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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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Left 4 Dead 2 Is Finally Uncensored on Steam in Australia

16 September 2014 | Following the Australian reclassification of zombie shooter Left 4 Dead 2, Valve has announced that the uncensored version is now available to gamers aged 18 and over via Steam. Those who purchased the censored version of the ...

Hearthstone Passes 20 Million Players, What Do You Want to See Next?

16 September 2014 |Hearthstone has been out in full release for just six months, but according to Blizzard, the free-to-play card game has already amassed 20 million players.The official Hearthstone twitter account tweeted out the statistic today in ...

Ninja Theory’s Collaboration with Disney Infinity is Just the Start

16 September 2014 |At this year's Giant Bomb PAX East panel, Disney Infinity executive producer John Vignocchi announced Disney's collaboration with Ninja Theory--the development house behind DmC Devil May Cry, Enslaved, and Heavenly Sword. While ...

With Minecraft, Microsoft Can Build Broader Horizons

16 September 2014 |<iframe src="/videos/embed/6421302/" width="100%" height="100%" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe>"It's internet LEGO!" was probably the ...

Divinity: Original Sin Update Adds New Companions, But You’ll Need to Restart to Use Them

16 September 2014 | Concept art for new companions Bairdotr (left) and WolgraffLarian Studios has released a major free update for Divinity: Original Sin, introducing two new companion characters, various improvements, and fixes for a number of ...

Super Smash Bros. 3DS Players Mistakenly Banned for Playing as Peach

16 September 2014 |<iframe src="/videos/embed/6421275/" width="100%" height="100%" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe>The new Super Smash Bros. for 3DS ...

EA Access’ Goal Is to Provide More Value Than What You’re Paying, Says EA CEO

16 September 2014 |While it's certainly not for everyone, EA CEO Andrew Wilson says the goal with EA Access is to provide so much value that subscribers are able to satisfy people's desire for a good deal.Speaking at the GamesBeat 2014 conference, ...

What Are Devs Saying About Microsoft’s $2.5B Minecraft Acquisition?

16 September 2014 |Mojang--and, by extension, its hit game Minecraft--are now owned by Microsoft, following today's $2.5 billion acquisition of the Swedish game developer. The deal was formally announced by the two companies today following recent ...

GTA 5’s PC Delay Due to Needing More Time to Make it as “Amazing” As Possible, According to Rockstar

16 September 2014 |<iframe src="/videos/embed/6421284/" width="100%" height="100%" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe>Given that PC players have already waited ...

Notch: Minecraft Sale to Microsoft ‘Not About the Money’

16 September 2014 |Minecraft creator Markus 'Notch' Persson has issued a statement to fans explaining the decision to sell his studio to Microsoft.In a blog post, Persson claimed that the deal--which is expected to net him a personal fortune of $1.7 ...

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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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Developers react: Microsoft buys Mojang

16 September 2014 |We took to Twitter to see what the game development community had to say about the $2.5 billion dollar deal between the Swedish indie studio and the massive software company. ...

Lionsgate exec: ‘games… a part of our roadmap of all IP’ for the movie studio

16 September 2014 |The movie studio behind The Hunger Games says it's going to go all-in on creating games for its movie properties. ...

Kickstarter launches in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Ireland

16 September 2014 |You can start building your projects now for launch on October 21; for the rest of us, it's time to start backing campaigns in kronor, kroner and euros. ...

Understanding what Minecraft really means to Microsoft

16 September 2014 |Microsoft's Mojang acquisition isn't just about owning digital LEGO, or laying claim to a cultural phenomenon -- it's about buying a whole lot of engaged users. ...

Hearthstone playerbase nearly doubles in six months to hit 20M

16 September 2014 |The free-to-play digital card game developed in Unity by a small (by Blizzard standards) internal team is continuing to punch far above its weight -- at least in terms of registered accounts. ...

Get a job: Turbine is hiring a Senior Mobile Engineer

16 September 2014 |The house responsible for Lord of the Rings Online and the Infinite Crisis MOBA needs a senior software engineer to work on mobile projects in its Needham, Massachusetts office. ...

