Now Epic is looking to take what it learned with Hellblade one step further, creating a new digital personality called Siren who is as impressive as she is unsettling.

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Ataribox becomes Atari VCS with new pre-order details

Ataribox becomes Atari VCS with new pre-order details

The Ataribox has been fascinating gamers ever since it was first announced. Seemingly part retro console and part modern platform, the Ataribox is still shrouded in mystery. We appear to be getting closer to the date that Atari will give the system an official reveal, as today, it's been given a proper name: Atari VCS.

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Nintendo Switch is about to get a games explosion

Nintendo Switch is about to get a games explosion

It's that time of year again, with the Game Developers Conference sharing its State of the Industry survey for 2018. This survey examines the games industry from many different angles, but this year, there was a fair amount of focus on the Switch. According to this survey, it seems a decent percentage of developers are looking at the Switch as a viable platform for their games.

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Xbox Live Creators Program lets anyone publish Xbox games

Xbox Live Creators Program lets anyone publish Xbox games

While the biggest profits in the gaming market naturally come from big titles, big developers, and big publishers, there is an undeniably big indie culture thriving there as well. While PCs have long been the home of indie games and developers, consoles have recently tried to woo this vibrant crowd as well. Microsoft’s latest move at GDC 2017 tries to sweeten the pot even more by allowing anyone, which is to say indie devs, to make and publish games for the Xbox without going through rigorous scrutiny. Unsurprisingly, there are some rather big caveats to keep in mind.

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Hands-on with the 3DRudder – A simple foot-based VR controller

Hands-on with the 3DRudder – A simple foot-based VR controller

While walking around the expo hall at GDC, I found an interesting gadget. After spending some time on the Virtuix Omni, I needed a breather. And the 3DRudder provided the perfect opportunity to sit down and take a load off.

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Hands-on with the Virtuix Omni – A step in the right direction for VR

Hands-on with the Virtuix Omni – A step in the right direction for VR

Since GDC is primarily a conference for developers, the show floor is different than say E3 or CES. There are less consumer products being shown off, and more development tools being showcased. However, one product that was on the show floor that I had to get my hands (well, feet) on was the Virtuix Omni.

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Microsoft exec on Xbox GDC 2016 party: We screwed up

Microsoft exec on Xbox GDC 2016 party: We screwed up

Xbox chief Phil Spencer has apologized for the Microsoft GDC 2016 party, after the company was blasted for hiring dancing girls on podiums as entertainment. The tone-deaf event took place after the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco on Thursday evening, ironically following a Microsoft-sponsored "Women in Games" lunch that took place earlier in the week.

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Hands-on with Star Wars: The Trials on Tattooine

Hands-on with Star Wars: The Trials on Tattooine

Something I've wanted to do since I was a little kid was grab a lightsaber and fight bad guys with it. So when I was told that I'd be seeing a demo from ILMxLAB during GDC, you can be that I was pretty excited. After strapping on an HTC Vive and getting my controller ready (after being told I'd only need the one controller, I was pretty certain of what I'd need it for) the familiar text popped up: A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away.

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