Posts by Ben Silverman
- Ben Silverman at Games Blog8 hrs ago
Spike TV handed out tons of awards during its three-hour livestreamed awards show this weekend – and no offense to Game of the Year winner GTA V, but the real star of the show was the wealth of new video game trailers and announcements.
Missed the show? No worries – thanks to Yahoo Screen, we’ve got clips of all the biggest reveals right here. Stream away!
Telltale Games: A Game of Thrones The team behind spectacular episodic games based on The Walking Dead and Fables will take its talents to Westeros.
No Man's Sky Looking for the Next Big Thing? A tiny indie team at Hello Games stole the show with this ambitious open-world space game.
Telltale Games: Tales from the Borderlands Telltale hit a double by also revealing work on an adventure game set in the rough-and-tumble world of Borderlands. Yes, that Borderlands.
Broken Age Tim Schafer and Double Fine have been hard at work on this Kickstarted adventure game, and this gorgeous trailer proves it.
- Ben Silverman at Plugged In12 hrs ago
The biggest game of the year was also the biggest winner at this weekend’s VGX Awards.
Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V won the ‘Game of the Year’ award at Spike TV’s three-hour livestreamed gala, capping off a monster year for the open-world crime game. The game also won the ‘Best Soundtrack’ award.
Other notable winners include the gorgeous survival game The Last of Us, which won awards for 'Best PS3 Game', 'Best Male and Female Voice Actor', and 'Studio of the Year' (Naughty Dog). Indie adventure game Gone Home won both the 'Best Indie Game' and 'Best PC' Game categories, while EA’s giant mech shooter Titanfall is the 'Most Anticipated of 2014.'
A one-hour awards highlight show will air on Spike TV December 9 at midnight. Check out the full list of winners below:
Game of the Year: Grand Theft Auto V
Studio of the Year: Naughty Dog
Most Anticipated Game (voted on by fans): Titanfall
Best Shooter: BioShock Infinite
Best Independent Game: Gone Home
Best Action Adventure Game: Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
Best Sports Game: NBA 2K14
Best RPG: Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
Best Fighting Game: Injustice: Gods Among Us
- Ben Silverman at Games Blog4 days ago
They’re already a leading developer of free-to-play online games, but San Francisco-based Kabam Entertainment is hoping to become more of a household name. Especially if your household graduated from the University of California at Berkeley – or just follows college football.
Kabam dropped a whopping $18 million to acquire naming rights to the field at Cal’s famous Memorial Stadium, hereafter known as "Kabam Field at California Memorial Stadium," because that really rolls off the tongue.
Paid out over the next 15 years (at $1.2 million per year), the naming rights deal is the largest in the history of college sports.
The exorbitant sum is good news for Cal, which is looking to pay down over $300 million in debts incurred after renovating and retrofitting the 90 year-old stadium in 2012. Three of Kabam’s four founders, including CEO Kevin Chou, are Cal graduates, which might explain why they’d drop so much coin to rename a field for a team currently sporting a 1-11 record (as a Cal alumnus myself, it pained me to write that).
- Ben Silverman at Plugged In5 days ago
Planning to have a video-game themed wedding? Then you’ll need an appropriate cake. And while cakes based on Super Mario, Portal and the PS3 are undoubtedly awesome, they’re not actually much fun to play.
New-Jersey-based Posh Entertainment, however, has upped the wedding cake game by projecting a variety of playable games directly onto the multi-tiered treat. In other words, you're playing video games on a cake:
That’s a fully edible cake there, people, on which you can play Donkey Kong, Dig Dug, Ice Climber, Pac Man, Sonic the Hedgehog and Candy Crush Saga.
The cake itself was made by catering company Meals For Reals, while the projection mapping -- the real key to getting this cake console working -- was handled by both Posh and Invader Visuals. The only problem? When you eat the cake, it's game over. So never eat this cake.
- Ben Silverman at Plugged In6 days ago
Your Xbox One is listening. And it’s kind of a prude.
Youtube user FrankP found this out the hard way during a game of NBA 2K14 on the Xbox One. Thanks to the system’s all-seeing, all-hearing Kinect camera, Frank’s use of the F-bomb resulted in what might be the creepiest, most intrusive penalty in the history of video game sports: Warning: lots of adult language (after all, that’s sort of the point):
What Frank didn’t realize is that the Kinect camera, an intrinsic part of the Xbox One hardware ecosystem, is always paying attention unless you specifically tell it to stop listening. Which you might want to do when you play NBA 2K14.
