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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

Are you Superman or Voldemort? Avatars may affect the real you

Video games have long provided a safe way for players to try out different personalities. In the land of pixels and pretend, we can try out the role of lithe, attractive do-gooder elf or become a hideous orc who leaves a trail of havoc (and dead elves) in our wake.

Most of us probably assume that after the game is over, we return to being simple boyfriends, moms, teachers, or accountants operating according to our own moral principles, regardless of the virtual personas we took on. New research, however, indicates that this just might not be the case. … Read more

Bye-bye Flappy Bird -- popular game grounded by its creator

Flappy Bird was removed from app stores on Sunday, just hours after its creator warned that the popular game's demise was nigh.

The free smartphone game for iOS and Android took the mobile market by storm, reportedly earning $50,000 in ad revenue each day. Flappy Bird had been download upwards of 50 million times and earned 47,000 reviews on the App Store.

After Flappy Bird secured the No. 1 spot on the App Store and Google Play Store late last month, several media outlets attempted to explain our fascination with the ad-based tapping game, which sported a pixelated art style inspired by Super Mario Bros. However, all that attention proved too much for Dong Nguyen, the app's creator. … Read more

Eve Online to honor players with monument in Iceland

Last month, Eve Online saw the most epic battle in its 11-year history, the Bloodbath of B-R5RB, which caused an estimated real-word cost in damages of $300,000. Not two weeks later, the games developer has announced that it would like to honor all players with a monument on Reykjavik Harbour.

Every player who has an active game subscription on March 1 -- even new players -- will have the name of their main character etched upon the monument, which will stand 16 feet tall. Players who have passed away will also have their characters' names etched on the monument. … Read more

Can a casual numbers game be fun? You bet

Editors' Note, March 13, 2014: This review was updated to include impressions of the Android version of Threes.

Threes (Android|iOS) is a part-math, part-matching game as you slide numbers to make multiples of three while trying to get the highest score possible. At first blush, it doesn't seem very exciting, but once you hear the music and sound effects, and get into the flow of the game, it can be incredibly addictive.

What's amazing about Threes is that it came out only one day before this review, but it's currently sitting at No. 1 in the … Read more

Get in the games with top apps for Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

Now that Bruno Bowl 2014 is over, it's time to turn our attention to the Winter Olympics. The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics officially kick off this week in Russia, and you can follow the action with these apps. Keep tabs on your favorite athletes and events from anywhere.

NBC Olympics Highlights

Get the latest news, video highlights, previews, and in-depth stories with this app for iOS and Android. You'll find the live-stream schedule, TV listings, and results all in one place, from NBC, the official network for this year's event.

Visa 360 Cam

Ever wonder what the … Read more

Activision CEO: Destiny will be bestselling new franchise ever

Bungie, the development house behind the Halo franchise, might have a hugely successful follow-up ready to go this year, said Activision CEO Bobby Kotick.

Speaking to investors in an earnings call on Thursday, Kotick said that he believes Destiny, Bungie's new franchise, could be his company's "next billion dollar franchise." The high expectations continued, as Kotick said that he believes "Destiny will become the bestselling new video game [franchise] in history" when it hits store shelves later this year.

Bungie has had an odd history. The company created the Halo franchise and was quickly … Read more

Sony kills its laptop and e-book business

CNET Update says sayonara to Vaio:

In this episode of Update:

- Bid farewell to Sony's Vaio laptops, as the company is selling its PC business. Sony is also closing the Reader e-book business in North America.

- Catch up on the drama over Apple removing the Blockchain app from the App Store. Blockchain is one of the most popular Bitcoin wallet apps.

- Get excited for Amazon's console gaming plans, now that the company bought the studio Double Helix Games.

- Make your own Coca-Cola soda drinks at home with a future Keurig Cold home brewing machine. … Read more

Mobile puzzle game Threes is a design marvel worth your time

The image of the emblematic smartphone game has not been held in high regard of late. Certainly not with titles like Flappy Bird seemingly taking over the world, earning $50,000 a day off our meaningless compulsions and further cementing the well of condescension "hardcore" gamers have for the mobile platform and its capacity.

That's where Threes comes in. Released Wednesday as a universal iPhone and iPad app, the $1.99 title -- a simple math-based puzzler with gorgeous design and catchy music -- is what an overtly refreshing, downright fantastic mobile game should be.

It's … Read more

What gaming drought? 7 great games you should be playing right now

I've been hearing it since the new year: "There are no games to play!"

Sure, we seem to have found ourselves in a bit of a lull when it comes to the big blockbuster video game. When I posted what I felt were 2014's most anticipated titles, I may have overlooked the fact that the beginning of 2014 was a bit on the light side for games.

Wrought with guilt that I may have in someway performed a disservice to you fine people, I felt compelled to compile a short list of interactive software worthy of your hard-earned income. The best part? Most of these titles are significantly cheaper than the $60 you're probably used to paying for a shiny new game.… Read more