Microsoft confirmed today that it will not show any new Xbox hardware at the video game industry’s big E3 trade show in June.
Peter Relan wants to build a mobile gaming empire, one app at a time. The chief executive of CrowdStar and chairman of game incubator YouWeb has pivoted from Facebook games to mobile games in a big way. His company formed a mobile game studio and has focused so far on making games for girls and young female teens.
Life under GameStop’s ownership has been good for Kongregate, one of the largest destinations for free indie games on the internet. But the changes that are rippling through the game industry are also buffeting both Kongregate and GameStop, the world’s largest operator of game retail stores.
Editor's Pick Too often, I flit from one conference to another like a wayward butterfly, trying to catch up with all the news. But the Game Developers Conference is one of my favorite events of the year because it places such a high value on creativity in the game industry. It is fitting to dwell upon it and to figure out what this year’s conference in San Francisco, which ended Friday March 9, was all about.
As of this writing, the temperature outside is 77 degrees. It's Nebraska, though, so that means that we can expect a storm to dump several feet of snow on us sometime in the next month or so. Maybe I'll finally get to start Mass Effect 2.
Thousands of video game developers, students, and journalists made the pilgrimage to San Francisco's Moscone Center last week for the Game Developers Conference. Solid crowds constantly travel from one building to the next during the week-long event. You’d be hard-pressed to avoid seeing a GDC attendee within a five-mile radius of the convention center.
It seems like every game these days gets a limited-edition version at launch. Sometimes the extra goodies are nothing more than a download code, but no matter how big or small the set is, getting one means paying $10-50 more than the standard MSRP.
The technology behind today's video-game consoles and computers lets designers create fantastical, breathtaking environments. But if you're like me, what you really want to see are old, sprite-based characters doing their thing in real-life backdrops.
Editor’s Pick I’ll be honest with you. I did not finish Defenders of Ardania for this review — and I have no intention to. Nothing short of a loaded bazooka to my head will make me go back to this ugly, boring mess of a tower-defense strategy game.
Online game sites saw a bit of a shakeup today. News Corp.’s IGN Entertainment laid off some staff, and CBS Interactive acquired game review site Giant Bomb.
Call of Duty Elite is turning out to be a highly engaging social network for hardcore fans of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. The online social network now has more than 670,000 clans, or groups of players who team up in multiplayer battles, according to Activision Blizzard’s Beachhead Studio leader Chacko Sonny (pictured center).
Electronic Arts has taken one of its biggest game franchises and launched it as a free-to-play game. Command & Conquer Tiberium Alliances is now available in open beta as a web-based game.
Editor's Pick It’s just a cute little zombie game, but it could be the start of something big.
Amazon is celebrating the first anniversary of its Android Appstore launch by putting a bunch of its most popular titles on sale. The company revealed that it now sports 31,000 apps on the store, up from 4,000 at launch, and that customers have purchased millions of apps.
Blizzard Entertainment plans to release its long-awaited Diablo III fantasy action role-playing game on May 15.
Callaway Digital Arts has built a name for itself as a maker of interactive mobile apps for children. Now it’s inked a deal to make three new apps in a partnership with Sesame Street.
If you need a new way to tell the world that you’re a gamer, online T-shirt retailer Shirt.Woot is having a sale on nerdy apparel. Though the company usually sells each shirt design for one-day-only periods, they’re bringing out some old video game-inspired prints for their Arcade Attire promotion. It runs through Sunday, March 18.
PixyKids has raised $3 million to develop its social platform for kids ages six to 12. It is built on the idea that kids want to socialize, even though they’re too young for Facebook.
If you look closely at just about everything written on Bitmob right now, it’s easy to see everyone on the staff suffering to get back to Mass Effect 3. It’s a cruel universe that takes you away from ME3 to write about ME3. Damn you, universe.
Parody Twitter accounts are a popular way for people to satirize their favorite celebrities, superheroes, and political figures, but this may be the first time one has inspired its own indie game jam.
The recent Twitter conversation among games journalists and the exploitation of unpaid writers is painfully relevant for a volunteer like me. It caused those like us to take a hard look at our own writing and weigh the benefits of "free exposure” on sites like Bitmob.
I announced some time back that The Warcraft Hero would be coming to an end. I can now tell you that only two comics remain after this one. Conveniently, that will mark the 100th edition of my silly lttle cartoon. I do love round numbers.
Zynga, the largest maker of social games on Facebook, has filed papers to raise $400 million in a secondary public offering. The money will go to shareholders.
You know how sometimes your neighbor gets a puppy, and it's all cute for a while, but then it grows up into a big dog that never barks, especially when they leave their balcony door open and have company over and you're trying to write News Blips?
Double Fine Productions ended its campaign on crowd-funding site Kickstarter today, raising $3.3 million from more than 87,000 donors. But gamers can keep on giving.
I love the Game Developer's Conference. If E3 (the Electronic Entertainment Expo) is Las Vegas flash and hustle, GDC is the thinking gamer's conference. People talk more. Ideas get more airtime and more debate. And the games on display don't have $30 million budgets behind them, so they have to bring a little something different to the table.
Acer has begun selling its Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3-581TG Ultrabook(thin laptop) — the first Ultrabook that has a stand-alone graphics chip in addition to the integrated graphics in the laptop’s Intel chip. That means the new computer will be thin and light yet still able to run outstanding graphics in games such as Battlefield 3.
Scalpers are a serious problem when you want to purchase collectibles, video games, and toys. They build their entire web enterprises around buying up limited stock then extorting the rest from desperate consumers.