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Pokemon to Appear on Smart Phones This Summer

Jul. 7, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Pokemon to Appear on Smart Phones This Summer Earlier this week, Nintendo announced its first entry into the smart phone market with Pokemon Say Tap? BW, a music rhythm game in which players use Pokemon cards as visual cues to tap along with the music. The app will be released this summer and will be available for free on the Apple Marketplace. Despite this game showing up on smart phones, Nintendo has no plans on releasing any future Nintendo titles for any smart phone platform. According...

Gaming Industry Worth $74 Billion

Jul. 7, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Gaming Industry Worth $74 Billion Technology advisory firm Gartner Inc. recently released a report stating the worth of the video game industry as a whole, valuing it at $74 billion dollars, an amount that is only expected to increase as the years progress. Gartner expects that number to rise close to $115 billion in the year 2015, mainly due to the rise in popularity of mobile gaming. "As the popularity of smart phones and tablets continues to expand, gaming will remain a key...

Rising Star Says to Temporarily Avoid Buying Deadly Premonition on XBL

Jul. 6, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Jason Winstanley

Rising Star Says to Temporarily Avoid Buying Deadly Premonition on XBL Rising Star Games advised consumers who purchase from the Xbox Live Games on Demand service today that they should temporarily avoid buying the game Deadly Premonition due to a pricing issue. The game was originally supposed to be released with a UK price tag of £14.99, but it is currently set at £19.99. RSG announced that "there has been some discrepancy with the cost of Deadly Premonition on Xbox Live and this problem is currently...

Bungie Aerospace Fully Revealed

Jun. 30, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Bungie Aerospace Fully Revealed No, it's not a Halo flight combat game, and no, it's not some new corporation building Halo-inspired technology. The long-shrouded-in-mystery Bungie Aerospace has finally been revealed, and its identity is ... less dramatic. Bungie Aerospace is a partner program in which social and media development teams will have first-hand access to Bungie's resources such as Bungie.net and an audience with the Bungie community to garner feedback and play...

PSP Engine Specifics Revealed

Jun. 30, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

PSP Engine Specifics Revealed Sony recently revealed the specifics behind its PSP Remaster line with a breakdown on the PSP Engine, used to power PSP titles on PS3. Announced during the Games Tools & Middleware Forum 2011 this week, Sony announced specifically what the PSP Engine could do and what other PS3 hardware it would support. The PSP Engine will feature high-resolution rendering, stereoscopic 3-D output, and wireless controller support for the DualShock 3....

LIMBO Crossing Over to PSN, Possibly Steam

Jun. 29, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Tyrone M. Cato

LIMBO Crossing Over to PSN, Possibly Steam The eerie 2010 platformer/puzzle game LIMBO, developed by Denmark-based PlayDead Studios, managed to reach 527,000 copies sold on Xbox Live Arcade by the end of 2010. That success led to the game being released on another console, going against previous statements from Dino Patti, PlayDead's CEO. Sony Computer Entertainment Korea has rated the game, according to the Korean Rating Board. Unless Sony is rating games solely for the...

'Geohot' Now Working at Facebook

Jun. 28, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

'Geohot' Now Working at Facebook George “GeoHot” Hotz, the hacker who gained national attention by hacking both the iPhone and PS3 through the ensuing court room proceedings has found employment at the social networking giant, Facebook. Hotz was offered the opportunity to hack the iPad 2 in a hacking challenge, according to rival hacker Joshua Hill, but he declined claiming that he wanted to maintain a low profile and focus on his new job. While unconfirmed, Hill...

Bungie Announces Bungie Mobile For iPhone and iPad

Jun. 27, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Bungie Announces Bungie Mobile For iPhone and iPad Bungie and Halo will be on two other platforms this fall besides Xbox 360: iPhone and iPad. Bungie has announced the launch of Bungie Mobile, a free downloadable app that takes many of the same functions from Bungie.net and provides a mobile-based stat tracking program for Halo: Reach, allowing players to view their stats, talk with other players, and share information. Bungie has said that this is “the first step” in making its...

