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Middle-earth: Shadow of War postmortem — Monolith’s Michael de Plater explains it all

Middle-earth: Shadow of War is one of the biggest games of the fall, and it made a big splash when it debuted on October 10 on consoles and PC. To Tolkien geeks, this is all we have. Peter Jackson isn’t making any more movies. So we played our hearts out. I played all 63 missions in…

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SpatialOS’s cloud-based dev platform launches an open beta for Unreal Engine integration

Improbable announced today that the Unreal SDK for its SpatialOS is now in open beta. SpatialOS is a development tool that uses cloud-based computing to help games achieve larger and more complex virtual worlds. For example, Automation Games is using SpatialOS to create a survival MMO (massively multiplayer online) game that plans to support 1,000…

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Two months after Disney split, Netflix pledges $8B for original content

Another early holiday gift for Netflix investors this year. (credit: macappsaddict via Flickr ) In its most recent quarterly earnings report, Netflix announced its intentions to spend $7 billion to $8 billion on original content for 2018. “Our investment in Netflix originals is over a quarter of our total P&L [profit and loss] content budget…

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Redbox starts offering Switch game rentals

Redbox, the company behind those movie and game-renting machines you see outside of grocery stores and Walmarts, is starting to offer Switch games. Right now this is just for select cities: Seattle, San Antonio and Portland, Oregon. But it could expand across the U.S. if the Switch games prove popular in those locations. After the collapse…

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Why aren’t there more “Mature” games for Nintendo Switch?

Enlarge / Remember when this game was supposedly a sign of a less squeaky-clean image for Nintendo? Since removing the blood in the original Mortal Kombat on the Super NES, Nintendo has earned its image as the family-friendly alternative to the more sex-and-violence-soaked console competition. New reporting from The Wall Street Journal suggests Nintendo is…

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Torch 3D raises $3.5 million for AR and VR prototyping platform

Torch 3D  has raised $3.5 million to build its augmented and virtual reality prototyping platform. The idea, which came from a couple of Magic Leap alumni, is to make it fast and easy for teams to build, share, and iterate on 3D concepts. Portland, Oregon-based Torch 3D wants to make it possible for any designer…

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Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 ships on November 16: 13.5-inch for $1,499 and 15-inch for $2,499

Microsoft today unveiled the Surface Book 2, available for the first time in two sizes: a 13.5-inch, like its predecessors, starting at $1,499 and a new 15-inch, the largest Surface laptop yet, starting at $2,499. Both feature up to 17 hours of battery life, a USB-C port, and the latest 8th-generation Intel Quad-Core processors. Surface…

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Umbra lets you instantly view complex 3D images on any device

Umbra is launching a tool called Composit that will let you upload a complex 3D model to the cloud and then view it on any device. The Helsinki, Finland-based company makes it a lot easier for dispersed teams of engineers and product designers to work on the same project without having to be tethered to…

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Gran Turismo Sport is extremely limited in offline mode

Enlarge (credit: Polyphony Digital / Aurich Lawson ) On Tuesday, October 17, the long-awaited Gran Turismo Sport arrives for the Playstation 4. This seventh installment of one of the world’s best-selling games franchises introduces a number of updates designed for high-end TVs, virtual reality, and e-sports enthusiasts. Although we’ve had a copy for a few days now, you’ll…