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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


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

Gaming in 2018: mainstream esports, local growth, racism controversy

Dec 26, 2018 - 3:36 PM

These are the things that defined gaming this year

FORTNITE. Photo from Epic Games


The past, present and future of PH's premier videogame convention

Dec 19, 2018 - 7:05 AM

In 4 years, ESGS has become an important date on the Filipino gamer's calendar. We look back at what they've been able to accomplish, and where they want to head next

ESGS has grown its audience and its impact since its inception. Photo from Gariath Concepts


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

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.

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.

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

Sony unveils PlayStation Classic retro console

Sep 19, 2018 - 5:20 PM

The console is approximately 45% smaller than the original and will retail for $99.99 in the US when it arrives on December 3

PS COMEBACK. The PlayStation that started it all returns. All photos from Sony


'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


'Spider-Man' PS4 review: More than a heroic experience

Sep 04, 2018 - 10:00 PM

Insomniac’s take on Spider-Man is a complete and spectacular 'Spider-Man' experience. It’s fast, fluid, funny and stays true to the character

Photos from Sony/Spider-Man


'Monster Hunter' on hold as China hits pause on new video games

Aug 16, 2018 - 2:27 PM

Access to the world's biggest gaming market tightens as China enforces stricter regulation

BEAST SLAYERS. Screenshot from Monster Hunter World/Capcom


Germany lifts ban on Nazi symbols in computer, video games

Aug 09, 2018 - 9:21 PM

The Wolfenstein series of games is deemed to have fallen foul of the German criminal code, which bars any depiction of so-called 'anti-constitutional' symbols, including Nazi swastikas

HITLER REPRESENTATIONS. The uncensored and German censored versions of Hitler and the Nazi flag. Screen shots taken from Censored Gaming YouTube video.

An amazing return: 'Marvel’s Spider-Man' is everything a fan could hope for

Aug 03, 2018 - 7:31 AM

It’s been awhile since we’ve seen a solid Spider-Man game. In this preview, we’ll be swinging in to see if this PS4 exclusive can return our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man to its former gaming glory.

Into The Void: hyper-real 'Star Wars' VR makes you the hero

Jul 29, 2018 - 2:33 PM

The virtual reality simulation costs about $30 to $35 for 10 minutes, and lets players see, hear, smell, and feel the world of 'Star Wars'

VR JEDI. Clients of the VR attraction, The Void, put on their 3D head sets in Anaheim, California on July 19, 2018. Photo by Veronique Dupont/AFP


Microsoft reportedly working on next-gen, streaming-only Xbox

Jul 25, 2018 - 4:54 PM

The console is said to have just enough local computing power for controller input, image processing, and collision detection

Photo from Microsoft


Valve adds constraints to games that exploit Steam’s achievement system

Jun 17, 2018 - 3:02 PM

Steam games that have yet to be considered trusted can only feature 100 achievements

STEAM. Steam is cracking down on fake games in its marketplace by limiting those games' effects on the company's algorithms. Screenshot from Steam Facebook page.

Netflix, Telltale doing 'Minecraft' series, 'Stranger Things' game

Jun 14, 2018 - 2:40 PM

Netflix is working on adapting 'Minecraft: Story Mode' as an interactive show on its service. A 'Stranger Things' game is in the works as well from Telltale Games.

MINECRAFT ADAPTATION. Netflix is adapting Minecraft: Story Mode as a 5-episode series. Image from Twitter.

Next-generation Xbox arriving in 2020 – report

Jun 13, 2018 - 4:35 PM

Microsoft is reportedly working on a family of devices, instead of just a single one

XBOX ONE X. A reported successor to the Xbox One line is coming in 2020. Screen shot from YouTube livestream.

WATCH: E3 2018's West Hall featuring Sony, Sega, and Nintendo

Jun 13, 2018 - 12:47 PM

It's Spider-man versus Super Mario and the gang at E3 2018!

THE UNDYING. Zombie presence in games remain strong with a new 'Walking Dead' game and the remake of zombie survival horror classic 'Resident Evil 2.' Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


WATCH: E3 2018's South Hall featuring Square Enix, Capcom, Ubisoft booths

Jun 13, 2018 - 12:42 PM

Get a load of what these game makers have in store for fans at E3 2018!

RESIDENT EVIL 2. Capcom's booth was highlighted by the remake of the Playstation classic and a new Megaman game. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


Recapping Sony's PlayStation Showcase at E3 2018

Jun 12, 2018 - 11:50 AM

Here’s a roundup of the biggest announcements from the Sony Playstation E3 showcase at this year's E3

Resident Evil 2 gets a remake

Jun 12, 2018 - 10:12 AM

The Resident Evil 2 remake is coming on January 25, 2019

The big announcements from Microsoft's Xbox E3 2018 press conference

Jun 11, 2018 - 8:48 AM

Here’s a quick roundup of key announcements and some additional trailers shown off by Microsoft at its Xbox E3 conference on Monday, June 10 (June 11, Manila time)

XBOX @ E3 2018. Microsoft lets us jump in for an amazing ride. Screenshot from livestream.

