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  • Opinion: Star Wars: The Old Republic, Coming (Late) in December

    BioWare's shot at an online roleplaying game, starring "a galaxy far, far away," will go live in December. That's right, BioWare and LucasArts have given Star Wars: The Old Republic the official green light for a Tuesday, December 20, 2011 launch in the U.S. (and two days later in Europe). Because? Best guess: Who wouldn't want to capitalize on the gazillionth re-release of the equal parts loved and maligned Star Wars films?

  • Opinion: Google Doodle Honors Muppets Creator Jim Henson

    Google is paying homage to Muppets creator Jim Henson with an interactive doodle that celebrates what would have been the famous puppeteer's 75th birthday.

  • Opinion: Diablo III Officially 'Delayed' Until Early 2012

    Was Diablo III ever officially on track for a late 2011 release? Not really. All we thought we knew came pretty much from a leaked release schedule that put developer Blizzard's tertiary dark fantasy-themed hack-and-slash somewhere in 2011's fourth quarter.

  • Opinion: Cowboy Guns for iPhone and iPad

    There’s a lot about Cowboy Guns, a Western shoot ’em up published by Chillingo, to make even the most hardened desperado smile. There’s plenty of challenges and a compelling storyline—albeit one delivered with dialogue so stilted that it would make a Roy Rogers picture seem like a Royal Shakespeare Company production. The graphics give the game a distinctive look, and the music sounds like something Ennio Morricone might compose. Clearly, a lot of attention was paid to getting all the details of Cowboy Guns just so.

  • Opinion: Sony's 'No-Sue' Defense: AT&T Did It, So We Can Too

    Sony, Sony, Sony...so your defense for sticking a "you can't sue us if you want to use us" clause in your PlayStation Network terms and conditions is essentially "AT&T got away with it, so we can, too?" This is what we get, people. Shame on us, because this is what we get.

  • Opinion: Meet the Diablo III Public Beta, Officially Live Now

    And just like that, there's a Diablo III closed public beta test afoot. I was sitting in the home office yesterday afternoon, minding my own business, when wham, an email from Blizzard titled "Diablo III Closed Public Beta Test Invitation" appears. Needless to say, I...well, I didn't do anything, because I had to get my wife off to the airport. (Remedying that today, of course.)

  • Opinion: Gears of War 3 Arrives

    Today's the day you've been waiting for, meaning the 'you' that wants to discover how it all winds up for grumpy ol' Marcus Fenix and his posse. Gears of War 3 launched last night at midnight, for anyone fannish enough to stand in line in the wee hours. The critical consensus is something like "It blinded me with awesome!"--the whole package, that is, emphasis on the refined multiplayer stuff.

  • Opinion: Sony's 'No-Sue' PSN Use Clause is Anti-Consumer

    File this under "awfully crass of them": Sony's legal team thinks it can forestall future class action lawsuits (and legal action in general) by forcing users to agree not to sue it if they want to continue using their PlayStation 3 game consoles online.

  • Opinion: Netflix Splits in Two, Adds Games, Upsets Users Further

    Netflix's CEO Reed Hastings thinks he has a great idea to stop more customers from defecting since its recent price hike: split his company into two operations, require users to maintain two separate accounts, and add video games. Hastings announced late Sunday that Netflix plans to rebrand its DVD by mail business as Qwikster, giving the new brand a separate website and independent viewing queue. Qwikster will also expand into video game rentals for Nintendo Wii, Sony PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Hastings named Andy Rendich, who currently heads up the Netflix DVD service, as Qwikster CEO.

  • Opinion: Nonsense: Of Course PS Vita's Not Hitting the US Dec. 31

    It seems some in the media are comfortable speculating about the PS Vita's release date yet this year, right up to the point of phony baloney headlines based on obvious non sequiturs. ZDNet noticed Amazon's placeholder release date--December 31, 2011--for the PlayStation Vita and Wii U after reading a bizarrely straight-faced Washington Post story, and decided, well, that it was newsworthy...in the face of overwhelming evidence (and official word) otherwise.

