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Sniper Elite 3: Charlie Brooker to cameo between the crosshairs

Anyone aggrieved by the sometime Guardian columnist, rejoice he will appear as a target in Sniper Elite 3He may have keyboard warriors taking him down in the comments section of his columns, but Charlie Brooker now has a new army of aggressors to face: the players of forthcoming video game Sniper Elite 3.Brooker will appear as a character in the latest instalment of the world war two shootin

Call of Duty and the explosive rise of pro-gaming: 'This isn't a niche movement any more' video

In March, the Call of Duty World Championships brought together 32 teams from around the world to compete for a prize pot of $1m all streamed to an ever-growing global audience of fanatical spectators. Here we meet the players, sponsors, coaches, parents and pundits determined to bring e-sports into the mainstream Read Keith Stuart on Call of Duty v the planet Continue reading...

Ethical gaming: can video games be a force for good?

The online Games for Change Festival is linking with the Tribeca Film Festival to promote peace and creativityA decade ago Asi Burak developed a video game designed to encourage opposing parties in the Israel-Palestine dispute over land to better understand even empathise with each other's point of view. That conflict may be no closer to a resolution, but the concept that interactive games can

Kinect Sports Rivals review going through the motions

Inconsistent Kinect controls dampen the fun once again in this latest attempt to compete with the masterful Wii SportsThe image has become an archetype of modern video-game marketing. A grinning, pan-generational family, arms flailing as they enjoy the latest motion-control game in their large, well-lit living space. Its an easy cliche to notice, but back when Wii Sports enchanted the masses

Call of Duty World Championship 2014: how online gaming is becoming a spectator sport

Call of Duty players will compete in the US this weekend for a prize pool of $1m. Other games offer even more and can draw in more than 30m viewers. Are online games tournaments on their way to becoming arena-filling sports events?The stands are empty; the pitch, still sodden and scarred from recent international rugby union clashes, is unused. Twickenham stadium in south London has hosted many

How to get into the games industry an insiders' guide

From bedroom coders to 200-strong teams with multimillion-dollar budgets there is a vast array of opportunities in the video game industry. We ask 15 insiders about the best ways inAt this years Bafta video game awards, one of the most telling moments was when Dr Who producer Steven Moffat took to the stage and declared [Games] are going to own the future. I am here chiefly to crawl to my new

Skylanders Trap Team the billion dollar series gets a new generation

Activision has announced this year's instalment in its hugely successful Skylanders series which mixes video games and action figures to enticing effectThe business idea was perfect, really. Mix a child-friendly fantasy game based in a magical kingdom with a line of action figures that could be placed on a 'portal' to interact with the on-screen action. Then stand back and watch the money rol

Chatterbox: Wednesday

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20 best Android apps this week

The latest apps and games: Solar Walk, Google Camera, Baldur's Gate, Frontback, Disco Zoo and moreIt's time for our weekly roundup of the best new Android apps and games to have emerged on the Google Play store.This week's selection includes helpful email tools, ravenous zombies, cleaner bookings, fitness apps, Family Guy and digital books for kids, among others. Continue reading...

20 best iPhone and iPad apps this week

The latest iOS apps and games: Economist Radio, HarperCollins BookSpace, Breeze, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft and moreIt's time for our weekly roundup of the best new iPhone and iPad apps and games to have emerged on Apple's App Store.This week's selection includes pregnancy tracking, vintage newspaper clippings, motorcycle racing, Family Guy, wind-up knights and Embarrassing Bodies. C

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Nintendo Game Boy 25 facts for its 25th anniversary

It sold almost 120m units, turned Tetris into a phenomenon and re-invented the concept of handheld gaming. Here are 25 facts about Nintendo's miniature miracleThe screen was tiny, the graphics limited to shades of gray on a dull green background, but the Nintendo Game Boy was a revolution when it launched in Japan 25 years ago today. The original version may look hopelessly chunky now, but ba

Weapons company among Queen's award winners

MBDA obtains innovation award while 3D animation games designer and food group also among winnersA weapons company that has developed an air-launched missile suitable for firing in urban environments, a food group which has encouraged the consumption of beetroot and a 3D animation games designer are among the diverse range of businesses to receive a Queen's Award for Enterprise on Monday.Mor

