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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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Try Driveclub Before You Criticize Its 30fps Cap, Says Developer

25 July 2014 |<iframe src="/videos/embed/6409858/" width="100%" height="100%" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe>Evolution Studios has responded to ...

Star Wars: KOTOR 3 Still Interests “a Lot of People” at Obsidian

25 July 2014 | It's far from an indication that such a game will ever be made, but a number of employees at Obsidian Entertainment continue to be interested in making a third game in the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic series. Speaking ...

How Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s Future Tech Works in Multiplayer

25 July 2014 |<iframe src="/videos/embed/6419211/" width="100%" height="100%" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe>At this year's E3, we were given a ...

Paying Your Way Ahead: Are Premium In-Game Boosts Fair or Foul?

25 July 2014 |As video game consoles have become increasingly online-centric, the games industry has experimented with different ways of making money from the opportunities this has presented. One such example: offering paid boosts that provide ...

Watch The Last of Us’ New PS4/PS3 DLC Reveal Stream Here

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PS4 Gets Another System Update Next Week, This One for 3D Blu-Rays

25 July 2014 |Not long after launching the latest PlayStation 4 system update, Sony has revealed yet another update for its newest console will be coming next week.The PS4's 1.75 update will add support for 3D Blu-ray movies (a feature also ...

Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes Gets September 23 Release Date

24 July 2014 |Disney Interactive has announced a retail release date for the upcoming Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes, which will launch in North America on September 23.Pre-orders kick off today, and players who pre-order the Disney ...

Watch How a Normal Dude Becomes a Robotic Monster in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

24 July 2014 |If you played Borderlands 2, you saw a very different version of Wilhelm than the one you'll find in The Pre-Sequel. In that game, Wilhelm looked more like the power loader from Aliens than an actual human being. But The Pre-Sequel ...

Win a Trip to Gamescom with Call Of Duty!

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Average US Game Dev Made $83k in 2013; Females Made 14% Less Than Males

24 July 2014 |The average salaried game developer in the United States made $83,060 during 2013, according to Gamasutra's annual salary survey, which reflects data from more than 4,000 developers.That's a small drop from 2012, when the number ...

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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

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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

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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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Yet another storefront to sell your Linux games

25 July 2014 |Gog.com finally adds Linux to its portfolio of supported platforms today, announcing that it now sells over 50 Linux-compatible games and will be adding more in the months to come. ...

Blog: WildStar’s CREDD system explained

25 July 2014 |"WildStar CREDD can be used to lengthen a subscription by one month, allowing players to exchange game gold for game time. If players don't want to farm gold, they can just pay a regular subscription fee." ...

Blog: One simple hack to crack IAPs in the developing world

25 July 2014 |"Why is it that you are able to get the same levels of engagement and retention from the developing world but not the same percentage of payers and pretty much no monetization at all?" ...

Blog: The story these stories aren’t telling

25 July 2014 |Elizabeth Sampat takes a look at the Gamasutra Salary Survey's gender wage gap and Brianna Wu's prominent story on sexism for Polygon and explores some of the issues they don't address. ...

Sony seeks to settle lawsuit over PSN data breach for $15 million

25 July 2014 |Sony has agreed to a preliminary $15 million settlement in a long-running class action lawsuit over the PlayStation Network security breach in April 2011. Here's what they're offering to those affected. ...

Differences between software testing and game testing

25 July 2014 |A senior QA engineer at King (Candy Crush Saga) with a background in software testing and mobile phone QA takes a look at the differences between the two worlds. ...

Game developer layoffs were up in 2013, according to new survey

25 July 2014 |While previous years have seen a downward trend in layoffs, 2013 saw a slight increase, according to Gamasutra's Game Developer Salary Survey 2014. ...

Video: 17 lessons for game developers, from Vlambeer’s Rami Ismail

25 July 2014 |In a recent talk at the Gamelab conference in Barcelona, Ismail outlined (around) 17 lessons for game developers, with key takeaways like "Take business seriously" and "Don't take business seriously." ...

Blog: Re-imagining the distinctive soundtrack of a classic video game

24 July 2014 |John Broomhall has come a long way since composing music for the X-COM series and Transport Tycoon. With more recent work under his belt, he looks back at some of his classic compositions. ...

Q& A: Keeping up with hit mobile game Kim Kardashian: Hollywood

24 July 2014 |Kim Kardashian has conquered everything from cable TV to bottled water with some stupendous branding tactics. Now, the branding maven can add the iOS App Store to her list of conquests. ...