Don’t Miss: The fundamental pillars of a good combat system

16 September 2014 |"With the help of other designers, I have decided to gather and formalize what knowledge I can on the fundamental rules in designing a combat system. This article is the result of that exercise." ...

EA Access embraces the criminal thrill of value-priced games

16 September 2014 |Speaking onstage today at GamesBeat, EA CEO Andrew Wilson said his company's EA Access subscription service was designed to thrill customers by making them feel like they're stealing from the company. ...

Blog: How I killed the joy of video games

16 September 2014 |"Out of everything I could say, the concept of how making games fundamentally changes someone's enjoyment of them is the most difficult to express." ...

Battlefield 4 monetization analysis

16 September 2014 |"I will explain some ways that Battlefield 4 could have made me as a player feel more positively about my IAP experience without upsetting the balance of gameplay." ...

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GameStop sells Spanish stores to GAME

16 September 2014 |Exiting Spanish market, stores it doesn't sell will close

Hearthstone now has 20m players

16 September 2014 |Blizzard's free-to-play card battler continues to grow

Analysts positive on Microsoft-Mojang deal

16 September 2014 |Industry-watchers say Minecraft union makes strategic sense, but some point to possible pitfalls

EA CEO reveals his three top priorities

16 September 2014 |And how an emphasis on polish and innovation impacted Battlefield and Dragon Age

Harmonix, Tilting Point sign multi-title mobile deal

16 September 2014 |Dance Central developer turns to publishing service for help with monetization, marketing, funding, and more

Microsoft to break even on Mojang this fiscal year

16 September 2014 |$2.5 billion acquisition cost expected to be accounted for on a GAAP basis by the end of June, 2015

Critical Consensus: Destiny is fun, beautiful and hollow

16 September 2014 |Bungie's ambitious project makes a good first impression, but the critics doubt its staying power

PewDiePie signs with MLG

16 September 2014 |Episodes of YouTube star's BroKen podcast to air first on eSports outfit's online streaming platform

Microsoft acquires Minecraft

15 September 2014 |Developer Mojang bought for $2.5 billion as Notch and other co-founders depart studio

Why we need Lottery Funding for the Little Guy

15 September 2014 |TIGA CEO Dr Richard Wilson explains how and why it could be used to help

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Rockstar Explains Why ‘GTA V’ It Is Taking So Long To Release On PC, Next-Gen Consoles

16 September 2014 | On the heels of announcing that it planned to bring Grand Theft Auto V to Xbox One and PS4 this fall, and to the PC in early 2015 with additional content and other ...

Anita Sarkeesian: ‘Hateful Abuse’ Often Comes From People Who Think They Are ‘Noble’

16 September 2014 |Speaking recently at the XOXO Festival in Portland over the weekend, Tropes vs. Women in Video Games creator Anita Sarkeesian spoke out about the abuse and threats she has received in recent weeks. Sarkeesian said in her speech at ...

Uncensored Version of ‘Left 4 Dead 2’ Now Available in Australia

16 September 2014 | The uncensored PC version of Left 4 Dead 2 is finally available to consumers in Australia via Steam today (thanks Blue's News). The uncensored version of Capcom's ...

Kickstarter Launches in Scandinavia and Ireland

16 September 2014 | Crowdfunding platform Kickstarter announced today that its service is now available in Scandinavia and Ireland. Campaign creators who want to fund a game, movie, board game, ...

No ‘Monster Hunter 4’ for Wii U, Says Capcom

16 September 2014 | Despite some early rumors making claims that it was happening, Monster Hunter 4 is not coming to the Wii U, according to a VG247 report. "It's a misprint," ...

PSA: Don’t Click Those Links In Twitch Chat Streams

16 September 2014 | Twitch users who use chat should be very wary of clicking on links in the chat stream. According to this F-Secure security alert, a link to "csgoprize" showing up ...

SCOTUS Decision in ‘Alice v. CLS Bank’ Having Profound Effect on Computer-Related Patents

16 September 2014 | The US Supreme Court's June 26 decision in Alice v. CLS Bank is having a profound effect on computer-related patent fights; the federal courts have already invalidated ...

