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Here's how you prepare for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

With the release of Lord of the Rings action role-playing game <i>Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor</i> less than a week away, now is a great time to catch up on exactly what this game is about and why it's been getting so much buzz.<p>In this new video, Warner Bros. walks us through the game's prologue, the …

Father Hires In-Game "Hitmen" To Deter Son From Playing (markets in everything)

Here is one way to boost the employment to population ratio, two birds with one stone you might say:<p>Feng’s 23 year-old son, “Xiao Feng” (小冯) started …

How to make dating games with a little help from your friends

Conrad Kreyling designed a visual novel engine to run games in web browsers, and fell into a job with Namco Bandai along the way.<p>When Conrad Kreyling took a job in game development, he didn't realize it would mean biking into a federal disaster area to rescue a computer.<p>On October 29, 2012 …

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AMD Intros $99 Radeon 250x, Promises Playable Competitive Gaming At 1080p

With the launches of flagship Radeon graphics cards like the R9 290x in our rearview mirror, AMD is preparing to devote some serious attention to a lucrative market — entry level PC gamers — with today’s launch of the $99 R7 250x.<p>The Radeon R7 250x is effectively a redesigned 7770 GHz edition based …

Hands on with the monsters and multiplayer mayhem of Evolve

Howling and twisting in a frenzy of rage, my dear monster met its final moments doing the one thing we had done best in our too-brief time together. We stomped on humans.<p>I controlled the monster Goliath, a King Kong-type of chap. Journos from other outlets as well as some Turtle Rock developers, …

Violent Video Games Can Turn Kids Into Progressive Intellectuals

According to a number of recent articles like this one from the BBC, “Violent video games leave teens ‘morally immature.’’”<p>The BBC writes about work done by Mirjana Bajovic, a researcher at Brock University, who published an article in the journal <i>Educational Media International</i> entitled: “Violent …

EverQuest Next Landmark trailer teases a lonesome desert

The latest trailer for <i>EverQuest Next Landmark</i> teases another "building block" area — the desert.<p><i>EverQuest Next Landmark,</i> a creation tool for <i>EverQuest Next,</i> allows players to build and craft items and structures of their design. The video, which you can watch above, offers only a look at the new …

Grim, broken, and grand: the mad world of 'DayZ'

<i>By T.C. Sottek and Sean Hollister</i><p>It’s day zero of the zombie apocalypse. You are hungry, frightened, and alone. You enter the town square of Elektrozavodsk, an abandoned city in a parallel Czech Republic, and see a man surrounded by several dead, naked bodies. He’s flanked by two kneeling men in …

Healthy horror: Nevermind takes its biofeedback scares to Kickstarter — and could reduce your stress, too (interview)

<i>Updated at 11:20 a.m. Pacific: The Kickstarter is now live, the link has been added to the original text below.</i><p><b>Updated at 10:20 a.m. Pacific: We have been informed of a delay in the launch of Nevermind’s Kickstarter campaign. We will update this interview again once the link goes live.</b><p>Nevermind …

Galactic Starfighter welcomes everyone to The Old Republic's space battles today

Everyone who plays <i>Star Wars: The Old Republic</i> can suit up and enter their cockpits in the spaceship-focused <i>Galactic Starfighter</i> expansion, which is available to players of all stripes today, including the free-to-play crowd.<p><i>Galactic Starfighter</i> became available to subscribers last December and to …

The Super Bowl vs. Minecraft - Up at Noon - IGN Video

Brian Altano pits one of the biggest video games against America's big game.

Why 'Assassin's Creed' Style 'Eagle Vision' Is Terrible Game Design And Needs To Stop

In <i>Assassin’s Creed</i> games you can enter a super-sensory mode known as “Eagle Vision.” The primary reason for this mode is to tag enemies, items, or reveal hiding spots—a useful sixth sense.<p>In the recent <i>Tomb Raider</i> reboot there’s something called “Survival Instincts.” It allows you to highlight …

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Spaceships worth more than $200,000 destroyed in biggest virtual space battle ever

<i>EVE Online</i> has its own economics, politics, and trade systems, built almost entirely by players in the 10 years the game has been running. It also has its own wars, as huge alliances vie for control of tracts of space in the massively multiplayer online game. One such conflict came to a head …

