The holiday season brings with it family, fellowship, and a whole lot of shopping stress. Thankfully, if you have a gamer in the family–or you just want to spoil yourself–buying a wicked-cool present is as easy as picking a video game (or two, or three) from our 2011 Holiday Gaming Wish List. Batman: Arkham City (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC) — Batman disapproves of all joy and color, so he’s not much of a Christmas guy. Nevertheless, Arkham...read more
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Fans of imported games and systems recently received a spot of good news about the PlayStation Vita: Sony’s handheld will be region free. Meaning, it should be fairly easy for someone with a North American Vita to import and play games from Japan on their system. Or, someone with a Japanese Vita shouldn’t have a problem playing European games on their system. Or, someone with a European version of the Vita shouldn’t have a problem playing North...read more
Playing a video game on a console used to invariably mean going to the store and browsing over a selection of CDs and/or cartridges. Then you’d pay the nice man or woman behind the counter, go home, plug the game in, and play. That’s all changed dramatically over the past half-decade. People can still buy games that have been pressed onto a shiny disc, and many still do. But we can also download games, and stream them directly to our PCs and consoles....read more
The majority of the gaming community has its brains in knots trying to determine which company will emerge with the upper hand in the next generation of game consoles. The analysis isn’t set to get easier any time soon, because here comes a new challenger: The GameStop gaming tablet. The tablet, according to GameStop president Tony Bartel, will be labeled a “GameStop certified gaming platform,” and starting next year, will sell alongside the next...read more
Summer is not typically a hot time for video game sales. People spend more time outdoors, they go away on vacation, or they start preparing for the long college haul. The NPD numbers for August 2011 are especially grim: thanks to the Madden 2012 delay that came as a result of the NFL lockout threat, overall retail sales in the industry dropped 23%. Though it’d be easy to point to these sad numbers and talk about the inevitable death of physical game retail,...read more