Meet VENN, the company hoping to build MTV for the gaming generation

Maybe a network will be the thing that replaces the single streaming media star. VENN, a new company launching with $17 million in funding from some of the biggest names in gaming, is hoping to harness the power of streaming media’s online celebrities and funnel them into a channel that can command the kind of advertising revenues of the networks of old. The vision harkens back to the golden days of MTV, when shows like TRL ruled the media landscape and a New York-based network set the cultural agenda through the prism of pop music. For the creators of VENN — who include Ariel Horn, a four-time Emmy-winning producer who brought the commercial storytelling from his network days working on Olympics broadcasts for NBC (a division of Comcast) to the esports phenomenons of Riot Games and Blizzard Entertainment; and Ben Kusin, a former global director of new media at Vivendi Read the full article…

How ‘Jeopardy!’ legend Ken Jennings and ‘Magic’ creator Richard Garfield teamed up for a new game

Ken Jennings and Richard Garfield with their new trivia game “Half Truth” (via Kickstarter) Half Truth, a trivia party game by “Jeopardy!” legend Ken Jennings and “Magic: The Gathering” creator Richard Garfield — both Seattle-area locals — has raised over a quarter-million dollars from more than 7,000 backers so far on its Kickstarter campaign, which ends later this week. We caught up with Edmonds, Wash., native Jennings, most famous for his 74-game Jeopardy winning streak, and legendary game designer Garfield to learn how they came up with the game and why they’re releasing it via Kickstarter. We also found out what else Jennings is up to these days beyond the realm of trivia. Jennings originally connected with Garfield ten years ago when Garfield sent what Jennings describes as “the nicest email I’ve ever received in my life” praising his book “Brainiac” and proposing that the two team up to make Read the full article…

Game streaming startup Rainway raises cash, adds Gaikai founder and Xbox pioneer as advisors

(Rainway Image) Video game streaming startup Rainway is raising more cash and bolstering its advisory board. The Seattle company just reeled in another $3.5 million, adding to its seed round from last year. Investors include Bullpen Capital (which led the latest round); Madrona Venture Group; GoAhead Ventures; and Bill Mooney. Total funding to date is $5.2 million. It also recently brought on David Perry, former CEO of game streaming company Gaikai (acquired by Sony for $380 million) and Jon Kimmich, a longtime Microsoft leader who helped launch the original Xbox. Rainway allows users to stream video games from personal devices to any other machine, as long as it has a browser and can run video at 60 frames per second. The 3-year-old company graduated from Techstars Seattle in 2018 and made its official launch on the Windows platform last year. “Whether you’re at your gaming PC, or laying on the Read the full article…

Fortnite adds cross-platform voice chat based on Houseparty

Fortnite today added cross-platform voice chat, a feature that lets friends talk even if they’re not currently playing the game. Party Hub, which is available in the game’s mobile apps, lets you see which of your friends are online and start audio conversations with them. The feature is based on similar technology developed by Houseparty, the group video chat app that Fortnite maker Epic acquired in June. For now, chat is limited to audio, though the company says that text chatting is under development. (Whether it someday adds video chat, which is Houseparty’s core feature, remains an open question.) You can talk to friends in the Party Hub even if they’re playing a game and you’re not. Or, if you start a conversation in the mobile app… Read the full article…

When two big streamers ditched Twitch, Fortnite suffered too

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge If you visit Twitch right now and click on the Browse tab, you’ll see a constantly updated list of the most popular games on the site. As I’m writing this, there’s a conspicuous absence from the big three: Fortnite. And its absence may be because two key streamers aren’t on Twitch. According to the metrics site Twitch Tracker, Fortnite dropped from pole position, where it had been holding steady for months, and has lately been hovering somewhere around third or fourth. Right now, in the early afternoon on a Tuesday, the top three games on Twitch are World of Warcraft: Classic, League of Legends, and Just Chatting (a category that generally features people talking to their viewers directly). So where’s Fortnite? It’s free and available… Read the full article…

The Zen of UX

The subtleties that define UX – beyond common sense modern design – have morphed into a body of knowledge far removed from the relatively simple practices of the past. Alongside Inbound Marketing’s super-accommodating approach to clients, UX has become far more than simply providing “the standard experience” for end users. Modern UX design is much […] The post The Zen of UX appeared first on Usability Geek Read the full article…

Free iPhone 11, 11 Pro and XR Mockups (PSD, Sketch, AI, Adobe XD)

You’re reading Free iPhone 11, 11 Pro and XR Mockups (PSD, Sketch, AI, Adobe XD), originally posted on Designmodo. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook! September is in full swing that means it is time to refill our toolkits with brand-new Apple gadgets. This year we are going to create presentations using iPhone mockups of two brand-new mobile phones. Please welcome, iPhone 11 and iPhone … Read the full article…