Activision Registers 'Goldeneye Reloaded' Domain Name

Jun. 27, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Activision Registers 'Goldeneye Reloaded' Domain Name Activision recently registered a new domain name relating to "Goldeneye Reloaded." There was no mention of specific consoles, dates, or even what kind of game it is. With the release of the 2010 remake for the Nintendo Wii, speculation is that it could be a variety of games. A release of the 2010 remake for the Xbox 360 and PS3, an HD re-release for the upcoming Wii-U, or even a PSN and XBLA release of the HD port of the original Rare-made...

US Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Video Games

Jun. 27, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

US Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Video Games The Supreme Court has given its official statement regarding Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association today, striking down the California state law which banned the sale of video games deemed "violent" to minors. The majority opinion found that video games -- much like books, plays, and movies -- communicate thoughts, ideas, and social messages through the player's interaction with the video game world. This falls under the protection of...

LulzSec Announces Disbandment; "A-Team" Reveals Their Secrets [Updated]

Jun. 26, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Tyrone M. Cato

LulzSec Announces Disbandment; "A-Team" Reveals Their Secrets [Updated] Lulz Security (LulzSec), the computer hacking entity claiming responsibility for compromising 1,000,000 PSN user accounts, as well as for hacking Nintendo, Bethesda, and numerous other company websites (including messing with the CIA) has hung up its top hat and pocketed its monocle.  Or those aloof accessories were snatched from them. In a tweet posted around midnight GMT, LulzSec linked to a PirateBay.org post (which can now be...

Rumor: Dragon Quest X May Appear on Wii U

Jun. 24, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Rumor: Dragon Quest X May Appear on Wii U The million-copies-sold JRPG series, Dragon Quest, may appear on both the Wii and Wii U. Dragon Quest composer Koichi Sugiyama recently said there is a strong possibility that a new Dragon Quest title will be available in 2012. “I'm aiming for next year and am in the middle of composing music for Dragon Quest,” he said. While this comment did not specifically address Dragon Quest X, a recent Square Enix investors' meeting heard head...

City of Heroes to Enter the Free-To-Play Market

Jun. 24, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

City of Heroes to Enter the Free-To-Play Market Following the trend of many large MMOGs (APB, Champions, Star Trek Online), the popular City of Heroes will be made free-to-play later this year with City of Heroes Freedom. Freedom is a modification of the existing City of Heroes title, but this time, it will follow a structure shared by many free-to-play MMOs by limiting the areas and content for free users and allowing the full selection of content and areas for premium users. However, free...

Thinking With Portals: Gabe Newell Puts Portal 2 in Schools

Jun. 23, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Tyrone M. Cato

Thinking With Portals: Gabe Newell Puts Portal 2 in Schools While it hasn't been determined whether the class will fall into science or humanities, Gabe Newell revealed he is working with various schools to create a curriculum focused on Portal 2.  Newell, managing director of Valve Corporation (Half-Life series, Team Fortress 2, Portal series), spoke on June 22nd at the Games for Learning Institute's keynote, a part of the eighth annual Games for Change (G4C) festival, which started...

Valve Currently Developing Free-to-Play Title

Jun. 21, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Valve Currently Developing Free-to-Play Title According to Valve's Doug Lombardi, a new free-to-play game is currently in the works. Valve, developer of hit titles such as Portal 2, Team Fortress 2, and the Half Life series, has recently stated in an interview with the French website Barre de vie, that Valve is working on a free-to-play title to accompany the recent influx of free-to-play titles now available on Steam. While Lombardi didn't comment on what the title is...

Halo Anniversary to Have Kinect Support

Jun. 21, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Halo Anniversary to Have Kinect Support If this year's E3 was anything to go by, Microsoft was adamant in showing its support for the Kinect and the slew of titles which would support it. Add Halo Anniversary to the growing list of titles. During a recent interview with Microsoft Game Studios head, Phil Spencer has confirmed that Kinect support will be included with the upcoming release of the newest title in the Halo series. "As a first-party, we believe that Kinect will be important...

Star Trek set to take gamers to the final frontier in 2012

Jun. 15, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Ryan Goodman

Star Trek set to take gamers to the final frontier in 2012 One of the big game announcements of E3 was a brand new adventure based on Star Trek, specifically the acclaimed 2009 film by Lost creator, J.J. Abrams. Now, new details on the game have emerged. It is set shortly after the end of the 2009 film and focuses on the relationship between Star Trek’s two main characters: Capt. James T. Kirk and Spock. You’ll get to play through the game in both of their shoes and experience it from their...

