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  • Opinion: Skyrim: Bethesda's Strange, Beguiling, Magnificent Dance with Dragons

    You begin in a prison cart, hands bound, juddering down a mountain path as a chorus of French horns plays a mournful melody. You'll spend a lot of time navigating Skyrim's mountains—whether you're climbing through their snowy heights or just staring up their slopes, they're a physical presence unlike any you've experienced in a game. They surround you on all sides, their tops shrouded in rolling banks of clouds and reaching for what seems like miles toward the stratosphere. The clouds sometimes descend from the highest slopes, filling pine-thick valleys or rocky, scrub-covered flatland with curls of fog.

  • Opinion: Android, iOS Games Rake in More Cash Than Sony and Nintendo

    Sony and Nintendo are seeing their game revenues drop, thanks to Android and iOS.

  • Opinion: World of Warcraft Loses 2 Million Subscribers in a Year

    World of Warcraft's eventual demise, at least as we currently know it, was probably inevitable. Even the most storied massively-multiplayer games have shelf lives. So to hear that Activision Blizzard lost around 800,000 subscribers in its latest quarter—a drop from 11.1 million to 10.3 million subs worldwide—shouldn't be a jaw-dropper. The game will be seven years old in just a few weeks (it launched on November 23, 2004), and it's been hemorrhaging players since October 2010, bringing total losses the past 12 months to around two million. Whether the decline continues as sharply or slows to a less precipitous bleed or the game even rebounds slightly when its next expansion arrives, the writing's on the wall.

  • Opinion: How To Install Aurora

    Aurora, "the Dwarf Fortress of 4X games," is a micromanager's delight. But installing the free download of Aurora 5.54 can be a little tricky, as there are steps to be performed after the installer program has run.

  • Opinion: Why Do Metacritic Users Hate Modern Warfare 3?

    Once more into the scandalous aggregation something-or-other, this time with Modern Warfare 3, which looks to be coming up red (but not roses) for players rating the game just hours after picking it up. While the Xbox 360 version's already garnered a critically acclaimed 90 out of 100 on Metacritic with 30 critics weighing in, the average user score's hovering closer to 3 out of 10. Ouch.

  • Opinion: Modern Warfare 3 Thieves Crash Into Van Carrying 6,000 Copies

    Remember when a pair of robbers with semi-automatic handguns stole over 100 copies of Call of Duty: Black Ops at gunpoint? Here we go again, only extreme style: Up to 6,000 copies of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3's were reportedly stolen by thieves in France on Saturday morning.

  • Opinion: Modern Warfare 3 'No Russian' Moment Outed in Leaked Video?

    How did we know this was coming: a clip from Activision's Modern Warfare 3 posted anonymously on YouTube depicting a shocking turn of events in the game, and prompting cries across the web that it's the game's "No Russian" moment.

  • Opinion: Angry Birds Tops Half Billion Downloads

    Rovio's mega-popular "Angry Birds" game has surpassed 500 million downloads, an astounding achievement for what was already the world's most popular mobile game. In fact, Angry Birds devotees worldwide play 300 million minutes of the game every day, the company says.

  • Opinion: What's Inside a Giant Box of Skyrim?

    I dislike unboxing stories for one reason: They look like boasting. Look what I got! Before you did! That, and most companies these days unbox these things themselves. Skyrim's developer/publisher Bethesda Softworks did as much when they announced the Skyrim Collector's Edition back on August 5. You already know what's in the box. What do you need us for?

  • Opinion: Twitch.tv Releases iPhone App, Feeds Your Addiction

    Twitch.tv, the games-oriented spinoff division of live-streaming site Justin.tv, launched a new iPhone app yesterday that lets you view live video feeds of pro gamers (and noobs) playing Starcraft 2, Halo: Reach, Super Street Fighter IV, and more.

