Thanks to PlayStation, Wii and mega-bucks advertising, videogames are now opening up to a whole new audience. There's a new generation of gamers out there, and one that's growing steadily.
"What fresh audience is this?" you may ask. "It's the hardcore mature" we answer - the gaming Grandmas and Granddads. We've uncovered these Grey Gamers in their natural habitat, and rated them accordingly. Welcome to a blue-rinsed new world of oldies with controllers.
WARNING - Extreme sailor-quality
With all the talk about the lines blurring between movies and videogames, you'd think that Hollywood by now would have developed a pretty good idea of what gaming is all about. But if you watch many movies, you'll know it hasn't. It might be kids wildly pounding off-brand Xbox controllers as random Atari noises play. Maybe there'll be a laughable "virtual reality" sequence thrown in, or maybe the non-gaming director will use games as an awkward metaphor for the awful stuff we teach our kids.
EA and Endemol, the company behind Big Brother, are collaborating to produce a "a new digital entertainment concept" called Virtual Me.
The idea behind Virtual Me is to bring together TV and videogames, with people able to create avatars at VirtualMe.com (scheduled to launch in the coming months) and then participate in virtual versions of TV shows - e.g. talent shows like Fame Academy and game shows like Deal Or No Deal.
"Virtual Me combines cutting edge avatar creation technology from EA
The stunning technology that Crytek has developed to power its forthcoming first-person shooter Crysis has been revealed afresh in a new-ish trailer released.
We call it new-ish, because its actually the CryEngine 2 trailer the developer was showing at this year's GDC. So, you may have seen it previously, but it's now available in a direct-feed version which we've uploaded into our video player. And if you haven't seen it before, all we can say is that it's a must-see as what's on display is
Analysts in Japan still predict Sony will give PS3 a price cut this year, even though the firm may be about to reveal encouraging profit forecasts.
"We think Sony will find it hard to get through the financial year (which began this month) without cutting the price of the console, and expect further game segment losses of over $1 billion during that period," said researchers from investment firm, Nomura, who's researchers still expect the PS3 losses to continue for the short term.
The definition of “art” is one of the most forum-spamming subjective debate topics of all time. In terms of gaming forums, somewhere beneath “Does God exist?” and “The PS3/Wii/360 sucks!” youll almost certainly find “Are games art?”
Of course, when attempting to determine if something is or isnt art, were confronted with the much broader question, “What is art?” Since the 20th century, the definition of art has come under serious
Last week, we introduced you to eight current or former game store clerks in a feature titled, appropriately enough, Confessions of a Game Store Clerk.
Given complete anonymity and no-rules freedom, they shared their best, their worst and their ugliest retail experiences with us. We learned the appalling truth behind inane corporate policies. We heard the ridiculous ranting of crazy, irate customers. And we even learned the surprising sins of the employees themselves. We asked our game store
Videogame store employees. They have to have the easiest job on the planet, right? Play videogames, sell videogames, buy videogames, organize videogames, stand around and talk about videogames. They spend their entire day goofing off and hanging around the very things they love. Seriously, how hard can it be?
With gaming bigger than ever, and the attraction to gaming related careers stronger than ever, we decided to uncover the truths behind the assumptions. Is this really the slacker's dream
Capcom knows how to throw a party. At a press event held last night in San Francisco, the publisher presented a veritable circus of spectacular sights. We saw new games or media for franchises Resident Evil, Devil May Cry, Mega Man, Lost Planet and Phoenix Wright. We were introduced to a brand new way to play the Wii with Project Treasure Island Z. Heck, they even had half-naked trapeze artists twisting and gyrating above an open bar and buffet table.
Yet, despite all the dazzle and
New Saboteur info and screens
Everyone and their mother is sick of World War II games. Enter Pandemic Studios (Destroy All Humans, Star Wars Battlefront, Mercenaries) with a breath of fresh air for this done-to-death era: Saboteur. The stylish look and fresh gameplay concepts have us eager to join the French Resistance and mess with Hitler's boys, all sneaky, Sam Fisher in GTA style. Vive la revolucion!
Project Treasure Island Z and companies taking chances on the Wii