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  • Square Enix bought Eidos Interactive in 2009 with the sole intention of making a dent into the Western gaming market, acquiring properties such as Kane & Lynch and the Hitman series. One of the biggest question marks surrounding the acquisition has been the future of the Tomb Raider franchise, the series that is often seen as the face of the 32-bit generation before losing popularity and relevance to other 3D platformers such as the Prince of Persia and Uncharted series.

    While the release of Tomb Raider: Underworld in 2008 received generally favorable reviews and above-average sales expectations, it’s clear that Lara Croft’s dominance over the video gaming culture has long eroded. Since Square Enix’s acquisition of Eidos, Lara Croft has been seen in the downloadable game “Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light”, which served as a radical departure from the 3D action platformer of previous games to an isometric arcade title that emphasized...

  • Well we’re just going to have to chalk this up in the “Win” column for the aging-but-still-looking-pretty Xbox 360. Microsoft announced that Kinect, its new 3D-camera-based motion controller, has sold over 2.5 million units worldwide in its first 25 days of retail availability. Kinect is on pace to sell as well as it did during its first ten days, where the peripheral moved an estimated one million units in its first ten days of release in the United States and five days of availability in Europe.

    The new figures also include other areas around the globe including Australia, New Zealand and Japan, where Kinect held a “quiet launch” of only 26,000 units. Additional sales figures for other regions were not released by Microsoft.

    In fact, in a recent interview at Gamasutra, a Microsoft representative expected to sell three...

  • Telltale Games, makes of the Monkey Island and Sam & Max series, is launching a new adventure game based on the Back to the Future film franchise.  Chistopher Lloyd is back voicing Doc Brown, and the films' producer Bob Gale is consulting to make sure all the details will be up to spec for the fans.

    The game is available for preorder now at http://www.telltalegames.com/bttf.

  • Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood is the first game in the series to support online multiplayer matches using the in-game engine, and it does it well. Spin-offs of the series have dabbled in online play, like Facebook's point-and-click  Assassin's Creed: Project Legacy and Twitter's AC game, which allow you to duel other members of the social networks based on your stats, or the iPhone's Assassin's Creed II Multiplayer (which I was never able to connect to). 

    Brotherhood's multiplayer component builds upon what AC II Multiplayer was trying to do, but does it right and does it with all the functionality of the console games. 

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  • Twenty-eight-year-old Jenni Källberg of Stockholm, Sweden likes cosplay, and her site, pixelninja.se, proudly shows off her high level of game character fashion design. Cosplaying for 11 years, she's made 27 costumes, including the ones below. The movie industry could learn a thing or two from her.

    Samus' Varia Suit

    Raiden

    Princess Zelda

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  • If you've been looking to upgrade your gaming rig, pop over to Newegg.com and check out their big holiday sale.  Since yesterday, the electronics and computer hardware site has been featuring lots of deep discounts for Black Friday.  Stock up now, and get your gear up to spec for the next wave of new games!

    Check it out yourself at Newegg.com!

  • World of Warcraft's latest update, patch 4.0.3, hit yesterday in preparation for Cataclysm's full launch on December 7th.  Deathwing has made quite a mess of old Azeroth, rending the landscape of WoW's original continents.  However, some new features, including the new races, starting areas, and old continent-flight won't go live until the 7th.

    Log on to see for yourself, and click here to read the offical patch notes.

  • The Walking Dead, the new AMC show based on the breakout comic series, has a new web game up to draw even more viewers.  Help Glen scavenge for food and find the other essential supplies on his list, while distracting, outrunning, and killing the undead.

    Check it out here.

  • Quidditch, the magical sport conjured by J.K. Rowling for the Harry Potter series, is brought to the real world this weekend smack in the heart of NYC.  Featured in the HP novels, films, and video games, the sport was adapted for the real world in 2005 by Middlebury College student Xander Manshel.  Since then, hundreds of teams have been founded, and are overseen by the International Quidditch Association.

    This weekend, the IQA is holding its fourth annual World Cup in De Witt Clinton park in New York City. The event runs November 13-14th, and features 76 teams & 757 players.  Stop by and see the game come to life!

    Find out more here!

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  • Everyone's favorite Italian plumber celebrated his 25th Anniversary this past weekend at Nintendo World, located in Rockefeller Center, New York City.

