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Candy Crush Saga reaches new heights as designer explains its success

Candy Crush Saga has dominated the mobile charts and our finger touches during the past year as the world’s most popular mobile game.<p>It’s a simple “match 3” game akin to Bejeweled, where you line up three pieces of like-colored candy in a row to trigger a cascade of matches. It’s an addictive game …

Bungie will release 'Destiny' on September 9th, 2014

<i>Halo</i> creator Bungie's new universe has a release date. Today, Bungie and Activision have announced that <i>Destiny</i> will launch worldwide on September 9th, 2014.<p>If you've been watching the epic sci-fi / fantasy shooter closely, you might note the new release date counts as a bit of a delay. <i>Destiny</i> was …

Is It Game Over For The Xbox One Thanks To Mandatory Kinect?

Paul Tassi argues, quite persuasively, that the reason Xbox One is behind the PlayStation 4 is the inclusion of the Kinect, a voice-and-motion sensor that allows users to control the console via voice commands.<p>He quotes analyst Michael Pachter, who says that the “reason Sony beats Microsoft is …

Xbox One Vs. PS4: The Console Wars Are Just Getting Started

It’s quite possible that all that momentum Sony's had leading up to the launch of the PS4 will dry up now that the machine is in the wild. System issues, faulty HDMI ports, and a real lack of compelling first-party games all work against the next-gen console.<p>Meanwhile, the Xbox One is still out of …

Video Game Shows a World Without Resources

<i>Recharge</i>, a video game created by rock group Linkin Park and Kuuluu Interactive Entertainment, aims to teach players about the dangers of a world …

The ESPN Of Video Games

<b>Twitch has big-league audiences watching e-Sports online. They’ve got big advertisers’ attention, too.</b><p>On the night Korea’s SK TelecomT1 beat China’s Royal Club to become world champions of the multiplayer online videogame League of Legends, Korea’s Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok turned in the performance …

GammaSquad’s 50 Greatest Console Games Of The Past Generation (#30 – 21)

In just a little over two weeks all three major console makers will all have new machines on the market, which means it’s finally time to bid a fond farewell to seventh generation consoles. Sure, a few more current gen (soon to be last gen) games are still on the way, but the era of the Xbox 360, …

Gamedev Tycoon part 3

Gamedev Tycoon Part 2

If Wearables Are Going to Grow Up, Games Might Point the Way

In tech circles, the buzz around wearable computing, already a multi-billion dollar market, has never been louder. No one wants to miss the boat if …

Wearable Tech

'Temple Run' could become the latest mobile game to be turned into a movie

The producer of the <i>Harry Potter</i> series of films is in talks to bring best-selling game series <i>Temple Run</i> to the big screen, according to a new report. Warner Bros. is considering a movie adaptation of the 2011 game from Imangi Studios, according to the <i>Hollywood Reporter</i>, with the Potter series's …

Game Dev Tycoon part 1

The Video Game Propaganda Wars

A popular video game begins with a small, tactical team of highly trained commandos on a delicate mission behind enemy lines. Two nuclear scientists …

You Can Play Your PS4 Through Your Xbox One

One very interesting thing gamers will be able to do if they happen to pick up both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 is use the Xbox One’s interface to play games on your PS4 (or Wii U, or even current gen systems.)<p>Speaking with Ben Kuchera of the Penny Arcade Report, Microsoft’s Jeff Henshaw …

Xbox One pre-orders arrive early for some, reveal game and dashboard details

Microsoft’s Xbox One console isn’t supposed to go on sale until November 22nd, but some lucky gamers have started receiving their pre-orders two weeks in advance. After Microsoft's 12-minute video tour of Xbox One, at least three consoles have been delivered early, with two originating from Target. …

9 Ways Video Games Can Actually Be Good For You

Your mother was wrong. Video games aren't bad for you. They're actually making your life better.<p>Despite hand-wringing over a supposed connection between violence and video games (hint: there isn't any), numerous academic studies indicate that playing video games has many psychological and even …

This week's games news

Mario & Sonic At The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games | Zumba Fitness: World Party | Assassin's Creed IV: The Official Guide | Call Of Duty: Ghosts<p>This week's releases include <b>Mario & Sonic At The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games</b> (3DS, Wii U), with all the figure skating and four-man bobsleighing you …

Study Shows Playing Video Games Really Can Make Your Brain Bigger

Previous research on whether playing video games can make us smarter has been mixed, but a new study demonstrates a very tangible effect of playing …

$1 Million Video Game Bundle Includes a Trip to Space

Have some extra cash lying around? Perhaps you'd like to spend it on the most expensive special edition of a video game ever.<p>Deep Silver is offering …

GTA 5 vs. Saints Row 4 (comparison)

I had planned to wait until the release of Watch Dogs before writing any GTA comparison articles, but with its announced delay, I’ve decided to go …

'Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag' Review: Pirate's Creed (PS3)

<i>Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is a fantastic game of high seas adventure and swashbuckling fun.</i><p><i>Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag</i> is the most surprising game of 2013—a game so unexpectedly great, I’ve decided to take my time with it, exploring the clear blue Caribbean seas at my leisure rather than …

The 'Watch Dogs' Delay And What Investors Don't Get About Video Games

At this point, it’s a familiar story. A major release intended as a tent-pole franchise is delayed, and the publisher’s shares go tumbling. It happened with GTA 5, Bioshock Infinite, and now Watch Dogs. Ubisoft Stock fell more than 26 percent when the French company announced it would be delaying …

PS4 pre-orders beating Xbox One at GameStop, says store manager - PlayStation Universe

According to a store manager of U.S. retail giant GameStop, PlayStation 4 pre-orders are eclipsing those of the Xbox One by a considerable …

Call of Duty: Ghosts sell-in hits $1 billion

Activision announced today that Call of Duty: Ghosts generated $1 billion in worldwide revenue on launch day.<p>Activision specifically noted in its announcement that it "sold more than $1 billion of Call of Duty: Ghosts into retail stores worldwide as of day one," meaning the figure is made up of …

Call of Duty

Minecon live: Watch Mojang’s Minecraft event right here

Minecraft developer Mojang is holding its annual event to celebrate its beloved open-world brick-building game, and the studio plans to broadcast some of the festivities online.<p>Minecon begins tomorrow at 10 a.m. Eastern in Orlando, and the company will broadcast the event on livestreaming website …