Dust 514 drops a shooter into EVE Online MMO universe

EVE Online is a pretty popular online game that has around 400,000 subscribers and a massive universe, but it’s mercilessly complicated and can be quite daunting for new players.

Bethesda finally opens up Skyrim’s massive world

There are more than 300 books embedded in the game Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. That’s an astonishing thing, considering this is just a video game. Then again, this is a fantasy role-playing game, so there’s no such thing as having too much detail in the universe.

Hands-on with id Software’s Rage shooter

Last year, one of our favorite games at the E3 video game trade show was Rage, the first-person shooter game coming from legendary game studio id Software. The company, which is now part of ZeniMax Media, hasn’t shipped it yet, so we’ve taken another look at it. By September, consumers will finally get their hands on it.

Up close with the Nintendo Wii U (videos and pictures)

Nintendo showed off its new video game console, the Wii U, today at the E3 trade show in Los Angeles. The new system ships in the second half of 2012 and will feature a handheld touchscreen controller with a six-inch screen. Here are some close-up pictures of the console and controller.

E3 Day One: A good day for gamers (poll)

It’s been a long day at the E3 video game trade show in Los Angeles. Everyone can now start arguing about who won the battle of the press conferences. Was it Sony or Microsoft? Or Electronic Arts or Ubisoft?

Sony expects gamers to pay an extra $500 to play 3D games at home

Sony announced that it will release a 24-inch 3D-enabled television and include a number of other goodies in an effort to promote 3D gaming at home — however, the new TV will cost an extra $500 on top of the actual PlayStation 3 console.

Kobe Bryant goes one on one with NBA 2K12 (video)

The latest version of 2K Sports’ basketball series, NBA 2K12, will be the next high-profile sports game to feature motion controls that are slick enough that basketball superstar can learn them on the fly.

Ubisoft’s E3 presentation round-up

Here are a few extra titles that Ubisoft announced alongside the rest of the triple-A titles it unveiled at its press conference for the Electornic Entertainment Expo today.

With Mod Nation Racers, Sony ties together the PS 3 and the NGP

Sony’s Mod Nation Racers game for its new portable game system, code-named NGP, has an interesting connection to the PlayStation 3. When the Mod Nation Racers game for the NGP launches, it will have more than 2 million user-generated race tracks.

EA shows live demo of combat scenes from Battlefield 3

Battlefield 3 is a critical game for the comeback of Electronic Arts. And today, at EA’s E3 press event, gamers got a first good look at the way the game will play when it launches on Oct. 25.

Hands-on cooperative play with Star Wars: The Old Republic

After playing hands-on with the much-anticipated Star Wars: The Old Republic, I’m reminded that some gamers love massively multiplayer games and some don’t. So it’s pretty hard for me to predict whether this game will be a smash hit or not when Electronic Arts publishes it sometime later this year on the PC. I think that if you live and breathe Star Wars, this game is for you. But if you’re not a fan or are a casual fan of George Lucas’s sci-fi series, then you’re not likely to make a big time investment in playing this game. If the stock market investors among you want a clearer answer than that, I’m sorry but I just can’t tell at this point.

EA shares details of a combat-heavy Mass Effect 3

Electronic Arts’ BioWare division has had a great run with the Mass Effect series. Today the company is releasing details about the latest game, Mass Effect 3. So far, it isn’t a disappointment.

EA debuts a Sims social game

Electronic Arts announced today that it is releasing a new social game for Facebook that is built off its popular life simulation game, The Sims. The company made the presentation at the Electronic Entertainment Expo today in Los Angeles, Calif.

Double Fine channels its creativity into Sesame Street Kinect game (video)

Double Fine Productions doesn’t believe in transitions. Its last game was Brutal Legend, a mature-rated heavy metal fantasy game for headbanging fans. Its new title is Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster, a Kinect motion-sensing game for the Xbox 360 with plenty of flowers and love.

Microsoft confirms Halo 4 with teaser trailer

Microsoft game chief Don Mattrick closed the company’s E3 press conference today with a video of scenes from Halo 4, the first in a new trilogy of the popular Halo franchise starring Master Chief and Cortana.

Classic Halo remake coming to Xbox 360

Microsoft announced today that it is re-mastering its popular Halo game for the Xbox 360 with high-definition graphics and Xbox Live features. The company made the announcement at the Electronic Entertainment Expo today in Los Angeles, Calif.

Microsoft demos a Kinect-enabled Mass Effect 3 for hardcore gamers (video)

Xbox 360 manufacturer Microsoft announced today that one of the hottest titles that will be released next year, Mass Effect 3, will feature voice controls with the console’s Kinect motion controller. Microsoft made the announcement at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, one of the video game industry’s largest trade shows, in Los Angeles, Calif. today.

Microsoft leaks details about next Halo game

Xbox manufacturer Microsoft accidentally launched a new landing page that included new games that will be announced at the Electronic Entertainment Expo today — including the next iteration of the company’s wildly popular Halo franchise.

Live blogging from E3: Microsoft’s press event

We’ll be live blogging the Microsoft Xbox 360 press conference here at the beginning of the E3 video game trade show in Los Angeles. Thousands of press and other attendees are gathering at the Galen Center at the University of Southern California. Check back at 9:30 am and we’ll give you the view from the front row.

Game industry chief says free games aren’t disrupting game publishers

The video game industry’s E3 Expo starts on Monday morning in Los Angeles. This is the conference where all of the cool new games of 2011 and beyond will be announced. While the industry was hurting in the past because of the recession, it’s not in such a bad state today as profits return and game publishers reap new revenues from digital distribution and social and mobile games. Last year’s show drew about 45,000 people, and this one should do so as well. You can expect a blitzkrieg of announcements from game companies and lots of attempts to get attention in the spotlight. As we did last year and in 2009, we talked about the conference and industry issues with Mike Gallagher, president and chief executive of the Entertainment Software Association, the trade association that puts on E3.

VentureBeat’s most anticipated games of E3 2011 (take our poll)

The E3 video game trade show will draw about 45,000 attendees to the Los Angeles Convention Center next week. We aren’t sure of all of the big titles being announced, but we attended the pre-E3 judge trip a couple of weeks ago as part of the Game Critics Awards group and we have a good idea of what the big games will be.