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  • Opinion: GLaDOS Pops the Question in Modded Portal 2 Levels

    QUADs and epic loot come easy to a gamer, but what if you need to propose to your girlfriend? If you were like Gary Hudston--whose girlfriend Stephanie shared in his obsessive love of the Portal series--you would post a want-ad on a popular modding community, Thinking with Portals, for custom Portal 2 levels that lead to a wedding chapel.

  • Opinion: GameStop Pulls OnLive Coupons from Game

    GameStop doesn't want you using another online gaming service, there's a surprise, but admitting to "sabotaging" retail copies of Deus Ex: Human Revolution? Yep, the company was caught in the act after GameStop employees passed along an official company memo revealing the directive.

  • Opinion: Check Out The (Surprisingly Good) Portal Fan Film

    The Portal videogames by Valve are one of my favorite series of all time. After completing the groundbreaking first game I remember walking around thinking of where I would shoot portals to expedite my route. The long-awaited sequel that came out earlier this year exceeded lofty expectations and left fans wanting even more.

  • Opinion: Dress Like Deus Ex

    It used to be every geek wanted to look like John Constantine, leading some on half-baked quests to locate real-world, dark brown, floppy-breasted dusters (and a lot of not-very-Constantine types to look, well, not in the slightest like him). For fans of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, the search is over (probably before it started). If you want Adam Jensen's neo-noir-looking trench duds, you've got 'em, courtesy the official Deus Ex: Human Revolution Collection at Square Enix and Eidos' online store.

  • Opinion: Review Roundup: Everybody Loves Deus Ex Human Revolution

    You might as well know, I only ever dallied with the original Deus Ex. It sat on my sub-GHz Pentium III PC's hard drive just long enough to load and for me to wander briefly (around the deck of a boat in the harbor of a major Manhattan-like city, if memory serves). Alas, I gave it short shrift and flipped back to Shogun: Total War, or maybe it was Diablo II. Nothing about it really grabbed me, and though I loved Warren Spector (the game's co-designer), my cyberpunk heart belonged to Doug Church's (and Spector's) System Shock—that, and Beam Software's 1994 Super Nintendo sleeper, Shadowrun.

  • Opinion: Google+, Day 14: Playing Games on Google+

    For many Google+ pioneers, one of the most redeeming qualities of the nascent social network was the lack of games. The bad news is that it didn't last long, though, because now Google+ does have games. The good news is that Google+ is using a different approach that should make the games less annoying for those who choose not to partake.

  • Opinion: Will Sony's PlayStation 3 Price Cut Save It?

    The PlayStation 3 just got a little cheaper, but is it cheap enough to put Sony back in pole position after years lagging behind Nintendo and Microsoft in unit sales? Early reports suggest that yes, the $50 shaved off the entry-level 160GB model (from $300 to $250) and 320GB premium model (from $350 to $300) are impacting. In the U.K., at least one retail source claims PS3 sales have surged 65 percent, and both Target and GameStop are saying PS3 sales are well up in the U.S. following the Gamescom-timed price drop.

  • Opinion: Zynga Reportedly Buys Astro Ape

    Zynga has acquired mobile games start-up Astro Ape, according to Business Insider, which notes that Astro Ape employees are changing their place of employment on LinkedIn.

  • Opinion: Blizzard's Real ID Party Brings Friends Together

    How's this for a pleasant surprise: Blizzard has wrapped up testing of its Real ID Party system, allowing World of Warcraft friends who're scattered across realms to band together for dungeon-crawling shenanigans.

  • Opinion: Gamescom Day Zero

    Pete's at Gamescom all this week, so keep an eye on the news pages for the latest from Germany.

  • Opinion: July U.S. Retail Video Game Sales Lowest Since 2006

    It's good news for digital but somber news for new physical retail sales in NPD's July 2011 video game market report. Even NPD analyst Anita Frazier was somewhat downbeat, launching with: "There is no getting around the fact that video game [dollar] sales in the new physical retail channel suffered [their] lowest month since October 2006."

  • Opinion: Next for Nintendo: A Leap to Apple's iPhone?

    Remember when Sega abandoned the hardware biz to be a games-only developer? More than a trifle unsettling for gamers accustomed to Sega perennially battling Nintendo, but here we are, a decade later, and the Tokyo headquartered company has thousands of employees and over $5 billion in annual revenue. Not too shabby for a company that in March 2002 had racked up five consecutive fiscal years of net losses, and that even today arguably holds a fraction of Nintendo's intellectual property cachet.

  • Opinion: Sixaxis Lets You Use a PS3 Controller With Android

    Pulling off a hadouken is already tricky enough, and it's nigh impossible on a touch screen with a virtual joystick. But thanks to the Sixaxis controller app by Dancing Pixel Studios, you can now use your PS3 controller with a rooted Android device.

  • Opinion: Sony Distribution Center Torched in London Riots

    Rioters in London apparently set Sony's Enfield-based DADC (Digital Audio Disc Corporation) facility ablaze last night, reducing the massive disc distribution center to flames and smoke. The massive multi-story, 20,000 square meter building would have likely contained stock tied to multiple mediums, ranging from music labels to video games to movies and more.

  • Opinion: World of Warcraft Loses 300,000 Subscribers

    It looks like World of Warcraft, Blizzard's nigh indefatigable roleplaying behemoth, may finally be experiencing some serious attrition. The number of paying subscribers for the online game dropped to 11.1 million between May and July, down from 11.4 million in May and 12 million back in October, 2010. That's nearly a million down in less than a year, despite the launch of Wrath of the Lich King in China and Cataclysm internationally, as well as a new free-to-play angle with a feature paywall.

  • Opinion: 9 Geeky 80s Gadgets We Loved

    As part of GeekTech's Retro Week, what better way to celebrate the technology of the 1980s to early 90s with a nostalgic rundown of popular and much-loved gadgets from the decade? Here are some of our favorites; don't forget to add your favorite gadgets to the comments section if we missed any!

  • Opinion: Is This the Next World of Warcraft Expansion?

    Still playing World of Warcraft? Of course you are, and nothing I could possibly say about the game's slavishly repetitious fundamentals is going to dissuade you. It's more than that in your book: your rock-paper-macro playground, your trial-by-raid (and Ventrillo) leadership crucible, your daily social hour (or five, six, seven and eight), your video gaming joie de vivre.

  • Opinion: SUPER iam8bit Art Show Re-Envisions 80s Video Games

    Iam8bit, the four-time-going retro video game art show is returning for it's fifth year. And the show is only getting bigger with a larger space and more artists, so of course they had to call it SUPER iam8bit.

  • Opinion: Isostick Flash Drive Lets You Mount ISOs

    Ever wished you could put your ISO images onto something a little more portable? A potential product from Elegant Innovation has your back. Although, it does need your backing too.

  • Opinion: Nintendo 3DS Price Slashed $80

    Nintendo 3DS retail price, come on down, you're the next contestant on "the price wasn't right, so we're slashing it." Yep, Nintendo's marking the 3DS down an astonishing $80—from $250 to $170—not six months after the "no-glasses 3D" handheld launched in the U.S. on March 27th. The new price goes into effect August 12th, which I'd wager makes the 3DS a contender for "fastest post-launch price drop (by one-third) ever."



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