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The Biggest Video Game Controversies Of 2014

Video games are controversial these days, but 2014 has been one of the most divisive years I can remember.<p>Even the super controversial launches of <i>Mass Effect 3, SimCity,</i> and <i>Diablo III</i> pale in comparison to this year’s controversies.<p>These range from buggy game releases to the rise of online …

Mojang rejected plans for a 'Goonies-style' Minecraft movie, says director

The director Warner Bros. brought on to work on a <i>Minecraft</i> film has left the project, after Mojang shot down his idea for the film, which he called an adventure reminiscent of 1985's <i>The Goonies.</i><p>"How might this ever be a story for a movie?" Shawn Levy, director of <i>Night at the Museum</i>, explained …

2014 in review: How the Xbox One learned to love games and a low price

The Xbox One had a rough first year, and no other console has had to change its failing strategy so rapidly after launch. One could argue that Nintendo is struggling a bit more in the current market, but Microsoft has shown a willingness to listen to its customers and adapt its product in a way …

'Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare' US Retail Sales Reportedly Less Than 'Ghosts'

Activision has plenty of bragging rights this year with Destiny the top-selling new IP of the year, Skylanders the top-selling kids game, and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare the top-selling game period. And yet there’s a worrying trend about the last franchise on that list. It seems Call of Duty …

Sony Gave Me $1349 Worth Of PlayStation Games This Year -- I Paid $50 For All Of Them

In North America alone during 2014, Sony handed out 71 free games totaling a value of $1349 to PlayStation Plus members. I paid $49.99 for all of them.<p>That staggering statistic comes courtesy of website Push Square, which recently published a comprehensive evaluation of Sony’s premium PlayStation …

PewDiePie isn't just a popular Let's Play YouTuber, he's the $4M-a-year king of YouTube

The Wall Street Journal sets out to explore the metamorphosis of Felix Kjellberg into YouTube superstar PewDiePie, a YouTube phenom who creates Lets Play videos for 27 million subscribers, but it's likely the only thing you're going to remember from the story is a single fact.<p>PewDiePie earns $4 …

PS4 is Best-Selling Console For Five Months Straight in US

Watch Dogs and Mario Kart 8 lead a big jump in game sales.<p>PlayStation 4 was the best-selling console in North America for the month of May, which …

Nexon's new CEO wants creative devs, free-to-play to be fair — and cloners to take a hike (interview)

Owen Mahoney is a gamer. The chief executive of Nexon, the Tokyo-based online gaming giant that pioneered free-to-play games, is unhappy with the state of the industry. He says that for the past five years, creativity hasn’t been rewarded.<p>Companies that clone other titles or figure out how to rip …

Video Game Consoles Aren't Just For Gamers, The Devices Are Dominating The Streaming TV Ecosystem

A <b>new report</b> from <b>BI Intelligence</b> finds that video game consoles with streaming video playback capabilities account for 54% of the connected TV market. In all, as of March 2014, more than 280 million video game consoles with streaming video playback capabilities have been sold globally, compared to …

E3 2014: The top 9 games to watch

With no new video game consoles announced during the Electronic Entertainment Expo, the talk this week has been about the myriad of gaming choices players are going to have.<p>From titles with huge blockbuster potential to independent offerings, game designers have broadened their imaginations to …

American Gaming: Expansion of a Billion Dollar Industry

FORBES breaks down the numbers of America's multi-billion dollar digital pastime and looks ahead towards the future of the gaming industry.

Nintendo's ink-shooter Splatoon: the most fun game at E3

Nintendo's new arena shooter may just be the most fun game at this year's E3. Sure, <i>Call of Duty</i> is more technically impressive, and the likes of <i>Ori</i> …

App Store Update: June 2

An early Monday ASU helps you snag some of the weekend's lingering Freebies, like Tilt to Live 2: Redonkulous.<p>Every day hundreds of new apps make …

Here's everything Twitch will stream at E3 2014

Twitch will be streaming games and announcements next week at E3 2014, the company announced today.<p>Its full schedule is as follows, with all times listed in Pacific Time:<p>Monday, June 9<p>9:30 a.m. – Xbox E3 2014 Media Briefing<br>• 11:00 a.m. – Xbox E3 2014 Media Briefing Post show<br>• 11:30 p.m. – <i>Hotline Miami …

Protestors oppose repayment of 38 Studios bond

Last Thursday, a small group of protestors gathered outside the Rhode Island State House to express opposition to the repayment of the state's $75 million bond given now-defunct 38 Studios, reports The Providence Journal.<p>The group included several local political figures — including second-time …

