Games

Windows Phone grabs a ride with Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, one of the most popular titles in the franchise series, has made its way to Windows Phone just a month after it arrived on Android and iOS.

Rockstar Games launched GTA: San Andreas to Windows Phone on Monday for $7. The game follows the same storyline as the console versions that launched years ago. In addition to downloading the game, players will also need to download an additional 2.5GB to get the full title onto their devices.

For now, GTA: San Andreas is available on just a handful of Windows Phone devices, including the … Read more

Man runs into burning home to save his Xbox

A sense of priorities is always helpful in life. As is a sense of passion.

The two miraculously came together for one Kansas man and, miraculously, he survived to tell the tale.

As ABC15 reports, the man's Olathe, Kan., home was on fire.

He woke up during the night to discover this phenomenon. He made it outside before the fire engulfed him.

However, what engulfed him shortly afterward was a burning desire not to be parted from his Xbox.

So, as if it were a scene from one of his favorite games, he rushed back inside to rescue his … Read more

Rare Nintendo World Championships cart fetching $5K on eBay

Nintendo fans and game collectors, listen up: an exceedingly rare game is available right now on eBay.

An eBay user recently posted Nintendo World Championships on the auction site. The cartridge, if real as the seller claims, is one of only 116 copies created, making it one of the most exclusive titles ever made for the Nintendo Entertainment System.… Read more

Chase the Stig around 'Top Gear' Google Street View track

If you've ever wanted to take a spin around the "Top Gear" test track in the UK, but don't qualify as a Star in a Reasonably Priced Car, now's your chance. The famous airport-based track has just debuted on Google Street View.

An added bonus to the series of photos is that the Stig accompanies you along the way, starting off with a drag race from the starting line. Just look for the white Mercedes SLS AMG Black with the gull wing doors and the helmeted mystery man behind the wheel. The Street View Opel four-door doesn't stand a chance.… Read more

GTA players turn virtual photographers to shoot in-game combat

My neighbors have been meeting regularly to discuss ways we can report and prevent crime in our area. I have a new idea -- get Grand Theft Auto V gamers on the case. They're doing a mighty thorough job documenting crime in Los Santos.

It's all thanks to photographer and filmmaker Christopher Murrie, who a few days back let Reddit know he's been playing GTA Online in passive mode as a "war correspondent" dressed in a helmet, camo pants, and a black jacket with "MEDIA" printed across the back. Passive mode makes it impossible to attack other players while you're on foot, and makes you impervious to attacks yourself. … Read more

Step into another skin with Everyday Racism app

Not all discrimination is blatant. Sometimes it's an accumulation of smaller, subtler interactions that can make you feel as though you're fighting a losing battle. These are known as microaggressions and, although they may not seem like much to the people who deal them out, they continue to perpetuate harmful attitudes that marginalize minorities.

Microaggressions are the focus of a new mobile "game" developed by All Together Now, a collaboration between the University of Western Sydney, Deakin University, and Melbourne University. It's called Everyday Racism, and it lets you experience just a small fraction of life as a racial minority in Australia. … Read more

Mario, Coke -- Angry Birds? Rovio eyes pop culture pantheon

Finland-based game maker Rovio is looking to Japan-based Nintendo for its inspiration in the gaming market, the company's chief marketing officer told The New York Times in an interview published Wednesday.

Speaking to the Times, Rovio's Peter Vesterbacka said that his company's plans revolve around Angry Birds spinoffs and finding ways to leverage that brand to branch out into other areas. It's a model, he says, Rovio learned from Nintendo.

"It's just like Nintendo and its series of Mario-based games. We want to continue expanding Angry Birds to make it a permanent part of … Read more

'Star Wars,' Nintendo collide: 'Super Smash Wars 2: The Empire Smashes Back'

Luke Skywalker isn't the only one who knows how to wave around a lightsaber. Link, Princess Peach, Donkey Kong, Toad, Yoshi, and more beloved Nintendo video game characters are transformed as "Star Wars" characters in "Super Smash Wars 2: The Empire Smashes Back" Part 1 and Part 2 by Oklahoma-based animator and director James Farr.

"'Star Wars' and Nintendo are both incredibly dear to my heart and have always had some interesting narrative overlap," Farr told Crave. "Eventually, I knew, somebody would think to do this. And I wanted to be the one to do it first -- and (do it) right."

There's something rather charming in seeing AT-AT walkers driven by Super Stars. Plus, Donkey Kong plays Chewbacca; Yoshi is a tauntaun (that luckily does not die); Pikachu is the patient Yoda; and Sonic the Hedgehog is a suave Lando Calrissian. … Read more

Movies, video games, drones dominate 2014's top toys

The hottest toys and top gadgets due to be lining your nearest Toys 'R' Us were given their public debut at the Toy Fair in London. Among the building blocks and train sets, movie and TV show tie-in toys and gaming merchandise dominated many of the stands.

Top shows like "Breaking Bad" and "Game Of Thrones" have been given the toy treatment, with Heisenberg bobble action figures on offer, along with figurines of the family you love to hate, the Lannisters. Iron Man spread himself pretty thin across the show -- turning up in action figure … Read more

Microsoft, Machinima strike 'stealth marketing' deal

Microsoft and Machinima, a wildly popular network of video channels online, have been caught in a seemingly strange affair aimed at promoting the Xbox One.

Tech site ArsTechnica on Monday reported that Microsoft and Machinima had signed a "stealth marketing" deal in which the video network's content partners would receive an additional $3 per thousand video views when they featured at least 30 seconds of Xbox One game footage. The content partners would also need to mention the Xbox One by name and use the tag "XB1M13," according to ArsTechnica.

The news came after an … Read more