an indie top-down
shooter PC game by Dennaton Games that came out in October and found
its way onto many a Best Games of 2012 list (including the
has a twist ending that you have seen before. You have seen it in
and in the first Call of Duty:
game. In some ways, you have felt it shake you to your core in every
game that asks you to kill someone.
This past Saturday, 2000+ registered attendees, 30+ digital
game showcases and 10+ tabletop game showcases graced MIT's campus for the
first ever Boston Festival of Indie Games. It
was the first big event put together by the local indie game development
community, one that showed off Boston as a hub for game artists, designers and
programmers, many of whom work in two- or three-man studios.
The Microsoft NERD Center just hosted the fifth
annual iteration of GameLoop, a gathering for game developers run by Darius
Kazemi and Scott MacMillan, on August 18th, 2012. It's an un-conference, which
means all attendees can raise their hands and pitch dozens of panels at an
opening meeting. Then, everyone votes for the panels they'd most like to
This weekend, what is perhaps the nation's most rabidly anticipated gamercon invades the South Boston waterfront -- once again, PAX East returns for another three-day stretch of overstim goodness, as thousands of vidjagame fans pack the BCEC to demo new titles in the jam-packed expo hall, blister their thumbs in all-night LAN parties, watch industry luminaries drop science on everything from gamer gender politics to the Future of Dungeons & Dragons, and maybe see Gabe and Tycho draw random dongs on a giant screen.
Damn straight, video games should get casually referred to in popular love songs. How long
have we had songs about going to the movies? I'm sure that topic used to seem
like a strange and modern pastime to write a song about, but now it's normal.
And it's about time that gaming - one of my favorite romantic pastimes - should
get taken completely seriously in a love song.
You know, James Gunn, for a man who writes for the horror genre, you sure don't seem to know much about your target demographic. Did you know that more women buy tickets to horror movies than men? So, when you say, "who doesn't want to have a beautiful, young, 18-year-old cheerleader with lots of up-skirt shots in the middle of zombie carnage?", I feel compelled to answer you.
I've opened so many doors since I picked up this game.
Iron doors. Wooden doors. Locked doors that led to locked chests, doors
opened by pictograph riddles and lever manipulation. Doors to cities and
dungeons. Doors made out of rocks. Doors guarded by robots.
Nothing prepared me for this door, though.
Jilane's "breeding farms" almost feel like a dirty little
secret, considering how few people have sought out the Gears collection of art books, comics,
thought I'd never live to write a headline quite like that. Sometimes,
the Japanese come up with something so baffling -- yet genius -- that
there's nothing to do but just gape. And it's no surprise that Suda51 of
Grasshopper Studios, who is credited with the weird and violent Killer7 and No More Heroes, is the guy who plans to reinvent the zombie genre with Lollipop Chainsaw
The end of the Harry Potter film series means the end of many things, among them its licensed video game franchise (Or does it?)
HP's future might seem tenuous with the final film's release. But it's
the perfect opportunity to look back at the best and worst of Electronic
Arts' Harry Potter gaming franchise.
No one is playing Hunted: The Demon's Forge. No one
has heard of Hunted: The Demon's Forge. It's a forgettable, poorly made
co-op game that tries to put a Gears of War-inspired cover system in a
fantasy RPG. I have nothing but pity for anyone who bought and played Hunted:
The Demon's Forge.
I'm saying that I feel very sorry for myself for having bought and played Hunted: The Demon's Forge.
It's been a long, arduous 14 years
since the aptly-named Duke Nukem Forever was first announced, but
congratulations, we've made it! After nearly a decade and a half in the
development cycle, Gearbox Studios finally released the game last week...
and it was totally not worth the wait.
Prepare to ride the waves of nostalgia! Two weekends ago, the Phoenix made the trek up to Funspot in Laconia, NH, for a day of retro gaming at the International Classic Video Game Tournament at the American Classic Arcade Museum (which you may remember from indie doc The King of Kong).
In these days of sleek white nunchuks and motion-sensor controls, it's
easy to forget the unique aesthetic of an old-timey videogame console.
Much of the publicity for Catwoman's inclusion in Arkham City, the sequel to Rocksteady's hit Batman game Arkham Asylum, has revolved around her sex appeal. The new Arkham City
trailer above features the pounding drums of Lykke Li's "Get Some" while Catwoman does some unforgettable Bayonetta-esque
Asteroids is a classic game, remembered fondly by many a nostalgic
30-something, it is not the most story-heavy item on the market; but
will not stop Universal from milking the franchise for everything it
can. The studio won the rights for the film two years ago, but it
collected dust on a shelf for months until it was polished off and
handed to director Roland Emmerich
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