Google Stadia Boss Is "Absolutely, Unequivocally" Sure Latency Won't Be An Issue

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Google's new video game platform, Stadia, is completely digital and requires a constant, reliable internet connection to function. One of the issues people immediately bring up with streaming technology is latency--or lag. Everyone who has experienced lag in some capacity knows how frustrating it can be. Will lag be an issue with Stadia?

Stadia boss Phil Harrison says he is "absolutely, unequivocally" sure that latency won't be an issue. "We believe that it's not just for when the service starts; actually we've demonstrated it today," Harrison told us from San Francisco at the Game Developers Conference where Stadia was announced.

Harrison--who formerly held executive-level positions at Sony and Microsoft--added that it was no accident that Google used Doom Eternal to highlight Stadia.

Google's Stadia Won't Allow Offline Downloads

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Google is taking its first significant step into gaming with Stadia, its ambitious new cloud platform. Like Microsoft's xCloud, Stadia will offer players the ability to stream video games across a variety of devices, along with a host of other innovations such as state sharing. And while there are still many questions lingering around the platform, one thing we now know is that it won't offer offline downloads.

GameSpot got a chance to speak with Google VP Phil Harrison at the Game Developers Conference. We asked Harrison if Google will ever consider giving players the option to download content from Stadia and enjoy it offline, as services such as Spotify and Netflix do. "No, not technically possible," Harrison replied. "It would be a compromise of our vision if we were to do that."

This ties into Google's previous confirmation that it won't release its own set-top box to run Stadia; rather, all of the games available on the platform will be streamed from the company's data centers, and they'll be playable across across desktops, smartphones, laptops, tablets, and TVs--the latter through a Chromecast Ultra HDMI streamer. Google will, however, release a dedicated Stadia controller that features unique buttons to capture/share gameplay and access Google Assistant.

Dumbo Stars Are Excited For Their Batman Returns Role Reversal

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Dumbo Stars Are Excited For Their Batman Returns Role Reversal

The main focus of the upcoming live-action remake of the Disney animated classic Dumbo is a CGI elephant and the kids who teach it to fly in the circus. However, the element of the film that's almost as compelling is the cast that director Tim Burton put together for it.

In addition to casting Colin Farrell and Eva Green in major roles, Burton also staged a Batman Returns reunion for the ages. Both Michael Keaton and Danny DeVito appear in major roles for the movie, marking the first time in 27 years that the pair have shared the screen since 1992's Batman Returns, another of Burton's films.

For DeVito, finding out he'd be sharing scenes with Keaton once again was a big part of what excited him about the project. "When Tim called a year ago or whenever it was and said he was making the movie, I was really thrilled to be able to be part of it," the actor said at a press conference for Dumbo. "And then the joy factor went up through the roof when I heard that Michael was in it with me."

Pokemon Go March Community Day: Start Time, Featured Pokemon, And Everything You Need To Know

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Pokemon Go March Community Day: Start Time, Featured Pokemon, And Everything You Need To Know

Pokemon Go's spring equinox celebration isn't the only event happening in the popular mobile game this week; the next Community Day is just around the corner as well. The monthly event returns this coming Saturday, March 23, giving players around the world another opportunity to catch rare Pokemon and take advantage of some generous rewards.

As usual, March's Community Day will run for three hours, during which you'll be able to find increased spawns of a certain Pokemon. This time around, however, Niantic is doing things a little differently for the event schedule. To help you prepare, we've rounded up everything you need to know about March's Community Day below, from what time it starts in each region to what this month's featured Pokemon and bonuses.

Each Community Day, Niantic designates a "featured" Pokemon that will appear much more frequently in the wild than it typically does. Not only that, but players will have a chance of encountering the featured Pokemon's Shiny form during the Community Day, and the featured Pokemon will be able to learn a special move if it evolves into its final form by the end of the event.

Apex Legends Octane Character Guide: Getting Kills As The Adrenaline Junky

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Apex Legends Octane Character Guide: Getting Kills As The Adrenaline Junky

Winning in Apex Legends often comes down to finding the right balance between caution and aggression. You want to avoid putting yourself in bad situations where other teams might get the best of you--but you also need to be sure to push the attack and best vulnerable enemies while you have the chance, or risk letting them take you down again later.

Apex's newest character, Octane, leans much more toward the aggressive side. He's great for running down a team and blasting away at them, especially if he has backup, but his speed demon nature can also leave you vulnerable. To use him effectively, you'll need quick reflexes, a smart team, and a willingness to take the fight to the enemy and push your advantage. Oh, and don't forget to bring lots of healing items.

We've got everything you need to know about Octane's abilities, how they can be used effectively or paired with other characters, and what pitfalls you'll want to avoid along the way. You should also check out the best Octane skins Apex Legends has to offer, as well as all the skins in its new battle pass.