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PlayStation Now hands-on: you'll never think of gaming the same way again

Sony has finally spilled the details on its Gaikai-powered streaming service PlayStation Now, and we wasted no time in giving it a try. PlayStation Now lets owners of Sony hardware (including PS4, PS3, Vita, and Bravia TVs) stream some of the company's greatest games — all from the cloud. The demo …

Why Are the New Steam Machines So Ugly?

At its CES press conference, Valve announced 13 Steam Machine partners, including Alienware, Digital Storm and Falcon Northwest. As expected, the first wave of hardware offers a variety of specs and price-points to appeal to almost every type of video game enthusiast.<p>As I scanned through the …

Study: Playing games can bleed into real-life perception, behavior

Playing games can affect our behavior and visual perception in real life, according to a new study published last month in the International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction.<p>The study came from psychologist Mark D. Griffiths and doctoral researcher Angelica B. Ortiz de Gortari, both of …

How Games Can Save The World

<i>“There’s a time for work and a time for play.”</i><p><i>“Work hard, play hard.”</i><p><i>“Once you finish your homework, you can go out and play games.”</i><p>Most of us were brought up to believe that there is a stark divide between play and productivity. Yet it’s becoming evident that the distinction isn’t as clear-cut as …

The Future of Video Game Storytelling

Four game writers give us their thoughts on the 'next generation' of video game storytelling.<p>There is an old but still pertinent argument that …

“Poketouch” Trademark Filed In Japan By Nintendo, Game Freak

A new Pokemon-related trademark has been filed in Japan by Nintendo, Game Freak and Creatures Inc. It’s called “Poketouch” and what it pertains to …

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 …

Valve would let Electronic Arts put the Origin store on SteamOS and Steam Machines

Valve is so committed to keeping its platforms open that it would let direct competition use its new operating system … or maybe it’s just not afraid of Electronic Arts.<p>Valve boss Gabe Newell told fans that the company’s upcoming console-like Steam Machine gaming PCs are completely open. How open? …

The healing power of video games

How video games helped one teenager beat cancer and form his bridge back to normalcy.<p>Steven Gonzalez was just 12 years old when doctors diagnosed him with acute myeloid leukemia, a rare form of cancer that causes anemia, frequent infections and pain. Told he had a 2 percent chance of survival and …

Akira creator's film anthology tie-in game available on PS3 in Japan

<i>Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day,</i> the video game tie-in title to <i>Akira</i> creator Katsuhiro Otomo's <i>Short Peace</i> film anthology, is now available on PlayStation 3 in Japan, reports Destructoid.<p>The game is part of the four-part <i>Short Peace</i> film anthology, with <i>Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day</i> as the fifth and …

The Top 30 PlayStation Vita Games of 2014

Vita has no games? Think again.<p>If you own a PlayStation Vita -- or spent any time reading about it -- you know that it has plenty of games for it. …

Valve joins forces with Oculus "to drive PC VR forward"

Valve believes consumer-ready virtual technology invested by the company is another two years away, according attendees at the developer-only Steam Dev Days conference, and is working with Oculus "to drive PC VR forward."<p>The company also revealed that it currently has no plans to produce its own VR …

Lets Play The Game

The world of gaming is mystified with games galore, yet each one has their favorite and keeps playing till they are a winner. Imagine winning a bag …

Steam Matters For Indie Developers - 'Day Z' Offers A Million Reasons Why

As <i>Day Z</i> racks up a million sales in four weeks, Steam once again demonstrates its ability to make a game – even when its creator is warning casual players <i>not</i> to buy it yet.<p><b>Dead Reckoning</b><p>PC Gamers understand the importance of Steam – it is incontestably the best-known channel for buying, updating …

PS4’s ‘Better Terms’ Make Xbox One Less Attractive

Microsoft’s attempts to coax indie developers to the Xbox One, ID@Xbox, has come in for a fair amount of criticism due to it’s launch parity clause, …

How video games can affect dreaming patterns

Heavy or "hardcore" gamers are more likely to experience lucid dreaming or be less disturbed by nightmares, according to a recent interview from The Verge with researcher Jayne Gackenbach.<p>Gackenbach, a psychologist at Grant MacEwan University in Canada, studies how gaming can impact dreaming. While …

Oculus Best Practices Guide provides a critical foundation for VR experiences

The best practices guide draft released by Oculus VR provides developers with a basic set of foundations to reference when developing software for its virtual reality headset, offering tips to minimize simulator sickness and information on scaling, audio design and framerates.<p>The 39-page document …

AMD Mantle could be the key to Xbox 360 emulation

Unless you’ve got an Xbox 360 console, there’s no other way to play Xbox 360 games. And yes, that did sound a lot less obvious in my head. For folks …