Items tagged with Video Games

A four-studio bidding war has ended and Universal Pictures has won the film rights to the classic Atari video game "Asteroids." Asteroids was originally released as an arcade game in 1979. In the game, players control a triangular spaceship as they attempt to shoot and destroy masses of rock and an occasional flying saucer while avoiding running... Read more...
The day many gamers have been waiting for has arrived: Classic first-person shooters have come to the iPhone.Sure, a jailbroken version of Quake came to the iPhone and iPod Touch last summer and there had been rumors of Doom making its way to the smartphone market for a while, but now it's official.Doom Resurrection became available for download... Read more...
Here lately, it's been Nintendo bragging about massive sales numbers. This week, however, it's all about Microsoft. First comes the launch date of Bing, and now we're told that the firm's Xbox 360 is selling like hotcakes. In fact, sales of the unit have surpassed 30 million worldwide, which ain't too shabby for a company that just leaped... Read more...
The game industry often relies on sequels as opposed to new ideas to bring in big profits. With a game like Guitar Hero, however, there’s not a whole lot you can do except add new songs to the playlist or offer a band sequel such as the Van Halen edition. Even though these new additions are great because the game concept sells well in general... Read more...
Last week, the New York-based Equality Now launched a campaign this week "against rape simulator games and the normalisation of sexual violence in Japan." One developer of such rape simulator games wasn't impressed.In fact, the developer in question, Illusion Studio, was the focus of an earlier post of ours, written about the game "RapeLay,"... Read more...
Duke Nukem Forever, the epitome of vaporware, seems to now be gone forever. On the other hand, it's not as though any of us were holding our breath for it. In multiple reports, 3D Realms, the Texas-based developer of past Duke Nukem games, is said to have shut down. Take-Two (planned publisher of the game) VP, of communications Alan Lewis... Read more...
The world’s largest video game retailer may be in some hot water as a result of some recent investigative reporting by Kotaku’s Brian Crecente and Michael McWhertor. After speaking to unnamed GameStop employees at locations around the U.S., the popular game blog has exposed GameStop’s practice of selling employee-played games as new copies.... Read more...
People who have a hard time seeing traffic lights or cars at night, who miss facial gestures, or who need a great deal of light to read typically suffer from poor contrast sensitivity. This condition is thought to be correctable by wearing glasses or contact lenses or by surgery. Now, researchers say they may have found a way to improve contrast... Read more...
Earlier this week id Software released an iPhone port of Wolfenstein 3D as open source, but at the time it wasn't in the App Store. Wait no longer, it's there.Besides having its own website (which you absolutely have to visit, right?), the game that id Software calls "the grandfather of the FPS at your fingertips" is located here in the App... Read more...
AMD Announces Next-Generation, Platform-Agnostic Tools for Increased Game Development Efficiency — GPU PerfStudio 2.0 offers developers new features and flexibility to help cut development time and improve game performance — SUNNYVALE, CALIF. – March 25, 2009 – AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the availability of GPU PerfStudio 2.0, a free,... Read more...
The Beatles: Rock Band video game, which is scheduled to release on Sept. 9, will include previously unreleased tracks, according to a statement by Dhani Harrison, son of the late George Harrison. In an interview with Billboard, Dhani Harrison said that the game will include "stuff that has never been heard, never been released," although... Read more...
Everything Amazon seems to touch turns to gold, so why should this initiative be any different? In an effort to rival GameStop's highly successful trade-in business, the online e-tailer has launched its very own Video Games Trade-In program. Of note, the program is still listed as "beta" for the moment, but it's completely live and ready to... Read more...
EMPIRE: TOTAL WAR LAUNCHES WITH STEAMWORKS Sega and The Creative Assembly Leverage Suite of Services for Development and Marketing March 4, 2009 - Empire: Total War from The Creative Assembly and SEGA is now available via Steam, a leading platform for the delivery and management of PC games with over 20 million accounts worldwide, as well... Read more...
We feel like we've been here before, and in fact, we have. Sort of, at least. The same hotly debated video game law in California has come to the forefront of attention once more, with a federal appeals court striking down the law that sought to bar minors from purchasing or renting games that were deemed too violent. The 9th United States... Read more...
The Nintendo DSi, which was announced in October, is set to hit U.S. shores on April 5th, according to a Nintendo press release. The DSi, which launched in Japan in November, is about 12% thinner than the DS Lite. The screens are slightly larger, at 3.25", and the DSi also has an SD card slot. Photos can be synced with the Wii Photo channel.... Read more...
We don't mix too well with video game consoles around here. We have a heck of a time with the controllers (though we'll make an exception for the Wiimote), as opposed to gameplay on the PC with a keyboard and mouse. However, there may be hope as XIM360 promises to let you use a keyboard / mouse with an Xbox 360, supposedly with any game.The... Read more...
Despite the current economic indicators that show the United States deeply mired in a recession, video game companies are showing gains in sales.It has been previously discussed in industry and economic circles that the video gaming industry much like the movie industry may be recession proof as many look to these forms of entertainment as... Read more...
File this as another one of those studies that probably didn't need to be done to come to the conclusion they did. According to a study, gaming activates parts of the male brain which are linked to rewarding feelings and addiction. It does so to a much lesser extent among women (no!).Professor Allan Reiss of the Center for Interdisciplinary... Read more...
Watch any reality cop shows, and the undeniable truth is that in general, thieves aren't too bright. In this case, the thief was outsmarted by the former owner of a stolen Xbox 360 console, who used a little tech knowledge, as well as some diligence. Ryan Ketsenburg, a sophomore construction management major at Missouri State had just returned... Read more...
Nintendo wanted to show off the Character Importer feature of Animal Crossing: City Folk for the Wii. To do so, it sent media pre-played copies of the old (2005) DS game, Animal Crossing: Wild World, with much of the content unlocked. Unfortunately, it appears whoever played the games added a surprise Nintendo never intended.Both MTV Multiplayer... Read more...
In a Monday press release, Amazon.com announced that buyers who want to get their hands on some upcoming hot games can upgrade their shipping to be assured they'll get them on release day: Gamers have been asking for it and Amazon has answered the call. Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced that it will offer release-date delivery... Read more...
File-sharing, that's widely discussed.  But game sharing, not so much.  Basically the focus until now has been on music and movies, but now it seems industry has decided games being shared via P2P also deserve to be addressed. As many as 100 people suspected of illegally sharing computer game files over the internet are to be sued... Read more...
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