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Slow Wii U sales send Nintendo shares into a downward spiral

After announcing a 69 percent estimated drop in its console sales, the gaming company's share prices also appear to be declining.<p>Nintendo's forecast doesn't appear to be looking up since the company's announcement of its sluggish Wii U sales on Friday. Shares in the gaming company have plummeted 10 …

Retrogaming

Valve's Oculus Rift interface is a giant floating screen

SteamVR beta launches day before developer event<p>Valve has updated its Steam beta client to support the Oculus Rift headset. A new mode called SteamVR reportedly consists of a "giant floating curved screen" showing the Big Picture interface that you can look around by moving your head. It's …

Wii Fit U lands in time to help you meet those fitness New Year’s resolutions

The Nintendo Wii certainly broke new ground when it came to controls, even if the games didn’t have the graphics that most gamers expected. One of …

Retrogaming

Developer: Tomb Raider Is A 'Historically Important' Game For Women In The Sexist Game Industry

But it looks like many in the "male-dominated" industry, especially the journalists, still aren't getting the message, according to game developer Brianna Wu.<p>Wu is head of development at Giant Spacekat (GSK), which is perhaps the only full-time game development studio whose employees are all women, …

Tomb Raider

The most anticipated video games of 2014

If the video game medium were to be judged solely by 2013, it'd be easy to come to the conclusion that the industry has run out of ideas. With reboots, prequels and sequels ruling the console market, it became patently clear over the past 12 months that publishers were relying on safe, established …

Steam is suffering ongoing outages (update)

Steam's authentication server and storefront went down shortly after 11:00 p.m. ET today, blocking a number of users from connecting to the distribution service's website and client.<p>The service was offline for approximately an hour before going back online again. Since then, Steam's authentication …

Iconic ZX Spectrum Home Computer Of The ’80s To Be Reborn As Retro Gaming Keyboard For iOS

In the U.K., the iconic 8-bit home computer of the 1980s was the Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Few keyboards have surely been pounded as hard as the Spectrum’s rubberised complement of grey rectangles.<p>Released in 1982, the 48K computer-in-a-keyboard was last produced in 1990. But if this Kickstarter …

Why Microsoft didn't ditch the Xbox One's disc drive

Microsoft considered creating a version of the Xbox One without a disc drive, head of Microsoft Studios Phil Spencer told the Official Xbox Magazine U.K.<p>Microsoft was still discussing the alternate version of the next-gen console as recently as mid-2013.<p>"Obviously, after the announcement and E3, …

PopCap CEO to retire, cofounder will take over the Plants vs. Zombies studio (exclusive)

Dave Roberts, chief executive of Electronic Arts’ PopCap Games division, is retiring from the game studio that he joined almost nine years ago. Cofounder John Vechey will take over the job of running the Seattle-based studio that created hits like Plants vs. Zombies and Bejeweled.<p>EA, which is one …

Fly Or Die: Sony PlayStation 4

The console wars are in full swing, and no contender is more focused on the pure gaming experience as the PS4.<p>Sony’s next-gen PlayStation is not like the Xbox One, which is leaning more toward the media console space than ever before. Instead, the PS4 is built squarely for the gaming enthusiast.<p>The …

Tobii and Steel Series to build a cool eye-tracking control system for games

Tobii and peripheral maker SteelSeries have teamed up to build an eye-tracking control system so that players can interact with games using their eyes.<p>Stockholm-based Tobii has developed its eye-tracking technology for more than a decade, and it’s ready to partner with gaming peripheral maker …

PlayStation 4: Here’s where to start

The Sony PlayStation 4 is a machine on which you can depend to deliver one whole heck of a lot of entertainment right out of the box, even if you’ve …

Living Rooms

Steam Et Al Winter Sale Continues: XCOM Enemy Within 80% Off, Mass Effect Trilogy Only Ten Bucks

Update: Just because people are wondering, that rabbit is the GameStop mascot (yes, they have one).<p>While the winter’s chill is taking full effect, …

PS Vita Sees Sales Boost Thanks to Price Cut and PS4 Remote Play

The PS Vita portable game console from Sony didn’t do as well as Sony had hoped when it first hit the market a couple years ago. One of the big …

Gear & Gadgets

Nintendo freezes Pokemon Bank US launch as eShop woes continue

Nintendo has cancelled its Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter launch plans in North America amid ongoing service outages, that have left the eShop …

