Microsoft Purchases Mojang for $2.5 Billion

Microsoft Purchases Mojang for $2.5 Billion

Notch, Manneh, and Porser to Leave Company

Yes, you read that right: $2.5 billion dollars. That's probably enough to buy an island and some dinosaurs. Read more »

“Sledge”

“Sledge”

We Can Rebuild Him...

In May 2014, Chris Biancardi had homework to do. He was a student at Wake Technical Community College, and as his final project, he resurrected an idea he'd envisioned the year before, and so "Sledge" was officially born. Living in a world filled with treacherous rats bent on ending all of mouse-dom and huge, shadowy hawks who constantly threaten death from above, Sledge is a mouse who discovers that there is more to his island home than he thought. Read more »

New “Super Smash Bros.” Having Some Issues

New “Super Smash Bros.” Having Some Issues

Lets Hope This Isn't a Bad Omen

The "Smash Bros" demo and the full game have been out in Japan for a little while, and already there are reports of problems. Players are reporting the analog slide pad on the 3DS is coming off and/or breaking. Due to the motions and frantic pace of the game, users find standard gameplay is ruining their analog sticks in one way or another. Read more »

Fantasy Flight Games Sends Cease & Desist and Order to NetrunnerDB

Fantasy Flight Games Sends Cease & Desist and Order to NetrunnerDB

"Netrunner" Just Became a Little More Real

In somewhat of a surprise move by Fantasy Flight Games, the popular game company sent a cease and desist order to NetrunnerDB, a fan-built site dedicated to "Netrunner" deck building and strategy. Read more »

“Cones of Dunshire” Coming to a Store Near You

“Cones of Dunshire” Coming to a Store Near You

No Really, It Is

"The Cones of Dunshire," a board game created by Ben Wyatt in the sixth season of Parks and Recreation, is being developed as a retail board game. What company took up this task? Mayfair Games, creator of the classic game "Settlers of Catan." It is difficult to really explain what the "Cones of Dunshire" actually is, so I think it best to just let the game's creator explain it: Read more »

Extended Trailer for Latest “Fatal Frame” Installment Released

Extended Trailer for Latest “Fatal Frame” Installment Released

See the Camera Obscura in Action

Nintendo of Japan released a new trailer for the upcoming “Fatal Frame V: The Black Haired Shrine Maiden” which shows the usage of the Wii U's GamePad. The title (referred to in Japan as “Zero: Nuregarasu no Miko”) utilizes the GamePad as a real-world counterpart to the in-game Camera Obscura. Read more »

Guy Trades in 203 Copies of “Night Trap”

Guy Trades in 203 Copies of “Night Trap”

So That's Where They All Went

Earlier this week, a man sold a bunch of older Sega items to a store in Albuquerque, N.M. Among these items were 203 copies of "Night Trap." For those who don't know, "Night Trap" was a Sega CD game released in 1992 that stirred up all kinds of controversy and was even said to be one of the factors in creating the ESRB ratings board. Read more »

Microsoft to Purchase Mojang AB

Microsoft to Purchase Mojang AB

Unknown if Payment Will Be in Diamonds

The Wall Street Journal reported today that Microsoft is about to close a deal to purchase Mojang AB. The deal could close as early as this week. Read more »

Kicking it with Tanya Short

Kicking it with Tanya Short

We're All Stories in the End...

Our current gaming market is flooded with shiny, high-end graphics that render dust in sunbeams and ultra-realistic physics that make sure your character's hair blows in the gentle breeze swirling around them just so. All of that is incredible, and for some genres, namely fantasy and shooters, those visuals really pay off. But then you come across something like "Moon Hunters," and you remember that simplicity is beautiful in its own right, too. "Moon Hunters" by Kitfox Games is an action/adventure RPG for one to four players and offers a vibrant, beautiful experience which utilizes pixel art and is currently collecting a pretty penny on Kickstarter. Read more »

“Prisma”

“Prisma”

Running Through Dimensions!

