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  • Opinion: Poor Prospects for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

    It's the final installment in the Harry Potter series, and it's looking pretty awful, as in badly made, poorly wrought, and sloppily executed. I'm talking about the video game, of course, which lands on store shelves today--the opposite's being said of the upcoming July 15th movie.

  • Opinion: EA Snubbing Steam for Battlefield 3 Launch?

    You say hello, EA says goodbye, or maybe just "take that, Valve." The Battlefield 3 publisher put up a list of digital distributors set to sell its modern-military first-person shooter at launch this October, and guess who wasn't included.

  • Opinion: Space Station Internet Too Slow for Gaming

    Here's one they haven't hit on South Park yet: The International Space Station's earth-to-orbit Internet pipe is too slow to play online video games. Or at least that's what Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfiel said in response to a question about playing online games in space during a recent Q&A roundup.

  • Opinion: Stronghold 3 preview

    If all goes to plan this castle-building/seiging sequel promises a delicious brew of strategy and simulation.

  • Opinion: The rise of free-to-play games

    Charging for content is a fast way to make players angry - but only if it’s implemented badly.

  • Opinion: Slay Vampires With Your Phone

    Feel like slaying some vampires today? Or did you fall asleep watching True Blood and dreamt that you grew some fangs? Third Eye, a new free Android game from Viewdle, uses a combination of augmented reality and facial recognition technology to make a whole new kind of mobile game. Whether you're a fan of complex MMPORGs or enjoy casual social gaming, like Farmville or Mafia Wars, Third Eye offers something for everybody. The idea behind Third Eye is really cool, but I wonder if this first game in a three-part trilogy will be enough to hold the sometimes short attention span of gamers.

  • Opinion: Rumor: Free-to-Play Coming to Xbox 360

    Good news, gimme-free-stuff fans: It sounds like Microsoft's planning to invite the Xbox 360 to the free-to-play party soon. Develop reports the company's actively working with developers to get the free-to-play ball rolling, prepping a micro-transaction backend for Xbox LIVE to facilitate an incremental-spend customer engagement system.

  • Opinion: Sony Joins Hands with J.K. Rowling for Pottermore

    Harry Potter the online computer game? Or would that be Harry Potter "the online bulletin board"? No one knows for sure. In fact all we do know is that the name "Pottermore" was trademarked by Warner Bros. in 2009, that an eponymous website appeared mysteriously a week ago, and that it's since been self-identified as "a free website that builds an exciting online experience around the reading of the Harry Potter books."

  • Opinion: Will Game Ads Be Less Annoying if You Interact with Them

    Ready for interactive Kinect ads? Ready or not, Microsoft's planning to make them part of your motion-control-verse soon. The company says it'll roll out something it calls NUads—the NU's short for "natural user interface"—later this year. The idea's somewhat self-evidently to engage you in ways traditional TV ads can't.

  • Opinion: Receipt Racer Is a Retro AR Game built for Retro Racing

    Since the Kinect showed up, Augmented Reality games have been lopsided to hacking for the Kinect, so it's refreshing to see something different, like this Receipt Racer. This retro top-down racing game, created by joshua noble and undef (Martin Fuchs and Philip Whitfield), combines digital input with an analog environment.

  • Opinion: Wii U Games Now Shown at E3 Due To Hardware Issues

    It's another slow-as-a-wet-wood-campfire Friday, which means—yep, let's talk about silly rumors. Like this one about Wii U games getting deep-sixed at E3 because developers were working with "underclocked" units, leading to games that supposedly looked only as good as Xbox 360 and PS3 currents.

  • Opinion: Apple Back-to-School Deal Pales to Microsoft's Offer

    The back-to-school season is a great time for new students (or people who have latched on to their old college IDs) to get discounts on laptops and other computer gear -- not to mention awesome freebies that big PC companies throw in. Traditionally, Apple has one of the best giveaways: a free iPod touch with the purchase of a Mac. But this year, Apple went to the Land of the Lame, and was easily bested by Microsoft's superior special.

  • Opinion: Meet the Guys Behind the Minecraft Documentary

    Earlier this year, a group of indie filmmakers set out to create a documentary on the hit indie game Minecraft. The filmmakers had an idea and some footage, but no funding. But thanks to a wildly successful fundraising campaign on Kickstarter, Minecraft: The Story of Mojang is now in full production. I recently had the chance to speak with to Asif Siddiky, director of photography for 2 Player Productions about how they got started, where Story of Mojang is going, and how their new project began.

  • Opinion: Steam Debuts 5 Free-To-Play Games, Special In-Game Items

    Valve's giving its Steam digital distribution service a new angle with five free-to-play games plugged into Steam's back-end micro-transaction architecture. They're live right now, in fact.

  • Opinion: Analyst: Wii U '50% more powerful' than PlayStation 3

    Yes, that title's surely link bait, but then I didn't say the Wii U was twice as powerful as Sony's PlayStation 3, apparently some analyst picked up by Industry Gamers did. So is this rumor worth anyone's time?

  • Opinion: Analyst: Wii U 'Impactful', but 'Two Years Too Late'

    Michael Pachter can't seem to make up his mind about Nintendo's Wii U. The Wedbush Morgan analyst on the one hand called the Wii U "the most impactful [sic] 'reveal'" of the show, but followed with plenty of scorn, starting with the system's moniker, which Pachter calls "unimaginative."

  • Opinion: Fruit Ninja Game on Xbox Kinect Means Life-Size Slicing

    Halfbrick's ridiculously habit-forming game Fruit Ninja will transform into Fruit Ninja Kinect this summer, part of Microsoft's Summer of Arcade promotion for the Xbox 360.

  • Opinion: Call of Duty Elite: Social Networking Comes to Shooters

    Connect, Compete, Improve. It's a mantra that doesn't quite roll off the tongue, but will soon become exceedingly familiar to the legion of Call of Duty fans around the globe.

  • Opinion: Touchscreen Nook Rooted, Gets Angry Birds, Fails

    Sometimes, hacks work. Sometimes they don't. A great example of this the Barnes & Noble Nook--the Nook Color's resulted in a lot of hacking fun, but the new E-Ink-touchscreen Nook isn't succumbing to hacking as easily.

  • Opinion: Les Paul Google Doodle Lets You Strum Guitar

    Google has created a play-along Doodle to mark the anniversary of electric guitar inventor Les Paul's birth. Les Paul (1915-2009), for those unfamiliar, was jazz/blues musician and inventor of the solid-body electric guitar that kicked-started rock and roll.



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