Video Games

  • News

    July 10, 2014

    MLG Anaheim: This eSporting Life

    Internet outages, trash-talking and dreaming at one of the largest videogame tournaments on Earth

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2013

    Gamers Can Now Order Pizza Hut Directly Through Their Xbox

    For gamers focused on fighting zombies, slaying dragons and assassinating evil rulers, it's tough finding a break to pick up the phone and order dinner. At last, that hassle is over thanks to a new service from Pizza Hut and Microsoft.

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2012

    Top Five Nostalgic Nintendo Soundtracks

    Think back to the '80s and '90s and the hours kids spent playing mindless video games on systems that aren now considered less powerful than your cell phone. Whether it was Nintendo, Super Nintendo or Nintendo 64, our generation of gamers were glued to video games like Mario and NBA Jam. While ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2012

    5 Most Important Video Game-Related News Stories of 2011

    ​2011 has come and gone, and the year that seemingly slipped right past us was full of major events--some of which may very change the landscape of the video gaming industry forever. Everything from new a new Nintendo console to the death of a computer pioneer was all crammed into the previous yea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2012

    10 New Year's Resolutions Gamers Should Have

    ​It's a time-honored tradition. At the beginning of each calendar year, people from all over the world make resolutions to better themselves. What better time to make commitments to improve your health, ability to save money, and chase your dreams than the start of a new year, right? Whether or no ... More >>

  • Culture

    December 29, 2011

    Peter Mai, the Best Weekly Culture Writer You've Never Heard Of

    Meet our video-game blogger extraordinaire

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2011

    Top 10 Video Game Posts of 2011

    Flickr user Rad Jose​If you're a regular OC Weekly reader and a gamer, our video game writer Peter Mai is probably your hero. Our video game columnist consistently gets hundreds of thousands of page views every week with his insightful and well-written blogs. Which ones were the most popular this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2011

    The Best and Worst Video Games of 2011

    ​It's that time of year again. After drudging through the torrent of great and not-so-great video games that consumed just about every minute of my free time, I've narrowed down what I believe is considered to be the best and worst games of 2011. Which games are considered gems? Which aren't even ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2011

    5 Video Games With the Worst Bugs of 2011

    Wrong kind of bug, Link!​It's not easy to make a video game, and it's certainly not easy to make a game that is free from bugs. Developers only have a limited amount of time to exterminate any game bugs and glitches before it's forced to be released to the world, and oftentimes, there will be a fe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2011

    In Memory: 5 Notable Game Studio Closures of 2011

    Dead Space 2​2011 has been a rough year for so many businesses. With the way the economy is heading these days, we should expect to see more and more companies go under, and video game development studios are not immune to such sad news. Despite many of them having popular and critically acclaimed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2011

    Shigeru Miyamoto: Is He Really Retiring From Nintendo?

    ​Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto, known as the mastermind who created some of the world's most successful video game franchises such as Zelda, Mario and Donkey Kong, recently announced to the world that he was "retiring." However, there seems to be a lot of confusion regarding what he said, forcing Ni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2011

    PS Vita's Six Most Glaring Flaws (So Far)

    ​I can't wait to buy the PlayStation Vita. Considering how much mileage I got out of Sony's previous handheld, the PSP, it's a no-brainer that the Vita will be of great use to gamers on the go like me. The device can play games that look almost as good as the PlayStation 3, and compared to Nintend ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2011

    Report: Best-Selling Video Games of Black Friday 2011

    ​Like watching football or having a nap after stuffing yourself with turkey, Black Friday shopping has become a Thanksgiving tradition for millions of Americans. If you're a smart shopper and a gamer, there's no doubt that you've saved many of your video game purchases for the weekend following Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2011

    5 Video Gaming Characteristics That Are Now Dead (But Were Once Popular)

    eBay Seller lukiegames​The way video games are played has changed dramatically over the past decade. What was once considered popular and common in the 1990s seem ridiculous and unplayable to today's gaming crowd. As the art and development of video gaming continue to evolve and refine itself thro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2011

    2011's Best Black Friday Video Game Deals

    ​Hey, we all know that video gaming is one heck of an expensive hobby. Considering the daunting amount of great games that are have been released within the past three months, your wallet is going to be begging for mercy if you decide to purchase all of your games at retail price. Luckily for game ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2011

    5 Video Games That Help Put Me to Sleep

    ​If you are like me or any of the 60 million Americans out there, then you have trouble falling asleep at night. As a gamer, I find it especially difficult to catch some shut-eye at night, since most games out there are meant to be thrilling and get your heart pumping.However, I've been a gamer lo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2011

    Five iOS Games That Made Me Ignore This Year's Greatest Games

    ​It's that time of the year again. During the tail end of each other, video game developers release their biggest games in order to catch the high potential of sales during the holiday season. This can be a great or daunting time for hardcore gamers. On the plus side, there are a ton of great game ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2011

    BlizzCon 2011 Highlights

    Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly​BlizzCon 2011 took place in the Anaheim Convention Center over the weekend. As a celebration of some of gaming's most popular franchises, Blizzard used this opportunity to make many announcements of release of new content for their WarCraft, StarCraft, and Diablo gam ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2011

    Tito Ortiz says Goodbye to "The Bad Boy of Huntington Beach," Hello to "The Peoples Champ"

    ​Move over, "Huntington Beach Bad Boy." It's "The People's Champ."That's the new nickname the UFC's Tito Ortiz says he now prefers over his old one.