'Candy Crush Saga' Creator Accused Of Cloning Indie Game

Yesterday we discussed efforts by <i>Candy Crush Saga</i> maker King to prevent indie studio Stoic from trademarking their game, <i>The Banner Saga</i>, due to the use of the word “saga” in the title.<p>The mobile game giant is attempting to trademark the words “candy” and “saga” in an effort to prevent copy-cat …

Bodycheck isn’t a sports game for sports haters — it’s action for everyone

Sports games aren’t often made “for people who don’t necessarily like sports,” but that’s how developer Ludometrics is pitching Bodycheck, its upcoming multiplayer title for PlayStation Vita. Good, because I really hate sports.<p>“I suppose if you really don’t like sports, then I’ll have a hard time …

Early Steam Machine components cost $1,300, according to repair site iFixit

In the past week or so, Valve started sending out the prototype of its Steam Machine console-like gaming PCs. These devices are early versions of what Valve hopes to eventually sell to consumers. To help test out the prototypes, the company sent out 300 Steam Machines to 300 Steam members, and …

The DeanBeat: The 10 most anticipated games of 2014 (poll)

<i>Check here for more from GamesBeat’s 12 Days of the Best and Worst of 2013.</i><p>I sat down to come up with this list of the top 10 games of 2014. Then I cheated. Since I couldn’t decide what to cut, I expanded the list to 13, and then I shrank it down again. Like many gamers, I agonize over which games …

SOE teases EverQuest Next Landmark alpha for late January

The alpha for <i>EverQuest Next Landmark</i>, a creation tool parallel to <i>EverQuest Next</i>, may begin in the "last half of January," Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley revealed today via Twitter.<p>"It's looking like our Alpha for <i>EQNL</i> is going to start sometime in the last half of January. Very …

GameSpot rejects political sim ad for being a 'sensitive topic'

When Cliff Harris tried to book an ad on a big games website for his government simulation, <i>Democracy 3</i> the last thing he expected was a rejection on the basis of controversial content.<p><i>Democracy 3</i> is a statistical strategy game that allows players to tinker with income tax rates and social security …

Mysterious smart ring project gives smartwatches the finger

A high-tech ring that promises to replicate many of the features found in the latest crop of smartwatches, but without strapping a brick to your wrist, is now one step closer to reality. Smarty Ring, a project that launched on Indiegogo last month, has blown past its funding goal to produce a ring …

The Division's Snowdrop engine makes game development fun

Snowdrop, the engine that will power <i>Tom Clancy's The Division</i> on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC, will rest on three pillars.<p>When creating Snowdrop, developer Massive "reevaluated the entire development workflow to refocus on a smarter, rather than bigger, way of doing things," according to …

Government infiltrates Xbox Live and World of Warcraft in search of terrorists

[UPDATE] Microsoft has provided a statement regarding the snooping reports, saying if there was any surveillance of Xbox Live, the company did not approve of it.<p>"We're not aware of any surveillance activity. If it has occurred as reported, it certainly wasn't done with our consent," A Microsoft …

New Snowden Leak Reveals The NSA Planted Agents Inside 'World of Warcraft'

The Guardian recently said they have only published a very tiny percentage of the NSA documents provided to them by the now-infamous leaker Edward Snowden, and now a new revelation has taken a strange turn into the video game realm.<p>Documents provided by Snowden from 2008 say that the NSA and the …

Valve engineer builds mouth, bum controllers for gaming

<b>Valve engineer Ben Krasnow has built alternative gaming controllers that are manipulated by the player's tongue and body weight.</b><p>Valve's engineers get …

A great app or game is required, but not sufficient, for success in mobile marketing

<i>Michael Dawson is the vice president of business development at Pocket Gems.</i><p>Very few of the 1.7 million apps and games on the Apple iTunes App Store and Google Play are truly successful. We believe that’s because few companies know how to marry great product and great marketing savvy. Let’s be …

Real war is not a game, say Wargaming.net and War Child

<i>World of Tanks</i> developer Wargaming.net and its charity partner War Child joined forced recently to remind gamers that real war is not a game.<p>War Child, a U.K.-based organization, provides support to children in war-torn areas like Afghanistan, Iraq, Uganda and Syria. That support takes the form of …