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Woe is the gamer who suddenly can't play a particular title because a developer or publisher pulled the plug on an authentication server without releasing a patch to remove the requirement of checking in with the defunct mothership. About the only thing you can do at that point is pound sand or brave the shady side of the web for an illegal crack and hope it doesn't barf malware all over your system. Luckily, the good folks at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) have your back and have filed a petition with the Library of Congress and the U.S. Copyright Office to make modifying abandoned games... Read more...
It’s been a rough summer for Nintendo. First, Sony’s console sales exceeded Nintendo’s, breaking a decade-long winning streak, and then Philips won an important patent infringement case against Nintendo related to its Wii U controllers. Now, Nintendo is facing a new competitor in a segment of the game console market that Nintendo has traditionally dominated: games for kids. The challenger is LeapFrog, which announced its new LeapTV console today. LeapFrog's new LeapTV console, geared towards kids ages 3 to 8. It has a motion camera for active games. LeapFrog has been making LeapPad... Read more...
Think you've got game? Then you should probably look away. While collectors around the globe have long since bragged about owning more than anyone else when it comes to any given category of items, there's now one man to beat when it comes to the idea of collecting the most video games. Michael Thomasson seems like a pretty stand-up 31-year old gentleman, but he has something else to be proud of: he has amassed 10,607 video games, but he is actually beyond that figure since earning a Guinness World Record. That's right: he now has a world record to prove that his collection of games is larger than... Read more...
Saints Row IV is off to a solid start having sold more than a million copies during its launch week, publisher Deep Silver announced on Thursday. Deep Silver also pointed out that the game's PC release tripled its first week's sales figures over the prior release from THQ, Saints Row: The Third. Not too shabby for a platform that doesn't always get its due respect these days. "We are incredibly happy of the reception for Saints Row IV as a critical and now a commercial success," said Klemens Kundratitz, CEO of parent company Koch Media. "The development team at Volition is second-to-none as a driving... Read more...
We have some good news for PC gamers. AMD's free game promotion with the purchase of select graphics cards from qualifying vendors continues today with the arrival of the "Never Settle Forever" bundle, the third edition of the "Never Settle" franchise of game bundles. It's also the most flexible of the bunch, as gamers can now choose exactly which titles they want to receive. "AMD has numerous close ISV partnerships with the world’s top game developers and we are thrilled to collaborate with them to the benefit of gamers," said Matt Skynner, corporate vice president and general manager, Graphics... Read more...
As if the Oculus Rift project needed any more buzz and excitement, things just kicked into overdrive with the announcement that legendary game programmer John Carmack of id Software fame has joined the team as its new Chief Technology Officer (CTO). That's right, the lead programmer of iconic gaming franchises like Doom and Wolfenstein 3D will now contribute to the Oculus Rift and help shape the future of virtual reality. "I have fond memories of the development work that led to a lot of great things in modern gaming – the intensity of the first person experience, LAN and internet play, game... Read more...
Saints Row 4, the embattled title in the long-running game series, is ready for its U.S. launch on August 20. The game's publisher, Deep Silver, announced the news on Monday, saying that it has gone gold and will definitely hit store shelves as planned. In addition, Deep Silver will let customers order a season pass for $9.99 that allows them full access to any and all downloadable content it plans to release. To get fans of the series interested in the season pass, developer Volition has created a season pass-exclusive weapon known as the "Rectifier." Wondering what the Rectifier is? Oh, well... Read more...
Sony has decided against fighting the U.K.'s Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) over the PlayStation data breach that left sensitive user information open to hackers in 2011. The ICO recently reported on its Twitter account that Sony Computer Entertainment Europe "will not be appealing the 250,000-pound penalty" it was leveled with in January over the 2011 PlayStation Network breach that left millions of customer e-mail addresses, account passwords, and dates of birth open to hackers. The hack, which left Sony no other choice but to take down the PlayStation Network for weeks and face... Read more...
Easily one of the more anticipated product launches is the Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headset that had a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign. Oculus VR managed to raise over $2.4 million on Kickstarter, well north or the company's comparatively modest $250,000 goal, and the money is still flowing in. Announced today, Oculus VR just closed a $16 million Series A round of funding co-led by Spark Capital and Matrix Partners. "Oculus began with a single mission: to put players inside the game," said Palmer Luckey, founder of Oculus VR and inventor of the Oculus Rift. "This investment allows... Read more...
Microsoft's upcoming Xbox One console represents the company's most ambitious effort to date to propel gaming into the cloud. Physical media will still exist, but by and large, Microsoft envisions console gamers purchasing and organizing titles in a Steam-like fashion, a method that has worked well for PC gamers. Steam's distribution platform also paved the way for deep discounts and frequent sales on top titles. Might we expect the same or similar price savings on the Xbox One? Perhaps eventually, but not at launch. A representative for Microsoft told Polygon that Xbox One games will carry the... Read more...
Slogging through years of difficult treatments, it’s easy for a cancer patient to lose hope, or even the motivation to keep up with the complicated medicine schedule. It’s hard to have a sense of control when the next lab test holds important answers to your future. To help kids battling cancer maintain perspective and a sense of control over their destinies, HopeLab released Re-Mission 2, a video game suite that depicts the battles raging in their bodies. Your child can choose from several mini-games to match his or her circumstances. Re-Mission 2, which is available free online, features... Read more...
Mojang, the developer that brought Minecraft to the masses, originally wanted to launch Scrolls, a card collecting strategy game, at the end of April. That didn't happen, though Mojang has committed itself to a release date, announcing that Scrolls will launch in "Open Beta" on June 3 for Windows and Mac OS X. Ahead of the launch, Mojang has put together a mini-guide detailing basic gameplay elements. It's a short read filled with in-game screenshots and one that's definitely worth going through if you plan to play Scrolls next week. There's also this teaser video: You'll be able to play against... Read more...
An angry bird in the hand is better than two in the bush, but what if you could have all three? Rovio is determined to find out. The Angry Birds creator will always have its wildly popular franchise to fall back on, which to date has tasked gamers with battling thieving pigs in space and in galaxies far, far away, but with the creation of Rovio Stars, Rovio Entertainment also gets to try its hand at publishing games for third-party developers. "Rovio Entertainment has positioned itself as one of the powerhouses of mobile entertainment, so moving into publishing is a logical step for us at this... Read more...
May 4th, otherwise known as Star Wars Day (May the Fourth/Force be with you) has come and gone, and if you were too busy geeking out to Iron Man 3's opening weekend or celebrating Cinco de Mayo, you might have missed out on Steam's weekend-long Star Wars sale. If that's the case, toss another cup of coffee at that hangover and head over to Steam, there's still time to save some Corellian coin. The entire Star Wars Franchise is on sale, with each individual title marked down by 66 percent. Alternately, you can buy the bundled collection at half-off for $50. Titles included in the collection are... Read more...
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