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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 Hearthstone Naxxramas Cards Revealed

22 July 2014 |Blizzard has revealed cards that will be introduced as part of the upcoming new Adventure Mode update for Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft.The cards will be part of the Curse of Naxxramas patch, a single-player expansion that will ...

Heroes of the Storm Dev Discusses New Warcraft Hero, Upcoming Map, and Making the Game Unique

22 July 2014 |Heroes of the Storm, the MOBA-like hero brawler from World of Warcraft developer Blizzard, has been in a closed alpha test since March. Every few weeks, the developer launches a new update, adding new content, changing balance, and ...

Pro Gaming Team Wins $5 Million in Dota 2 International Championship

22 July 2014 |<iframe src="/videos/embed/6420340/" width="100%" height="100%" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe>The fourth-ever Dota 2 International--the ...

Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire Screenshot Comparison Shows 3DS Remakes’ Improved Visuals

22 July 2014 |<iframe src="/videos/embed/6419405/" width="100%" height="100%" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe>Considering 12 years have passed since ...

Modern Combat 5 Pirated Ahead of Launch After Dev Gives Fans Early Access

22 July 2014 |To promote the release of Modern Combat 5: Blackout later this week, developer Gameloft recently held a contest that provided winners with early access to this latest game in its mobile first-person shooter series. Things quickly ...

EA’s Sims Studio Hiring for First New Franchise Since Will Wright’s Departure

22 July 2014 |Maxis' latest game, The Sims 4A newly discovered job posting for a senior designer position at Maxis has revealed the nature of a "new, unannounced" project in the works at the Electronic Arts-owned studio. From the sound of it, ...

Assassin’s Creed Unity Preorder Bonuses

22 July 2014 |The wealth of preorder bonuses and special editions for big games can get pretty convoluted, and Assassin's Creed Unity is no exception. Often, games will have different offers for each different retailer, and three or four ...

The Last of Us Being Performed as a One-Time-Only Stage Show

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Destiny Preorder Bonuses

22 July 2014 |<iframe src="/videos/embed/6420328/" width="100%" height="100%" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe>If the buzz around the beta hasn't ...

Doom Reboot Unlikely to Be Seen Again This Year

22 July 2014 |<iframe src="/videos/embed/6419386/" width="100%" height="100%" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe>At QuakeCon last week, the new game in ...

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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

6 March 2013 | <!--Begin feature--> <!-- for syndication --> <body> As the next generation of home consoles slowly emerge into the limelight and enter the ...

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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Gender wage gap: How the game industry compares to the U.S. average

22 July 2014 |The gender pay gap is once again a hot topic in the world of U.S. politics, and in the world of video game development, the issue has reared its head. ...

Grinding and the burden of optimal play

22 July 2014 |"Somehow I had made a game in which you repeat the same task (solving a hacking puzzle) over and over again. How did it come to this?" ...

Game Developer Salary Survey 2014: The results are in!

22 July 2014 |Gamasutra recently polled over 4,000 game developers worldwide, asking them the question: How much money did you make? ...

Antialiasing procedural shaders in the Unreal Engine

22 July 2014 |"When using texture mapping, most modern engines will take care of antialiasing for you. Procedural shaders do not share this luxury and the creator usually has to take care of this." ...

‘What are the greatest influences on your work as a creator?’

22 July 2014 |When we asked our Twitter followers what influenced them, we were hoping to hear lots of different things, and so we did. ...

Cliff Bleszinski opens up about the future of games

22 July 2014 |"Not having an agenda has been tremendously freeing, creatively as well as professionally." - Cliff Bleszinski on his "retirement," now officially ended with the announcement of BlueStreak ...

Video: No more scapegoats—Improving the public image of games

22 July 2014 |In this GDC 2013 panel, professor Ian Bogost joined Epic expat Mike Capps and the IGDA's Daniel Greenberg to argue against public misconceptions about games, and what we can do to counter them. ...

Yahoo takes a step toward mobile analytics with Flurry buy

22 July 2014 |Nothing much will change, says Flurry's president and CEO, as web behemoth scoops up popular mobile analytics and advertising platform. ...

Developer of cancelled Yogscast game reveals where the money went

22 July 2014 |Winterkewl Games' lead developer Kris Vale has published a frank accounting of how the indie studio managed to spend nearly half a million dollars in Kickstarter pledges without making a game. ...

When an artist creates games…

22 July 2014 |"We keep talking about video games as art but there's still this big gap between the video game world and the contemporary art world; we need to fill it. I want more of Pippin Barr feat. Marina Abramovi& #263;." ...

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Report: Wii U purchasing intent surges by 50% following E3

22 July 2014 |60% of respondents will buy Arkham Knight on at least 1 platform

Yahoo buys Flurry

22 July 2014 |Popular mobile analytics service will continue to operate as normal

New UK anti-piracy scheme issues four warnings then…nothing

22 July 2014 |Voluntary Copyright Alert Programme to gently slap wrists of IP thieves

Bungie pays Halo composer $95k over dismissal

22 July 2014 |Marty O'Donnell compensated for unpaid work, vacation and damages

Dota 2 team pockets $5 million at The International

22 July 2014 |New champion took home more than the winner of Wimbledon as esports continues its meteoric rise

Looking for hits with Indie Piñata

22 July 2014 |Why one Warsaw developer decided to create its own bundle

Warner Bros. nabs Space Invaders film rights

22 July 2014 |Oscar-winning writer one of three producers on adaptation of original Taito classic

Facebook’s Oculus acquisition closed today

22 July 2014 |"Reimagining the way people communicate"

Monument Valley sells a million

22 July 2014 |Less than a month after hitting £1 million revenue milestone

Tango sets up $25 million game dev fund

22 July 2014 |Messaging app will consider acquisitions, hires ex-Gree exec Jim Ying as VP of games publishing

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Bungie Settles With Former Composer

22 July 2014 | GamesBeat reports that Marty O’Donnell, the composer for the hit shooter series Halo, has settled a lawsuit against Bungie chief executive Harold Ryan. A King County ...

