Once known for demos shown to partners and press, E3 has opened its doors to fans. AFP / Frederic J. BROWN
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The lone gamer appeared to be a dying breed Tuesday at a premier industry event as play took to the cloud where contenders join forces or face off as foes. Industry insiders and game lovers thronged to the premier Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) show floor that opened in Los Angeles Tuesday for peeks at hot titles set for release in the year ahead.The advent of streaming games Netflix style from the internet cloud promised to fuel those trends, tapping into the power of data centers to let countless people play simultaneously in shared worlds or tune in to watch.The power of data centers will allow artificial intelligence to be put to work making game worlds richer in streamed services.Never-ending games mean relentless work for real people working in studios.Microsoft's strategy for supplying fresh content for its subscription game service included ramping up its stable of in-house game studios to 14 .Along with Google's Stadia game streaming service, Microsoft is also building on its Xbox success with an xCloud service.
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