GenieKnows.com Tuesday unveiled a search engine that focuses on providing video game players with results ranging from gamer reviews, blogs, news, discussion groups and how-to guides.
The GenieKnowsGames engine uses focused crawling and ranking algorithms to streamline search results to provide the best results for game-specific requests, the Halifax, Nova Scotia-based company said.
“Our programmers were frustrated with other search engines where a search term like NBA all star would produce 100 sports stories on Kobe Bryant,” said Mark Harper, vice president of strategic relations at Halifax-based IT Interactive Services Inc., parent company of GenieKnows.com. “With our technology, you get the game-related results you’re looking for, like whether Nintendo Wii will let you shoot fadeaways in your living room.”
The new site, which was created by GenieKnows programmers who are video game enthusiast, is targeted at creating a community for the almost 50 per cent of U.S. households that own a game console. A Canadian sample was not taken. Other gamers, Harper added, are the best resource for a user “wondering whether you should splurge on Grand Theft Auto IV or stick with the original and just enjoy getting chased by the police.”