Apple to deliver 'Metal' platform for high-end games on iOS

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple likely made some creators of high-end video games happy today.<p>At its Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple announced a new platform technology for game developers, dubbed Metal, which it claims can improve rendering performance for 3D graphics by tenfold.<p>The technology gets …

Apple unveils Metal, iOS 8 tech designed to boost iOS gaming

Metal, a technology designed to increase the efficiency of iOS gaming, is coming to Apple's mobile operating system in iOS 8, Apple's senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi announced today during the company's WWDC keynote.<p>The technology will reduce OpenGL overhead, giving …

How Superhot's playable prototype led to Kickstarter success in one day

<i>Superhot</i> burst onto the scene last summer, making waves out of the 7DFPS (Seven-Day First-Person Shooter) game jam with a browser-based prototype featuring a simple, unique mechanic: It's a shooter in which time moves only when you do.<p>The developers, seeing a groundswell of interest around the …

Harmonix fans may be funding a flop, and that's fine by us

The Harmonix Kickstarter for a new <i>Amplitude</i> title looks like it could make it, but that outcome was much shakier even 36 hours ago, before the high-profile boosts from industry veterans such as Insomniac's Ted Price and Mojang's Markus "Notch" Persson.<p>With 30 hours to go, as of this writing, the …

Wonder Woman’s war comes to Gotham: DC Universe Online kicks off Amazon Fury expansion trilogy

It’s time to gear up your customized caped crusader, because Wonder Woman is bringing back the epic storytelling.<p>DC Universe Online, the free-to-play massively multiplayer online role player that gives you the chance to fight crime in the same world as Batman and Superman, is getting its 10th …

Pier Solar HD delayed again to June

<i>Pier Solar HD</i>, the Kickstarted remake of homebrew 2010 role-playing game <i>Pier Solar and the Great Architects</i>, had its release date pushed back again, this time to June, developer Watermelon announced.<p>In a backers-only update to its Kickstarter campaign, the developer noted it is looking to launch …

Google Play Games updated to tighten things up a bit

The Google Play Games app got an update this afternoon that largely tightens things up in the visual department.<p>You can now see requests and gifts …

12 big new indie games announced for PS4, PS Vita

Earlier today we held a media event at SCEA HQ in San Mateo, California showcasing the huge breadth of quality indie titles coming soon to PS3, PS4 …

PlayStation 4 indie devs are already using Project Morpheus

Becoming an independent PlayStation 4 developer is easy, Sony's Adam Boyes tells us: "You just have to sign up." The PlayStation VP of publisher and developer relations was explaining what the company has done to woo indie devs. Half the job was just making developer programs more accessible. …

Ouya launches a new game streaming service

<i>Lego Batman 2</i> and <i>Splinter Cell: Conviction</i> are available to play on Ouya systems via a cloud-based game streaming service released to beta this week.<p>Developed by Playcast Media, the streaming feature is similar to services like OnLive and the upcoming PlayStation Now.<p>"Playcast bridges the visual …

18 year olds are making $10K a month from user-generated games in Roblox

Roblox has thrived as a Lego-like virtual world because its members have created games that everyone wants to play. So the company behind it is giving back to those creators by creating a Developer Exchange program where it pays the game creators for making popular titles within the Roblox …

Educational games are competing with Angry Birds says co.lab director

Making a game that is both fun and educational is one of the biggest challenges for developers in the educational tech space, according to co.lab executive director Esteban Sosnik.<p>If the game is educational, then it's often dry and not engaging. If it's fun, then it's often lacking in educational …

App Store Update: April 22

Earth Day brings an Atomic freebie to the App Store alongside a mash-up of Dig Dug and the Fresh Prince of Bel Air.<p>Every day hundreds of new apps …

Sony is selling off all its shares in Final Fantasy publisher Square Enix

Sony has an 8.2 percent stake in one of Japan’s biggest third-party game publishers, but that minority ownership is coming to an end.<p>The PlayStation company announced today that is selling 9.52 million Square Enix shares to investment company SMBC Nikko Securities, Inc. Sony expects to net a profit …

Sony reports 7 million PlayStation 4 consoles sold worldwide

Sony announced today that global sales of the the PlayStation 4 have exceeded 7 million units as of April 6, 2014.<p>Andrew House, president and group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment wrote in a press release: "The response from the global gaming community for PS4 has been overwhelming and we are …