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Manuel Noriega sues Activision over Call of Duty video game character

The former dictator is seeking lost profits and damages over the game Call of Duty: Black Ops II, which featured his likenessManuel Noriega, the former military dictator of Panama, is suing games publisher Activision over its depiction of him in Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Released in 2012, the military shoot-em-up takes place throughout 1980s Latin America and features scenes in which Nor

Forza Horizon 2 offroad in Lamborghinis and racing steam trains

The second title in Microsoft's Forza offshoot series moves the action to southern Europe and brings in some interesting new mechanicsA picturesque village in Provence. Fields stretch out as far as the eye can see. The sun glints among ancient farm buildings. Nothing stirs. And then suddenly, amid a cloud of dust and the whine of super-charged, engines a Lamborghini Huracán shoots out of a

Rise of the silver gamers: you don't have to be young to play video games

Older people say that game-playing on Kindles, iPads and Wii's is having a positive impact on their mental wellbeingOctogenarian Doris Oram's evening routine is unlikely to raise many eyebrows. She knits, watches television, and chats with friends in the care home where she is recovering from surgery. But unlike many of her peers, the 84-year-old's favourite bedtime ritual is not a cup of cocoa

The five things you need to know to be better at video games

If you don't play video games, being asked to join in with friends or family members can be intimidating so here are five general rules that may help you outAll game designers are engineers because all games are about systems, I was once told by Jonathan Smith, the producer of the hugely successful Lego games. Whatever you're playing, whether it's an intricate hardcore fantasy adventure or a

Sunset Overdrive hands-on fun trumps realism

After the gloomy Resistance trilogy, developer Insomniac has imagined a very different apocalypse with this fluorescent sensory attackWhile Insomniac Games was working on its bleak alien-invasion trilogy, Resistance, the studio realised something weird about the global apocalypse. It sort of seemed like fun. Well, obviously not that part about millions of people dying, but the fantasy of b

Evil Within hands-on with the return of survival horror

The creator of Resident Evil is back with, well, a game that looks a lot like Resident Evil. But that's not necessarily a bad thingIt may be possible to argue, you know, just theoretically, that the world doesn't need another zombie franchise. There have been a few recently, you may have noticed. Nevertheless, The Evil Within, a game that has a variety of monsters including the undead, is

Bootup: snipers ruining cross-play, Segway seats, iPhone 6, Argos tablets

Plus, toothless anti-piracy, Cortana, digital butlers, Putin emailing Kickstarters and Star Citizen's millionsA quick burst of 9 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology teamWest Games' recently stated in a campaign update that Russian president Vladimir Putin allegedly emailed the game studio about access to the game's alpha.The sum of all these contextual apps is, for n

Chatterbox: Tuesday

The place to talk about games and other things that matterIt's Tuesday. Continue reading...

Atari announces LGBT-themed Pridefest game

The legendary video game label has announced a new 'social sim' based around annual Pride festivalsIt's the opportunity frustrated parade organisers have been waiting for: games publisher Atari has announced Pridefest, a "social sim" which invites players to create their own pride event in a city of their choosing. In development for smartphones and tablets, the game involves designing par

Batman calls for new friends to create 'motion book' comics

The new Madefire motion book platform creates animated comic books within a browser, but is now open to anyone who wants to create a web-based comicThe technology that was used to create an online "motion book" of the classic DC comic Batman: Arkham Origins has been opened up to the public, allowing anyone to create and publish their own animated comic using a free, web-based tool.The comi

Chatterbox: Monday

The place to talk about games and other things that matterOops, sorry, I am in the States and TOTALLY forgot about Chatterbox. It's okay, I've set it up for tomorrow as well, so everything is under control, situation normal. We're fine. We're all fine here now, thank you. How are you?*sound of laser blast* Continue reading...

20 best iPhone and iPad apps this week

Glow Nurture,, Guardians of the Galaxy, Swords & Poker Adventures, Overcast, Shakespeare300 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.As ever, prices are correct at the time of writing, but may have changed by the time you read this. (Free + IAP) means in-app purchases are used within the app. Con

Gang Beasts probably the funniest fighting game ever made

Developed by three brothers obsessed with 1980s arcade games, Gang Beasts is a beat-'em-up that mixes animal suits and physics to ridiculous effectThere are four animals fighting on screen except they're not really animals; they look like drunk men in animal costumes. A drunk man dressed as a cat has a drunk man dressed as a dinosaur pinned down on a factory platform, just feet above a pie

20 best Android apps and games this week

Clarisketch, Roblox, Wiper, Magic 2015, Guardians of the Galaxy: TUW, Tastemade, Wear Camera Remote and moreIt's time for our weekly roundup of the best new Android apps and games to have emerged on the Google Play store.As ever, prices are correct at the time of writing, but may have changed by the time you read this. (Free + IAP) means in-app purchases are used within the app. Continue

The Last of Us comes to PS4  but don't call it a remake

The remastered edition of last year's multi-award-winning adventure offers enhanced graphics and a complete package for the first timeWith the upcoming release of The Last of Us: Remastered, one of the biggest games of 2013 is coming to the PS4 in a new definitive edition.Out in the UK on July 30, the new edition includes the original game, which follows the journey of Joel and Ellie, as t

