Call of Task Mobile revealed for iOS, Android, made by China’s Tencent

Call of Task Mobile revealed for iOS, Android, made by China’s...

GDC 2019 View more stories SAN FRANCISCO—Activision has taken the wraps off its first major Call of Duty video game for smartphones. The title is simple enough: Call of Duty Mobile. The online, multiplayer-only game will arrive later this year, but neither Activision nor any of its Western CoD-focused studios will lead the game's development.…
Previous Valve designer, author meals on his brand-new “co-op” video game studio

Previous Valve designer, author meals on his brand-new “co-op” video game...

Enlarge / Chet Faliszek, Dr. Kimberly Voll announce the creation of Stray Bombay, a new video game studio. Sam Machkovech SAN FRANCISCO—In 2017, game designer and writer Chet Faliszek left Valve Software. The departure was notable in part because Faliszek was perhaps second only to company co-founder Gabe Newell in terms of public exposure, but…
Behind the Curve a remarkable research study of reality-challenged beliefs

Behind the Curve a remarkable research study of reality-challenged beliefs

There's a scene somewhere in the middle of a new flat Earth documentary that acts as metaphor for so much that surrounds it. Two of the central figures of Behind the Curve are visiting a spaceflight museum that pays tribute to NASA, an organization that they believe is foisting a tremendous lie on an indoctrinated…
New documentary enjoys asking how gene modifying may alter the world

New documentary enjoys asking how gene modifying may alter the world

Enlarge / An artist's representation of a Cas9 protein immediately interrupting and changing a living creature's genes. Ars at SXSW 2019 View more stories Here's a poorly kept secret: the internal chatter at a given research and scientific institution is typically more interesting than what emerges on the public record. Published papers and newspaper interviews…
Sloth-by-sloth-west: The excellent and the Goop of SXSW 2019 (in images)

Sloth-by-sloth-west: The excellent and the Goop of SXSW 2019 (in images)

Breathe in that calm Convention Center floor on Day 1 of registration—the chaos will be coming soon. Nathan Mattise If you love film poster art, SXSW gives you ample sessions, workshops, and art exhibits to enjoy it... Nathan Mattise Within the SXSW Film Poster exhibit, we are filled with deep regrets for not catching Well…
It’s time to begin appreciating “VR movie theater,” and SXSW’s stunners are evidence

It’s time to begin appreciating “VR movie theater,” and SXSW’s stunners...

My pick for SXSW 2019's best VR film, Metro Veinte, asked viewers to sit in wheelchairs while they watched the 18-minute film. Sam Machkovech Another top pick, the BBC's Nothing to Be Written, had viewers sit next to a wall of replica postcards from WW1. Sam Machkovech Runnin', the dance-filled music experience from Intel, was…
Wingspan evaluation: A beautiful birding parlor game flies

Wingspan evaluation: A beautiful birding parlor game flies

Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com. “Wingspan is a competitive, medium-weight, card-driven, engine-building board game from Stonemaier Games.” Call me odd, but the above description was enough to get my heart racing and my brain spinning up a premature take about how…
Legendary states its Video game Shop is not spying on you

Legendary states its Video game Shop is not spying on you

Enlarge / Despite what you may have read, Epic says this is not spyware. This week, certain corners of the gaming Internet have been abuzz with a bit of self-described "amateur analysis" suggesting some "pretty sketchy," spyware-like activity on the part of the Epic Game Store and its launcher software. Epic has now stepped in…
Report: James Gunn has actually been un-fired from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

Report: James Gunn has actually been un-fired from Guardians of the...

Enlarge / Peter Quill/Starlord, Groot, Draxx, and Gamora: dusted Guardians of the Galaxy. YouTube/Marvel Studios Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is back in production after an unofficial hiatus, according to reports from Deadline and Hollywood Reporter. If you're for any reason fatigued by Marvel Studios sequelitis, you may be more intrigued by why it's back…
Any Steam video game can now utilize Valve’s low-latency, DoS-proofed networking

Any Steam video game can now utilize Valve’s low-latency, DoS-proofed networking

Valve is opening up its latency-reducing, DoS-protecting network relay infrastructure to every developer using its Steamworks platform. A few years ago, large-scale denial-of-service attacks against game servers were making the news and becoming a frustratingly frequent occurrence in online gaming and e-sports. To protect its own games, Valve has for a number of years been…
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