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December game sales rankings: Black Ops nukes competition

As expected, Call of Duty: Black Ops continued its sales dominance during the final month of sales in 2010. Read on to see how other Black Friday blockbusters fared against December's new releases and the rest of 2010's top games in the December year...

Dead Rising 2: Case West

Dead Rising 2: Case Zero was one of 2010's unlikeliest success stories. What many originally perceived to be nothing more than a glorified demo ended up becoming a sales juggernaut that cunningly served as a selling tool for the retail version of Dea...

Back to the Future: It's About Time

When games like Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, GoldenEye 007, and Batman: Arkham Asylum come out to great critical acclaim, I'm almost always hit with a twinge of jealousy.

Super Mario All-Stars

The original Super Mario Bros. came out just over 25 years ago on the Nintendo Entertainment System. While many believe that that game and many of its follow-ups were timeless in their original incarnations, it took Nintendo less than eight years to ...

20% of the US plays social games

The NPD has released the results of a recent study, revealing that 20 percent of the respondents had played a social network-based game at least once during the prior three months. Read on for more results of the study.

Fable III to release alongside controller-tattoo bundle

As per tradition, Microsoft is celebrating the launch of a new iteration of one of its biggest Xbox franchises by introducing a limited edition controller. Unlike some we've seen for other titles, however, this one actually looks cool.

Sony to create a smartphone with PSP Go-like features?

The company's PSP Go hardware iteration may not have won many fans over, but Sony's Ericsson division is reportedly creating a cell phone that will utilize many of the platform's strengths to create a new mobile gaming device that the upcoming iterat...

Activision Blizzard exceeds quarterly earnings expectations

Activision Blizzard reported its financial results for the quarter-year ending on June 30, noting that it has exceeded its earnings expectations, and that online revenues surpassed retail earnings for the first quarter ever. The company also revealed...

Uncharted 2 & BioShock 2 get multiplayer patches

With the bountiful slate of holiday shooters about to be unloaded on the gaming public, two older but still popular games are sprucing up their multiplayer modes to make the most of the brief time remaining before the onslaught. Read on to find out h...

Capcom, Namco Bandai developing Street Fighter-Tekken games

At Comic-Con, Capcom and Namco Bandai announced their next major fighting games, as the former company will be creating Street Figher X Tekken while the latter while be developing Tekken X Street Fighter. In single-universe news, Street Fighter III: ...

Plants vs. Zombies infecting Xbox 360 in September

After spreading from computers to Apple's portable devices, Plants vs. Zombies is shambling to the Xbox 360 this September with new modes and a unique retail configuration. Read on for more details regarding both.

New video game endurance record set

Did you play a lot of games this past weekend? Odds are, a group of six Dutch game enthusiasts have you beat, as the team broke the previously-set 40-hour record by notching over 50 hours with Red Dead Redemption.

Dead Rising 2 movie, collector's edition coming next month

Capcom is doing its best to get gamers excited about the September due Dead Rising 2, announcing the debut of the full-length feature film Zombrex Dead Rising Sun on Xbox Live and the game's official website in August. When the game debuts in August,...

This just in: violent video games are actually good for you

Texas A&M International University recently conducted a study in which volunteers were subjected to stress, with some subjects being allowed to play video games afterward. According to the results, the game-playing group reported less stress and depr...

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