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‘PUBG’ and ‘Legend of Zelda’ take top prizes at 2018 SXSW Gaming Awards 

There’s no better way to mark the end of SXSW Gaming 2018 than by looking back at the past year and celebrating excellence within the industry. Presented by IGN, Muxy, and Onion Creek Productions, this year’s awards show was hosted by IGN personality...

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Five things we loved at SXSW Gaming 2018

The 2018 SXSW Gaming exhibit hall has, against all odds, become even more jam-packed full of cool stuff to see, play, and put on. Alas, there just isn’t time to do all the things and walk away from the event conscious. Good thing we scoured the expo...

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SXSW Gaming: ‘PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’ developer Brendan Greene on being king (with chicken dinner) of battle royals

What’s the easiest way to go from being a small-time programmer to the developer of a game with over 30 million players? Don’t ask Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene, as he didn’t have a strong answer for the secret to the success of his hit multiplayer...

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Long-awaited ‘Shroud of the Avatar’ finally ready to debut from Garriott, Austin-based Portalarium

The third floor of the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum was briefly the realm of video game industry luminary Richard Garriott on Wednesday night.  After all, he was the one wearing the crown.  Garriott, CEO and creative director of Austin-based...

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Despite some glitches, VR cinema takes a leap forward at SXSW 2018

Virtual reality technology, which made such a splash at South by Southwest two years ago, mostly for gaming experience, took a sizable leap forward this week, at least judging by its presence at the SXSW Virtual Cinema. What last year felt like a...

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UT’s Eberlin Lab, Austin writer Amanda Gail among SXSW Interactive Innovation Award winners

On Tuesday night, South by Southwest handed out its annual Interactive Innovation Awards at a ceremony at the Austin Downtown Hilton. Here are the winners: AI & Machine Learning: Swarm AI by Unanimous AI, San Francisco. Health, Med, & BioTech...

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YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki talks up new context tools amid SXSW 2018 interview grilling 

Maybe it was the body language, with the interviewer leaning forward, consulting a shiny notebook on occasion to draw upon for sharp points, and with the subject of the interview, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, sometimes squinting at the questions as...

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Robots with lightsabers and VR treadmill among SXSW 2018 Trade Show highlights

The South by Southwest Trade Show is always a grab bag of interesting eye-popping technologies (giant robots! Sushi machines! Weird musicians planing digital music in crazy costumes), and more down-to Earth booths for universities such at Texas A&...

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Nonny de la Peña makes case for volumetric VR storytelling in at-capacity SXSW convergence keynote

At at 2018 South by Southwest event that is seeing a strong shift toward virtual- and augmented-reality technology moving into the hands of filmmakers, convergence keynote Nonny de la Peña made a strong case for embracing a new generation of storytelling...

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