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Brothers In Arms: Hell’s Highway

Posted by Arep | 30 September 2008 |

After a few days with BiA I've discovered that its an excellent squad-based shooter but experience with the previous games is required to feel anything for the story until the very end.

Read more » | 3 user reviews | Xbox

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

Posted by Arep | 20 September 2008 |

Engaging story and phun with physics almost makes up for a short, sub-par game.

Read more » | 1 user review | Xbox

Too Human

Posted by UNK | 19 September 2008 |

After waiting forever for this game to come out, (ok 14 years is a long time) many people were understandably less then impressed with the finished product. The two problems with this attitude is that ...

Read more » | 1 user review | Xbox

Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning

Posted by Arep | 10 September 2008 |

Overall this is a great game that is different than other MMOs, yet includes many of the best features/functions that are in other MMOs.

Read more » | 11 user reviews | PC

Space Siege

Posted by Arep | 9 September 2008 |

While the game’s title suggests that it’s a spiritual successor to the Dungeon Siege games, it is most definitely not Dungeon Siege in space

Read more » | 0 user reviews | PC

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09

Posted by Arep | 1 September 2008 |

If you play golf, there are a number of secondary objectives that you are required to complete before you can call yourself a golfer. The first is to be able to fluently quote Caddyshack and, to a ...

Read more » | 3 user reviews | Xbox

Lord of the Rings Online: One Year Later

Posted by Arep | 28 August 2008 |

How much of a chance for success does a game based on the grandfather of high fantasy have in the same marketplace as EVE, EverQuest 2 and WoW? Well, it turns out that it has a very good chance, ...

Read more » | 3 user reviews | PC

Porsche 911 Turbo Wheel

Posted by Admin | 27 August 2008 |

An ambitious wheel design that doesn't quite live up to its own expectations.

Read more » | 1 user review | Hardware

Civilization: Revolution

Posted by Arep | 21 August 2008 |

Although “built from the ground up for consoles” has almost become a cliché of games reviewing, Civilization: Revolutions is one game that encapsulates this term, and succeeds in living up to its ...

Read more » | 2 user reviews | Xbox

Star Trek Online: First Look

Posted by Arep | 9 August 2008

A few months ago those waiting anxiously for an MMO set in the Star Trek universe were dismayed when Perpetual Entertainment closed its doors. Today at the annual Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas Cryptic ...

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New Xbox One Game Launches With 25% Discount for Xbox Live Gold Members

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Destiny: Guide to Level 20 and Beyond

20 September 2014 |After hours of travelling across hostile lands, fighting waves of relentless alien soldiers, and testing your might against your fellow guardians, you have finally reached level 20 in Destiny. By now, you must be wondering what is ...

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Is a “Full-Blown” Borderlands Game

20 September 2014 |<iframe src="/videos/embed/6421368/" width="100%" height="100%" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe>Following Gearbox Software president ...

Another Kickstarter Game Bites the Dust: Writer Neal Stephenson’s Clang Is Dead

20 September 2014 |<iframe src="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/260688528/clang/widget/video.html" height="563" width="750"> </iframe></div> Spearheaded by author Neal Stephenson, the ...

Everything We Learned From the Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain TGS 2014 Trailer

20 September 2014 |Kojima Productions showed off a brand new gameplay walkthrough video for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain at this year's Tokyo Game Show. It included a whole lot of new stuff: a brand new level, new weapons, new (ridiculous) ...

Watch Forza Horizon 2’s Impressively Made Live-Action Trailer

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Minecraft Dev Steeply Drops the Price of Its Other Game, Scrolls

20 September 2014 |<iframe src="/videos/embed/6408950/" width="100%" height="100%" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe>Mojang has been in the news quite a bit ...

The GTA 5 Effect? Sonic Boom Wii U Release Moved Up a Week

20 September 2014 |Sega has announced that its upcoming Wii U game Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric will now be released on November 11 instead of November 18.No explanation for the move was provided, but releasing on November 11 means Rise of Lyric won't ...

Family Guy Dev Fined $300k for Collecting Children’s Personal Info

20 September 2014 |San Francisco-based video game studio TinyCo., developer of the recently released Family Guy mobile game Quest for Stuff, has agreed to pay a $300,000 fine to settle charges brought against it from the United States Federal Trade ...

85% of PS4 VR Headset Work Is Done, Sony Says

20 September 2014 |Sony has completed 85 percent of the work necessary to release the consumer model of its PlayStation 4 virtual reality headset, Project Morpheus. PlayStation executive Shuhei Yoshida revealed the estimate to The Wall Street Journal ...

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Review: Bending Genres in Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon

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Review: Shambling Mirror of Fate Signals Time to Jam a Stake in Castlevania’s Heart

8 March 2013 | <!--Begin feature--> <!-- for syndication --> Castlevania: Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate brings the series back to Nintendo's portable systems, ...

