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"I am not a gamer" probably wasn't the best choice of words for Google CEO Sundar Pichai to open the company's tell-all presentation at the 2019 Game Developers' Conference yesterday. Nonetheless, there might not be words any more fitting to illustrate the mega-corporation's foray into gaming with the reveal of their new gaming platform, dubbed "Stadia." Unlike the big three with Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony, this aspiring fourth player is forgoing the traditional route of home consoles and intends to upend the gaming industry as we know it with an exclusively digital, streaming-based service. "The Future of Gaming" is not a claim to make lightly, so let's take a closer look into Google Stadia and what it means to accomplish after the jump.

One of the biggest gaming franchises in the world over the past decade is ready to make a big splash in the mobile market. Call of Duty: Legend of War launched in beta form in a few countries (including Australia and China) last year, and soon it will be headed to North America, South America, Europe, and other regions as Call of Duty: Mobile.

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Nintendo released Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp in November of 2017 following a lengthy delay from its originally announced launch window. The free-to-play mobile game has generally been well received, but it's likely that wouldn't have been the case if Pocket Camp stuck to its initial schedule. According to the latest research by Liam Robertson, Pocket Camp went through a pretty drastic overhaul during development.

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As Microsoft prepares for the next generation, the Xbox brand is expanding. With the power of Project xCloud, Microsoft wants you to be able to play their first-party games on phones and tablets. While that future is still a while off, they took a big step today by announcing plans to bring Xbox Live services to iOS and Android.

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Fortnite is one of the hottest games in the world right now, with millions of players across PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, and mobile devices. It also has cross-play functionality, letting players on different platforms compete directly. However, Epic Games has just announced that the latest update makes some major changes to player pools.

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Following the strong reception for the Bravely series, Square Enix's new traditional RPG division began work on Switch exclusive Octopath Traveler. The game would launch to solid reviews and quickly topped the charts, boosting Switch sales in the process. Square Enix teased that new games were on the way for both the Bravely and Octopath franchises, and today we got our first look at one of them.

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Game Freak's beloved Pokémon franchise has been one of the top sellers on handheld consoles for decades, and lately it's been making some waves in another market. The Pokémon Company has launched several games on mobile devices, including the phenomenally popular AR game Pokémon GO from Niantic. According to the latest market research from Sensor Tower, the Pokémon brand just passed a significant milestone on mobile.

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For years, Nintendo was staunchly opposed to entering the mobile market, but these days you can play Nintendo franchises like Fire Emblem, Animal Crossing, and even Mario on a phone or tablet. One of Nintendo's main concerns in this new venture has been preserving their brand's image, as mobile game monetization methods are often seen as predatory or even gambling. According to one of Nintendo's development partners, they've been quite strict about avoiding that perception.

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Pokémon GO had an unbelievably successful debut in the Summer of 2016, and nearly three years later it's still going strong. Developer Niantic has kept interest in the game high by regularly releasing new features and holding special events. With the game's third anniversary rapidly approaching, Niantic product manager Matt Slemon recently sat down with Polygon to discuss where it goes from here, and he hinted that we could see some unexpected additions.

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One of the key features of Pokémon GO is its trio of teams. Niantic's hit mobile game has you choose early on between Team Instinct, Team Mystic, and Team Valor, and from then on you'll be claiming gyms in the name of your team and battling against opposing gyms. In the past, your choice of team was a permanent decision, but soon that won't be the case.

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Last week, Niantic announced that they're taking the fun of Pokémon GO's AR+ feature and making it far more accessible. With the new and improved GO Snapshot feature, you'll be able to grab cute pictures of your favorite Pokémon any time you want instead of just when encountering wild creatures on the overworld. If you're an Android user, you can try it out now!

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Longtime Pokémon fans have been clamoring for a follow-up to Pokémon Snap for years, but to no avail. However, Niantic's ever-popular Pokémon GO app does allow players to take pictures of Pokémon in the real world thanks to augmented reality. Players have been taking advantage of this feature to the best of their abilities, but it has its limitations. Fortunately, it's about to get a lot better.

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It's a strange and wonderful new video game industry we find ourselves in 2019. Major game publishers are still competing with each other, of course, but more and more they're finding ways to cooperate and work together. Cross-play functionality has come to popular games like Fortnite and Minecraft, and now Microsoft is looking to take another big step towards a more unified gaming audience.

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Nintendo has been getting more and more involved in the mobile market recently with games like Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp and Fire Emblem Heroes. Earlier today they delayed Mario Kart Tour, the next game in the mobile pipeline, but they followed up that setback by announcing another game for the same time period. Nintendo will soon be bringing the Dr. Mario franchise to mobile players.

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Nintendo was once staunchly opposed to the mobile market, but in recent years they've warmed up to it with games like Super Mario Run and Fire Emblem Heroes. Exactly one year ago today, Nintendo announced plans to bring another major IP, Mario Kart, to the mobile market. Mario Kart Tour was scheduled to launch sometime before the end of the fiscal year (March 31st), but plans have changed.

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