Nerdvana: The Strong Museum announces wargaming online exhibit. “The Strong museum (home to the World Video Game Hall of Fame) has launched an online exhibit with Google Arts and Culture exploring the history of Wargaming, the Cyprus-based developer of World of Tanks and other free-to-play games.”
Neowin: Facebook gets more inspiration from Snapchat, launches AR games in Messenger . “Facebook today announced a new feature for its Messenger app: augmented reality (AR) games in video chats. These games will allow up to 6 people to play together and compete in real-time during a video call. Right now, the company is introducing the self-explanatory Don’t Smile and Asteroid Attack, which tests each player’s ability to steer a spaceship using their face.”
Motherboard: This Coder Fit a Bootable CD and Video Game Into a Tweet. “A few weeks ago, Alok Menghrajani, a security engineer at Square, set out to challenge himself. He wanted to fit a bootable CD-ROM, and a retro video game inside it, into a tweet. The results are pretty cool.”
NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence: Facebook game teaches how to spot disinformation. “NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence introduces its new indie game designed to train readers to identify misinformation published online. The game is hosted on Facebook and is open for all Facebook users here. Players are put in charge of their own publishing company, they earn virtual currency and gain an audience for publishing accurate news. The game is divided into three levels, each encouraging the players to think about the possible ways they could be fooled. The Fact Checker screen prompts the players to question the sources and provides tips on how to distinguish between an accurate and a misleading story.” I played the first few levels. Do not let the first easy level fool you.
TechCrunch: Snap is reportedly about to launch its own gaming platform . “Snap is seeking to explore new ground as it tries to outrun Instagram’s efforts to copy its features. Its newest effort may be building out a bona fide hub for gaming inside Snapchat, according to a new report from The Information. The platform will launch later this year, the report says, and Snap is already signing on game publishers to participate in its efforts.”
Google Blog: Save dinosaurs from extinction in a game world built with Google Maps. “Just in time for summer and the release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom™, you can explore a virtual world built with Google Maps while saving dinosaurs from extinction. Ludia and Universal’s Jurassic World™ Alive is available for free on Google Play and the App Store now.”
New York Times: Amazon Tightens Grip on a New Medium: Live Streams of Video Games. “Late on a recent night, more than 600,000 people watched one of the most popular video game players, Tyler Blevins, engage in Fortnite Battle Royale with a celebrity guest: Drake. Mr. Blevins streams his near-daily video game sessions live on Twitch, a website acquired by Amazon in 2014 for $1.1 billion. He makes more than $500,000 a month on the platform, thanks to his 250,000 paid subscribers, and some of his sessions can last 12 hours. Mr. Blevins, who plays under the name Ninja, is popular not only because of his gaming skill, which is considerable, but because of his draw as a host.”