ESA Reports Rising Game Popularity

Forty-nine percent of all American homes have a video game console according to new research released today at E3 2012 by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), the trade association that represents the U.S. video game industry. Matching this historically high install base, more Americans than ever are playing video games on smartphones, tablets and handheld devices and changing the way consumers enjoy computer and video games. More than 30 percent said they play games on their smartphones, compared to 20 percent last year. One quarter of gamers said they play games on wireless devices, up from 13 percent in 2011. … Continue reading ESA Reports Rising Game Popularity

E3 Expo: Dishonored Movie

Dishonored casts you as a supernatural assassin driven by revenge. You are Corvo, the once-trusted bodyguard of the beloved Empress. Framed for her murder, you become an infamous assassin, known only by the disturbing mask that has become your calling card. In a time of uncertainty, when the city is besieged by plague and ruled by a corrupt government armed with strange technologies, dark forces bestow supernatural abilities upon you. http://www.youtube.com/watch/?v=beSPh579_y8 Publishers: Bethesda Softworks Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Events: E3 Expo 2012

E3 Expo: Paradox To Stream Game Content To TwitchTV

TwitchTV, the world’s leading video game broadcasting network, today announced at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) that Paradox Interactive will be the first publisher to enable players to broadcast live gameplay directly from their games to the TwitchTV community. The Showdown Effect is their inaugural title featuring this functionality in the form of a direct link from the game’s dashboard to TwitchTV’s broadcasting platform. Given the proliferation of marquee brands streaming content on TwitchTV, the trend toward making the process more accessible for their fans was a logical next step. ‘We’ve seen explosive growth in the live broadcasting industry which … Continue reading E3 Expo: Paradox To Stream Game Content To TwitchTV

E3 Expo: LOTRO Sets September For Rohan Expansion

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Turbine announced today The Lord of the Rings Online: Riders of Rohan, the next expansion to the award-winning free-to-play massively multiplayer online roleplaying game (MMORPG), will launch on September 5, 2012. Players can pre-purchase Riders of Rohan and gain special benefits starting today by visiting http://rohan.lotro.com. ‘Riders of Rohan is our biggest expansion yet, and raises the bar technically and artistically much like Mines of Moria did in 2008. We’re introducing the largest area we’ve ever built and a combat system unlike anything that has been built before in MMOs,’ said Kate Paiz, Executive Producer … Continue reading E3 Expo: LOTRO Sets September For Rohan Expansion

E3 Expo: Painkiller Getting A Sequel

The legendary Painkiller series experiences its biggest leap ever with Nordic Games’ upcoming installment: Painkiller Hell & Damnation. Painkiller Hell & Damnation is under development by The Farm 51, an experienced Gliwice/Katowice (Poland)-based development studio. Powered by Epic’s world-renowned and highly-respected Unreal Engine 3, Painkiller Hell & Damnation recreates the sensations and hardcore gameplay of the original Painkiller. Released in 2004, Painkiller won high praise and many accolades and fans for its fast and unique gameplay. Keeping true to the old-school FPS ideology, lightning-fast movement enables skillful players to get into the heart of the fast-paced gameplay, topped off with … Continue reading E3 Expo: Painkiller Getting A Sequel

E3 Expo: PowerA Releases Console Tournament Controller

PowerA today announced the unveiling of the precision FUS1ON Tournament Controller at the E3 Expo. Gamers can amplify their skills and rise above the competition with this new tournament-legal controller. PowerA consulted with active tournament gamers to ensure that the FUS1ON controller exceeds the standard of even the most demanding pro gamer. "Professional gamers and gamers who simply want to be the best know that every advantage counts," said John Moore, vice president of product development and marketing for PowerA. "We worked alongside pro gamers from the very beginning of the development process to get real-life insights into design, aesthetics … Continue reading E3 Expo: PowerA Releases Console Tournament Controller

E3 Expo: TERA Added To Gaikai Streaming Service

Gaikai Inc., the innovative cloud gaming service, today announced that En Masse Entertainment’s award-winning massively multiplayer online game, TERA, is now available to stream on tera.enmasse.com/demo and across Gaikai’s cloud streaming network. Using Gaikai, gamers can instantly experience the action combat MMO in a timed demo that requires no downloads or installations. TERA, which launched in North America and Europe on May 1st, is a new breed of massively multiplayer online game, offering the addictive gratification of constant action in a vast, beautifully crafted, fantasy world. The game takes the fight to traditional MMOs with enhanced aiming, dodging, and tactical … Continue reading E3 Expo: TERA Added To Gaikai Streaming Service