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Why it's worth continuing to cover games with low review scores

<i>Note: This post was updated on Sept. 21, 2015.</i><p>"Why are you still talking about a game that only scored six out of 10?"<p>This is a question I often read on Facebook, and in the comments of one of the (many!) articles covering <i>Destiny</i>. It also popped up in stories about the deeply flawed <i>Alien: …

Board Games

A sealed copy of the rarest licensed NES game in history is up for sale on eBay

Released in 1987 as a limited run, <i>Stadium Events</i> for the Nintendo Entertainment System was pulled from shelves in 1988 so Nintendo could rerelease the "family fun fitness" mat technology and game under new branding.<p>It's estimated that only 2,000 of the North American version were ever produced and …

Retrogaming

Lizard Squad used hacked routers to take down Xbox Live and PlayStation Network

How does an unknown hacker crew build up enough power to take down the largest gaming networks in the world? It's a question that many observers have been asking, on the heels of the DDoS attacks that brought down Xbox Live and the PlayStation network on Christmas Day. Today, Brian Krebs has dug up …

Routers

How Lizard Squad brought down both Sony and Microsoft, and how to help stop them

The secret sauce in Lizard Squad's malicious attack on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network over the Christmas holiday was accomplished using a network of hacked consumer-grade routers, reports Krebsonsecurity.com.<p>Calling the anonymous members of Lizard Squad a "group of young hoodlums," Krebs reports …

Sniper Elite team's Nazi Zombie Army trilogy coming to PC, PS4, Xbox One

Rebellion Developments' zombie-filled Sniper Elite spin-off series, Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army, is coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One later this year. The <i>Zombie Army Trilogy</i>, which is also being released on Windows PC, will bundle three games in a "recut and remastered" collection.<p><i>Zombie Army</i> …

Naughty Dog talks Uncharted 4 combat, stealth and more

<i>Uncharted 4: A Thief's End</i>'s creative director Neil Druckmann says he want to create a Nathan Drake adventure that thinks big and takes advantage of all the lessons Naughty Dog has learned from working on the series, and on <i>The Last of Us</i>.<p>Interviewed in a Game Informer video released today, …

Sons of Anarchy game shows off first-person smoking in this trailer

<i>Sons of Anarchy</i> ended its seven-season run a month ago yesterday, and its forthcoming video game, <i>Sons of Anarchy: The Prospect,</i> chose that mini-anniversary to offer up the first trailer showing off the game.<p>It's only 42 seconds long, but scenes include first-person driving, combat, and cigarette …

Gun packed in a PlayStation 2 gets passenger arrested

Game over for a Brooklyn man who tried to conceal parts of a .22-caliber semi-automatic handgun in a PlayStation 2.<p>Oscar Ramirez, 48, was arrested by Port Authority police on a weapons charge Wednesday after Transportation Security Administration checkpoint officers discovered the gun at New York's …

Destiny patch looks to fix loot system so you won't need a 'loot cave'

Bungie's first efforts to improve <i>Destiny</i>'s loot system are coming in a patch next week, the studio announced today.<p><i>Destiny</i> players have been finding workarounds for the game's stingy loot system, with the most widely used one being the now-famous "loot cave" in Russia that Bungie removed with a …

It's one thing to expertly direct a string of cutscenes that set everything up and make us anxious to get stuck in, but what of those titles that …

'Destiny's' Loot Cave Is A Feature, Not A Bug

You can’t keep a good grind down.<p>As Dave Thier noted yesterday, no sooner than the first of <i>Destiny’s</i> so-called “loot caves” was shut down by a patch-happy Bungie, another loot cave was discovered. Thier likens this to playing Whac-A-Mole—a fitting concept for a video game. When one cave is brought …

Uncharted 4 designer shares a close-up of next-gen Nathan Drake

Yesterday, from a celebration of the studio's 30th anniversary, the lead designer of <i>Uncharted 4</i> tweeted out a glimpse of Nathan Drake as rendered on the PlayStation 4.<p>It's a picture of a picture under glass — this is an art show at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, Calif. Drake still looks a lot …

Eight Video Game Characters That Kind Of Look Alike

Sometimes video game characters from different games look surprisingly similar.<p><b>Moira Burton and Abigail "Fetch" Walker</b><br>We don't know much about Moira …

