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Ozil cut from video game in China over Xinjiang comments

Dec 19, 2019 - 1:45 PM

US-listed Chinese internet company NetEase removes Ozil from the game due to his 'extreme comment about China'

CONTROVERSIAL. Mesut Ozil's character in the video game gets removed in China. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Historic SEA Games gold couldn’t have come in better fashion for Sibol Mobile Legends

Dec 09, 2019 - 4:53 AM

The Philippines completes a heady comeback against favorites Indonesia

SIBOL MOBILE LEGENDS. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


‘Dota 2’: What you need to know

Dec 03, 2019 - 6:28 PM

The esports juggernaut will be a medal event at the 2019 SEA Games

DOTA 2. Image from Dota 2 website


‘Dota 2’: Pro tips from the Sibol players

Dec 03, 2019 - 6:22 PM

The members of the Dota 2 national team for the 2019 SEA Games share their tips to help you get a leg up against the competition

SIBOL. From left to right, John Anthony 'Natsumi' Vargas, Mc Nicholson 'Mac' Villanueva, Marvin Salvador 'Boomy' Rushton, Bryle Jacob 'CML' Alvizo, and Jun 'Bok' Kanehara. Photo by Kyle Chua/Rappler


The D-I-Y joy of ‘Dungeons and Dragons’

Nov 30, 2019 - 9:01 AM

What sets D&D apart from many games is that the goal of the game isn’t to win. What the game intends is for you to hang out with friends, create stories with them, and have fun.

‘Mobile Legends: Bang Bang’: What you need to know

Nov 24, 2019 - 8:00 AM

The widely popular mobile game is the first title to be confirmed for the esports events of the 2019 SEA Games

MOBILE LEGENDS. Photo from Mobile Legends Facebook page


‘Mobile Legends: Bang Bang’: Pro tips from the Sibol players

Nov 24, 2019 - 8:00 AM

The 'Mobile Legends: Bang Bang' national team for the 2019 SEA Games share their tips to help you beat the competition

SIBOL MOBILE LEGENDS. From left to right, the members of the national team for Mobile Legends: Allan Sancio 'Lusty' Castromayor, Karl Gabriel 'KarlTzy' Nepomuceno, Angelo Kyle 'Pheww' Arcangel, Kenneth Jiane 'Kenji' Villa, Jeniel 'Haze' Bata-anon. Photo by Kyle Chua/Rappler


‘StarCraft II’: Pro tips from the Sibol players

Nov 22, 2019 - 2:28 PM

Justin ‘NuksPH’ Santos and Caviar ‘Enderr’ Acampado of Sibol Philippines, the national esports team for the 2019 SEA Games, share their tips on how you can step up your game in StarCraft II

SIBOL STARCRAFT II. Justin 'NuksPH' Santos (L) and Caviar 'Enderr' Acampado (R) are the Philippines' aces for StarCraft II in SEA Games 2019. Photo by Kyle Chua/Rappler


‘StarCraft II’: What you need to know

Nov 22, 2019 - 2:23 PM

The popular science-fiction strategy game will be a medal event for the 2019 SEA Games

STARCRAFT II. Series anniversary art from Blizzard shows key characters in a rare moment of non-conflict. Illustration from Blizzard


'Arena of Valor': Pro tips from the Sibol players

Nov 20, 2019 - 3:12 PM

The members of the Arena of Valor national team for the 2019 SEA Games give their tips to help you get better at the game

ARENA OF VALOR. Image from Rappler video


‘Arena of Valor’: What you need to know

Nov 20, 2019 - 3:05 PM

The mobile multiplayer online battle arena is a medal event for the 2019 SEA Games

QUILLEN. A character from the game Arena of Valor. Illustration from Arena of Valor/Instagram


Showtime for Stadia cloud gaming service

Nov 19, 2019 - 2:25 PM

Google is aiming for a piece of a global video game industry expected to top $150 billion this year by using its cloud computing technology offering rich features without the need for consoles

STADIA. Visitors play the cloud-gaming based 'Doom' at the stand of Google Stadia during the video games trade fair Gamescom in Cologne, western Germany, on August 21, 2019. Photo by Ina Fassbender/AFP

‘Hearthstone’: Pro tips from the Sibol players

Nov 18, 2019 - 3:58 PM

Dustin ‘WaningMoon’ Mangulabnan and Jacinta ‘Jia’ Dee share their tips on how you can get better at 'Hearthstone'

SIBOL. Dustin 'WaningMoon' Mangulabnan and Jacinta 'Jia' Dee will be representing the Philippines in the Hearthstone tourney of SEA Games 2019. Photo by Kyle Chua/Rappler


'Hearthstone': What you need to know

Nov 18, 2019 - 3:58 PM

Videogames are coming to the SEA Games. In case you haven't played Hearthstone, here's a quick explainer

