Blood donation Kickstarter, “Blood Sport,” – Lose blood in game, lose it in real life

Blood donation Kickstarter, “Blood Sport,” – Lose blood in game, lose it in real life

A blood donation gaming hybrid Kickstarter project titled “Blood Sport” has been recently gone live on the popular crowdfunding platform.  So first off: What is “Blood Sport?”  According to the Toronto, Canada-based creators of the project, Brand and Grotesque, “Blood Sport” aims to raise the stakes of gaming, by making it so when you lose blood in game (as in say, competitive gaming titles such as Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare or Halo: The […]

Call of Duty, other action games increase learning capacity, new study says

Call of Duty, other action games increase learning capacity, new study says

In a recent study on the potential effects video games have on the human mind, researchers have discovered that individuals who play first-person shooters, such as the recently released Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare or other action-oriented video games, demonstrate a greater capacity for learning than those who play other types of games (such as those in the popular Sims franchise). The aforementioned study was  published in the Proceedings of the National […]

The Gamer’s Guide to Conquering Black Friday Part 2

The Gamer’s Guide to Conquering Black Friday Part 2

For those of you who didn’t read part I of my Black Friday guide, click here and take a gander, then come back for part II. Do it for the good of mankind. 12-9=3. Not counting work, you’ve had 3 hours to compile your Black Friday “hit-list” and get your daily fix of WoW. Hold off on the Dew and Doritos for now, because your Black Friday preparations aren’t over […]

The Gamer’s Guide to Conquering Black Friday Part 1

The Gamer’s Guide to Conquering Black Friday Part 1

“But Griffin, Black Friday’s still two whole weeks away! Why write this article now?” I’m writing a Black Friday guide two weeks from Black Friday for the same reason I’d write a zombie survival guide before the apocalypse; once the first old lady kills someone over a PS4, all plans will dissipate and hell will break loose. Black Friday is a great time for gamers. It allows us to catch […]

Super Smash Bros. Pre-loads Now Available

Super Smash Bros. Pre-loads Now Available

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, easily one of the most highly-anticipated titles of 2014 can now be pre-loaded.  Gamers looking forward to playing Super Smash Bros. on release day should be excited by the fact that they won’t have to wait to download the entire game before jumping into the action. Super Smash Bros. can be preordered through Nintendo’s website, or purchased directly through Nintendo’s e-shop on your Wii […]

The Video Game Industry is Growing Faster than US Economy

The Video Game Industry is Growing Faster than US Economy

Despite recent disruptive events in the video game industry, we still seem to be growing faster than the United States Economy. Ain’t that something. According to a recent report from the Entertainment Software Association, the video game industry is currently experiencing growth about four times the magnitude of the United States economy. Moreover, the rate of growth of new jobs from 2009-2012 in the video game industry was somewhere around […]

New Amiibo Figures Posted on Nintendo’s Japanese Website

New Amiibo Figures Posted on Nintendo’s Japanese Website

Nintendo is adding more characters to their planned collectible toy line, Amiibo.  Amiibo was first announced back in June at Nintendo’s E3 Nintendo Direct event.  That announcement can be viewed right here: For the uninitiated, the Amiibo toy line is Nintendo’s take on games like Skylanders and Disney Infinity.  Gamers can buy a physical toy that will store data about their character on it, which can then be accessed through […]

Aonuma: Development of Majora’s Mask 3D began in 2011

Aonuma: Development of Majora’s Mask 3D began in 2011

Nintendo made a lot of people happy this week with the announcement of The Legend of Zelda:  Majora’s Mask 3D, the long-requested remake of the popular N64 entry in the Zelda franchise.  We learned about this remake in this week’s Nintendo Direct, and you can watch the trailer right here: When Nintendo released the almost-universally beloved Ocarina of Time on 3DS in 2011, they opened the possibility that Majora’s Mask […]

Stardock Wants Your Ship Designs for Galactic Civilizations 3

Stardock Wants Your Ship Designs for Galactic Civilizations 3

Yesterday, Stardock Entertainment announced their Ship Designer Contest, in which fans of the series can design the ship of their dreams and be entered to win $1000 and the privilege of seeing a fully realized version of their design in Galactic Civilizations 3.  Details on the contest can be viewed at this post on Stardock’s website, but here’s the timeline of events for those interested: November 5-16: Submissions are open. November […]

New Splatoon Trailer Offers a Glimpse at Single Player

New Splatoon Trailer Offers a Glimpse at Single Player

Splatoon, Nintendo’s colorful, creative take on the arena third-person shooter genre, was showcased alongside Captain Toad:  Treasure Tracker, Majora’s Mask 3DS, and others in today’s Nintendo Direct.  While Captain Toad and Majora’s Mask present new takes on old series, Splatoon is a brand new IP, originally announced at this year’s E3.   The trailer gave us a glimpse of some single-player gameplay, showing that the game is not a solely multiplayer […]