Is the Wii U really a next-gen game console?

The industry has commonly referred to Nintendo's upcoming Wii U as the first of the next-generation consoles; however, this moniker is up for much speculation in light of the current console market.

3 reasons not to buy games (right away)

In this fast-paced, hustle-and-bustle world of ours, a lot of people are afraid of being left behind. I'm often worried that I'll be at a party and people will start talking about Lost, and I won't have anything to add because I've only seen like 10 minutes of that show. But then I remember that the odds of that very specific situation arising are pretty low, and I don't get invited to parties, anyway.

5 very memorable video game deaths

Life in a video game is cheap. Odds are you bite it on a fairly regular basis just bopping through the campaign. Your character explodes in a shower of meaty parts or he simply ragdolls, letting out a manly, yet shrill scream. But then the game resets, you’re up again, and everything’s back to normal. Certain death averted, however many tries it takes.

Why free to play is not a death knell for MMOs

In the past few years, the massively multiplayer-online market has looked congested at best. And the harsh reality is that unless your MMO is based on an established property or series such as Warcraft or Star Wars, your chances of even making back production costs are very low when using the traditional subscription model.

These Minecraft-themed 3D-printed figures are fantastic

You can buy all the weird Minecraft-related clothing you want (including a three creeper moon T-shirt), but finding more game-accurate items is actually a bit of a challenge. Well, one generous person with the time and patience to run a 3D printer is now selling little figures based off of iconic Minecraft creatures and characters from a noteable Let's Play video series.

People still don’t understand where OUYA fits in

The phrase "OUYA launch game" kinda weirds me out. That is like calling Guild Wars II a launch game for the PC I'm building right now. A lot of casual observers and even veteran journalists still don't seem to understand what the OUYA is. Everyone's trying to fit this new piece of hardware into an old paradigm that just doesn't work.   My PC analogy doesn't really work either. The OUYA isn't like a Windows beige box, but it also isn't like an indie-only version of an Xbox 360. It's a Kindle Fire.    The Kindle Fire is Amazon's 7-inch Android tablet. The device runs a modified version of the Google operating system that only allows access to Amazon's Appstore.    OUYA is doing something very similar. Both machines run on modified versions of the Android OS. Both have their proprietary app marketplace. Both are inexpensive compared to competing products.    Only unlike the Fire, the OUYA probably won't close off access to other app stores. That's what the company means when it says its console will be "open."    On most Android devices, installing a separate program is just about as easy as installing a .exe file on Windows. That's the only way that you can currently install the Amazon Appstore on non-Amazon devices. Google isn't going to host a competitor market in the Play store, but it won't stop you from installing it if that's what you really want.    Amazon took Android and closed it down. OUYA brags that it'll do the opposite.      If that's true, then nothing should prevent OUYA owners from downloading every game on the Play store on day one with the system. Sure, the majority of those games aren't optimized to work with a physical controller, but quite a few are. A while back, Sony released its PlayStation-branded Xperia Play, which featured a slide-out controller. A handful of high-profile games support that phone despite it not being a huge success.     If a game supports the Xperia Play (or a bluetooth controller), then it will very likely support the OUYA game pad.    Minecraft: Pocket Edition supports the Xperia Play. The next time someone tries to say that the OUYA doesn't have Minecraft, simply smile and let them know that you'll be playing it on day one. Minecraft may not be on the OUYA-branded market, but "open and hackable" means that doesn't matter.    Left 4 Dead 2 isn't on the Games For Windows Live marketplace, but that doesn't mean you can't play it on your Windows machine. That's crazy, and yet that is what people are suggesting here. It shows a fundamental misunderstanding of this product.     So the OUYA is built like a Kindle Fire that operates on the principles of a PC with a console controller and a smartphone app store. Where does something like that fit in?    If it's successful, then it will be recognized forever as the next phase of dedicated gaming. If it's a failure, then it will be forgotten as a missing link in the medium's evolutionary path. Either way, it's one step ahead of everything else. 

Shooting bots helped my students think

It made them think about how to achieve their goal of winning the game, but I digress.

The film 300, re-created inside Skyrim

300 was a film famous for stylized battles. Skyrim is a game that has plenty of fighting, but it would probably be safer to call its battles slow, clunky, and repetitive. Maybe the nicer word for it would be "methodical." So I'm a bit surprised that someone was able to replicate the epic scenes of 300 inside Skyim (with the help of a few mods, of course). You can see the video for yourself below.