A game is made, and it turns out to be good. The game comes out, becomes popular... and then becomes a series. Usually, we have nothing bad to say about that. Until, inevitably, things start to slide. The creator that made the game what it was bails. Or it fizzles in the transition from one console to another. Maybe the staff just forgot what made it great. Whatever the problem, we've selected seven of the biggest offenders, for your
For all the age-old arguments about videogames doing more harm than good for kids, teenagers and hell, just about anyone who picks up a controller, it pleases us immensely to hear when games are helping children in need. Our good friends over at Next Generation are reporting that the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences is sponsoring a fundraiser with the Starlight Starbright Childrens Foundation to build portable videogame centers for hospitals.
“We are overjoyed to support this
A Jay And Silent Bob game? Thats the spectacular wish of Clerks II/Dogma creator Kevin Smith – though he wont be taking direct control. “Im not really good enough to pull it off,” he claims. “Games is one field in which I like to be entertained, rather than try to be entertaining.” Smith admits hed be happy to write the back story, but would leave the level design to the experts. “When it comes to levels and bosses and stuff like that, Im not so good.”
SCi (and Eidos) have acquired the rights to 11 Warner Brothers franchises, including Looney Tunes, Hanna Barbera and (prepare to be excited or horrified) the recently canceled Fox TV show The OC in a deal worth upwards of $80 million. Looney Tunes characters include Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Road Runner and Speedy Gonzales. The OC on the other hand features Mischa Barton and the other fit one. All games are scheduled for PSP. Hanna Barberas Tom and Jerry, the Flintstones and Yogi Bear are also
New legislation has been proposed in Germany that would make it a crime to commit “cruel violence on humans or human-looking characters” in games.
The move comes in response to a school shooting in November: 18-year-old Sebastian Bosse wounded 37 people before taking his own life. The shooting has drawn comparisons to another in 2002 where a German student shot and killed 16 people. In both cases the perpetrator was a Counter-Strike
To Wii or not to Wii? That is the nagging, fan-angering question provoked by Nintendo's dithering back and forth as to just how we'll be playing Super Paper Mario. One second it's a GameCube exclusive, the next it might be on the Wii as well, and now there's speculation that it's a Wii exclusive. Nintendo doesn't seem to know what's going on; leading us to make plans to hijack the next Ask Iwata session to squeeze answers from the head honchos.
Just how much uncertainty has Nintendo's waffling
Let the haters and the old ladies complain about how those newfangled video computer games teach us to be killers; we've always taken the view that violent games are a pressure valve for blowing off steam in a harmless way. Don't believe it? Play something fierce and bloody the next time you're in a really bad mood, and then try telling us you didn't feel better afterward.
But why stop there? If games can keep you from climbing a clock tower and expressing your inner pain in the form of
A video posted on YouTube titled Moral Kombat is set to become a controversial forum topic - a trailer for the first full-length film documentary to tackle the videogame violence debate head-on, featuring none other than game-obsessed lawyer Jack Thompson, among others.
According to the film's maker, Spencer Halpin (quoted on the Apple Pro/Video website), his aim is to show that "consumers need access to information about the content of games so they can make their own decisions about what to
Every game site, magazine, blog, and TV show in the universe does some sort of end-of-year wrap-up. It's a chance to look back and remember the triumphs, and sometimes tragedies, of the last twelve months, tie it all up with a neat, little bow, and give it one more little smooch before shoving it under the bed and screaming for something new, which you can then say isn't nearly as good as the old, classic stuff.
Anyhow, these lists are typically top tens, maybe twenties. But our companion site
It's the end of another great year for gamers. Two new systems launched. Two handhelds waged bloody battle. And next gen gaming got a big kick in the pants - thanks to a year of lonely rule by the Xbox 360. PC gaming fought fire with nukes, waging its battle against the console-based onslaught. In short, it ruled.
How do we handle this? We're handing out our gleaming Platinum Chalice to those games and systems which gave us the business. No boring list of 37 different strategy games, divided