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Google Eyeballing Games

Soulskill posted more than 3 years ago | from the world-of-searchcraft dept.

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An anonymous reader tips news of a Google job listing indicating the company's interest in building a gaming division. "The broad job posting requires someone to lead the new venture from designing the user experience, working on partnerships with developers and working with the gaming community." According to the posting, they are "looking for a strategic, technical and game-loving Product Manager to drive Google's gaming strategy. You will design strategies for game distribution and discovery, player identity, game mechanics, and more."

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69 comments

What are the odds? (1)

ciderbrew (1860166) | more than 3 years ago | (#36539582)

Do you think they'll have an off line mode if they make a solo play game? They'll make some form of DRM just to make thinks searchable and show ads.

Re:What are the odds? (4, Informative)

pinkushun (1467193) | more than 3 years ago | (#36539672)

Offline web applications is part of the HTML5 specification: http://www.w3.org/TR/html5/offline.html [w3.org]

Re:What are the odds? (0)

ciderbrew (1860166) | more than 3 years ago | (#36539750)

thankyou

Re:What are the odds? (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 3 years ago | (#36540536)

Further, the browser in Chrome OS has an API for local file access, meaning that you could have save games on local disk. I suspect that the idea is to get games on Chrome OS (some remote-only, some local but with saving to the cloud as well as local disk.)

Re:What are the odds? (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 3 years ago | (#36541082)

Further, the browser in Chrome OS has an API for local file access, meaning that you could have save games on local disk.

How much space is a web application allowed to request for both the game resources (CACHE MANIFEST) and the saved state of the campaign (localStorage)?

Re:What are the odds? (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 3 years ago | (#36541222)

How much space is a web application allowed to request for both the game resources (CACHE MANIFEST) and the saved state of the campaign (localStorage)?

Last I checked, nobody knew. But since the functionality is being used for Google Docs, I would assume that the answer is "as much storage as the device has".

Re:What are the odds? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36544764)

I hope not, unless there's some kind of mandatory user prompt threshold. That's a pretty obvious DOS-attack vector.

Re:What are the odds? (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 3 years ago | (#36553150)

I hope not, unless there's some kind of mandatory user prompt threshold. That's a pretty obvious DOS-attack vector.

Without having actually seen the software in question I imagine they will use signatures for passing basic thresholds and increaseable defaults for other programs. It's a reasonable assumption given the use of certificates in Android. This is pretty much how HTML5 handles the issue, but with certs too. I'd imagine Chrome OS would boot even with a full user volume, but what do I know?

Re:What are the odds? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36540560)

Making sure that all games (and animated graphics) have 10 fps is also part of the html5 specification and seems to be strictly enforced. That would surely have to be a factor in whether or not google adopt this technology for their games...?

Re:What are the odds? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36540140)

It's Google. The games will have a ton of easily fixed problems and the only way you can try to solve them will be going through thousands of pages of people with the same problems. You'll be bound to click on one of the ads in their help pages. Probably an ad for "rope", "bullets", "car exhaust retention", "pills for cheap" and the like. Hopefully you'll realize that the game is searching to fix their crappy coding problems instead of playing the game.

Google really should spend the development money to buy record labels and end the senseless suing. That'll put people's goodwill towards them back on their side as they give Google even more information about themselves.

No publicly traded major record labels (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 3 years ago | (#36540378)

Google really should spend the development money to buy record labels and end the senseless suing.

It wouldn't be as easy as a hostile takeover because none of the four major record labels are distinct publicly traded entities. Sony Music Entertainment is part of Sony Corp, Universal Music Group is part of Vivendi, EMI Group is part of Citigroup, and Warner Music Group is part of Access Industries.

First post (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36539592)

ha ha

A strange game... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36539606)

The only winning move is not to play. How about a nice game of chess?

Pick me! (3, Insightful)

Mitsoid (837831) | more than 3 years ago | (#36539616)

Gaming company + Google = sign me up... Though I'd never get in :-(

Re:Pick me! (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 3 years ago | (#36539822)

That's the kind of attitude that ensures you won't :p it's the kind of attitude that led to me not doing my final year project in fact, then it turned out if I'd just asked they would have switched me to the project I wanted since the guy who got the project I wanted switched to something else. I was rather pissed off.

