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‘The Last of Us Part 2’ was never meant to satisfy

Jul 08, 2020 - 12:45 PM

This treatise on empathy and forgiveness may be the needed, but not the easiest, pill to swallow

'The Last of Us 2': Are we not ready for a major character death in games?

Jul 06, 2020 - 3:15 PM

Let's reflect on the hate 'The Last of Us 2' has received


Kobe Bryant honored on 'NBA 2K21' 'Mamba Forever' edition

Jul 03, 2020 - 8:01 AM

The late Lakers star makes a return to the NBA 2K cover

Photo from Twitter/NBA2K


Esports social network Kalaro to be launched in October

Jun 25, 2020 - 2:49 PM

Kalaro wants to be an online hub for esports in the Philippines

KALARO. A photo shows how the Kalaro app appears on mobile. Photo from Kalaro


Pokémon takes on 'Mobile Legends' with new MOBA 'Pokémon Unite'

Jun 25, 2020 - 1:07 AM

The game is being co-created by Tencent and Timi Studios, which developed another mobile MOBA, 'Arena of Valor,' and 'Call of Duty: Mobile'

CROSS-PLAY. Smartphone players will be able to play with Switch players. Screenshot from YouTube/official Pokemon channel


'Fortnite' removes police cars with eye on U.S. race protests

Jun 22, 2020 - 6:57 PM

Fortnite's virtual world previously contained police cars, but those could no longer be seen in the latest version of the game

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

10 new games to watch for from the PC Gaming Show 2020

Jun 18, 2020 - 7:13 PM

We get our first glimpses at previously announced games and some welcome surprises

MORTAL SHELL. Image from Mortal Shell's Steam page


PlayStation 5 fan-made renders draw interest in black console design

Jun 17, 2020 - 11:22 AM

Apparently not everyone is a fan of the new predominantly white colorway

BLACK PS5. On the left is the official white PS5. On the right is the black render done by Twitter user @MrUnknowArtist. PS5 image from Sony


'The Last of Us 2' spoiler-free review

Jun 12, 2020 - 3:01 PM

Like the original 'The Last of Us,' the sequel sets the bar for storytelling in a video game

THE LAST OF US 2. Nature starts to reclaim cities in post-apocalyptic USA. All screenshots from Sony


All the games revealed at Sony’s PS5 showcase

Jun 12, 2020 - 8:08 AM

From 'Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales' to 'Horizon Forbidden West,' here are all the games that have been announced for the PS5

SPIDER-MAN. A new Spider-Man game comes to the PS5. Screenshot from trailer


Nintendo says 300,000 accounts breached after hack

Jun 10, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Nintendo says an initial hack in April compromised 160,000 accounts and a further 140,000 breaches have been discovered since then

NINTENDO. 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, where hardware manufacturers, software developers and the video game industry present their new games. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP


Postponed PS5 event gets new date

Jun 09, 2020 - 9:46 AM

It takes place on June 12, Philippine time

Image from Sony


'LoL: Wild Rift' alpha invites to start on June 6 in the Philippines

Jun 03, 2020 - 1:14 PM

Invites will be sent via email, with the alpha running from June 6 to June 27

WILD RIFT. Image from Riot Games


PS5 games to be showcased on June 5, PH time

May 30, 2020 - 8:40 AM

The games showcase will run for 'a bit more than hour,' says Jim Ryan, president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment

Image from Sony

How to add PS4 storage space

May 30, 2020 - 8:00 AM

With gamers buying titles digitally, there's been an added need for more storage

PS4 AND PS4 SLIM. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


Beloved ghost-gobbler Pac-Man turns 40

May 22, 2020 - 5:20 PM

As every Pac-Man player knows, the greatest joy comes from turning the tables by munching a power pellet, sending the ghosts fleeing in all directions as they suddenly become edible themselves

PAC-MAN TURNS 40! A visitor takes a picture of the video game Pac-Man (1980) during an exhibition preview featuring 14 video games acquired by The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, March 1, 2013. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Pre-registration for ‘League of Legends: Wild Rift’ limited alpha now open in PH

May 20, 2020 - 1:43 PM

Test your luck in getting early access to the much-awaited mobile adaptation of 'League of Legends'

Screenshot from Wild Rift website


What TV to get for the PS5 or the Xbox Series X

May 14, 2020 - 4:12 PM

With the next generation of consoles upon us, it's time to see if we'd need to upgrade our screens

