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.

WWE Wrestlemania 35 Hall Of Fame 2019: Start Time, Everyone Being Inducted

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Wrestlemania week is a more than just the main WWE PPV. It's a whole week of WWE programming, including NXT: Takeover, Axxess, and of course, the Hall of Fame. Each year, the sports entertainment company honors its premiere athletes from the past by immortalizing their contribution to the world of wrestling in its hall of fame.

This year, the WWE Hall of Fame--which you can watch on the WWE Network--will take place at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday, April 6. The show will start at 3:45 PM PT / 6:45 PM ET. As of this writing, WWE is honoring two groups and three people, for a total off 11 inductees. Here is the Class of 2019.

D-Generation X is WWE's biggest and most popular stable from the Attitude Era. It launched the careers of everyone involved, through comedic antics and memorable segments. All of the members of the group--aside from early member/manager Rick Rude--are included for the Hall of Fame. In addition, 10 time WCW Tag Team Champions Harlem Heat are entering as well. Both Booker T and Steve Ray were a dominant force in WCW and the most prolific tag team in the company during this time.

Split-Screen Multiplayer Fans Should Be Excited For Stadia And Cloud Gaming

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Google took its first steps into being a major competitor in video games with the announcement of Stadia, its cloud-based game streaming platform. The presentation showed off lots of ways the company is leveraging the game tech against its other products like YouTube and Google Assistant, but one particular point showed how games on Stadia could be a major boon for split-screen gaming.

The moment came when lead research and development designer Erin Hoffman-John walked through various features, including multiplayer features. One tech demo showed Stream Connect, a purportedly easy way for developers to feed different views to each player. Since every player is being fed their own video stream of a play session, Stream Connect can combine these and feed one video inside of another player's stream.

Apex Legends Battle Pass Lets You Unlock Crafting Metal Instead Of Loot Boxes

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If you're not a fan of loot boxes in Apex Legends, changing your Origin account region to Belgium removes them from the game. Instead, leveling up will unlock crafting metals bundles, which allows you to make the cosmetic items you want.

In Belgium, there are laws against loot boxes in video games. As Reddit user UnicornPL pointed out, this results in Belgium Apex Legends players earning crafting metals instead of Apex Packs when they level up. Rock Paper Shotgun went one step further to discover changing your region to Belgium allows you to take advantage of this as well, but adds on that it's possible EA will block this trick soon.

Season 1: Wild Frontier has started in Apex Legends, and it's added a battle pass and brand-new playable character, named Octane, to the game. The standard battle pass costs 950 Apex Coins. If you sign up for a one-month subscription to EA Access on Xbox One or Origin Basic Access on PC, you can effectively grab the battle pass for half off. There's currently no cheaper option on PS4. For 2,800 Apex Coins, you can purchase a bundle that includes the pass and also unlocks 25 of its 100 levels of rewards. Like Fortnite, Apex Legends Season 1 battle pass lets you unlock enough Apex Coins to purchase next season's pass. However, unlike Epic's game, Apex Legend's first battle pass does not include challenges.

Nintendo Switch Spring Nindies Showcase: Watch All The Trailers

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Nintendo showed off a ton of games during its annual Nindies Spring Showcase on Wednesday. The nearly 30-minute-long broadcast was packed with reveals and announcements, giving us our first look at more than a dozen indie titles coming to Switch this year--including a few that are available now.

Nintendo bookended the showcase with two big announcements. First, the company revealed that Microsoft's acclaimed platformer Cuphead will arrive on Switch on April 18, and it'll add Xbox Live integration down the line, allowing players to unlock Achievements even when they play on the hybrid console. Nintendo later closed out the presentation with the first trailer for Cadence of Hyrule, a Zelda-themed Crypt of the NecroDancer crossover coming to Switch this spring.

There were plenty of other announcements in between, from the retro-style Stranger Things 3 game to Blaster Master Zero 2, and nearly every title featured during the showcase was accompanied by a new trailer. If you missed the presentation, you can watch all of the new trailers from it below. You can also catch a replay of the entire broadcast here, and if it inspires you to pick up some indie games, Nintendo is holding a big sale right now in the Eshop.