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  • Opinion: Sony PlayStation Vita Launches With Technical Problems

    The Sony PlayStation Vita launched in Japan on Friday, and over the weekend the hotly anticipated handheld console had a bit of a rocky start.

  • Opinion: Minecraft Creator Notch Makes Minicraft in 48 Hours

    Last weekend, Minecraft creator and Monhang AB founder Markus Persson (aka Notch) entered the annual accelerated game development competition Ludum Dare. In the competition, developers attempt to create a game from scratch in one weekend based on a community suggested theme. This year's theme was alone and in 48-hours, Persson created a game mash-up of The legend of Zelda exploration and Minecraft crafting called Minicraft.

  • Opinion: Ready, Set, Star Wars: The Old Republic Reviews Incoming

    Let's be frank: What we really wanted from BioWare wasn't a Star Wars MMO, but another single-player something-or-other, Knights of the Old Republic style. Because—and I think I speak for most here—the original Knights of the Old Republic remains BioWare's finest hour, easily the best Star Wars game yet made. Why mess that up by cramming jedis, wookies, smugglers, and sith lords into another boilerplate MMO?

  • Opinion: This Is How the World Ends: Steam Holiday Sale 2011

    To the surprise of absolutely no one, Valve kicked off its annual lapse in responsibility today with a series of daily sales and discounted publisher catalogues on its digital distribution platform, Steam. Although our meteorological marketing experts have gained the ability to predict these regular calamities with a high degree of accuracy, this seasonal vortex of bargains—a particularly monstrous object in the pattern of storms that threaten to ravage our wallets—has caught us all off guard by fiendishly masquerading as a seemingly innocuous series of “fun” challenges meant to lure you into the monstrous Charybdis of buying things as you struggle to unlock achievements and post on friends' walls for no reason. What's this? You imagine yourself to be safe from such horrors? You've built an incredibly elaborate storm shelter and reinforced your wallet with steel plating? My poor, deluded friend, I haven't even told you about the prize yet.

  • Opinion: Treat Yourself to Free Indie Games from Ludum Dare 22

    Looking for something fresh and innovative to play over the holidays? How about Minicraft, a self-referential game from Minecraft superstar Markus "Notch" Persson that plays a bit like if Zelda and Terraria were smashed together in 48 hours to become some sort of beautiful 8-bit hybrid. And that's exactly what happened during the 22nd Ludum Dare, which ends today at 6 pm PST.

  • Opinion: Urban Flipper Turns a Building Into a Giant Pinball Game

    Pinball may seem like your grandparents' game, but the "Urban Flipper" may make you take a new look at an old favorite. French lighting company CT Light Concept put together an interesting presentation in which pinball bumpers and flippers were projected with colored lights onto the side of the Celestine Theater in Lyon, France.

  • Opinion: Portal 2 Science Kit Has Talking, Evil Potato GLaDOS

    Let's set aside a quick disclaimer before we get started. Although it would be incredible if this Portal 2 GLaDOS module could actually be powered by a simple potato, this science kit is actually powered by a CR2030 battery. So, you're not really achieving the time-honored tradition of lighting things up with phosphoric acid, but you can probably plug a light bulb into this thing somewhere.

  • Opinion: Star Wars The Old Republic, One Day and Counting

    Will the force be with BioWare when Star Wars The Old Republic officially launches tomorrow? The company's going to need all the help it can get, as it readies to square off, all in, with MMO juggernaut Activision Blizzard.

  • Opinion: PlayStation Vita Launches in Japan

    Sony's hotly anticipated handheld console, the PlayStation Vita, may not be launching in the United States and Europe until February 22, 2012, but it's officially out in Japan.

  • Opinion: Sony's Tablet S Update Just Made Your Old PlayStation Obsolete

    Playing older video games, especially on a console, is a downright hassle. Without backwards compatibility, you often need to have the actual system on-hand, keep tabs on all the wires, and adjust your TV settings every time you want to get retro. Thankfully, Sony is a little bit ahead of the curve, as their line of "PlayStation Certified" gadgets seeks to work with the PlayStation Suite in order to break you free of your archaic technology.