  • Opinion: How to Misunderstand Uncharted 3 (and Still Enjoy It)

    Uncharted 3 arrives tomorrow, or at midnight tonight for those who can't wait, or have tomorrow off, or just plan to roll today and tomorrow into one single, sleepless day. The consensus: Beloved by all, and probably game of the year for several.

  • Opinion: Apple iOS App Helps Locate Nearest Haunted House

    Apple mobile device users looking for the nearest haunted house this weekend, there’s an app for that, too.

  • Opinion: Nintendo Takes $927 Million Loss, Far Worse than Original Forecast

    This can't be good: Nintendo's earnings statement for the first six months of its fiscal year (April to September) is out, and the numbers are far worse than the company predicted they'd be back in July. According to The Guardian, it'll also add up to the company's first annual loss in over three decades. The last time Nintendo posted an annual loss? 1981.

  • Opinion: Man Carves Smartphone Dock into Prosthetic Arm

    A British man is the owner of perhaps the most convenient smartphone dock in existence. It's actually a slot embedded in 50-year-old Trevor Prideaux's prosthetic arm, custom made to fit his Nokia C7 phone.

  • Opinion: Battlefield 3 PC Multiplayer, a Far Better Place to Hangout

    "Is this re-spawn on enemy thing driving anyone else crazy?" Yes, Odiepookah13, it's sure driving me crazy. Also: the guys in the Ventrillo room I was using last night while playing Battlefield 3 online, putting it through its paces. We died, then we died some more, "deploying" smack in the middle of unfriendly fire. That's a problem, I'm sure you'd agree, though it's the only serious one we ran into playing through various modes and maps. In fact the PC launch of EA/DICE's love letter to online team-frag wonks was pretty much hitch-free, from my vantage anyway.

  • Opinion: Battlefield 3's Pretty, Messy, Tedious Solo Campaign

    Before we get into it, a few Battlefield 3 play notes: I'm running the Xbox 360 version, because that arrived first, and the PC version's still downloading from EA's Origin servers this morning. The 360 version comes on two DVDs: one for solo play, the other for multiplayer. Nothing to sniff about, but plan on installing the high-definition texture pack to your hard disk if you want stuff like the signs to be legible or the zigzag tread on tires to look like they'd pass legal muster. If you want to see the difference between "standard" and "high definition," there's a helpful video here.

  • Opinion: BlizzCon 2011: The 4 Most Important Announcements

    You probably don't want to hear about Blizzard today, what with Battlefield 3 shipping to stores and launching tonight, so here's the Cliff's Notes version of what went down at BlizzCon 2011 this weekend.

  • Opinion: Arkham City's Too-Forgiving Combat System

    I'm asking for it, I really am: I'm nearly finished with story mode in Arkham City, about to ascend the loftiest tower in the prison-city's center, preparing to do battle with forces I won't spoil here. I've been playing on the hardest difficulty setting, which matters for reasons you'll understand in a moment. The game's percent complete tracker says I've seen 51% of everything. I've finished all but two of the side missions ("Enigma Conundrum" and "Arkham Assault" to go). I have most of Batman's toys and ugprades. All that's left is to grab another 300 (or so) riddles, which I'm saving for the replay. So at this point, a few words about the battle system.

  • Opinion: Battlefield 3: Your Xbox 360 is Now Officially a PC

    I'm interrupting this week's scheduled Arkham City gripe-a-thon to talk about: consoles! Because they're so easy—you just pop the disc in and presto, you're playing! Installs? Texture packs? High-def versus low-def texture mucking about? What do you care—that's for all those un-showered PC gamers, right?

  • Opinion: Man Solves 5 Rubick's Cubes in 44 Seconds; Robots May Be Quicker

    Puzzle super-solvers at this year's World Rubik's Cube Championship set out to prove that us humans aren't obsolete just yet, but one deciphering robot has other ideas. Poland's Michal Pleskowicz has just been crowned the current human champ when it comes to solving the six-sided puzzle in crazy record times, an activity known as 'Speedcubing'.



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