Ghost Recon Commander offers headshots in a Facebook game (hands-on preview)

Brenda Garno Brathwaite and John Romero, two well-known game designers, never made a secret of their passion for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon games. They played for hundreds of hours and tweeted about their victories. Ubisoft’s Chris Early took notice and hired their company, Loot Drop, to make the Facebook game Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Commander. Some of its features, such as blood splotches and head shots, are not your usual fare on a social network where many of the titles are about matching gems or growing crops.

The DeanBeat: The top 12 trends from the GDC

Too often, I flit from one conference to another like a wayward butterfly, trying to catch up with all the news. But the Game Developers Conference is one of my favorite events of the year because it places such a high value on creativity in the game industry. It is fitting to dwell upon it and to figure out what this year’s conference in San Francisco, which ended Friday March 9, was all about.

Original Doom game now available on Xbox Live

For those of you who are nostalgic for the BFG 9000 gun and its ability to lay waste to hordes of demonic monsters, there’s a little ray of sunshine. The original Doom video game is now available on Xbox Live. You can download the game for 400 Microsoft points, or about $5.