The world’s largest video game collection is now available to purchase, Ars Technica reports, as collector Michael Thomasson, who has bought more than 11,000 video games and over 100 game consoles over the last 20 years needs the money to better support his family. Bidding started at $1 on Wednesday at GameGavel, and with more than six days left to go, the price has reached $90,751 – though the reserve price has not been met yet. More →
In addition to cataloging the Internet, the Internet Archive has launched a new project called Console Living Room that will let gamers play classic console video games online directly in a web browser. The best part is that the games are available to play legally, as their respective intellectual property protections have expired. However, gamers shouldn’t expect Xbox and PlayStation titles to appear in the list, or at least not for the time being, as the list of games only includes titles for the Atari 2600, the Atari 7800 ProSystem, the ColecoVision, the Magnavox Odyssey and the Astrocade systems.
In the relatively brief history of video game consoles, we have seen many more failures than successes. Consoles have failed for various reasons, from poor game selection to being overpriced. However, some fail because they were simply not very good. The most recent console generation has brought us a couple of solid options in the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but the Wii U’s struggles have also given us a reason to reflect — it’s not a bad console at all, but sales have been very slow thus far. So with that, let’s take a look at the 10 worst gaming consoles of all time. More →
Telltale Games, the maker of the TV show-based “The Walking Dead” video game, has confirmed that it’s working with HBO to launch a “Game of Thrones” series of games starting in 2014, Polygon reports. “We’ll be taking advantage of all the fiction to make something great,” Telltale Games CEO Dan Conners said.” We’re just really getting into it right now and thinking about characters – who has the most at stake, who has the biggest impact on the world.” More →
Don’t despair over kids who sit in their basements and play video games for hours on end — they could one day save your life. The Huffington Post reports that “scientists at University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston pitted high school sophomore gamers, college gamers, and medical residents against each other to see which group would perform better using virtual surgery tools.” The results were clear: the high school gamers performed better virtual surgery than the medical residents. More →
Unless you’re a devout gamer with a penchant for gaming trivia, chances are you’ve probably never heard of Trip Hawkins. Back in 1982, Hawkins founded a company called Electronic Arts (EA), better known today as just EA. Flash forward 30 years and EA is now the world’s largest game publisher. Although Hawkins isn’t nearly as influential as he once was, he made an brow-raising comment in a recent interview with IGN. Even with more people becoming gamers and playing games, Hawkins says the console market is “going to become a smaller market, and it’s going to be more like a hobby market” because of the rise of gaming on PCs, smartphones, tablets, etc. More →
What do Google (GOOG) searches and video games sales have in common? More than we thought. According to a report called “Understanding the Modern Gamer,” there is a lot of insight on game sales that can be gleaned from video game-related searches. For example, using tracked search data from 2010 and 2011, the white paper reveals that “if a game accrues 250,000 clicks in the 10 months around launch, it will likely sell between 2 and 4 million units in the first four months after release.” The report claims it can predict 84% of game sale just from using Google searches.
GameFly announced on Wednesday that it plans to begin publishing mobile games for Apple’s iOS platform and Google’s Android operating system. In addition, the video game rental service plans to further expand into mobile by launching its own Android app store to take on the Google Play store. “GameFly is dedicated to giving consumers the best user experience possible, and to be their single destination for console, PC and mobile gaming needs,” GameFly co-founder Sean Spector said in a statement. “We plan to be a leading player in mobile games by launching our retail GameStore for Android and helping to fund mobile developers of all sizes to publish, promote and sell their smartphone and tablet games.” The GameFly GameStore will launch this fall on Android tablets and smartphones. GameFly’s full press release follows below. More →
Ubisoft on Wednesday released the trailer for the latest installment of its Assassin’s Creed franchise. Unlike its predecessors, which took place during the Italian Renaissance, Assassin’s Creed III will take place during the American Revolution and feature a new protagonist named Connor Kenway. Ubisoft has previously announced that Assassin’s Creed III will be bigger than any of its previous installments. The action-adventure video game is being developed for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo’s upcoming Wii U, Mac OS X and Windows PCs, and is set to be release on October 30th, 2012. Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed III gameplay trailer follows below. More →
Sega exited the video game console business in 2001 after stiff competition from Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo forced the struggling company to shift gears. Now, more than 10 years later, Sega is back with new video game hardware… but it’s definitely not the kind you might expect. Unveiled late last year, Sega’s “Toylet” is now available in Japan and the surrounding region. The system connects to a urinal, allowing users to play a variety of interactive games by urinating on a sensor connected to the main device. A screen above the system then displays each game to the player, examples of which include filling virtual coffee cans and blowing wind up a cartoon news anchor’s dress. The Toylet costs roughly $1,750 and each game runs an additional $125, but it’s likely money well spent for bar owners, at least until the novelty wears off. A video demo of the Toylet (not in action, thankfully) follows below along with a pair of images that show examples of Toylet installations in Tokyo. More →
The rumor mill has gone back and forth a number of times regarding whether or not next-generation video game consoles from Microsoft and Sony will support used games. While GameStop CEO Paul Raines seems confident they will — GameStop’s business relies on the resale of used games — game developers clearly stand to benefit if consoles force their owners to purchase new copies of games rather than used copies. “From a business perspective that would be absolutely awesome,” Rasmus Højengaard, director of creative development at Crytek — the developer behind Crysis 3 and the CryENGINE gaming platform — told CVG in an interview. “It’s weird that [second-hand] is still allowed because it doesn’t work like that in any other software industries, so it would be great if they could somehow fix that issue as well.” Højengaard did not offer any insights on whether or not Microsoft and Sony actually plan to take measures to prevent console owners from playing used games. More →
Electronic Arts and Crytek announced the highly anticipated next installment of the Crysis franchise earlier this week, and the companies have now released the first Crysis 3 teaser that includes gameplay footage. Albeit brief, the teaser reel showcases a new weapon and stunning graphics that will definitely pique gamers’ interest. “Crysis 3 is a thrilling mix of sandbox gameplay, advanced combat and hi-tech human and alien weaponry that shooter fans will love,” Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli said in a statement. “Leveraging the latest CryENGINE technology, we’re able to deliver seven unique themes that offer stunning and visually loaded gameplay experiences. We cannot wait until people get their hands on the game.” The first full trailer for Crysis 3 will be released on April 24th, and Crysis 3 Hunter Edition is already available for pre-order ahead of its release in 2013. The full teaser video can be viewed below. More →
Devices like Apple’s iPad have shown the world that huge advances have been made in mobile gaming over the past few years. Featuring the Apple A5X processor with quad-core graphics, the third-generation iPad takes mobile video games to new heights on iOS devices, but technology blogs and the media tend to get a bit carried away in terms of comparisons between console gaming and mobile gaming. Gameplay itself paints an obvious picture, and the numbers do as well; Microsoft’s seven-year-old Xbox 360 console features floating-point performance of 240 Gflops and 500 million triangles while Apple’s brand new iPad is rated at a maximum of 7.2 Gflops and 35 million triangles. More →