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  • 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'.

  • Opinion: SideBySide Lets You Play Games Against Friends With...Projectors?

    If you cast your mind back to May this year, you can probably recall MotionBeam, a prototype gaming system that uses a projector as a controller of sorts. While the interactive projection idea was pretty impressive, it was still in the early stages of development. But since then, the team at Disney Research and Carnegie Mellon University have added a cool new feature: multiplayer support.

  • Opinion: Arkham City: Not a Clean, Well-Lighted Place

    A few hours further in, Batman: Arkham City has Arkham Asylum's fingerprints all over it. Batman handles like a Maserati with even more to think about, move-wise. But then we expected that after Arkham Asylum showed other superhero games how it's done, even if Batman's not technically a superhero, and the "world's greatest detective" remains Sherlock Holmes (the forensically unflappable Londoner solving more sophisticated cases with none of Bruce Wayne's money or toys).

  • Opinion: Batman Arkham City Launch Party Ground Zero

    A cloud-veiled gibbous October moon, chill in the air, dry leaves underfoot—close enough to the perfect mood for a Batman Arkham City launch party. The line at the game store last night was just out the door, not long but not short either. Well, two lines: one for the store itself, one for another selling the game vicariously. I live just a few minutes from two GameStops, one that's in a strip mall, one that's in a mall mall. The latter's management didn't want to pay the landlord extra coin to reopen at midnight, so they partnered with the store down the road half a mile.

  • Opinion: Rage Texture Patch to Make Game Look (More) Like it Belongs on PC

    It's getting pretty bad out there when the company once renowned for revolutionizing the graphics side of PC gaming has to release a patch after the fact to "de-blur" the game's textures. Not that Rage looks crummy, but you know, consoles—what can you do?

  • Opinion: Batman Arkham City in Reviews: No Surprises Here

    Was anyone expecting Batman Arkham City to suck? Really? I won't rhapsodize Arkham Asylum's source material—yep, I'm a surly superhero-hater—but speaking about Rocksteady's accomplishments strictly in gaming terms, Arkham Asylumwas near blameless, and the sequel's supposed to be that folded into an open-world framework.



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