Chrome Experiment’s ‘Cube Slam’ lets you smash your friends ‘Pong’-style via video

cubeslam

Do you miss Pong? Do you have the Chrome browser? Yesterday, Google released a game called Cube Slam as its latest Chrome Experiments. The newest game Google’s Roll It Skee-Ball, Cube Slam’s built with WebRTC, which lets you conduct video chats without needing to install any plug-ins. Whether you play with a friend or against the computer, it’s a fun way to relive an old school arcade game with new school technology.

When you play with a friend, video chat is enabled so you can see your opponent as if you were on opposing sides of a ping pong table. You can chat during the game or between rounds while watching the monochromatic forest and hills around the arena. There’s even a group of friendly (?) bears watching the game. If you’re short on friends, Bob the Bear steps in as the computer opponent. 

The game works like this: use the left and right arrow keys to move the bar at the bottom of the screen. Hit the cube with the bar to try and smash your opponent’s screen three times. There are bonuses and obstacles that appear on the playing field to navigate the cube around, too, making the game more difficult than it seems at first. Hit your opponent’s screen three times and it shatters into a mess of cubes. Get hit three times and your screen flickers and melts.

The idea behind Cube Slam is to show how the WebRTC commands work in the context of game. Specifically, Cube Slam is the first game to use the RTCDataChannel command, which transfers data via a peer-to-peer network to keep the game in sync. Offline play is available against Bob the Bear as a downloadable Chrome app, which is accessible on your desktop and on your phone or tablet. Google says it’s planning on releasing a mobile version of the game later this year. 

Try it out with your friends at cubeslam.com and let us know what you think!

Photography

Forget painting-style transfers, this A.I. creates realistic portraits of fake people

Do these images look computer-generated? Nvidia researchers recently published a paper on a new variation on style transfer artificial intelligence that's able to generate entirely new portraits.
Movies & TV

The best new movie trailers: ‘Godzilla,’ Brightburn,’ ‘Triple Frontier,’ and more

Everyone loves a good trailer, but keeping up with what's new isn't easy. That's why we round up the best ones for you. This week, it's the first trailers for Brightburn and Triple Frontier, among other previews.
Home Theater

The best Dolby Atmos movies for your home theater sound as good as they look

If you've got your hands on some sweet Dolby Atmos gear, the next step is to find films that take advantage of it. These are our picks in every genre for the best Dolby Atmos movies currently available on Blu-ray and streaming services.
Gaming

Everything about 'Red Dead Online', including its new microtransaction store

Red Dead Online will gradually rolled out to Red Dead Redemption 2 players via a beta. We've got all the details about the beta's suite of competitive and cooperative modes, as well as what to expect going forward.
Gaming

Trash at 'Super Smash Bros. Ultimate'? Use this guide to train up and get good

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the biggest game in the entire series, and it can be overwhelming for newcomers not used to the universe-colliding fighting game. Here's what you need to know when you're starting.
Computing

Leaked HP laptop listing reveals entry-level Nvidia MX250 GPU

Alongside powerful graphics cards, Nvidia may have more mobile GPUs to show off at next year's CES show in January. The MX250 has been spotted in a listing for an HP laptop, potentially replacing the entry-level MX150.
Computing

ZSpace’s laptop brings education to life with its own 3D technology

The ZSpace laptop wants to overhaul education and training by offering affordable access to 3D mixed reality through a bespoke screen and glasses technology that is already supported by a wide array of applications.
Computing

Former Microsoft intern claims Google may have sabotaged Edge browser

Google's Chrome web browser has been able to establish such dominance that Microsoft is abandoning its web rendering engine, switching Edge over to Chromium, but did Google play dirty in an attempt to force Microsoft to make the decision?
Computing

ViewSonic’s 1080p gaming monitor lets you experience the action in style

ViewSonic is catering to gamers with its latest monitor, the XG240R. Featuring a 1080p 144Hz panel, RGB lighting, and a fast 1ms response time, you can conquer your opponents and do it in style.
Computing

Here’s why you might still be using Wi-Fi after cellular 5G launches

Cellular 5G might be around the corner and promising to deliver lightning fast speeds, but the folks over at the Wi-Fi Alliance have a few reasons why they think you shouldn't dump Wi-Fi just yet.
Computing

Pinning websites to your taskbar is as easy as following these quick steps

Would you like to know how to pin a website to the taskbar in Windows 10 in order to use browser links like apps? Whichever browser you're using, it's easier than you might think. Here's how to get it done.
Computing

Detangle your desk with a mighty wireless mouse. Here are our six favorites

If you're looking for the best wireless mouse on the market, we've got the list for you!. These six models have something for everyone, whether you're a hardcore gamer or simply looking to ward off carpal tunnel.
Web

Canceling Amazon Prime is easy, and you might get a refund

Don't be intimidated. Learning how to cancel Amazon Prime is easier than you might think. You might even get a partial or full refund on the cost, depending on how much you've used it. Check out our quick-hit guide for doing so.
Computing

Convert your PDFs into convenient Word documents

PDF files are great, but few document types are as malleable as those specific to Microsoft Word. Here's how to convert a PDF file into a Word document, whether you prefer to use Adobe's software suite or a freemium alternative.