‘PC Gaming Alliance’ Renamed ‘Open Gaming Alliance’

22 July 2014 | The PC Gaming Alliance has formally and officially changed its name to the "Open Gaming Alliance" (or OGA, for short). The group said that it changed its name in ...

Gameloft’s ‘Modern Combat 5’ Pirated By Contest Winner(s)

22 July 2014 | Gameloft held a contest to let winners have early access to an iOS, Windows 8, and Android shooter called Modern Combat 5, but the company claims that some individual(s) ...

Senate Majority Leader Pits One Internet Tax Against Another

22 July 2014 | A new Senate bill may force lawmakers to agree to expand the reach of sales taxes on out-of-state retailers, or see the end of a law that forbids states and cities from ...

‘Yogventures’ Developer Explains ‘Where The Money Went’

22 July 2014 | Last week popular gaming-related YouTube group Yogscast announced that Yogventures was no longer in development. Kickstarter backers were told they would receive a Steam key ...

‘Last of Us’ Voice Actor Criticizes Ubisoft Over Assassin’s Creed: Unity

22 July 2014 | Ashley Johnson who voiced the lead character Ellie in The Last of Us, has criticized Ubisoft over the company’s recent statements about the lack of playable female ...

Former State Department Official Asks What Data The NSA is Collecting on Americans

22 July 2014 | John Napier Tye, a former State Department section chief for Internet freedom, is calling on the government to answer questions related to a recent op-ed published by the ...

‘Ninja Pizza Girl’ Adds ‘Includification’ Stretch Goal to Kickstarter Campaign

22 July 2014 |Ninja Pizza Girl developer Disparity Games announced a new stretch goal that focuses on "Includification." In case you are unfamiliar with the term, it basically means to add components and functionality in a game or ...

Valve Responds to Steam Developer Community Complaints About Security Issues

22 July 2014 | Recently SteamDB published an open letter to Valve from members of Steam’s developer community concerned with some of the company’s security practices. The ...

Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 106

21 July 2014 |Another week, another live episode. If you missed the live show over the weekend you can check it out now on YouTube. We're still working out some of the kinks. This week hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight discussed a lot ...

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Wii U update adds system-to-system transfers

23 July 2014 | Wii U owners can proverbially move home from one system to another using a new feature introduced in the latest system update. The 5.1.0 U firmware adds "Transfer Between Wii U Systems," allowing you to take all system data - user ...

Media Moleceule embraces the glitch in new PS4 video

23 July 2014 | A warning straight away: There are a lot of flashing lights and colors in the above video, so if you're sensitive to that sort of thing, be careful. That should give you an idea of just how mad this latest Media Molecule madness ...

Disney’s Castle of Illusion lowers the bridge for Mac this week

23 July 2014 | It's not a trick, Michael, it's Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse, and it's out this week on Mac. The 2013 remake of Disney's classic platformer hits the platform on Thursday, July 24, courtesy of Feral Interactive. It's ...

Games and Twitch at the heart of Nvidia’s Shield Tablet

23 July 2014 | Nvidia believes the market is ready for a specialty tablet that can run Unreal Engine 4 with ease, play your PC games remotely and broadcast your every demise in Spelunky. Built around its Tegra K1 processor and partnered with a ...

Take a break in Destiny’s beta

22 July 2014 | There are some who may want a break from all the gunfire in Destiny, Bungie's latest FPS that entered its beta phase on PS4 last week and will arrive on Xbox One tomorrow. We compiled a list of things to do in Destiny's beta in ...

Happy 50th birthday, Ryu!

22 July 2014 | Street Fighter's iconic world warrior Ryu has just hit the big 5-0, a Reddit post pointed out earlier today. Feel free to send him "over the hill" birthday cards and jokey coffee mugs to mark the start of his sixth virtual decade. ...

Newbee wins first place, $5 million in Dota 2 International

22 July 2014 | Newbee takes home more than $5 million in prize money after defeating ViCi Gaming in The International Dota 2 Grand Finals today. This is part of the largest payout ever in an eSports competition, with a final pool of $10.9 ...

Modern Combat 5 cracked, pirated by contest winner

22 July 2014 | Pirated copies of the mobile first-person shooter Modern Combat 5: Blackout flooded torrent websites this weekend, reportedly originating from a copy of the game distributed by the developer as part of a contest. Gameloft held ...

Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus is now official

22 July 2014 | Facebook's $2 billion acquisition of Oculus VR closed today, officially cementing the deal that was announced in March. Oculus and Facebook are as inseparable as a vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity. Or a tech ...

PSA: Destiny beta is down for two days

22 July 2014 | Hopefully you got your fill of moon wizards over the weekend, as the Destiny beta has now entered a temporary hiatus. "We are beginning the process of taking the Destiny Beta offline for maintenance," reads a tweet from developer ...

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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 ...

Chinese Couple Sells Children To Support Onlione Game Addiction

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

What Happens When Gaming Auteurs Try To Go It Alone?

12 July 2014 |An anonymous reader writes: As news that Cliff Bleszkinski, Epic Games' legendary former creative, sets off to found his own studio, a new article takes a look at how six other gaming auteurs have fared after leaving a major ...

The Video Game That Maps the Galaxy

10 July 2014 |An anonymous reader writes "Video game designers and astronomers have been working different ends of the same problem: how to chart a galaxy full of stars. Astronomers start with observation, finding new and better ways to look ...

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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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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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Posted by Tilce | 24 August 2012

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

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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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