However, the foul-language foul isn’t entirely new to the franchise. Last year’s NBA 2K13 included it as well, though it only cropped up if you happened to have the Xbox 360’s decidedly less awesome Kinect up and running. It also rears its head in FIFA 14, reprimanding one Xbox One user for lobbing obscenities during his soccer career.
Time to head back to Warcraft?
To kick off their annual BlizzCon convention, Blizzard formally announced World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor, the next expansion to their long-running massively-multiplayer game. To the trailer!
Players will get a chance to travel back through time and explore Draenor -- the desolate Orc homeland which was shattered into asteroid-like chunks to become Outland -- as it was before things went all to pieces. The expansion also raises the character level cap to 100, adds “hundreds” of new quests, throws in new dungeons and raids, and allows players to build and upgrade garrisons. You can also boost a character -- any character, even a brand new one -- to level 90 in order to partake in the Draenor shenanigans.
Warlords of Draenor is the fifth expansion for World of Warcraft, which has seen its numbers dwindle significantly over the past year. Some 400,000 more players left the game in the past six months, though with 7.6 million current subscribers, it’s still the largest subscription-based MMO in the world.
Video game consoles aren’t just nuts and bolts and mainframes and teraflops. They’re made of magic. We know this because it’s the only way to explain how we magically lose an entire weekend to a game like GTA V while swearing we only played for about a half-hour.
If, however, you’re the type who prefers to see exactly how the sausage is made, we’ve got the video for you. Courtesy our pals at Wired comes this mesmerizing video of Sony’s Yasuhiro Ootori methodically unscrewing and taking apart a PlayStation 4:
Every inch of the device is covered, from the optical drive to the heat sink to the Bluetooth antenna. No real bombshells here – we’ve known the specs for a while – but it’s cool seeing proof that you can indeed just swap out that built-in 500 GB hard drive for something bigger (and if you play tons of games, you’ll likely have to do just that).
- Ben Silverman at Games Blog1 mth ago
For years, grumpy gamers have complained that Activision’s meganormous Call of Duty franchise lacks innovation. This time, they may have a point.
An eagle-eyed gamer noticed that a cut-scene during the first level in the newly released Call of Duty: Ghosts bore a striking resemblance to the ending sequence from 2009’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, featuring different characters slapped over identical animations. So he captured the two and stuck them side by side. The results are, well, yeah. See for yourself:
Though the environments differ -- in Modern Warfare 2 a character is being dragged to a helicopter, while in Ghosts it's a truck -- it's pretty clear that the motion-captured animations are recycled.
But before you storm the gates of developer Infinity Ward, it’s entirely possible that the remake was an intentional decision, a way to pay homage to a key moment in the game that really served as the inspiration for Ghosts (the controllable dog Riley, for instance, is named after Modern Warfare 2’s Simon ‘Ghost’ Riley). It’s unlikely that a developer as detail-oriented and accomplished as Infinity Ward was just being lazy here.
- Ben Silverman at Games Blog1 mth ago
Arriving November 5 for current consoles and PCs (it’s a launch day release for both the PS4 and Xbox One), Call of Duty: Ghosts is expected to be one of the year’s biggest earners. But you knew that already.
For the past several years, Call of Duty releases have dominated charts while repeatedly breaking their own sales records. That might not come quite as easily this year thanks to the epic performance of Grand Theft Auto V, but it’s a given that Call of Duty: Ghosts will put up one helluva fight.
So what’s new in this year’s model? Here are five things coming to Ghosts that you’ve yet to see in a Call of Duty game.
Soldier’s best friend
Cats might rule the internet, but one very special dog rules Call of Duty: Ghosts. His name is Riley, and he was a star from the moment Activision first showed off the game.
If you’re planning on picking up a PS4 when it hits stores on November 15, you’ll probably want a few games, too.
Sony finally decided which games you’ll have to choose from, tucking away the announcement in a massive FAQ posted to the company’s official PlayStation blog.
Here’s the current list, though Sony notes that any of this can change between now and launch day:
First-party Flower Killzone Shadow Fall Knack Resogun Sound Shapes
Third-party Angry Birds Star Wars Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Call of Duty: Ghosts DC Universe Online FIFA 14 Battlefield 4 Just Dance 2014 Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition Lego Marvel Super Heroes Madden NFL 25 NBA 2K14 Skylanders: Swap Force
Indie Contrast Pinball Arcade Super Motherload Tiny Brains Warframe