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2011

    5 Ways Facebook Has Changed Console Gaming

    ​Facebook games are on a completely different wavelength than modern gaming on consoles. They're simple, often mindless, and accessible to just about everybody. People who aren't typically gamers have now been introduced to games with a community larger than XBOX Live, or PSN. It did a better job ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2011

    Top Eight Highlights from Tokyo Game Show 2011

    ​Tokyo Game Show, the Japanese expo equivalent of Los Angeles' Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), was held over the past weekend in the midst of the Japanese scorching summer heat. Along with new information regarding Sony's PlayStation Vita, new game and hardware announcements along with hands-o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2011

    Five of Video Gaming's Ugliest and Silliest Accessories

    ​Nintendo of Japan recently announced the new 3DS circle pad attachment, and boy, is this thing ugly! Although it'll be quite nice to add a second analog thumbstick to Nintendo's latest handheld, the added bulk and size isn't going to make the 3DS win any beauty pageants.Ugly video game accessorie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    Guns, Video Games, Rap Music, and Sumo Wrestling: Coverage of the Call of Duty XP 2011 in LA

    ​The Call of Duty XP event took place over the Labor Day weekend, with publisher Activision making some huge announcements regarding their next money maker game, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. The event, of course, was filled with gaming tournaments, major announcements regarding Modern Warfare ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2011

    Top 5 Cheesiest (Yet Somehow Awesome) Video Game Songs

    ​Video games have some of the best music in the entertainment industry. Everything from orchestrated works of art to the most hardcore metal, there is such a diverse amount of great music within gaming that even non-gamers typically listen to it without even playing the games they were a part of. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2011

    Nintendo Alienates Their Biggest Fans: 5 Nintendo Games that May NEVER Be Released

    Pandora's Tower: A game that you may NEVER get a chance to play.​This year's lineup of games for Nintendo's systems are running a bit thin. Sure, we've got The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and a few 3DS games to look forward to, but the number of games that are targeting the experienced gamer cr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    Top 10 Video Games Based on Eating

    ​Food: It's one of the most important basic needs of human life. Human beings and just about every living being on Earth can live without any luxury, but cannot survive without food. We celebrate food. We spend large amounts of money on food. We explore diverse cultures through the food people eat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2011

    Three of Nintendo's Awesome Japanese Services That We Will Never See

    ​Recently available to Nintendo 3DS owners--of Japan and Europe, for now--is the Nintendo Video service. The service is expected to release "Nintendo-approved" 2D and 3D content to the 3DS with cartoons, comedy clips, and even music videos. Working alongside another application known as SpotPass T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2011

    Vaporware: 5 Video Games That Should Be Released By Now (But May Never Be)

    ​Most high-budget video games take around three to four years of development time to complete. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, for example, took at least three years to develop--from the moment the game began as an idea to the release date. However, there are some games that have been in pro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    The Best Free Sh*t from E3 2011

    Peter Mai/OC Weekly​Last week's annual Electronics Entertainment Expo held in Los Angeles has come and gone, and other than the announcement of the Wii U, nothing truly exciting or new happened. Luckily, attendees of the show were given the next best thing--free junk. Every year, game companies ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2011

    E3 2011: Hands-off Impressions of New Kinect Hardware

    Peter Mai/OC Weekly​Unlike Nintendo and Sony, Microsoft's biggest focus this year is all about software--specifically, software to support the Kinect sensor that was released half a year ago. Although the peripheral sold a world-record amount of units since launch, the amount of games and applicat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2011

    Top 10 Musical Moments in Video Games

    Aerosmith's Revolution XThis week, the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) took place in Los Angeles, drawing fanfare and hype across the gaming world. The three-day trade fair is open to only vendors and developers, but it provokes the kind of suspense Apple fans feel before a major Steve Jobs annou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2011

    E3 2011: Impressions of New Nintendo 3DS Software

    Peter Mai/OC WeeklyNintendo's booth receiving a technical difficulty​There was more to Nintendo's press conference during this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo than just the Wii U announcement. Although overshadowed by the huge announcement of the new system, the software for the Nintendo 3DS ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2011

    E3 2011: Hands On With Nintendo's Newest Console, the Wii U

    Peter Mai/OC Weekly​Only hours after the official announcement of their newest gaming console, Nintendo opened the doors to their booth and allowed attendees of the 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo to get their hands on the Wii U. Don't let the name fool you. This is not a mere update to their p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2011

