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Ouya (pronounced ooh-yah) is one of the more fascinating projects to hit Kickstarter. What started off as a plea to raise $950,000 for an open-source Android console has now brought in nearly $5.5 million in pledges, with a little over two weeks still to go. Clearly there's a ton of excitement surrounding the project, as well as skepticism from those who believe Ouya has exactly a zero percent chance of launching, which means over 40,000 backers would have flushed millions of dollars down the drain. It's too early to tell what will become of Ouya, but in the meantime, Fuseproject's Yves Béhar... Read more...
Diablo III proved deadly for an 18-year-old gamer who died at an Internet cafe in Taiwan after playing the hack-and-slash title for 40 straight hours without taking a break. Local media reports he didn't eat for nearly two days until he ultimately collapsed and died. Police are currently investigating the official cause of death with the help of an autopsy, but it's expected he died of cardiovascular problems resulting from spending hours and hours in a sedentary position. This is actually the second time someone in Taiwan has died this year from playing videogames. Videogame related deaths aren't... Read more...
If you need to beef up your games collection, now is the time to do it. Steam's annual summer sale is in full effect, and that means big savings on some top-notch titles from now through July 22, 2012. We're not talking minor reductions here either, but major discounts that include 75 percent off Portal 2 ($4.99), 50 percent off Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 ($29.99), and 88 percent off the Sega Hit Collection ($49.99), to name just a few. There's something for everyone, from indie titles to blockbuster hits, and everything in between. New deals are highlighted every day, and you can vote on a... Read more...
According to date compiled by the NPD Group, Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes was the best selling game in the U.S. in the month of June, but game sames overall were down -- way down. Total game sales dropped by 29 percent year-over-year to $699.8 million in June, while software sales tumbled 27 percent to $362.8 million. Hardware sales took the biggest hit, dropping 45 percent to $201 million. Interestingly, game accessory sales climbed by 4 percent to $169.8 million. It was the only category to see an increase. NPD's figures don't tell the whole story, as they only include figures for new physical... Read more...
Rockstar's Max Payne and Grand Theft Auto series are typically a blast to play, provided you're into the developer's brand of gritty violence. As a result, both franchises are also huge successes, but that doesn't mean their respective fans are always happy, In fact, some of them are downright angry that it takes Rockstar so long to develop sequels. Why does it sometimes take years for Rockstar to come out with a sequel when its games rake in so much cash? It just happens that's one of the many questions Rockstar answered on its website as part of its 'Asked & Answered' series, in which it... Read more...
Wouldn't it be great if game consoles didn't cost several hundred dollars, and if the games were free to play, at least to try them out? Well, that's the central idea behind Ouya, a new game console for the TV and powered by Android. Ouya's open-source foundation is the key cog in what the developers hope will be a game changing machine, one that revolutionizes the gaming landscape and turns the industry upside down on its head. In less than three days, Ouya has raised roughly $4 million on Kickstarter from more than 30,000 excited backers. A discounted reward tier of $95 in exchange for a finished... Read more...
You can quit sulking about your baseball card collection or boxes of comic books your mother tossed in the garbage bin after you moved out. Sure, they might have been worth a pretty penny, but apparently the real money when it comes to vintage items is in videogames. To wit, a French game collector sold off his collection of Nintendo and Sega console games for a cool $1.2 million and change on Ebay. The games aren't just a random collection of cartridges. Much cooler than that, the seller claims his wares include 22 full sets of games, including every single title every released on each Nintendo... Read more...
There are two sides to every story, and if you ever felt yourself sympathizing with those egg thieving pigs in Angry Birds, developer Rovio has some good news. You'll be able to play a brand new Angry Birds game later this year from the point of view of the pigs. The goal will be to keep the eggs you snatched safe from those winged menaces that have gotten quite adept at destroying elaborate structures, and who have even learned to fly in space. It's not entirely clear how the mechanics of the game will work, though Rovio is planning to keep the catapult in play along with wooden and stone structures.... Read more...
Summertime is a perfect opportunity for school age kids to take their backsides outside and enjoy the sun, running through the neighborhood to do all the they things they can't when stuck in a classroom. But who are we kidding -- today's generation prefers to lock themselves inside and play marathon game sessions, and we can hardly fault them with a heatwave rolling through several parts of the country. Unfortunately for scores of Xbox Live gamers, Microsoft's online gaming service was out of commission for several hours on Friday. Microsoft issued a tweet yesterday afternoon saying it was "aware... Read more...
There's plenty we already know about Nintendo's upcoming Wii U console. We know it will ship with an IBM Power-based multi-core processor, AMD Radeon-based graphics, internal flash memory, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, an optical drive, and various other odds and ends. One thing we don't know, however, is how much the console will cost. According to Nintendo, we needn't worry about the Wii U being overpriced. In an interview with a Japanese newspaper, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata said Nintendo learned a bit about pricing consoles after the backlash it received with its 3DS console. "We won't make the same mistake... Read more...
Kids today complaining of the Mass Effect 3 ending controversy, bug patches, and game delays should take a moment to appreciate how good they really have it, and where some of us old fogies (by young pup standards) first cut our teeth. For me, it was the Atari 2600 with games like Pitfall (totally rad for its day) and E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial (still considered by many as the worst game of all time). Unhappy with the way Mass Effect 3 ended? Trying avoiding pixel hungry dragons in Adventure, only to be rewarded with a flashing screen. While you're thinking about how good you really have it, tip... Read more...
There's no such thing as a geek who has everything, but that doesn't always make it easy to shop for the geek who has most things. If you keep your eyes peeled, however, you'll find it's possible to score a gem every now and then. One example is the batch of retired World of Warcraft servers Blizzard auctioned off earlier this year, one of which we managed to snag (view our photo gallery tour). If you missed out, you'll have another chance to score a geeky item later this year when Gaming Heads kicks off its officially licensed Portal 2 statue line with a standard model Aperture Sentry Turret in... Read more...
A leaked 56-page presentation spilled the details of Microsoft's upcoming Xbox 720 game console, but what's even more telling is how Redmond's legal team is handling the situation. The document first appeared on Scribd and sat there for all the world to flip through, right up until Covington & Burling LLP, a law firm that represents Microsoft (as well as several other clients) sent the site a takedown notice. Some viewed that as an admission of accuracy, and if that wasn't Microsoft's intent (which it wasn't), then it's going about things all wrong. Since that time, Covington & Burling... Read more...
Nobody likes a cheater, and to keep a "small minority" of unscrupulous Max Payne 3 gamers from totally ruining the multiplayer experience, Rockstar said it will banish them to their own special area, one that's filled with other "miscreants" found to be using cheats, hacks, and other exploits. "Anyone found to have used hacked saves, modded games, or other exploits to gain an unfair advantage in Max Payne 3 Multiplayer, or to circumvent the leaderboards will be quarantined from all other players into a 'Cheaters Pooll, where they'll only be able to compete in multiplayer matches with other confirmed... Read more...
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