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  • Opinion: PSA: Skulls of the Shogun: Bone-A-Fide edition now available on Steam

    Good news everyone! Skulls of the Shogun is now available for your downloading pleasure... for the rest of us, that is. The game has spent the last few months in a sort of purgatory: its PC release was exclusive to Windows 8, so if you're among the majority of folks who don't own Microsoft's latest operating system, the PC version remained out of reach--until now.

  • Opinion: Free Game Friday: Addictive, rage-inducing logic puzzles

    Logic Color Infection

  • Opinion: Sturm und drag: Firefall is a free-to-play shooter you should play--with friends

    My chief problem with Firefall lies with the pacing. It's technically my fault--I've always had a bit of an issue with wanderlust, but Red 5 Studios served up a free-to-play shooter with a gorgeous, fairly large world to explore, and then added jetpacks. Jetpacks! There's a giddy feeling of wonder to be found from sprinting through dense forests, taking potshots at the local fauna and blasting into the air to escape. A feeling that's irrevocably eclipsed the first time you strap on a glider, barrel over trees, down a canyon pass, and faceplant into a boulder because really, you have no idea how this works. Time to find another one.

  • Opinion: Using the Force: Angry Birds Star Wars II lands Sept. 19 with toys that teleport into the game

    The Angry Birds Empire is preparing to strike again, but this time, the target is the ho-hum Star Wars prequels rather than the classic films digitized in the first Angry Birds Star Wars game.

  • Opinion: Why AMD's next-gen console victories are a big win for PC gamers

    Let the light shine on the next generation of consoles. Let Microsoft and Sony slug it out in an epic battle for the eyeballs of living-room gamers everywhere. Let the headlines sing about slightly tweaked gamepads and bundled Kinect sensors. Why? Because these consoles harbor a portentous secret: Beneath all the drama about online DRM and executive shuffling, AMD hardware sits at the heart of every single next-gen game console. Every. Single. One. (Yes, even the Wii U.)

  • Opinion: Xbox 'Mix Party' app lets guests decide the jams

    So what do you need for true party awesomeness this Fourth of July? An Xbox. And a smartphone. And the new Microsoft/Nokia "Mix Party" app. And some kickass music.

  • Opinion: Windows 8 game of the week - Cut the rope

    It’s the simple things that help to keep us occupied and Cut the Rope is one of those seemingly simple yet massively addictive games that you can happily spend hours in.

  • Opinion: Free Game Friday: Jumpstart your imagination with these text adventures

    Ever hear your grandfather's speech about how back in his day they needed to use their imagination to have fun? Well now you can give yours a nice workout while venturing through creepy morgues, lost empires and barren forests with these awesome free text adventure games. They all offer their own spin on the genre and each has something unique for the imaginative adventurer. Nostalgia ahoy!

  • Opinion: Roaches get put on autopilot with the power of Kinect

    We've been more than a little disappointed with motion controlled gaming ever since Microsoft and Sony released their respective hardware to compete with the Wii. It might not be the killer app the Kinect needs, but a group of NC State researchers have incorporated the motion sensor into a "system for automated control of terrestrial insect biobots." That's right, they are steering bugs electronically.

  • Opinion: Windows 8 game of the week: Where's my Mickey?

    The most famous mouse in the world now has his very own Windows 8 compatible game - this puzzle-based adventure takes you on a journey through physics with Mickey as your main character

  • Opinion: Take it easy: Nintendo's futile fight against the future

    In Nintendo's Animal Crossing, you're only ever punished for moving too fast. Run around the series' idyllic forest towns and you'll scare off bugs and fish--your primary source of income--crush flowers, and miss out on candid, comical conversations with anthropomorphic critters. But if you take it slow, saunter down those well-known paths and have casual chats with your virtual neighbors, you'll discover rich worlds and a striking amount of depth eked out of colorful vistas and familiar, simplistic systems.

  • Opinion: Backlit Mega Man 25th Anniversary NES is up on eBay, and it's totally the bomb

    Cue dramatic music, please. This backlit Mega Man 25th Anniversary NES is, according to its creator, the first and the only of its kind in the world. Maybe. Regardless of the veracity of that statement, however, a refurnished Blue Bomber-themed NES is still, well, the bomb. It has custom decals for the AV ports and the cartridge door, a backlit Mega Man comprised of 50 individual parts, and love. Lots of love.

  • Opinion: Free-to-play World of Tanks rumbles into your living room

    When World of Tanks arrives on the Xbox 360, it'll introduce the 48 million-userstrong Xbox Live community to free-to-play gaming on an unprecedented scale. The game's "freemium" model has earned developer Wargaming.net a tidy sum, but will console gamers long accustomed to upfront pricing and balking at downloadable content take kindly to--ostensibly--being nickel and dimed?

  • Opinion: Lego Songbird from Bioshock Infinite looks like it could sing you the song of its people

    Imagine Reyney's rendition of the Songbird from Bioshock Infinite makes my heart want to soar. The details are lovely, and the Songbird is pretty much a spot on replica--from the ever-so-slightly tattered wings to the building it has half-crushed below a claw. The chaos depicted on ground level is pretty awesome as well (though I am still undecided as to whether Lego minifig Elizabeth quite works). Be sure to check out the Flickr gallery for more photos.

  • Opinion: PCs share the love--and the games--with consoles

    Fate has a rep for being the most fickle of mistresses, but the highs and lows of destiny can't come close to touching the whirlwind of emotions generated by the state of PC gaming at E3.

  • Opinion: Drifting down memory lane with Mario Kart 8

    They say you never forget how to ride a bike; I'd imagine the same is true for go-karts. Mario Kart 8 for the Nintendo Wii U had only just been announced, but within seconds of picking up that quirky tablet-controller at Nintendo's E3 2013 press briefing, I'd fallen into the old ways--drifting expertly through unfamiliar curves, scooping up coins, and smiling genuine smiles with gamers I'd never met.

  • Opinion: Touring Tamriel in The Elder Scrolls Online

    It was a productive afternoon: I rescued a pig, solved a murder, and foiled a regicide--not bad for a sell-sword who's 90 years-young. At this year's E3 I scored some time with a beta build of Bethesda's new MMORPG, The Elder Scrolls Online. I explored the lands of Tamriel as a decrepit mercenary, bent on stealing anything and everything that wasn't bolted down.

  • Opinion: Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare brings a bit of green to the battlefield

    In a world ravaged by an undead horde, our last line of defense is held by garden variety plants--with attitude. That's the general premise of Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, the plant-centric third-person shooter we've all been waiting for. At least, I'd imagine that's the story. Developer PopCap Games never felt the need to establish much in the way of narrative for its seminal tower-defense series. And to be fair, Garden Warfare is no less ludicrous than the third-person shooters it expertly lampoons. We got a quick peek at the game at Electronic Arts' E3 2013 press conference on Monday, and it's shaping up rather nicely.

  • Opinion: Free Game Friday: Making a PC-smartphone love connection

    Your PC and mobile device don't get to visit very often. In fact, other than special occasions where you're transferring that new album or movie over, they barely talk at all. It's time they reconnect--literally. Luckily, Chrome experimenters are playing matchmaker and hooking them up better than ever with these awesome free games.

  • Opinion: Five ways E3 2013 can surprise and delight us

    Hey, E3: It's time for a shake-up.

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