Brian Westover

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With Han Solo, Leia and Chewie, Star Wars Commander is bringing back the force

On average, a Star Wars video game has been released once every 60 days for the past 30 years.<p>Wikipedia lists about 180 games and full expansions stretching back to the early 1980s, for arcade, console, PC and mobile. That number only covers officially sanctioned titles and doesn't include pinball …

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter trailer shows off murder scenes, idyllic countryside

Developer The Astronauts just released a 13-minute demo video for its upcoming mystery/horror game <i>The Vanishing of Ethan Carter</i>.<p>The video shows off <i>Ethan Carter</i>'s spooky atmosphere, massive environments and hard-boiled detective tropes. Protagonist Paul Prospero — introduced as an "occult-minded …

Watch 20 minutes of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain gameplay from Gamescom

In the event that you missed Konami's livestream of <i>Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain</i> from Gamescom last week, now's your chance to correct that. Konami uploaded all 20 minutes-plus of its <i>The Phantom Pain</i> walkthrough, showing off all manner of new gameplay features.<p>The new capabilities of Snake's …

Eidolon is the most beautiful game I've ever thrown up in

Ice Water Games' <i>Eidolon</i> is a first person exploration/survival game set in a massive, stylized wilderness. In this overview video, I take my first steps into the wild.<p>The pace is meditative, the gameplay is simple, and the narrative is as giant and nuanced as the world itself.<p>While exploring the …

Do low game prices spell a 'mass extinction' for game developers?

This is the golden age of independent game developers, who, by their own ingenuity are able to make the games that they want to make, sell them via outlets like Steam, and promote them cheaply via social media.<p>Many developers have become famous, at least within gaming culture. But according to one …

Google cleans up Google Play store, removes dozens of Swing Copters clones

When <i>Flappy Bird</i> creator Dong Nguyen released his latest game <i>Swing Copters</i> on the Google Play store on Thursday, it hit alongside dozens of clones that had already flooded the Android app store. Today, the Google Play store looks vastly different, with nary a <i>Swing Copters</i> clone in sight.<p>Dozens of …

California city repeals longstanding ban on ... playing pinball?

Though the threat of prosecution had been practically nonexistent, pinball had been outlawed in the city of Oakland for the past 80 years. That changed in July when the city amended the ordinance forbidding it.<p>Oakland's strange ban on pinball wasn't so strange when it was enacted, reports the San …

I love the blue shell

[<i>Dtoid community blogger UsurpMyProse answered our recent call for "I love what you hate" submissions with a most evil confession. Do YOU love</i> …