On the 20th anniversary of Duke Nukem 3D's release, Will Perkins reminisces about his first encounter with the game and Duke's problematic legacy.
Eric explains why Valve's trio of new announcements - Steam Machines, Steam OS and the Steam Controller - might not live up to expectations of reinventing the video game console landscape.
Benjamin Rivers may have released his hit horror adventure game Home last year, but the work has been far from over for this Toronto-based indie developer.
Our uncut 24-minute interview with DayZ creator and Gamercamp keynote speaker Dean Hall. We discuss the origins of the wildly popular zombie mod, the standalone version set to launch later this year, his first and only player kill, the trouble with the game industry, and more.
With Gamercamp 2012 now officially almost half over, the Dork Shelf team reports on day one of the Toronto-based video game culture festival. Zack Kotzer, Jonathan Ore, Eric Weiss, and Wesley Fok round up today's busy schedule.
The genius of DayZ is in showing how humans become beasts themselves in their pursuit of survival.
Barely a week has passed and I don’t even remember all the games I just bought. The Steam Summer Sale, the digital download service's most momentous sale where PC games are discounted to massive, nay, ridiculous margins, has come and gone, and gamers could neither contain their excitement nor their wallets. As my email inbox floods with successive “Thank you for your purchase” messages, it becomes increasingly clear that this shit is getting ridiculous.
Part of what makes me so inclined to try games out is the potential for reward. Nothing warms my nerd heart more than seeing my plans for a game play out with stunning efficiency, and that's something Robot Entertainment has done with their Orcs Must Die! series.
In South Korea, Starcraft players have attained levels of prestige the equivalent of North American sports stars, including six-figure incomes, hordes or fans and recognition on the street. Real-time strategy has become a sport unto itself: a digital chess match that requires intense clicks-per-second and incredible observational skills. Tournament after tournament presents players going head-to-head – for cash. The prestige in North America is nonexistent by comparison, the money less and the fanbase not ready to making gaming more than a casual pastime. The North American Star League is trying to change that.
The first trailer featuring in-game footage of the anticipated Elder Scrolls sequel, Skyrim, has arrived. Elder Scrolls V is Bethesda's long awaited follow-up to the excellent Oblivion, a game that was praised at the time for its state of the art visuals. Skyrim seems to be following in its predecessors footsteps, the fantasy role-playing game's visuals look second to none.
Meanwhile, in the world of Starcraft, recent elections to replace Emperor Arcturus Mengsk have already yielded some pretty strange promises from the campaign trail. Both candidates are now staggering as interstellar populaces search for a third party candidate who can better take care of them in a galaxy almost assuredly bent on their gruesome deaths. Collected below are some of the ideas being thrown around by the candidates, and while some remain very popular, all are most definitely absurd.
Be warned: acquiring a copy of Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty may cause your friends to giggle with excitement, bombard you with questions, and find reasons to come over before letting slip a diffident, “Oh, is that the Starcraft II?” This could be because it has been over ten years since the release of the […]
Streetcar riders looked on with puzzlement late last night, as they passed by several hundred people lined up in front of the Bay and Dundas Best Buy store. Was there an iPad going on sale that they had not yet heard about? The occasion was the midnight launch of Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty. The […]
Our friend Joel over at local video game site Controller Punch! posted a list of the top 10 reasons the original Quake game ruled. He sold me with the idea that Jesus would be a skilled Quake player. 6. General use of rusty nails as weapons. We’ve got disturbing games out there now like Manhunt […]