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  • Opinion: Choose to play for the Light Side or Dark Side in Star Wars: Commander

    In seconds, my ragtag army of troops brought down an AT-AT and a handful of Storm Troopers. Of course, had I chosen the other side, I'd probably wanted to extinguish the Rebel base and stomp out Han Solo before he had a chance to recharge and attack again.

  • Opinion: Reddit is ready for the big screen, thanks to new Xbox One app

    Reddit and Xbox One are together at last, courtesy of the new ReddX app. Launching Tuesday, the app lets Xbox One gamers connect to Reddit.com while they play and talk to other Reddit members at the same time.

  • Opinion: Report: Xbox Entertainment Studios not quite dead yet

    Like an unexpected twist in one of the original programs it had hoped to produce, Microsoft's recently shuttered Xbox Entertainment Studios may come back from the dead. That's according to an August 14 story in the Hollywood Reporter, which says Warner Bros. may be in the frame to revive Microsoft's attempt to create video content for its gaming console.

  • Opinion: Golem Arcana combines the charm of a board game with the ease of a video game

    "At Harebrained we're in an interesting position. We have a long history in the tabletop space--Jordan Weisman, our founder, did Shadowrun, Battle Tech, founded WizKids--but we also have a long history in the computer game space," says Ray Winninger, executive producer at Harebrained Schemes. Winninger's own background is just as complex, having designed multiple tabletop RPGs and worked on video games at Microsoft for a decade.

  • Opinion: Origin launches Alienware laptop "trade-up" program

    Shots fired. Hot on the heels of Alienware's new 13-inch laptop announcement last week, Origin is launching a trade-in program that specifically targets its UFO-friendly competitor. Or, as Origin terms it, a "trade-up" program.

  • Opinion: Legendary 'King's Quest' developer Sierra rises mysteriously from the grave

    Sierra Entertainment is one of those legendary companies from the '90s that died somewhere in the past decade of industry consolidation. See also: LucasArts, Mythic, Midway, Neversoft, et al.

  • Opinion: ESPN Fantasy Football leagues can collect dues through crowdfunding site Tilt

    Fantasy football is a delightful diversion--so delightful, in fact, that tens of millions of us will be playing it this fall once the real sport kicks off. What's not so delightful? Making sure that everyone in your fantasy league has paid their entry fee. It's the process that turns close friends into deadbeats, contending players into money-obsessed paranoids, and your league commissioner into a one-person debt collection agency.

  • Opinion: Twitch starts scanning for copyrighted audio, silences own videos for infringment

    Well, if YouTube/Google did actually solidify its purchase of Twitch.tv last week, it certainly didn't take long for things to change at the notoriously laissez-faire (one-eyed, one-horned, flying) purple streaming giant.

  • Opinion: Free game alert: EA's giving away Wing Commander III (and its wonderfully bad cutscenes)

    EA's fledgling On-The-House program has given away some fairly generic (although acclaimed) games so far; Peggle, Dead Space, Battlefield 3 have all been made available for free for a limited time. Add them to your library, and they're yours to keep forever. You know, as long as you're okay with installing EA's Origin storefront.

  • Opinion: Get your Guardians of the Galaxy fix with these 6 apps

    Guardians of the Galaxy is a certified smash, delivering the biggest August box office opening of all time, garnering fantastic reviews from critics, and generating enthusiastic word of mouth almost on par with that of The Avengers. And that's frankly surprising, considering how obscure the comic source material is compared to other recent Marvel flicks--but the film really delivers.

  • Opinion: Scrabble gets with the times and adds selfie' to your arsenal

    You could say the Scrabble dictionary was a little behind the times. The rulebook's last refresh was almost 10 years ago, just as social media was becoming a Thing That People Do, so the competitive game was missing a few key words.

  • Opinion: Wasteland 2 preview: When deeply branching gameplay meets pistol-packing post-apocalyptic priests

    "Interplay had the crown in roleplaying, I'd love to get that crown back," says Brian Fargo. He pauses, laughs. "Me and Obsidian, we'll battle it out."

  • Opinion: I spent $0 playing Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, and I have 7.9 million fake Twitter followers

    Now that Glu Mobile's latest game--Kim Kardashian: Hollywood--has been dubbed by the New York Times an "unlikely mobile video game hit" (it rakes in $700,000 a day), I can finally play it without feeling judged.

  • Opinion: It's baaaack: Flappy Bird flies again on the Amazon Appstore

    Does anyone still care about Flappy Bird? It's been nearly six months since creator Dong Nguyen unceremoniously yanked the simplistic game, saying it was for people's own good.

  • Opinion: You Should Play: Broken Age

    These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.

  • Opinion: EA announces $5/mo. games subscription plan for Xbox One

    With its free game giveaway program On the House only a few months old, on Tuesday EA announced yet another way it plans to disrupt traditional game sales--EA Access.

  • Opinion: Watch Doom being played on a hacked ATM

    It's hard to make ATMs more thrilling then they already are, seeing as how they're designed to spit money at you. But a team of tinkering Australians has done just that by modifying an ATM to play Doom. Yes, that Doom, the demon-blasting game that gave the world a taste for first-person shooters.

  • Opinion: Cast of Firefly reunites for Firefly: Online game

    We may never see another episode of Firefly, Joss Whedon's cult classic space-western show that Fox aired 11 episodes of before unceremoniously canceling the whole thing because Men In Suits Just Don't Understand. Put it up there next to Party Down, Freaks And Geeks, and Dead Like Me on the list of everlasting injustices. But now, Firefly fanatics are being tossed a might big bone: Firefly Online--a video game based on the series.

  • Opinion: Report: Google seals deal to gobble up Twitch for $1 billion

    It's been nearly two months since Variety and The Wall Street Journal reported Google was "in talks" to purchase popular games streaming site Twitch.tv for a billion dollars. According to VentureBeat, we can now upgrade the status from "in talks" to "sealed deal."

  • Opinion: You Should Play: Steampunk Tower

    These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.

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