An 8K TV on display at CES. Photo by Glenn Chapman/AFP


'Bayani' and Ranida Game's humble but heroic development story

May 14, 2020 - 4:00 PM

Ranida Games seeks to immortalize Filipino heroes in their own way

The Rizal-inspired Joe faces off against the Bonifacio-inspired Dre. Image from Ranida Games


'Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1' and '2' get the remake treatment

May 13, 2020 - 9:47 AM

A favorite among gamers in the 1990s and early 2000s, the remaster comes out on September 4, 2020

Image from Activision Blizzard


Gaming becomes king of entertainment in pandemic lockdown

May 07, 2020 - 9:15 AM

'Following a record-breaking year in 2019, with gaming software generating $143 billion of consumer spend, the industry is now poised for further growth, with captive audiences worldwide acting as a catalyst,' says one industry report

Screenshot from Final Fantasy VII Remake/Square Enix


Animal Crossing offers 'digital getaway' under lockdown

May 02, 2020 - 11:06 AM

Gamers around the world are skirting lockdowns by strolling through parks, flying overseas, and watching sunsets in the virtual world of 'Animal Crossing'

'Last of Us Part II' gets new June 19 release date

Apr 28, 2020 - 2:43 PM

The post-apocalyptic PlayStation exclusive gets a new release date, about a month after an announcement delaying its launch

LAST OF US. Series protagonist Ellie appears in a screenshot for Last of Us Part II. Image from Sony


Games to check out before PlayStation’s April sale ends tonight

Apr 28, 2020 - 2:11 PM

Check the PlayStation Store for deals on games you may have missed when they first came out. Here's what we're eyeing!


Qualifiers for 'Call of Duty: Mobile' world championship kick off on April 30

Apr 24, 2020 - 7:45 PM

The tourney will feature $1 million in prizes in the form of cash and in-game cosmetics


Digital video game spending hits record high under virus lockdown

Apr 23, 2020 - 2:27 PM

The closing of real-world stores due to the pandemic is cited as a factor in gamers purchasing more titles as digital downloads

GAMERS. File photo of Brazilian brothers Guilherme (right), 14, and Arthur, 11, watching professional players from the Loud YouTube channel play the mobile game Free Fire on Youtube, at their house in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo Mauro Pimentel/AFP

Inside the Industry: Twitch streaming with Ramenstyle

Apr 04, 2020 - 9:48 PM

For this episode of Hustle's Inside the Industry, we talk videogames with Vince Cabrera aka Ramenstyle

To save bandwidth, Steam to only update games you actively play

Mar 31, 2020 - 6:37 PM

Steam is hoping to help users manage their bandwidth by tweaking its automatic update feature to actively work only on recently played games

Athletes turn to video game streaming for coronavirus relief

Mar 30, 2020 - 6:53 PM

Following the suspension and cancelation of major sports leagues, athletes decide to pursue video game streaming to raise funds for the fight against coronavirus

ESPORTS. NFL star JuJu Smith Schuster and NBA star Donovan Mitchell are both avid video gamers. Photos from Instagram/@juju (Smith Schuster) and Twitter/@spidadmitchell (Mitchell)


Filipino-made RPG ‘Grand Guilds’ out now

Mar 26, 2020 - 5:12 PM

(UPDATED) Works such as 'Final Fantasy XIII' and 'Adventure Time' serve as eureka moments for developer Justin Villegas

GRAND GUILDS. Photo from Kickstarter/Grand Guilds

Online gaming booms as virus lockdowns keep millions at home

Mar 25, 2020 - 1:22 PM

Online gaming proves a welcome diversion for many people chafing at movement restrictions, the cancelation of countless public events, and the relentless onslaught of news about the pandemic

6 mobile games to get you and your friends through lockdown

Mar 17, 2020 - 6:24 PM

We’ve compiled a list of free multiplayer mobile games for you and your friends can socialize to

Xbox Series X features, specs revealed

Mar 17, 2020 - 5:14 PM

Microsoft reveals new details about their fastest and most powerful console yet

XBOX SERIES X. A shot of Microsoft's latest game console. Image from Microsoft.

Going viral: Demand for disease-themed movies and games explodes

Feb 21, 2020 - 9:29 AM

Interest in 2011's 'Contagion' film, mobile phone game 'Plague Inc,' and Netflix's 'Pandemic' docuseries soar around the world

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’: 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


‘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


‘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