It’s funny how I can enjoy a game like Braid so much yet still have so many fundamental disagreements with its creator’s view of game design.
Wilhelm has been shot! What have I done? Have I really killed off everyone's favorite hero? I told you things were about to get real, son. Real real.
I'm upset that I didn't create an example piece for last month's Bitmob Writing Challenge, which was to analyze the themes of a specific game as one would with a book, poem, song, or movie. Fortunately, that didn’t stop the Gaming Criticism challenge from becoming a huge success. Fourteen writers submitted articles that cover generations of our pastime. Read on to learn about the nihilism of Saints Row, racism in The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim, Christian iconography in Persona 3 FES, and much more.
Join Dean Takahashi as he does an interview with Zaw Thet on Spreecast today at 2:30 pm. Zaw and Dean will talk about what it’s like to be a veteran tech writer in Silicon Valley.
French video game publisher Ubisoft reported today that it shipped more than 13 million dance games and 7 million copies of Assassin’s Creed Revelations during its third fiscal quarter ended Dec. 31.
Social game maker Zynga has shifted 80 percent of its game traffic to its own private data center servers, known as the zCloud, the company revealed yesterday in its earnings call.
MXP4 and Mobile Roadie have partnered to take social music games to mobile devices. Under the partnership, MXP4′s Bopler Games social music games will be integrated into Mobile Roadie artist apps.
After a stint in film, Jordan Mechner, a legendary game developer who created The Prince of Persia blockbuster video game series, is coming back into video games to remake his 1980s hit Karateka.
Someone sent me a bunch of new screens for Murder, She Wrote 2 the other day. Some people (including my wife) thought I was joking when I tweeted it. Nope.
Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! Today I learned that you can make delicious pulled pork without using any barbecue sauce at all. That doesn't have a whole lot to do with Valentine's Day, other than the fact that I really love pulled pork.
It was 10 p.m. on a cold night in San Francisco, and David Jaffe was hungry. He hadn’t eaten since his arrival to the city earlier that day when he was busy preparing for the night’s festivities. Sony was hosting a Twisted Metal community meet-up and multiplayer tournament at the swanky Mezzanine lounge. Jaffe was there, along with a few other members of his team, to promote the game.
Video-game heroes may seem like savage, heartless killers, but they're driven by the purest of emotions: love. Let's explore 20 of the most passionate moments in retro gaming that tingle the cockles of your heart.
Zynga chief executive Mark Pincus said the social game company now has more than 15 million daily active users for its mobile games, compared to 10 million during the fall.
Zynga announced its first-ever quarterly reported as a public company today. Here are the relevant numbers:
Social game maker Zynga reported a modest profit for the fourth-quarter in its first-ever quarter financial report today.
Brazilian social gaming firm Vostu confirmed that it has laid off an unspecified number of employees.
Perhaps it’s time to start calling it Words With Friends With Benefits.
Over 2 million PC players have downloaded mods for Bethesda’s The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim since the launch of the Skyrim Workshop on digital download service Steam last week, parent company ZeniMax Media announced today.
If you’ve ever wanted to know how good a shot you are — without firing a real gun — the folks at the History Channel (now known just as History) have a Facebook game for you. Today, History is launching the Facebook game Top Shot, where players get a taste for a fast-paced target-shooting game.
You guys should see the satisfied grin on my girlfriend's face when I have to ask her to help me with Rhythm Heaven Fever. This is my punishment for impatiently scoffing at her skills in the Shadow Mario levels of Super Mario Galaxy.
I have quite a backlog of games to play. Most of the time, I forget they even exist unless someone reminds me. Then something like an updated version comes out, and I remember to at least put the title on the top of my backlog pile. Hopefully I will have time to get to it now.
I take for granted the fact that everyone and their uncle knows who the Super Mario Bros. are, but this wasn't always the case as this nostalgic story on the Nintendo Entertainment System proves. This video even shows us Nintendo's old call center, where grown men and women have to explain to children how to get 99 1ups in Super Mario Bros. over the phone. Bill O'Reilly even introduces the whole thing! Look at how mellow he was! Man, the 80s were great.
Twisted Metal Game Director David Jaffe was one of a few speakers selected to give a presentation at DICE this year. Jaffe’s vulgar language and lack of self-censorship have placed him in the media hotseat many times over the years, most recently with an admittedly tasteless fellatio joke during a GameTrailers interview at the Twisted Metal launch party.
My girlfriend and I had our 10th anniversary last week. Part of our celebration was a trip to Family Fun Center, which I flippantly (but perhaps accurately) describe as "The last arcade in Nebraska." I hadn't been there since 1999, and the place has changed since then. This might have a lot to do with the arcade's upcoming relocation, but I was saddened to see that FFC had turned its second floor, previously home to classic cabinets like Spy Hunter and Dig Dug, into 18 holes of glow golf.
ZeptoLab is cashing in on its Cut the Rope smartphone game — which has been downloaded more than 100 million times — by announcing several licensing deals today with Hasbro, Mattel, JAKKS Pacific, and apparel company LF USA.
Zynga launched its Dream Heights mobile game for the iPhone and iPad today. The title enables players to build the “skyscraper of the century,” but the game is sure to get a lot of press because Zynga has been accused of ripping off the game from independent developer Nimblebit, creator of Tiny Tower.