Video Games

BlizzCon: Worth the $40 Virtual Ticket?

This Friday, crowds will swarm the Anaheim Convention Center for BlizzCon, the 6th annual celebration of all things Blizzard. Super-fans who don’t make the journey have a much more couch-friendly option—attend via the internet with a virtual ticket. But is the $40 price tag worth it?

Well, the 500,000 people who watched it online …

Epic’s Rod Fergusson Talks ‘Gears of War 3′

To everyone expecting a Gears of War 3 review: It’s coming.

In the meantime, I had a chance to speak to Rod Fergusson, executive producer at Epic Games, about what next week’s big release means for the studio and the world they’ve created. Over the last five years, the previous Gears games have introduced unique gameplay elements–a …

Why Don’t Video Game Companies Pay More Taxes?

With all the debate over the importance of tax rebates and incentives currently flooding the political world, it’s somewhat surprising to discover that one of the “most highly subsidized business in the United States,” according to a former Treasury Department worker turned tax professor, is also one of the few true success stories in …

‘Doom’ No Longer Banned in Germany, Only 17 Years Later

It only took the better part of two decades for Germany to realize id Software’s Doom and Doom II aren’t going to debase its youth. Yep, the Fatherland just officially lifted a 17-year ban on sales to minors of the first-person shooter (and its sequel) that more or less engineered and defined the genre when it launched for PCs back in …

10 Things You Need to Know About ‘Madden NFL 12′

Every year, people complain about EA’s Madden franchise. I know; I’ve been one of them. “It’s the same game every year. Nothing’s really different.”

But this year’s edition of the best-selling football sim actually does look significantly changed from its most recent predecessors. EA Sports developers gave us a rundown of the recent …

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