Online gaming one of the big winners of 2020
The Nintendo Switch was largely sold out during the summer and the holidays and the PlayStation 5 and X Box Series X sold out immediately. During the pandemic more people began to play video games and more started watching gamers, as livestream services like Amazon’s Twitch and Facebook Gaming logged record growth. Tech giants like Google and Amazon are still investing in cloud gaming services like Stadia and Luna, hoping to join into the console wars dominated by Sony and Nintendo. Google’s video platform YouTube logged its best year ever in 2020, with more than 100 billion hours in gaming content watched. An analyst at Nielsen’s Video Game Arm Super data said they don’t foresee anything sort of a gaming crash due to economic factors.
Esports gamers are healthier than the general population, experts say
However, a new study shows esports video gamers are healthier and more fit than the general public. According to a new survey on studyfinds.org, esports gamers are nine to 21% more likely to have a healthy body weight than other people. Meanwhile, only 3.7% of esports players smoke daily. The study revealed e-sports gamers are much more physically active on a regular basis as well. Regardless, researchers say they want to figure out a way to make sure high school and college esports players are getting enough physical activity.
Still searching for a PlayStation 5 or XBOX Series X? Here’s how to get yours before Christmas
SAN ANTONIO – Don’t worry, you’re not the only one who can’t find these next-generation gaming consoles on store shelves. But, there may still be a way you can snag one, even potentially before Christmas. The PlayStation 5 and XBOX Series X, launched by Sony and Microsoft respectively, are the most anticipated gaming consoles of the year and sold out almost immediately on their launch days and on Black Friday. Following Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping events, chances are these consoles will be back in stock at least once more before Christmas Day. Related: Having trouble getting your hands on the Playstation 5 or XBOX Series X?
New ‘Super Mario’ game for Nintendo Switch available as free download for limited time with subscription
Super Mario has been a staple in video games since the original “Super Mario Bros.” was released back in 1985 for the Nintendo Entertainment System. But now Nintendo is bringing those fond memories back with an added twist. The company’s latest Mario entry, “Super Mario Bros. 35”, available on Nintendo Switch, matches you up against 34 other Marios in a sort of “battle royale”-type setting. The Nintendo Switch title is available from Oct. 1 until March 31 as a free download for Nintendo online subscribers only. That means you’ll have to pay the $4 per month subscription fee.
Console Wars 2020: PS5 vs Xbox Series X
This time around it’s Microsoft’s Xbox series X versus Sony’s Playstation 5. When it comes to internal specs, the Xbox series X is just a little more powerful than the PS5, but that difference is minimal when it comes to game play. Xbox just debuted its Xbox Game Pass and Sony’s Playstation Now has been active for some time. Both consoles are also backwards compatible, which gives Series X owners access to Xbox One games, and PS5 owners access to PS4 games. The Xbox series X comes out November 10.
The Last of Us Part II looks like a slam dunk for Sony
"The Last of Us Part II," the hotly anticipated sequel to the 2013 survival horror game, is out Friday on PlayStation 4. The game, developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony, offers a complex, emotional story and lots of infected zombies. In the original game, players traverse the world as Joel, a smuggler, and Ellie, a young woman who has been orphaned. "The Last of Us Part II" continues the story from the end of the original game, where. Dreunen expects "The Last of Us Part II" will be a "slam dunk" and a "blockbuster hit for Sony."
Sonys latest PlayStation 5 event is on Thursday. Heres what to expect
CNN At Sony's upcoming PlayStation 5 event on Thursday, the company will finally officially reveal some of the games that will be available on its hotly anticipated console. As Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO and president Jim Ryan wrote in a blog post, "What is a launch without games?" Sony initially planned the event for last week, but postponed it amid international protests in response to George Floyd's death. "While we understand gamers worldwide are excited to see PS5 games," Sony said, "we want to stand back and allow more important voices to be heard." Sony needs to prove to gamers that its next generation console is worth the money -- even if the price isn't announced.
Top ranked VFW in Texas turns to tech, gaming to bring in new generation of veterans
SAN ANTONIO VFW 8541 was recently ranked the best VFW in Texas and now the post is staying ahead of the game with a new shift towards technology. They hope a new high tech, high performance gaming facility will draw in a new generation of veterans. A room at the VFW will soon be transformed into a high tech, high performance gaming facility and it is set to open on the fourth of July. LFG Cybercafe is a San Antonio video gaming facility, and Elizondo is working with the VFW on their plans. And the high tech facility also includes top tier internet access, something veterans may be lacking.
These video game subscriptions will help get you through quarantine
For a little entertainment, she logs on to video games. A new crop of video game subscription services from names like Apple, Google and Microsoft can be played on a device you already own. If you do want to stream video games, youll need to have a strong internet connection, making sure there is a clear line of sight that will give you the best experience while using your router. If youre looking for a laptop optimized for gaming, CR testers say the Acer Nitro 5 can handle some of the most demanding video games. Why now is the time to embrace video games for kids
Why now is the time to embrace video games for kids
CNN Before the pandemic, video games were a weekend-only activity in our house, allowed for one hour a day, Saturday and Sunday. The benefits of collaborative video gaming"In spite of the stereotype of the socially awkward pale gamer, games are a good way to socially connect," said Rachel Kowert, research psychologist and author of "A Parent's Guide to Video Games: The Essential Guide to Understanding How Video Games Impact Your Child's Physical, Social and Psychological Well-Being." Also, researchers have found that children who were socially engaged while playing video games were more likely to be civically engaged as adults. All video games aren't created equalWill every kid benefit from every video game? Researchers haven't been able to find a clear relationship between playful aggression in video games and aggression in real life.
How video games became a spectator sport
How video games became a spectator sport Video games are fast becoming the biggest thing in the entertainment world. Correspondent John Blackstone looks into the worldwide explosion of "eSports," the athletes who play them, and the millions of fans who pay to watch them play.cbsnews.com