An Unflattering Boll Cut

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The Trials and Tribulations of Gears of War: Judgment

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The Cinematic Nature of Parasite Eve

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A Plea for the Gaming Industry to Respect Gamers

1 March 2013 | <!--Begin feature--> <!-- for syndication --> Although the economy might not be in the thick of a recession as it once was, that doesn't mean things ...

Moving Forward and Looking to Indies, Not Better Graphics

28 February 2013 | <!--Begin feature--> <!-- for syndication --> Excited as I was to finally see a next-generation console, much of the PlayStation 4 software we saw ...

Urban Trial Freestyle Review: Where Flash Trumps Substance

27 February 2013 | <!--Begin feature--> <!-- for syndication --> There is no getting around the similarities between Urban Trial Freestyle and the Trials series. The ...

The Orwellian Superheroes of Watch Dogs and inFamous: Second Son

23 February 2013 | <!--Begin feature--> <!-- for syndication --> <body> Always the eyes watching you and the voice enveloping you. Asleep or awake, working or ...

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EA backs the White House’s new anti-sexual assault initiative

20 September 2014 |The publisher is one of many corporate partners supporting the "It's On Us" initiative, a campaign launched this week that aims to raise awareness about -- and hopefully curtail -- sexual assault. ...

Blog: When the fun of game development dies

20 September 2014 |"What happens when making games is no longer fun for the developer? This is a question all videogame designers and developers have struggled with over the years." ...

Report: Average time spent on Android games highest in the West

20 September 2014 |A new report from mobile analytics firm Flurry suggests that Android games still see the greatest daily playtime in the West -- specifically Germany, Russia and the United States. ...

What does it mean to be a game dev and a parent? #DevParents

20 September 2014 |"We parents should embrace our fate and use the rollercoaster of emotions which is accompanied by parenthood to our advantage to create games only we can come up with." ...

Studio behind Moshi Monsters craze hit by layoffs, says report

20 September 2014 |UK-based Mind Candy, the company behind popular kid-friendly online game Moshi Monsters, saw a number of layoffs, according to a TechCrunch report. ...

Keys to working with offsite writers

19 September 2014 |"Having offsite writers is crucial for our workflow, and I've compiled some best practices on how to manage the multiple personalities and work styles." ...

The Rock Band Network has been sunsetted

19 September 2014 |Harmonix has called it a day on its Rock Band Network online store, a place where users could upload and sell their own music through the Rock Band games. ...

Making educational games for the younger you

19 September 2014 |"During this convergence of opposing chapters in our lives, all of a sudden the boring term 'educational game' doesn't seem to be the big YAWN it used to be." ...

Shinra is a new cloud gaming company from Square Enix

19 September 2014 |Square Enix today announced the establishment of Shinra Technologies, a new cloud gaming company that plans to collaborate with numerous studios worldwide, including Ubisoft. ...

Tips for game artists, from Rockstar’s former art director

19 September 2014 |Ian Bowden is one of the most experienced artists in video game development, and his work is among the most influential. Here are some tips that helped him in the course of his career. ...

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Sony internet TV service to launch this year

20 September 2014 |SCE has Viacom lined up, in talks with more content partners to stream channels online

Objective: Impossible?

20 September 2014 |An objective approach to games journalism is a noble goal, but black-and-white reporting still has a lot of gray area

Fiksu sees mobile CPI increasing

19 September 2014 |Incentivised installations still important for Apple platforms

A Journey to the East: From Dundee to Tokyo

19 September 2014 |How BearTrap games took Sky Patrol to TGS

Mind Candy axes 30 staff - report

19 September 2014 |Headcount has halved in the last two years

Harmonix pulls support for Rock Band Network

19 September 2014 |User content platform sunsetted as studio moves forward with other projects

Swrve raises $10 million funding

19 September 2014 |Analytics firm takes lifetime total to $22 million

Square Enix sets up cloud subsidiary

19 September 2014 |Shinra Technologies has Yoichi Wada at the helm, promises a new future for gaming

Watch Oculus Connect livestreams here

19 September 2014 |Two days of panels and presentations from the bleeding edge of VR

TGS shows Japan’s mobile dominance

19 September 2014 |Console games are swamped by mobile titles in Tokyo; is this a glimpse of the industry's future?

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Report: ‘Destiny’ Drives PS4 Sales in the UK

20 September 2014 | Apparently Destiny's release in the UK helped increase sales of Sony's PS4 console in the region dramatically. PS4 sales rose by a phenomenal 300 percent ...

