In a journalistic sphere that's prone to hyperbole, the term "game changer" is one we hear too damn often. Then again, the opportunity to play Doom 3: BFG Edition in a 3D VR headset doesn't come along terribly often. At Quakecon, that's exactly what we got to do. Sitting down with John Carmack, id Software's Co-Founder and Technical Director, is an experience in itself. Carmack is a living legend who is credited, along with his team at id, for making first person shooters a thing with Wolfenstein 3D. Even as he approaches his 42nd birthday, his aura is that of a whiz kid whose enthusiasm is unmatchable. At Quakecon, Carmack showed us an engineering prototype of the Oculus Rift, the wildly successful Kickstarter project started by Palmer Luckey and the rest of Oculus.
Game graphics have come a long way since the 8-bit days and as engines get better and are capable of pushing more polygons and shaders, so too will the level of photorealism. According to the developers of Star Wars 1313, games in a decade will be "indistinguishable from reality."
Hardly a week goes by without talk about the $99 Ouya game console. With under 35 hours to go and over $7 million in Kickstarter funding collected from over 53,000 funders, the little underdog console is getting two features that might push you over the fence to buy one: XBMC media player and TuneIn online radio.
Buying games used can usually save you a boatload of money, if you're okay with the premise that it's not shrink wrapped in new plastic wrap. But how does a retailer like GameStop restore pre-owned and broken games to working playable conditions? Here's an inside look at a refurbishing facility.
Remember when hearing about the next big video game consoles sent shivers all through you? Mega64 remembers, too, and really nails the rift today between perceived casual and hardcore games, and a schizophrenic industry that tries to cater to both.
Virtual reality failed in the 80s because the technology to enable full immersive gaming wasn't ready. With today's high resolution 3D displays, advanced head tracking and greatly reduced latency, VR can finally stand a chance. The Oculus Rift headset is VR's poster child.
Even without any Xbox or PlayStation refreshes, gamers have loads of platforms to be excited for. There are smartphones and tablets, the ambitious Ouya, and now the GameDock — a device that pipes iOS games to an HDTV with old school gaming controls and graphics in mind.
Having secured over $5.5 million in Kickstarter funding, the $99 Rubik's cube-sized Ouya console has a lot of expectations to live up to. Designed as a console with low-cost games aimed at disrupting the console order in the living room, Ouya just announced its secret weapon: OnLive cloud gaming.
Summer's in high gear and you know what that means? Yep, it's time to turn up the AC and catch up on all those games you've been neglecting because you've been so busy hitting the books. Razer's kicking off the summer with a new gaming mouse that's built for hands of all sizes; big and small, righties and lefties.
Released in 2005, Microsoft's Xbox 360 console is still going strong. Holding the record for the top-selling console for the last 18 months, the Xbox 360 is getting yet another awesome special edition console. This time it's a translucent console and controller bundle for Halo 4's launch.