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08.18.12

A dark cloud had been hovered over the cloud gaming pioneer OnLive all day Friday as it was on death watch after reports that employees were leaving in mass with boxes in tow in the company's parking lot as the company was rumored to be prepping for a bankruptcy filing. Then late Friday, the company issued a statement announcing the sale of its assets to an unnamed buyer that would continue the cloud gaming service. We talked to CEO and Founder Steve Perlmean in happier times as he talks about OnLive's products and mission in this exclusive video interview.

06.03.12

E3 should be a week of great new game reveals, as well as technology that’s likely to push the industry forward into the great unknown.  But it can also be about surprise companies popping out of nowhere with new projects.  Robert Bowling already proved this with his company’s upcoming project, and now Epic Games has made the ultimate acquisition for a new work place – say hello to Epic Baltimore.

05.14.12

Game journalism isn't as easy as it looks.  Oh, sure, you think we just sit around all day and play Max Payne 3, but the truth is, playing is just part of the job.  Writing is a huge, fundamental part of it, as you have to be able to express yourself in the right manner, not just go "This is cool because blah blah."  You need to FEEL right about the job.  One step to getting an idea of what video game journalism is all about is getting the book Critical Path: How To Review Videogames For a Living, written by Dan Amrich.  Dan, also known as One of Swords on Twitter (@oneofswords), worked in journalism for the longest time before taking a job working with Activision.  Still, he remembers his days fondly enough, as he put his experience into words to help guide young minds of tomorrow down the RIGHT path of journalism.  You know, the one that doesn't involve "blah blah".

04.26.12

Last year, Orcs Must Die! from Robot Entertainment (consisting of prior employees from Ensenble Studios, the makers of Halo Wars) really shook things up on both PC and Xbox Live Arcade, with players getting into the bloody, strategic action of killing hundreds of orcs using melee attacks and various gut-busting traps.  Now, the team is at it again, bringing Orcs Must Die! 2 to the front this fall with two-player co-op action, more traps and, of course, more dead orcs.  Who could ask for anything more?

01.02.12

The mess that is Ocean Marketting (yes we misspelled that on purpose) and its operator, Paul Christofolo, sure created quite a stir by the end of 2011.  A rude, asshole-like response to someone inquiring about their order for an N-Control peripheral, the Avenger Controller, made the front page of Penny Arcade, and the rest, as they say, is history, with Christofolo thrusted into a negative spotlight and plenty of Internet buzz.  But how did this whole thing conclude?  Would you believe that things actually got more ridiculous?

12.25.11

Valve had an outstanding year in 2011 with the release of the highly anticipated Portal 2, a game that went leaps and bounds over the original, both with single player and co-op components.  So all that's left to wonder now is...what's left for 2012, aside from the upcoming Counter Strike: Global Offensive?  Well, if Internet hints indicate anything, the company is hard at work on yet another long-awaited sequel -- the follow-up to Half-Life 2.

10.24.11

On November 15th, 343 Industries - the powers that be in the Halo universe since 2007 - are delivering a labor of love. If you count yourself among its legions, you'll recall that Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary is a visual remastering of the ten-year-old game that started the fight for fans both old and new.

10.22.11

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is still just over two weeks from release, but it's already considered one of the most highly anticipated games this holiday season -- even if EA's trying to steal a little bit of that thunder with Battlefield 3.  But Activision's making all the right decisions on this game, and we explain why it's going to be an unstoppable juggernaut once November 8th rolls around...

10.13.11

It's hard to believe that the Grand Theft Auto phenomenon has been sweeping over the game industry for years.  And while gamers are currently enthralled in the likes of Grand Theft Auto IV and its two side stories, there was a time when the games had a simpler start back on the PlayStation 2.  This month, the one that really started it all, Grand Theft Auto III, turns ten, and Rockstar Games is celebrating in a big way.

08.20.11

Microsoft has messed around with its Xbox Live dashboard setting more than once, introducing "blades" for people to navigate through, adding new channels and, as of late, Kinect support.  But this holiday season, it'll introduce its most significant update to date, not only adding many of the services that were talked about during its E3 presentation, but also a new way to navigate, via a feature called "Twist Control".

08.10.11

In less than three months, we'll be able to get our hands on the next Call of Duty game, the long-awaited Modern Warfare 3.  But get this -- buzz is already building on what could be the next game in the series, possibly for release sometime next year.  The next game is being made by Treyarch (the developers behind Call of Duty: Black Ops) and it already has a code name -- Project Iron Wolf.

