Last month, Eve Online saw the most epic battle in its 11-year history, the Bloodbath of B-R5RB, which caused an estimated real-word cost in damages of $300,000. Not two weeks later, the games developer has announced that it would like to honor all players with a monument on Reykjavik Harbour.
Every player who has an active game subscription on March 1 -- even new players -- will have the name of their main character etched upon the monument, which will stand 16 feet tall. Players who have passed away will also have their characters' names etched on the monument. … Read more
Bungie, the development house behind the Halo franchise, might have a hugely successful follow-up ready to go this year, said Activision CEO Bobby Kotick.
Speaking to investors in an earnings call on Thursday, Kotick said that he believes Destiny, Bungie's new franchise, could be his company's "next billion dollar franchise." The high expectations continued, as Kotick said that he believes "Destiny will become the bestselling new video game [franchise] in history" when it hits store shelves later this year.
Bungie has had an odd history. The company created the Halo franchise and was quickly … Read more
I've been hearing it since the new year: "There are no games to play!"
Sure, we seem to have found ourselves in a bit of a lull when it comes to the big blockbuster video game. When I posted what I felt were 2014's most anticipated titles, I may have overlooked the fact that the beginning of 2014 was a bit on the light side for games.
Wrought with guilt that I may have in someway performed a disservice to you fine people, I felt compelled to compile a short list of interactive software worthy of your hard-earned income. The best part? Most of these titles are significantly cheaper than the $60 you're probably used to paying for a shiny new game.… Read more
Amazon has acquired independent game studio Double Helix Games, adding to speculation that the Internet retailer is preparing to enter game console space sometime this year.
Representatives for Amazon and Double Helix Games confirmed the acquisition for CNET after an initial report by TechCrunch. Terms of the deal were not revealed.
"Amazon has acquired Double Helix as part of our ongoing commitment to build innovative games for customers," Amazon said in a statement.
Founded in 2007 through the merger of two Foundation 9 studios -- The Collective and Shiny Entertainment.-- the Irvine, Calif.-based company has about … Read more
Still, BART may have some interesting things to tell us about how the brain works, specifically in terms of risk-taking behavior.
You see, the game works by having you click that boring button to shoot a burst of air into the balloon. For every click that inflates the balloon without it popping, you "win" 5 cents (I still haven't figured out how to collect my stash from the developers). Pump up the balloon too much though, and you lose the cash you've accrued in that round.
So how does this provide information about our gray matter? … Read more
Xbox One users can expect two major updates to hit their consoles over the coming weeks.
Revealed by Xbox Corporate Vice President Marc Whitten in a blog on Wednesday, the first update will launch on February 11 with several fixes and features. Whitten promises improvements to the Kinect's voice recognition so it can better respond to your commands. Unspecified stability and product updates are also part of the package, as are behind-the-scenes enhancements for developers.
More specifically, Xbox One users will be able to view and manage their storage space, choose the order in which certain content loads, and … Read more
There's something satisfying about the sound of a quarter rolling into an arcade game and plinking down with its brethren somewhere out of view. You won't get that noise if you try out Liberty Games' rigged-up Bitcoin arcade machine, but you will get to play your choice of Donkey Kong, Pac-Man, Space Invaders, or any of dozens of other classic games.
Liberty Games took a Cosmic II full-size arcade multigame cabinet and modified it to accept Bitcoin payments. You scan a QR code on the machine with your smartphone and then pay up in exchange for game credits. Once paid, you're free to blast away at the old-school video-game baddies.… Read more
Remember those telescoping toy lightsabers? You used to do battle with your siblings or friends, but nobody could ever agree on who actually won the fight. There won't be room to argue if you're using Sabertron foam swords from Kickstarter.
The glowing swords each have a health meter above the hilt, marked by strips of green, yellow, and red LED lights. When the swords strike blade-to-blade, they make a clashing sound. When the sword hits anywhere else, like on your opponent's arm, the health meter goes down. Run out of health and you lose the match.… Read more
When you look at a mobile game for iOS on iTunes, there's a very handy at-a-glance tool that lets you know whether or not it's supported by in-app purchases: a bar on the left-hand side that shows the most popular purchases.
Google Play, unfortunately, is a little less clear. You can never be sure, when you're looking at a game, if it's completely free, ad-supported, has a free demo but the full game can only be unlocked with a one-off purchase, or if it is filled with sneaky bits of content that can only be unlocked … Read more