Re:Pick me! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36541296)

You and me both, buddy. Back in high school, I wanted some pussy so bad (badly? poorly? whatever!). If I had just asked for it, I probably would have been dick deep in it (most girls like to fuck more than most guys do, they're just a bit more selective about it and don't need to beg). Anyhow, instead of asking a girl for some ass, I hung out with my friends and we butt fucked. I didn't really enjoy it but after a while I got used to it. Senior year, freshman chicks would throw themselves at me but I was too busy having lemon parties with my friends to notice!

Re:Pick me! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36539884)

I thought the same thing.... I applied as a lark, and when I heard from the recruiter, I thought "well, this isn't going to go anywhere."

At the phone screen, it was the same. For the on-site interview, I thought "I might as well enjoy the trip and the free lunch, because they're never going to hire me."

I was pleasantly surprised when I got an offer (which I immediately accepted before they could change their minds). Once I started working there, I discovered that many of my colleagues had similar experiences.

So, the moral of the story is, if you're interested, apply, because you never know how it will turn out.

Re:Pick me! (1)

tehcyder (746570) | more than 3 years ago | (#36542290)

So, the moral of the story is, if you're interested, apply, because you never know how it will turn out.

Google are an advertising company looking for staff, not the Second Coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ recruiting for disciples.

Get over yourselves.

Re:Pick me! (2)

mlush (620447) | more than 3 years ago | (#36539910)

You'll be fine just remember in the interview when Google when they ask "Are you Evil?" don't answer yes

Re:Pick me! (2)

nschubach (922175) | more than 3 years ago | (#36540050)

I replied "Chaotic Evil mostly."

I guess that's why they never called me back.

Re:Pick me! (1)

sorak (246725) | more than 3 years ago | (#36540530)

You'll be fine just remember in the interview when Google when they ask "Are you Evil?" don't answer yes

When they ask "are you evil", show them a booklet with 50,000 pages saying "yes, he's evil", 100,000 pages saying "no he's not", and 2 million pages saying "Is he Evil? Click here to answer..."

Re:Pick me! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36546092)

"Of course I'm evil, I'm Customer Service!"

Re:Pick me! (2)

Hazel Bergeron (2015538) | more than 3 years ago | (#36540590)

Google today are Microsoft tomorrow. If you have some good ideas, get to work on them yourself. It's more challenging but your work won't be subsumed by a corporate vision which in Google's case comes down to making a lot of money for shareholders by selling targeted ad space. And remember that the pursuit of happiness involves a journey, not a destination.

There's street cred but no great progress being a grunt in the cool gang. You're passionate: let it carry you.

Re:Pick me! (1)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 3 years ago | (#36541496)

Paul Graham, I believe, has advocated not hiring engineers/programmers but rather buying up start up companies that demonstrate interesting ideas and technical abilities. Google, Apple, and Microsoft all buy companies (or hire open source developers) for talent rather than products. Hell, a friend of mine got rejected in a google interview, started a hobby project, and was bought out by google 3 months later.

Re:Pick me! (0)

tehcyder (746570) | more than 3 years ago | (#36542320)

And remember that the pursuit of happiness involves a journey, not a destination.

How about if your destination is a boat full of drugs, hookers and cash?

Next: World domination (1)

emilknievel (2280948) | more than 3 years ago | (#36539632)

Well, there we go. I really wonder when they will enter the movie business, inevitable as it is.

Street view (4, Interesting)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 3 years ago | (#36539634)

Google street view would make a great MMO, particularly with augumented reality through android phones.

Re:Street view (2)

alostpacket (1972110) | more than 3 years ago | (#36539740)

Only on Slashdot can I read a comment like that and think, "yeah, that's a pretty cool idea!" While simultaneously thinking, "holy crap we all need to get outside and interact with real people more often."

Re:Street view (1)

JasterBobaMereel (1102861) | more than 3 years ago | (#36540148)

..these are the two reasons most of us read Slashdot ...

Cool stuff

Reminders we should not be like most of the people on Slashdot ...

Re:Street view (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 3 years ago | (#36540400)

While simultaneously thinking, "holy crap we all need to get outside and interact with real people more often."

One advantage of video games over real world interaction is that video games alone don't have real-world physical violence with irreversible effects.

