- Ben Silverman at Games Blog16 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.
- Gordon Cameron at Plugged In18 hrs ago
When it comes to the Transportation Security Administration’s baggage-confiscation policy, no monkey is safe. Even fake ones.
As Seattle’s King 5 News reports, Redmond, WA resident Phyllis May was going through security at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, en route to a plane flight back home, when she was stopped by a TSA Agent because a gun was found among her bags.
Technically speaking, that's accurate. Not technically speaking, the “gun” was about two inches long, made of plastic, and was being worn in a holster by a sock monkey named Rooster Monkburn. (Yes, that’s a takeoff on the grizzled hero of the Western novel “True Grit” and its film adaptations.)
May, as it happens, runs a small business selling such sock dolls, though that was lost on the TSA Agent, who insisted on confiscating the tiny gun and told May she was supposed to call the police.
Her reply will echo through the ages:
"She said 'this is a gun,'" said May. "I said no, it's not a gun, it's a prop for my monkey."
- Ben Silverman at Plugged In21 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
- Chris Morris at Plugged In22 hrs ago
Spies aren't just listening in on your phone calls and reading your e-mails. They're also monitoring your gaming.
Based on new information disclosed by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, a joint report by The New York Times, ProPublica and The Guardian alleges that U.S. and British spies have conducted surveillance and gathered data in online games such as World of Warcraft and Second Life.
Spy activity in the games was said to be so intense, in fact, that a "deconfliction" group had to be assembled so that spies from the CIA, FBI, and Pentagon would avoid running into each other.
- Yahoo! Games at Games Blog2 days ago
It's been a year of change for the video game industry -- and it's a year of change for Spike TV's annual video game award show, too.
Hosted by Joel McHale, this year's Spike VGX Awards show is less about celebrity antics and more about games and the people who make them. A quintet of top titles are duking it out for the big brass ring -- Bioshock Infinite, Grand Theft Auto V, Super Mario 3D World, The Last of Us, and Tomb Raider are your five Game of the Year nominees -- but that's just the tip of the iceberg. Over 20 other awards will be handed out, from Best Handheld Game to Best Voice Actress to Best Music, as well as world premieres, special guests, and more. It's a commercial-free three-hour livestream, and you can watch it all right here thanks to Yahoo Screen:
The show begins on Saturday, December 7, at 6:00 pm EST (3:00 pm PST). Our hats off to the winners!
- Chris Morris at Games Blog3 days ago
Sony is asking an unspecified number of PlayStation Network customers to change their passwords after finding "irregular activity" in a routine scan of the system.
The company did not disclose how many users were affected, nor what the exact nature of the activity was.
"The Sony Entertainment Network team routinely monitors for any irregular activity, and if such activity is detected, we may sometimes reset passwords of affected accounts to protect consumers and their account information," the company said in a note to affected users. "Your account password was recently reset as part of this process and you will need to create a new password the next time you access your account using the 'Forgot Your Password' option on the Sign in screen."
In resetting the passwords, Sony also cautioned users to "keep a close eye on [their] account for any unusual activity including emails about transactions [they] did not perform."
- Chris Morris at Games Blog3 days ago
Sometimes, it really pays to read the fine print.
United Kingdom resident Peter Clatworthy learned that the hard way recently when he paid £450 (roughly $750) on eBay for what he thought was an Xbox One. What he received for his money, though, was just a picture of the console.
The auction description, it's worth noting, did say that bidders would receive a photo of the console - but it was still listed in the site's "video games and consoles" section, which led to the confusion. (Some shady eBay sellers pulled this sort of thing during previous console launches, offering just the packaging for their consoles.)
"It said 'photo' and I was in two minds, but I looked at the description and the fact it was in the right category made me think it was genuine," Clatworthy told the Nottingham Post. "I looked at the seller's feedback and there was nothing negative. I bought it there and then because I thought it was a good deal. It's obvious now I've been conned out of my money."
- Gordon Cameron at Games Blog4 days ago
There are apps that let you listen to music, apps that let you identify music, and apps that let you share playlists. What’s always been tougher is an app that can let you create music – without requiring a lot of specialized knowledge. Sure, if you know your way around a MIDI sequencer or an electronic keyboard you’ve got plenty of options – but what if you just want to belt out a tune and have a virtual Jay-Z take over the production reigns?
Chillingo aims to change all that with Zya, a new iOS app that launched today on the iTunes store. Zya lets you combine guitar, bass, and drum riffs in various genres – from hip-hop to rock to pop – then add your own vocal stylings to the mix. The app seamlessly welds together the various riffs, makes sure they’re in the same key and tempo, and pops out an original musical creation.
It’s all made possible by Zya’s cloud-based system, which offloads the heavy computer processing onto Chillingo’s servers. That means state-of-the-art, pro-quality mixing and autotuning are happening behind the scenes, ensuring that every song will be as slick and polished as possible.
- Mike Krumboltz at Games Blog4 days ago
For gamers who want to enjoy all the traditional components of a Christmas dinner and don't mind doing so in the most disgusting, least appetizing way possible, we present...Christmas Tinner, the Christmas dinner in a can.
Those with sensitive tummies should stop reading now, because this one will haunt your nightmares. There's just no other way to describe a tin can that comes with nine layers of food, one on top of the other.
Pop open the can, and you're greeted with a top layer of scrambled eggs and bacon. But wait, there's more! Below that resides some fruity mincemeat.
Still with us? Good, because it's time for the main course: turkey and potatoes, plus carrots and other side dishes, including gravy, cranberry sauce, and Brussels sprouts or broccoli, depending on your preference. (Apparently, some people who eat Christmas Tinners will draw the line at Brussels sprouts.) At the bottom of the can is your dessert/reward/finish line — Christmas pudding.
- 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).