Tim Beringer
Former Contributor

WRITTEN BY Tim Beringer

No I Haven't Gotten GTA IV Yet

Today has been an exercise in restraint. On so many occasions in the passing hours of this day I’ve had to keep myself from bludgeoning people with my laptop instead of searching for porn and illegally downloading advanced screenings of Onechanbara: The Movie.

Incognito, Insomniac And Naughty Dog Give Reason To Go Home

Sony’s Home, which is set to be released one of these days, is just going to be another place where you can make a digital version of yourself and walk around a big chat room masquerading as a game. However, for those who are still interested in it, some third party publishers have come up with a reason to be excited for Home.

Haze Gets Another Release Date

Haze is starting to seem a little bit like Duke Nukem Forever lite. At least we know they really are making this. Now we have yet another confirmed release date – well actually it’s more of a timeframe.

Ubisoft Says Quality Over Quantity

In an interview with French newspaper Les Echos, Ubisoft’s Yves Guillemot made the indication that the company will not be emulating EA’s buy out strategies. Instead the example is pushing them in a different direction. The French developers are more focused than ever to purchase licenses instead of companies.

Actiblizzard Faces Lawsuit From Minority Shareholders

The Actiblizzard merger seemed like a good idea for everyone – at the time. A Bloomberg report from Delaware online reveals that not everyone is happy about the move. Apparently some of the original investors are so unhappy about Vivendi buying in that Activision is now facing lawsuits.

Sony PlayTV Tempts Piracy

PlayTV, Sony’s further attempt at becoming your one stop entertainment system has announced some good news for the TV show, bittorrent pirates out there. The forthcoming PlayTV, allows PS3 owners to record their favorite, and not so-favorite TV shows directly to the PlayTV peripheral. Sony’s new toy will also allow simple transitions between the extra and other mediums.

EA Offers $2 Billion, Take Two Says Wait

Grand Theft Auto makers, Take Two were just given an offer from Electronic Arts for a purchase of the company. This isn’t just any offer; EA has fronted a $2 billion cash offer. To add to the dramatic effect of such an offer Take Two has emphatically said no. The insanity does not stop there.

No Time For Love Dr. Jones, You've Got A Game To Make

With Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull on the horizon it is only natural that a game adaptation is in tow. However, recent reports have made it seem like this game won’t meet original plans. Thanks to other things going on at LucasArts, the game that has been in pre-production for some time now has just started development.

New Trailer For Speed Racer: The Videogame

Like most good fanboys, I am waiting in breathless anticipation for the new Wachoski rendition of Speed Racer. Whether I’m waiting to praise the boys for revitalizing the icon or go for the jugular due to the rending and tearing of my childhood is yet to be seen. One thing that can be seen right now is the brand new trailer for the licensed Nintendo property.

Obama Puts Gamers On The Defensive

Presidential hopeful Barack Obama has been labeled the new enemy of video games due to his line of telling people to get off of the couch and do something. As a video game columnist and political activist, I feel that construing his off-hand comment about TV and video games as a metaphor for underachievement is irresponsible.

Review: Turok

Turok, the story of a brave soldier who improbably finds himself stranded on a hostile, alien world surrounded by hostile cohorts, hostile dinosaurs and hostile game play. The Turok franchise has a history of less than positive reviews, deservedly so. Propaganda and Touchstone are attempting to pick Turok up and out of the mud by his bootstraps.

Blu-ray Might Decide More Than The Format Wars

The high definition format wars are officially over. Toshiba’s official withdrawal after the staggeringly bad time they had last week with numerous companies supporting the Blu-ray format from Sony is surely a breath of fresh air for plenty. Of course, the first one out of the bull pen to rub in the face of everyone who owns and HD-DVD player was Sony’s Jack Tretton.

NIU Shooting Lets Thompson Saber Rattle

The NIU shooting on Valentine’s Day was a horrific event. There is no denying it, just like any other time someone gets it into their heads to use a gun to commit heinous acts upon others. Violence, particularly gun-violence is a plague on America that everyone should worry about. So is Jack Thompson.

Tools For The Politically Minded Gamer

In our continued effort to inform and cultivate the minds of gamers, today we’re bringing some useful tools to stay informed politically. While it may be difficult to understand exactly what American presidential hopefuls stand for, it is nonetheless important to try. In the past month there have been a few very interesting things to surface in relation to games, technology and American politics.

Koei Says No To Xenophobia

If you’ve ever been kept up at nights worrying about if Koei loves non-Japanese gamers citing the fact that American audiences had to wait four years for Nobunaga’s Ambition for the PS2 or that none of the Dynasty Warriors games come out soon enough, say good bye to those sleepless nights. The Japanese based developer has restructured their marketing divisions. The changes will see not only an Asian division of Koei, but now a Western division as well.

GlaDOS Protests Scientology With Anonymous

Yesterday a group calling themselves “Anonymous” held their second anti-Scientology protest in response to the Youtube video of Tom Cruise discussing his barking-mad religion being pulled by the Church of Scientology. Not much is known about the group as they have refused to identify themselves on all counts and were instructed to obscure their identities by a familiar voice, GlaDOS.

UK To Set New Laws On Violent Video Games

After a long and heated battle between the United Kingdom and Rockstar games over the future of Manhunt 2, the UK government has come up with plans to make sure this doesn’t happen again. Plans to criminalize the sale of violent video games to children are on their way. Not only that, the law will also give the government absolute say over what will be released with what rating.

Skate Forces Tony Hawk's To Evolve

The first Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater game from Activision was pretty good. The second one was amazing. The subsequent eighty that followed were about as refreshing as George Clooney in Batman & Robin. Since the creation of the Tony Hawk series Activision hasn’t had to update anything, but with the success of EA’s Skate, the company feels it’s time for some changes.

Mortal Kombat 3 Film Still In Sight

Albert Einstein once said “Only two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” These truly are words to live by. On a related note, there seems to be some forward momentum on the third Mortal Kombat movie tentatively titled Devastation.

American McGee Writes About Alice Movie And Grimm

The exciting, if not slightly warped world that churns inside the head of American McGee has been very busy as of late. The developer who brought PC owners a dark and frightening version of Alice’s Looking Glass World in American McGee’s Alice not only has sold the rights to make a movie, but has another game in the oven.

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