Tuesday, September 4, 2012 - 07:49
With the Republican and Democratic National Conventions kicking this year's election season into high gear, the video game industry is bolstering public engagement and awareness around the upcoming presidential election. Game designers, developers and publishers are teaming up with voter-turnout organizations, and encouraging Americans to exercise their voting rights.
Monday, September 3, 2012 - 12:39
There is someone in the world, as I write these lines, who has been waiting for almost a decade to be able to download Gungrave: Overdose. He unjustifiably loves the game, and believes it would be even better if the game could be downloadable on its Playstation hard drive. Eight years have passed and the long awaited miracle has finally crossed over from hope to reality.
Monday, September 3, 2012 - 09:06
Alison Sweeney made a name for herself as Sami Brady Hernandez on the NBC soap operat “Says of Our Lives.” But prime time NBC viewers know her as the host of “The Biggest Loser.” Gamers know Sweeney from her work with EA Sports Active, the fitness game that used Wii and Kinect to help get people in shape. Sweeney took to the football field in another NBC special, the EA Sports Madden NFL 13 Pigskin Pro Am, in Chicago. She talks about Madden, fitness and gaming in the exclusive video interview below.
Monday, September 3, 2012 - 08:06
Scott Tyler Clary is one of the names you’ll be hearing a lot about at Rio 2016 after the retirement of Michael Phelps. The Olympic gold medalist made his debut at London 2012, but he’s been winning medals his entire life. Clary won gold in the 200-meter backstroke in Olympic record time. In total, he has won eleven medals in major international competitions: one gold, seven silver, and three bronze spanning the Summer Olympics, FINA World Championships, Pan Pacific Championships and Pan American Games. He talks about his gaming background and his love of World of Warcraft in this exclusive video interview below.
Monday, September 3, 2012 - 08:14
World Golf Tour has made the successful transition beyond golf with the WGT Baseball: MLB game on Facebook. After several months of early testing, WGT Baseball: MLB is currently the largest baseball game on Facebook with a steadily growing audience of over 200,000 monthly users. YuChiang Cheng, CEO of WGT Media, talks about the new game in the exclusive video interview below.
Monday, September 3, 2012 - 07:11
Maria Menounos is used to video games. She went virtual as a Bond girl in Electronic Arts’ remake of From Russia with Love. Most recently, the “Extra” TV reporter got into the wrestling ring and tried life out as a WWE Diva. She talks about THQ’s WWE 13 game and her own gaming background at SummerSlam in the exclusive video interview below.
Sunday, September 2, 2012 - 15:18
FreQuency and Amplitude, as far as rhythm games go, are close to perfection. While the included soundtracks weren't always slices of heaven, the track-capturing, fast-moving musical roller coaster foreshadowed the eventual success of Guitar Hero and Rock Band and a host of me-too releases whose popularity is now certainly waning.
Sunday, September 2, 2012 - 12:08
Upon seeing the launch trailer to this game I was really expecting to play a mindlessly over-the-top, silly and lighthearted samurai action/adventure game in a similar style to the likes of Saints Row, but what you get with Way of the Samurai 4 by developer Acquire is something a lot more reminiscent of a teenage boy who can’t decide whether he wants to grow up or hold onto his immature ways.
Sunday, September 2, 2012 - 11:28
Seventeen years and 17 games after the release of the first Command & Conquer title, Electronic Arts is bringing Command & Conquer The Ultimate Collection to PC gamers this October for $50. A compilation of all 17 games that have made Command & Conquer the #1 selling real-time strategy (RTS) franchise of all time, this collection will not only give fans a chance to re-experience all three award-winning Command & Conquer universes – the epic clash between the GDI and Nod in Tiberium, the alternate Cold War of the Red Alert series and the modern warfare in Generals – but will also give them early access to the upcoming beta for the new Frostbite 2 powered Command & Conquer, coming in 2013.
Sunday, September 2, 2012 - 11:39
SQUARE ENIX HOLDINGS is introducing a new technology service for high definition games in the browser called COREONLINE. Developed by Hapti.co studio, a wholly owned Square Enix Group subsidiary, COREONLINE allows users to easily play popular, console quality games on the web. The new digital distribution service will bypass retail and bring classic games instantly online, including Tomb Raider titles, for free with advertising or paid without ads. Camilla Luddington talks Lara Croft in the exclusive video below.
Sunday, September 2, 2012 - 09:30
Coming off a successful Gamescom 2012 showing in Cologne, Germany, eSports returns to Germany. At IFA 2012 in Berlin through September 5 at the world’s leading trade show for consumer electronics and electrical home appliances, Europe’s leading gamers will be competing with in the ESL XMG Arena.
Sunday, September 2, 2012 - 09:25
With an NHL lockout looming, Electronic Arts is opening up the sport of videogame hockey in September. For the first time ever in a professional league simulation sports video game, EA SPORTS NHL 13 has added female athletes as playable characters. Former Team USA superstar Angela Ruggiero will join former Team Canada great Hayley Wickenheiser, both four-time Olympic Ice Hockey medalists, as playable legends in NHL 13. NHL Hall of Famers Doug Gilmour, Jari Kurri, and NHL legend Dominik Hasek will also be added to the roster of legends which includes the likes of Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux. The NHL 13 demo is available for download now via Xbox Live and PlayStation Network. Promising the biggest year on year innovation to the franchise on this console generation, NHL 13 will be available on September 11, 2012 in North America.
