MakeUseOf: The Best Sites for Video Game Guides and Walkthroughs. “Getting stuck in a video game and having to figure out how to progress is a normal part of gaming. However, sometimes you’ll come up against a roadblock that totally stops your progress. If you have reached wit’s end, a video game walkthrough can help you figure out how to progress. Here are the best sites for clear and helpful video game guides.”
Engadget: The ‘Minecraft Earth’ beta begins its global takeover this month. “It’s been a couple of months since we first heard about Minecraft Earth, the augmented reality version of Mojang’s game that makes the real world a playscape full of your blocky creations. It promised a beta release of the game would arrive this summer and now, along with a new trailer, the company says it will launch on iOS within the next two weeks, with Android following ‘soon thereafter.'”
University of California Davis: Internet Communities Can Teach Amateurs to Build Personalized Governments. “The internet has its perils with privacy breaches and fake news, but on the plus side, a whole generation of youth have been teaching themselves skills in leadership and community-building, according to a new University of California, Davis, study.”
TechCrunch: Twitch continues to dominate live streaming with its second-biggest quarter to date. “Twitch continues to lead rivals including, YouTube Live, Facebook Gaming and Microsoft’s Mixer, when it comes to live-streaming video. Despite experiencing its first decline in hours watched in Q2 2019, the Amazon-owned game-streaming site still had its second-biggest quarter to date, with more than 70% of the hours watched during the quarter.”
Ars Technica: Behind the 12-year-old Wii Sports hoax that briefly fooled the Internet. “Before his resignation in late 2017, Uber’s then-CEO Travis Kalanick faced more than his fair share of scandals. But by far the most (read: least) important of these was Kalanick’s oft-repeated claim that, at one point, he ‘held the world’s second-highest score for the Nintendo Wii Tennis video game,’ as a New York Times profile confidently stated without qualification.”
AdAge: Fortnite emerges as a social media platform for Gen Z. “Fortnite’s audience remains much smaller than Facebook and YouTube, which each have roughly 2 billion users. Still, the game isn’t that far off from Twitter and its 330 million members. And Fortnite enthusiasts are extremely loyal: Those between the ages of 10 to 17 and who play the game at least once a week spend 25 percent of all of their free time playing Fortnite, higher than any other form of entertainment, according to the NRG report.”
Vice: Preservationists Are Racing to Save Ouya’s Games Before They Disappear. “Android-based gaming console Ouya launched on Kickstarter with a bang in 2012, crowdfunding more than $8 million and raising much more in venture capital before the software was acquired by hardware manufacturer Razer in 2015. Despite the promising start, Ouya wasn’t long for this world. Now, Ouya is shutting down for good and a group of game preservationists and Ouya fans are racing to preserve the console’s games before they’re potentially lost forever.