Games

Halo 5 won't launch in 2014, Master Chief voice actor says

Halo 5, the much-anticipated follow-up to the successful Halo 4 from Microsoft-owned 343 Industries, might not launch this year, after all.

Speaking to GameZone in an interview published on Thursday, Steve Downes, the voice of the game's protagonist, Master Chief, said that while a Halo game will launch this year, he "wouldn't expect anything until 2015" on the Halo 5 front.

Downes said that he believes a 10-year anniversary edition of Halo 2 will launch in 2014, according to GameZone.

Although the Halo franchise started with Bungie, that company handed the franchise over to Microsoft in … Read more

Dear White House: Please bring back Flappy Bird

President Obama may have to contend with budget crises, economic woes, health care snafus, and international conflicts. But those are nothing compared to the greatest threat now facing the world -- the demise of Flappy Bird.

The popular game met an early expiration date on Sunday when its developer pulled the plug over worries that it was too addictive. Some of those who never got a chance to flap their wings have since turned to knockoffs, but one Flappy Bird fanatic thinks the government needs to step in to solve the problem.

In a White House petition launched Thursday, a … Read more

PlayStation 4 beats out Xbox One as the best-selling console

In the battle for the best-selling console, Sony's PlayStation 4 has come out on top -- beating Microsoft's Xbox One -- for the month of January.

Research firm The NPD Group released new data on Thursday showing that hardware sales were up 17 percent to $241 million in January compared to the same time last year. However, since January 2013 was five weeks and January 2014 was four weeks -- normalized sales of gaming hardware shows a 47 percent increase. And, PlayStation led these sales.

"PS4 led overall hardware sales this month, followed by the Xbox One,&… Read more

Can new Angry Birds game ease your Flappy Birds pain?

With an Angry Birds stable that already features Rio, space, seasons, Friends, Star Wars, and Star Wars II -- not to mention the spinoff Bad Piggies -- you wouldn't think there'd be much room left to fit in more feathers. Alas, the company seems committed to keeping its promise "to continue expanding Angry Birds to make it a permanent part of popular culture."

This time, a lady bird will take center stage in a game called Angry Birds: Stella, due to be released this fall. The developers seem to be taking a bit of an "empowering women" approach to the game, with Thursday's statement noting that "Angry Birds Stella is all about inspiration, empowerment, and other real issues, without forgetting entertainment and quirky fun." … Read more

Amazon leak suggests Xbox One Media Remote to land in March

Microsoft might feel that your voice, telling the Kinect what to do, isn't enough for movie and television lovers, if a new leak is to be believed.

Amazon's Canadian storefront on Thursday temporarily published a preorder page for an Xbox One Media Remote, Engadget is reporting, citing posts made on Reddit and a Google cache page. The listing, which was quickly taken down, showed a small, black remote featuring the familiar Xbox One "X" at the top and several buttons.

That Microsoft is planning to launch a remote to control the Xbox One might come as … Read more

'Clash of Clans' creator plans third game for next month

Supercell, the Finland-based game company behind the wildly popular Clash of Clans and Hay Day, will launch its next game in March, the company confirmed to Reuters on Wednesday.

Dubbed Boom Beach, the game, which is already available as a trial, will allow gamers to battle it out on beaches. It's not immediately clear exactly when the game will launch next month, but Supercell CEO Ilkka Paananen told Reuters that more details will be announced soon.

Supercell has seen its business grow at a rapid pace over the last few years. In 2012, the company generated $101 million in … Read more

Video game sales grow a measly 1 percent in 2013

The US video game market appears to be stuck in a holding pattern. While there weren't any significant declines in consumer spending in 2013, there wasn't any noteworthy growth either.

New research published Tuesday by The NPD Group shows that users in the US spent $15.39 billion on video games -- which is nothing to shake a stick at, but it's only 1 percent more than spending in 2012.

Breaking down the numbers, gamers spent a total of $6.34 billion on new physical video and PC game software, $1.83 billion on used and rental … Read more

You can't actually sell your Flappy Bird phone on eBay

Despite numerous headlines flying around this week about smartphones with the now-grounded Flappy Bird app installed selling for as much as $100,000 on eBay, it's unlikely any of those sales have actually gone through.

I've been in touch with multiple eBay sellers who have had their auctions pulled from the online marketplace for violating eBay's listing policies. Basically, selling copyrightable material (like an app) without permission from the creator (Dong Nguyen in this case) is a no-go. … Read more

Head butt! Goat Simulator to become a real Steam game

The news that Goat Simulator will become a real playable video game is another grand instance of a glorified joke becoming reality, much like when ThinkGeek's April Fools tauntaun sleeping bag became an actual product due to popular demand.

Goat Simulator roared onto the scene a few days ago with a trailer that racked up more than 2 million views on YouTube and left people clamoring for a playable version of the game full of head butts, tongue-wagging trampoline jumps, and gravity-defying leaps.… Read more

RIP, Flappy Bird. You were too addictive, creator says

Flappy Bird has flown the coop, and its developer has revealed just why the app is no more.

In an apparently hush-hush and exclusive interview with Forbes, 29-year-old Dong Nguyen blamed the app's addictive nature for its early departure.

"Flappy Bird was designed to play in a few minutes when you are relaxed," Nguyen said. "But it happened to become an addictive product. I think it has become a problem. To solve that problem, it's best to take down Flappy Bird. It's gone forever."

Nguyen also revealed that he couldn't sleep after … Read more