Is It Legal to Use One Trademark to Describe Another Product?

16 September 2014 | An interesting reprint of a blog post by Zachary Strebeck over at Gamasutra attempts to explain whether someone can get away with using someone else's trademark in ...

Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 114

16 September 2014 | If you missed Saturday's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 114), you can watch the video replay on YouTube or download it below.read more

Microsoft Buys ‘Minecraft’ Maker for $2.5 Billion

16 September 2014 | Microsoft announced this morning that it has acquired Minecraft and Scrolls maker Mojang for $2.5 billion. The deal was rumored to be in the works last week. While Microsoft ...

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Humble Flash Bundle serves up shooters, Store launches summer sale

16 September 2014 | Humble Bundle's network offers all sorts of deals this week, with a new shooter-focused Humble Flash Bundle accompanying a series of discounts at the Humble Store. Today's 24-hour Humble Flash Bundle features pay-what-you-want ...

Japanese Super Smash Bros. players mistakenly banned for using Peach online

16 September 2014 | Princess Peach fans in Japan got a rude surprise this week, as Nintendo mistakenly banned a swath of Super Smash Bros. 3DS players due to purported cheating, Kotaku reports. The ban affects players who used Princess Peach in ...

Hearthstone is a 20 million-player game of cards

16 September 2014 | Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft has dealt in 20 million players around the world, the game's official Twitter account announced today. The tweet reads, "Thank you all for joining us in #Hearthstone! We're going to need a bigger ...

Joystiq Deals: Mobile game dev training, Steam week-long sale

16 September 2014 | The School of Interactive Design offers a comprehensive training plan for up-and-coming mobile game developers through Joystiq Deals this week, bundling eight professional-quality courses for only $99.99. No prior coding ...

Left 4 Dead 2 now uncensored on Steam in Australia, 75% off

16 September 2014 | Australian residents age 18 or older are able to play the uncensored version of Left 4 Dead 2, after the R18+ classification for the game sprouted up earlier this month. Those with a censored copy of the game in Australia will be ...

Far Cry 4 trailer weaponizes the mighty elephant

16 September 2014 |This is either a new trailer for Far Cry 4, or it's the entry for "elephants" found in the actual Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy....

A peak at one of Monument Valley’s new levels

16 September 2014 | Yes, that is a pun in the headline. Thank you for noticing. Monument Valley is getting new "lost scenes" designed to double the average gameplay time of 90 minutes, and this is one of those levels. Well, it's part of one of those ...

Disney Infinity’s Toy Box 2.0 offered as standalone download

16 September 2014 | When Disney formally unveiled Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes in April, the publisher announced that the power discs and base from the first game would be compatible with the one slated to arrive next week. Instead of ...

NBA 2K15 wonders “What if?” in MyTeam trailer

16 September 2014 | 2K Sports recently offered a new trailer and details for NBA 2K15's MyTeam mode. Similar to EA Sports' various Ultimate Team modes, MyTeam has players building a squad of basketballers from across the sport's history, improving ...

Why did Microsoft pay $2.5 billion for Minecraft creator Mojang?

16 September 2014 | Microsoft confirmed its $2.5 billion purchase of Minecraft developer Mojang today, with Microsofts's Head of Xbox division Phil Spencer noting that the acquisition "adds diversity to our game portfolio and helps us reach new ...

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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 ...

GSOC Project Works To Emulate Systemd For OpenBSD

8 September 2014 |An anonymous reader writes Through a Google Summer of Code project this year was work to emulate systemd on OpenBSD. Upstream systemd remains uninterested in supporting non-Linux platforms so a student developer has taken to ...

DMCA Claim Over GPL Non-Compliance Shuts Off Minecraft Plug-Ins

6 September 2014 |New submitter Maxo-Texas writes One of the primary programmers, Wesley Wolfe (Wolvereness), who contributed over 23,000 lines of code to the Bukkit project (which enhances Minecraft server performance and allows others to write ...

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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

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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

Posted by inoshiro | 14 October 2011

Change is coming to Cantha

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