The long awaited announcement for a new iteration in the longstanding Thief series has finally been made. Square has unveiled the new reboot in the latest issue of Gameinformer. You can see the cover image below along with some brief details of the game.
From the National Institute of Health to the University of Rochester’s landmark study ten years ago, there’s been a deluge of evidence linking the improved effects from just a few hours of gaming a week. The evidence was particularly strong in action games on a person’s cognitive skills.
In a recent study, researchers have found that the visual aspect of gaming is what’s most crucially missing from the average dyslexic child’s neurological diet. In other words: gaming’s emphasis on visual attention stimulates, greatly improves a dyslexic child’s ability to read, and, more importantly, comprehend what he or she is reading. Continue reading “Could Video Games Prevent Dyslexia in Children? New Research Indicates Yes” »
This Thursday, March 7, that the company will be holding the Full Spectrum convention in New York — an event oriented specifically towards gay, lesbian, and transsexual gamers. Continue reading “Electronic Arts Will Host Their First LGBT Gaming Event in San Francisco This Week” »
Earlier this month Activision announced that it will be bringing three new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games based on the new Nickelodeon TV series.
Today Activision has dropped the debut trailer (seen below) for the first game which is called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of The Shadows.
The third person action game will be released this summer for XBLA, PSN and PC.
Some of the most interesting video games ever came out in March. The three in this week’s history lesson are just the tip of the iceberg.
March 4, 1983 saw the birth of Food Fight. Published by Atari and developed by General Computer Corp (GCC… also known as the folks who created Ms. Pac-Man), Food Fight featured a character named Charlie Chuck, who seemingly pissed off several chefs that must not have been very good anyway, as they keep their ingredients on the floor. Anyhoo, Charlie just wants to eat the ice cream cone on the other side of the room, but the chefs aren’t having it.
March 5, 2001 saw the highly rated and highly controversial Conker’s Bad Fur Day. Developed for Nintendo by Rare, Conker is a party squirrel that likes to drink all night and have some fun. The shock value in the game, especially coming from Nintendo, is still talked about to this very day. A television commercial for the title seemed to push the envelope a bit too much as well, being pulled from a number of television networks. Naturally, it was considered perfectly okay for the history video this week.
March 9, 1996 saw the first release of Square and Nintendo’s Super Mario RPG. The Japanese hit later came to U.S. shores and proved popular, yet never had a direct sequel.
Just getting warmed up for the month of March… in coming weeks looks for anniversaries of some of the most challenging arcade hits ever and a number of iconic console hits. Check back each Monday.
Ubisoft has officially dropped the debut trailer for its upcoming new Assassin’s Creed game, Black Flag. You can check out the new trailer along with some new gameplay screens in the gallery below. We also have the new Black Flag Edward Kenway Introduction Trailer below as well.
Much, if not all, of the leaked information from last week came true. The game will indeed take place 1715 Caribbean and will star Haytham Kenway’s father Edward as the new assassin.
If you’re familiar at all with the Half the Sky Movement, then you know that it’s designed to raise activism and awareness of women’s rights and women in poverty around the globe. What you may not know is that with the launch of the Half the Sky Game today on Facebook, the game is poised to do what few games have before–catapult gamers into the world of international activism. Continue reading “Half the Sky: The Game Launches Into Your Facebook, Helps You Save The World” »
After a 7 year absence, Lara Croft’s long-awaited return to consoles is being heralded as a darker, more ‘serious’ reboot of the franchise, something akin to Christopher Nolan’s take on Bruce Wayne’s origins in Batman Begins. Crystal Dynamics developers have pointed to several new changes that have longtime fans drooling: more intense and realistic combat, harder puzzles. Those reliably fun side tombs. The prospect of a mysterious ‘survival instinct’ feature.
The two biggest changes, of course, are noticeable right on the cover: Gone are Lara’s D-Cup and her short shorts, in favor of some more sensible archaeological attire. First thing’s first: How does something like this happen? And how are people reacting to such drastic changes, both in clothes and character? Continue reading “Meet the New Boobs: How the Gaming Community is Reacting to Lara Croft’s, Um…”Re-Design”” »
The release date for Beyond: Two Souls was announced today along with the addition of a new, high profile cast member.
Sony has announced Quantic Dream’s Beyond: Two Souls is dropping in North America on October 8.
