Google Search now has much more information on video games

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.

Google has expanded its search engine with the capability to recognize video games. If your query references a game, a new Knowledge Graph panel on the right-hand side of Google’s search results page will offer more information, including the series it belongs to, initial release date, supported platforms, developers, publishers, designers, and even review scores. For those who don’t know, Knowledge Graph is the company’s project for mapping out the real world, be it physical objects, important landmarks, or famous people. It doesn’t just power Web searches; mobile and voice searches tap into it, too. Since the above only shows the Play Store, we searched for “Candy Crush” on the Web and saw that it listed Apple’s App Store as well. We also contacted Google to find out whether it was only keeping track of mobile games. Nope.

By Michio Hasai

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