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4:30 PM on 08.19.2014

Wear the carcass of Chester Cheetah in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare

I was prepared to get mildly annoyed at this Cheetos partnership with Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, despite the fact that it's not the first time the game has dabbled in brand-sponsored character variants. (There were ...

Jordan Devore


Updated! Panel details revealed:

Hironobu Sakaguchi Reflection: Past, Present, Future of RPGs

The father of Final Fantasy, Hironobu Sakaguchi, has announced his PAX Prime 2014 panel where he will discuss his history developing role-playing games, along with revealing more about his new RPG, Terra Battle. Find out more info at PAX Prime website.




7:00 PM on 08.05.2014

Yoshi is properly known as T. Yoshisaur Munchakoopas

Console Wars author Blake J. Harris has tweeted a page from an old internal Nintendo of America Character Manual about Yoshi that, well, just read for yourself: "Yoshi, properly known as T. Yoshisaur Munchakoopas, had been he...

Jordan Devore

6:00 PM on 07.23.2014

Is Gabe Newell watching you?

Is he? IS HE? This link's a bit old, but it's never too late for a jaunty tune that asks the important questions. Gabe Newell

Brett Makedonski

2:20 PM on 07.08.2014

Help us decipher this Battleborn tweet from Gearbox's Randy Pitchford

This morning, Gearbox Software announced its next game, Battleborn, a cooperative first-person shooter that has elements traditionally found in multiplayer online battle arenas like League of Legends. Or, put another way: Perfect. I've been in the market for a hobby-grade co-op campaign with meta-growth and choice.

Jordan Devore

7:00 PM on 04.23.2014

Hug, kiss, and chest bump total strangers in PlayStation Home

I forget that PlayStation Home is still a functional piece of software that receives regular content updates, not some lost relic to marvel (and poke fun) at. It's hard to say who in their right mind is messing around with H...

Jordan Devore

8:00 PM on 04.15.2014

Pay $2.99 to have Snoop Dogg narrate Call of Duty: Ghosts multiplayer matches

Infinity Ward is rolling out a bunch of customization items for the Xbox versions of Call of Duty: Ghosts on Tuesday, April 22. Among that content lineup is a Snoop Dogg Voice Pack for multiplayer. It's exactly what you'd ex...

Jordan Devore

1:45 PM on 03.26.2014

Oculus post Facebook acquisition: 'We promise we won't change'

You know who else promised they wouldn't change, Oculus? My third husband. But two years after a trip to Nepal and he's thirty pounds heavier, balding, and a born again Christian. That's not what I signed up for. No matter yo...

Steven Hansen



Facebook to acquire Oculus VR for around $2 billion photo
Facebook to acquire Oculus VR for around $2 billion
by Jordan Devore

Facebook announced today it has reached an agreement to acquire virtual-reality headset maker Oculus VR, Inc. for approximately $2 billion -- spread across $400 million in cash and 23.1 million shares of Facebook common stock -- with an extra $300 million earn-out in cash and stock tied to certain undisclosed milestones. The deal is expected to happen in the second quarter of 2014.

"Facebook plans to extend Oculus' existing advantage in gaming to new verticals, including communications, media and entertainment, education and other areas," reads a press release. "Given these broad potential applications, virtual reality technology is a strong candidate to emerge as the next social and communications platform."

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg elaborated on the acquisition in a post, writing that "We're going to focus on helping Oculus build out their product and develop partnerships to support more games. Oculus will continue operating independently within Facebook to achieve this.

"But this is just the start. After games, we're going to make Oculus a platform for many other experiences. Imagine enjoying a court side seat at a game, studying in a classroom of students and teachers all over the world or consulting with a doctor face-to-face -- just by putting on goggles in your home. This is really a new communication platform."

Unexpected, to put it mildly, but this makes sense given the long-term plans of both companies.

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4:30 PM on 03.14.2014

inFamous started as an Animal Crossing-like game

Sucker Punch Productions has been making the rounds leading up to inFamous: Second Son's release a week from today, and speaking to GameSpot, co-founder Chris Zimmerman talked about the bizarre origins of the game that kicked...

Jordan Devore

9:00 PM on 03.05.2014

Titanfall Arcade claims '8-bit is better with a Titan'

Hamza happened upon Titanfall Arcade, an official browser-based mashup of Titanfall and classic Atari games. Wondering why anyone would create such a thing, I couldn't help myself. I clicked. Asteroids is playable now, with M...

Jordan Devore

9:00 PM on 02.07.2014

Condoms included with inFamous pre-order in Italy

GameStop Italy is offering a pre-order kit for inFamous Second Son that includes two cans of Red Bull and glow-in-the-dark condoms. Yes, really. In the words of Max Scoville, "Infamous: Second Skin, so you don't have a Second Son." And, honestly, this is a more useful pre-order bonus than in-game jackets for Delsin. [Via NeoGAF]

Jordan Devore





11:00 PM on 01.09.2014

Shaq promises that Shaq Fu 2 is 'coming soon'

Shaquille O'Neal is at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, which makes me happy. What makes me even happier, however, is that when jokingly asked by GamerFitNation if we'd ever get to see a sequel to 1994's Shaq Fu, he said ...

Jordan Devore

3:45 PM on 11.14.2013

So it looks like Atlus is pregnant...

Teaser? Atlus? Persona 5? The company has some sort of announcement planned for November 24, 2013 and while a newly-discovered teaser page might be completely unrelated to the franchise or even that specific news item, whatever it may be, it's got my attention. The heartbeat is a nice tough. Any guesses? [Thanks, DV2 The Fox]

Jordan Devore

2:00 PM on 11.07.2013

Vanillaware's butt-eye monster will haunt your dreams

In the Genroku Legends DLC for Muramasa Rebirth lies what may be one of the most unsettling videogame enemy designs I've ever witnessed. If this thing moved to Silent Hill, it'd still be the creepiest thing in its neighborhoo...

Jordan Devore

5:00 PM on 10.23.2013

Randy Pitchford pays $25k for Penn Jillette's ponytail

You know that gross feeling you get when you find a stray hair and you know it's not yours? Randy Pitchford, head of Gearbox Software, just paid $25,000 for the pleasure, albeit magnified thousands of times over. According to...

Brett Makedonski

3:30 PM on 10.18.2013

Mondelez wants to use Kinects to watch you buy snacks

Mondelez International (Oreo, Wheat Thins, Nabisco) is exploring a pilot program that will have Kinects monitoring shoppers as they look around the snack aisle, ABC News reports. "The technology looks at facial features to de...

Jordan Devore