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10:00 AM on 02.19.2012

Captain Commander is an Atari game for the Internet age

If you're looking for a good time-waster this weekend, look no further than Adult Swim's new game Captain Commander. The latest from PixelJam -- a.k.a. the guys who did Dino Run -- has you playing as the titular Captain Comma...

Bob Muir

9:00 PM on 01.30.2012

Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker releasing in Spring 2012

[As originally posted on Japanator] It's been a while since we last heard of Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker, the anime spin-off of Bioware's fantasy RPG. Dragonagemovie.com has been updated, and we n...

Bob Muir

8:30 PM on 09.27.2011

Shank returns in Shank 2, shanking very likely

Last year's Shank was a gleeful journey of violence and bad-ass-itude, wrapped in wonderful, hand-drawn animation. Realizing that gamers really liked stabbing baddies in the gut, developer Klei Entertainment is gracing us wi...

Bob Muir



Two Tetris games exemplify the problem with 3DS gaming photo
Two Tetris games exemplify the problem with 3DS gaming
by Bob Muir

[Update: Our original story noted that Tetris: Axis is out on October 20; the correct release date is October 2. Furthermore, we've added a note to clarify that EA's Android versions of Tetris (while free) is supported by ads. Sorry for any confusion.]

As the Nintendo 3DS struggles to capture your attention in the age of smartphone gaming, two new puzzle games are the best example of one of the main problems with the system and its games.

The first game is Tetris: Axis, published by Nintendo and releasing on October 2. It features more than 20 modes and one-game multiplayer for up to eight players. It also "lets players use the magic of the Nintendo 3DS system to jump into the action in 3D," which I doubt will matter much because it's Tetris.

The second game, published by EA, is simply called Tetris, and is free today (supported by ads) to anyone with an Android phone. It may lack all the bells and whistles of Nintendo's version, but Tetris is such an endearing game design you don't need all those extras to have fun with it. No one in their right mind is going to want to buy a version with multiplayer when a scoreboard is nearly identical in function for a game like this. And while this version may lack over 20 modes, I doubt most people buy Tetris wanting more than a marathon mode.

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6:00 AM on 08.26.2011

Global Agenda gets Recursive Colony expansion

Hi-Rez Studios announced that Global Agenda, the first free-to-play shooter MMO on Steam, will soon be receiving a big update that brings the game to version 1.5. Called "Recursive Colony," the free expansion will feature the...

Bob Muir

11:00 PM on 08.24.2011

Crimson Alliance's wizard Direwolf is not a wolf

Following in the footsteps of Gnox the mercenary, Direwolf the wizard gets his own trailer for the multiplayer action RPG Crimson Alliance. He does his best to not sound like a mad, evil wizard, then totally comes acros...

Bob Muir





4:15 PM on 08.23.2011

Dungeon Defenders finally releases on October 19

Trendy Entertainment has put out another trailer for Dungeon Defenders to remind you that, yes, the game still exists! Dungeon Defenders is a third-person co-operative tower defense game with four different classes. This par...

Bob Muir

8:00 PM on 08.22.2011

Machine Gun Jetpack is now renamed Jetpack Joyride

While Mojang attempts to hold on to the name of Scrolls, fellow indie developer Halfbrick is changing the name of their upcoming iOS game Machine Gun Jetpack. From now on, the game will be called Jetpack Joyride. As explaine...

Bob Muir

7:00 PM on 08.22.2011

Grasshopper Manufacture teases Black Knight Sword

Grasshopper Manufacture, the company of wacky auteur Suda51, continues its partnership with Digital Reality as they work on a new project named Black Knight Sword. A downloadable game for Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStatio...

Bob Muir

4:15 PM on 08.22.2011

Dragon's Dogma video makes me pine for silent characters

A goblin pack! Their kind hates ice and fire both! I'll draw it near! Take the offensive! Fall still! That's all I got from this footage of Dragon's Dogma from Gamescom. Sure, the combat looks kind of fun, and riding on a fl...

Bob Muir

4:45 PM on 07.27.2011

Newest Persona 4 anime trailer features poppy theme song

[As originally posted on Japanator] A new Persona 4: The Animation trailer featuring Rise and Kanji wearing next-to-nothing? I'd say that's exciting enough, since the last trailer was three months ago. But a t...

Bob Muir

2:45 PM on 07.27.2011

Dragon Age anime gets named, pushed to 2012

[As originally posted on Japanator] A little over a year ago, FUNimation announced a Dragon Age anime project, a surprising move for a company that normally focuses on translation and localization. Since then, we h...

Bob Muir

8:00 PM on 07.25.2011

Two Worlds II: Castle Defense adds Eyetracking technology

In readying the iPad 2 version of Two Worlds II: Castle Defense (released on PC, Mac, iPhone, and iPad back in May), TopWare has added a really cool new feature. Using the iPad 2's camera, Castle Defense can track the player'...

Bob Muir

7:15 PM on 07.25.2011

Pre-order Cooking Mama 4 at Gamestop and get free plushie

Because every game has to come with a pre-order bonus these days, Gamestop is offering a free plush doll of Mama when you pre-order Cooking Mama 4: Kitchen Magic for the 3DS. Yes, for putting down $5, you can get your very ow...

Bob Muir

6:30 PM on 07.24.2011

Kill fish with rockets in Ridiculous Fishing for iOS

Before they made Super Crate Box, indie developer Vlambeer made Radical Fishing, a flash game about pulling fish out of the water and finishing them with rocket launchers and other heavy weaponry. The team has been secretly r...

Bob Muir

12:00 AM on 07.23.2011

Irem removing pretty much all of its content from PSN

If you absolutely need an R-Type game on your PSP Go, your window of opportunity is rapidly closing. Irem is removing almost all of its content from the PlayStation Network, meaning eight PSP games and four PS1 games will no ...

Bob Muir