Google Search Will Tell You Way More About Games Now

Google adds games to its Knowledge Graph.

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If you Google search a video game, Google's Knowledge Graph will now offer more details related to that game, like its release date, developer, publisher, and more.

If you search for Civilization: Beyond Earth, for example, you'll see a panel on the right with screenshots from the game, its Metacritic score, a short description via Wikipedia, the series it belongs to, and what platforms it's available for. The search works for both specific game titles and game series.

First introduced in 2012, Google's Knowledge Graph enhances searches by offering these summaries of movies, books, places, people, food, and more. Video games are just the latest addition.

“We always want to help people find the best answers to their questions – fast,” a Google spokesperson told VentureBeat. “With today’s update, you can ask questions about video games, and (while there will be ones we don’t cover) you’ll get answers for console and PC games as well as the most popular mobile apps.”

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finally a good thing about google and games..

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Google search slowly getting better.. after it's gotten worse many many times.

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Bing is Awesome

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Bing has been doing this for months now and their game coverage is fantastic (more than Google's considering the headstart).

I know, I worked in the Bing team.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Let's see... Blackguards is on both but Google has much more info. Doom is on both but Bing has a little more. Star Citizen... better on Bing though Google has used their mystic powers to tell us it will be released in 2016. X3: Terran Conflict, on both again. Google has ratings but they are saying it has a 9/10 on Steam which makes no sense to me. Call of Duty - Google seems to have the edge here showing the whole series in a bar along the top to let you pick exactly which you mean. City of Heroes - Google seems to have the edge on info. Nethack - wow, both have this as well!

Ah, finally! Eamon Adventures gives nothing on Google but a little info on Bing. Wow, I had to go back to the early 80's to find the difference. I'm impressed by both search engines!

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Shame no one will see it because no one uses Bing. :)

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Posted so they'll have something to link to and/or bring up next time people are whining about subjective reviews on Gamespot.

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Why doesn't it include the Gamespot rating?

Get on that.

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So the already successful get even more free publicity and everyone else gets nowt. Seems like the norm then.

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It just this moment occurred to me, as I am very tired and I'm not sure my syanpses are firing correctly, but how come search engines have such ridiculous names? Google? Yahoo? Bing? For real.


There's gotta be a reason.....but what?


I need a nap.

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@olddadgamer Google is a play on the word Googol which is a term a kid made up for the number 10 to the power 100. Bing was probably what they could find as a short .com name that wasn't already taken. I'm not sure where yahoo came from. I'm sure If I googled or binged it, I could find it.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> bing?

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psst google fanboys. bing uses the power of the cloud

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<< LINK REMOVED >> must not be very powerful...

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> i agree, if it uses cloud how come bing is so bad then

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Rather strange how it works out the Steam rating, as Steam simply gives you just two options, 'Yes or No' and not a figure of any kind {}?__?}

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I guess I'm one of the few who prefer simpler ratings, because you either enjoy something or you don't. I've always stuck to a 'out of three' rating so I could have a little flexibility in my reviews, with [3] meaning outstanding, [2] meaning good, [1] meaning bad and [no rating] meaning, it was far to negative to even talk about.

I recently got 'Murdered: Soul Suspect' (Steam version) for £5'iver via Square Enix's website sale, which has an OK story, but even at that price, I can't rate it at all, because it really is awful []¬__¬]

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@evilfazz I'd like it to show as a percentage, like in the Steam store. I think that would be a lot more useful (isn't it kind of deceiving as a rating?).

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@evilfazz I thought the same, but I think it is taking the percentage of positive reviews and displaying it as 1-10 excluding the in between. This is just an assumption and that Civ Beyond Earth is 74% positive on steam(so the 7 in the picture would be the 74% rounded down).

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its not something new

its been a long time that google gives you complete informations about games

well yeah because this feature was only for movies and now its for games

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that a neat feature

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Google will soon rule the world.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Well, the fact that no MS fans are here defending Bing pretty much tells you all you need to know. If they don't, no one will.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> There's no mention of Bing in the article so why would they?

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I heard Bing is where the pron lovers go. Like extensive research into their pron searches or something, read it on Reddit, I'm not a pervert I swear.

Also, this is pretty neat, there's some account thing you can make with Bing and you get points for searching things, and those points can be spent on Xbox point cards and stuff, I made one at one time, but never really bothered with it, too much work.

Cheesy way to get clicks, but it's like an introduction to see what Bing can actually do pretty much, as people are very much on Google's jock and unwilling to try new things.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Pron huh? I'm going to have to google what that is ;)

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People use search engines to find information fast. They dont want to sit and try out new search engines to see how they work. Its not that people "are unwilling go try new things".

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Well the fact that you would go ahead and assume Bing is not as fast and use Google instead kind of goes towards people unwilling to try new thing innit?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> It already does.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> If "the world" is Internet search marketing. It pretty much fails at everything else.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> They fail at fast internet too?

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@busterfriendly Well... that's not really true., google's phone OS currently has more than 51% of the market share. That's a pretty neat achievement.

Google maps is pretty much unrivaled as well.

Not to mention google's ad service which is probably the top dog right now as far as online ad providers go.

Youtube is nothing so smirk at (if you ignore that google didn't create it, but it's still google's).

And so on.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I'm speaking of revenue which is the only measure of a successful business. All their revenue comes from their marketing. Samsung makes all the phone hardware revenue and Google just provides software to collect information for their marketing business. I'm not aware of any significant revenue stream off maps. Youtube is also a marketing business and is really getting annoying to use at how aggressive they're getting at showing ads in videos. Facebook has really been stealing their thunder lately by nailing marketing on phones.

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I don't see why it has to be mesured by revenues, success is success.

Well anyways, everything I mentioned generates tremendous revenue.

Revenue from google ads? Well obviously incredibly high, and they are n°1 on this market and they get more than 50 billion a year lately from their ad services.

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As for maps, you can use google's api for free if you generates less than 25000 views in per day. Anything above will require you to pay.... Google having the best map database is basically the defacto customer for any service/website that use maps.


Revenues from android? Not only do they get money from the google play store, just like steam, Sony or microsoft does from their own stores (except there are way more android devices out there). But they also get licensing fees for many of the software that comes with android and are pre-installed on third party phone manufacturers.


As for FB stealing YT's thunder... it's discutable. YT has a lot more views than FB on mobile devices. But FB does lead (by a lot) on video viewed on computers. However FB starts videos (muted) as soon as you are on the page even if you do not wish to view it or are even aware there is a video there. Meaning a HUGE chunk of the views are basically fillers that people are not even noticing.


I'd say google is doing pretty good, and I don't see how they are failing "everywhere else". Even if (for exemple) FB did get more legitimate views than YT, being the second world wide is still pretty decent and nowhere near a failure.

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