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Activision is spending $500 million to make 'Destiny' the next 'Halo'

Activision Blizzard will spend $500 million to launch the upcoming <i>Destiny</i>, the next sci-fi epic from the studio behind <i>Halo</i>. According to Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick, who revealed the sum at the Milken conference in Los Angeles last week, the number includes both development and marketing …

The insanity of making six retro games in six months

...Or trying to, anyway<p>Rusty Moyher spent so much of last year building retro games he "blew out" his hands. As part of the Retro Game Crunch challenge, Moyher joined up with fellow developers Shaun Inman and Matt Grimm to develop six 8-bit-style games over the course of six months, based on ideas …

‘Europe in 8 Bits’, A Documentary Exploring the World of Chiptunes

<i>Europe in 8 Bits</i> is a documentary directed by Javier Polo that explores the world of chiptunes, sometimes known as chip music, a genre of electronic …

Europe

It's Now Easier For Hackers To Crack Crazy-Complex Passwords

An update to a free online password-cracking program just made it easier for hackers to get their hands on more complex passwords.<p>When you sign up for an account on a website and create a password, that information is stored in a company database as "cryptographic hashes": strings of numbers and …

Japanese Woodblock Prints of Classic Video Game Characters

The ingenious series “Ukiyo-e Heroes” depicts classic video game characters in illustrations inspired by traditional Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock …

Japan

If Disney Princesses Were Old-School Street Fighter Characters...

Yes, that's a Chun Li x Cinderella mash-up. Oh, there's more—artist Mike V took the ever-iconic Disney princesses, and re-imagined them as many of …

Mashups

Why video games may be good for you

Games have long been accused of making players violent, but evidence has been building over the years that they can have positive effects. Scientists say they are not only understanding why, but they also trying to put these observations to the test.<p>The spreadsheet was seven feet long. Printed in …

Call of Duty

Sega's Crazy Pitch For Modern Remakes Of Its Classic Games

Here's something so nutty it might actually have worked: a few years back Sega's Australian studio pitched an idea for a series of remakes called …

Retrogaming

The GamesBeat community reacts to the Nintendo 2DS

Nintendo surprised just about everyone today with the announcement of the Nintendo 2DS, a new, cheaper, and 3D-less version of its popular 3DS handheld. We decided to ask our Twitter and Facebook followers what they thought of the new hardware. Below are some of your responses.<p>Also, if you have an …

The Last of Us update adds new multiplayer mode

Naughty Dog has released a significant The Last of Us update. In addition to addressing multiplayer balance issues and bug fixes, game update 1.03 …

Blizzard experimenting with cross-platform play on Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Blizzard's upcoming competitive card playing game <i>Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft</i> will come to Windows PC at launch; however, the team behind it is working to allow cross-platform play between mobile devices and Windows PC following the game's release, AusGamers reports.<p>The developers have already …