video games

Behold China's illegal, $48 million World of Warcraft theme park
Trent Moore

If hanging out in the virtual MMORPG land of World of Warcraft just isn't enough escapism for you these days, you're in luck—someone went and built a massive, $48 million Warcraft theme park in China. The only problem? It's massively, hugely illegal.

News Briefs: Iron Man 2 game peak, Miyazaki's backup

Peak at Iron Man 2 video game and movie stills, and Hollywood heavy hitters getting behind Miyazaki's Ponyo.

The greatest Star Wars game ever? Why you'll never get to play it
Carol Pinchefsky

Some of us don't want to play video games: we want to be inside the video game. Keyboards and mice? They just destroy the illusion that we're uber leet warriors. But the future of gaming looks bright for those of us who want more a more immersive experience.

Nerd parents name kid after Skyrim character for free videogames

The company that produced the best selling Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim videogame held a contest that promised any parents who had a child on Skyrim's release date, 11/11/11, and named the kid Dovahkiin, after Skyrim's main character, would get a lifetime of free games. And wouldn't you know it, someone went for it.

Terrific (spoof) trailer for next game-based blockbuster: Tetris!

Apparently, Hollywood will make movies out of any damned thing. Comic books, board games, even Stretch Armstrong. So the idea of someone taking that most elemental shape-sorting videogame and making a Michael Bay-style invasion movie isn't that far from reality. Which is what makes it so perfect.

Never-released 1986 Legend of Zelda prototype FOUND

In every segment of pop culture, there are buried treasures: artifacts of elusive, legendary power that are lost to the four winds, never to be seen again. And, sometimes, intrepid pop archaeologists unearth them. Which is exactly what happened with the test-run of one of videogames' most popular franchises ever.

Chinese couple sold their KIDS to fund videogame habit!
Carol Pinchefsky

Almost two months ago, we reported about a man who sold his kidney to pay for an iPad. You think that was bad? Yeah, it totally was. But sadly, here's another story that's even worse.

Mass Effect 3 ending so controversial gamers demand a new ending
Trent Moore

A vocal contingent of Mass Effect 3 video game fans did not like the ending for the final game in the trilogy. Admittedly, it's not uncommon for fans to sometimes disagree with creative decisions in a popular series—but what they're doing about it is where it gets interesting.

See exciting footage from never-released 2005 Stargate videogame
Trent Moore

It may be one of the longest-running franchises in science fiction history, but Stargate SG-1's experience on the videogame front is woefully awful, with two aborted games sitting on the shelf. We may not be able to play it, but some recently leaked gameplay videos from the aborted 2005 first-person shooter Stargate SG-1: The Alliance at least gives us a peek at what we missed.

11 sci-fi-flavored videogames we're looking forward to in 2011

Our final 2011 preview—following movies, TV and books—casts a net around the entertainment that lets you take the story in your OWN hands, bending Jedi Knights, Dark Knights and alien fighters to your will.

Video gamer killed by blood clot after playing Halo too much
Krystal Clark

Halo just got real—real deadly. The video game that's insinuated itself into the lives of millions has inadvertently killed a man. The long term effects of playing Halo for hours and hours has led someone to an early grave.

The real reason you haven't seen that delayed Bioshock movie yet
Trent Moore

A film adaptation of the hit Bioshock video game has been in the works since around 2008, and director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo recently chimed in on what exactly has kept the film in development hell for so long—and could kill it outright.

Is a Walking Dead videogame on the way?

AMC's zombie smash, like the comic book before it, is a critical and financial success—so we suppose it was only a matter of time before The Walking Dead spread to interactive media as well. And it makes perfect sense.