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Move over Johnny, mom and pop want to use the Xbox, and they don't intend to play Call of Duty. In fact, they're not commandeering your console for any game in particular; they want to watch a movie on Netflix. Or maybe it's a Hulu Plus? It doesn't matter, the point is, your game console is much more capable than the Atari 2600 your parents grew up with, almost a new category of entertainment, really. Do kids still play outside? If so, have at it, mom and dad are going to be awhile, they just just discovered Crackle. Such is the evolution of the modern day game console. A report in USA Today examines the big 3 in consoles (Nintendo Wii, Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360) and notes that all... Read more...
We don't know if Electronics Arts' upcoming update for Battlefield 3 qualifies as the mother of all game patches, but it's certainly in contention for the update crown. EA said the update, which will roll out on June 4-5, is "a big one," an understatement of epic proportion, considering the multitude of tweaks, changes, enhancements, and fixes included within. "The next Battlefield 3 update goes live June 4-5 on all formats. As usual, the period between the last update and this upcoming one has been spent listening to our community, tweaking parameters, balancing performance, and eliminating issues that we have found with your help," EA announced in a blog post. "In short, the June update will... Read more...
Brace yourself for a new Tomb Raider game. After a long hiatus courtesy of developer delays and other bumps in the road, Lara Croft appears ready to once again challenge gamers as the franchise gets a reboot. To help spark excitement among fans of the series, as well as those who perhaps have never played a Tomb Raider title, a teaser trailer has been released ahead of next week's E3 2012 exposition. The trailer, shown above, is less than a half a minute long and shows "the first shots of gameplay from the upcoming Tomb Raider!," according to the video's description. Originally scheduled to land on store shelves in 2012, Eidos recently announced that it would ship in the first quarter of 2012.... Read more...
It's said that nothing is certain but death and taxes, but whomever first uttered those words clearly didn't own a PlayStation. For if that person did, surely he/she would have added 'PlayStation Network downtime' to the list of life's absolute certainties. As it were, that's precisely the case today, as Sony spends the entire day performing routine maintenance. "Regular maintenance is a necessary part of operating a service such as PSN. As part of our efforts to continue to deliver you a world-class online entertainment experience on your PS3 and PS Vita devices, we will be performing maintenance on the network on Thursday, May 24th, starting at approximately 8:00 am PDT / 10:00 am EDT and concluding... Read more...
New and used games retailer GameStop is starting to move away from selling titles for Sony's PlayStaton Portable (PSP) game console, instead choosing to focus on newer platforms, like the PS Vita. According to reports, GameStop has removed PSP games from a quarter of its stores, yanking them out of the smallest brick-and-mortar locations. The reason, according to what Kotaku was told by a GameStop spokesperson, is to "maximize the merchandising space in the smallest 25 percent of stores." And for the remaining 75 percent of stores that will continue to carry PSP games, they'll be serving up "a greater assortment," the spokesperson said. Image Source: Flickr (ShopRite) Kotaku surmises that this... Read more...
Old Man Winter made an early exit this year in may parts of the country, and perhaps the unexpected sunshine led to gamers discovering things to do outside the house. Whatever the reason, by the time April rolled around, videogame sales were on a sharp decline, dropping a whopping 32 percent to $630.4 million in the U.S., according to NPD Group's data. Breaking it down by category, software sales plummeted 42 percent to $307.2 million, a figure that includes PC and console games, and related hardware dropped 32 percent to $189.7 million. If not Old Man Winter, go ahead and blame the Easter Bunny. "This year, Easter fell very early in April, which means most Easter-related purchases may have fallen... Read more...
Sony President and Chief Executive Officer, Kaz Hirai, revealed during a conference call this week that his company has shipped 1.8 million PS Vita consoles up through the end of March. Looking ahead, Hirai expects to sell an additional 10 million units by the end of March in 2013, a bold prediction given the console's past performance. "About Vita, the last year, [we sold] 1.8 million units in the U.S., Japan, Asia, and Europe. And as a starting phase, I think it was a good start," Hirai said via a translator, according to Eurogamer.net. That amounts to about 600,000 PS Vita sales a month since it was introduced, and at that pace, it would impossible to sell 10 million units by this time next... Read more...
