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  • Opinion: Super Smash Flash 2 brings 16-bit Smash Bros. straight to your browser

    Every console generation, it's the same thing. 1) Nintendo releases a console. 2) Nintendo's console isn't doing too well. 3) Nintendo releases a new version of Smash Bros. 4) Nintendo's console sells a lot of units.

  • Opinion: Modern Combat 5: Blackout arrives: We go hands-on with this mobile-friendly shooter

    Last year's Call of Duty: Strike Team finally brought a non-Zombies version of the series' trademark first-person shooting action to phones and tablets, adding the cool twist of swapping to an overhead view for strategic movement. While generally nailing the familiar look and feel of Call of Duty campaign action, it lacked one key component: online multiplayer, easily the most popular part of the console and PC entries.

  • Opinion: Why you should download the Disney Infinity: Toy Box app ahead of Infinity 2.0

    Until E3 2014, I had no idea what Disney Infinity really was--probably because I'm not exactly Disney's target demographic. So when I wandered over to the Disney Interactive booth during last month's gaming trade show, I was completely in the dark about how the company is helping along the whole video-game-toy-mash-up thing with its play sets, interactive figurines, and platform-agnostic gameplay.

  • Opinion: Missing Pieces: Doom is back, so is the Apple IIe, and other must-know gaming news

    My sides are so sore from laughing. The video game industry lost its collective minds this week and decided to deliver unto you the most ridiculous set of news possible. Seriously, we've got an infamous dictator suing over misuse of his image, Flappy Bird running on an Apple IIe, and Fred Durst streaming video games on Twitch in between recording vocal tracks for a new Limp Bizkit album. Surely this is the end of days--as evidenced by the reveal of a new Doom game.

  • Opinion: You Should Play: Doug Dug

    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: ESPN to stream The International, Valve's massive Dota 2 e-sports tournament

    Valve announced today that The International, the annual e-sports tournament for its blockbuster Dota 2 MOBA game, will be shown live on ESPN3--a pretty big coup, since it seemingly legitimizes e-sports as "real sports." There will also be a show on ESPN2 at 8:30pm Pacific this Sunday previewing The International's final match, featuring interviews with players and Valve managing director Gabe Newell.

  • Opinion: Take dragons on your next road trip with Microsoft's new Dragons Adventure game

    When I was a kid, lengthy road trips meant my parents would fling one of those invisible ink travel activity books toward the back seat of the car and hope that the puzzles would keep me occupied until we reached our final destination. Microsoft thinks today's kids need dragons to keep them at bay when it's time to get from Point A to Point B.

  • Opinion: You Should Play: Sky Force 2014

    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: Grim Fandango remaster confirmed for PC (of course)

    One month to the day since Sony stood onstage at its E3 press conference and announced Grim Fandango would be available legally for the first time in almost fifteen years, we get confirmation that oh thank goodness it's coming to PC also.

  • Opinion: Blockbusters: Games for Tetris lovers

    I'm a huge Tetris fan. There's just something about the pure adrenaline that rushes through your veins when you've lined up the perfect Tetris combo, and your next piece is a straight polyomino. You know what I'm talking about. Heck, my mobile ringtone is an electronica version of the Tetris theme song.

  • Opinion: Google's Smarty Pins turns Maps into a game that tests your trivia and geography skills

    Geography fans take note: Google has laid down the cartographical gauntlet. The company recently introduced a Google Maps-based game called Smarty Pins that pits your knowledge of global geography against time and Google's endless pot of knowledge.

  • Opinion: Ouya console reveals $60 subscription for all-you-can-eat Android gaming

    The Ouya hit store shelves just over 12 months ago, and well, it's been an interesting year for the Android-based microconsole to say the least. There've been a few great games (Towerfall, Duck Game), the company released what's basically an Ouya 1.5, and the Ouya "platform" has been licensed out to other set top boxes rather than staying exclusive to the actual Ouya hardware.

  • Opinion: Hands-on with Tsum Tsum, Disney's Japanese Plush-Inspired Mobile Game

    Disney's merchandising prowess has been honed over decades of successful tie-ins to movies and television shows alike, but it's when the Mouse House thinks outside the box that it produces some of its most compelling goods. Perhaps the best example in recent years is the collectible Vinylmation figure line, which took its cues from designer vinyl toys without losing its cool in the commercialization.

  • Opinion: Missing Pieces: Rock Simulator, Diablo III's auction houses die, and more games news

    Somebody is making a game about rocks. Not rock stars. Not the Hard Rock Cafe. Not the Jack Black film School of Rock.

  • Opinion: YouTube's (finally) adding 60fps video support, tip jar

    If you play a lot of PC games, chances are you can see the difference between a game running at 30 frames per second and one running at 60. Or, if you can't, you've likely at least heard the arguments about this thorny subject. (You can always check out this site to get an idea of what games look like running at different framerates.)

  • Opinion: Valiant Hearts: The Great War review: A war game to end all war games

    Back when the world was saturated with World War II first-person shooters, I remember more than one person clamoring for a game set during World War I. Instead we all moved onto modern military shooters, and that was honestly for the better.

  • Opinion: Free game(s) alert: GOG.com's giving several PC games away for free today

    Valve's massive Steam Summer Sale may be the one garnering headlines and threatening the financial well-being of gamers around the globe, but it's not the only games store celebrating the fine weather with deep discounts on a slew of titles. GOG.com kicked off its Summer Sale long before Steam's got underway, and today, the site's demanding more attention with a "24 hour Adrenaline Rush"--a full day dedicated to Flash Sales where games sell at steep discounts for short bursts of time.

  • Opinion: Steam's massive Summer Sale kicks off today: How to get the most bang for your buck

    "Hm, it's 10 A.M.. I'd better go check the Steam front page and see what the weekend deals are." Refresh. Nothing. Refresh. Nothing. Refresh. Nothing. Refresh. Nothing.

  • Opinion: Playstation 4 adds pre-loading for pre-ordered games

    Playstation 4 owners will no longer have to wait for hours to download a new game on release day if they order in advance.

  • Opinion: Lego Fusion lets kids build a videogame world with real-life Lego bricks

    Lego bricks never get old, but that doesn't mean we don't want new ways to play with them. I love the Lego videogames too (especially Lego Batman and Lego Indiana Jones), because it's so fun to run around the fully built Lego worlds, smashing everything you see--but you don't get to build anything new or creative.

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