Quick, get your trigger finger ready. Head over to Google.com and type “zerg rush” (without the quotes) into the search field. Clicking on the search icon or hitting return on your keyboard will cause the Google logo to drop tons of little letter Os to attack the entire page, destroying all the search results shown.
Guest Post As an early investor in social gaming, I’m often speaking on panels to audiences of gamers, investors, and game company execs. At one such event — the Future of Media conference hosted by Stanford’s Graduate School of Business — the opening question was why gaming is relevant to people who are not gamers. The panelists — folks from IGN, Activision, GaiKai, and Riot Games as well as myself — gave some interesting reasons for why non-gamers should care about the game market:
When you’re tracking a hot trend or market, it’s always good to keep track of where the smart betting is happening. Follow the money. Follow the people.
The number of iPhone app downloads crashed in March, but the cost of marketing those apps held steady according to the latest Fiksu index report.
Antti Stén, the lead server architect for the original Angry Birds, and Tuomas Erikoinen, lead artist, have left Rovio to create a new game studio called Boomlagoon.
During a financial results briefing today, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata announced that the company will not be revealing pricing for its upcoming Wii U console at next month’s Electronic Entertainment Expo and outlined a new digital distribution model.
I really like Skyrim.
Good news, Kindle Fire owners. Draw Something is now available on the Amazon Marketplace
It's so strange realizing that the game this decade will likely be most remembered for is Angry Birds. The 2010s will go down in history as the time when mobile titles reigned supreme — or at least encouraged people to buy branded toys, T-shirts, and candy.
A free Portal 2 DLC update hits Steam May 8, giving players access to a puzzle creator.
Zynga said in its earnings call with analysts today that it had “three key wins” in the first quarter: expansion into new social game genres, strong mobile growth, and diversification to its Zynga.com and Zynga partners platforms.
Shares of Electronic Arts rose today on a rumor that Japan’s Nexon has made a bid to purchase EA. The odd thing is that Nexon doesn’t appear to have enough cash or stock to do that, unless it borrows a huge amount of money.
Star Wars: The Old Republic is officially launching in 38 additional countries throughout Europe and the Middle East, developer BioWare and publisher Electronic Arts today announced.
The upcoming Battlefield 3: Close Quarters expansion pack promotes frantic firefights and soldier-on-soldier combat. We get some hands-on time with Donya Fortress, one of four maps arriving in June.
Rarely has a game come along so brazenly disdainful of gamers, and gaming as a whole, as Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Designed to appeal to creator Masahiro Sakurai's warped vision of what a competitive multiplayer game should be like, Brawl has surprisingly — alarmingly — won the hearts of gamers and critics alike.
“Sometimes you want to take a break from rescuing princesses and just dance….” In this case, I wanted to take a break from my usual routine and make a little video about Super Mario shaking his Tanooki tail.
Television personality Adam Sessler is in the news today. Have you seen his new look? It’s like he has a crew cut growing from his chin up, while his head is completely barren.
If you ever doubted the impact that blockbuster games have on monthly software sales, then this new infographic will convince you of the importance of AAA titles.
Warning: The following article contains spoilers for Xenoblade Chronicles.
The Mass Effect series has been near and dear to my heart ever since I first walked aboard the Normandy in 2007, but now with Commander Shepard’s story coming to a close, I’ve began feeling something bittersweet. First and foremost let me bring you up to speed with my unrivaled love for Mass Effect. Ever since the first installment in 2007, I have been completely addicted to its deeply immersive cast and lore. I’ve become attached to all the characters in the series (Except Kaiden, nobody wants to be friends with Kaiden) and every heart-pounding moment has left me breathless and wanting more. This has been one of the most incredible and unforgettable journeys that I have ever embarked on in my gaming career. With that said, the pain that I felt when I began playing Mass Effect 3 was devastating. It seemed as though Bioware didn’t put as much care into this title as the last two games in the trilogy. I noticed problem right from the beginning that really soiled the experience for me. I went to import my Shepard character which has been with me throughout the series thus far but a problem occurred. As I examined the screen in front of me, double checking all of my choices to make sure everything was right I took one glance at my commander Shepard and my heart dropped. What the hell happened? The game replaced my custom character with the stock Shepard. At first, I tried redoing it to see if maybe this was just a one-time glitch, but that was not the case. The stock Shepard was still showing up. I decided to run this by the Internet (Since the Internet has all the answers) and found that I was not the only one. Many people were not getting their customized Shepard characters imported correctly. Since this was day one of release and there was no patch coming any time soon, I reluctantly attempted to re-create my old Shepard and continue with my play through. It took me quite a while but I finally got something halfway decent. He sort of resembles my old character, the difference weren’t too drastic. So I eagerly hit “Continue” and started the game. After the fantastic introduction i got one look at my characters face and shut my eyes in disgust. This didn’t resemble my old Shepard at all! It looked more like my old Shepard fell off a cliff a couple of time and opted for black market plastic surgery! But it was too late, I couldn’t go back now. Until Bioware decided to patch this up, I would be playing with this character for my Mass Effect 3 play through. Once the characters began communicating with one another, something didn’t look right. The lip syncing. It was terrible. What happened? The first two games were fine, why did the lip syncing suck so bad? As this wasn’t too big of an issue for me, I shrugged it off and the tutorial mission to begin my journey. The first mission was on Mars, I had to look for something of importance there (Sorry for the half-assed information, it was a while back) and leave in one piece. As I fought my way through dozens of Cerberus grunts, I found the combat system to be… Quite enjoyable. This was a lot of fun, I love what they did with it. Everything from powers to the fluid movement of firefights, it was very well improved. My hopes started to get raised a bit more, and I continued just a bit further passed that point. Eventually, Bioware released an update that fixes the custom face issue and I restarted my game with the character I’ve known for roughly five years. My experience has been much more pleasant now and I am looking forward to completing the final chapter in a beloved trilogy.
Online role-playing-game developer Cryptic Studios has just discovered an unauthorized database access that occurred in December of 2010.