Uber Planning to Add Mini Games to iPhone App to Play During a Ride

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MacRumors contributor Aaron Perris discovered several references to the ability to load games in the latest version of the Uber app, released on Monday. One line of code says that the gaming feature will require an internet connection. It is unclear when Uber will make the mini games available to the public, and there is no guarantee that the feature will launch.

https://www.macrumors.com/2024/06/04/uber-planning-mini-games-in-iphone-app/

LinkedIn plans to add gaming to its platform

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TechCrunch has learned and confirmed that LinkedIn is working on a new games experience. It will be doing so by tapping into the same wave of puzzle-mania that helped simple games like Wordle find viral success and millions of players. Three early efforts are games called “Queens”, “Inference” and “Crossclimb.”

https://techcrunch.com/2024/03/16/linkedin-wants-to-add-gaming-to-its-platform/

‘Palworld’ Is Tearing the Internet Apart

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Palworld is a new video game where players can capture knockoff Pokémon and put them to work in a factory manufacturing AR-15s. It sold 5 million copies in 3 days. Die hard Pokémon fans are angry online because they see Palworld as a cheap asset flip and they believe, without evidence, that Pocketpair used AI to create it.

https://www.vice.com/en/article/z3m5nw/palworld-pokemon-game-ai-controversy

E3 is officially over forever

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E3 is dead for good. “We know it’s difficult to say goodbye to such a beloved event, but it’s the right thing to do given the new opportunities our industry has to reach fans and partners,” Stanley Pierre-Louis, the CEO of the Entertainment Software Association, the nonprofit trade organization that ran E3, told the Post.

https://www.theverge.com/23998271/e3-gaming-convention-canceled-death

‘GTA VI’ Has Already Sparked a Bizarre Moral Panic Fit For Our Age

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The GTA franchise is the perfect fodder for a moral panic. It’s massively popular, violent, and garishly stupid. The series has long courted controversy, and the panic accompanying each entry says something about the era in which it occurs. It’s early days, but I see two overlapping strains of panic hitting the GTA VI discourse. The first is that the game will lead players astray into a life of pornography, crime, and sloth.

https://www.vice.com/en/article/y3we8x/gta-vi-has-already-sparked-a-bizarre-moral-panic-fit-for-our-age

Google Play Games for PC is getting support for 4K and some console game controllers

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Google is adding some new features to the Google Play Games Beta on PC, its service that lets you play Android games on a PC, including support for 4K screen resolution on “supported monitors” and for popular console gaming controllers. Google detailed the updates in a blog post from Arjun Dayal, Google Play Games’ director of product.

https://www.theverge.com/2023/10/23/23928877/google-play-games-pc-4k-game-controllers-clash-of-clans-royale