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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was the big winner at last night's Interactive Achievement Awards (IAAs) in Las Vegas, scoring a total of five top honors including the coveted Game of the Year title. Rest assured, the likes of Portal 2, Uncharted 3, and Super Mario 3D Land were also shown some industry love...
Music can really enhance a game's atmosphere. It can take an already great experience and really help sell the mood, something composer Danny Baranowsky has become well-known for. Danny B has worked on a number of indie games, including Cannabalt and Super Meat Boy, and he's now lending his talents to the recently-released The Binding of Isaac and the upcoming Cave Story 3D. We recently had a chance to chat with him to find out about his creative process, and to learn his thoughts on game music in general.
GamesRadar: For people who may not know you; can you start off by introducing yourself and giving a little bit of background on how you got into making music for games...
The Arkham City Official Map App contains layout guides to the game's areas and the locations of more than 350 collectibles, including help with Riddles and Riddler Trophies. That ought to come in handy for Apple fans eager to think of their iOS devices as the real world's closest thing to an actual utility belt – though let's see you hide a Batarang in your iPad...
Telltale Games has announced a major patch for the iOS versions of its Back to the Future: The Game episodes. To mark the update, which Telltale promises will deliver “significant performance increases, graphical improvements and minor bug fixes,” the game has had a temporary price-cut. Until the end of September, each of the game's five episodes will be available on the App Store for $2.99...
When you first saw the now-famous video of a baby monkey riding backwards on a pig, doubtless a lot of things went through your head: perplexed delight, envy, the desire to own your very own baby monkey riding on a pig. While this option is available to almost none of us, Kihon Games' debut title, Baby Monkey (Going Backwards on a Pig), offers the opportunity to control the pint-sized twosome over a series of adventures that surely were cut from the initial video only for reasons of brevity…
Mike Capps, President of Epic Games, has again added his voice to those prophesying doom for traditional games in the face of app-style gaming. In an interview with IndustryGamers, Capps puts aside financial issues to concentrate on the impact of new-media phenomena from a perspective less of market share and more of mindshare. He says releases like Gears of War 3 and the well-reviewed but unprofitable Bulletstorm could be threatened by the ability of cheap apps and on-demand movies to command players' attention...
Confirming rumors, Electronic Arts has announced plans to acquire casual games studio PopCap Games for $750 million. Expect to see PopCap’s most popular gems, like Bejeweled, Zuma, and Plants vs. Zombies on even more platforms and devices as EA continues invest in the growing casual and social games market...
Metacritic, one of the most-visited game review aggregation sites, has just granted a big dose of credibility to the iPhone game market. The site, which pulls in and averages review scores from all over the Web, has added the iPhone platform to its database.
John Davidson, VP of programming for CBS Interactive, which owns Metacritic, said the decision was made based on favorable reaction to other iPhone content...
A study out of East Carolina University's Psychophysiology Lab and Biofeedback Clinic has suggested that playing casual games can rival traditional therapy and medication in the treatment of anxiety and depression. Huzzah! Take that all you snobby, hardcore, casual gaming haters. Wait...what? The study was underwritten by PopCap Games? We retract our previous statement...
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