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8:00 PM on 05.27.2013

eBay Germany supports Wii U's lack of restrictions

Whoever manages eBay Germany's Facebook page must be a huge Nintendo fan -- or at least is a master at capitalizing on current gamer worries and frustrations. It's apparent that Xbox One is charting a dark path, and the jury'...

Tony Ponce

1:30 PM on 05.08.2013

Microsoft returns to gamescom this year

I'm still kind of mad about Microsoft not showing up to gamescom or Tokyo Game Show last year. It was like going to a party where you expected one of the regulars to show up, but the whole experience just ended up being awkwa...

Dale North

11:15 AM on 03.21.2013

Nintendo of Europe's 18+ eShop restriction is no more

Nintendo has been trying its best to prove that its hardware is not just for children, but then things happen and it's back to the kiddie corner. The most recent roadblock has been a nonsensical eShop restriction that prevent...

Tony Ponce

10:15 AM on 12.10.2012

Nintendo blames Germany for dumb Wii U eShop restrictions

Nintendo has confirmed German law as the reason for a stupid restriction that stops European eShop customers buying 18-rated games like ZombiU during the day. Because Nintendo of Europe is based in Germany, all of Europe is l...

Jim Sterling

10:30 AM on 12.07.2012

Europe: 18-rated Wii U eShop games locked until 11pm

Reports around the Internet, including NeoGAF, have revealed an irritating age restriction on the European Wii U eShop. Regardless of whether you have a child account or not, you're unable to purchase 18-rated games until 11p...

Jim Sterling

2:00 PM on 10.28.2012

Soundtrack Cologne bringing the VGM party to Germany

You can be sure a lot of beer will be consumed as Soundtrack Cologne 9.0 is preparing to bring some esteemed videogame music legends together for a round of panels and an exclusive concert over the weekend of November 15-18 a...

Audun Sorlie



Review: Deponia photo
Review: Deponia
by Allistair Pinsof

LucasArts or Sierra: You could like both, but, more often than not, people tended to prefer one over the other in the golden age of adventure games. Though King’s Quest VI was my introduction to the genre (and the Windows operating system it was bundled with), Maniac Mansion, The Secret of Monkey Island series, and Full Throttle were the games I obsessed over and showed to visiting friends at any opportunity.

Daedalic Entertainment began as an interesting experiment but has quickly become one of the most recognizable names in modern adventure games, releasing The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav nearly a month ago and cult favorite The Whispered World a while before that. Its recent titles dealt with heavy subject matter and dark fantasy worlds that feel closer to Sierra’s flagship series. Yet, Daedalic got its start with silly, colorful games that imitated LucasArts. Deponia is the developer’s return to this style of adventure.

Although it doesn’t hold up to LucasArt’s best, Deponia is a reminder of why some of us loved those games so much more than their contemporaries.

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11:30 AM on 07.24.2012

German group threatens to sue over Diablo III's DRM

A German advocacy group, the Federation of Consumer Organisations, is threatening legal action against Activision-Blizzard over the "always-on" DRM requirements in Diablo III.  The group demands that Diablo III's pa...

Jim Sterling

6:15 PM on 01.31.2012

Some German politicians want their own version of SOPA

Members of the Christian Democratic Union and Christian Social Union, which form one of the ruling parties in the German government right now, like SOPA so much that they want their own version of it for Germany. While they a...

Sven Wohl



Offbeat Hall of Fame: The bizarre Mega Man TV soundtracks photo
Offbeat Hall of Fame: The bizarre Mega Man TV soundtracks
by Tony Ponce

[Offbeat Hall of Fame is a showcase of the cool, often bizarre products and media from years past that celebrate videogames and gamer culture.]

I love videogame soundtracks. Audio is such an integral part of the gameplay experience for me that I've been known to purchase games based solely on their music. I also love television shows based on videogames -- well, in theory if not always in practice. However, when you start talking about soundtracks of videogame-based TV shows, you reach a critical juncture where terrible things can happen.

The Ruby-Spears Mega Man cartoon was really good, but it was also really bad for the same reasons. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the show and couldn't wait to discuss the latest episode with my friends come Monday. Beyond the catchy if lyrically barren theme song, I thought the BGM was pretty kickin', featuring the perfect pump-up jams for scrapping bots. So good was the score, in fact, that it was reused for the Ocean Group dub of Dragon Ball Z!

When I heard that the Mega Man soundtrack was receiving a physical release, I knew I had to have it, but it wouldn't be until recently before I finally got hold of a copy. Was it everything I dreamed it would be? It would have... if not for the fact that the music on the album isn't actually from the show!

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3:30 PM on 11.29.2011

Shock: Dead Island banned in Germany at last

In news that will surprise only people who have never heard of Germany before, it has come to light that Dead Island's been banned ... in Germany!  Deep Silver is not surprised, gamers are not surprised, and I doubt the ...

Jim Sterling

11:15 AM on 11.01.2011

German gamers returning Battlefield 3 over spying concern

It seems that German gamers are returning copies of Battlefield 3 to stores. They're concerned that required download software Origin enables EA to spy on users' activities. Eurogamer reports that German retailers Media ...

Dale North

1:00 PM on 10.29.2011

Guess which games were banned in Germany in October

When it comes to banning videogames or at least restricting their sales, there just is no country quite like Germany! There are several lists to take into consideration, so I'll try to make things simple and clear for you, de...

Sven Wohl

8:00 AM on 09.22.2011

The difficulties of creating a game in four days

This video gives you some insight into how the BigJam that took place in St. Oberholz, Berlin, went along. Here, the programmers gathered in a café in order to create a game, from scratch, in only four days. The video...

Sven Wohl

2:45 PM on 08.31.2011

DOOM and DOOM 2 are no longer pornography in Germany

Today is a very special day, for it is the day that Germans are legally allowed to buy DOOM and DOOM 2 in common high street stores. The two games were previously filed under Media Harmful to Young Persons, which placed ...

Jim Sterling

4:00 AM on 08.31.2011

Study says gamers play less videogames than expected

According to a poll done by the association BITCOM in Germany, gamers seem to be pretty sensible about the amount of time they spend with their favorite hobby. While 62% of those asked play videogames on a daily base, most of...

Sven Wohl