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More compilations I’d like to see

The video game industry just isn’t as good as the motion picture or music industries at preserving its classics. Here are a few franchises I’d like to see get the same deluxe reissue treatment that Sony recently gave its “God of War” and “Sly Cooper” games.… Read More »

What to play this weekend (April 9-11)

With a paucity of new releases this week, it’s a great time to go back and play those old Xbox games, since Microsoft is ending online support for “Halo 2,” Crimson Skies” and a host of older games on Thursday. Plus, the first two “Borderlands” add-ons show up on a retail disc, and “Geometry Wars 2″ is on sale.… 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 »

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 »