    6 Years Later: Did Nintendo Keep its Promises With the Wii?

    Satoru Iwata unveiling the Wii during the 2005 Electronic Entertainment Expo​Believe it or not, but it was six years ago when Nintendo unveiled the very first details of the Nintendo Wii. Known only by its code name at the time, the "Revolution," Nintendo showcased a lot of promise for the system ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2011

    E3 2011: 8 Reasons Why You Should be Excited As Hell

    ​The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is right around the corner, and the entire video game industry is focusing its gaze on what surprises the world's biggest gaming convention has in store. This year's E3, however, is going to be one of those really big, exciting ones that come come around eve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2011

    Five Games That Are Not on the Wii Virtual Console-- But Should Be

    ​With all of the anticipation of a new console from Nintendo to be unveiled at this year's E3, we can safely say that the Wii is on its way to retirement. Within the past five years since its release in 2006, Nintendo's Wii system supported many great features that have pleased casual and not-so-c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2011

    The Wii 2: Fact vs. Rumor

    ​News in the video game industry is typically slow within the few months leading up to the Electronics Entertainment Expo, since video game companies want to save their surprises for the biggest gaming event of the year. In a way, this is like the "calm before the storm." Nintendo, however, doesn' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    Ten Unintentionally Perverted Video Game Titles

    With silly movie titles such as The Midnight Meat Train and locales called "Lake Titicaca," nothing is safe from the hilarity of unintentionally perverted names. Thanks to awkward English translations and clueless game companies that just so happen to overlook how awkward their video game titles are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    Hands-On Review: Everything That I Love/Hate About the Nintendo 3DS

    Peter Mai/OC Weekly​I have my hands on the Nintendo's newest handheld, the 3DS. As an update to the Nintendo DS, one of the most popular video gaming devices of all time, the 3DS has a lot of expectations to meet. Promising 3D graphics without the need for glasses, along with a handful of many fea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    Video Game Characters and Their Original Designs

    LEFT: concept design for Bioshock's "Little Sisters", RIGHT: the final design​Creating an original video game character is a long, difficult process. Many of the characters that we have grown to love, in fact, had to undergo numerous design changes before their look becomes finalized. The Big Dadd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    How the Video Game Community Is Responding to Japan's Quake Disasters

    Masahiro Sakurai's TwitterA photo by Kirby creator Masahiro Sakurai shows empty Tokyo streets after the earthquake​With the death toll rising above 10,000 people, 88,000 people reported missing and the threat of numerous nuclear meltdowns, Japan is facing its worst national catastrophe since World ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2011

    Five Video Games to Convince Non-Gamers They Can Play Video Games

    Flickr user ChelseaCharliWhite​Many of my friends don't play video games too often. Sure, they'll pick up a casual game once in a while, but gaming is mostly a solo hobby of mine. Unfortunately, most of them are also extremely competitive. That means whenever we do play games together, I have to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2011

    6 Reasons Why You May Want to Reconsider the Nintendo 3DS

    Peter Mai/OC Weekly​Releasing in Japan in about a month, the much-hyped Nintendo 3DS has impressed the gaming world with its ability to push some impressive graphics and display 3D gaming without the need of those embarrassing glasses. Because the system is an update to the second-highest-selling ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2011

    Highlights From the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show--Day 1

    ​The technology world will have its eyes on Las Vegas this week, when one of the largest trade shows in the world, the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), starts on Thursday. Since 1967, numerous companies have used this convention to unveil some of the world's most recognized products ... More >>

  • Culture

    December 30, 2010

    'Congratulations On Your Recent Death!'

    A list of lists from our Heard Mentality blog's culture coverage

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    Video Games Linked to Brain Power Improvement, Higher GPAs and Less Smoking

    J. Adam Fenster/University of Rochester​Has your mother ever told you that video games do nothing but rot your brain? Well, she might have to get her facts straightened out. According to various sources of scientific research, video games may actually improve your brain power. Results have also in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2010

    5 Games You Probably Didn't Play in 2010... But Should Have

    2010 is coming to a close, and it has been a great year for the video gaming community. From the release of big-budget masterpieces such as Mass Effect 2 to exciting new hardware such as the Kinect and Playstation Move, there's something for just about every type of gamer this year.Unfortunately, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2010

    U.S. Senator Names UCI's World of Warcraft Research One of the Worst Wastes of Taxpayer Dollars in 2010

    ​In Tom Coburn's just-released "Wastebook 2010," an 85-page tirade on what the U.S. senator believes are the year's 100 most outrageous uses of tax dollars, UC Irvine's $3 million research of World of Warcraft and other games comes in at No. 6. "Most people have to work for a l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2010

    The Best and Worst Video Games of 2010

    ​The year has come to an end, and that can mean only one thing: awards for the best and worst video games of 2010! It has been an exceptional year for gaming, more than most gamers have time to even experience. However, there are only a few games out there that stood out above the rest. What were ... More >>

  • Culture

    December 9, 2010

    UC Irvine's New Computer-Games Major Gets Its Game On

    The school is banking big on computer games as an emerging discipline

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