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Drakerz-Confrontation augmented-reality card game launches in the U.S.

Gamemakers keep trying to marry digital and physical games, and augmented reality is one of the ways to do that. So the folks at French game maker Peoleo have created an augmented-reality trading card game called Drakerz-Confrontation.<p>It’s a small budget title, but it has some clever ideas that …

Google launches weirdly fun 'Smarty Pins' trivia map game

“Ask as many questions as you can before you run out of miles.”<p>That’s the first instruction you get at the start of the new mapping trivia game from Google, Smarty Pins.<p>You first see a map in this web game, and it asks you trivia questions, with the answer being a city name. You have 15 seconds to …

Starship aims to shake up games, cooking shows, and memory-aid apps all at once

The most unusual meeting that I had at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) video game trade show was with Martin Kenright, the founder of Starship. In our brief half hour, the creator of the Motorstorm racing games showed me a vision for the future that was truly ambitious. It wants to disrupt …

The DeanBeat: The top 10 games you’ll be itching to play

Next-generation games are getting better, but they’re also getting more creative and surprising. That was my takeaway from the giant Electronic Entertainment Expo video game tradeshow last week in Los Angeles.<p>The show was thinner than in past years, as some publishers fall by the wayside in the …

PS4 vs. Xbox One in the U.S.: Here's a state-by-state breakdown of the console war

Xbox One is cool on the coasts, but the heartland belongs to PlayStation 4.<p>The gaming-friendly folks over at the Movoto blog, which takes an irreverent look at real estate and pop culture, went through the data to figure out which console is the most popular in the United States: Xbox One, …

Evolve could finally be the next-gen experience that PlayStation 4 and Xbox One owners have craved

The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have been out for more than half a year now, but a lot of us are still waiting for a definitive “next gen” experience.<p>Sure, we’ve had plenty of fun games, but most of them don’t feel all that different from what we were playing a year ago. Hell, most of us them even …