Re:Street view (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 3 years ago | (#36540498)

The whole point of a VRG or an ARG is that you get outside and interact with real people. Only on slashdot would someone be so rabid to make first relevant post that they miss the point entirely.

Re:Street view (1)

alostpacket (1972110) | more than 3 years ago | (#36540962)

I think you misread my post as serious! Seriously!

Re:Street view (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 3 years ago | (#36544364)

I think you misread my post as serious! Seriously!

I think you misread your post as funny! Hilariously!

Re:Street view (1)

alostpacket (1972110) | more than 3 years ago | (#36546942)

Jeeze dude, way to kill levity. I think you need a trip outside more than most. :)

Re:Street view (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36539944)

Combine that with their always popular "Find Free Pr0n" game, and there will be nothing else left to do.

Re:Street view (1)

Jamu (852752) | more than 3 years ago | (#36540200)

I hope they take the Google Earth flight sim and give that some love. Release it as a standalone product.

Re:Street view (1)

tehcyder (746570) | more than 3 years ago | (#36542354)

Google street view would make a great MMO, particularly with augumented reality through android phones.

Yes, games that run at 2 fps are my favourite.

Re:Street view (1)

witherstaff (713820) | more than 3 years ago | (#36543642)

Grand Theft Street View could be fun. Although with craigslist no longer having the adult section how are we going to find hookers for health?

Angry Birds (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36539654)

...now with the Chromium dimension!

GGT (4, Insightful)

pinkushun (1467193) | more than 3 years ago | (#36539680)

My Predictions:
- a Google Gaming Toolkit for making games on their platform.
- host your games on their infrastructure just like they do with Google App Engine.
- social networking built into games linked via Buzz, Wave, and your Google account.
- Profit!

Re:GGT (1)

c0lo (1497653) | more than 3 years ago | (#36539848)

My Predictions: - a Google Gaming Toolkit for making games on their platform. - host your games on their infrastructure just like they do with Google App Engine. - social networking built into games linked via Buzz, Wave, and your Google account. - Profit!

I bet you're right. TFS

"looking for a strategic, technical and game-loving Product Manager to drive Google's gaming strategy. You will design strategies for game distribution and discovery, player identity, game mechanics, and more."

Re:GGT (1)

rumith (983060) | more than 3 years ago | (#36540434)

I believe you are mostly correct, except that Google has not one, but two platforms - Android and Chrome/HTML5. Also, Buzz and Wave have gone the way of dodo, so whatever social product will be used (if any), it's likely something that isn't yet available.

Re:GGT (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36540992)

Awesome. These days we're seeing more and more ways for the single entrepreneur to make money without having to work a day job or go to an office.

Re:GGT (1)

lance_of_the_apes (2300548) | more than 3 years ago | (#36542322)

I'd be curious to see what kinds of games we're talking about. Social games or triple A?

update their "about us" page then? (1)

conark (871314) | more than 3 years ago | (#36539692)

i think it's time Google finally updates their page describing whom they are. i think they should be perceived an engineering firm rather than just a search engine appliance (or more specifically "the thing that organizes all information"). most likely, people are in agreement implicitly about that, but it feels that they need to explicitly come out and say that are focused on engineering problems. that little bit of perception probably will go a longer way for them.

Their previous experience was successful (1)

gmuslera (3436) | more than 3 years ago | (#36539700)

Maybe this [google.com] is still receiving enough visits to make them think that would be profitable.

Re:Their previous experience was successful (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36543428)

All of their widgets could qualify as games or features inside of games. Leveraging Google's core capital - breadth of observation - could result in reactive in-game content presented through mini-game devices instead of outright advertising.

Social becomes simple with a few interesting widgets. A guitar shop where you can pick out the latest rock single and twist a couple oscillator knobs, trade gear (custom modules), or attend streamed events would fit right in with the evolution of gaming.

Anyhow, I don't see anyone making another Second Life and click arcades seem saturated.

In support of the Pacman concept, I find simple reflex games are flat out fun. Snippet or portal style look-ins never seem to go out of style, either.

