Gaming

How Fortnite’s dance moves sparked new lawsuits against Epic Games

How Fortnite’s dance moves sparked new lawsuits against Epic Games

A growing cluster of actors, musicians and viral internet stars have Fortnite in their crosshairs. The smash hit third-person shooter is free to play but generates mountains of revenue through in-game microtransactions. Those purchases lure avid Fortnite players to spend real-life cash on virtual cosmetic items, like special character skins (today: a winter skiing set!) […]

Virtual reality gaming and the pursuit of ‘flow state’

Virtual reality gaming and the pursuit of ‘flow state’

Maggie Lane is a writer and producer of virtual reality experiences and covers the industry for various publications. More posts by this contributor Inside Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles VR Interview Experience Does Ready Player One reveal the future of VR? You need to stop procrastinating. Maybe it’s time for some… Bulletproof Coffee, Modafinil, nootropics, […]

Tony Hawk goes mobile

Tony Hawk goes mobile

The world’s most famous skateboarder talks up ‘Skate Jam,’ his first smartphone title Brian Heater @bheater / 15 hours For three years, Tony Hawk has been conspicuously absent from the video store shelves. For most game developers, that’s little more than a blip between titles. When your name and face are attached to 16 titles […]

Gift Guide: the 17 best board games for holiday family fun

Gift Guide: the 17 best board games for holiday family fun

Welcome to TechCrunch’s 2018 Holiday Gift Guide! Need more gift ideas? Check out our Gift Guide Hub. Ah, holiday board gaming. A roaring fire. A glass of nog. And a raging debate over whether the blue guy was next to the red square or vice versa. Buying a gift for a board game fan? Just […]

Doom is 25 and co-creator John Romero is putting out a giant expansion for it

Doom is 25 and co-creator John Romero is putting out a giant expansion for it

Twenty-five years ago, anyone old enough to navigate DOS was likely playing Doom every spare minute, assuming their parents weren’t around. A quarter of century after its release, the game’s legacy is unquestionable — but it could always use a few new levels. So co-creator John Romero made some. They come with a silver statue […]

App stores to pass $122B in 2019, with gaming and subscriptions driving growth

App stores to pass $122B in 2019, with gaming and subscriptions driving growth

Mobile intelligence and data firm App Annie is today releasing its 2019 predictions for the worldwide app economy, including its forecast around consumer spending, gaming, the subscription market and other highlights. Most notably, it expects the worldwide gross consumer spend in apps — meaning before the app stores take their own cut — to surpass […]

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is good, clean, butt-kicking fun

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is good, clean, butt-kicking fun

After a few days with the game, I’m no expert. Hell, I’m not even entirely sure I’m confident enough to take on all comers. I am, however, most definitely hooked. This scrappy little gaming upstart just might have a future ahead of it, after all. I admit that I’ve not played a Smash Bros. title […]

Spotify for Xbox One now works with Cortana voice commands

Spotify for Xbox One now works with Cortana voice commands

Spotify arrived on the Xbox One back in August 2017 to give gamers the option of streaming their own tunes while in a gaming session. Today, Spotify is upgrading its app with a few key additions, including most notably support for Cortana voice control, along with other personalization features. With Cortana, gamers will be able […]

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