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12:30 AM on 09.12.2014

This Assassin's Creed toy is sort of nice, also awful

Major League Baseball's San Francisco Giants hosted the organization's first-ever "Video Gamer Night" Wednesday ahead of a game with the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks. Admission to the special event at AT&T Park came with...

Kyle MacGregor


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Humanity, splendor, and wonder creep out of commercial systems photo
Humanity, splendor, and wonder creep out of commercial systems
by Steven Hansen

Late Saturday night and Sunday morning, I did a 101-block long, 7-8 mile walk horizontally through San Francisco, like a scalping of the city's northern districts. It started downtown on the bay at AT&T Park, where the Giants went to play baseball after abandoning Candlestick.

Candlestick was walking distance from where I grew up. My mom worked there for a while. Only baseball games. She often brought home practiced and played balls stained with grass and infield dirt. Years ago, driving home from Candlestick, from a 49ers dismantling of Seattle, I was flipped over on the freeway by a drunk driver, trying to figure out if the blood on my jeans was mine (it wasn't). I haven't been back there since. Football tickets got too expensive. 

The San Francisco 49ers abandoned Candlestick this year, too. The San Francisco 49ers now play in arid Santa Clara, in a stadium named after a brand of jeans, though ownership kept the "San Francisco" in its name. It's branding.

The team is now in Silicon Valley and closer to a higher economic class (not out in "scary" -- minority-packed -- Visitacion Valley/Hunter's Point). My landlord hasn't missed a 49ers game in over 40 years, but he almost lost his season tickets in the move because of how much the organization has jacked up the prices. My rent wasn't enough to keep him on the 50 yard line, in the middle of the action. Now he's in an endzone corner. The stadium is sold out, of course, with the $110-$479 single seats now being resold for around $600 a ticket. Dropping over $100 in the second hand market gets you standing room only in the nosebleeds.

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Review: Madden 15 photo
Review: Madden 15
by Steven Hansen

Madden 15 on PS3 and 360 is bad garbage that EA shouldn't get away with releasing.

Alright then, onto current-gen.

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10:00 PM on 09.04.2014

Ah, so that's where those silly Madden GIFs are coming from

I don't care at all about Madden, but GIFs? Damn you, Electronic Arts. You've won. The company has created a GIF maker for Madden NFL 15, "designed to help fans celebrate their favorite team's biggest plays and challenge thei...

Jordan Devore

6:30 PM on 09.02.2014

Madden 15 glitches: 1 foot tall players, rocketing linemen, & more

Madden 15 is out. I will write more on the game this week (preview: the PS3 and 360 versions are a shady cash grab and missing new features).  Until then, let's have some fun. 

Steven Hansen

2:30 PM on 09.02.2014

Not enough basketball in this NBA Live 15 trailer

After taking several years to reboot NBA Live and still stumbling out of the gate with a crummy NBA Live 14 last year, EA isn't winning anyone over with a Visuals video or a face scanning video or a cover star announcem...

Steven Hansen

3:00 PM on 08.27.2014

OlliOlli grinds perfectly onto PS4 and PS3

Minimalist skateboarding game OlliOlli first kickflipped its way into our hearts this January when it landed on PlayStation Vita, and now it's rolled onto PS3 and PS4. The console version is every bit as gnarly as its portable predecessor. Plus, it features cross-buy and cross-save functionality, so experienced shredders needn't stall jumping back in.

Kyle MacGregor

2:15 PM on 08.26.2014

NHL 15 demo is up on PS4 and Xbox One

You can play as either the New York Rangers or LA Kings, test out that new skill stick they're flaunting, or go into a free skate practice mode if you're new. 

Steven Hansen

11:00 PM on 08.25.2014

Funky bass lines and dunks from the baseline dominate this NBA 2K15 trailer

Whether you're in it for the aggressive poster-worthy dunks or the smooth groove put down by the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea, everything about this NBA 2K15 trailer is in your face. And, that's before Shaq weighs in wit...

Brett Makedonski

10:00 PM on 08.24.2014

Shantae's secret origin lies in... Xtreme Sports?

Before WayForward hit Kickstarter success and critical acclaim with their Shantae series, they got their feet wet on the Game Boy Color with Xtreme Sports. It was their first game on the handheld, giving it special senti...

Jonathan Holmes

2:00 PM on 08.15.2014

EA spent tons of money on this 'kooky' 'viral' Madden trailer

I bet the people involved had a lot of fun shooting this offbeat Madden 15 commercial. It's also an obviously expensive production (beyond the celebrity costs) meant to be "weird" and, hopefully, shared (viral) over the Net....

Steven Hansen





5:15 PM on 08.13.2014

Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 declares 'the pitch is ours' in November

I'll be honest, I haven't played a Pro Evolution Soccer game since the PlayStation 2 days but after the series lagged behind EA's FIFA juggernaut for the last few years, I'm keen to try the series again on a current-gen platf...

Alasdair Duncan

6:30 PM on 08.12.2014

Join The Golf Club on Xbox One, PC, and PS4 this month

After a few months on Steam Early Access, HB Studios' The Golf Club is nearly ready for its final release on PC and consoles. The golf simulation title's launch on Steam and Xbox One is set for August 19, with a PlayStation 4...

Jordan Devore

7:10 AM on 08.12.2014

Xbox One gets a FIFA 15 bundle in Europe

Microsoft opened their gamescom press conference by reminding us that Germany won the World Cup. I didn't know that! Some soccer star is on stage and people are screaming, but I don't know who he is. So I thought it would be ...

Dale North

4:15 PM on 08.07.2014

Durantula and giant floating heads take over this NBA 2K15 video

It's pretty neat that Kevin Durant was able to make this dunk look as effortless as he did. But, nobody's talking about poor Andre Iguodala, the Golden State guard that just got posterized. Actually, it's worse because it's ...

Brett Makedonski

2:30 PM on 08.04.2014

Kids are gonna open up Happy Meals to find NFL 15 toys soon

File this one under "news I never thought I'd hear." The last Happy Meal rotation saw a group of toys that you all probably thought I'd never shut up about, but the next set is even stranger. Yowling children zipping aro...

Brittany Vincent