Video games have evolved over the years from the early arcade styles to cutscenes fit for the big screen. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the opening title sequences of games. In just over two minutes, you can experience the entire history of game title design and marvel at the changes.
This super-cut of title sequences spans 35 games starting with Donkey Kong in 1981 and ending with The Last of Us from this year. It was created by editor Ian Albinson from Art of the Title as a companion piece to a Gamercamp presentation on how cinema has influenced the creation of gaming titles.… Read more
Call of Duty: Ghosts, the latest launch in the famed franchise, has reached $1 billion in sales -- to retailers.
Activision announced on Wednesday that its latest launch sold more than $1 billion in worldwide sales to retailers. That is not to be confused with actual sales to consumers. Activision has essentially shipped $1 billion in Call of Duty: Ghosts product to retailers.
Still, the figure is notable. Call of Duty: Ghosts launched on Tuesday. Activision, therefore, hit the milestone in just one day.
In addition, Activision announced on Wednesday that Call of Duty: Ghosts is the most-preordered next-generation game, … Read more
Trekkies and wanna-be Mars colonists might soon have a permanent brick-and-mortar place to convene and share their love of all things science fiction.
On November 4, a group in Washington, DC, announced plans for a Museum of Science Fiction. Comprised of sci-fi artists, entrepreneurs, law professors, and a former NASA program manager, the groups says it will soon begin creating a storefront preview space to open in late 2014. That space will serve as the precursor to a larger, permanent space slotted to open in 2017. … Read more
The official trailer for the upcoming "Lego Movie" has been floating around for a few days, but it's worth taking a closer look at just how geeked out it's going to be.
The filmmakers sure seem to know their audience. The whole affair kicks off with Will Arnett voicing Batman. Batman seems to gets as much screen time as the main character. Perhaps the "The Lego Movie" should be renamed "The Batman Lego Movie." That's not a complaint.… Read more
This is your brain. This is your brain on Super Mario 64. See how the gray matter is increased? A new study published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry suggests a whole lot of benefits to playing video games.
The study concludes that "video gaming causes increases in the brain regions responsible for spatial orientation, memory formation, and strategic planning, as well as fine motor skills."… Read more
On November 15, a darkness will encroach like the fog upon San Francisco. The City by the Bay will shed its usual image and become Gotham City, the fabled metropolis of Batman lore. An evil force will descend, attempting to wreak havoc on its citizens. But the forces of villainy will not prevail. Never fear, Batkid will be there.
The role of Batkid is set to be taken by Miles, a 5-year-old boy battling leukemia. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Greater Bay Area is making his wish to become a superhero come true.
Miles will begin the same way as many superheroes, with a training session. An adult Batman will take Miles under his wing and teach him the ropes of saving lives.
Armed with his powerful new skills, Batkid will rescue a woman from the Hyde Street cable car tracks, eat lunch at Burger Bar, and come to the aid of the chief of police in the startling case of a missing mascot.… Read more
Wearables are largely aimed at the person who just wants to maintain a good weight, sleep enough, and maybe get in a little cardio. CNET's Brian Cooley tells you why 2014 could be the breakout year for wearable tech.