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Google adds video games to its Knowledge Graph

Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

Google the title of a video game — yes, even Neverdead! — and now you'll see a thumbnail description of the game, including its Metacritic rating, release date and images, on the right of the page. That's because Google's "Knowledge Graph" has updated to include a vast database of games.

"Knowledge Graph" is Google's database, begun in 2012, that enhances the search results with information culled from a wide variety of sources. Films and books are two examples. Instead of Googling "Assassin's Creed Unity release date" (which is the kind of thing I do a lot), and maybe going to a Wikipedia page to determine when it launches, Knowledge Base will bring that up on the name alone.

See? It even works for "Ride to Hell: Retribution"!

Incorporating games into Knowledge Graph means they can be voice searched on Android devices, too. Video games have been added into the Knowledge Graph for North America and several European countries, but this feature is not available in all regions yet.

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