Photo from Blizzard press site

China imposes curfew on minors in gaming crackdown

Nov 07, 2019 - 3:11 PM

China's regulations will mean those under 18 cannot play games online between 10 pm and 8 am, and for only 90 minutes at a time during the daytime

ONLINE GAMING AND CURFEWS. This photo taken on January 29, 2018 shows a student using a computer in an eSports class at the Lanxiang technical school in Jinan, in China's eastern Shandong province. File photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Multiple sources say Diablo 4 will be announced at Blizzcon

Oct 22, 2019 - 8:01 PM

An industry insider's tweet and an alleged mention of 'Diablo 4' on promotional material for a Diablo artbook spur speculation of a new game announcement

BTS fans get chance to manage their idols in new game

Jun 25, 2019 - 2:28 PM

BTS World – set to release on June 26 – is a role-playing game where the user is the band manager, recruiting and training the musicians and guiding the group in their quest for stardom

Everyone can make games

Jun 22, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Interested in making games as a a hobby or to learn new skills? Gwen Foster of the International Game Developers Association's Manila chapter in the Philippines shares some tips and advice on getting started.

Lone gamers a dying breed as community play thrives

Jun 12, 2019 - 6:23 PM

E3 opens its doors to fans, reflecting trends toward cooperative online play and broadcasting action as a spectator sport

GAMERS. Gaming fans play "Fortnite" at the 2019 Electronic Entertainment Expo, also known as E3, in Los Angeles on June 11, 2019. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

The top announcements from Nintendo’s Direct E3 2019 conference

Jun 12, 2019 - 12:55 PM

Among its many announcements, Nintendo says two new 'Super Smash Bros. Ultimate' fighters are in the roster and confirms a sequel to 'The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild' is in the works

'Dragon Quest’s' Hero and Banjo-Kazooie joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster

Jun 12, 2019 - 2:33 AM

The Hero is coming to the 'Super Smash Bros. Ultimate' sometime in summer while Banjo-Kazooie is expected for fall.

BANJO KAZOOIE. Nintendo brings bear and bird to the big battles of 'Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.' Screenshot from livestream

'The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild' sequel now in development

Jun 12, 2019 - 12:59 AM

Nintendo teases a potential new enemy for Link to face as development is confirmed on a sequel to the hit game

BEYOND BREATH OF THE WILD. Is this the new big bad of the Legend of Zelda series? Screenshot from Nintendo Direct livestream

'Assassin's Creed: Odyssey' to get Story Creator mode, Discovery Tours

Jun 11, 2019 - 5:39 AM

Build quests and learn more about ancient Greece in two new modes for 'Assassin's Creed: Odyssey'

LEARN ABOUT ANCIENT GREECE. The Discovery Tour aims to bring ancient Greece to life through the power of video games. Screenshot from Ubisoft press release

The big announcements from Ubisoft's E3 2019 press conference

Jun 11, 2019 - 4:44 AM

Check out Ubisoft's latest announcements for its stable of games at E3!

UBISOFT AT E3. Check out what's in store for Ubisoft's games. Screen shot from livestream

The announcements and trailers at EA Play ahead of E3 2019

Jun 09, 2019 - 2:18 AM

(UPDATED) We get our first glimpse of 'Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order' gameplay, a new 'Apex Legends' season, new 'Battlefield V' details, and a lot more

EA PLAY 2019. Electronic Arts comes out swinging ahead of E3. Screenshot from livestream

Hideo Kojima's 'Death Stranding' arrives November 8

May 30, 2019 - 1:41 PM

Aside from the release date, the trailer video on the PlayStation account brings some new gameplay footage and more mysteries

DEATH STRANDING. Norman Reedus plays Sam in Hideo Kojima's latest title. Screenshot from YouTube

Games for learning and social change

May 25, 2019 - 8:30 AM

Philippine game developers continue to use games as a medium to create awareness, to educate, and hopefully to affect change in society

COGNITIO TERRA. Let the power of mathematics help you in this action game! Screenshot from Facebook video

'Game of Thrones' finale delayed in China due to ‘transmission medium problems’

May 21, 2019 - 10:07 AM

The finale disappears from Tencent Video, the only legal video streaming platform in China for the show

Photo: Courtesy of HBO


'Days Gone' review: Not bad for a zombie game

May 18, 2019 - 8:00 AM

It’s not a perfect game. It’s not a fantastic game, but it’s not a bad one either.

Video game rivals Microsoft and Sony team up in cloud

May 17, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Microsoft's Azure cloud computing platform will be used by both Sony and Microsoft to support game and digital content streaming services, according to a statement

TEAM-UP. Kenichiro Yoshida, President and CEO, Sony Corporation (left), and Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. Photo from Microsoft press release.

