Welcome to another GamesBeat weekly roundup! This time, we checked out Knack 2 for the PlayStation 4, Insomniac’s makes a stand against Trump’s travel ban, Gordon Ramsay’s mobile game gets meaner.

Enjoy, and have a great weekend!

Pieces of flair and opinion

  • The DeanBeat: What’s behind this week’s big investments in games
  • Remember Segata Sanshiro on the Sega Saturn’s 22nd anniversary
  • PC Gaming Weekly: Hearthstone’s mobile client is holding back the PC experience
  • Watch part 5 of our Mario Kart 8 Deluxe quest for 200cc perfection
  • Sledgehammer’s founders want to make Call of Duty: WWII memorable
  • Nexon CEO Owen Mahoney wants the game industry to lose its Hollywood envy
  • AR/VR Weekly: Don’t doubt virtual reality
  • What should you expect from Bethesda, Ubisoft, and Activision at E3? GamesBeat Decides
  • Hearthstone’s 100th Tavern Brawl embodies entertaining chaos
  • Why Insomniac boss Ted Price stands against Trump’s travel ban and game censorship
  • Chris Roberts on using infinite computing power to create a universe of endless possibilities
  • EA’s share price went over $100 for the first time ever — here’s why
  • Battlefield 1 has 19 million players and is growing faster than Battlefield 4 did
  • Watch Robin Hunicke’s inspiring talk on mass-market gaming
  • AR visionaries learn to cope with the limits of today’s tech
  • Why Mario’s Hallmark ornaments matter beyond your Christmas tree
  • The new Blade Runner film trailer has the Atari logo
  • In Prey, water is life
  • How Mark Cerny used fan feedback when designing Knack 2
  • Mark Cerny’s Knack 2 has big gameplay improvements
  • My favorite battle in Horizon Zero Dawn
  • It’s time to stop doubting virtual reality

Above: Vanquish wants to slide into your Steam library.

Image Credit: Sega/Platinum Games

News

  • Paradox is giving Cities: Skylines a sci-fi cousin set on Mars
  • Blaster Master Zero surpassed 80,000 copies sold on Nintendo Switch
  • Improbable draws $502 million from SoftBank and others for dream of giant online game worlds
  • Twitch will broadcast a marathon of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood
  • Osmo Coding Jam game combines programming with music
  • Paragon’s newest hero looks like Hot Topic’s No. 1 customer
  • Nintendo is bringing Super Mario Odyssey, tournaments, and more to E3
  • Vivid Vision raises $2.2 million to build VR tools to treat ‘lazy eye’
  • IBM Watson enables voice commands in Ubisoft’s Star Trek: Bridge Crew virtual reality game
  • Overwatch fans played the Uprising cooperative event a ton
  • Google bags Job Simulator studio Owlchemy Labs in VR’s latest exit
  • Toyota is using Nvidia’s car supercomputer for its autonomous vehicles
  • Nvidia and SAP use AI to spot brand appearances in the real world
  • Nielsen: 64% of Americans age 13-and-older are gamers
  • Nvidia unveils massive AI processing chip Tesla V100
  • Nvidia demos Project Holodeck for sharing high-resolution images in a 3D space
  • VR gets 3D product placement thanks to Vertebrae’s new SDK
  • Vanquish is officially coming to PC
  • Nvidia CEO: ‘AI is going to infuse all of software’
  • Shape starts taking preorders for ShapeScale 3D body scanner
  • Canadian game accelerator Execution Labs to shut after investing all of its capital
  • Vive outsells Rift — but mobile and console VR outsell both
  • EA’s CEO still has faith in BioWare after mixed Mass Effect: Andromeda reviews
  • Jade Raymond’s EA Motive studio now employs more than 100 people
  • EA CEO credits live game services for the company’s success
  • Nintendo Switch helps drive Nvidia’s Tegra revenue up 108% to $332 million
  • EA’s FIFA Soccer reaches 21 million players as fiscal year revenues hit record
  • Bob Ross is now on Smite — yes, that Bob Ross
  • Nvidia launches new SDKs to make VR development simpler
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops III’s Zombies Chronicles won’t hit PC until June
  • Sega is teasing Platinum’s masterpiece shooter Vanquish again
  • Injustice 2 is getting a $600,000 championship series
  • VRobot lets you wreck a big city in virtual reality
  • How strong infrastructure lifts the esports industry

Above: Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes.

Image Credit: EA

Mobile and social

  • Tapjoy says rewarded ads improve mobile app loyalty by 4X
  • Tencent poured $90 million into Pocket Gems because of two shiny jewels
  • Netmarble IPO: What it says about the future of mobile gaming
  • Boomers and millennials under one roof? Welcome to The Sims Mobile
  • Gordon Ramsay’s mobile game gets a reboot with mean Gordanisms
  • AppOnBoard raises $4 million to create engaging demos for mobile apps
  • EA says Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes players log an average of 162 minutes a day in the game
  • Zynga partners with USC to support diversity and inclusive game production
  • Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon chips will make features like dual smartphone cameras more affordable
  • Nexon’s Project D mobile RPG is in the works from South Korea’s Weredsoft

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