At tiltExpo this year, Player Theory had the opportunity to sit down and try out a demo for an interesting platformer called "Prisma." Read more »

Kicking it with Lindsey Handley

Kicking it with Lindsey Handley

Teaching with Magic (and Code)

As young people finish school and try to advance in their careers, it starts to become apparent that basic computer knowledge isn't enough anymore the way it used to be. In order to get far in just about any field, you have to learn how programs work - how they talk. And that can be boring or even difficult for some. Right now my roommate, someone with practically a master's in biology, is going through an online course to learn some computer programming skills to help advance her career. While she seems to be getting it, the sounds of her frustration echo through the apartment whenever there is a homework assignment due and her program isn't working right. Read more »

Mike Bithell Brings “Volume” to EGX 2014

Mike Bithell Brings “Volume” to EGX 2014

Bring the Stealth, Bring the Noise

The critically acclaimed “Thomas Was Alone," a hit that thrust Mike Bithell into the spotlight has a successor sneaking up on it. Originally announced last year “Volume” will be on show at EGX 2014 and creator Mike Bithell will be there to discuss his work Read more »

“Mortal Kombat X” Gets Official Release Date

“Mortal Kombat X” Gets Official Release Date

Fatality Action Headed Your Way

"Mortal Kombat X" has a worldwide release date of April 14, 2015. Over the past few months, we have been seeing character reveal trailers for the new "Mortal Kombat" game. They have shown a few new characters, but mostly the roster has mostly been filled with old favorites. Read more »

“Slender: The Arrival” Coming to PS3, Xbox 360

“Slender: The Arrival” Coming to PS3, Xbox 360

Launches Sept. 23

Nearly two years after its original launch, Blue Isle Studios announced via the PlayStation Blog that a version of "Slender: The Arrival" will be hitting PSN Sept. 23. Additionally, an Xbox 360 version will land on Xbox Live Arcade the day after. Read more »

ESPN’s John Skipper Dismissive of eSports

ESPN’s John Skipper Dismissive of eSports

Network President Claims “[Esports] Is Not a Sport—It's a Competition”

During the Code/Media Series: NY conference, ESPN president John Skipper trivialized the rise of eSports in his comments regarding Amazon's recent purchase of Twitch. Read more »

tiltEXPO

tiltEXPO

And why Player Theory is excited about it!

Durham, N.C. isn't the first place to come to mind when someone mentions "gaming convention," but starting today through Sunday, Sept 7. tiltExpo is coming to town! tiltExpo replaces the EscapistExpo, which took place last year, but still focuses on the same theme: games. Read more »

Fantasy Flight Games Announces “THE END OF THE WORLD”

Fantasy Flight Games Announces “THE END OF THE WORLD”

The RPG

Fantasy Flight Games just announced a new survival/horror role-playing game called "The End of the World." Well, technically, they didn't just announce one - they announced four. Read more »

Bungie Reveals Planet View, a Teaser into the World of “Destiny”

Bungie Reveals Planet View, a Teaser into the World of “Destiny”

Partnering with Google Maps, Bungie Reveals All Four Planets and Their Habitats

Destiny will launch on Sept. 9, just one week from now. In order to get people interested in the different races, planets, and conflicts, Bungie launched Destiny Planet View in cooperation with Google Maps, to show off some of the history. Read more »

“Bravely Second” Will Have a Playable Demo at TGS

“Bravely Second” Will Have a Playable Demo at TGS

The Sequel to "Bravely Default" for the 3DS

In a recent stream, Square Enix announced that the sequel to "Bravely Default" will be playable at this year's "Tokyo Game Show." "Bravely Second" will see the demo showing off the new female protagonist, Magnolia, as well as four new jobs to experiment with. Read more »

Kicking It with Daniel Leaver

Kicking It with Daniel Leaver

Defending London with Ironcast

In this day and age, I'd say you'd be hard-pressed to find a gamer that hasn't played some sort of mech game. There are tons of games where you're a lone pilot in a cockpit, controlling a 100 ton bi-pedal killing machine, equipped with every manner of missile, gun and laser. When I first clicked on the link for Ironcast, I was expecting another game like that - first-person, in a cockpit and stomping around shooting bad guys. Read more »

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