The best Black Friday 2017 games deals on Nintendo, PS4, Xbox, and PC

It’s been more than a year since Sony released its PlayStation 4 Pro, and just one month after the release of Microsoft’s similar (but more powerful) Xbox One X. If you’ve been sitting on the sidelines of this particular mid-generation console race, now might be a good time to jump in.

Not only are there are a bunch of good deals on affordable 4K HDR TVs to take advantage of the visual upgrades, but there’s finally a healthy slate of games optimized for the faster, more powerful hardware.

We’ve rounded up the best deals on standard console hardware and PC parts, games, and accessories so you don’t have to comb through those confusing, anachronistic holiday flier PDF files. With Black Friday starting this Thursday on Thanksgiving and…

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Facebook is testing a feature to help you find people to play games with


Facebook is quietly testing a new feature that lets users find other people to play videogames with. Some users have reported seeing a new icon, ‘Find Players,’ in the area used to compose statuses and posts. From what we can tell, this is relatively bare-bones. The things you’d expect from such a feature — like integration with PSN, Steam, or Xbox Live — aren’t present. Instead, you’re prompted to give your team a name, a description, a hashtag, and optionally, a photo. The biggest advantage for this is that it could allow individuals to organize team games for titles that…

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The best mobile games to play while your family watches Thanksgiving football

Thanksgiving is a time to reconnect with loved ones, eat lots of food, and all of that jazz, but once the festivities start to wind down, folks tend to head to the couch to watch whatever football is happening for Turkey Day.

If you find this particular Thanksgiving ritual to be something of a snoozer, or if you prefer to multitask with your post-feast entertainment, we have a few games that are perfect to play so you can look like you’re participating in the family bonding while secretly tuning out. These games are addictive, but light enough that you can pop into conversation and play without sound.

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Google Play Friday Deals: up to 80% off on premium games, 50% off movies

If you don’t like crowds, then Black Friday is not your type holiday. Why don’t you stay at home and play some premium Android games? The Google Play Store is offering discounts of up to 80% on games. Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies, Lego Jurassic World, Don’t Starve: Pocket Edition, Farming Simulator 16 and many others are on sale. You can also catch up with the original Monument Valley. You will also find discounts on hundreds of apps, up to 50% off. Starting tomorrow, you can relax with some music – more specifically 4 months of Google Play for free. Or buy a movie, it’s 50%…

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Tapjoy Holiday Prediction: Mobile Gamers to Install and Play More Games

Three-quarters of mobile gamers say they are likely to download a new game during the holidays.

That’s according to a new study from Tapjoy, which further notes that a majority of gamers are also now more likely to engage with rewarded ads.

Findings from the study were released in a research report titled “The Modern Mobile Gamer: The Marketer’s Guide to Holiday Gaming Trends.”

All told, the report suggests, this holiday season should be a busy one for mobile gamers.

Nearly three-quarters of mobile gamers (72 percent) said they intend to download at least one new game during the upcoming holiday season, while 80 percent reported that they expect to spend more time playing games during the holidays.

“This study validates why the the mobile gaming audience presents such a great opportunity for performance and brand advertisers alike – particularly during the holidays,” said Shannon Jessup, chief revenue officer of Tapjoy. “Mobile gamers are already a uniquely engaged audience, but holiday downtime means that they spend even more time in-app, are more curious to try new games, and are more likely to engage with in-app advertising, making it the perfect time for advertisers to drive value for their campaigns.”

Other key findings from the study include:

  • Mobile gamers will play more hours per day during the holidays. While 8 out of 10 mobile gamers say they’ll play more often during the holiday season, 30 percent estimate they’ll play an additional three or more hours per day. Eleven percent report they’ll play an additional five or more hours per day.
  • Three-quarters of mobile gamers will download a new game. Seventy-two percent of mobile gamers intend to download at least one new game during the holiday season, and nearly half (43 percent) will download two or more games. Twelve percent will download five or more games.
  • Gamers are most likely to download Action titles. Gamers said they were most likely to download Action titles this holiday season, followed by Puzzle games, Adventure games, Strategy games, Simulation games and Casino or Card games.

To learn more, get the report here.

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