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  • 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.

  • Opinion: Sony Says It Added 3 Million PSN Users Since Revival

    "It's alive!" to basically paraphrase Sony CEO Howard Stringer's take on the PlayStation Network, since the hacker-plagued online gaming service finally lumbered back to life mid-May. Stringer spoke at the IFA electronics trade show in Berlin yesterday and reportedly said PSN sales are now higher than they were before the attack forced Sony to shutter and begin rebuilding the service mid-April.

  • Opinion: Mario Meets Portal in Cool Mashup Indie Game

    What do you get when you put an Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device (you know, a Portal gun) from Valve's popular puzzler Portal in the hands of everyone's favorite plumber, Mario? Well, you get a little game called '"MariO", an awesome indie mashup title that's currently in the works.

  • Opinion: Aggressive DRM-Maker Attacks Aggressive DRM?

    Valve president and CEO Gabe Newell says aggressive digital rights management is "backwards." Half of you are probably nodding your head. The other half are probably wondering what Newell thinks Steam is.

  • Opinion: Performance art

    Performance is a rather intangible concept. When we look at computing technology, it’s seen as a worthy goal – but how do you quantify it?

  • Opinion: Deus Ex Documentary Reveals Real Life Cyborgs

    'Deus Ex: Human Revolution' is here; and what better way to celebrate it than to release a documentary? Don't worry, this one's fun: A new short film highlights the lives of those who have real-life robotic prosthetics.

  • Opinion: GameStop Tries to Win Back Customers' Trust

    GameStop wants a do-over after angering customers by removing coupons for a competitor that were in boxes for a popular video game.

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