Video Gaming

‘DropMix’ changes the game with unique take on music creation

“DropMix” is a really curious attempt at throwing an intriguing gaming concept at the wall with as much style and skill as possible and seeing if it sticks. The hybrid video/music game costs $99, but I’ve seen it on sale for $69 recently online, and...

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‘Star Wars Battlefront II’ and revamped ‘L.A. Noire’ lead this week’s game releases

New video games out this week: “Star Wars Battlefront II.” The “Battlefield”-like “Star Wars” game returns bigger and broader across three eras (prequel, classic and new trilogy) and what could be a beefier single-player storyline than its 2015 predecessor...

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Long-running franchises at it again with ‘Sonic Forces’ and ‘Need for Speed Payback’ 

New video games out this week: “Sonic Forces.” Sonic has has a bit of a comeback of late with Sega’s 20th anniversary 2-D remake, “Sonic Generations.” This game, however, mixes Modern Sonic and Classic Sonic modes, new gadgets and lots of costumes...

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Fast-growing ‘HQ Trivia’ lets iPhone players compete for cash

It’s 8 p.m. on a weeknight and the push alert comes through to tens of thousands of iPhones. “Hello players. Do you want to play a game? HQ is live.”  “HQ Trivia” is an idea so well-executed, it’s hard to believe it hasn’t happened before now. It’s...

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‘Call of Duty’ returns to ‘WWII’ while ‘Beast Quest’ brings Avantia to game consoles

New video games out this week “Call of Duty: WWII.” (Out Friday) The titanic game franchise goes back to the beginning, returning to World War II with a cinematic single-player storyline, a multiplayer community experience that spans five WWII divisions...

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‘Super Mario Odyssey’ brings Mario back in 3-D, ‘Wolfenstein II’ out to defeat Nazis again

New video games out this week: “Super Mario Odyssey.” (Out Friday) It’s-a-him! Mario! Back for perhaps the most-anticipated game of the year, at least if you own a Nintendo Switch. It’s a successor to the classic “Super Mario 64,” a 3-D adventure...

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13 video games to scare you into the Halloween spirit

Movies, TV shows, books and podcasts aren’t the only media that can serve you some fright this Halloween season. Some video games are plenty scary on their own. Here are 13 games that are all spooky, for different reasons. Don’t play these with the...

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Hong Kong-based Leyou Technologies buys $10 million stake in Austin’s Certain Affinity game studio

Austin indie video game studio Certain Affinity  -- the company behind a successful reboot of  “DOOM” and a player on the “Halo” and “Call of Duty” franchises -- said Monday that it has landed a new investor. Hong Kong-based Leyou Technologies Holdings...

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Why do some VR headsets still need wires?

This week, Facebook’s Oculus VR announced that it will release a $199 VR headset next year that doesn’t require a phone, a Windows PC or even wires attached to anything to operate. That’s a far cry from the $399 flagship Oculus Rift, a very powerful...

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More orc damage returns in ‘Middle-earth: Shadow of War’; ‘Evil Within 2’ looks scary

New video games out this week: “Middle-earth: Shadow of War.” The sequel to 2014’s wildly popular “Shadow of Mordor” brings more bloody, open-world action to the Tolkeinverse. In this game, you must go behind enemy lines to try to turn your enemies...

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