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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.

'Monster Hunter: World' to get 'Iceborne' expansion in 2019

Dec 11, 2018 - 5:30 PM

The 'Iceborne' expansion is set to be a story expansion set after the events of 'Monster Hunter: World'

Ubisoft to set expiry dates for its Club rewards points in 2019

Dec 04, 2018 - 5:28 PM

Beginning April 1, Ubisoft Club points will expire two years from the date of acquisition. The initial tranche of unredeemed points to be expired will be points acquired on or before March 31, 2017

Resident Evil 2 preview: ‘Reimagining’ a classic

Dec 01, 2018 - 8:00 AM

The game has been rebuilt from the ground up but will still feel familiar to fans of the original

RESIDENT EVIL 2. Tsuyoshi Kanda gives us a thumbs-up at this preview event for Resident Evil 2. Photo by Kyle Chua

Bioware hints at Dragon Age announcement in December

Nov 30, 2018 - 2:40 PM

Speculation points to the possibility of an announcement at The Game Awards on December 6, though this remains unconfirmed

A NEW GAME? Bioware teases a Dragon Age announcement for December. Screenshot from YouTube video

Nintendo Creators Program ending in December 2018

Nov 29, 2018 - 4:29 PM

The Nintendo Creators Program will discontinue operations at the end of December, with the site to close on March 2019

NINTENDO CREATORS PROGRAM. Mario attends the Bloomingdale's launch of an exclusive collection with Nintendo on March 8, 2018 in New York City. File photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for Bloomingdale's/AFP

The biggest announcements of Microsoft’s XO18 event

Nov 11, 2018 - 4:44 PM

Microsoft shares details about upcoming Xbox One games, services, and new acquisitions.

X018. Microsoft's latest fan celebration is in Mexico City. Screen shot from livestream.

Video game action heads for the cloud

Nov 05, 2018 - 12:08 PM

Computing power in data centers and devices from televisions to smartphones surges and streaming technology advances, providing tools to break blockbuster titles from confines of consoles or personal computers

LIST: The 20 preloaded games for the U.S. PlayStation Classic

Oct 30, 2018 - 3:31 PM

Here's your full list of game offerings for the U.S. version of the PlayStation Classic!

PLAYSTATION CLASSIC. Screen shot from YouTube.

Hit indie farming sim 'Stardew Valley' headed to iOS

Oct 11, 2018 - 5:46 PM

Stardew Valley developer Eric Barone says this will be a full version of the single-player game, adjusted for touch controls including tweaks to the user interface

MOBILE FARMING. Fancy having a farm on your iPhone? Now you can! Image from 'Stardew Valley' website.

Microsoft announces game-streaming technology Project xCloud

Oct 09, 2018 - 5:04 PM

With the new technology, Microsoft aims to provide console and PC gamers more flexibility as to where they can play their games

MICROSOFT AND GAME STREAMING. Project xCloud aims to bring console and PC games to mobile devices. Screenshot from YouTube.

Mega Man to be adapted into live-action Hollywood film

Oct 04, 2018 - 3:32 PM

The news comes hot on the heels of the release of 'Mega Man 11,' the latest game outing of the hero

MEGA MAN IS BACK. The Blue Bomber is getting the live-action movie treatment. Image from Capcom.

Nintendo to make new version of Switch console for 2019 – report

Oct 04, 2018 - 2:21 PM

The new hardware is reportedly slated for a Summer 2019 outing

NINTENDO SWITCH. Kids enjoy playing tunes on a Toy-Con Piano as Nintendo of America hosts the ultimate family-fun battle where families compete in 'Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze' at the Nintendo Gaming Lounge during San Diego Comic-Con at Marriott Marquis & Marina on July 22, 2018 in San Diego, California. File photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Nintendo/AFP

Blizzard Entertainment president Mike Morhaime steps down

Oct 04, 2018 - 2:18 PM

'World of Warcraft' executive producer J. Allen Brack will take over as Blizzard's president

MIKE MORHAIME. Blizzard Entertainment's Mike Mohaime at the 2011 Video Game Awards. File photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images/AFP

Google teams with Ubisoft to test video game streaming

Oct 02, 2018 - 8:11 AM

Google is collaborating with Ubisoft to use Assassin's Creed Odyssey to test the ability of Project Stream technology to provide the kind of quick, seamless play powered by in-home consoles as an online service

GOOGLE. A woman and her child play on a Google sign at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC) in Shanghai on September 26, 2018. Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

'NBA 2K19' review roundup: The gold standard but pay-to-win system mars game

Sep 17, 2018 - 4:17 PM

'NBA 2K19' continues to excel but microtransactions also continue to rule the day in online career modes

Screenshot from NBA 2K19 video


Sony reaches 500M PlayStations sold milestone

Aug 14, 2018 - 1:08 PM

A cultural force, Sony has now sold over 525 million PlayStation consoles since the debut of the original in 1994

ORIGINAL PS. The first PlayStation boasts a run of 104 million units sold. Screenshot from Sony