105 Death Stranding Details You Might Have Missed

Death Stranding still remains a bit of a mystery, but after years of trickled trailers and footage, things aren’t nearly as hazy any more. We got a massive taste of what its director Hideo Kojima thinks will start a new genre at Tokyo Game Show 2019, from its tiniest of details to the larger scope of the title’s gameplay. We’ve rounded up every cinematic and trailer and collected every minute detail we could about the gameplay so far so you wouldn’t have to put every single one of the pieces together yourself. From E3, to Gamescom, to The Game Awards, and all the way to Tokyo Game Show, check out everything we noticed in the gallery bellow. Read the full article…

The List of PlayStation 4’s Crossplay Games

A generation ago, it would have been unthinkable to have multiple consoles play online against each other in some of the biggest multiplayer video games. Now, it’s almost unthinkable for them not to have it. Players are increasingly insistent that they can play their favorite competitive and co-op games with other people regardless of platform, and third-party developers are there to fulfill that desire, such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. With Sony finally jumping into the cross-play initiative on a game-by-game basis late last year, it might be hard to figure out which games support cross-play and which do not. Here you can find a list of the games that you can play on PlayStation 4 with friends on other platforms. Read the full article…

20+ Best Business & Corporate PowerPoint Templates 2019

Today we’re featuring a collection of elegant business and corporate PowerPoint templates you can use to create all kinds of professional presentations. Having a creative and attractive slideshow is the key to delivering a more impactful presentation. You need to use the right template to achieve that goal. Whether you’re making a slideshow for a startup, a corporate agency, or a multinational brand, this collection has both free and premium templates for all purposes. Top Pick Aspect – Corporate & Business PowerPoint Template Aspect is a clean and minimal PowerPoint template designed specifically for making slideshows for corporate businesses and brands. This PowerPoint template comes with 36 unique slide designs, all of which you can easily customize to change colors, fonts, and images. All of the graphics and shapes are also resizable as well. Why This Is A Top Pick Thanks to its drag and drop editing features and master Read the full article…

Show Real Time Weather Data With Weatherstack

What’s the forecast? Answer the question on your website, or in your app, with weatherstack, a freemium API that gives you access to real-time and historical weather information. Weather information can be beneficial for several different website types and applications, but all weather data isn’t equal. weatherstack goes into a greater level of depth than many other options and surfaces the data in a super easy-to-use way. Here’s a look at how to use this tool and how to make it work for you. What Is weatherstack? You can pull current data in real-time based on location or search a multi-year history that highlights past weather patterns. weatherstack is an API that provides instant, and accurate, weather information for any location in the world using a lightweight JSON format. You can pull current data in real-time based on location or search a multi-year history that highlights past weather patterns. (It Read the full article…

I hope Apple Arcade makes room for weird, cool shit

Apple Arcade seems purpose-built to make room in the market for beautiful, sad, weird, moving, slow, clever and heartfelt. All things that the action, shooter and MOBA-driven major market of games has done nothing to foster over the last decade. I had a chance to play a bunch of the titles coming to Apple Arcade, which launched today in a surprise move for some early testers of iOS 13. Nearly every game I played was fun, all were gorgeous and some were really, really great. A few I really enjoyed, in no particular order: Where Cards Fall — A Snowman game from Sam Rosenthal. A beautiful game with a clever card-based mechanic that allows room for story moments and a ramping difficulty level that should be fantastic for short play sessions. Shades of Monument Valley, of course, in its puzzle + story interleave and in its willingness to get super Read the full article…

Apple Arcade is now available for some iOS 13 beta users

If you’re running a beta version of iOS 13 or 13.1, chances are you can now open the App Store and subscribe to Apple Arcade. The company has been rolling out its new subscription service, as MacRumors spotted. It works on my iPhone running a public beta version of iOS 13.1. Apple Arcade requires iOS 13, tvOS 13 or macOS Catalina, which means that you won’t be able to access the service before updating to the new major versions of the operating systems. The final version of iOS 13 is set to launch on Thursday on the iPhone. Originally announced earlier this year, Apple has been working on an ad-free gaming service that lets you download and play games for a monthly subscription fee. These games have no ads or in-app purchases. Essentially, you pay $4.99 per month to access a library with dozens of games. Subscriptions include a one-month Read the full article…

The Blue Yeti X’s real-time LED metering sounds ideal for podcasts and live streaming

Blue Blue’s latest USB microphone, the Yeti X, is aimed directly at streamers, podcast hosts, and other content creators. The most visible upgrade: real-time LED metering on the microphone itself, letting you know when the gain is too quiet (or in the red) during your recording. The big knob on the face of the new mic is its command center, and you’ll probably use it a lot to adjust levels and switch between its three modes. In addition to displaying the metering, the knob can turn up the gain on the microphone, and as you might expect, it’ll mute if you click it inwards. Blue You can also cycle between two other modes by holding the knob in for two seconds. One controls the volume, and the other is blend mode, which… Read the full article…