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Sony to offer help with credit monitoring

Sony's public apology for the PlayStation Network data breach and service outage included a line suggesting the company will help customers with credit monitoring, a fact that's wrongly taken a back seat to promises of free games in many news outlets covering video games.

By | May 1st, 2011|0 Comments

Curtain closes on Guitar Hero; genre next?

The world's largest video game publisher pulled the plug on "Guitar Hero" on Wednesday. What happened?

By | February 10th, 2011|0 Comments

Facebook game’s cautionary tale

Zynga's abrupt closure of mildly popular Facebook game "Street Racing," and the reactions of players who'd spent real money while playing it, serve as a cautionary tale to folks who spend money on virtual goods and downloadable games.

By | August 4th, 2010|2 Comments

HBO on PS3: Right idea, wrong price model

The new deal to bring HBO content to the PlayStation 3 misses the mark.

By | May 27th, 2010|0 Comments

Santa Rosa Game Crazy liquidating

Movie Gallery, which owns Hollywood Video and Game Crazy, is liquidating all its merchandise. The Game Crazy store on Stony Point Road in Santa Rosa recently began selling new and used games for 20 percent off.

By | May 22nd, 2010|0 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

Say goodbye to paper manuals

Ubisoft is the first major game publisher to ditch paper manuals for its console titles. Expect others to follow suit.

By | April 21st, 2010|5 Comments

Lessons for Activision in Microsoft-Bungie divorce

This week's split between Activision and the president and CEO of "Call of Duty" developer Infinity Ward is shaping up to be a classic rift between creative talent and the people who cut their paychecks are a fact of life. But for an example of a smooth gaming divorce, let's [...]

By | March 4th, 2010|2 Comments

Changes ahead for Call of Duty series

A big shake-up is coming to the “Call of Duty” series – arguably gaming’s most popular franchise – after an apparent falling-out between publisher Activision and the two heads of Infinity Ward, developer of last year’s “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2” and 2007’s “Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.”

By | March 3rd, 2010|0 Comments

‘Dante’s Inferno’ courting controversy?

Are Electronic Arts' public relations missteps for "Dante's Inferno" just that, or an attempt at carefully managing minor controversies to raise awareness of the game before it launches next week?

By | February 4th, 2010|3 Comments