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Trials Fusion sells 1 million

25 July 2014 |Ubisoft motorcycle stunt game marks occasion with free update, new features for track editor

Why free-to-play should be like Disneyland

25 July 2014 |"We talk about monetization more than we talk about community and that is backwards"

GOG adds first Linux games

25 July 2014 |DRM-free storefront launches open-source OS support earlier than expected with a slate of 50 titles

Watch Vlambeer’s 17 lessons for indie developers

24 July 2014 |Rami Ismail delighted the Gamelab audience with a funny and illuminating talk

Gameforge reshuffles board

24 July 2014 |Carsten Van Husen leads shake-up at German publisher

PS4 to get 3D Blu-Ray support

24 July 2014 |Firmware 1.75 update will hit next week

Twitch’s new ‘Host Mode’ allows users to broadcast other streams

24 July 2014 |New functions make every player a network executive

GameSalad acquires Together Games

24 July 2014 |Tools company will now offer a suite of cloud services to its users

Defiant Development: F*** free-to-play

24 July 2014 |Company director warns devs against playing at the "high stakes table"

Sony agrees to $15m of reparations for PSN hack

24 July 2014 |Affected users to receive games, themes or subs

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Oculus Begins Shipping Rift Development Units, But Many Will Have To Wait Until August

25 July 2014 | The latest version of Oculus Rift for developers (DK2) has begun shipping to buyers, but there's some question as to whether those who purchased a DK2 will get one in ...

UK MP Calls For Laws To Deal With Large-Scale Virtual World Thefts

25 July 2014 | UK Prime Minister David Cameron's chief adviser on intellectual property and Member of Parliament Mike Weatherley is pushing for penalties related to theft in virtual ...

Report: Game Developer Layoffs Rise in 2013

25 July 2014 | According to Gamasutra's Game Developer Salary Survey 2014 (PDF), layoffs were on the rise in 2013. This is in contrast to prior years where the number remained ...

Video Standards Council Appoints New Chair

25 July 2014 | The UK video games regulator, the Video Standards Council (VSC) has appointed a new chair to take over from Baroness Shephard of Northwold who was appointed in 2005. The new ...

Sony Agrees to $15 Million Settlement in 2011 Security Breach Class Action Lawsuit

24 July 2014 | Sony has agreed to a settlement concerning the PlayStation Network security breach of 2011, which saw various online services related to the PS3 and PSP go offline for ...

Poll: Who’s Responsible For Crappy Netflix Performance On Verizon?

24 July 2014 | He said, she said. If you're a Verizon customer, you might have experienced less than optimal performance when trying to stream movies from Netflix.  If you're ...

Applications Now Being Accepted for ESA LOFT Video Game Innovation Fellowship

24 July 2014 | The Entertainment Software Association (ESA), Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF), and HHF’s Leaders on the Fast Track (LOFT) today announced applications are now open ...

Lionsgate Invests Millions in Next Games

24 July 2014 | Film company Lionsgate Entertainment has invested an undisclosed amount of capital in Finish developer Next Games. Next Games is a game studio based in Helsinki, Finland ...

Boss Key Goes On Hiring Spree

24 July 2014 | Cliff Bleszinski's newly launched game development studio, Boss Key Productions, has confirmed its first round of employees. The Raleigh, North Carolina-based developer ...

Apple Store Employee Lawsuit Certified as a Class Action by Calif. Judge

24 July 2014 | A California judge has ruled that a lawsuit filed against the company by current and former Apple Store employees can be certified as a class action. Apple’s policies ...

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Dark Souls 2 ‘Crown of the Sunken King’ review: Lost and crowned

25 July 2014 | After losing days to just navigating Lordran, I understood the switch to more linear pathways in Dark Souls 2. Still, I missed getting truly lost in the first game's open world. It was a labyrinthine mess that coiled in on itself ...

New Nintendo eShop releases: Siesta Fiesta, Wooden Sen’Sey, Master Reboot

25 July 2014 | As we're still stuck in the July drought of major new releases, now's as good a time as any to check out some of the smaller games hitting systems. The Wii U has a few such games this week, including some that have made the ...

Court approves settlement over Sony’s 2011 PSN breach

25 July 2014 | The US District Court for the Southern District of California approved a settlement for the class action lawsuit resulting from Sony's 2011 PSN data breach. The settlement may result in Sony doling out as much as $17.75 million, ...

Kickstarter-funded game developer at heart of Airbnb squatter scandal

25 July 2014 | Reports from multiple sources identify the culprit behind a recent high-profile Airbnb squatting case as Maksym Pashanin, a game developer who turned to Kickstarter last year to fund the courier-themed roguelike RPG Confederate ...

