Pixelkin: Family Video Game Database Includes Information on Hundreds of Games

Pixelkin: Family Video Game Database Includes Information on Hundreds of Games. “Parent Zone and AskAboutGames have launched an informative gaming website aimed at parents and guardians. The Family Video Game Database includes details on nearly 600 games, including ESRB ratings, microtransactions, and multiplayer.”

Pride Month: The Sims to host virtual Pride Parade on Twitch (CNET)

CNET: Pride Month: The Sims to host virtual Pride Parade on Twitch. “June marks the 50th anniversary of LGBTQI Pride Month, and during a global pandemic, many traditional in-person celebrations are moving online. In honor of Pride Month, YouTuber EnglishSimmer will host a Virtual Pride Parade livestream on The Sims’ Twitch channel. Players can submit their best Sims from the life simulation game styled for Pride to potentially be featured in the parade.”

Arizona State University: ASU psychology researcher creates game to promote understanding of how COVID-19 spreads

Arizona State University: ASU psychology researcher creates game to promote understanding of how COVID-19 spreads. “The COVID-19 pandemic has led to widespread unemployment, remote working, school closures, business closures and overwhelmed health care systems. Mina Johnson-Glenberg, a research scientist in the Arizona State University Department of Psychology, created a web-based and augmented reality COVID-19 Modeling Simulation to create an engaging way to teach people how the virus spreads and ways to reduce transmission.” The game is currently available in alpha.

MakeUseOf: 5 Free Multi-Game Apps and Websites to Play With Friends Online

MakeUseOf: 5 Free Multi-Game Apps and Websites to Play With Friends Online. “There’s nothing like challenging a buddy to a game to get your competitive juices flowing. Here are some of the best multi-game apps and websites to play with friends online. Instead of downloading several different apps or signing up for lots of websites, the simpler way is to use apps that already have multiple games in them. One account, many games, and the ability to play with friends—what’s not to like about that? From playing card games online with friends to recreating tabletop games, strap in for some player vs. player action.”

The Next Web: This tiny game runs directly in your browser’s title bar — and it’s kinda fun

The Next Web: This tiny game runs directly in your browser’s title bar — and it’s kinda fun. “I was absolutely mind-blown when I first discovered the not-so-hidden Chrome dinosaur game. I’ll never forget that moment, because I spent the next several hours playing it — without even taking a break. I just loved how simple and unassuming it was. But now I’ve found something even simpler and more unassuming. Enter TitleRun, a micro-game that exists entirely in your browser‘s title bar (not to be confused with the URL bar, which is the mistake I first made).”

Daily Mail: Sky will draw on 1,300 different chants, songs and crowd noise samples from EA Sports’ FIFA archive to enhance Premier League coverage as season resumes behind closed doors (and don’t worry, swearing HAS been filtered out!)

Daily Mail: Sky will draw on 1,300 different chants, songs and crowd noise samples from EA Sports’ FIFA archive to enhance Premier League coverage as season resumes behind closed doors (and don’t worry, swearing HAS been filtered out!). “Sky Sports will take advantage of an archive of 1,300 chants and crowd noises recorded for the popular FIFA video game series to enhance their Premier League coverage. With top-flight action set to unfold without fans inside stadiums for at least the remainder of this season, efforts will be made to artificially replicate the atmosphere.”

Neowin: Google Stadia can now be used on any Android smartphone, as an experiment

Neowin: Google Stadia can now be used on any Android smartphone, as an experiment. “With today’s announcement, everyone with an Android smartphone that can install the Stadia app can also try to stream games to their device. This is labeled as an experimental feature, and Google isn’t promising that everything will work as intended on every device.”

InPublishing: Miniature Wargames Magazine goes digital with new archive

InPublishing: Miniature Wargames Magazine goes digital with new archive. “Dating back to 2010, the online resource comprises over 130 issues and is available for individual and institutional subscriptions. Published by Warners, Miniature Wargames covers all forms of the hobby; primarily historical, but also including fantasy, sci-fi, pulp, steampunk and roleplaying. The monthly magazine features ‘how-to’ guides for painting and scratch-building both figures and scenery, item reviews, opinion pieces and historical information from leading aficionados.”

