All you need is love.They might not be made of flesh and bone, but even video game characters know what it means to love. Or at least they're programmed to. Whatever the case, we could all learn a thing or two from the selfless romance embodied by gaming's most iconic couples. Our heart containers are bursting!Read More »from Gaming’s greatest romances
Roses? Harumph! Dark chocolate? Pshaw! A gamer craves not these things — at least, not exclusively. If your special someone is a serious player, or even just if they walk on the geeky side of the street from time to time, they'll appreciate these hand-picked Valentine's Day presents.
An arrow in the heartOkay, admittedly the "I took an arrow to the knee" meme from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has more than worn out its welcome. Still, the sheer sweetness of this shirt's sentiment should make it a pleasant surprise for the Dovakhin in your life.Read More »from A Geeky Kind of Love: Valentine Gifts for Gamers
Got a few minutes to kill? Why not unwind with a free webgame? For your gaming convenience, we've assembled the week's new releases on Yahoo! Games in this handy roundup.
Social games like Farmville and Mafia Wars are all well and good, but sometimes you want a slick sci-fi scenario to sink your teeth into. That's where Edgeworld comes in. As the commander of a colony on the politically-fragmented planet of Cerulea IV, you must build up your defenses, negotiate alliances with other players, and assemble awe-inspiring armies of marines and war-machines. The visual style recalls Starcraft, but the gameplay is a bit friendlier, easing you into the game mechanics with numerous starter quests.Read More »from The Week in Webgames: Space strategy gets social
- Chris Morris | Plugged In – Tue, Feb 7, 2012 2:04 PM EST
Jedi wannabes will finally have a chance to join the Rebellion this spring.
Kinect Star Wars (LucasArts)After a series of delays, Kinect Star Wars will hit store shelves on April 3...and Microsoft is rolling out all the stops to promote it.
In addition to the game -- which lets players live out their Luke Skywalker fantasies through the Kinect motion capture peripheral -- Microsoft will begin selling a Kinect Star Wars Xbox 360 bundle for $449. The package will include an R2-D2 themed Xbox, a C-3PO gold controller, and an unlockable C-3PO for the game's, ahem, dance mode.Read More »from ‘Kinect Star Wars’ to be fully operational in April
Skylanders Giants (Activision)Bad news for parents who are having trouble tracking down those suddenly elusive Skylanders toys: the problem is about to get a lot bigger.
Activision unveiled Skylanders Giants at the International Toy Fair in New York on Tuesday, bringing more figurines and a new video game adventure to fans of the franchise.
And those fans are legion. According to the NPD group, last year's Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure -- with its associated action figures -- was the top new children's property of 2011. More telling? A glance at empty retail shelves, which have been picked clean of the collectible little devils since their arrival last holiday season.Read More »from ‘Skylanders Giants’ announced
Madden NFL 12 (EA Sports)Next time you're about to bet on a football game, run a simulation on the latest version of EA's Madden franchise first. You might make a bundle.
The reigning football video game champ accurately called the winner of Super Bowl XLVI two days before the game -- and was pretty close on the point spread, to boot.
Madden had predicted the Giants would edge the Patriots, 27-24. In reality, the Giants won by a score of 21-17.Read More »from ‘Madden 12′ nails Super Bowl XLVI prediction
- Ben Silverman | Plugged In – Fri, Feb 3, 2012 6:28 PM EST
uDraw (THQ)Not every game is going to be a hit, but some misses are uglier than others. Much, much uglier.
During an investor call Thursday, troubled game publisher THQ drew a pretty grim picture of their uDraw game accessory. Launched just before the 2011 holiday season, the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the device -- which lets users draw pictures and interact with games via a tablet-sized drawing pad -- failed to sell as well as the Wii version, which was released to decent sales in 2010.
And by 'failed to sell', we mean the thing totally tanked. The company shipped about 1 million uDraws to retailers, but once they hit store shelves, they didn't budge. That leaves the company with a stunning 1.4 million units of uDraws taking up space in warehouses.Read More »from 1.4 million uDraw tablets are gathering dust somewhere
It really doesn't matter if you're a Giants fan or a Patriots fan when it comes to this week's Super Bowl. Heck, if you're a dedicated geek, you don't even have to like football at all to throw a good shindig.
The big game is often secondary at Super Bowl parties. Instead, the event marks the informal end to those insane New Year Resolutions and offer a chance to show off some of your latest and greatest tech gadgets.
If you're planning on hosting this year's bash, here are a few essentials that will ensure your man cave is the go-to destination for all future sports-related parties.Read More »from Tech tips for Super Bowl parties
- Chris Morris | Plugged In – Fri, Feb 3, 2012 1:47 PM EST
Gamers at internet cafe in China (Getty Images)It's easy to get absorbed in a game, but it's another thing entirely to be so absorbed that you don't notice the guy next to you has died.
Gamers in a Taipei internet café failed to notice the newly deceased for a staggering amount of time earlier this week. Officials estimate that 23-year-old gamer Chen Rong-yu had been dead up to nine hours before anyone realized it.
Rong-yu entered the café to play popular online game League of Legends on Tuesday evening, and was there for quite a while. Witnesses saw him on his cell phone around noon on Wednesday (still playing), but on Wednesday evening a waitress found his corpse, sitting rigidly in the chair with his hands still stretching toward the computer.Read More »from Gamer’s death at internet cafe goes unnoticed for nine hours
THQ is taking some drastic measures after a string of sales disappointments.
Saints Row The Third (THQ)The game publisher, once the industry's third largest, has laid off 240 employees and cut its CEO's salary in half for a year, according to an SEC filing. This follows a recent announcement that the company's stock might be removed from the NASDAQ stock exchange.
It seems THQ's restructuring efforts have been going on for a while now. The company has cut over 700 jobs since 2008 and vowed several times to back away from the children's licensed game market.Read More »from Troubled THQ fires 240, cuts CEO salary in half
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