Thursday, July 29

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Netflix’s big gaming plans aren’t really about creating video games, according to a Netflix job listing

Netflix reportedly has major plans to add video games to its wildly popular streaming service. Those games could arrive on Netflix as soon as next year, according to Bloomberg. But what kind of games should users expect? A Netflix job listing draws a pretty clear picture. LoadingSomething is loading. ...
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This $399 handheld gaming system lets you play PC games on the go — here’s how to preorder it now

When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Valve's Steam Deck is a portable gaming PC scheduled to launch in December. Steam Deck reservations became available July 16, with prices starting at $399. Valve is making a Steam Deck dock for connecting a TV or monitor, but it will be sold separately. Valve's Steam Deck is a handheld gaming computer that will give ...
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The weird hoops video game developers reportedly have to jump through to sell their games in China

With Chinese government censors guarding the gates of the world's largest video game market, video game companies increasingly wanting to sell there must navigate harsh — and oftentimes confusing — rules to access the country's estimated 560 million gamers, The Guardian reported. The rules, both written and unwritten, can be punishingly difficult to navigate, according to The Guardian. While rules of thumb that include avoiding references to cults, superstition, and politically contentious topics might be easy to follow, other guidelines are fuzzy, such as one saying that video games mus not "endanger social morality or national cultural traditions," the report reveals.The fuzziness of the guidance ...
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The Switch OLED isn’t the upgrade Nintendo fans were hoping for, but its improvements could appeal to buyers who don’t already own a Switch

When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Gamers who value a bigger, better screen in handheld mode will like the Nintendo Switch OLED. But games won't play any smoother or look any better in TV mode because the CPU is the same. The Switch OLED isn't the "Pro" model we've been waiting for, but it could appeal to certain buyers. LoadingSomething is loading. ...
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Nintendo just announced a new $350 Switch with a fancy new screen, but you probably don’t need it

Nintendo just announced a new, more expensive, slightly upgraded Nintendo Switch model. Whether or not you already own a Switch, there aren't a lot of good reasons to get this one. Its main feature is a larger, higher-quality screen. It's otherwise nearly identical to existing models. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. After years of speculation about a more powerful, upgraded Nintendo Switch model, Nintendo announced the "Nintendo Switch OLED Model" on Monday morning.It's got a bigger screen from previous models that uses OLED display technology, and it's got a higher price tag to match: $350 for the new OLED ...
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Microsoft just took a direct shot at Apple’s controversial App Store policy with Windows 11

Microsoft unveiled the next version of its major operating system, Windows 11, on Thursday morning. Part of that event was a not-so-thinly veiled shot at Apple. Going forward, app and game makers with their own payment systems can skip using Microsoft's system. LoadingSomething is loading. ...
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‘Mass Effect’ video game director explains what happened with the scrapped movie adaptation and why TV would be better

TV adaptations of hit video games are on the rise as media companies search for bankable IP. Mac Walters, the director of "Mass Effect: Legendary Edition," said TV is the best way to adapt games. He thinks it's a "matter of when, not if," Hollywood takes another crack at adapting "Mass Effect." See more stories on Insider's business page. The anticipated video game "Mass Effect: Legendary Edition," developed by BioWare and published by its parent company Electronic Arts, was released last month, collecting the original three games of the hit sci-fi series in one remastered package.It landed at a time when Hollywood has taken a keen...
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This innovative industry stepped up its game to become pandemic-proof by tapping into our loneliness

Article content continuedHilchie points to Other Ocean. Whereas companies in other industries have been tripping over themselves as they attempt to rapidly transition to e-commerce business models, Other Ocean has been selling online since its inception — not just in North America, but all over the world . And the company's overseas sales have only grown during the pandemic.Video games like Other Ocean Interactive's Project Winter (pictured) are providing players a means to socially interact with one another during the time of COVID. Photo by Other Ocean Interactive“We generally distribute our products using online platforms,” says Other Ocean's Ayre. “Throughout the pandemic, where social distancing is encouraged and retail outlets are less inviting or might even be shut down, having t...