Welcome to another GamesBeat weekly roundup! This time, we look at the history of Alien games and Halo’s developers pick their favorite maps of all time, and we’re helping our readers get into the Evolve alpha.

Happy reading, and have a great weekend!

Pieces of flair and opinion

DeanBeat: Months after the Facebook-Oculus deal, virtual reality meetups have become the new rage

Why I left the games business for the enterprise cloud

How one person collected more than 5,000 games — and why he’s selling them

Super Smash Bros. for 3DS: Tips for playing the new characters

Skylanders: Trap Team vs. Disney Infinity 2.0: A guide for your kid’s toy box

Games of the Alien series, Part 2: The ‘must play’ edition

This video argues that Super Smash Bros. exists entirely in an autistic child’s mind

Halo: The Master Chief Collection developers and execs pick their favorite Halo maps of all time

Games of the Alien franchise, Part 1: The bad, the canceled, and the weirdly cool

How Square Enix learned to embrace crowdfunding

10 interactive loading screens that actually don’t suck

10 of the best console games you’ll probably never get to play (gallery)

Just some of the new characters in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS.

Above: Just some of the new characters in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS.

Image Credit: GamesBeat


Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire let you fly on the backs of pocket monsters

GameStop is pushing its credit card with ‘preapproved’ email offers and in-store associates

Ubisoft elaborates on Assassin’s Creed: Unity’s recent resolution controversy

Minecraft comes to PlayStation Vita next week (at least in Europe)

This video argues that Destiny’s Iron Banner mode is a lie

Brad Pitt’s Fury blasts onto World of Tanks today as premium paid content

Evolve alpha starts this month: Want in? Use our code

Arena shooter Reflex pulled from Kickstarter — will reboot as Early Access project

Sleepy Giant suffers layoffs as it ends work on Disney Infinity, Elder Scrolls Online, and more

Chipmaker AMD taps Lisa Su as its first female CEO

Driveclub PlayStation Plus edition held back as online servers struggle

Wii U’s GameCube controller will support more than just Smash Bros. [updated]

Consumer Oculus Rift is ‘more than a few months’ out as designers make it more comfy

Valve spinoff Technical Illusions shows off its Google Glass competitor (interview)

Nvidia’s Maxwell graphics chips for laptops can beat some powerful gaming desktops

This video argues that Super Smash Bros. exists entirely in an autistic child’s mind

Cyan cuts deal with Legendary to create a TV series based on Myst

Microsoft formally launches Project Spark so players can create their own games

Ubisoft: ‘We did not lower the specs for Assassin’s Creed: Unity’ on PS4 because of Xbox One

Nvidia wins first round in move to block Samsung mobile devices from entering U.S.

Assassin’s Creed: Unity is 900p and 30 fps on PS4 and Xbox One to ‘avoid all the debates’

Plex app for Xbox One lets you stream your own videos

Microsoft’s RoomAlive turns your living room into a giant interactive game

Xbox One has already sold more in China than in Japan

Kim Kardashian's game for smartphones and tablets.

Above: Kim Kardashian’s game for smartphones and tablets.

Image Credit: Glu Mobile

Mobile and social

Can 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick outrun the Seahawks’ in Temple Run 2?

Kim Kardashian: Hollywood publisher releases the first free-to-play Diner Dash

After 6 months of testing, Zynga finally launches its critical mobile game New Words with Friends

With Best Fiends, another new Finnish developer hopes to ride lovable characters to success

Mobile developer Storm8 picks up two of Zynga’s top creative minds

Native ads in mobile games can work … if developers play ball

Cloudcade raises $1.55M for mid-core mobile game studio with a global focus

Candy Crush Saga, not PS4 or Xbox One, dominates ads on the airwaves

RNTS Media acquires Fyber for $190M to create a global mobile-advertising technology company [update]

Get Visa mobile game will teach you about the crazy immigration system

SGN unveils official mobile game for The Book of Life animated film

Kim Kardashian: Hollywood’s leap to Facebook puts it in front of the right audience


Chaos and density reign in Assassin’s Creed Unity (preview)


Driveclub is fast, finicky, and difficult — and it’s the best racer for PlayStation 4 (review)