Hello, and welcome to another GamesBeat weekly roundup! This time, the video game voice actors strike ended, Middle-earth: Shadow of War showed off its mobile version, and we tried to figure out what makes a “core” Mario game.

Enjoy, and have a great weekend!

Pieces of flair and roundup

  • The DeanBeat: The wonderful diverse world of games
  • PC Gaming Weekly: Atari searches for a market
  • Cuphead: Watch Dean conquer his demons
  • What makes a ‘core’ Mario game? GamesBeat Decides
  • Is the Super NES Classic worthy of the hype? GamesBeat Decides
  • How indie studio Accidental Queens emerged from a game jam
  • Vainglory’s esports tournaments are about more than competition
  • Why we’ll always love Toys ‘R’ Us: It was gaming’s first megastore
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battleground zombies: I feel like a master necromancer

Above: Commodore 64 Mini.

Image Credit: Koch Media

News

  • The Commodore 64 is the next gaming classic to get a retro makeover
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is getting its own subsidiary from Bluehole
  • YouTube creates confusion by herding creators into partner program to fight ‘abuse’
  • Tripp raises $4 million for mood-altering virtual reality experiences
  • Nvidia Shield gets deep integration with Google Assistant voice controls
  • Agents of Mayhem’s dismal August sales precede reported layoffs
  • SuperData: Digital games market generated $7.9 billion in August
  • Thrustmaster launches $80 flight stick for Xbox One and PC
  • SteelSeries unveils $40 Rival 110 gaming mouse with 1-to-1 tracking
  • Oculus now has a refund policy for the Rift and Gear VR
  • Cities: Skylines is going green with its next expansion
  • Star Wars: Battlefront 2’s newest trailer, like Obi-Wan, promises a larger world
  • Ataribox runs Linux on AMD chip and will cost at least $250
  • Nvidia targets China with hardware and unveils software to slash AI costs
  • Video game voice actors end 11-month strike against EA, Take-Two, and 9 other publishers
  • Planet Coaster’s Halloween-themed pack can scare the money out of your wallet

Mobile and social

  • Angry Birds maker Rovio’s shares debut in IPO that values company at $1.1 billion
  • IronSource launches ‘world’s first’ AR ads for mobile games
  • Plarium acquires Rumble Entertainment to expand into RPG market
  • StandUp Digital launches Gold Ambush with Kevin Hart mobile game
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of War brings orcs and the Nemesis System to iOS and Android
  • Osmo combines iPad app and toy cars with Hot Wheels MindRacers game
  • NetEase is bringing its Chinese sensation mobile RPG Onmyoji to North America
  • Synergy Blue’s HAWG takes arcade games into casinos
  • Playbuzz raises $35 million from Disney and others for sponsored social content
  • Zen Studios’ Pinball FX3 lets you play dozens of pinball games in one app
  • Stack AR is the first ARKit game to top Apple App Store’s free-to-play category
  • Carnival cruise operator launches PlayOcean mobile games for vacationers
  • Google Play’s top indie games: Flipping Legend, Slayaway Camp, and Tiny Bubbles

Above: This cartoon plant can’t intimidate us.

Image Credit: StudioMDHR/Microsoft

Previews, reviews, and interviews

  • Midnight Scenes takes adventure gaming into The Twilight Zone
  • Ruiner is a Polish indie studio’s unique spin on cyberpunk
  • SNES Classic Edition — mini-reviews for all 21 games
  • FIFA 18 Switch: Watch a full match running on Nintendo’s hot hybrid
  • Sennheiser’s GSX 1000 gaming amp is packed with power and features
  • Why musician Steve Aoki decided to make an endless runner game for casinos
  • Cuphead gameplay — watch us run, gun, and fight bosses
  • Discovery Tour by Assassin’s Creed takes fans to ancient Egypt — without the assassinations
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus — How American TV helped a Swedish designer craft a ‘Nazified’ America
  • SNES Classic Edition review — Nintendo makes another magical box
  • SteamWorld Dig 2 review — diggin’ it
  • Total War: Warhammer II — the High Elves storm a citadel

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