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  • Opinion: Highlights from Japan and the CEATEC Show

    The recent Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies trade show and the streets of Akihabara, Japan, were filled with current and upcoming eye-catching technology.

  • Opinion: Mass Effect 3 Getting 'Galaxy of War' Multiplayer Mode

    If you asked me what the thing the Mass Effect series needed most, multiplayer would be my last answer. We're talking about a game by a company celebrated by its most devoted for putting lengthy talking-head sequences betwixt staccato bursts of action—action, mind you, that right through Mass Effect 2, doesn't hold a candle to far better shooters like Halo, BioShock, Half-Life, and Battlefield.

  • Opinion: MMORPG NEStalgia Looks Like 1987, Plays Like 2011

    NEStalgia may be something unique, or at least rare: a game that takes a modern genre, the graphical MMORPG, and transports it back in time to the late 1980s, well before even the oldest MMOs were envisioned. Text-based MU*s were around, of course, but 'MMORPG' generally refers to consumer games with graphical interfaces. Many older MMORPGs, such as Meridian 59, are still kicking but NEStalgia goes them one better creating an MMO in the style of 8-bit NES games such as the earliest iterations of Final Fantasy.

  • Opinion: Dark Souls, or The Hero with a Thousand Pointless Faces

    So I'm rolling a character in Dark Souls, which is like rolling a character in Demon's Souls, which is like rolling a character in most roleplaying games the past three or four decades: gender as aesthetic, ye olde tank/nuke/stealth professions, and eight more or less classic attributes, e.g. strength, dexterity, intelligence. Someone's stuck a yellowish Conan of Cimmeria-style face left of the "Create Character" text. "Everyman" looks like Conan, I guess.

  • Opinion: DICE Swaps Battlefield 3 ThreatHammer for BanHammer

    Didn't your parents tell you cheaters never prosper? Or wait, is it "cheaters never win, liars never prosper"? Or maybe "Liars shouldn't gamble, cheaters can't reproduce"? So confused.

  • Opinion: Comcast, Verizon to Start Streaming TV to Xbox 360

    Comcast and Verizon will begin streaming TV programming to Microsoft's Xbox 360 this holiday season, the companies announced today. This programming will go through Comcast's Xfinity service and Verizon's FiOS service.

  • Opinion: Batman Arkham City's 'Controversial' Perfect 10

    "Stop being jerks, jerks," reads the headline of an op-ed blog, just up, by the author of a "world exclusive" Batman: Arkham City review in Oz's version of Official PlayStation Magazine. In the op-ed, the writer offers a blunt response to allegations he was somehow bribed to give the game a perfect one-zero (out of 10). He's torqued off, and he wants us to know why.

  • Opinion: Dark Souls, Maybe the Second-Hardest Game You've Played

    Today, Dark Souls, and if you've played Demon's Souls, you already know whether you're picking this one up. If you haven't played Demon's Souls, you really should, though you'll need a PlayStation 3 for the privilege. Not so Dark Souls, which developer From Software wisely built for both the Xbox 360 and PS3.

  • Opinion: Battlefield 3 Beta Hacked, DICE Threatens Banhammer

    In what's starting to sound as inevitable as death and taxes, it seems someone's managed to hack the Battlefield 3 beta currently underway, unlocking alternative game modes, namely support for up to 128 simultaneous guys running through the streets of a certain famous French municipality, guns-a-blazin'. That's the...shall we say intriguing news.

  • Opinion: Xbox May Add Cable TV Service to its Roster

    Microsoft plans to offer cable TV service from Verizon and Comcast through Xbox Live as soon as next week, according to a Bloomberg report. The plan apparently goes beyond just cable TV, as Microsoft is said to be in talks with almost two dozen content providers to bring more streaming music, sports, movies and TV to the gaming console.

  • Opinion: UltimatePointer Goes After Nintendo's Wii Remote

    Hey Nintendo, you've been served, and I don't mean in terms of swinging a virtual racket with your Wii Remote (though the latter's surely related). Noticed by Gamasutra, it seems a company called UltimatePointer has the famous Japanese game maker in its crosshairs over patent claims relating to the Wii's wireless master controller.

  • Opinion: 'Skyrim' Voiceover Cast Revealed

    Well this sounds promising: We've got Christopher Plummer, Max Von Sydow, and Joan Allen to looks forward to when Bethesda's The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim ships in just a few months. Those three, as well as Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman), Michael Hogan (Battlestar Galactica), Vladimir Kulich (The 13th Warrior), Claudia Christian (Babylon 5), Diane Louise Salinger (Carnivale), Renee Victor (Weeds), and George Coe (Transformers: Dark of the Moon) are all on tap, says Bethesda in a press release celebrating the roleplaying game's voice talent.

  • Opinion: Wall-Sized Game Boy Plays Mr. Game and Watch

    Waiting rooms are really boring, and the year's worth of Sports Illustrated or Time Magazine back issues can only last so long. How are geeks supposed to keep themselves amused? How does a massive wall-mounted Game Boy sound?

  • 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.



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