20 Minutes of Tom Clancy's The Division Show Impressive Gameplay, Vistas, Screenshots And More

At EGX Ubisoft held a developer session for <i>Tom Clancy’s The Division</i> which will be released in 2015 for PS4, PC and Xbox One.<p>The panel was hosted by …

Gaming Industry

Developers say they are feeling benefit of Steam's Discovery Update

Indie developers are already feeling the benefit of Steam's new Discovery Update.<p>Andrew Spearin, creator of the successful shooter <i>Insurgency</i>, posted a blog showing how much the new update has popped his metrics, overnight.<p>"Visits to our store page (recorded by Google Analytics) went from 5,800 on …

PlayStation Home Is Shutting Down

Inhabitants will have to find a new virtual home by next year.<p>Sony has announced that it is closing down its virtual world social networking service …

PlayStation TV — Sony's Vita-powered microconsole — hits in October

U.S. gamers can play Vita and PlayStation Portable software on their big screen starting next month.<p>Sony announced today that it will release PlayStation TV for $100 on Oct. 14. This is the company’s new set-top box (or microconsole) that will enable players to buy and play games as well as videos …

Analyst: Sony Could Come To Completely Dominate Console Space

The second holiday season traditionally sets the stage for the rest of a console’s lifespan. The launch hype has worn off, the faithful already have their consoles, and both first and third-party developers have had a chance to beef up the typically thin launch catalog. When year two rolls around, …

Hey Microsoft, Acquiring A Hit Game Is Stupid

Buying a game company is like buying an aging baseball player. You’ll need a miracle to get another hit. And while they might have plenty of fans, they probably aren’t making a lot of new ones. Mojang hit a grand slam home run with Minecraft, but that doesn’t mean Microsoft should pay $2.5 billion …

Horror Game Five Nights at Freddy's Teases Sequel

Scott Cawthon, the developer of the outstandingly creepy Five Night's at Freddy's, has teased a sequel to the horror game on his website with the above image.<p>Five Night's at Freddy's puts players in the role of a security guard at Freddy Fazbear's Pizza, a kid-friendly restaurant where the …

PlayStation Now Could Add PS4, PS2, and PS1 Games, Sony Says

Sony's game streaming service PlayStation Now could get PlayStation 4, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation 1 games in addition to the PlayStation 3 games it's currently offering, the company has said.<p>"In our plans going forward we’re looking at everything so there’s the real possibility that you’ll see …

Tomb Raider for $7, Remember me for $6, and More Discounts in Weekend Publisher Sales

Steam and Green Man Gaming are holding publisher weekend sales for Capcom and Square Enix games respectively.<p>Steam's Capcom Publisher Weekend sale has great offers on games like Remember Me for $6, Lost Planet 3 for $12.49, and DmC: Devil May Cry for $12.49. Green Man Gaming's Square Enix weekend …

Gaming Industry

What Have We Learned From Titanfall, Watch Dogs, And Destiny?

The reviews are in and Destiny appears to be something of a disappointment for fans and critics alike. The game has received rather low review scores from many major outlets, 6 out of 10s and the like, and its all-important Metacritic rating is hovering at a troubling 75.<p>Past that, it’s a strange …

I'm A Video Game Consultant, And This Is What I Do

I am a digital entertainment consultant, and as such, consult on video games, hardware platforms, and online services for a variety of game …

How video games are helping to build a new generation

Last Saturday, in central Brighton, I met a robot who showed me the future.<p>My daughter was with me, so he showed her the future, too. It was a future …

Destiny’s estimated $6.7M TV-ad campaign focused heavily on ‘The Simpsons’ marathon and the NFL

If you enjoy watching animated sitcoms or football, chances are you’ve seen a commercial or two (hundred) for publisher Activision’s blockbuster shooter Destiny over the past few weeks.<p>The company spent approximately $6.7 million to advertise the online multiplayer game on television, according to …

PS4 Racer Driveclub Is a 17 GB Download, Even the PS Plus Edition

Now that PlayStation 4 racing game Driveclub has gone gold ahead of its October 7 release date, Evolution Studios director Paul Rustchynsky has revealed a number of pre-launch details about the game in a series of Twitter posts. Perhaps most notable is the fact that it will take up 17 GB on your …

Destiny is 'Most Successful New Video Game Franchise Launch Ever'

Despite numbers not being released.<p>Activision has revealed that it sold in more than $500 million of Destiny worldwide as of Day One.<p>The phrase "sold …