Wait, what? There’s a Plants vs Zombies tournament?
Gameloft, one of the largest mobile game publishers, has agreed to publish games on Intel’s new Atom-based smartphones and tablets.
Attack of the Show creator and host Kevin Pereira is kind of nuts. Thankfully, he’s working on channeling his zany personality into a live spectacle called LeetUp for his and everyone else’s entertainment. Pereira is teaming up with video game culture-event specialists Iam8bit to put on this party-meets-variety-show mashup on March 1 at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles, Calif. Check out the website for ticket info and a list of confirmed talent (comedians, musicians, movie director Kevin Smith, etc.).
Internet comedian Stuart Ashen doesn't review new and meaningful tech very often. His business is sampling hideous and outdated crap, and I appreciate that. But, on the rare occasions when he looks at a cutting-edge device, I listen because we tend to agree.
The Community Spotlight features some of the best unedited articles that didn't quite make the front page. This week, we take a look at the atmospheric Dear Esther, stand up to the reaper in Dark Souls, complete our quest in Final Fantasy 8, and go on a camping trip in Battlefield 3. Bring your own marshmallows.
Here are some of the stories that ran on GamesBeat this week. We’re running more articles exclusively in the GamesBeat section of VentureBeat, particularly when they’re mainly of interest to our game readers. The broader-interest posts will continue to run on VentureBeat as well. Please visit the GamesBeat section to catch up on the latest game news. We’re ramping up our game coverage, so you’ll find a larger amount of deeper news at GamesBeat.
As a paragon of communicative bonding, Mass Effect 2’s Commander Shepard understands the importance of conversing with his crew. Still, those wacky Rooster Teeth folks shove in some shenanigans with Shepard’s latest social thrust with Cerberus femme fatale Miranda Lawson. With Mass Effect 3 imminently heaving into view, preparation is more important than ever…and that includes Miranda’s special "Achievement." Check out the video below for two minutes of awkward socializing that only the savior of humanity could pull off.
Fighting-game characters hurl all sorts of garbage at each other to win a fight. Study the following images of projectiles, and name their owners. How hard can it be?
Time's up on our latest Bitmob Wants You community prompt, and it's time to get reckoned. And by that I mean it's time to take a look at the articles you wrote about open-world action-RPG Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. Thus, we present a trio of treatises for your perusal. Reckon that, suckas. (And thanks to those who participated!)
Sure, zombie genocide and a meaty metal soundtrack is a cliche pairing, but throwing in the ability to spear dive the undead certainly mixes things up.
I never really "got" motion controls until I sat down with The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and started slashing cuddly Bokoblins with erratic wrist gestures and tossing bomb flowers like bowling balls with an upward sweep of the remote.
It's silly to review reviews, but if I had to rate the stories included in this community spotlight I would give them all a high-five out of a bro hug. I'm not sure how Metacritic would translate that to a ten point system.
No, you're not living in 2003 again. This is an example article for this month's Coins and Sense Bitmob Writing Challenge. We have already received several articles about video-game currency, item creation, and economies, but I wanted to demonstrate how you can think outside the box with the prompt. Instead of covering an adventure or role-playing game, I’m writing about an unconventional choice: Viewtiful Joe. For the complete rules, click here. The due date is February 29, 2012.
Editor’s Pick Facebook’s gaming boom has come to an end, according to a report from IHS Screen Digest Media Research. The subject is open to debate and players such as Facebook and Zynga will no doubt dispute this. But IHS Screen Digest has put together an argument that will likely get a lot of attention, as games such as those made by Zynga have driven the growth of the social network…
John Robertson has created a monster. The Australian stand-up comedian’s YouTube adventure game The Dark Room has been played over 220,000 times in less than three weeks. While many have entered The Dark Room, few have found their way out, and the comments on YouTube are filled with cries of despair, from players trapped in Robertson’s devilishly clever puzzle-box adventure.
It's a good thing I had these News Blips to write…I needed a break from Professor Layton and the Last Specter. My girfriend did, too; she doesn't like it when I yell at game characters for not having puzzles for me to solve. She's probably right, but what the hell, villagers?
Game Closure has raised $12 million in a first round of funding for its HTML5-based cross-platform multiplayer game business, which aims to provide tools to developers that can help them deal with one of their most painful tasks: taking a game and spreading it out across many platforms without squandering engineering talent.
Back in the '80s I was perfectly happy with the 8-bit graphics of the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and Sega Master System (SMS). Once I saw the improved visuals of the Genesis and Super Nintendo (SNES), though, it was hard to go back.
Sony’s new PlayStation Vita handheld console will sell 12.4 million units globally this year, bringing in revenue of around $2.2 billion, according to research company Strategy Analytics.
NeuroSky has a new wizard-themed game kids can control with their brain waves — possibly improving their learning abilities at the same time.
There’s hope for grandma and grandpa in video games. Rolling up a night elf hunter or orc shaman in massively multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft could help cognitive functioning in some older adults, according to a new study from North Carolina State University published online in Computers in Human Behavior.
Printed video game magazines might be an endangered species these days, but it’s not such a bad time for fan-made zines. While every other month we hear news of a different publication we grew up with limiting or eliminating its monthly issues, not all is bleak for people who like tangible content.
I’m playing a visual novel about dating disabled girls called Katawa Shoujo. It’s different. I don’t know what else to say.
It's time to check out the results of our recent Bitmob Wants You community callout on the time-traveling adventures of Noel and Serah in Final Fantasy 13-2. We've got four excellent articles for you, and three of them have already seen the front page! Congrats and thanks to our participants. Peep their stories below.
Ever feel like something that you desperately want to succeed is destined to fail?
You probably think that this comic is going to end on a downer. I mean, Wilhelm is dead, and he was sort of the main character. But the story isn't over yet, friends.