We all frown upon video games based on movies mercilessly (and with good reason), but titles adapted from TV shows are no better. Try to stomach the following images of television "stars" turned into 2D piles of blocky excrement.
Video game sales fell 20 percent in February, with total industry sales falling to $1.06 billion from $1.33 billion a year ago, according to market researcher NPD Group.
Gaikai is announcing today it has signed up another partner — Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment — for its game-streaming business where it embeds instantly playable game demos in the web sites of its publishing partners.
I don’t think that too many people can say they own a Nintendo Powerplay Saturday Champion necklace. It’s made of aluminum and has a bunch of shiny, plastic jewels embedded in it. Even though it feels solid in your hand, this accessory isn’t worth anything close to the rapper chains it’s modeled after. To me, however, its true value comes from the story behind it.
Mass Effect 3 only just came in the mail, but I’m going to write these blips anyway. Not because I used up all my Bitmob sick days for Skyrim, but because I used up all my vacation days for Skyrim. I used up all my sick days for a Toddlers and Tiaras marathon.
The world economy wouldn’t be in such terrible shape if everyone just played more RPGs. Even the most mundane entry in the genre can teach way more about handling money than any fancy college course you only took to satisfy your parents. You just need to understand that a spikey haired douche with a giant sword knows more about managing gil than you do with real dollars.
Here’s the key to creating a survival-genre game: deprivation. Just take stuff away. That’s it. I’ll rip through an entire mag to nail one Modern Warfare terrorist, but if I’ve got one shotgun shell to last me through half a level, I don’t pull the trigger without a very compelling reason.
Epic Games did a demo today of Unreal Engine 3 running in the Adobe Flash environment. That means games with good 3D graphics will be able to run in web browsers and inside sites such as Facebook without requiring a user to download the game first.
Heyzap is launching a new applications programming interface (API) for its development tools for its social mobile gaming network that will deliver a lot more data on game usage.
Hey…did you notice what the Mass Effect 3 demo did?
Electronic Arts announced tonight that it will ship Medal of Honor Warfighter, the next installment in its modern combat game series, this fall.
Within the year, Google will turn its different game platforms into a single, unified platform that developers can more easily target. That’s the promise made today by Punit Soni (pictured second from right), group product manager for the company’s Google+ social layer.
I'm a sucker for video game documentaries, but a shocking few exist. King of Kong is probably the most notable and accessible piece to date, but I prefer watching more historical work.
Electronic Arts announced tonight that it will bring the beloved franchise SimCity back with a new game scheduled for launch in 2013.
If you think you got a tough job, try deciphering some game-industry speak. Developers can say a whole lot of nothing and still sound great while doing it. Case in point: Check out the various quotes below from Halo 4 developer 343 Industries. These guys can talk. These guys can tease. And if you’re a hardcore Halo fan, these guys can even get you excited. But what are they really saying??
The ante in the casino game market is getting bigger and bigger. Big Fish Games is announcing today it has acquire mobile casino game developer Self Aware Games and its parent company Social Concepts.
X-Com: UFO Defense, a strategy game from the early ’90s, is a sort of enigma. Although the original is revered as a masterstroke in design, every stab at a sequel or spiritual successor has fallen short. What about the X-Com formula is so elusive?
When I spoke with Jake Solomon, lead designer for Firaxis Games’ XCOM: Enemy Unknown (a “reimagining” of the original), that question weighed heavily on my mind.
Alex St. John is back. The former president of social network Hi5 sold off the struggling service to Tagged in December. But now he is starting a new site, Magi.com, that uses many of the same ideas that were meant to boost social games on Hi5.
Mass Effect 3 comes out in a few hours. Now my only problem is sneaking out enough time to actually play this thing. It would be nice if the game had a Dr. Oz-type character to keep my girlfriend occupied so I could level up my Shep while spending time with her.
I'm not exclusively looking for fighting-game videos, but they seem to be headlining a lot of news sites lately. Luckily, we have Assassin's Creed 3 to balance it all out.
Here's an alternative point of view: Writing for free is exploitation, pure and simple.
Virtua Fighter series mascot Akira Yuki will be a playable character in the upcoming Dead or Alive 5 game, developer Team Ninja announced today. This marks the first time ever that the DoA franchise has opened its doors to characters from other fighting titles.
Zynga.com just went live. Announced last week, the web site is a new destination for Zynga’s gamers, who have been largely confined to playing games on Facebook.
I love medleys! Well, not all medleys. For example, I don't really enjoy vegetable medleys. But Zelda medleys? Bring them on.
Game designers Roque Devine (left) and Graeme Devine spoke at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.
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