Farming Simulator 14 review one for virtual mucking out devotees

PS Vita, Focus Interactive, cert: 3There has been something of a boom in simulating the seemingly mundane over recent years. Truck driving proved popular, and even the needs of ski lift enthusiasts have been catered for. There have been successful parodies too, such as_Surgeon Simulator_, but until now they've been largely limited to PC and Mac._Farming Simulator 14_ brings what one might he

Blue Estate review gleeful pulp noir with genuine laughs

PS4, Xbox One, Focus Home Interactive, cert: 16Based on the series of comic books by Viktor Kalvachev, Kosta Yanev and assorted artists, Blue Estate is a throwback to the old on-rails lightgun games that were once ubiquitous in arcades. Using the PS4 controller's motion sensors or the Xbox One's Kinect, your pad becomes the gun here, and both allow remarkably precise aiming. You'll have to re-c

Valiant Hearts: The Great War review an emotional gutpunch

PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC, Ubisoft, cert: 12"Edutainment": a word that makes a generation shudder, haunted by memories of shoddy classroom software trying to "gamify" learning. If only history classrooms had _Valiant Hearts_, which successfully brings the horror of the first world war home but remains eminently gripping. Despite its animated approach, the game plucks at the heartstrings.

Fluid SE review demanding course-racer made for 'phablets'

This new app works far better on the large screens of phone/tablet hybridsThe trend for phablets (phone/tablet hybrids with big screens) is helping titles that would otherwise struggle in the limited environs of a mobile to flourish.Not only do the beautiful, sparse visuals of Fluid SE (iOS/Android/Windows, £1.49, radiangames) take full advantage of a large HD device, such as Nokia's Lumia 1

Summer mobile gaming special

If you thought mobile gaming was all about Candy Crush, think again as Nick Gillett leads you through a world of piracy, Star Wars and disco zoos Continue reading...

Xbox Entertainment Studio shuts, but Halo and Quantum Break are safe

As part of an exhaustive cost-cutting exercise, Microsoft is closing its studio dedicated to original TV programming for the Xbox consoleMicrosoft has shut its Xbox Entertainment Studio, the division set up in February 2013 to create original televisual content for Xbox One and other platforms. The corporation is in the process of a major cost-cutting plan, which will cut 18,000 jobs across t

Hideo Kojima: 'Metal Gear questions US dominance of the world'

The maker of the legendary series on the pressures of developing a blockbuster and how his games take aim at the USHideo Kojima is sitting in a bunker somewhere in the belly of Los Angeles Convention Centres booming South Hall. It is a bunker in the literal sense: the space is dressed as a command room, with a metallic studded table and khaki drapes dangling from its cardboard walls. It's a r

Boot up: ice cream, Imgur, DDoS, climate change and the EU

Plus 3D Google Maps, facial recognition software for the police, and farting DLCA quick burst of 8 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology teamThe largest reported attack in the second quarter was an NTP reflection attack at 154.69Gbps, launched against a Spanish target. NTP reflection attacks use address spoofing to overwhelm a target with requests. Such attacks while stil

Chatterbox: Friday

The place to talk about games and other things that matterIt's Friday. Continue reading...

Kim Kardashian probably won't make $85m from her mobile game this year

Predictions that celebrity could triple her annual income from Hollywood game are a bit quick off the markKim Kardashian's income in 2013 was $28m according to Forbes, which is a pretty startling statistic. But not as startling as claims this week that the reality TV star could earn $85m in 2014 from her official mobile game alone.Celebrity news website TMZ is the source for the latter num

In a galaxy not so far away, someone is remaking Star Wars as a Minecraft film

Movie will stretch to 110 minutes by the time it is released in 2015, although viewers will have to provide their own soundtrackFans must wait until late 2015 to see the new Star Wars film, Episode VII, but one has been filling their time by remaking the original 1977 movie, using Minecraft.The creator of Minecraft Star Wars A New Hope recently released a new trailer (above) for their film

Xbox One sales double in US after Kinect ditched

Microsoft's Xbox console sales have more than doubled since the cheaper Kinect-free bundle was introduced in June Sales of the Xbox One games console have more than doubled in the US since the cheaper Kinect-free bundle was introduced, Microsoft has claimed. The machine, which was launched last November, originally came packaged with the Kinect motion-control device, at the price of $499.

Chatterbox: Thursday

The place to talk about games and other things that matterIt's Thursday. Continue reading...

Why are AFL video games so consistently underwhelming?

Disappointing AFL video games are one of lifes certainties, but is a lack of investment in their development the only problem?There is a uniquely bittersweet feeling in watching EA Sports unveil its latest instalment of the Fifa series. As a football fan, post-September 26th Im guaranteed to waste away hours in this fictional universe of handcrafted sporting entertainment. On the other han

Marvel's female Thor: could games characters change gender too?

Marvel has announced that the part of Thor will be played by a woman in the forthcoming comic book series. Could games publishers try the same tactic?Marvel has announced that the next character to become Thor, after taking up the hammer of Mjölnir and proving worthy of its power, will be a woman. The as-yet unidentified protagonist will star in a new comic series, written by Jason Aaron with

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