Blog Posts by Ben Silverman

  • Activision unveils ‘Guitar Hero Live’, due out this year

    The 2015 battle of the video game bands is booked.

    On Tuesday, Activision pulled back the curtain on the worst-kept secret in gaming: After a five-year hiatus, Guitar Hero is staging a comeback. The new effort is called Guitar Hero Live, and it’s due out this fall.

    The announcement effectively revives the music game rivalry that once dominated consoles, as developer Harmonix recently revealed that Rock Band 4 is also coming before the year is up.

    But while we know only a few tidbits about the new Rock Band, Activision and new developer FreeStyleGames (they made the DJ Hero games) have already given press hands-on time with Guitar Hero Live. In general, it’s the same sort of game that it’s

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  • Teaser trailer reveals ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops III’

    In news that should shock roughly .5% of the population, Activision has unwrapped the next Call of Duty game.

    Sort of.

    What they’ve actually done is release a teaser trailer of Call of Duty: Black Ops III, but it’s heavy on the tease and light on the trailer. Forget extensive breakdowns of new gear and potential hints at a plot, because this is really, seriously a tease. I’ll stop teasing it:

    Okay, so what was that? It’s hard to say. Intimidating voices mention a guy named Mason (that would be Alex Mason, the star of Black Ops II) and yammer on about doubt and fear and war and weapons. Swirling lights and binary code coalesce into pistols and exosuits. There are undoubtedly hints scattered

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  • A ‘Five Nights at Freddy’s’ film is in the works

    Your darkest animatronic nightmares are headed to the silver screen.

    According to the Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. has picked up the rights to the wildly popular frightfest Five Nights at Freddy’s. No writer or director has been attached to it yet, though producers Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg of KatzSmith Productions are on the prowl.

    The work of independent game maker Scott Cawthon, Five Nights drops players into the security booth of Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, a Chuck E. Cheese knockoff featuring a delightful band of animatronic animals. Delightful during the day, that is. At night, the robots roam the restaurant looking for something to kill. Your job? Survive five nights by

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  • This 'Mortal Kombat X' selfie Fatality is picture perfect

    Millenials get a lot of grief from grumpier generations who can't stand their Snapchats and emojis and surprisingly responsible fiscal planning. But you have to hand it to the kids: they've certainly got style.

    Take this impressive kill from Cassie Cage, the badass offspring of Mortal Kombat icons Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade. Cassie is a playable character in the upcoming Mortal Kombat X, and just like dear old dad, she's got some serious swag. Not only does she lop off an opponent’s jaw, she has the presence of mind to share it online (Warning: NSFW. It’s really gross. After all, it’s Mortal Kombat):

     The best part might be the fact that the fake social network is called “Friendships,” a

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  • Meet Plays.tv, the self-styled Instagram for gamers

    (Credit: Plays.tv)(Credit: Plays.tv)
    It’s not a great time to be a shy gamer.

    You can play games alone, of course, but after every feat, you’re encouraged to share your exploits, post them to Facebook, embed them in a tweet, or live-stream them for the world to see. If you aren’t sharing, you aren’t caring.

    But lots of gamers — myself included — are a little reticent about flooding their social networks with League of Legends clips. I like to keep my social networks separate; Facebook is for friends and family, and Twitter is for commentary and terrible jokes (and fighting with trolls). Dumping videos to YouTube works fine, but there are billions of others doing the same thing. No one will ever see it.

    According to the game

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  • Review: Diabolically difficult ‘Bloodborne’ is among the PS4's best

    Bloodborne is a game about hope.

    It’s also a game about death. It’s about vile monsters smashing, slicing, clawing, and chewing you to bits. It’s about horror, frustration, salty language, and broken controllers.

    What keeps you playing Bloodborne, the incredibly challenging PS4-only role-playing game crafted by demented developer From Software, is a spark. It’s hard to see, a flicker in the darkness often obscured by the rage of yet another failed attempt to kill a thing you are clearly in no shape to kill. But it’s there, a glimmering beacon, a calm voice telling you that despite a learning curve shaped like a wall and hours spent futilely jabbing at creatures so hellish that you vaguely

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  • Nintendo paints outside the lines with inky shooter 'Splatoon'

    It’s okay if you have no idea what to make of Splatoon.

    It’s a Nintendo game lacking any recognizable Nintendo characters. It’s a shooter, but the goal isn’t to shoot people. It’s about online team play, but the Wii U isn’t exactly an online powerhouse. Splatoon doesn’t make a great deal of sense on paper.

    But Nintendo doesn’t stare at spreadsheets when they create games, and after spending a few hours shooting through Splatoon at Nintendo’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington, I’m sold. Splatoon’s clever, quirky design is classic Nintendo: confident, smooth, and more than anything, just plain fun.

    What is it, exactly?

    Splatoon might be a shooter at heart, but it isn’t so much about shooting

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  • Joe Montana is working on a new football video game

    They don’t call him The Comeback Kid for nothing.

    Hall of Fame QB Joe Montana is trying to revive his long dormant video game franchise, Joe Montana Football. And according to a Twitter post, he’s charging downfield.

    “It just got Unreal,” Montana tweeted on Monday, along with a screenshot bearing the Unreal Engine 4 logo and the hashtag #joemontanafootball16.

    (Credit: Joe Montana)(Credit: Joe Montana)

    Montana’s been hinting at work on a new game for a while now. Back in October he tweeted a gif of himself doing a little motion capture – the 58-year old looked pretty nimble – though the Unreal post is the first to include an actual in-game image.

    It’s been over 20 years since gamers last saw a Joe Montana Football game. First

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  • Rory McIlroy replaces Tiger Woods as PGA video game frontman

    Just a few years after backing away from the train wreck that is Tiger Woods, EA Sports has found their next golf video game cover athlete: Tiger nemesis and current world number 1, Rory McIlroy.

    “This is a great honor, and something I couldn’t even dream of growing up playing the sport,” McIlroy said in a statement. “I really hope people enjoy the game and I’m very glad I can be a part of it.”

    Rory McIlroy PGA Tour is due out in June for the Xbox One and PS4. It’s EA’s first golf game since Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14 came out in 2013, but more importantly, it’s the first EA golf game to bail on the ‘Tiger Woods’ branding since 1998.

    It’s not exactly a shocker. EA announced the end of the

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  • Horrible people can now play ‘Cards Against Humanity’ online

    You waited all game for the perfect time to play “A Super Soaker filled with cat pee,” only to watch your sister’s jerky boyfriend steal the show with an unbelievable use of “Home video of Oprah sobbing into a Lean Cuisine.” Who knows when you’ll have another chance to shine in Cards Against Humanity?

    Good news! You no longer need to throw a party to play the world’s filthiest party game. You just need to be online.

    The immensely popular and delightfully raunchy card game has been transformed into an online game called Cards Against Originality. The free Web app is playable on computers, smartphones, and tablets.

    Featuring all the original cards along with the five expansion sets, Cards

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