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Inside the life of a pro gamer

Getting paid to play video games sounds like the cushiest job in the world. Stumble out of bed, fill a bowl of cereal, boot up Steam, and go hunting for thrills and spills. Pants and personal hygiene are optional. That’s the pervasive, and in many cases valid, image of the professional gamer — a …

Can video games be sports?

The Olympic Games are as ancient a Greek tradition as the Athenian concept of democracy. So long as there’s been human culture, sports have been an integral part of it. In their many forms and over their long history, sports have provided relief from the trudgery of daily life and a less bloody way …

E-sports catching up with the Majors

SAN FRANCISCO -- The prize pool for the annual championship for the battle-arena video game <i>Dota</i> 2 hit $10 million this week, making it by far the largest e-sports event and moving it ahead of the Masters golf tournament.<p><i>Dota 2</i> is an online game pitting two teams of five players against each other. …

What Are eSports? A Pro Videogaming Guide for the Rest of Us.

A guide to understanding the esoteric but enthusiastic world of competitive gaming, from the trenches at one of the industry's biggest events -- MLG Anaheim.<p>For some people, it’s esoteric and dull. For others, it’s a thrilling spectacle. Its legions of fans can recite the names and long, rivalrous …

Ten Video Game Trends That Need To Go Away

There are lots of little, annoying game design elements and practices that have come up over time. Some have lived out their welcome and disappeared into memory. Others, like the ever-irritating Quick-Time Events (QTEs) we see in so many titles, remain.<p>Lots of others, too, that I won’t get into …

Steam Machines Are Pointless And Valve Is Struggling To Keep SteamOS Relevant

I remember when I first heard Gabe Newell preach the values of SteamOS. I was sold. The Valve co-founder promised it would democratize PC gaming, break the Windows / Direct X stranglehold in favor of open source and create an array of powerful, upgradeable ‘Steam Machines’ that not only were faster …

Forget making Mario for iPhone – here’s a real plan to save Nintendo

There’s no denying that Nintendo had a rough year in 2013 that included disastrously low Wii U sales. This has led many analysts to say that Nintendo …

Updated: Nintendo’s next console and portable reportedly called Nintendo Fusion

<i>[Updated with reaction]</i><p>Nintendo is reportedly working on a project to replace its struggling Wii U home console with something called Nintendo Fusion, according to a rumor printed by the website Nintendo News.<p>The name “Fusion” evidently refers to the notion that the future portable gaming system …

The Billion Dollar Market Microsoft And Sony Are Ignoring

The console video game market remains huge. Last September, <i>Grand Theft Auto 5</i> generated over $1 billion in revenue in its first few days, a feat even the wizards of Hogwart’s and Middle Earth never matched on the silver screen. And the new PS4 and Xbox One have generated tens of billions in …

3 Tips For Disconnecting Kids From Over-Stimulation, Video Games, And Digital Media

Do your kids need to disconnect?<p>Are video games and the proliferation of mobile devices making us expect constant stimulation? Are we raising a generation of kids that believe they are entitled to be entertained at all times?<p>Like the King with his court jester, do your kids think that they have a …

Greg 'Ghostcrawler' Street Jumps From Blizzard To Riot Games

Riot Games has just hired Greg “Ghostcrawler’ Street as the new Lead Designer for the world’s most popular game, League of Legends. Street spent a decade working on the Age of Empires team, but is most well known for his role as Lead Systems Designer for World of Warcraft.<p>In his role at …

GameStop Crashes After Surprise Fall In Holiday Video Game Sales

GameStop shares fell over 18% on Tuesday morning after the company announced “greater than expected decline” in video game sales over the holidays. Blaming it on the gaming transition to next generation consoles Xbox One from Microsoft and PlayStation 4 from Sony, GameStop reported a 22.5% sales …

This Could Be Why Gamestop Is In Real Trouble

As Brian Solomon is reporting today, Gamestop shares are taking a beating after experiencing a “greater than expected decline” in new software sales. The price collapsed nearly 20%, and this just a week after another crash following Sony's announcement of its streaming service, “Playstation …

Which Video Game Console Should You Buy This Holiday Season?

This holiday season, shoppers have more choices than ever when it comes to video game systems. The next-gen systems from Sony and Microsoft launched in November, but a plethora of others are still for sale.<p>Beyond game consoles, there’s also plenty of tablets, gaming PCs, and other devices that you …

What is the Greatest Video Game Console of All Time?

2013's rivalry between the Xbox One and Playstation 4 might be intense, but it pales in comparison to the knock-down drag-out slugfest Nintendo and …

The DeanBeat: The Xbox One cost $471 to make. The PS4 costs $381. And why this matters in the long run

The battle between the Microsoft Xbox One and the Sony PlayStation 4 is well under way. Actual sales for the first selling season won’t be announced for a while. And it probably won’t be until next year until we find out which console is really winning the next-generation sales competition.<p>But …

Battlefield 4 finally outguns Call of Duty — and then shoots itself in the foot (review)

<i>Editor’s note: This review has some limited story spoilers.</i><p>You have to give credit to the game developers in Sweden who have built Battlefield 4, the modern combat first-person shooter game that debuted on the current-gen consoles and the PC on Oct. 29. They have finally outgunned Call of Duty, the …

PlayStation 4 vs. Xbox One: The winner is …

<i>This is part of our ongoing series about games and trends of the upcoming next generation.</i><p>I’ve spent a good amount of time with both next-generation game consoles now, and I decided that I’m not happy with them. Not literally, mind you — I’m complaining in a way befitting of a #firstworldproblems …

How Snapchat Plans To Make Money

Predictably, the cat-calls and howls of indignation began.<p>Snapchat and its investors were obviously delusional idiots, Twitter pundits agreed. And arrogant! How else could they pass on a crazy offer from a "desperate" Facebook? Snapchat doesn't even have <i>revenue</i>. Even a <i>one</i> billion dollar offer for a …

A Weekend With The PS4

After UPS dropped my PS4 off at 7:45 PM Friday night, 15 minutes before the “you’re not getting it” deadline, I managed to spend all weekend with Sony’s new console, and believe I’m ready for a ”first impressions” type feature that covers what I’ve experienced with the system so far.<p>I did not …

eSports has its Super Bowl: Here's the good and bad of the League of Legends Championships

On one night in early October, the Korean professional <i>League of Legends</i> team SK Telecom T1 took to the stage at Los Angeles' prestigious Staples Center, home of the Los Angeles Lakers NBA squad. There, they faced off against the Chinese team Royal Club — and systematically dismantled their …

Come On, Apple Fans, It's Time To Admit That The Company Is Blowing It

The message was clear:<p>Apple is getting its clock cleaned by Samsung, which is now by far the dominant smartphone maker in the world. (Samsung had 32% of the global market in Q3, the same share as a year ago. Apple, meanwhile, had only 12% of the market, down from 14% a year ago.)<p>Yes, both companies …