Tom’s Hardware: How to use Google Stadia on Raspberry Pi

Tom’s Hardware: How to use Google Stadia on Raspberry Pi. “Despite its size and low power, the Raspberry Pi has proven to be a useful addition to any game streaming setup. While it won’t run modern games, it can stream them from a PC with Steam or Parsec, but with Google Stadia, you don’t even need a PC. Using its Chromium web browser, a controller and a strong Internet connection, the Raspberry Pi 4 can play any of Stadia’s AAA games.”

Mashable: ‘Minecraft Dungeons’ aims to be more than ‘baby’s first Diablo’

Mashable: ‘Minecraft Dungeons’ aims to be more than ‘baby’s first Diablo’. “The simple pitch for Minecraft Dungeons goes something like this: Two great games play great together. It works! Mostly. If you’re a fan of Minecraft but haven’t heard about Dungeons, an explanation is in order. It’s blocky Diablo, a game of crawling through dungeons and striking down monsters in hopes of scoring some sweet, deadly loot. The camera hangs overhead, giving you a wide view of the terrain as you smash and plunder your way to ever-more-powerful heights.”

Tubefilter: Wengie To Host ‘FutureCon’, A Virtual YouTube Convention Combining Anime, Cosplay, Music, And Gaming

Tubefilter: Wengie To Host ‘FutureCon’, A Virtual YouTube Convention Combining Anime, Cosplay, Music, And Gaming. “FutureCon will combine the worlds of anime, cosplay, music, and gaming, according to Forbes, and will premiere on May 27 at 9 pm ET on Wengie’s second channel exclusively dedicated to her music ventures. FutureCon will feature musicians (hailing from genres like K-pop, EDM, and J-pop), and will also comprise discussions with mental health advocates, as well as an amateur cosplay content. Per Forbes, the event is being hosted during both Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and Mental Health Awareness Month.”

Make Tech Easier: 14 Hidden Google Games You Need to Play

For a given value of useful, but whatever. Make Tech Easier: 14 Hidden Google Games You Need to Play . “Say what you will about Google, but the old search-engine devil has some fine taste and sense of humor in its design department. Over the years Google’s amassed a veritable trove of hidden games, many of which first appeared in connection with anniversaries but continue to be available to play today. Google’s repertoire of hidden games and easter eggs stretches across all its platforms – from Google Search to Assistant and the Google Android app. This list brings together Google’s best secret games wherever it can find them.”

SE7EN: New web site creates one-stop store for locating streamers throughout platforms

SE7EN: New web site creates one-stop store for locating streamers throughout platforms. “Popdog brings collectively streamers from all completely different platforms into one easy-to-find area. On Popdog, you could find standard streamers, type by games, or search for esports competitions which can be dwell. The web site even features a trending part that exhibits which streamers are outperforming their traditional view counts, one thing that would assist smaller streamers who’re on the rise.”

TechSpot: Take a trip down memory lane with this virtual collection of big box PC games

TechSpot: Take a trip down memory lane with this virtual collection of big box PC games. “Video game box illustration is a bit of a lost art. Years ago, the physical retail package that a game came in was arguably just as important as the title itself. Quality box art could help a game stand out among the sea of otherwise mundane choices and even influence purchasing or rental decisions on the spot….With that in mind, we have to give a huge nod to the curator over at Big Box Collection. A lifelong gamer, Benjamin Wimmer has set about collecting all of the big box PC games he has enjoyed since the late 80s, scanning them into a 3D database and sharing them with the Internet at large. The result is a digital collection of more than 600 titles for your perusing.”

CNET: All the best online games to play with your friends during quarantine

CNET: All the best online games to play with your friends during quarantine. “Whether you’re looking for old-school favorites, party games, escape rooms or hard-core board games, there’s likely a virtual option of a multiplayer game for you, as people have turned to tech for creative socializing during social distancing. (Watching movies and shows together through extensions like Netflix Party and Airtime for YouTube have also become popular ways to hang out virtually.) Here are some of the best online games to play with friends that are available, no matter what type of experience you’re seeking.”