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  • Opinion: Why Playing Diablo III Really Means Playing The Auction House

    It's been a month and a half since Blizzard launched the third game in the Diablo franchise and made it the fastest selling PC game in history, and the hack-and-slash game is now in a somewhat precarious position. While the bugs and stability issues that it suffered from at launch are largely resolved, hardcore gamers are starting to bristle at some controversial changes being made in Diablo III. Their complaints basically boil down to one central issue: This game is not Diablo II.

  • Opinion: Nexus Q Living Room Battle: Google vs. Apple TV vs. the Rest (Chart)

    With Google TV generally flopping with consumers, Google is trying a second approach to getting space in your living room entertainment center with the Nexus Q streaming media player. The new device is one part Apple TV and one part Sonos music streamer rolled up in a highly designed orb-shaped package. The Nexus Q is generating some early excitement, but the device is going up against tough competition that includes Apple, Roku, and [23 June 2012

  • Opinion: Five Ways to Hack Your Video Game Controllers Into Something Awesome

    Games sure have changed since the days of simply shooing pixels upwards at descending "invading" pixels. Today we've got 3D graphics, asymmetrical co-op games, progressive multiplayer games, leaderboards, achievements, procedural level generation, and a whole mess of gameplay features.

  • Opinion: Mass Effect 3 Gets Expanded Ending Sequence; Available June 26

    Game developer BioWare is releasing an expanded ending sequence for Mass Effect 3 following negative feedback from players.

  • Opinion: Nintendo 3DS XL: Between a Thumbstick and a Hard Place

    The criticisms are already piling on for Nintendo's 3DS XL, a larger version of the company's handheld game console, because it doesn't include a second analog stick.

  • Opinion: Free Game Friday: Three Free First Person Shooters

    I usually steer clear of browser FPS games for these roundups. They tend to be made with the Unity engine and end up being low-rez monstrosities take forever to load and want you to be impressed with the 3D while ignoring the lack of any actual game. This week's crop of free games, however, totally goes against the grain. All three games were made for the 7-Day FPS Challenge and all three of them are fantastic first-person shooters you can play right in your browser.

  • Opinion: Air Mail for iPhone and iPad

    It’s rare to find entertainment-for-all-ages titles in the iOS App Store. Typically, there’s little room between the throngs of uber-casual titles and the hardcore ports to find a game that has both the depth and breadth to be truly recommendable to all types of gamers. But Air Mail, a new flight simulator published by Chillingo (who discovers mobile studio talent better than anyone), might be just such a standout.

  • Opinion: Old SNES Meets New Wii U With This Hack

    You could probably say that Nintendo came up with the idea of putting a display on your controller first, but that doesn't make this modded Super Nintendo, modded Super Nintendo equipped with two screen-toting controllers any less awesome

  • Opinion: Microsoft's Mystery Tablet Event: Dawn of a New Microsoft?

    By possibly doing a branded tablet using the new Windows 8 Metro-based Windows RT, Microsoft may actually be trying to reposition itself in a whole new way for the post-PC era. And that may be the even bigger story than the product(s) that Microsoft actually announces today.

  • Opinion: Battleground Europe Game Is Realistic, But Can Be Frustrating

    Battleground Europe (various pricing, 14-day free trial) made its debut in 2001 as "World War Two Online." It followed a familiar pattern: Launched too soon due to financial concerns, it had constant hardware and software issues and lost momentum, unable to attract a large audience. Nonetheless, it has soldiered on (heh), and is still running, and trying to attract and retain new players.

  • Opinion: Learn Vim With Online Game Vim Adventures

    The Vim text editor is not the only piece of ancient software still popular today. After all, Microsoft Word was first released in 1983, a full eight years before Vim. But today's Word bears little resemblance to its original version, while text editor Vim looks and feels almost the same. And yet, Vim has a vibrant community of developers and evangelists working to keep it alive and kicking, with projects like the game Vim Adventures to bring new users into the fold.

  • Opinion: Diablo III Debuts Real Money Auction House

    The most disruptive feature in Diablo III has nothing to do with hacking and slashing your way through the forces of hell: it's the game's real money auction house that lets players sell in-game items for real world cash. Now, after weeks of delay caused by security concerns and server stability issues, Blizzard has finally launched the Real Money auction house. After poking around at the game's economy for a few hours we've got a few pieces of advice to help you play smarter.

  • Opinion: Android Users: Microsoft Debuts a Version of its My Xbox Live App for Android

    Android-wielding Xbox fans, rejoice! Microsoft debuted a version of its My Xbox Live app for the platform Wednesday. Also released: A significant upgrade to the iOS version of the app.

  • Opinion: IO Interactive Debuts New Tech For Hitman: Absolution

    Hitman: Absolution has come a long way since its debut at E3 last year. Square Enix and developer IO Interactive have focused on building an interactive world filled with choice. As Agent 47, players will have the ability to perform missions any way they like. The game features interactive crowds that Agent 47 can use to hide in during and after taking out a target. Roberto Marchesi, art director for Hitman: Absolution, talks about the inspiration behind one of the most-anticipated games of this year in this exclusive interview.

  • Opinion: Free Game Friday: An HTML 5 Adventure Game and a Game Based on a Sitcom

    After last week's roundup of platformers this week we've got a nice range of game genres that should have a little something for you no matter what type of game you prefer from an old school adventure game to a fan game that's creating an 8-bit open world based on a fake video game in a sitcom.

  • Opinion: The Best Indie Games Of E3 2012

    You could be forgiven for missing the IndieCade pavilion amid the massive booths and pressing crowds of E3 2012. Nestled in a quiet corner of the L.A. Convention Center, this tiny oasis of independent game design is packed with laptop PCs running games made by students, artists and independent game developers.

  • Opinion: Crytek Unleashes Crysis 3 at E3

    One of the big games at E3 2012 comes from acclaimed developer Crytek. Electronic Arts showed off Crysis 3 at its massive booth. Coming in 2013 for PC and consoles, the game utilizes the latest CryENGINE technology. Players take on the role of Prophet as he returns to New York, only to discover that the city has been encased in a Nanodome created by the corrupt Cell Corporation. Rasmus Hojengaard, Director of Creative Development at Crytek, talks about what's in store in this new first-person shooter in this exclusive interview.

  • Opinion: E3: Console Games Only Need Attend

    After covering the E3 2012 conference this week, I see that, ultimately, E3 doesn't really represent today's broad swath of gaming. Traditional, turn-based war games are completely absent from the mix in Los Angeles, so breakthrough titles similar to last year's Unity of Command are missing in action.

  • Opinion: Firaxis Brings XCOM Back for a New Generation of Gamers

    One of the most beloved turn-based strategy games of all times is getting a contemporary update from one of the most successful strategy developers out there. Firaxis is bringing XCOM: Enemy Unknown to PC and next-gen consoles, putting players in control of the entire XCOM organization. The gameplay focuses on managing resources, improving technologies, and overseeing the combat strategies and individual unit tactics, while battling a terrifying alien invasion around the globe. Powered by Unreal Engine 3 technology, this new game is at E3. Garth DeAngelis, lead producer for XCOM: Enemy Unknown, talks about what's in store for fans old and new in this exclusive interview.

  • Opinion: E3 2012: Virtual Violence Fatigue Settles In

    Violent video games are nothing new, and that’s part of the problem with E3 2012. Microsoft, Sony, and big-budget publishers held press conferences that were chock full of enough blood and gore to turn the stomachs of journalists who cover violent video games for a living, suggesting that we may be on the cusp of a significant change in how video games are developed and sold.

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