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.
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.
There is, and has been for some time, a raging debate over what (if anything) violent video games do to the mind of gamers. Do they make them more violent? Well, a new study shows that, at least in inexperienced gamers, playing violent video games makes them buy more soap.
NBA Baller Beats is not a basketball sim. Technically, it's not even a sports game; it's a rhythm-based game that wants to convince you to dribble a basketball to different beats. Think, Guitar Hero, but replace the shredders with a real basketball, dribbling moves and Kinect. Strange, right? Yeah, we know, but it's also kind of cool.
Walking the floor at E3, you get to see, hear and play with the very latest that technology and gaming have to offer and it is friggin' spectacular. But sometimes we forget there was a simpler time — when video games were a delight not because of how fast or complex they were but simply because they were fun.
Aside from casual time-wasters such as Fruit Ninja and dancing around in Dance Central and Just Dance, there isn't much on Kinect that's fun to play. On a platform that's catering mostly to kids, the titles targeting the "core gamers" we've heard so much about this E3 tend to fall flat. Exhibit A: Kinect Star Wars. Lucky for us all, I found The Avengers: Battle For Earth at E3, a game I believe could be the Kinect game to own this year.
E3 is upon us once again. While the "Big Three" (Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft) prepare to blow our minds (or not) with whatever gaming news each has in store, we're going to jump the gun a little early with a list of our most-anticipated E3 games. With hundreds of games and gaming-related gear ready to be shown off in the confines of an expansive convention center, we think these are these titles are the ones that'll shine through. These are our most anticipated titles. Don't see one of yours? Let us know what you're most excited about in the comments below. We'll have more E3 news and coverage throughout the week, so stay tuned.
In this week's Healthy Tech: the U.S. Olympic Committee decides to start using electronic medical records for athletes during the 2012 London Games, doctors get a video game to better interface with troublesome patients and a new study says that mobile devices do improve your overall health and wellness.
For Pac-Man fans, here's a rare and wonderful glimpse at the original blueprints from 1979. This is where it all began, folks.
Bethesda's Elder Scrolls team, having just returned from the snowy Nordic north in Skyrim, is announcing its plan to transform the traditionally hermetic series into a massively multiplayer online game with The Elder Scrolls Online. You won't just explore the frozen north, either, but "the entire land of Tamriel, from Elsweyr to Skyrim and everywhere in between," according to Game Informer.