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Google will lose $50 million or more in 2018 from Fortnite bypassing the Play Store

When Fortnite Battle Royale launched on Android, it made an unusual choice: it bypassed Google Play in favor of offering the game directly from Epic Games’ own website. Most apps and games don’t have the luxury of making this choice – the built-in distribution Google Play offers is critical to their business. But Epic Games believes its game is popular enough and has a strong enough draw to bring players to its website for the Android download instead. In the process,  Unlike Apple, which only allows apps to be downloaded from…

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Gaming History Unearthed:Fans Have Located The Desert Mass Grave Where Atari Buried All Of Its Employees Responsible For The E.T. Video Game

Looks like some online sleuths have uncovered a bit of gaming history a certain company would rather forget: Fans have located the desert mass grave where Atari buried all the employees responsible for the E.T. video game. Internet? You’re doing it right. “The gaming community has wondered for decades where Atari buried all those game developers after the E.T. game totally bombed, so a bunch of us on r/gaming split up areas near Atari offices on Google Earth to search for a bunch of skeletons that might suggest ‘mass grave,’”…

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The often gross and rarely sexy history of video game sex

Image: sierra on-line, mashable composite It’s Summer Lovin’Week here at Mashable, which means things are getting steamy. In honor of the release of Crazy Rich Asians, we’re celebrating onscreen love and romance, looking at everything from our favorite fictional couples to how Hollywood’s love stories are evolving. Think of it as our love letter to, well, love. Warning: This article contains images and videos that may not be safe for work. In the earliest, most technologically limited days of video games, developers concocted the simplest of designs, leading to some…

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Gamers Rejoice: Steam Is Having A Sale This Week On 50 Pounds Of Hot Salad For Only $5

If you’re a big-time gamer, you might want to get your credit card ready, because Steam just launched a brand-new sale that almost seems too good to be true. According to a recent post on the store’s front page, 50 pounds of hot salad will be available on Steam all week for only $5! You owe it to yourself to take advantage of this amazing deal. Wow. If you aren’t already sold on this awesome bargain, check out hot salad’s discounted listing on Steam and get hyped: Despite the insanely…

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These glasses can help people with disabilities use technology without their hands

Game Boy Camera and a fancy Canon zoom lens: Low-tech meets high-tech.Image: bastiaan ekeler The Game Boy Camera isn’t exactly the first thing that comes to mind when you think “high end.” The unusual peripheral, released in 1998, could be inserted into the Nintendo handheld’s cartridge slot to give you a lo-fi digital camera capable of capturing a 128×112 black and white image. Now, a full 20 years later, someone’s managed to make the thing work with a massive Canon zoom lens. SEE ALSO: ‘Neon Advance’ reminds us that some…

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You can pick your own House in the ‘Harry Potter’ mobile game

Which House will you pick? That's right, pick.Image: shannon connellan/mashable Jam City’s long-awaited Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery mobile game has landed in Australia and New Zealand, ahead of its April 25 worldwide release.  Like the books, the iOS and Android game is broken down into chapters, which are set over different years in Hogwarts. It’s set between the tragic murder of Harry Potter’s parents by Lord Voldemort and when Harry and the gang start school, so that lets you have an original narrative. SEE ALSO: ‘Westworld’ mobile game already available…

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The follow-up to ‘UNO,’ ‘DOS,’ is a brand new take on card games

Image: lili sams/mashable There’s a sequel to the card game UNO — it’s appropriately called DOS. DOS is a new take on UNO that uses a similar system of numbered and colored cards, but this time around players have two card piles to choose from for playing cards and win after earning enough points, not by putting down all of their cards. Of course, you’re also supposed to call out “DOS” if you have two cards in your hand. SEE ALSO: These guys combined Connect Four and golf in one…

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Nintendo announced a ‘Mario Kart’ for phones is in the works

Come March 2019 you'll be able to blue-shell people from your phone.Image: nintendo It’s been a good week for Nintendo announcements. SEE ALSO: SupaBoy is the handheld SNES console for people who just can’t let go of their Nintendo cartridges On Wednesday Nintendo used Twitter to announce the next instalment in the Mario Kart legacy.

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This Marble Run Perfectly Synced to Tchaikovskys Waltz of the Flowers is Good Internet

The madman that perfectly synced a line rider course to Edvard Grieg’s Mountain King is back with something new and equally entertaining—a magnetized marble run perfectly synced to Tchaikovsky’s “Waltz of the Flowers”. I can’t imagine how long this took to design and how many tries it took to nail the timing. Bravo Doodle Chaos, bravo. Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/videos/marble-run-synced-to-tchaikovsky-waltz-of-the-flowers/

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SeungBeom Cho Breaks Rubiks Cube World Record with 4.591-Second Solve

Korean speedcuber, SeungBeom Cho, set the Rubik’s cube world record this past weekend in Chicago at the World Cube Association’s ChicaGhosts 2017. The 23-year-old solved the traditional 3×3 cube in a blistering 4.591 seconds, besting the previous world record time of 4.69 seconds, set last month by Patrick Ponce. Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/videos/seungbeom-cho-sets-rubiks-cube-world-record/

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Cards Against Humanity has a special holiday surprise for Donald Trump and his border wall

The dirty and sometimes downright offensive game Cards Against Humanity is back with another stunt, and this time they’re taking aim at one of President Donald Trump’s campaign promises. The company announced its holiday promotion on Tuesday, called Cards Against Humanity Saves America. Essentially, the company purchased a plot of vacant land on the border of the United States and Mexico, making it extremely difficult for Trump to build his expensive border wall which the U.S. taxpayers will inevitably pay for. SEE ALSO: This new party game will definitely confuse…

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Escher Reality is building the backend for cross-platform mobile AR

The potential of mobile augmented reality is clear. Last summer Pokemon Go gave a glimpse of just how big this craze could be, as thousands of excited humans converged on parks, bus stops and other locations around the world to chase virtual monsters through the lens of their smartphones. Apple was also watching. And this summer the company signaled its own conviction in the technology by announcing ARKit: a developer toolkit to support iOS developers to build augmented reality apps. CEO Tim Cook said iOS will become the worlds biggest…

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Twitch expands game sales to more streamers

In March, video game streaming site Twitch introduced a new way for its streamers to make money: by selling games directly to their fans. Initially, however, that feature was only available to Twitchs Partners that is, the sites top-tier streamers with large audiences. Today, Twitch is adding game sales to its newly launched Twitch Affiliate program, as well. The affiliate program was introduced last month as a means of giving streamers who werent large enough to gain Partner status a way to make money from their efforts. At launch, Twitch…

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