Latest Video Games News and Updates

  • Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Trailer

    A prequel to the mega-hit series, this pivotal installment takes players back to the beginnings of the KINGDOM HEARTS saga, long before Sora was chosen by his Keyblade.

  • Backbreaker Key to Perfect Passing Tutorial

    In the third video in the Backbreaker Training Camp series, 505 Games and NaturalMotion today revealed how players can perfect their passes in the soon-to-be released groundbreaking football video game.

  • Super Mario Galaxy 2 Aussie date

    Run, jump, and fly through a dazzling galaxy of all new stages, bursting with imagination when Super Mario Galaxy 2 for Wii hits stores from 1 July 2010. In 2007, Super Mario Galaxy took the world of video games by storm. Now this first true Mario sequel in years re-energises the franchise with new levels and new power-ups.

    New power-ups include a drill that Mario uses to tunnel through surfaces all the way to the other side of a planet! Plus Mario can eat a boulder mushroom to attain the boulder suit! Mario can then ram into objects and enemies and even becomes a boulder 'bowling ball' as he bowls down pins!

    This time Mario even gets to team up with everyone's favourite character, Yoshi! Yoshi adds new possibilities to the gravity-defying game. On some stages, Mario can find a Yoshi egg, smash it open and hop onto Yoshi's back. Yoshi can use his tongue to swing across chasms or to grab items and shoot them back at enemies.

    Yoshi has an interesting diet; when he eats a Dash Pepper, he gets so hot and frenzied he can run up steep inclines and vertical walls. When he eats a Blimp Fruit, he inflates like a balloon and floats to new heights!

    For players new to the Super Mario Galaxy franchise, Super Mario Galaxy 2 comes packaged with a DVD which provides helpful hints and tips. Included are tips for skilled players as well.

  • MLB Dugout Heroes New Content For 2010

    GamesCampus, has announced exciting events and updates for its popular online baseball game, MLB Dugout Heroes. New features for the game include: Home Run Derby, cash and in-game items, Welcome Back events and various other updates, including:

    Updated Rosters
    MLB Dugout Heroes features updated 2010 rosters for all 30 Major League Baseball Teams. Furthermore, users can also access archived former players from the 1990's. Build the ultimate dynasty using your favorite players from the past along with favorite players from the present.

    New Cash and In-Game Items
    Most of the current cash items in the game have now been converted into in-game items that are available for purchase with NUTs (in-game currency). Top items available will include advice from a base-running coach, a veteran running coach for batters, advice from a pitch analyst, and a Seal Player. Players will have many opportunities to receive NUTs throughout the numerous activities in the game.

    Home Run Derby
    An all-new Home Run Derby contest will determine the best home run hitter in baseball. Players can hone their home run skills in single player mode or compete with up to five opponents!

    "Spring is in the air and that means a brand new baseball season is upon us," said David Chang, EVP of Marketing and Business Development for GamesCampus. "We are celebrating with some major updates to MLB Dugout Heroes and invite returning players and new players alike to come and check out what the game has to offer."

  • Gaming Industry May Lose $3 Billion in Sales

    The gaming industry is set to lose $3 billion in potential revenue along with more than 30 million customers as Americans who play video games continue to age and become disabled, according to a new white paper co-written by The AbleGamers Foundation and 7-128 Software.

    In "Gaming on a Collision Course: Averting significant revenue loss by making games accessible to older Americans," the authors say the topic of accessibility will gain importance within the gaming industry as the typical gamer is now older than ever. In 2008, the average game player age was 35 years old, up from 30 years old in 1995, according to the Entertainment Software Association. Around 25% of the nation's gamers are 50 and older, ESA estimates.

    With the graying of the American gamer the most significant industry trend today, video game makers must include accessibility into their products or risk a collision in the next five years that would result in the significant loss of both sales and customers.

    "This papers clearly demonstrates that the face of the typical gamer is changing and game manufacturers need to adapt or risk alienating what is eventually going to become a significant customer base," says Eleanor Robinson, COO of 7-128 Software and the paper's co-author. "The good news is that by making video games accessible to gamers with disabilities, which includes older gamers, game manufacturers will unlock a lucrative, paying market of consumers for years to come," she adds.

