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RagTag Army Fights to Rescue America in New Call of Duty
November 05, 2013
Activision on Tuesday released Call of Duty: Ghosts for the Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii U and PC. The game will be released later this month for the upcoming PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Ghosts is the latest arrival in the popular first-person franchise, which has generated billions of dollars in sales and has been an annual hit for the company.
Niantic Opens Ingress to AR Gamers Hot to Trot for Exotic Matter
November 05, 2013
Google's Niantic Labs on Monday announced that it was lifting the invitation-only restriction on its augmented reality game Ingress. The game launched in beta about a year ago, and interested players needed an invitation code to participate. Now all Android users can download the free massively multiplayer game from Google Play. The game will officially exit beta status on Dec. 14.
Nintendo Shrugs Off Weak Wii U Sales, Plunges Ahead
October 30, 2013
Nintendo on Wednesday reported a net loss of about $81 million for the quarter ending Sept. 30 and blamed the dismal results at least in part on disappointing sales of its Wii U video game console. The company had reported a profit of roughly $87.5 million the previous quarter. Sales of the Wii U were actually up this quarter and nearly doubled from 160,000 for the previous three months.
Obduction Comes Out of the Myst
October 23, 2013
Way back in 1993, a little exploratory puzzle mystery game called Myst was released for the Mac. It took off to become one of the best-selling -- and moodiest -- games ever, expanding to a variety of other platforms. The creators followed up with Riven, and now, 20 years after Myst, they are using Kickstarter to launch a new indie-developed game, Obduction.
Sony Gets Its Videogame Mojo Working
October 21, 2013
Sony's PlayStation 3 video game console showed in September that it still was able to pack a bit of a punch, dethroning Microsoft's Xbox 360, according to the NPD Group. The Xbox 360 had been the top-selling video console for 32 straight months since January 2011. The Xbox 360 also passed a significant milestone, though, with more than 80 million systems sold worldwide.
Ubisoft Won't Be Letting the Watch Dogs Out
October 17, 2013
Ubisoft -- Europe's largest video game publisher -- might have a less-than-merry holiday season. It announced Wednesday that two of its hotly anticipated titles, Watch Dogs and The Crew, would be delayed until sometime in 2014. Shares fell on the news by as much as 32 percent -- the most since Ubisoft made its debut on the Paris exchange in 1992.
Softbank Plugs $1.5B Into Supercell
October 17, 2013
Supercell has closed on a round of funding totaling $1.53 billion. SoftBank and GungHo Online Entertainment, which made the joint investment, will hold 51 percent of Supercell's outstanding voting stock. Supercell creates games for mobile and tablet platforms on the free-to-play business model. Games are free, but in-game purchases enhance the gameplay and help players advance through levels.
Linux Gaming Is Cleared for Takeoff
October 16, 2013
Close to a third of all websites use Linux, according to W3Techs, and Linux system users are arguably second only to Mac users in their devotion to their platform of choice, yet Linux gamers have traditionally been the red-headed stepchildren of the gaming community. Xbox 360 was the top-selling console for the 32nd straight month in August, NPD's video games sales figures indicate.
castAR Makes the World Your 3D Playground
October 16, 2013
Do you remember the scene in an early Star Wars movie where R2-D2 and Chewbacca played a holographically generated, Jedi 3D board game while killing time in their light freighter? Full-color, three-dimensional game pieces were projected onto the board. Chewbacca wasn't a particularly good loser, and R2-DR2 blipped and beeped a lot.
Russia to Battle Thug Image With Patriotic Video Game
October 14, 2013
The Russian government plans to produce a patriotic video game to offset the legions of games in which Russian soldiers are the villains. Russia is also mulling a ban on foreign video games that it claims "distort historical facts." Russia's culture ministry cited Company of Heroes as particularly problematic: The plot depicts a World War II Russian soldier as a criminal and arsonist.
Dragon's Lair App Lets You Relive Dirk's Glory
October 14, 2013
One of the amazing things about our new connected world of software development and easy access to consumers is how old-school games can find new life with entirely new audiences through iOS and OS X. Case in point? The Dragon's Lair 30th Anniversary app for iOS. Dragon's Lair is a really old arcade game. Seriously old, as in it was a laserdisc video game. I barely remember laserdiscs.
Unu Plays 3 Ways to the Android Gaming Crowd
October 12, 2013
The Android gaming market is becoming increasingly crowded, but on Thursday Sunflex announced a fresh contender: the Unu, a combination console, tablet and home entertainment device that will arrive at retail next month. The Unu offers the promise of bringing virtually any game from Google Play to the living room TV via a TV-connected dock.
Foxconn in Trouble Again Over PS4
October 10, 2013
Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn, one of the world's most vilified workers-rights violators, confirmed reports that it is manufacturing Sony's upcoming PlayStation 4 on the backs of university interns. Chinese media broke the story, asserting that thousands of students from an engineering program at the Xi'an Institute of Technology are being forced to work at Foxconn's Yantai plant.
Disney Tech Makes Touchscreens Touchy-Feely
October 10, 2013
Disney Research has developed an algorithm that will render 3D textures and tactile features on a touchscreen, it announced earlier this week, enabling users to "feel" the on-screen images they touch and see. The technology works on still images as well as streaming videos, and it achieves its effect by altering the friction the user's fingers encounter as they glide across the screen's surface.
Russia Going for Gold in Surveillance at Winter Olympics
October 07, 2013
Russia's FSB security service wants to ensure that every ounce of electronic communication is monitored at next February's Winter Olympics in Sochi, according to a team of Russian investigative journalists. The journalists reportedly unearthed documents and tenders from Russian communication companies that suggest the FSB will make liberal use of newly installed telephone and Internet spying capabilities.
Apple's Sneak Attack on Gaming Is Now in Play
October 03, 2013
Apple let a silly game demonstration take center stage at WWDC in June, and it released a new framework with instructions on how developers could build physical game controllers. The two together led me to believe that an Apple sneak attack on living room gaming was imminent. Since then, two more elements have risen to the surface, and now I think the sneak attack is well under way.
Game Like It's 1995 With Web-Based Hover
October 02, 2013
There's little doubt Microsoft has its gaming sights set primarily on the future with the approaching launch of its next generation Xbox One video game console next month, but on Wednesday the company took an old school turn and launched an updated version of the classic Windows 95 game Hover. Hover originally arrived as an Easter Egg -- a hidden piece of software -- in Windows 95 installation CD-ROMs.
Roadblocks Stymie GTA's Online Launch
October 01, 2013
The launch of Grand Theft Auto V last month was a success by any measure, but Tuesday's debut of GTA Online wasn't quite as smooth. Rockstar Games itself predicted a buggy arrival for its game's online counterpart and said it bought new servers ahead of time to support the predicted demand, but on Tuesday players looking to commit online break-ins and heists were all but locked out.
Cutting-Edge Specs Translate Languages on the Spot
October 01, 2013
Japanese NTT Docomo unveiled augmented reality glasses that are able to translate menus and signs in real time. The company, which showed off the device at a Japanese gadget fair, says the glasses will be ready when foreigners descend on Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics. The glasses work by overlaying someone's native language onto unfamiliar text.
Valve Releases Steam Controller
September 30, 2013
Valve Software has announced the Steam Controller, the third part of its trio of initiatives designed to bring Linux-based gaming to the living room. Valve dubbed the controller "a different kind of gamepad." It features dual circulator trackpads driven by the player's thumbs. Each has a high-resolution haptic pad at its base, which is clickable, allowing the entire surface to act as a button.

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