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Just call it ‘Gears of Warcraft’

Bethesda Softworks took the wraps off of its newest third-party title. No, not “Fallout: New Vegas,” but a game from inXile Entertainment called “Hunted: The Demon’s Forge.” The two-player co-operative dungeon crawler uses Epic’s Unreal 3 game engine and looks so much like a fantasy version of “Gears of War” that I’m content to call it “Gears of Warcraft.”… Read More »

Fixing Spike’s Video Game Awards

It’s hard to debate the results of Spike TV’s annual Video Game Awards show when we’ve had so little time to play the games that won. Switching up the show’s air date is just one of my ideas for making the show more relevant to gamers.… Read More »

Gaying up Xbox Live, PlayStation Network

Anecdotal evidence that some kids might not want to play the newest “Grand Theft Auto” episode, “The Ballad of Gay Tony,” because the word “gay” appears in its title offers a glimpse at how we might keep hate-spewing kids from ruining the online games we love.… Read More »

Is winter the new fall?

With so many games being delayed until after Christmas, at least one gaming executive is thinking the traditionally slow months of January, February and March are looking a little crowded.… Read More »

What to play this weekend (Sept. 4-7)

Hopefully this Labor Day weekend finds you knocking back some cold beverages and enjoying delicious barbecue with family or friends. If you’re like me, though, and not far from home, there’s a little time for gaming, including the newest title in the gathering-friendly “Guitar Hero” franchise.… Read More »

What to play this weekend, catch up edition (Aug. 7-9)

An extra long version of What to Play. Thanks to my recent computer woes and vacation, this week’s installment features the highlights from the last three weeks.… Read More »

New games for week of Nov. 1

The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 go head-to-head this week with a pair of blockbuster, M-rated exclusives. “Gears of War 2,” the follow-up to the 360′s first megahit, features burly, hypermasculine dudes battling hordes of aliens that emerge from underground on a distant, Earth-like world. In a lot of ways, the feeling of letdown some experienced with “Halo 3″ resulted from the excellence of the first “Gears.” While I loved “Gears’” single-player and co-op play, I never got into the… Read More »