War of the Worlds Set to Invade This Fall

Jun. 15, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Ryan Goodman

War of the Worlds Set to Invade This Fall Xbox 360 and PS3 owners will soon get to experience a whole new take on the sci-fi classic The War of the Worlds when a brand new sidescrolling adventure is released on Xbox Live Arcade and PSN later this year. This is a darker interpretation of the H.G. Wells classic and will have some starpower behind it, with Sir Patrick Stewart of Star Trek and X-Men fame, lending his voice to narrate the game. It is set in London, and its story will...

E3 2011: Microsoft Keynote Wrap-Up

Jun. 7, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Jason Winstanley

E3 2011: Microsoft Keynote Wrap-Up When Microsoft announced the new, slim Xbox 360 in last year's E3 Microsoft keynote, I wrote the wrap-up article -- the first article I handled following our re-launch. And now, only a year later, I have the honor, privilege, and above all, the pleasure of doing it yet again. So without further ado, let's get right on to the fun part: the announcements, the videos, and the demos. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Heading up the keynote, presenting...

E3 2011: Nintendo Press Conference Liveblog

Jun. 7, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Ryan Goodman, Kyle James Hovanec

E3 2011: Nintendo Press Conference Liveblog Check back here regularly for our Liveblog of Nintendo's E3 2011 press conference. We'll keep you updated.   10:13:27AM Show is ending.  10:12:02AM 4 official Nintendo systems: DS, Wii, 3DS and Wii U. 10:11:04AM EA games is telling how their games will fully use the Wii U  10:07:33AM Slew of third party titles shown including Assassins Creed. Ghost Recon Online, Aliens: Colonial Marines, Ninja Gaiden 3, and Darksiders II. 10:04...

E3 2011: Sony Press Conference Liveblog

E3 2011: Sony Press Conference Liveblog Check back here regularly for our Liveblog of Sony's E3 2011 press conference. We'll keep you updated. Please note: We're experiencing issues with Google Chrome refreshing. Please bear with us.  6:58:17PM Trenton is on stage again. Show is coming to a close.  6:56:46PM Two models will be released. Wi-Fi and 3G Wi-Fi for $250 and $299, respectively. Will release this holiday season.  6:55:26PM Video montage of upcoming titles...

E3 2011: Microsoft Press Conference Liveblog

Jun. 6, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Ryan Goodman, Kyle James Hovanec

E3 2011: Microsoft Press Conference Liveblog Check back here regularly for our Liveblog of Microsoft's E3 2011 press conference. We'll keep you updated. Liveblog done! 10:57:01AM Closing to the show. Halo 4 is officially announced. 10:52:55AM Harmonix is on stage. Dance Central 2 is announced with voice mode and new songs. All original songs can be imported.  10:49:25AM' Kinect Sports Season 2 announced in-game voice, Kinect gestures, and new sports including football and golf. ...

Dear Esther Prepares for a Commercial Release

Jun. 3, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Dear Esther Prepares for a Commercial Release In 2008, University of Portsmouth's Dan Pinchbeck created an interactive horror story called Dear Esther. The story utilized art assets and the source engine from 2004's Half Life 2. After gaining success and acclaim from the gaming community, Dear Esther is in line for a commercial release. The game is being funded and published by Indie Fund. (Indie Fund is an alternative funding/publishing option for independent games and their developers.)...

Rainbow Six to Return

Jun. 3, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Rainbow Six to Return One of the premier tactical shooters on the PC and one of the most popular early shooters for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 is expected to make a comeback. The Rainbow Six series is rumored to be on the verge of entering the shooter market again; this time, it's going back to its heavily tactical origins rather than its cover-based Rainbow Six: Vegas series. The game will also feature larger set pieces and a more epic scope and story than...

Duke Nukem Forever Goes Gold

Jun. 1, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Jenner David Cauton

Duke Nukem Forever Goes Gold Gamers thought it would never happen, and they had every right to believe so. However, when it was announced the game was under new development, a glimmer of hope began to shine for the return of the buff, blond, so-cheesy-it's-awesome babe-magnet. After 15 long, dreadful years -- possibly the longest game development time in history -- the wait has finally come to an end. It's official. Duke Nukem Forever has gone gold. The game will hit...

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