Beyond the shoot-em-up: how gaming got killer stories

Everyone knows they are the best place to shoot up zombies, but can video games ever overtake cinema and literature for storytelling? Simon Parkin reports on the next chapter for gamingIn Invasion of the Space Invaders, Martin Amis's 1982 treatise on the emergent video game medium, the British author wrote: "The video game tells a story. The better you get, the longer the story lasts. And we al

Lego the Hobbit by Traveller's Tales review

Middle Earth gets another Lego makeover, this time based on the first two films in Peter Jackson's trilogyDeveloper Traveller's Tales appears to be on a quest to recreate the entirety of popular culture in primary-coloured plastic block form. Undergoing the Lego makeover this time are the first two films in Peter Jackson's three-part adaptation of _The Hobbit__, _the most light-hearted and come

Nintendo Pocket Football Club review

This stripped-down take on a popular genre dispenses with team talks, press briefings and transfer battlesFootball management Sims are typically hard, complicated and visually unappealing games, so of course, Nintendo's version is none of the above. It is a stripped-down title that has all the addictiveness of a Sim without the density. There are limited tactical options, from picking positions

Trials Fusion by RedLynx review

More from RedLynx's brilliant motocross trials, with rewards for players who tackle home-made levels_Trials Fusion_ developers RedLynx, it seems, are eager to have a good, long break before coding a follow-up if one of the most intriguing elements of their new title lives up to its promise. As with previous entrants in the popular series, _Fusion_ is a game of dexterous motocross trials. Simple

This week's games news

Crackathon | 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil | Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm RebornRob Ford, the crack-smoking, drink-driving mayor of Toronto, has inspired a web game that's unlikely to be endorsed by his re-election campaign. In Crackathon, you hop a corpulent cartoon Ford through crack pipes and marijuana leaves positioned on patriotic maple leaf platforms, while avoiding policemen and paparazzi as

This week's new games

Monument Valley | Trials Fusion | FTLPart game, part mesmerising geometric artwork, Monument Valley is a journey through impossible, physics-defying, Escher-style buildings towards heroine Ida's mysterious destiny. Made by eight-person outfit Ustwo, Monument Valley has been a hit on the Apple store. It works by rotating and sliding sections of its architecture until you guide Ida to each level'

Monument Valley: impossible architecture game builds success

Inspired by art and film as much as games, ustwos visual puzzler for iPhone and iPad is finding fans around the worldMonument Valley is a beautiful thing: an architectural puzzle game for iPhone and iPad where you twist and drag bits of geometrically-impossible monuments to guide a princess named Ida through its eerie world.Released earlier in April, the game has won critical acclaim from

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Kickstarter's biggest hits - why crowdfunding now sets the trends

Artists, filmmakers and technologists can bypass the moneymen to raise millions for their projects, from Spike Lee and Ouya to Veronica Mars and Broken AgeEarlier this week, musician Neil Young finished raising the third biggest amount ever on crowdfunding website Kickstarter. His Pono music player and downloads store attracted $6.2m of pledges, with plans to launch both later this year.Po

Sony struggles to meet demand as PS4 sales surpass 7m

The Japanese electronics firm leads Microsoft in next-generation console war despite restricted supplySony has sold 7m PlayStation 4s worldwide since its launch in November 2013, as the Japanese electronics company continues to struggle to meet the huge demand for the new console.The PS4 is ahead of Microsofts Xbox One in sales, which sold 3m units by the end of 2013 but recently got a boo

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Kieron Gillen on a decade of New Games Journalism audio

The influential games critic and comics author looks back over a decade of writing on gaming Continue reading...

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20 best iPhone and iPad apps and games this week

One Born Every Minute, Trials Frontier, British Newspaper Archive, Family Guy, Carousel, Sequence by Incident and moreIt's time for our weekly roundup of the best new iPhone and iPad apps and games to have emerged on Apple's App Store.This week's selection includes pregnancy tracking, vintage newspaper clippings, motorcycle racing, Family Guy, wind-up knights and Embarrassing Bodies. Cont

20 best Android apps and games this week

Mailbox, Carousel, The Walking Dead, Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff, TaskRabbit, Impossible Road, FarFaria and moreIt's time for our weekly roundup of the best new Android apps and games to have emerged on the Google Play store.This week's selection includes helpful email tools, ravenous zombies, cleaner bookings, fitness apps, Family Guy and digital books for kids, among others. Continu

Chatterbox: Monday

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