Pokémon

Battlefield 4 banned in China

The first-person shooter Battlefield 4 has had its fair share off odd events since the dawn of its arrival, but this newest China-based oddity has to …

Sony Ending Online Support For Some First-Party PS3 Titles

Now that the PlayStation 4 has been released, naturally Sony’s focus will shift toward the new console and away from the PS3. And in that regard, …

Gear & Gadgets

PlayStation Plus gets three of 2013's best games for free in January, including 'Bioshock Infinite'

Sony is kicking off 2014 by giving some of this year's best games to PlayStation Plus subscribers. <i>Bioshock Infinite</i>, <i>DmC: Devil May Cry</i>, and <i>Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons</i> will be added to the PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection throughout the month of January. That's on the PS3 side; <i>Don't Starve</i> …

Play classic video games in style with OpenEmu for Mac

Like iTunes for classic games<p>The world has no shortage of video game emulators, but many can be painful to use — many reflect their hacker origins with equally hacky interfaces, and you'd need a vast collection of different emulators to properly relive your childhood. By contrast, OpenEmu is a …

Internet Archive starts preserving classic game consoles on the web

Many gamers won't load a console emulator for much more than a brief nostalgia kick. The Internet Archive has loftier goals, however. It's expanding its Historical Software Collection to include the free-to-play Console Living Room beta, which recreates classic '70s and '80s systems on the web for …

How Not To Critique App Monetization Strategies

One of the Christmas season’s big mobile apps is rolling out today – and a notably weird review of Rovio’s “Angry Birds Go” in The Verge is a good example of how confused or misguided criticism of the app industry can be. The Verge admonished “Angry Birds Go” for adopting the single most effective …

Micropayments, mega angst, and the future of console games

Sony and Microsoft have delivered their next-gen visions, but with this caveat: more microtransactions. Cash grab or survival strategy, it will surely generate controversy as 2014 rolls along.<p>"It feels like you're intentionally making a bad game" <br>--Frank Lantz, game design veteran and director …

Payment Systems

Chinese court jails World of Warcraft cybercrime ring

Even fake worlds such as the World of Warcraft aren’t safe from cybercrime.<p>Last week, Zhejiang province’s Songyang county court sentenced 10 men to prison terms of up to two years, reports Zhejiang Online. Their crime: Hijacking more than 11,500 World of Warcraft accounts and violating state …

Valve’s online store falls down, goes boom

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Valve’s servers, Left 4 Dead? Steam goes down after Christmas game giveaway<p>Advertisement<p>It may not be on par with the great …

The Magic Number For Making Virtual Reality Feel Like Reality

Motion controls. VR goggles. Whatever. Let’s get down to brass tacks: How fast do these need to be to feel real? Twenty milliseconds or less.<p>Kinect can be fun, but the experience rarely feels real. You’re always cognizant of your body, not just as your body, but as a controller–a once-removed human …

A Game With Heart, Gone Home Is A Bold Step In Storytelling

Let me just get this out of the way: Gone Home is one of the most deeply intimate and emotionally honest gaming experiences I've had in my more than 25 years of playing video games.<p>In the game — created by The Fullbright Company, a four-person team out of Portland — you play 21-year-old Kaitlin …

Can’t Create a Nintendo ID? Nintendo Says That’s Because Its Network Is Flooded

For the record, when Nintendo’s 3DS update dropped a few weeks ago, I had no problems pulling it down, connecting online, linking up with my Nintendo …

Master of his virtual domain: the rise and fall of the 'Clash of Clans' master

There was a time when George Yao wrapped five iPads in plastic bags and brought them into the shower with him just so he could play a game. Yao, otherwise known as Jorge Yao, was a "hero among mortals" in <i>Clash of Clans</i>, a real-time strategy game where you build a medieval village overrun with …

Curious about the Steam Controller? Check out these videos.

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Valve<p>Right now, 300 lucky participants have a Steam Machine connected to their televisions. But the first hybrid …

Oculus VR gets into game publishing with some help from former EA VP

Between virtual reality headset maker Oculus VR's Share portal and a recent infusion of $75 million, it's not exactly a huge surprise to hear that the startup is branching out into game publishing as well. Former Electronic Arts senior VP David DeMartini is now heading up Oculus' game-publishing …