Titanfall adds ‘Black Market’ and in-game currency system

25 July 2014 | Respawn Entertainment added a new in-game market to Titanfall known as the "Black Market," which allows players to redeem credits in the game for burn card packs and insignias. For instance, the game's standard burn card pack ...

Halo still evolving its combat, graphics and more on PC

25 July 2014 | Halo: Combat Evolved has already had its Anniversary edition on Xbox 360, and later this year, we'll see its remastered form once again as part of The Master Chief Collection on Xbox One. But official efforts from Microsoft and ...

No bones about it: Silent Scope returns to Japanese arcades

25 July 2014 | After more than a decade, Konami's fan-favorite sniper simulation franchise Silent Scope is making a return to the arcade with the decidedly anime-styled Silent Scope: Bone Eater. What peering through the lens of a high-caliber ...

Joystiq Streams: Killzone Shadow Fall Intercept brings us together

25 July 2014 | Joystiq Streams simply can't stop shooting things on Joystiq.com/Twitch. We tried not to, we really did. First we tried to play The Crew beta, but technical issues forced Anthony John Agnello and Xav de Matos to retreat to the ...

Put those goats to use in Tropico 5’s ‘The Big Cheese’ DLC

25 July 2014 | Mmm, cheese. Tropico 5's first DLC pack is called The Big Cheese, and it involves actually making cheese in El Presidente's very own artisan factory, The Creamery. The Big Cheese is available now for $4, or free for those who ...

PlayStation 4 gets 3D Blu-ray support next week

25 July 2014 | Sony revealed 3D Blu-Ray support is coming to PlayStation 4, the announcement arriving just days after Microsoft confirmed the same thing for Xbox One. Whether it's a response by Sony, a coincidence or something else entirely, ...

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GOG.com Announces Linux Support

25 July 2014 |For years, Good Old Games has made a business out of selling classic PC game titles completely free of DRM. Today they announced that their platform now supports Linux. They said, We've put much time and effort into this project ...

Raspberry Pi Gameboy

24 July 2014 |An anonymous reader writes: An enterprising hacker took on a project to rebuild a broken Gameboy using emulation software, a Raspberry Pi, and a few other easily-obtainable parts. The result: success! The hacker has posted a ...

The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

23 July 2014 |An anonymous reader writes: Brianna Wu, leader of a game development studio, has an article exposing the constant harassment of women in the games industry. She says, "I'm not writing this piece to evoke your sympathy. I'm writing ...

Dungeons & Dragons’ Influence and Legacy

20 July 2014 |An anonymous reader writes: This year is the 40th anniversary of the launch of Dungeons & Dragons, and it's getting a lot of mainstream attention. Long-time and former players are examining the game's influence and its legacy, ...

Google To Stop Describing Games With In-App Purchases As ‘Free’

19 July 2014 |An anonymous reader writes After a series of investigations, lawsuits, and fines over how in-app purchases are advertised and communicated to users, Google has agreed to stop labeling games that use in-app purchases as "Free." This ...

CCP Games Explains Why Virtual Reality First Person Shooters Still Don’t Work

19 July 2014 |An anonymous reader writes Icelandic studio CCP is better known for EVE Online, but its first foray into virtual reality with space shooter Valkyrie has caused a stir, and is widely seen as a flagship game for the Oculus Rift ...

Sony Forgets To Pay For Domain, Hilarity Ensues

17 July 2014 |First time accepted submitter Dragoness Eclectic writes Early Tuesday, gamers woke up to find out that they couldn't log in to any Sony Online Entertainment games--no Everquest, no Planetside 2, none of them. Oddly, the forums ...

Manuel Noriega Sues Activision Over Call of Duty

17 July 2014 |mrspoonsi sends this BBC report: Manuel Noriega, the former dictator of Panama, is suing Call of Duty's video games publisher. The ex-military ruler is seeking lost profits and damages after a character based on him featured in ...

How To Fix The Shortage of K-5 Scholastic Chess Facilitators

14 July 2014 |theodp writes The good news, writes Michael Thomas, is that wired kids are learning chess at an unprecedented rate. Young children learning chess from tablets can quickly become more knowledgeable than their parents. But the bad ...

Chinese Couple Sells Children To Support Online Game Addiction

14 July 2014 |hypnosec writes After several controversies arising about in-app purchases, a Chinese couple has done the unthinkable by selling their sons to buy in-app items. An unmarried couple, A Hui and A Mei, severely addicted to online ...

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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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Posted by Tilce | 10 September 2012

Weekly WvW Events Wednesday night and Saturday your time zone

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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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Posted by Tilce | 24 August 2012

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

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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

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Change is coming to Cantha

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