Nintendo's 'Arms' has all the depth the 'Wii Sports' games lacked

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Nintendo's 'Arms' has all the depth the 'Wii Sports' games lacked

For many, the Switch represents the Nintendo's return to form. It's the console that sheds both the name and the gimmicky motion controls that defined the Wii era of gaming. With traditional games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe leading the way, motion controls seem to be all but a thing of the past. Or they did, until Nintendo announced Arms -- a gesture-based boxing game for the Switch that seems to lean heavily on Wii Sports' legacy. It seems like a bizarre step backward, but don't worry: It turns out that Arms isn't repeating the mistakes of the Wii; it's showing how Nintendo has learned from them.

'Overwatch' turns one with another event and free weekend

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'Overwatch' turns one with another event and free weekend

Developer Blizzard keeps making frequent, regular updates to its popular team-shooter video game Overwatch. Players have gotten new battle arena maps, interesting new characters and various time-limited events to keep them coming back for more of what is, essentially, the same game over and over. To keep interest high, Blizzard is launching a one-year anniversary event from May 23rd to June 12th. You'll also be able to buy a new Game of the Year Edition when the event launches, which will include 10 bonus Loot Boxes, extra Hero skins, and various virtual trinkets for other Blizzard games.

HTC Vive and Lenovo are developing standalone Daydream VR headsets

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HTC Vive and Lenovo are developing standalone Daydream VR headsets

Google has another way to differentiate its mobile VR platform from Samsung's: Standalone headsets that have all the hardware you'd need built right in, without the need for a phone. At Google I/O today, the company revealed that we'll be seeing standalone Daydream headsets from HTC Vive and Lenovo later this year. They'll be based on Qualcomm's 835 VR platform and use Google's Tango technology for positional tracking without the need for any external sensors.

YouTube is bringing 360-degree videos to your TV

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YouTube is bringing 360-degree videos to your TV

Google's I/O 2017 developers conference isn't just about its search engine getting smarter. The company has also announced that YouTube's 360-degree videos are coming soon to TVs, expanding beyond smartphones and web browsers for the first time. "It's not just about the size of the screen," YouTube product manager Sarah Ali said before demoing a 360-degree video from Coachella, "it's about giving you an experience that [traditional] TV just can't match."

Watch the Google I/O 2017 keynote right here!

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Watch the Google I/O 2017 keynote right here!

Last week we heard the latest Windows plans from Microsoft at Build and now it's Google's turn. The company kicks off its annual Google I/O developers conference today at 1PM ET and we'll bring you all the news as it's announced from the stage. As always, you can complement your livestream experience with witty commentary and real-time analysis via our liveblog starting at the aforementioned time. For your convenience though, we've embedded the YouTube livestream down below so you don't have to go looking for it yourself. Until then, familiarize yourself with what we expect to hear more about in our Google I/O 2017 preview.

Latest 'Futurama' mobile game is part social sim, part retro action

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Latest 'Futurama' mobile game is part social sim, part retro action

I have something important to tell you: There's video proof of the latest Futurama game in development. Executive producer and series creator Matt Groening is involved, as is executive producer David X. Cohen. Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow is "coming soon" to mobile platforms including Android and iOS. "[It] will blend simulation, combat, galactic exploration, and choose-your-own-adventure mechanics together to bring the escapades of the Planet Express crew to life," according to a press release. That's a tall order for a mobile game.

Sony's grand prize for a motorbike eSports race is a car

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Sony's grand prize for a motorbike eSports race is a car

Ever fantasized about competing on a world famous race track? Well, thanks to PlayStation's latest eSports partnership picking up your Dualshock could make that dream a reality. This year, MotoGP's licensed video game is getting its first eSports championship -- and it's being broadcast alongside the real thing. PS4 players will have the chance to compete in seven online time trial events, with the 16 best digital bikers duking it out in November alongside real riders. Perhaps excitingly, for the gamers, the season finale takes place in Valencia on the same circuit as the MotoGP World Championships.