The announcement also came with news that Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe (Platoon, Spider-Man) has been tapped to star in the game alongside Ellen Page (Inception, Juno).
Today we have a new virtual reality device that allows players to naturally walk and look around within a game environment.
As you can see in the demonstration video below, the Omni shows off some pretty impressive motion tracking technology.
Mass Effect 3 will finally be coming to a close with its upcoming Citadel DLC.
The Citadel is a single player, story driven campaign add-on that will see Commander Shepard on one final mission. He will reunite with many Mass Effect characters from throughout the trilogy
Today a Trophy/Achievement list has surfaced online, hinting at what else is expected in Shepard’s final mission.
We have been reporting on the announcement of the latest Assassin’s Creed game, Black Flag. Today we an official release date along with a countdown to the debut trailer.
At Ubisoft’s official Assassin’s Creed site there is a countdown clock ending 4 days from now where the Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag debut trailer will be revealed.
“World Premiere Trailer: Unite under the black flag.”
Sony has gone and done it again. The company has offloaded its Sony City Osaki building for ¥111 billion which is equal to around $1.2 billion (via Joystiq).
In other Sony news we also have some screens released by Sony of the Ps4′s UI below.
Last month the company sold off its New York City headquarters is a deal worth $1.1 billion with investors from real estate firm The Chetrit Group.
Sony put the Tokyo-based Osaki building into a trust, where the rights were then sold to Nippon Building Fund Inc. as well as an anonymous “Japanese institutional investor,” split 60/40. Sony will remain in the building for an additional 5 years on a separate lease agreement.
This is part of Sony’s continued strategy to “strengthen its corporate structure.” Today’s press release regarding the deal states Sony’s reasons for the sale as: “Sony is transforming its business portfolio and reorganizing its assets in an effort to strengthen its corporate structure. This sale was conducted as a part of this reorganization.”
Sony stands to gain quite heavily from the deal. As a result of the sale, the company “expects to realize a gain…of approximately 41 billion yen (approx. $4.4 billion).”
Sony has had four successive years of losses including a loss of $820 million last fiscal year.
The company has dropped some screenshots of its upcoming PS4′s UI. You can check out images of the system’s video sharing, live streaming tools and social networking in the gallery below (via AllGamesbeta).
Kojima did not get a chance to watch the Sony Meeting event where the PS4 was officially revealed, but he is very interested in its new functionality.
He spoke about how he is very interested in the online connectivity and social interactions the PS4 is bringing more so than its jump in fidelity.
According to the report, The Witcher 3 will have a main storyline that is 50 hours long.
The translated information went on to talk about how the game has 36 final states of the game world as well as three, one hour long epilogues.
Yesterday we brought you the initial reports on the newest Assassin’s Creed title, Black Flag.
A leaked poster depicted a new assassin in what appeared to be a pirate themed game. Turns out the game is real and has been officially announced by Ubisoft.
The company took to Twitter this morning with the game’s official box cover art (seen below). We can clearly see what appears to be the very same new assassin in today’s official art as we did in yesterday’s leaked retail poster.
Sony has announced today that a single-player demo for the upcoming God of War: Ascension is now available on PSN (via GameSpot).
The demo is available to all Playstation Network users and features the opening sequences of the game and will allow players to get a feel for Kratos in battle.
We also have newly released trailer showcasing the single player campaign below.
Square Enix has recently filed a trademark application for something called Deus Ex: Human Defiance.
There is no clear indication as to what type of project Human Defiance may be. The legal documentation for the trademark application, found here, only mentions a general classification of “computer games software…etc.”
Information on a supposedly upcoming new Assassin’s Creed game has been leaked online in the way of a new promotional poster. In a photo of the poster recently obtained by Kotaku, we can clearly see the title Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag.
The poster also contained a map on the reverse side which seems to tell us where the game will take place. We have a supposed screenshot from the game courtesy of the Examiner below as well.
Naughty Dog announced today that Uncharted 3 multiplayer is now available for free. When the Playstation Store updates today, the standalone multiplayer will be available at no charge with a level 15 cap.
For $5 players can raise the cap to 25 and for $20 they can get rid of the cap completely. Keep in mind that none of the additional map packs for Uncharted 3 will be available with the free version, but they can be purchased separately.