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Since Americans first purchased televisions, watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade has been as central to the holiday as turkey or arguing with your politically opposed family members. Games have been part of the celebration since 1993 when Sonic the Hedgehog became the first videogame character to have his own float in the parade. Now Sonic returns to the parade just in time for his 20th Anniversary, and for those that make a stink about the Modern Sonic/Classic Sonic distinction in Generations, this balloon reflects the green-eyed Sonic we’ve known since 1999.
In case you somehow missed the media blitz that was last year’s Spike Video Game Awards, it’s a bit like a mini-E3 filled with B-list celebs and terrible award show banter. Honestly the winners hardly matter compared to all the trailers that premier there. Last year we got our first glimpses of Skyrim, Mass Effect 3 and Uncharted 3, and the year before they revealed Arkham City. Now we already know that the Dec 10 event will have at least three big announcements, with the reveal of an Alan Wake sequel, BioWare’s next game, and the first time we’ll see Metal Gear Solid: Rising since E3 2010...
Child’s Play is a charity after our own hearts, as the organization (founded by the cartoonists behind Penny Arcade) is about bringing videogames to sick children in hospitals. We even took part in a little bit of charity for the organization during our recent 24-hour marathon. Now Child’s Play is entering its season of holiday charity drives you can help out with, and that includes its yearly auction filled with one of kind items that happens December 8...
Today marks the 10th anniversary of Grand Theft Auto III. To celebrate the decade of open-world gaming GTA III gave us, Rockstar's giving us one of its just-announced, limited-edition, super-swank Claude Speed action figures (which Rockstar sells for $149.99) so that we can give it to one lucky reader. Made by Sideshow Collectibles and coming complete with two outfits, eight weapons and nearly 30 points of articulation, Claude makes for an impressive man-doll, but he's limited to a set of 1,500. One of those 1,500 could be yours...
The list of best-selling games in the US this September was released by the NPD group today, and there were a few surprising entries, though it was mostly filled with the usual suspects. The top-selling game of September was technically Madden, but since that factors in sales across five different platforms, we're going to say the 360-exclusive Gears of War 3 is the real sales winner. Third place was taken by Dead Island, which is pretty impressive for a new franchise. Meanwhile, PS3-exclusive Resistance 3 had a good showing in the seventh spot; not bad for our game of the month for September. Here's the top 10 with no actual sales numbers as the NPD unhelpfully withholds those...
Sony Online Entertainment, Mojang Studios and Trion Worlds were among the top honorees at the Game Developers Choice Online Awards. Held last night during the GDC Online event in Austin, Texas the evening celebrated excellence in online gaming, and included the induction of Everquest into GDC's hallowed Hall of Fame, as well as industry recognition for Minecraft, Rift and a handful of other well-known multiplayer titles...
The Halo movie never materialized because there were too many cooks in the kitchen. Microsoft had their demands, Bungie had their own, and the movie’s producers had their own creative vision of how Halo could work as a feature-length picture. Things moved at a snail’s pace and it eventually fell apart not because of a lack of interest, but because getting that many people to agree on anything is impossible (also, Peter Jackson and Neill Blomkamp got antsy and decided to make District 9).
Odds are the same fate won’t befall Mortal Kombat, which is heading back to the big screen after a long hiatus thanks to Warner Bros., who owns both the rights to the Mortal Kombat series and has a massive film division. Well that's convenient, isn't it?...
Remember the goofy old days when virtual reality was the future and everyone would soon be wearing goofy visors to control their computers? Why do you think that never panned out? It’s possible that the technology was ahead of its time – the most advanced graphics back then were untextured polygons running at fifteen frames per second. It didn’t exactly make you feel like you were inside some virtual world. The other problem was that the equipment was way, way too bulky to be practical for home use. Sony came by our offices the other day to show us something...
From the silly to the sexy we stalked the show floor to give you hundreds of photos of cosplayers from PAX this year...
We like games – and since you’re reading this site, it seems safe to assume that you like games, too. But according to a recent CNN report, most players don’t finish the games they start…
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