08.09.11

Back in May, Rockstar Games released L.A. Noire, an intriguing 1940's detective game that featured its fair share of action and driving, along with intriguing interrogations that kept the player on their toes as they attempted to solve each case.  The game turned out to be a successful release, but its popularity was overshadowed by the drama revolving around its developer, Team Bondi.  Accusations, bad business decisions and other controversy stemmed from the company, leaving Rockstar to sever its ties with the team.  Now it's pretty much over, with someone buying the rights -- and hiring the employees -- on its own terms.

08.08.11

When it hit theaters in 2009, Black Dynamite became a huge cult hit, as audiences ate up the tribute to blaxploitation films quite handily.  It's since gone on to release on DVD and Blu-Ray, but fans just a bit more Dynamite to go around.  Next year, Cartoon Network's Adult Swim division will debut an all new animated series featuring the unstoppable Dynamite, along with his loyal friends, including Bullhorn and Cream Corn.  But you won't have to wait to check it out...the pilot is online now.

07.08.11

You've probably read the news earlier this week that Sony was implementing a PSN Pass program for its upcoming first-person shooter Resistance 3, due for release this September.  The Pass is similar to a separate online play activation that other companies have been implementing in their games, including Codemasters, THQ and Electronic Arts.  A lot of people have gone on the rampage due to Sony's move, even going as far as saying they won't buy the game.  But the question is this -- is such a decision really a surprise?

07.05.11

For the most part, developers and publishers work closely together when it comes to certain projects, in order to get the most out of them.  Sega has built a respectful partnership with Platinum Games through a series of projects (including Bayonetta and Vanquish), Microsoft and Epic Games have done quite well with Gears of War, and Sony is no doubt keeping in constant touch with Naughty Dog over the upcoming Uncharted 3.  But a relationship between the two doesn't always come easy.  One glimpse of the Rockstar Games/Team Bondi drama that's unfolding is a clear hint of that.

06.15.11

LOS ANGELES -- Playboy's Hugh Hefner and his now ex-fiancee Crystal Harris might be calling off their wedding but their humble abode, better known as the Playboy Mansion, was the site for the best party of this year's E3, in our humble opinion. Bigpoint, developers of massive multiplayer online games such as Battlestar Galactica Online, Fast and Furious and Dark Orbit celebrated its 200th million user in a big way by throwing by far the sexiest and most exclusive party on the last day of E3 and GamerLive.TV was the only video crew allowed in to capture all its glory in 3D. Check out all the fun and the girls in this exclusive video.

06.12.11

I'm just going to get it out there, the Bioshock Infinite video demo was one of the most exciting things I saw at E3 2011. Bioshock Infinite is set on an alternate history floating Island called Columbia, sort of a skyward World's Fair and a monument to "American Exceptionalism." In this alternate timeline, the floating city became militarily involved in the Boxer Rebellion, killing many innocent civilians. The United States disowned the floating city, and it took to the clouds and out of the public eye. For years it was spoken of as a legend or "Boogie Man" to scare children.

06.10.11

You can't miss the Ubisoft booth.  It's and open and usually has the loudest music and the most people dancing of any booth on the South Hall floor.  If they're not recruiting guests or employees to hit the stage for a demo of Just Dance 3, they're introducing a new musician, taught to play real guitar with the new Rocksmith game.

02.17.11

BARCELONA -- Google (GOOG) and its Android operating system dominated Mobile World Congress being held this week in Barcelona as the search engine company's foray into the mobile world has quickly reached a crescendo. Google's fun green and white two story booth, complete with a smoothie juice bar and a circular slide where attendees could slide down in the middle of the booth and get their picture taken, represented a stark contrast to the more formal and stuffy business-like booths in this B2B-oriented, mobile industry show. The booth itself represented a departure from Google's normal trade show appearances, which have usually been much smaller and more utilitarian in design.

08.31.10

In June, Sprint launched the first 4G smartphone, the EVO 4G, onto the market with great anticipation and fanfare. So how does Sprint top the EVO 4G? With the new Epic 4G from Samsung, of course. The Epic 4G offers a great combination of features including the 4.0-inch AMOLED display, that is sure to wow with its super bright screen, vivid colors and high contrast ratio, and the full QWERTY keyboard. It also comes with a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, 5-megapixel camera with 720p video recording plus a front facing VGA 640x480 camera for video chatting, and, of course, 4G WiMax connectivity, which is Sprint’s biggest advantage over its mobile competitors currently.

08.30.10

BlackBerry owners who feel left out of the smartphone party recently dominated by iPhone and Android can now rejoice, your phone is here. The Blackberry Torch, also known as the Bold 9800, represents Research In Motion’s (RIM) latest attempt to attract more consumer users and is the first RIM phone to feature their latest Blackberry OS 6, with a revamped user interface and a ton of new features.