In science fiction, there isn't a move much more epic than blowing up a dang planet (unless, of course, you destroy a star). Star Wars made a pretty big deal out of it, but in Planetary Annihilation, where robot armies wage an endless war across the cosmos, it promises to be commonplace.
I know all you darn kids today are getting your gaming fix on consoles, smartphones and Facebook, but for those of us who prefer to play with a mouse and keyboard, usually on a hand-built rig, the PC will always be where we go to game. If you do play on the PC, there's one publisher name that is universally reviled: Ubisoft. And why? It's not that the publisher's games suck. Far from it. Ubisoft is at the helm of a commanding library, from its own Assassin's Creed series to the titles offered by German studios Blue Byte Software and Related Designs, which include much-loved franchises such as The Settlers and Anno, respectively. Those last two are both revered, long-standing series. They're great games, and there's one reason no one's playing them on the PC. That's Ubisoft.
Jeremiah and Megan are a pretty typical couple — they met, fell in love and got married. Sounds pretty basic, except that their relationship got started online while playing Gears of War and their wedding featured a ginormous Retro Lancer.
Gearbox's Borderlands 2 isn't out for another month, but that doesn't mean you can't play it early. As part of the hype machine, Gearbox "demade" Borderlands 2 as a 16-bit game fit for 1989. What are you waiting for? Drop what you're doing and get ready to loot!
Some sad news: Ars Technica Senior Gaming Editor Kyle Orland reports that Nintendo Power is getting ready to shutter its pages forever. If Orland's source is correct — and a wealth of evidence suggests he is — Nintendo Power will start winding down toward a final issue after 24 years of asking everyone to join the gosh-dang Fun Club already.
In some parts of the world (we're looking at you, east Asia), video game competitions gather the same attention, accolades, and drama as traditional put-the-ball-in-the-hole sports. As another summer Olympics come to pass, some industry insiders are asking if video games will ever rise to the prominence of traditional, non-virtual sports.
Mad Catz isn't the only one with a sick new gaming keyboard. Hardcore PC peripheral maker Razer announced at Gamescom its new DeathStalker Ultimate gaming keyboard that boasts the Switchblade's adaptive keypad buttons and 4.05-inch touchscreen trackpad.
Cloud gaming is shaping up to a big business, and GameStop is jumping on the bandwagon before it gets too crowded. After a year of private beta testing, the retailer has decided to give console support the shaft, instead focusing on the PCs, tablets, and Smart TVs as its preferred hardware.
If you don't want to leap over barrels while looking for a cool place to stash all of your retro video game stuff, consider this Donkey Kong shelving unit from designer Igor Chak, styled to look just like the screen layout in the original Donkey Kong.
In this week's edition of Healthy Tech, we look at a video game reporter who wound up finding he prefers standing when playing videogames, a round-up of some of the best healthy apps for kids and whether or not a videogame can help teenagers fight depression.