Authors of a new study claim that playing complex scenarios in StarCraft, a popular real-time strategy (RTS) game, can enhance cognitive flexibility. The reason the study focused on StarCraft specifically is because to be successful, the player must cope with simultaneous and rapidly evolving game situations and sub-situations occurring in real-time while managing funds, resources, and information about the opponent. It's a lot to juggle and requires fast thinking.
You could say that the next generation console wars began when Nintendo's Wii U launched a year ago. Fair enough, though Sony and Microsoft have yet to release their much anticipated consoles, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, respectively. Well, come November 15, 2013, Sony will officially join Nintendo in the next generation console battle with its PS4, which will be available on that date in the U.S. and Canada, the company announced.
If you have the money and patience to wait until this holiday shopping season, you can score Sony's upcoming PlayStation 4 (PS4) console and rock some next-generation gaming into 2014 and beyond. Alternately, you could spend half as much on Sony's new flash-based 12GB PlayStation 3 (PS3) Slim system. Sony isn't making a big fuss over its low(er) cost console option, though it's not difficult to find.
Looking at 15 Kickstarter games that were able to raise over a million dollars
While Kickstarter sounds like an indie game developers dream come true, many games don't end up reaching their goals. That's why we thought we would pay tribute to the 15 titles that were able to break the one million dollar barrier. Not only did all of these games raise more than $1 million, but many of them even doubled and sometimes even tripled their crowd-funding goals.
UPDATE: Nvidia denies knowing anything about a possible PC port
Rockstar Games has a habit of making PC gamers wait for ports of its popular Grand Theft Auto franchise, and given the publisher's lack of information regarding its upcoming Grand Theft Auto V (GTA V) release to Windows, we weren't really anticipating an exception. Until now, that is. After reading some comments Nvidia made about upcoming titles, we're optimistic that GTA V will crash the PC party sometime this fall.
File this one under "P" for "possibly real" or "possibly fake," but according to NoShitShurlock.com, development of Half Life 3 has already begun. The site claims it received confirmation from John Guthrie, a level designer at Valve and founder of Quake Command, after exchanging numerous emails with him. Half Life 3 is supposedly in the early stage of development, and the goal is to have a trailer ready for next year's E3.
Barring something completely unexpected, Deep Silver's Saints Row IV will launch on time next month, The upcoming open-world action game has gone gold, the publisher said, and gamers are now able to pre-order a Season Pass for the planned downloadable content (DLC) for $10 at select retailers. It will include new mission packs and a gnarly weapon we hope to never go up against in real life.
Deep Silver, publisher of the upcoming Saints Row IV action-adventure open world game developed by Volition, is going all-out to promote the title that's set to release on August 20, 2013. With help from publisher Future US (yes, our Future), the two entities put together a hilarious government website in which you can vote on laws such as "No Whining" and "Flip the Bird," the latter of which would change the national bird from a Bald Eagle to a middle finger.
Looking for a job in the game development field? If so, and if you happen to be well versed in Linux with a minimum of 2 years of professional software development experience, Crytek would very much like to make your acquaintance. That's because the German video game company is hoping to port its CryEngine 3D engine over to Linux, further underscoring the growing importance game makers are putting on open source platforms.
Don Mattrick is out as Microsoft's President of Interactive Entertainment, and instead is headed to Zynga where he'll serve as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of a social game maker in desperate need of guidance. That's all well and good for Zynga, but where does that leave Microsoft and its upcoming Xbox One launch? Squarely in the hands of Steve Ballmer, that's where, as confirmed by an open email from Ballmer to all of Microsoft's employees.