  • Opinion: Hands-Free Phones are Just as Risky as Handsets, Research Says

    You may be aware of the dangers of driving and texting, using mobile apps, or talking with a handset. But did you know that just talking--even on a hands-free device, such as a Bluetooth headset--is too distracting for most drivers?

  • Opinion: New Humble Indie Bundle Includes Great Games, Breaks $1 Million In 24 Hours

    Confession time: I just bought the fourth Humble Indie Bundle, and you should too. Not because Humble Bundle Inc. is offering you an opportunity to pay whatever you please for five great games, including Shank, Super Meat Boy, NightSky, Bit.Trip Runner and Jamestown. And not because you get to choose where your money goes, whether straight to the developers, the Humble Indie Bundle team or established charity organizations like the American Red Cross, Child's Play Charity and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

  • Opinion: Carrier IQ Explains Itself: 5 Highlights

    Mobile device and network diagnostic firm Carrier IQ early Tuesday issued a detailed report about what it is up to with your smartphone data. The company has been under fire ever since Trevor Eckhart discovered CIQ software working behind the scenes on a variety of smartphones. Eckhart originally accused CIQ of installing malware on people's phones and monitoring users' key presses, SMS messages, location data and web browsing history.

  • Opinion: Windows Phone 7.5 SMS Vulnerability Can Disable Messaging

    Windows Phone 7 devices are susceptible to an SMS vulnerability that could lock users out of their messaging functions. The discovery comes from a tipster at the WinRumors blog, who demonstrated that a malicious SMS sent to Windows Phone 7.5 phones would force it to reboot and lock down the messaging hub.

  • Opinion: Bye-Bye Avatar: Modern Warfare 3 Takes $1 Billion Record

    Modern Warfare 3 officially has the top grossing movie in movie history, James Cameron's Avatar, in its rearview mirror: Activision's eighth Call of Duty shooter just made a cool $1 billion dollars in 16 days. Avatar, by comparison, took 17 to reach that figure.

  • Opinion: Free Downloads That Are Worth a Donation, Part 2

    People often think of software as either commercial (including shareware), or free (including open-source offerings). But somewhere in between lies another large category of software: donationware. The creators of such programs give the software away for free, in the hope that appreciative users will donate to support the application or a cause the developer wishes to promote. In this article I cover lesser-known gems. For more-renowned donationware, read "Free Downloads That Are Worth a Donation, Part 1."

  • Opinion: WebOS Lives On! HP's Mobile OS Now Open Source

    The future of webOS has been hazy since HP announced in August that it will discontinue its webOS line of devices. The HP Veer 4G faded into oblivion, but the HP TouchPad has enjoyed numerous firesales since the announcement. Today, HP announced that webOS will live on as an open source platform.

  • Opinion: Texting While Driving Up 50 Percent Despite Warnings

    Despite the fact that 35 states have made it illegal, texting while driving has increased by 50 percent over last year, according to a new study [PDF] by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

  • Opinion: Google's Chrome Will Run Console Games! Wait, What?

    Don't look for id Software's Rage or Bethesda's Skyrim in your browser anytime soon, but it sounds like Google has big time gaming plans for its Chrome platform—plans that already involve running stuff like Xbox Live Arcade game Bastion in Chrome directly.

  • Opinion: Nintendo May Lose Miyamoto As Manager

    The creator of Super Mario Bros. isn't quitting his job, but he may be downsizing his role in game development. Nintendo frontman Shigeru Miyamoto made waves yesterday by delving into a frank discussion of his career plans during an exclusive interview with Wired.com, expressing his desire to stop supervising the large teams of developers responsible for popular Nintendo franchises like Zelda and Mario Kart in order to work on smaller projects.

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