‘Angry Birds Epic’ In-Game Purchase Supports Room to Read Charity

20 September 2014 | Rovio has teamed up with Room to Read, a non-profit literacy advocacy group whose goal is to promote reading and gender equality in Asia and Africa. For the next two weeks ...

‘Alice v. CLS’ Supreme Court Ruling Strikes Again

20 September 2014 | Another day, another patent case tossed out on its ear thanks to the Supreme Court ruling on Alice v. CLS. This time out it's Lumen View Technology, who had its case ...

Kickstarter-Funded Sword Fighting Game ‘Clang’ is Officially Cancelled

20 September 2014 | On Sept. 20 of last year the developers of the Kickstarter-backed sword fighting game Clang announced that the project had run through all of its funding and was looking for ...

‘Rock Band Network’ Shutting Down

20 September 2014 | Harmonix announced that it will no longer add content to or provide maintenance for the Rock Band Network, the long running downloadable content portal for the Rock Band ...

Microsoft Cuts an Additional 2,100 Employees From Global Workforce

19 September 2014 | In July of this year Microsoft announced that it would cut approximately 18,000 jobs from its global workforce by July 2015. At the time it made the announcement, it also ...

Square Enix Introduces Cloud-Based Gaming Service ‘Shinra Technologies’

19 September 2014 | During its Tokyo Game Show press conference yesterday, Square Enix revealed Shinra Technologies, a new cloud-based gaming platform that hopes to deliver first-party titles ...

EA Teams With White House for Sexual Assault Prevention Campaign

19 September 2014 | President Barack Obama will announce a nationwide public service campaign that urges young people to do more to help prevent sexual assaults on college campuses across the ...

Poll: Did Microsoft Pay Too Much ($2.5 Billion) For Minecraft Developer Mojang?

19 September 2014 | Microsoft announced on Monday that it has acquired Minecraft developer Mojang for $2.5 billion. That's a lot of money. Do you think Microsoft overpaid or does two and a ...

Educational iPad Accessory Kit Generates $2 Million in Pre-Orders

19 September 2014 |Educational game company Tangible Play has generated around $2 million in pre-orders for Osmo, its educational game platform for iPad, according to Gamasutra. The accessory kit, which retails for around $49, is shipping to to ...

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Destiny combines arms in the Crucible this weekend

20 September 2014 | The next two community events for Bungie's Destiny will start this weekend. We had names for the two events before, Combined Arms and The Queen's Wrath, and now we have dates and descriptions for them as well. The Combined Arms ...

Neal Stephenson’s sword-fighting game Clang officially shelved

20 September 2014 | Historical sword-fighting game Clang has officially been axed, developer Subutai Corporation announced yesterday. The game earned $526,125 on Kickstarter in July 2012 and according to creator and sci-fi novelist Neal Stephenson, ...

Murasaki Baby review: A touch of weird

20 September 2014 | I'll say it first to get it out of the way: Murasaki Baby looks like something that spawned from the slimy, deliciously quirky mind of Tim Burton. Specifically, Murasaki Baby on the Vita looks like the gamification of Tim Burton's ...

Double Fine to exit Early Access, release full version of Spacebase DF-9

20 September 2014 | Double Fine announced that it will abandon its Steam Early Access plans for Spacebase DF-9, revealing that a finished version of its galactic life sim will launch next month. Spacebase DF-9's dev plans now focus on adding ...

Super Joystiq Podcast 113: Hyrule Warriors, The Master Chief Collection, Murasaki Baby, Theatrhythm

20 September 2014 | This week's Super Joystiq Podcast is considering getting butt injections. There is no doubt now, it's big releases season. Join Ludwig, Jess, Anthony, Earnest, and Danny as the cover a wide range of new big and smaller releases. ...

Most Hearthstone players remain above Rank 15

20 September 2014 | Those of you perpetually stuck at Rank 23 in Blizzard's hyper-addictive faux card game Hearthstone shouldn't get too discouraged. Not only are you not alone, you happen to be in the same position as the vast majority of other ...

Final Fantasy series developers unveil Zodiac for Vita, iOS

20 September 2014 | French developer Kobojo has assembled a team of Final Fantasy series veterans for Zodiac, an upcoming multiplayer online RPG for iOS platforms and the PlayStation Vita. Taking place in a persistent online world, Zodiac features ...

Wasteland 2 review: The toxic adventure

20 September 2014 | It looks like mankind finally did it. After decades of nuclear-armed nation states flaunting their atomic might, somebody took things a step too far, pressed the big red button and the entire world was reduced to cinders in an ...

Assassin’s Creed movie pushed back, new date undisclosed

20 September 2014 | The Assassin's Creed movie won't hit cinemas on August 7, 2015 as planned, after Twentieth Century Fox removed the big screen adaptation from next year's summer schedule. As Variety reports, Fox didn't set a new date for the film, ...

