Video games have given us some amazing stories this generation. Now’s the perfect time to remember them as we anticipate the next wave of consoles.
What if we could replay some of the greatest gaming experiences of our lives again, but for the first time? Which would they be, and why?
We’ve roamed plenty of open worlds, but Watch Dogs gives you the freedom to be any kind of vigilante you want to be … and the information to make those choices wisely.
Sometimes it’s worth taking risks even if you’re not sure of the rewards.
The latest Call of Juarez features of who’s-who of historical outlaws and lawmen, but despite a few neat narrative tricks, it’s still missing the essentials for a great American western.
See popular game characters re-create posters of blockbuster movies like Prometheus, Avatar, and The Dark Knight.
As President Obama authorizes a study on the effects of violent media, we turn to the real experts on video-game carnage — our panel of video-game characters — for a lasting solution.
For the fifth and final installment in our rundown of the most amusing virtual rewards, it’s time to wrap this whole thing up with an eclectic mix of some of the unlockables that didn’t quite fit into the other categories.
Everyone has a list of really important games they just haven’t played, so we tricked some of the most influential people in the industry into revealing their piles of shame.
The game Need For Speed ProStreet wishes it had been….
The folks responsible for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim filed for a new trademark, and it seems likely that it is the title of the next round of downloadable content.
Halo, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Final Fantasy XIII, and more are given the retro treatment in this gallery.
The game technology and development company responsible for the tech in titles like Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and Max Payne 3 is coming to America.
Since launching in February, the PlayStation Vita really hasn’t had that “must own” title that every new piece of hardware needs. Well, enter Gravity Rush, an open-world, physics-bending game developed by Sony Computer Entertainment’s Japan Studio.
Show your love for modern video games like Asura’s Wrath, Rayman Origins, and Dead Space 2 on Facebook with these neat Timeline cover pictures.
Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition became the most-played Xbox Live Arcade title in the first week of its release. Turns out digging for mono-colored boxes is actually fun.
Fact: Max Payne shoots more rockets out of the air than Nathan Drake falls off of stuff.
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John Robertson has created a monster. The Australian stand-up comedian’s YouTube adventure game The Dark Room has been played over 220,000 times in less than three weeks. While many have entered The Dark Room, few have found their way out, and the comments on YouTube are filled with cries of despair, from players trapped in Robertson’s devilishly clever puzzle-box adventure.
The summer has been something of a nightmare for the sales of video games in U.S. retail stores. In August, the trend continued as overall retail game sales fell 23 percent from a year ago, according to market researcher NPD Group.
Red Dead Redemption, the blockbuster Western video game from Take-Two Interactive, sold more than 8 million units through Dec. 31, thanks in no small part to online content sales.
Take-Two Interactive Software reported a strong profit for the fiscal year and quarter ended Oct. 31, the first time it has reported a sizable profit in a year when it didn’t ship a Grand Theft Auto Game. Much of that was due to the breakout hit from Take-Two’s RockStar Games label, Red Dead Redemption.
Game publishers aren’t thrilled that video game sales are down 5 percent year to date. But for gamers, it’s been an awesome year because 2010 saw the debut of some of the best games ever made. From skinning cougars in Red Dead Redemption to shooting birds at pigs in Angry Birds, there was never a dull moment. The year’s biggest hits drew huge numbers of gamers much like the opening weekends of blockbuster movies, redefining the definition of a blockbuster game far beyond a mere 1 million units sold. If there was any weakness in the year, it was that the middle thinned out, with games falling into either the blockbuster bucket or the dud bucket.
Grand Theft Auto maker Take-Two Interactive shook up its management team today as its chief executive stepped down.
U.S. retail video game sales fell 5 percent in May after a big slump in April. The launch of two blockbusters — Take-Two Interactive’s Red Dead Redemption (pictured above) and Nintendo’s Super Mario Galaxy 2 — weren’t enough to lift sales above last year’s relatively weak May numbers.
For many years, Grand Theft Auto has been a huge boon for Take-Two Interactive, selling tens of millions of copies and generating billions in revenue. But the company has always struggled to make itself profitable in the off years when it wasn’t shipping a new GTA game. It’s been a bit like a curse, although other game companies would love to have this problem. But with the successful launch of the Wild West open world game Red Dead Redemption (made by the company’s Rockstar Games division), Take-Two is finally riding high. It isn’t profitable just yet, since it is still investing heavily in very high-quality games that take a long time to make. But some of the heat is off, and Ben Feder, chief executive of New York-based Take-Two, is happy about that. We caught up with him at E3 to talk about life beyond Grand Theft Auto. Here’s a transcript of the conversation.
Take-Two Interactive Software said it has sold more than 5 million units of its Wild West epic Red Dead Redemption, and it is increasing guidance for its fiscal year as a result.
The year is almost halfway done, and video game publishers will be announcing a whole new slate of games at the E3 Expo starting June 13. So this is a good time to assess the best games of the year so far. We’re lucky to have such a great slate of titles to choose from, since game publishers are finally catching on to the strategy of releasing games in off season. As usual, the bestseller lists don’t tell the whole story about innovation in video games.
It’s a busy week for video game launches that may turn around the fortunes of the U.S. console game industry. Today, Super Mario Galaxy 2 debuts on Nintendo’s Wii.