Saturday, September 1, 2012 - 21:11
Frenzied fighters comprise a good portion of any retro gramer's library, and for good reason: they're ridiculously fun. From Pocket Fighter to Darkstalkers, these colorful, frenetic brawlers incorporate hilariously varied and random combos, loud artwork, and fluid animations to back it all up. Jojo's Bizarre Adventure is a blast from the past that follows in the footsteps of these fantastic games -- a Dreamcast/PlayStation release that followed the events of the popular manga. The cult classic is celebrating its 25th anniversary and to commemorate the event Capcom has released an HD version via PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade. Nostalgia can be a powerful factor when influencing our feelings one way or another toward particular releases, but is that enough to propel this bizarre adventure into greatness?
Saturday, September 1, 2012 - 19:31
Nintendo fans found a spectacular way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the iconic Kirby video game character. On Sept. 1 at the PAX Prime conference in Seattle, 536 attendees gathered together and set a new Guinness World Records achievement for the most people blowing a chewing gum bubble simultaneously. Participants had fun blowing bubbles that resembled the round, pink Kirby and helped Nintendo of America celebrate, after a representative from Guinness World Records confirmed the official record-setting count.
Saturday, September 1, 2012 - 19:43
Electronic Arts already locked up one of the best soccer players in the world with Barcelona and Argentina superstar Lionel Messi. Now they’ve added nine more footballers. Messi will appear on EA Sports FIFA Soccer 13 covers around the world Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Hart in the United Kingdom, Karim Benzema in France, Roberto Soldado in Spain, Claudio Marchisio in Italy, and others all over the world. The game launches September 25 in North America and September 28 worldwide. The stars will grace the cover of FIFA Soccer 13 packaging, be integrated into marketing and advertising campaigns, and utilized in social media activities around the world.
Saturday, September 1, 2012 - 19:22
World Golf Tour has slowly, but surely, grown its audience of golf enthusiasts over the years. The free-to-play golf game is the most popular online golf game in the world, beating EA Sports and Tiger Woods at their own game. In addition, www.wgt.com, which doubles as a social media destination for golfers, has become the top golf destination online. The gaming site has beaten out PGA.com and Golf.com to win this title. WGT Media CEO YuChiang Cheng talks about how a small start-up has become such a powerhouse in this exclusive video interview below.
Saturday, September 1, 2012 - 19:04
WWE fans know the voice of Jim Ross, or J.R., very well. The Hall of Famer has been the play-by-play man on Monday Night Raw for nearly a decade. The tough Oklahoman coined the phrase "business is about to pick up." Always sporting his trademark black Resistol cowboy hat, J.R. has been a WWE staple in the broadcast booth since 1993. He talks about the new WWE 13 game from THQ and discusses the Attitude era from the ‘90s in this exclusive video interview below.
Saturday, September 1, 2012 - 10:21
Ubisoft is set to release their new Assassin’s Creed this October and to bring us what seems to be the most anticipated game of the year. It is not an easy task to produce a third title to such a brilliant and successful franchise. The first game was great and almost created a new genre in itself. Developing the second was already a risk. Many tried to release follow up and many have failed. The secret is supposedly straight forward though, take the good, make it better and rub a few flaws away. Easier said than done, but surfing the wave is the way. However, that cannot work for a third iteration. You need to replicate the success to reinvent yourself; you need a fresh gameplay while keeping the atmosphere and the emotion of the license. To find that balance takes a touch of genius and some very, very hard work. And that seems to be what Ubisoft and its army of more than 700 individuals through five studios around the world have spent the last three years working towards.
Friday, August 31, 2012 - 12:06
I just want to say, I’m totally behind the idea of there being more adventure games. Even though Deponia on PC is an older game just now being translated into english, it’s still cool that the genre still has some life left in it.
Friday, August 31, 2012 - 12:01
Signal Studio, the makers of the hit videogame franchise Toy Soldiers, is bringing the hot free-to-play gaming phenomenon to consoles with the upcoming action RPG, Ascend: New Gods. The new game will be available on Xbox LIVE in early 2013.
Friday, August 31, 2012 - 12:20
This book, designed and written by Matt Nava, Art Director on Journey, provides an insider’s view into the stylistic influences, narrative functions, and game design goals that shaped the final look of the game. Readers will discover how Journey's landscapes, cut-scenes, and much-loved robed traveler came to be. Kellee Santiago talks about the game in the exclusive video interview below.
Friday, August 31, 2012 - 11:53
NAMCO BANDAI Games America used PAX Prime 2012 to announce that World Tekken Federation, the premium online service for TEKKEN TAG TOURNAMENT 2, will be available free of charge when the game is released worldwide the week of September 10, 2012 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
Friday, August 31, 2012 - 10:12
Sega of America and Gearbox Software have unleashed the Escape mode, a new competitive multiplayer mode for Aliens: Colonial Marines, which launches February 12, 2013 worldwide. With a competitive death match game mode already revealed earlier in the year, Escape mode is the second in a number of competitive multiplayer modes for Aliens: Colonial Marines and will challenge players in an intense scenario against the universe’s deadliest killers, the Xenomorph. Escape mode will debut at PAX Prime 2012 in Seattle. The new mode could be perfect for eSports.
Friday, August 31, 2012 - 09:39
Industry newcomer Spectre Media has released a new video game based on Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions' Starship Troopers: Invasion. Executive produced by Casper Van Dien (Johnny Rico from Starship Troopers, Starship Troopers: Marauder) and Ed Neumeier (writer Starship Troopers and Starship Troopers: Marauder); produced by Joseph Chou of Sola Digital; and directed by Shinji Aramaki (Halo Legends), the game delves further into the new CGI reboot. The men behind the new movie talk about the game in the exclusive video interview below.
Friday, August 31, 2012 - 09:59
Major League Gaming (MLG) is bringing the new Halo 4 game to eSports. Days before its official release on November 6, Halo 4 will be featured as part of the competition at the MLG Fall Championship in Dallas, Texas, November 2-4. The Halo community will have the exclusive opportunity to compete in Dallas playing the highly anticipated game before it goes on sale to the public.