Hey, you there, are you about to purchase a Nintendo DS XL or DSi handheld game console? Well, don't! It's not that we have anything against either of Nintendo's predecessors to the 3DS, it's just that word on the Web is that some pretty big price cuts are in the pipeline, so if you pay full price today, you'll kick yourself in a couple of weeks. Here's the deal. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, Nintendo is going to slash the price of the monster-sized DS XL to $129, down $40 from it's current $169 selling price, and the DSi to $99, down $50 from its $149 selling price. When? May 20th, which is a week from Sunday. Those are pretty significant reductions for consoles that are... Read more...
Cash strapped gamers who would rather avoid paying a large upfront fee for an Xbox 360 console can take advantage of a subsidized offer that has Microsoft charging $99 for a 4GB game console with Kinect and Xbox Live Gold membership, provided you pass a credit check and agree to a two-year service agreement at $15/month. The previously rumored deal has been confirmed on Microsoft's website, and we have some concrete details to share. Let's have a look. The subsidized offer is only available in one of Microsoft's 16 stores, meaning you can't march into your local Best Buy and demand a sales associate sell you an Xbox 360 console for a Benjamin. If you do happen to live near one of the Microsoft... Read more...
Bethesda Softworks last Thursday finally and officially announced The Elder Scrolls Online, an "epic MMO" of sorts that will become "the first Elder Scrolls game to allow players to explorer the series' universe with others." Following the announcement, Bethesda has now released its first teaser trailer, a 1-minute YouTube clip with a strong emphasis on 'teaser.' There's not a whole lot of reveal going on, just a nifty soundtrack and some gnarly narration to get you pumped about the upcoming game. According to Game Informer, which looks to have had an exclusive on announcing the MMO, Zenimax Online Studios is in charge of producing the title that will take place before the events of Skyrim. Check... Read more...
Some people would have you believe that PC gaming is all but dead, nothing more than a decrepit reminder of the early days of videogames, and one that's on life support as publishers and developers switch their focus to dedicated consoles and mobile platforms. They are, of course, dead wrong. So wrong, in fact, that Jon Peddie Research (JPR) saw fit to announce that the PC gaming hardware market is on pace to hit $23.6 billion in 2012, which is hardly the sign of a dying sector. "We are witnessing the market morph and grow into different areas. This has always been a strong point of PC gaming; the ability to adapt to different entertainment environments and requirements. The hobbyist aspect of... Read more...
There are a couple of things to announce here. First and foremost, if you haven't heard the news by now, Al Lowe and Replay Games reached their goal of raising half a million dollars on Kickstarter to fund a complete remake of Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards, a classic adventure game largely responsible for corrupting an entire generation of adventure gamers, myself included. "I'm thrilled that so many fans remembered and loved my Leisure Suit Larry games after all these years (and a couple of failed games by others). It's great: together they will enable us to corrupt a whole new generation of gamers!," Al Lowe told HotHardware in an email. The remade Larry game will feature... Read more...
Some Nintendo 3DS owners have complained about the system's Home screen being too cluttered with no real way to clean it up without deleting items. Well, that's about to change. Nintendo is the mood for some spring cleaning and plans on releasing a firmware update later this month that will let 3DS owners wrangle tiles on the Home screen and drop them into folders. "Get ready to update your Nintendo *3DS on 4/25! This system Update will let you organize your Home Menu," @NintendoAmerica announced via Twitter. If you happen to speak or otherwise understand Japanese, you can hear all about it from Nintendo President Satoru Iwata in a Nintendo Direct conference livestream (click here). Otherwise,... Read more...
If it's been a long an stressful work week and you're in need of a hack-n-slash fix before starting it all anew on Monday, Blizzard has some good news. Diablo III will be available as an open beta this weekend starting today (Friday, April 20) at 12:01 PM PDT and going until Monday morning (April 23) at 10:00 AM PDT. "We're pleased to announce the Diablo III open beta weekend, which offers open access to all players with a valid Battle.net account!," Blizzard said in a blog post. "Beginning this Friday everyone is invited to log in and help us put the game and servers through their paces in this three day stress test as we march toward the game's release on May 15." The open beta will let you... Read more...
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