Square Enix unveils cloud gaming business Shinra Technologies

20 September 2014 | Square Enix announced its aim to deliver "revolutionary" cloud-based gaming with Shinra Technologies, a newly launched subsidiary helmed by Yoichi Wada, the former president of the Japanese publisher. Cutely named after the ...

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The Minecraft Parent

20 September 2014 |HughPickens.com writes: Michael Agger has an interesting article in the New Yorker about parenting in the internet era and why Minecraft is the one game parents want their kids to play. He says, "Screens are no longer simply ...

Commander Keen: Keen Dreams Source Code Released

18 September 2014 |New submitter ildon writes: Recently, the rights holder of former game publisher Softdisk's game library put the rights to some of their old titles up for sale, including Commander Keen: Keen Dreams, one of the few games in the ...

The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

16 September 2014 |An anonymous reader writes: Multiplayer modes used to be an extra part of most games — an optional addition that the developers could build (or not) as they saw fit. These days, it's different: many games are marketed under ...

Canon Printer Hacked To Run Doom Video Game

16 September 2014 |wiredog writes Security researcher Michael Jordon has hacked a Canon's Pixma printer to run Doom. He did so by reverse engineering the firmware encryption and uploading via the update interface. From the BBC: "Like many modern ...

Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

15 September 2014 |jawtheshark writes The rumors were true. Mojang, the company behind Minecraft, is being sold to Microsoft. Of course, the promise is to keep all products supported as they are. From the article: "Microsoft said it has agreed to buy ...

Malware Distributed Through Twitch Chat Is Hijacking Steam Accounts

15 September 2014 |An anonymous reader writes If you use Twitch don't click on any suspicious links in the video streaming platform's chat feature. Twitch Support's official Twitter account issued a security warning telling users not to click the ...

Early Reviews of Destiny: Unfulfilled Potential

13 September 2014 |Destiny is a first-person shooter set in a persistent, online world. It was released on Tuesday by Bungie, the development studio behind Halo, and billed as a blending of console shooters and progression-based MMOs. Reviews for the ...

Kickstarter’s Problem: You Have To Make the Game Before You Ask For Money

13 September 2014 |An anonymous reader writes with this piece about Digital Knights, the studio behind the Kickstarter campaign project Sienna Storm, which was cancelled this week after the team raised only 10% of their $180,000 target, despite a ...

Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

10 September 2014 |dotarray (1747900) writes "A surprising story has emerged today that suggests Microsoft is looking to buy Minecraft developer Mojang. The reported price tag is "more than US$2 billion." The original report is at the WSJ (possibly ...

John Romero On Reinventing the Shooter

9 September 2014 |An anonymous reader writes: John Romero helped bring us Doom, Quake, and Wolfenstein, but he's also known for Daikatana — an immensely-hyped followup that flopped hard. After remaining on the periphery of game development ...

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Guild Wars 2: Division Overview

Posted by Tilce | 22 August 2012

An Introduction to Guild Wars 2 and the TOG GW2 Crew.

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Get to know your guildmate interview #4: Serah De Vere

Posted by Ral_Partha | 29 December 2012

Ral Partha interviews TOG member and Guild Wars 2 fan "Serah De Vere", in the latest installment of "Get to know your guildmates with Ral Partha"!

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Get to know your guildmate interview #3: Pumpkin

Posted by Ral_Partha | 19 December 2012

Ral Partha interviews TOG member and Guild Wars 2 fan Pumpkin, in the latest installment of "Get to know your guildmates with Ral Partha"!

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GET OFF MY LAWN!

Posted by Tilce | 10 September 2012

Weekly WvW Events Wednesday night and Saturday your time zone

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GW2 Member Interview #2

Posted by Tilce | 10 September 2012

Icehawke - who is he and what does he do?

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TF2 Unveils a new Co-Op Mode - Mann vs Machine

Posted by Ulric | 26 August 2012

The game that keeps on giving unveils new co-op mode. Red and Blue join forces to fight off a marauding mob of malevolent machines. TOG TF2 has 2 MvsM servers up and running for your machinations. See the ...

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GW2 Member Interview #1

Posted by Tilce | 24 August 2012

Get to know GW2's 501st sign up: Klobberella

Read more » | 82 Comments

2 Sep: GW2 Crafting Carnival

Posted by Tilce | 24 August 2012

2 Sep: Meet and Greet, Chat and Craft!

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Health, You and the Launch of Guild Wars 2

Posted by Tilce | 23 August 2012

Specs gives a humorous but serious run down on how to stay healthy in the first weekend of Guild Wars 2.

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Guild Wars: Winds of Change

Posted by inoshiro | 14 October 2011

Change is coming to Cantha

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