Coolest class ever: Valve brings Portal 2 to schools

One time in high school, I was able to convince a stern teacher it was “essential” that I play Grand Theft Auto III for a presentation. It was easily one of my favorite experiences at school simply because I was able to mix gaming and education. Now with video-game publisher Valve’s new “Steam for Schools” initiative, other students might get the chance I had to add video games to the classroom exercises.

Valve “Steam Box” console rumor sounds like a bad idea

Valve is working on a new set-top gaming system standard based on PC architecture dubbed “Steam Box,” according to a report published by website The Verge, A standout feature is rumored to be a controller that could provide real-time biometric feedback from the player to the game. For example, a shooter would be able to adjust the intensity of the action based on the player’s pulse rate.

NAVGTR announces nominees for 2012 game awards

The National Academy of Video Game Testers and Reviewers (NAVGTR, pronounced “navigator”) announced its list of nominees for their 2012 NAVGTR video game awards. Voice actors Tom Sizemore and Tara Platt were on hand to present the nominations.
The organization plans to have a panel of game journalists and other industry folks debate the list and predict the winners during the PAX East festival this April. It will announce the winners shortly afterwards.
And the nominees are…

VBWeekly: Top 10 games of 2011

[vimeo 33998301 w=550 h=309] Last week, VentureBeat announced its Game of the Year choices. Now you can see the video of VentureBeat’s top game writers, Dean Takahashi and Sebastian Haley discussing the picks. Enjoy the talk and let us know your favorite game of the year in the comments below.