EA wants to bring 'Apex Legends' to mobile devices and China

May 08, 2019 - 6:26 PM

Electronic Arts says 'Apex Legends' is 'easily the fastest-growing franchise we’ve ever had, and we hope to build a live service that entertains players for years to come'

APEX LEGENDS. The Battle Royale title may head to China and to phones! Image from Apex Legends website

Garena to bring 'Call of Duty Mobile' to Southeast Asia, Taiwan

Apr 10, 2019 - 6:37 PM

The game is slated to come out in Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Taiwan

The women behind the games

Mar 31, 2019 - 2:30 PM

Get to know some of the Filipinas helping to shape the future of the video game industry

Game review: 'Devil May Cry 5'

Mar 30, 2019 - 9:25 AM

Watch our video review of Capcom's latest gem, the stylish, impish 'Devil May Cry 5'

Image from Capcom


Nintendo to release 2 new Switch models in 2019 – report

Mar 25, 2019 - 8:39 PM

One version is reportedly more powerful than the base Switch, while the other variant is said to be the next in line to the 3DS throne

NEW SWITCHES? People wait in line to play Nintendo Switch games at the 24th Electronic Expo, or E3 2018, in Los Angeles, California on on June 12, 2018.File photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP)

'Far Cry New Dawn' review: Not a whole lot is new

Mar 18, 2019 - 6:49 PM

'Far Cry New Dawn' feels familiar in both good and bad ways

CAPTAIN APOCALYPSE. The wildlife remains as big of a threat to you as the game's new baddies

Tencent tightens game curbs for minors in China

Mar 01, 2019 - 9:15 PM

Tencent imposes a digital lock on some games, requiring players under 13 years to ask their guardians to open them

‘Jump Force’ review: A fun brawler with a lackluster campaign

Feb 16, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Sadly, the 'Jump Force' campaign mode is fan service done wrong

MIXING IT UP. Sasuke, Goku, and Trunks take to battle. Screenshots from the game.

Team Cherry expands DLC into new game with 'Hollow Knight' sequel 'Silksong'

Feb 15, 2019 - 8:17 PM

Originally meant as a piece of DLC for 'Hollow Knight,' 'Hollow Knight: Silksong' is now being developed as a sequel to the original title

HOLLOW KNIGHT: SILKSONG. Face new foes as the fearsome hunter Hornet in this action RPG. Images from Team Cherry.

Nintendo bringing battle royale-style puzzle action with 'Tetris 99'

Feb 14, 2019 - 6:59 PM

Tetris 99 pits you against 98 others in the ultimate multiplayer puzzle challenge

TETRIS 99. Of 99 players, only one will be left stacking. Image from Twitter.

'The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening' getting Nintendo Switch remake

Feb 14, 2019 - 9:58 AM

This game, which originally came out in 1993, will get a 'modern re-imagining'

LINK REAWAKENS. Nintendo reimagines 'The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening' for a modern audience. Screenshot from YouTube.

Despite record 2018 results, Activision Blizzard slashes 770 jobs

Feb 13, 2019 - 10:03 PM

Despite results which Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick says were 'the best in our history,' the company slashes 770 jobs because it didn't reach its full potential

5 great Steam Lunar New Year Sale games under P550

Feb 09, 2019 - 8:11 PM

Check out our recommendations for Steam Lunar New Year Sale games you can enjoy that don't go over P550

Facebook’s 'friendly fraud’: What to know about the latest controversy

Jan 30, 2019 - 10:08 AM

'Friendly fraud' is when Facebook lets children spend real money on in-game purchases without parental permission


SNES games may be coming to Switch, dataminer claims

Jan 14, 2019 - 2:04 PM

Having SNES games on the Switch adds nostalgic appeal to an already popular console

SNES CLASSIC. Image from Nintendo


Bungie splits from publisher Activision, retains 'Destiny' IP

Jan 11, 2019 - 5:40 PM

'With our remarkable Destiny community, we are ready to publish on our own, while Activision will increase their focus on owned IP projects,' Bungie says in a statement

Ubisoft takes 'The Division 2' off Steam and onto Epic Games Store

Jan 10, 2019 - 6:25 PM

The team-up between Ubisoft and Epic Games will also see 'additional select titles' heading to the Epic Games Store in the future

'Just Cause 4' review: Mindless fun can get old fast

Dec 29, 2018 - 3:03 PM

The game’s mindless fun fails to save it from some uninspired mission design and technical shortcomings

RICO SUAVE. Your secret agent Rico Rodriguez zips through the air ready to take on all manner of baddie. Screenshot from reviewer

Discord's game store to have 90/10 split in 2019

Dec 18, 2018 - 7:20 PM

Discord's revenue sharing agreement will be 90% in favor of the developer, with the remaining 10% covering 'operating costs, and we’ll explore lowering it by optimizing our tech and making things more efficient'

Trainers can now battle one another in 'Pokémon Go'

Dec 14, 2018 - 5:28 PM

'Pokémon Go' players can now engage in player-versus-player action by joining Trainer Battle Leagues

TRAINER BATTLES ARE LIVE! Pokemon Go gets player-versus-player action with Trainer Battle Leagues! Image from Pokemon Go website.