    Mario's anniversary event was coupled with the reopening of the store, which had been undergoing renovations, with crowds upon crowds of Nintendo fans gathering for the celebration.

    And there were a lot of people.

     
     
    The press release said 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., and me and my fiancée got there at noon -- not taking into account the fact that there would be a line around the corner and down the block to Broadway. After waiting in the cold for what was probably 40 minutes and having to endure strangers gathering online to play Mario Kart DS together -- charming at first, but soon very annoying -- we were finally let in.

    The place was...

  • With the help of a neat little applet created by 18-year-old Swede Erik Rothoff Andersson, you can now treat any webpage as if it were the seminal arcade space shooter, Asteroids.  Just go to Erik's site - erkie.github.com, click or drag the button, and you're off and running.  W for thrust, A & D to turn, and Space to shoot!

    Like Erik says, it's great for blasting a path through annoying banner ads! :D

  • Tonight, you and your friends will likely be dressing up in scary costumes and heading out on the town for tricks and treats.  But perhaps you've put off putting together your costume until the last minute?  Neglected to think of the perfect get-up to impress your buds and intimidate your enemies? If that's the case, you need look no further than the NES controller you're mashing as you read this...

    Click here for some ideas.

  • Angry Birds has risen to be the top game in the app game market, selling a ridiculous amount on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, with recent releases on Android, the Palm, the Nokia N900, and an upcoming release on PSP.

    But instead of simply adding a couple of Halloween-themed levels in an update, Angry Birds has released a separate app exclusive to the iOS Apple apps, with 45 new spooky levels based on the addictive original and GameCenter integration for achievements and leaderboards.

    Angry Birds Halloween swaps the original formula for seasonal skin, with Halloween-themed music, a background of an orangey skyline with a creepy bare tree and large, glowing moon, and replaces the boulders from the first game with large pumpkins.

    But this is not simply a dressed up version of the popular game: it’s an expansion pack. With new levels and new challenges it extends the life of Angry Birds while banking on your seasonal spirit. That’s a good...

  • Gaming on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad has become more and more refined, and games like Cut The Rope show off just how polished a touch screen game can be. 

    Developed by Zeptolab and published by Chillingo, Cut The Rope puts you in charge of feeding candy to a cute creature that lives in a box. The catch is you can only feed him by lowering the candy from a rope.

    The game’s 100 levels (25 per type of box) consist of a hard candy hanging on a rope. Slashing the rope with your finger severs it, dropping the candy down. The challenge is that the rope is not always hanging directly above the creature, and isn’t always suspended by only one rope. The trick is to cut one rope so the candy swings on the other, and time your next cut so the candy falls into the creature’s mouth, while collecting stars along the way.

    Variations in the levels include stretched strings - which when cut propel the candy in the opposite direction...

  • One rule of the wild is that cats love to play with a ball. This is the premise behind Cat Phyiscs, a standout puzzle game on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. This game may be several months old but it’s a game worth playing if you haven’t already, especially because Donut Games has recently added 20 free levels to its original 50 through an update.

    The goal of the game is to get the ball from Cat A to Cat B. You first drag around the arrows on the screen, getting them into position so that when you tell the first cat to launch the ball it will follow the path you’ve laid out. Each arrow will propel the ball using its momentum and factoring in gravity. You are scored from one to three stars based on the distance of your path to the goal.

    There is a lot of trial and error involved, and failing to reach Cat B does not effect your score. The levels become more complex by adding multiple arrows of varying directions, sometimes with extra arrows...

  • I remember a time when good game releases used to be spaced apart, when I was only interested in a couple of games that were coming out and was able to choose between them.

    As I grew older and game development became easier and more popular, I still only bought a few games a year. This was in the days of renting games from Blockbuster for a week, when you could quickly decide whether I hated a game, loved it enough to buy it, or got it out of my system with the rental.

    I can't tell if the industry has simply become better at making good games or if my deeper interest in gaming has made me more aware of these games, but more and more I'm constantly overwhelmed by new releases and a large backlog of releases I'd missed. I used to be able to take my time with an RPG and even go back to replay games, but today I have 18 games I've started but haven't finished across four systems, either because new games took precedence or because I was playing...

  • The game may not be out until March, but here's a spooky trailer to darken your Halloween weekend.

  • Coming to the Wii November 21.

  • In 1500, Rome struggles under the corrupted Papacy the Vatican had created. Ezio and his Brotherhood of assassin's have...