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The Best RPG Writing

Writing a narrative for a lengthy RPG is tricky. Not only do writers have to consider character development, realistic dialogue, and story …

Were truckloads of 'E.T.' Atari cartridges buried in New Mexico? A film crew is about to find out

Decades ago, Atari produced a legendarily awful video game based on <i>E.T.: The Extraterrestrial</i>. According to reports from the time, the game was such a flop that Atari was left with millions of unsold and unsellable copies, marking a fatal turning point in both the company's fortunes and the larger …

The Last of Us actor Ashley Johnson discusses the oddities of acting 'with a sock on your head'

Ashley Johnson, who plays Ellie in Naughty Dog's upcoming <i>The Last of Us</i>, said it took some time to get used to acting in a motion capture suit for a video game, according to an interview on the PlayStation Blog.<p><i>The Last of Us</i> was Johnson's first experience acting with motion capture equipment. She …

Xbox One and PlayStation 4: Prepare for the least exciting game generation

This post has not been edited by the GamesBeat staff. Opinions by GamesBeat community writers do not necessarily reflect those of the staff.<p>I’m not particularly thrilled about the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. I know I should be, considering what “next gen” usually means for gaming: fewer technical …

Infographic: Top colleges and highest salaries in gaming industry

Video games are not a waste of time if you’re a programmer who studied at the University of California and you work for Bethesda Game Studios (Skyrim, Fallout). At least according to this data.<p>Casual-game developer Big Fish put together a giant infographic that lists the best schools for gaming, …

QWOP in real life looks more difficult than playing the game itself

YouTube user ProTek Productions snagged some footage of a <i>QWOP</i> cosplayer at Anime North 2013 over the weekend, following the slinking, bending athlete as he attempted to locomote in some way.<p>The video, posted above, shows one man's quest to be the very best at being the very worst. His form, down to …

Monster Hunter 4 trailers show new environments, beasts and cliff-hanging combat

A quartet of new trailers for <i>Monster Hunter 4</i> show the new locales and enemies in the next installment in Capcom's wildly popular monster-slaying franchise.<p>Much of the trailers' content will be familiar to series fans; the new environments, equipment and enemies look like what people expect a …

Moments: The End Of The World In Grandia

Grandia was the first RPG that kept me awake at night. The skillful way in which the player is rewarded for getting through dungeons and other …

Why the creator of the most realistic gaming gun ever isn’t backing down

Video games lead to violence. They warp impressionable young minds because titles like Call of Duty and Battlefield are so realistic that players can’t tell the difference. They are worse than guns.<p>We’ve all heard these extreme claims from the National Rifle Association, from politicians, and from …

Microsoft: You Must Keep Your 360 To Ever Play XBLA Games

Microsoft may be pushing hard for digital distribution in the next console generation, but they seem to be doing everything in their power not to sell the idea to the general public.<p>It’s been established that the Xbox One (and the PS4 for that matter) are not backward compatible, but now we’re …

Razer Blade 14 review: Slim gaming powerhouse brings great battery life - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The <b>Razer Blade 14</b> has a slim design with a powerful combination of fourth-gen quad-core Intel processor and Nvidia graphics; battery life is strong, too.<p><b>The Bad</b> A lackluster low-resolution, nontouch display doesn't fit the high-end design. The baseline 128GB SSD for $1,800 isn’t sufficient …

Computer Hardware

Intel launches Haswell processors: here's what you need to know

Longer battery life and enhanced graphics for your next Windows 8 portable<p>Last year, Intel's Ivy Bridge processors provided a modest but very welcome speed bump, just in time for all of the crazy transforming computers which heralded the launch of Windows 8.<p>This year, the company's new Haswell CPUs …

Not just digital books: How action and innovation are reviving text adventures

Text adventures were some of the earliest forms of video games, but we’ve come a long way since Hunt the Wumpus and Adventure. Some of today’s surviving pockets of the genre are visual novels and gamebooks — two very niche types of games that most people associate with tons of reading. They cringe …

Tropes Vs. Women In Video Games Reveals An Ugly Truth

The Feminist Frequency uploaded the second episode of Tropes vs. Women in Video Games, “Damsels in Distress part 2″ on Tuesday, and whether or not you agree with Ms. Sarkeesian’s analysis on female characters, she does bring to light an ugly truth about the current state of video games: our plots …

