Don’t cringe when video games are offered in public libraries. In fact, a well-maintained collection just might bring more kids, youth, and young adults into the hallowed halls of a local library than books ever will.
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Editor’s Pick Here are 15 mobile games released this past year that will thrill, delight, and entertain you for weeks and months to come, chosen from an overwhelmingly large number of mobile gaming apps available in both iOS and Android app stores.
Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two is weighed down by poor technical issues, a disjointed story, and too many unfulfilled promises to be as epic or as powerful as it claims.
Fable: The Journey is a true successor to the Fable franchise, including deep story, true humor, tense action, and a surprisingly playable motion-control scheme.
Nights into Dreams HD is a faithful, enhanced upgrade of a beloved title from the 32-bit Sega Saturn console. It is also a frustrating, brutally difficult, and repetitious experience that might not meet the standards of many modern gamers.
LittleBigPlanet Vita becomes something more than the sum of its parts, adding touch control and refined platforming to the vibrant universe the first two games created. This mix of Vita hardware and LittleBigPlanet universe is compelling enough; just wait until the Community world builders get a hold of it.
A surprising amount of card games were shown and played at PAX this year. Here’s a look at some of the more interesting we saw.
What’s a nerd convention without swag?
Journey developer Robin Hunicke clarifies the points from her talk at GDC Europe, providing a more balanced look at her message about creating indie and downloadable games.
Darksiders II offers up melodrama, beautiful environments, and subtle touches that make it worth your gaming time and dollar.
A since-removed Microsoft job listing sets an 18-month timeline for a refresh on several products, including a new Xbox console.
The NPD Group just released its sales numbers for new physical retail and electronic distribution video game sales for the month of July 2012.
Spinning, zooming, creating, zapping and slapping: all in a day’s beta with Little Big Planet Karting.
The creator and original lead developer of Minecraft, Markus “Notch” Persson, takes to Reddit to answer a host of questions from the social news site’s users.
Take on hordes of shambling, inexorable zombies in a moody, 1986 Seattle, but don’t count on great voice acting or stellar dialogue.
Zynga reports increases in overall revenue, users, and advertising business along with some short-term challenges that caused the shortfall in estimates.
New Essenge Engine 3.0 and ColdTech will force players to consider the bitter cold, ice, and snow to complete their battle campaigns.
New documentary The Critical Path includes interviews with the technical and creative talents behind today’s most popular video games.
Tarrnie Williams, president of Roadhouse Interactive, speaks with GamesBeat about newly acquired development company, The Embassy Interactive, and how it will help them bring more free-to-play games to Facebook and mobile platforms.
The new physics puzzler from Kim Swift and her team at Airtight Games is an inspired and pleasant experience with a few flaws and several moments of brilliance.
Learn guitar while playing video games. What’s not to like? Turns out, it depends on how you like to play and learn.
Established and new video game companies are moving to the mobile side of the industry, bowing to the inevitable.
GamesBeat spent some time with this upcoming free to play MMOFPS from Sony Online Entertainment.
Microsoft is working to level up their next operating system, Windows 8, with new gaming features for consumers and developers alike.
You’ve never seen Final Fantasy like this before.
Or so says Chief Operations Officer of Nintendo America, Regi Fils-Aime. After selling 43 million copies of Wii Fit on the original Wii system, Nintendo isn’t resting on their laurels. Showing off their new gaming console, Wii U, and the revolutionary controller, the Wii U Gamepad at Electronic Entertainment Expo this morning, Nintendo treated the audience to a preview of their new title, Wii Fit U, which makes heavy use of the Wii U Game Pad as well as a new item, an keychain-sized module, called the Fit Meter
Usher danced his way onstage at E3 in Los Angeles today to announce Dance Central 3 from Harmonix.
Xbox Music gets previewed at the Microsoft Press conference today.
Nineteen big names in gaming answer the question, “What are you most excited to see at E3 this year?”
Social gaming giant Zynga has connected with credit company American Express to provide a rewards program where users can receive virtual game rewards for using their real-life American Express card.
While more social game players are becoming paying customers, overall spending on social games is down from a year ago, according to market research firm SuperData.
Video game sales fell 42% percent in April, with total industry sales falling to $630.4 million from $930.9 million a year ago, according to market researcher NPD Group. The early Easter holiday this year may have contributed to the lower than expected sales numbers along with a relatively light game release schedule for the month.