Stories by John Davison

  • A glimpse at some iPad games

    The iPad is just a week away, and game developers are starting to reveal what their titles will look like on the device. It's already clear that we'll be seeing a lot more detail in games, and hopefully more in-depth experiences to match.

  • How the Nintendo 3DS 3D works

    Nintendo's newly announced 3DS handheld promises 3D imagery without the need for goggles. How is this possible? If it does indeed use Sharp's "parallax barrier" technology, this is how it works.

  • 'Shoot' real-life opponents with your iPhone

    While augmented reality apps have been positioned as the "new hotness" on smartphones for a while now, there have been very few games that blend all of the requisite parts of the technology to make something fun. Shadowforce seems to be onto something with its new app Gunman, however.

  • Samsung focuses on 3D LED TVs and Apps for TVs

    At its press conference at the Consumer Electronics Show this week, Samsung revealed dozens of products, including new TVs, home theater systems, and eBook readers as well as content partnerships with Dreamworks, Google, and others.

  • Steam's holiday sale

    The Steam Holiday Sale began this week, and will run through until Sunday January 3, 2010. If you're looking to buy a gift, Steam offers gifting functionality so you can send a code to friends or family for specific PC games, and this is made all the more appealing thanks to the fact that the service is offering savings of up to 80 percent on some titles, with daily offers associated with specific brands. You can buy a complete pack of Codemasters games for US$74.99 for example, while all Atari games are offered at 66 percent off. The entire Ubisoft catalog is being offered at half price right now, while all 2K games are 33 percent off.

  • Llamas invade iPhone

    Beginning his career back in 1982 with the Defender clone Andes Attack, Jeff Minter has long been associated with psychedelic, fast-paced shooters, often starring llamas and other furry ungulates. His contributions to gaming have included Attack of the Mutant Camels, Gridrunner, Tempest 2000, Space Giraffe, and most recently the Xbox 360 version of Space Invaders Extreme.

  • Adult Swim's My Lil' Bastard coming to iPhone next week

    Adult Swim Games is slowly porting all of its most popular Flash games to the iPhone. Amateur Surgeon has already proven to be very popular, as has 5 Minutes to Kill (Yourself), and squad-based shooter Meowcenaries. Next up is virtual pet simulator My Lil' Bastard, a game of violence, vomiting, and poop jokes.

  • Video games to help STEM learning in the United States

    In support of President Obama's call for a renewed focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), and the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) have teamed up with Sony Computer Entertainment America, Microsoft, and the MacArthur Foundation and announced a number of efforts to motivate students. The organizations are aiming to leverage the interest that kids have in video games and inspire them through a series of STEM-related design competitions. This is part of the administration's extensive "Educate to Innovate" program, outlined today.