Speaking of which - I always know people that are into aquarium desktops/screen-savers even if they don't have aquariums... whoever gets this job should dress up the submarine applet with controls on fish generation, depth, fauna, etc.. and make it a more fully realized environment... Not really a game, but it plays to the same fix and will keep the division from being viewed as simple habit tracking mill.

TELL THEM TO STOP OR THEY'LL GO BLIND !! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36539762)

Google, always out fucking up something !!

Confused (1)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 3 years ago | (#36539764)

I already thought "Google" was a game.

Re:Confused (1)

nyctopterus (717502) | more than 3 years ago | (#36544192)

No, it is gamed. Different things.

Another Swat at Facebook? (0)

Bieeanda (961632) | more than 3 years ago | (#36539784)

I suspect this is another attempt at tying social networking into their data mining, rather than anything elaborate like a Steam-alike or diving into AAA title development. Rather, something that can easily plug into iGoogle (does anyone actually use that?) and very likely designed to play nicely with typical Android phone form factors, with an eye toward collaborative gaming. They tried the stick approach with Buzz, and got swatted for it. This time they'd be offering to trade pretty Farmville sprites for your social network data.

Re:Another Swat at Facebook? (1)

lance_of_the_apes (2300548) | more than 3 years ago | (#36542754)

Possibly true and if so, that is a lot less interesting.

Slightly different hiring criteria in this div (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36539854)

We're going to need to see your college transcript.

Electrical engineering 3.96 GPA? Wow you must've been a barrel of laughs to spend four years of college like that, with all the creativity of a concrete post. Sorry, you're not hired.

On a Related Note... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36539936)

Anyone else get the sneaky suspicion that this may be related to yesterday's news that an unknown buyer has offered PopCap $1B USD for the company?

Re:On a Related Note... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36540654)

shhhhhhhhhhh, the fact that Flash has almost completely taken over and now dominates computer games isn't mentioned around here.

(it really really upsets some people when they hear stuff about the real world).

As one said (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36540030)

Everything that rises must converge.

Not Surprised (2)

tbannist (230135) | more than 3 years ago | (#36540156)

I don't find this at all surprising. With the growing convergence between consoles, portable gamin, and cell phones it seems inevitable that Google will have to get in on the action. I'm not sure where they're going to go from this, but I could easily see a Google console eventually. It could be used to drive GoogleTV adoption and could be a hub for gaming on Android devices, thus working to promote Android as well . They are also likely to be looking at first party games for Android as killer apps to drive market share.

It's a pretty obvious next step, really. I don't know if it will succeed, games and game consoles are a very different business, and unless they are looking at producing an open gaming platform (Chrome Console?) it'll be very different from almost everything Google has done up until now.

Re:Not Surprised (1)

Krneki (1192201) | more than 3 years ago | (#36540418)

For now, whatever they did was the most open platform you could put your hands on. They might not be an open source company, but they are quite open.

Re:Not Surprised (1)

yarnosh (2055818) | more than 3 years ago | (#36541940)

Wow, and I thought that building a laptop that could only run a web browser was dumb. A game console that only runs Chrome. Now that's just absurd. ;-)

My bet (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36540170)

Massive Multiplayer Online Search Engine!

Popcap Games (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36540234)

Wasn't there a mysterious company that was floating an offer to Popcap for one billion dollars? Do we know any companies that can afford something like that?

hmmmmmm (2)

james_van (2241758) | more than 3 years ago | (#36540278)

hmmmmmmmmm, not sure how i feel about this.

BRB (1)

silentcoder (1241496) | more than 3 years ago | (#36540794)

making a resume...

In game advertising (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36540860)

More games with advertising inside them. joy.

Kevin Butler (1)

daboochmeister (914039) | more than 3 years ago | (#36541116)

Perfect for them ... and he's probably looking for a job right about now.

A game suggestion I just made to the Virgle list (1)

Paul Fernhout (109597) | more than 3 years ago | (#36543372)

http://groups.google.com/group/virgle/msg/1c59bf9a35454b51 [google.com]

Basically, one could write educational games for Android (like on understanding socioeconics), and in three years, when people replace their current Android phones, the used phones could go to materially poor nations for kids there to learn from all the free educational software.

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FTFY (1)

mick129 (126225) | more than 3 years ago | (#36561280)

Google is an advertising company. I think you meant: Google gaming eyeballs
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