video games

Watch TechCrunch Play Bayonetta 2

In about an hour, TechCrunch is officially launching our new Twitch channel by streaming Bayonetta 2, the somewhat controversial action game that's coming exclusively to Nintendo's Wii U a week from t

Nintendo Announces The “New Nintendo 3DS”

First released in 2011, the Nintendo 3DS has been re-released both as the bigger 3DS XL and as the the cheaper, kid-friendly 2DS. In today's "Nintendo Direct" video update, Nintendo announced the "New

Nintendo’s Mario Kart DLC Is The Best (And Also The Worst)

Nintendo has seen better times. Back in June, the company announced a quarterly loss despite tripling sales of its flagship console, the Wii U. The numbers were bad, but look even worse when looking b

Leap Motion Launches VR Headset Mount For Its Hand-Tracking Controller

Today Leap Motion is launching a mount for its PC peripheral that lets you track your hands in virtual reality applications by attaching it to the front of the Oculus Rift or other headsets. This moun

Sony Doesn’t Know Why The PS4 Is Doing Well

Earlier this month, Sony announced that it has already sold 10 million units of its PlayStation 4 game console since its launch last November, a record-setting figure for the company's hardware. In an

Fates Forever Is League Of Legends Lite For Your iPad

Released earlier this month, TechCrunch Disrupt alum Hammer & Chisel's Fates Forever is a well-executed attempt to bring the MOBA to tablets. It doesn't bring every feature in League of Legends to

Amazon’s Bet On Exclusive Games To Make Its Fire Gadgets More Enticing

Amazon's Fire Phone is out today, and while it's got some interesting features that set it apart from your run-of-the-mill Android phone, it doesn't seem like it will appeal to those who aren't voraci

Ubisoft Shows That The Video Game Industry Needs To Work On Its Priorities

The video game industry, like the tech industry at large, has a poor history of welcoming women into its culture. That's not exactly an original sentiment, but it's something that can't be said too of

With Infamous: Second Son, Sony Has A Console Selling Exclusive

The console wars are in full swing, and Microsoft gave gamers a lot to get excited about with the launch of Titanfall last month. Sony fired back with its own high-profile console exclusive launch las

What Games Are: Why All The Clones?

Why are there so many game companies that clone or copy one another? A lot of it has to do with risk aversion, genre thinking and a lack of patience or process. It also tends to be a shortcut, but one

What Games Are: A Farewell To Games Stores

They still hang on in there selling used games and new releases, but the long-predicted death of the video game store has not wavered. It's happening inch by inch, but may speed up considerably with t

U.S. To Russia: We Won’t Kill Or Torture Snowden

The U.S. has pledged <a target="_blank" href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/27/world/europe/edward-snowden.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytimes">not to seek the death penalty</a> for NSA-

What Games Are: Reinventing The Games Console Half Way Won’t Work

You've got to feel bad for Microsoft. After years spent trying to find ways to expand its Xbox idea, it's now having to revert some of them and go back to being a regular old games console. The compan

Amazon Video Games Store Xbox One And PlayStation 4 Pre-Orders Top 2,500 Per Minute Following E3

Amazon has seen a significant amount of interest in upcoming next-generation consoles, with pre-orders for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 skyrocketing in the wake of E3 and their initial availability

All Games Are (In A Sense) Violent

In the wake of a mass shooting or terrorist attack the question of video game violence is raised. Games are often portrayed as little more than drug-addiction meets murder-simulator, and we game maker

The Gameplay Is The Gameplay. Always.

Most of the talk around games tends to focus on climate. It's about finding the right customers, funding, platform, business model, partnerships, metric and discovery solutions, technology, route to m

GameStop Launching 80 Holiday Pop-Up Store Locations For Kids (And Kids At Heart)

Gamestop today announced plans to launch 80 new holiday concept stores called GameStop Kids across the U.S., offering kid-friendly shopping experiences. The storefronts will sell video games, but focu

Is Your Game Crowd-Ready?

Several people have contacted me and asked whether such-and-such a game would work with crowdfunding, or whole sectors. Could educational games benefit from crowdfunding, for example. Or what about ga

The San Francisco Games Revolution Is Over

The Bay Area is the epicentre of a massive disruption which shook the games industry to its foundation. It erupted through what we call social and mobile games, drew huge audiences and changed the fun

We Have All Become Parallel Gamers

If you really want to become a hated figure in GamerVille, predict the doom of single player games. This is territory that Frank Gibeau from Electronic Arts inadvertently strayed into this week when h
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