Video Gaming

Emerald Tavern brings low-tech tabletop gaming to SXSW Gaming Expo

Tabletop gaming is about as low-tech as you can get: Board games comprised of cards, dice and plastic. Despite that, the fast-growing hobby has a home right in the center of the SXSW Gaming Expo, with Austin-based Emerald Tavern Games & Cafe and...

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Five things we loved at SXSW Gaming 2017

As if South by Southwest wasn’t overwhelming enough, Thursday saw the beginning of the Gaming Expo, taking over Exhibit Halls 1 and 2 in the process. The expo floor will be open from noon to 8 p.m. through Saturday, giving badge-holders from all three...

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Warren Spector’s ‘System Shock 3’ collects $12 million in funding

Warren Spector’s next game, “System Shock 3,” looks like it could get bigger in scale. Swedish publisher Starbreeze is investing $12 million in the game, which is being developed by Boston-based OtherSide Entertainment, in order to “bring the game...

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‘Lego Worlds’ and ‘Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands’ out this week

New video games out this week: “Lego Worlds.” Lego’s delayed, late-to-the-game take on “Minecraft” is an open-world building game made up entirely of digital bricks. Helicopters, dragons and gorillas are part of the mix, but don’t expect a pop-culture...

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Which Austin Best Buy stores are open at midnight to sell the new Nintendo Switch video game console

There’s been plenty of buzz about the Nintendo Switch, the gaming company’s newest console, so it shouldn’t be surprising that retailers are looking to cash in. Best Buy, for instance, says it will open about 600 of its stores nationwide at 12:01...

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‘Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’ arrives with Friday’s Nintendo Switch launch

New video games out this week: “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.” Any new full-scale “Zelda” game is typically cause for celebration, but this one rides in as a launch title for Nintendo’s Switch portable/home hybrid game console. Both launch...

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As it starts creating its own games, Austin’s Certain Affinity is expanding to new HQ

One of Austin’s longest-running major video game companies is finally raising its profile after 10 years of staying out of the spotlight.  Certain Affinity, which has done work on blockbuster games including “Halo 4,” “Call of Duty: Black Ops” and...

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'Halo Wars 2’ arrives, ‘Psychonauts’ returns in ‘The Rhombus of Ruin’ VR adventure

New video games out this week: “Halo Wars 2.” Microsoft’s “Halo” saga continues in this real-time strategy game with a story that serves as scene setting for “Halo 6.” Buying the game gives players access to both the Xbox One and Windows 10 versions...

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Can VR overcome its challenges to go mainstream? I have some doubts

A few weeks ago, I got an email offering me a download code to review a virtual reality game called “Gunship Battle2 VR” for a the Samsung Gear VR. Last year, I had purchased a Gear VR, a headset that costs about $50-$99 and works with Samsung phones...

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