Remembering Giant Bomb’s Ryan Davis

Ryan Davis' Giant Bomb colleague and friend Jeff Gerstmann; father, Richard Davis; and wife, Anna Davis, talked to Press Democrat Staff Writer Sean Scully about the online celebrity many Sonoma County residents may not have known was in their midst.

By | July 11th, 2013|0 Comments

A little slice of game-related music

Chairlift's "Grand Theft Auto"-inspired tune is a rare standout in the field of songs that take their cues from video games.

By | March 2nd, 2012|0 Comments

Rock for charity Thursday in SF

The second annual Umloud! fundraiser is set for Thursday night in San Francisco. If you're a "Rock Band" nut, or just like to see other people pretending to be rock stars, it's a great way to spend an evening. And you're likely to walk away with some cool, gaming-related swag to boot. (Update: Corrected and clarified raffle rules)

By | December 8th, 2010|0 Comments

Can episodic gaming rope in more players?

By breaking up games like Remedy Entertainment's "Alan Wake" into smaller, lower-priced episodes, video game publishers might succeed in roping in more players who don't have time to play a 20-hour game in one swoop.

By | August 12th, 2010|0 Comments

Think you’re good at Wii?

Nintendo is running a nationwide, team-based competition to see who the country's best Wii players are. If you're on the North Coast, your best bet is to form a team and get yourself to Six Flags in Vallejo. Top teams will compete in a national event in Los Angeles in September.

By | July 30th, 2010|2 Comments

Sorting out the Supreme Court case

While the rationale of those behind California's violent games law can come across to video gamers as out-of-touch nannyism, the games industry is also guilty of being unreasonable.

By | April 27th, 2010|1 Comment

Does ‘Mass Effect 2’ punt on homosexuality?

Did BioWare shy away from gay relationships in "Mass Effect 2" because of commercial pressures, or was it simply an issue of having enough time or space on the disc? Regardless of the situation, gay gamers, or players who like to role-play as gay characters, deserve a more nuanced approach to sexuality in their video games.

By | April 7th, 2010|0 Comments

Q&A with Santa Rosa game designer Brian Lee

If you're a regular Press Democrat or Pressdemocrat.com reader, you may have seen Clark Mason's recent article about Brian Lee, a Cardinal Newman graduate whose team of college-student video game designers recently split a $100,000 prize for creating the best nonprofessional game for the inaugural Indie Game Challenge. While Clark [...]

By | March 10th, 2010|0 Comments

Have Madden officiate your wedding

Joystiq ran a post Thursday about a company called Phonetic Arts that's striving for the holy grail of sports video games: voice commentary that doesn't endlessly repeat itself. If you've ever gotten into a sports video game, you know what I'm talking about. Play-by-play announcers can only record so many [...]

By | February 5th, 2010|0 Comments

Charity game on Xbox Live

If you like games and also like helping children, a new gaming startup that donates the bulk of its profits to charity has just released its first game, “Chime,” on the Xbox Live Arcade. “Chime,” which retails for 400 Microsoft Points, or $5, is a music-themed puzzle game, in the [...]

By | February 3rd, 2010|2 Comments