    Robinson, who is also a gamer and in her seventies, will discuss these findings today at Game Accessibility Day, a one-day program sponsored by Games for Health, and hosted by the AbleGamers Foundation, which is being held at the Hyatt Harborside hotel in Boston, Mass, May 25th 2010.

    Ralph Baer, known as the father of video games, wrote the white paper's forward. Baer created the first home gaming console and is considered a pioneer in the gaming space. The paper is includes essential facts on gaming and accessibility from Deloitte Internet Research, the Pew Internet and American Life Project, and the U.S. Census Bureau, among others. It also includes detailed statistics and demographics related to vision, hearing, mobility and cognitive disabilities in America.

    "Many gamers started playing Atari in the '70s and '80s and are now 50 years and older. They may still want to be gamers, but, as they age, they may not be able to because of disability or health conditions. They're essentially being shut out," says Stephanie Walker, a founder of The AbleGamers Foundation and the paper's co-author. "The time for making games accessible is now," she says.

  • Scribble Defense soon at Xbox Live

    Scribbles live a dark and lonely life, with the ever present danger of the void lurking in every pathway. However they are protected by the powerful Scribble Meister using powerful towers to dispatch those who present danger to the Scribbles. Protect your Scribbles by laying down towers that destroy, debuff, and manipulate your enemies. The Scribble Meister is even powerful enough to influence the predestined path the enemies are taking.

    Scribble Defense will soon be released on Xbox Live Indie Games.

    Features:

    • The player can re-position enemy waypoints to their advantage
    • Dynamic waypoints make the game challenging by constantly shifting their position thus changing the path of the enemies
    • Puzzle elements have been infused with the map design, making players think beyond just placing towers by making the playing field more dynamic with pre-placed towers, and interesting tower powers
    • Players are encouraged to move around the battlefield to collect money and power up their towers with their presence
  • Team Chess released by Indie Game

    Team Chess is a spin on the traditional chess game. It's played in Teams (2v2), either locally or on XBOX Live. Captured pieces can be used by ones partner, a popular variation known as "Bughouse" among chess fans.

    Game features LIVE Automatch to seek opponents, a leveling system, and piece SFX. If this sounds like something you would get into, check it out on Live.

    Story: "Many years ago, thousands of chess armies scattered the barren lands. Constant battle ensued. Armies learned to fight in teams to survive. After much bloodshed & troop shortage, leaders offered meaty bores & ale to entice captured units to join. It worked! Captives were trained by allies & sprung back into battle, forever changing the landscape of the chess wars..."

  • Avatar Racedrome for 80 Microsoft Points at Xbox Live

    The first indie racing game to put avatars behind the wheel now available on Xbox Live Marketplace, and users can download and buy it for 80 Microsoft Points.

    From Rendercode Games, Avatar Racedrome features 16 reversible racetracks, adaptive AI competitors, championships, online multiplayer modes, optional autobrakes for an easy learning curve, and the ability to rewind in the race.

    Watch it gameplay video:

  • StreetDance 3D Facebook game announced

    nDreams and Vertigo Films today announce the StreetDance 3D game for Facebook users. StreetDance 3D is an action-packed dance game inspired by the highly anticipated new 3D movie in cinemas from May 21st. The game features motion-captured dance moves (recorded at Pinewood Studios) and music from the film. The game can be played at: apps.facebook.com/streetdance and features some incredible prizes including the chance to be an‘extra’ during the filming of the second StreetDance film.

    Patrick O’Luanaigh, CEO and founder of nDreams said,“We’re delighted to have worked with Vertigo on this project. The StreetDance game makes full use of the Unity3D engine to create a unique Facebook game packed full of great music and stunning dance moves.”

    James Richardson, co-founder of Vertigo and producer of StreetDance 3D, said,“This is a groundbreaking partnership which has allowed us to explore the gaming world, expand the StreetDance brand and, at the same time, offer fans of the film an exciting new game.”