'Video Games: The Movie' meets crowdfunding goal, stretch goals include celebrity narration and score

Mediajuice Studios' in-progress documentary <i>Video Games: The Movie</i> met its $60,000 funding goal on Kickstarter late yesterday, which will allow the studio to complete post-production on the film and aim for a handful of newly-announced stretch goals.<p>Funding will be used to wrap up editing, the …

Vita Remote Play required for PS4 games

Sony has made Vita Remote Play a necessary requirement for all PS4 games barring those that support specific hardware like PS4 Eye.<p>The news was first …

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Researchers bring in graphics supercomputer for a breakthrough in the fight against HIV

Researchers have tapped a supercomputer with 3,000 Nvidia graphics chips to simulate the chemical structure of the HIV virus.<p>The breakthrough, described in the scientific journal Nature today, will give scientists a better understanding of how HIV behaves and thereby create better drugs to treat it.<p>…

Random House's online 'narrative gaming experience' Black Crown launches today

<i>Black Crown</i>, the "narrative gaming experience" penned by Robert Sherman which marks book publisher Random House's entry into video games, launched today through the game's free-to-play web portal.<p>The game, which is played entirely through the Black Crown Project site, casts players as a clerk in …

Most PS4 games required to support Remote Play via PS Vita

Most PlayStation 4 games must support Remote Play via PlayStation Vita, reports Eurogamer Digital Foundry.<p>Eurogamer cited a "trusted PlayStation 4 developer source" who reportedly said Remote Play support will be mandated for all PS4 games, with the only exceptions being games that require the use …

Ubisoft: Console transition 'pivotal moment' for industry

The upcoming console transition will be a "pivotal moment" for the game industry, according to Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot. The executive laid out the importance of the new console transition today as part of an announcement of the publisher's plans for next month's Electronic Entertainment …

Google Glass's #1 Fan

For an unreleased product whose initial price point (and utility?) remains a disconnect for most people, Google Glass (via Google+ and Twitter) certainly has garnered a boffo share of media attention – good, bad and geeky.<p>In Sunday’s <i>New York Times</i>, two professors examine a new dimension of the …

Apple 1 breaks auction record, goes for $671,400

One of what's believed to be only six still-working Apple 1 computers set a record at auction Saturday, selling for $671,400 in Germany.<p>The machine, built by Steve "The Woz" Wozniak in Steve Jobs' parents garage back in 1976, was sold along with the original owner's manual and a signed letter from …

Geek

Are Today's App Companies Amusing Us to Death or Building the Future?

Cutting through the hype of Internet Week to find out: Is there a real idea here?<p>Reuters<p>The national conversation of late has revolved around a trio of Washington scandals, a weather disaster, and the seesaw views in financial markets about whether crisis looms. Yet for all their prominence, none …

Microsoft, Samsung to do glasses, prices to range from $200 to $500

Watch out, Google. Even with a headstart in developing wearable computing devices through Glass, there are two major competitors possibly on the horizon, waiting for the right opportunity to pounce.<p>Reports indicate that Microsoft and Samsung are both keenly interested in competing against Google in …

Sony, Microsoft or Nintendo, We're In A Console Rut

Something occurred to me as I reflected on this week’s Xbox One announcement. The “best” part of the hour long presentation was near the beginning, when it was demonstrated that the Xbox could flip seamlessly between television and the console with a simple voice or gesture command. The audience …

Who will win the game platform war?

With Microsoft’s announcement of the Xbox One this week, the slate of consoles for the next generation has become a known quantity. Each major game console maker has revealed its strategy, and game industry veterans can now weigh in on who has the best plan. But the competition in games isn’t …

How Xbox One opens the door for the next Apple TV

Imagine this.<p>It's 2014. Apple has gathered everyone together for a special event. As Tim Cook presents, he says, "Today we're introducing three revolutionary new products. The first one is a cable box. The second one is a revolutionary streaming-media device. The third is a new way to play games on …

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Working Apple 1 Computer Sells for Record Auction Price of $671,400

<i>The New York Times</i> reports that a working Apple 1 computer has sold at auction in Germany for a record $671,400, breaking the previous mark of $640,000 set last November at the same auction house. That November record has eclipsed an earlier record of $375,000 set less than six months earlier.<p>The …