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Wed, Sep 17, 2008 | 18:56 BST
Wed, Sep 17, 2008 | 12:39 BST
This Inquirer piece is rumouring that Google may be moving to buy Valve.
The story cites “well-placed sources” and was filed from Austin GDC.
If true, Steam is the main target, says the site.
Also, it would be contrary to comments from Gabe Newell at Games Convention last month. Snip from the interview:
So you’ve got no interest in selling Valve?
GN: Right now we’re super-happy. We’ve been an independent company from day one, and we think that that contributes to our good decision-making. We’re much more concerned about finding more people that are like us and want to work with us – and doing a great job for customers – than looking for people that want to buy the company.
Have you had any approaches for the company?
GN: I get approached a couple of times a week by people saying, ‘Can we invest in you, can we buy you?’ That’s been true for several years. We’re having too much fun.
Full thing through the link.
Wed, Sep 17, 2008 | 07:26 BST
Google made a few pebble-sized splashes when it waded into the videogame industry with Lively, but as with anything Google does, it won’t remain obscure for long. At the Austin GDC, the ubiquitous online company announced the next step in its plan to expand Lively: opening the gates to game developers.
For now, Google plans to provide developers with Lively’s API and go from there, but in time, Google creative director Kevin Hanna noted, the hope is that Lively will become “invisible” – like Java, Flash, or HTML.
“Google has already been in 3D world space, if you think of like Google Earth – a tool a lot of us use every day,” he concluded. “Google in 3D space and online space is here to stay as much as any online company.”
Somehow, we doubt that’s very reassuring for those online companies.
Wed, Sep 10, 2008 | 06:45 BST
This Forbes piece, authored by journalist Chris Morris, argues that Google may be considering becoming a games publisher.
In a nuthshell:
While most videogame makers rely heavily on brick and mortar retailers to drive sales (something Google isn’t currently set up for), digital delivery is a rapidly growing industry. Valve Software has seen success with its Steam delivery system. And Electronic Arts (nasdaq: ERTS – news – people ) has been pushing its online store more heavily in recent months. The money’s not as good, but the growth potential is significant. And Google has the bankroll to wait for the growth to come.
“Given all the employees they have and the company’s policy of encouraging side projects, I would be very surprised if there wasn’t somebody in Google who’s not approaching [gaming] as an opportunity,” [Colin] Sebastian says. “Of course, there are a number of hurdles that have to be cleared before it reaches the outside world.”
More guesswork through the link.
Wed, Jul 09, 2008 | 07:25 BST
Today, Google launched Lively, a pseudo-game that is essentially the result of the equation in the headline.
The “game’s” main bullet point seems to be “self-expression,” as it sets its sights on avatar customization and room creation. Based on the number and variety of rooms already available, it seems Lively is quite versatile.
Currently, Lively will only run on Windows in Internet Explorer or Firefox, leaving proud Mac users without a place to call Home.
That joke doesn’t work so well here.
Wed, Jun 18, 2008 | 09:00 BST
And there it is. It works, and everything. PSP: allowing you to found out everything you need to about balls from your handheld wireless device.
The search was added to PSP’s XMB as part of the Firmware 4.0 update this morning.
Mon, Jun 16, 2008 | 21:02 BST
According to this Destructoid piece, SCEA’s announced that PSP Firmware 4.0 will add Google search to the handheld’s XMB.
No release date as yet.