Items tagged with Video Games

We all know how it is, you roll into GameStop to pick up a used game, get it home, and find out that you don’t like it. Unfortunately, that’s just money down the drain. Or you get the game home and beat it in short order and need something new to play. GameStop has a new program set to launch in November that might appease gamers that have an itchy trigger finger when it comes to game purchases. The new program is called PowerPass and allows gamers to pay $60 and gain access to all the pre-owned games you want to play for six months. This is essentially a rental program for the large catalog... Read more...
Earlier this month we talked about the folks working to organize the 2024 Paris Summer Olympic Games wanting to add eSports games. Ratings for the Olympics have been on the decline as it appears fewer people care to watch most of the sports that the games highlight each year. This led the Paris Olympics committee to decide that adding in eSports might be a good thing to boost ratings and viewership. As you are likely aware, eSports draw huge crowds and have very avid supporters that could help turn the Olympic ratings slump around and get younger people interested in the games again. Most would... Read more...
Attention all Age of Empires fans, we have some fantastic news. Age of Empires 4 is in development for Windows 10 PCs. The announcement was made yesterday that the game is being developed by Microsoft Studios with Relic Entertainment in charge of the project. The franchise has been without a new title since 2005 when Age of Empires 3 launched; the first entry in the franchise was all the way back in 1997. The other main title in the Age of Empires franchise was published in 1999 and was Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings. All three of those games were developed by Ensemble Studios, which is no... Read more...
For fans of Mass Effect: Andromeda who bought the game only five short months ago, the end has been confirmed. The Mass Effect: Andromeda team has published a post on the official game website confirming that the single player story is over. Rumors circulated back in July that the story would be ended, and that rumor has now been confirmed. Fans of the franchise will undoubtedly be angry at this turn of events. The Andromeda team wrote, "Our last update, 1.10, was the final update for Mass Effect: Andromeda. There are no planned future patches for single-player or in-game story content." "Early... Read more...
Researchers from the Université de Montréal have published a study that found certain types of video games resulted in the loss of grey matter in the brain, while other types of video games resulted in an increase. Specifically, the study claims that gamers who frequently play first person shooter type video games like Call of Duty, Killzone, and Borderlands 2 lose grey matter mass in their brain. Researchers say that in FPS gamers, the grey matter mass loss occurs in the hippocampus, an area of the brain that the scientists say is critical to healthy cognition. On the other hand, the study... Read more...
When it comes to shooters on Steam, the most popular game that isn't made by Valve is PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds. The game is still in Steam Early Access mode meaning it hasn't even seen its full, official launch yet and it is already incredibly popular. This week marked an official update for PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds (PUBG) and this update brought something totally new to the third-person shooter. To supplement the traditional third-person view of the game, the update has added in first-person servers. That means in those servers you have to play through the game using the first-person view,... Read more...
Many game developers use the massive gaming expo PAX West – which is currently underway in Seattle – to unveil their latest wares. There is always some hot, new gaming footage to come out of the show that sparks the usual conversations about graphics quality, framerates, game mechanics, and the myriad of other things that make a good (or bad) game. One of the game trailers released last night, however, may spark a different kind of debate. And we’re not sure that’s a good thing. If you grew up in the ‘80s and ‘90s, you may remember that discussions about video games, and video game violence especially,... Read more...
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...
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