Wikipad: The company (and tablet) that’s bringing console gaming to Android (exclusive)

There are tablets, and then there’s a gaming tablet. The Wikipad, an Android handheld that promised to be the first mobile device with a gamepad built specifically for the device, is set to launch later this year. Venturebeat recently sat down to talk with CEO James Bower and President of Sales Fraser Townley in a local design office in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale’s puzzling design decision makes PaRappa a killer

I spent some time earlier this week with the beta for developer SuperBot's Sony mash-up fighter PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, and while it was a crazy good time, one of its design decisions really struck me as odd. And no, it wasn't the random quiz show that broke out in the middle of the match or the impromptu battle between God of War's Hades and a squad of Patapon warriors.

No more in-game collectibles!

So there I am, running like hell across a bridge as a dark, malevolent force devours it not far behind me, when I spot another stray page of Alan Wake’s manuscript. I’d run across them fairly regularly, so it didn’t really come as a shock. Unless, of course, you count the sharpish twinge of annoyance that this stupid game expected me to pause and scoop up a piece of paper — and possibly stop and read it as well — while certain, soul-rending death roared closer.

Why gaming needs movies like Wreck-It Ralph

Video games remain misunderstood by the masses. If something violent happens in the world, people blame video games. If a kid fails his quantum-physics class, video games caused the bad grade. That’s why we should be excited to see a film like Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph, which comes out in November. The movie showcases the past and present of gaming culture in a way that’s never been done before.

Sound Shapes is the definitive video game mixtape

Sound Shapes for the PlayStation Vita and PS3 is essentially an interactive video game mixtape. Developer Queasy Games masterfully blends together work from various visual artists, designers, and musicians for the different stages in this charming 2D platformer. The level editor gives players the creative freedom to put together and share remixes and mashups. And everything in this colorful, minimal PlayStation Network title is tied together in an an ode to physical recorded music.