Microsoft buys 4 indie studios, forms a fifth studio too

Jun 11, 2018 - 6:02 AM

Undead Labs, Playground Games, Compulsion Games, and Ninja Theory will be joining Microsoft's roster of first-party studios

NEW FIRST-PARTY STUDIOS. Microsoft announces Ninja Theory as a new first-party studio for the company. Screenshot from livestream

'The Division 2' is heading to Washington, D.C.

Jun 11, 2018 - 5:48 AM

'The Division 2' is coming out on March 15, 2019

THE DIVISION 2. The Division 2 arrives in March 2019. Screenshot from YouTube video.

'Forza Horizon 4' is coming on October 2

Jun 11, 2018 - 5:03 AM

'Forza Horizon 4' will be set in Britain, and will come with open world features and dynamic seasons

FORZA HORIZON 4. Screen shot from livestream.

20 games we’re excited to see at E3 2018

Jun 10, 2018 - 8:59 PM

E3 is here and we’re listing the 20 titles we’re most excited to see at the premiere gaming event of the year

Valve to ‘allow everything’ on Steam, as long as it’s not illegal

Jun 07, 2018 - 2:41 PM

Instead of it being the curator of content, it will simply open up Steam to all those who wish to sell their games. It will also augment its filtering features to make it easier for people to find games they want to buy

Blizzard working on 'unannounced Diablo project'

Jun 06, 2018 - 4:24 PM

Job postings indicate that Blizzard Entertainment is looking for a Diablo dungeon artist and environment artist, among other positions

WATCH: New Fallout game, 'Fallout 76,' teaser trailer

May 31, 2018 - 12:06 PM

While details are scant, the trailer gives plenty for prospective vault dwellers to speculate on

FALLOUT 76. What kind of experience will we have as members of Vault 76? Screenshot from YouTube video.

'Dark Souls: Remastered' from an absolute newbie's perspective

May 30, 2018 - 3:13 PM

Even with an improved and smoother frame rate, the genre-defining second entry into the 'Souls' series can still be brutally unforgiving – just the way some gamers like it

REMASTERED. The classic game known for its very high difficulty level returns on the PS4. Image from Bandai Namco


Free 6 months of 100 Mbps internet to be raffled off at streaming event

May 24, 2018 - 11:24 AM

Second prize is 6 months of 50 Mbps internet

SPIRIT BOMB. The gaming event's title is inspired by anime Dragon Ball Z's 'Spirit Bomb' special technique. All photos from Facebook/Rumble Royale


Record-breaking $100 million in store for 'Fortnite' players

May 22, 2018 - 3:29 PM

'Fortnite' breaks the record of 'Dota 2,' which awarded a total of $38 million in 2017

FORTNITE. The game hosts an average of 46 million players per month, leading to huge revenues for its makers. Photo from Epic Games


'Black Ops 4' is going where no 'Call of Duty' game has gone before

May 18, 2018 - 3:22 PM

'Call of Duty: Black Ops 4' is shaping up to be one of the most talked about FPS games of the year

PLAYING BLACK OPS 4. Gamers get a taste of 'Call of Duty: Black Ops 4' at an event in the US. Photo by Nadine Pacis

Valve's game streaming service Steam Link beta launches on Android

May 18, 2018 - 1:40 PM

To stream, a Steam Link controller or another bluetooth-enabled controller, and a WiFi connection on the 5GHz band are required

STEAM LINK. You can now test your setup to see if you can play Steam games on your Android smartphone using Steam Link. Screenshot from Steam Link page on Google Play.

Microsoft announces new Xbox controller for people with disabilities

May 17, 2018 - 5:10 PM

The Xbox Adaptive Controller is designed to accommodate people with a wide range of physical disabilities

Playing Steam games on your phone? It's coming soon!

May 10, 2018 - 3:12 PM

Valve will let gamers play Steam games on Android and iOS in the future

STEAM LINK. Steam is building a way for PC gamers to enjoy their games on mobile devices. Screenshot from Steam Facebook page.

'God of War' becomes PlayStation 4's fastest-selling exclusive

May 04, 2018 - 3:54 PM

God of War sells over 3.1 million units in its first 3 days

DAD AND BOY. Kratos and Atreus make waves in the gaming scene. Image from Sony.

Global games market expected to hit $137.9 billion in 2018 – report

May 01, 2018 - 5:35 PM

Newzoo projects about 2.3 billion gamers worldwide in 2018, with around 51% of all gaming revenues – around $70.3 billion – coming from mobile

POKEMON GO. Local gamers play Pokemon Go at the Beitou Park in Taipei on August 23, 2016. Hundreds of local gamers gathering at a local park to chtch the Pokemon Go. File photo by Sam Yeh/AFP