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What to play this weekend (June 4-6)

This week’s high-profile new releases, “Alpha Protocol” and “Backbreaker,” have been getting mixed reviews, so we’re gonna switch things up a little and go with a great game that just got a price drop, two games that got downloadable content and a couple of downloadable games.… Read More »

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 look at the negotiated split between Bungie Studios, developer of the Xbox 360’s “Halo” games, and Microsoft, back in 2007. Microsoft bought Bungie, previously a developer of Mac games, back… Read More »

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.”… Read More »

Online play for original Xbox to end April 15

Late last week, Microsoft took a step anyone who follows Xbox Live has known would come eventually. The company announced that on April 15, it will end support for online play of original Xbox titles. While it would seem that Microsoft, a company with pretty deep pockets, should be able to afford to keep the old black box online indefinitely, the company acknowledged back in August that the original Xbox was the reason friends lists on the Xbox 360 are… Read More »

Coulda been a contender

Ahead of my Game of the Year announcement later Thursday and Friday’s list of runners-up, here’s a look at some games that might have made the cut, if only I’d found time to play them.… Read More »

Getting the most out of your gift cards

Soon, it’ll be Christmas morning, or less than a week after the end of Hanukkah, and you’ll have a stack of gift cards. Rather than burning a huge percentage of your haul on a $50 or $60 game like “New Super Mario Bros. Wii” or “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2,” you might want to make your gift card last. Most of us are scrimping and saving where we can, and why buy one or two brand new, blockbuster games… Read More »