  • Opinion: Knights of the Chalice a Tough, But Rewarding, Game

    Knights of the Chalice ($24, free demo) is a cheerfully old-school game in which blocky, two-dimensional characters wander a blocky, two-dimensional world in order to gut and eviscerate everything that moves and haul off as treasure everything that isn't nailed down. In some contexts, this would be the work of sociopathic brigands; in the world of role playing games, it's called "adventuring."

  • Opinion: Nyko Zoom Lets You Play Kinect in a Closet

    If you own a Kinect, you are probably accustomed to having to rearrange your entire living room just to use it. To play anything Kinect you have to stand at least a good 6-feet away from the sensor, and you can just forget about it entirely if you live in a small apartment.

  • Opinion: Japan Gets PlayStation Vita First

    When will the PS Vita launch in the U.S. or Europe or anywhere that isn't Japan? We still have no idea, but according to Sony, Sony's PS3-like portable game system will debut in he Land of the Rising Sun on December 17 with 26 launch titles. The Vita 3G version--Sony's selling one with, one without--will also run on NTT DoCoMo's cellular network.

  • Opinion: Super Pixel Bros Simplifies Mario Games, Just as Fun

    Classic Super Mario games are pretty fun to play. However, if you happen to find controlling Mario, dodging obstacles, finding coins and defeating enemies on your screen all at once a bit daunting, perhaps you should try this homemade alternative.

  • Opinion: Five Cool Services Unveiled at TechCrunch Disrupt 2011

    The TechCrunch Disrupt 2011 conference, held this week in San Francisco, is known as a gathering where high-tech start-ups can strut their stuff.

  • Opinion: Heavy Rain Developer Hasn't Money to Used Game Sales

    Sometimes game developers' sense of entitlement sends clouds of cartoon steam from my ears. Case in point: Quantic Dream's co-founder Guillaume de Fondaumiere, who seems to think his company has "lost" sales of between €5m and €10m ($6.8m and $13.6m) to the secondhand sales market. Guillaume arrived at that range by comparing the number of players registering trophies on the PlayStation Network to the number of actual sales. That's a defensible metric for gauging secondhand sales, but the notion that anything was "lost"? Indefensible.

  • Opinion: Xbox 360 and PS3 Come Together in Ultimate Gamer Casemod

    Dedicated fanboys, no matter which camp you sit in, you may want to check this out: A university student combined a PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, giving the world what might be the closest thing to gamer nirvana we'll see.

  • Opinion: Miss Ultima RPG Gameplay?

    Avadon: The Black Fortress ($20, free demo) from Spiderweb Games continues that company's tradition of large-scale, top-down (Ultima-style), story-rich CRPGs. In Avadon: The Black Fortress, you play a newly chosen "Hand" of Avadon, a kingdom which has united (or perhaps, oppressed) neighboring nations in a treaty known as the Pact. As you play, you learn more about the world and its history, and slowly uncover a web of mysteries. Oh, and you kill monsters. Lots of monsters. And rummage through every trash heap, desk, and chest you can find in a mad pursuit of any loot you can use or sell.

  • Opinion: A Baseball Sim for Hard-Core and Casual Gamers Alike

    Com2Us's 9 Innings Pro Baseball 2011 is an excellent title for baseball fans and baseball video game fans. 9 Innings Pro Baseball 2011 features all of the latest players, their stats, team and coach information, and even batting orders and pitching rotations for the 2011 season. On top of that, it offers a simple-yet-fun baseball simulation for people who are less interested in the numbers.

  • Opinion: How to Emulate Any Console on Your PC

    When you think "PC gaming," you probably think about games you play with a mouse and keyboard--everything from Grim Fandango to World of Warcraft. But savvy gamers know that the hardware that powers their PCs isn't so different from the hardware found in an everyday game console. Thanks to the work of legions of troglodytic emulator-developing heroes over the past 15 years or so, your PC can run almost any game from most of the dedicated game consoles taking up space in your living room (or your attic)--and we'll show you how.

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