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  • Opinion: Valve Employee Talks Virtual Reality Gaming

    The future of video gaming may lie in virtual reality. No, that's not 1996 calling; its Valve Software's Michael Abrash, a game industry legend and one of the minds behind Quake and Doom. Abrash recently sat down for an interview with Rock Paper Shotgun and shared his thoughts on the future of gaming and potential for VR technology to change how we play game.

  • Opinion: Borderlands Goes 8-BIt In Your Browser

    Borderlands 2 is quickly approaching its September 21st release date and, depending on your tastes, it may be one of the most anticipated games of the year. So, what's the best way to continue building hype? Create an 8-bit version of the game that everyone can play in their browser of choice. Case in point: The Border Lands.

  • Opinion: Battlegrounds Gaming Engine Suite Reunites Gaming Groups

    Remember gaming night? You and a bunch of friends would gather around a table at someone's place and before long, a favorite pastime would emerge from a cabinet or a closet and everyone would be playing. Maybe it was classic boardgames or pen-and-paper RPGs. Perhaps you were the wargame type or preferred to take your chances with a deck of collectable cards. Good times don't last forever, though. Friends move away, jobs change and groups can find themselves split on opposite coasts. Fortunately, that doesn't have to spell the end of play time anymore. The Battlegrounds suite of software (various pricing, free demo) allows players and GMs alike to collaborate in a virtual, whiteboard-like space especially designed for gaming.

  • Opinion: Diablo III Announces New Paragon System

    I know we've already outlined some of the upcoming mechanical changes in the 1.0.4 patch to Diablo III, but today Blizzard announced the biggest change to the game in the form of new "Paragon Levels" that can only be attained after reaching the game's previous maximum level of 60 and provide several benefits to paragon-leveled characters.

  • Opinion: Plants vs Zombies 2 Release Window Revealed

    Not much is known about the sequel to one of the best-selling mini-games of all time, Plants vs Zombies. But what we do know is that it is due out in late spring of 2013.

  • Opinion: Blizzard Debuts New World Of Warcraft Cinematic At Gamescom

    The release of the new World of Warcraft expansion Mists of Pandaria is fast approaching, and this week Blizzard displayed the opening cinematic to the game at the Gamescom conference in Cologne, Germany. As always, Blizzard’s cinematic team has some cutting-edge CGI to show off and we thought it was worth your time to take a look at.

  • Opinion: Diablo III Patch 1.0.4 Brings More Ways to Play

    Blizzard is gearing up to release patch 1.0.4 for Diablo III and the patch seems (so far at least) to be focused on widening the variety of useful play styles. While the game's rune system makes a wide variety of skill combinations possible for every class, players quickly managed to zero in on a relatively small number of superior builds after the game's launch. This led to the vast majority of players locking in on a small number of optimum play styles.

  • Opinion: Valve Release Team Fortress 2 Mann Vs. Machine Update, Team Fortress 2 Invades Hero Academy

    Free-to-Play FPS juggernaut Team Fortress 2 is finally releasing its long-rumored cooperative mode. After years of team-based deathmatches and flag captures, this week we'll see the release of the game’s Mann vs. Machine update, which is expected to add a new mode that deploys a legion of robotic foes (shaped like TF2 classes, of course) for you to destroy with the help of up to 5 friends.

  • Opinion: Gratuitious Tank Battles is a Tower Defense Game With a Twist (And Tanks)

    Gratuitous Tank Battles has some elements in common with its outer-space ancestor, Gratuitous Space Battles, but it is in no way just the same game with a tank skin. It is, however, just as much fun. Set in a future where "The War To End All Wars" never, uhm, ended, it mixes imagery and concepts from World War I with lasers and mecha, and not much more plot than "They're attacking, we blow them up!" Gratuitous virtual violence, at its finest!

  • Opinion: Free Game Friday: Take Over Europe and Land On Mars

    Maybe it's just me, but despite all the continuing Olympic coverage I think the most exciting news of the week is the fact that we landed a nuclear powered robot on freakin' MARS. So imagine my excitement when I learned NASA had developed a game you can play as the new Mars rover itself. Even better, that's just one of three games in this week's roundup.

  • Opinion: Blizzard Hack: A Security Guide For Battle.net Users

    If you play PC games from Blizzard Entertainment such as Diablo III and World of Warcraft you need to review your account security as soon as you can.

  • Opinion: Square Controller Squarepants: The Capacitive Touch-Sensing NES Controller

    Whether you know it or not, you probably use a capacitive touch screen every day. Smartphones utilize the capacitive touch-sensing technology to interact with human skin by even slightest touch, and one gamer wanted to apply the same tech to a game controller.

  • Opinion: The Expendables 2 Videogame, Reviewed

    I’m a sucker for a good action movie, even more so when it’s filled with my favorite stars. That’s why I enjoyed the first Expendables film more than I probably should have. I let it off easy with “well, it’s supposed to be over the top”, as if that somehow excuses it from needing substance. Despite all that, I still pass it off as something that I enjoy. I will do no such thing with The Expendables 2 game for PlayStation 3.

  • Opinion: DayZ To Become A Standalone Game

    Yesterday we learned the popular zombie survival mod for ARMA II, DayZ, will be developed as a standalone game.

  • Opinion: A New Kind of Farming in World of Warcraft

    Not content to recreate the entirety of Pokemon inside of their massively popular MMO, WoW has also unlocked a new farming simulator in their latest expansion Mists of Pandaria. This new game and it’s associated faction, the Tillers, have finally shown up in the game’s beta and now we have a look at how WoW’s latest game-within-the-game is shaping up.

  • Opinion: Big-Budget Consoles Beware, the Ouya Is Coming in Strong

    Watch out, world; here comes the Ouya. A little less than a month ago, the Ouya exploded onto the Kickstarter scene and into the hearts of the public. Promising an open-source, hackable experience for a double-digit pittance, the Ouya seemed almost too good to be true. However, judging from recent developments, it looks like the Ouya may indeed be able to deliver. (We hope.)

  • Opinion: Free Friday: Gaming with Science and Wikipedia

    This week’s games will have you helping out with cutting edge science and using one of earth’s largest repositories of knowledge to make your own RPG. Plus, there’s a platformer.

  • Opinion: PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale Characters and Levels Leak From Closed Beta

    It isn't unusual to see characters and secrets leak ahead of a game's release, but what we've seen leak from PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale has been exceptional. It's almost to the point where we know more from the leaks than we do from official announcements, and that's why we're going to break down what we know and what it means for the game as we approach release.

  • Opinion: Guild Wars 2 Final Beta Weekend: PvP

    Guild Wars 2 had it’s third and final beta period last month. It’s the last time most people will get to see the game before it’s release on August 28th. We played the game for three days and we’ve got three days worth of thoughts on ArenaNet’s sequel to Guild Wars. Today’s final entry will focus on the strongest area of the original Guild Wars: Player vs. Player combat.

  • Opinion: Is That an Elf in My Steampunk? City of Steam Is an Unusual MMORPG

    City of Steam is an upcoming free-to-play MMORPG set in a steampunk fantasy world that mixes grimy industrial settings with elves, goblins, and, literally, "go into the sewers and kill ten rats" quests. Cash shop plans are in the works for, at this writing, a shop of cosmetic or utility items; the designer I spoke to insisted they are opposed to 'pay to win'). City of Steam is currently in an Alpha state, so this preview is based on my experiences with a very early version of the game, including both a developer-lead guided tour and some free range playing during an alpha weekend.

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