Tag: DeanBeat Reviews Previews and Interviews

How former Call of Duty studio head Michael Condrey views modern warfare and games

Michael Condrey has hired dozens of game developers for his new studio, tentatively titled 2K Silicon Valley. In doing so, the former Sledgehammer Games co-studio head who brought us games like Call of Duty: World War II and Dead Space has a chance to shape the culture of a game studio with a modern approach. And […]

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Why longtime Xbox chip architect John Sell moved to Intel

Intel announced last week that it hired John Sell, the chief architect of next-generation console chips at Microsoft. Sell worked on the chips for the Xbox One, Xbox One X, and the upcoming Project Scarlett. I’ve interviewed Sell over the years on the different projects he has worked on throughout his career, ranging from Microsoft’s […]

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Devcom delivers the European perspective on gaming

While the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) had a shaky year in the U.S., Europe’s Gamescom event is going quite strong. Last year, Europe’s biggest game event drew 370,000 people, most of them fans who came from 114 countries. The next Gamescom is coming August 20 to August 24 in Cologne, Germany, and it will be […]

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How combat and storytelling will work in Square Enix’s The Avengers game

One of the big reveals at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), the big game trade show in Los Angeles, was the unveiling of gameplay for Square Enix’s The Avengers game. The timing for this game (coming soon) is good because the film Avengers: Endgame has made about $2.7 billion at the box office so far […]

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Sam Barlow’s Telling Lies lets you spy on the lives of 4 liars

Sam Barlow’s Telling Lies gives you the feeling that you’re searching through an enormous trove of surveillance data scoop up by the National Security Agency. A woman has stolen the data and has about four hours to pore through the material to solve a mystery. And Barlow, the creator of the interactive movie game Her […]

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Ninja Theory: After Hellblade’s darkness comes Bleeding Edge’s wackiness

Ninja Theory’s Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice was my favorite game of 2017. It was also relentlessly dark. And I can see why Ninja Theory’s next game, Bleeding Edge, is a goofy co-op title. Bleeding Edge pits four players in control of cartoon cyberpunk characters against four other human players. They ride hoverboards into battle and sport […]

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How Ghost Recon: Breakpoint turns up the realism of drone warfare

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Breakpoint pits the ghosts of elite military units against rivals who are armed with killer drones. The game is a modern warfare third-person combat game where stealth is important, and we got a good look at it at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) game trade show in Los Angeles. This tactical […]

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What comes next for Oculus after the Quest launch

Jason Rubin can take a moment to sigh with relief. Now that the Oculus Quest wireless virtual reality headset has launched, it’s clear that the device has been selling out in some locations. I spoke with Rubin at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), the big game trade show in Los Angeles. Oculus scooped up some […]

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Intellivision Entertainment prepares for its rebirth on 10-10-20

Intellivision Entertainment is winding up for a big launch of its retro video game console on October 10, 2020, or 10-10-20. That number is a little piece of flair that Tommy Tallarico, CEO of the reborn Intellivision Entertainment, is adding to his master plan. Tallarico grew up with the joy of playing the Intellivision video […]

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Gearbox creative director Paul Sage — How we made Borderlands 3

It’s been a long journey for Borderlands 3. Borderlands 2 shipped in 2012, and fans naturally thought that Borderlands 3 would be coming soon after that. But the wait was long. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel shipped in 2014. But fans — who have scooped up 43 million copies of the previous games — have been patient. […]

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How Cornelia Geppert’s Sea of Solitude expresses her battle with loneliness

With Sea of Solitude, Electronic Arts is releasing a very different kind of video game through its EA Originals program. It comes from German game developer Jo-Mei Games, and it tells an intimate story about a young woman’s emotional journey to overcome loneliness. I saw the game at the EA Play event in Hollywood, in […]

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How Facebook is capturing the hearts and minds of gamers and streamers

Facebook was out in force with a big presence at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), the big game trade show in Los Angeles. E3 usually has about a billion impressions up for grabs as global gamers tune into the events, and as a social media platform, Facebook wants its share of those impressions. The company […]

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Ghost Recon: Breakpoint hands-on video — Fighting drones and humans with stealth

Ubisoft gave us plenty of time to check out the Ghosts at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). I was able to play a lengthy play session of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Breakpoint, the latest installment in the long-running tactical shooter series. The game has beautiful graphics and precise combat, but it’s a big departure from […]

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment drives hard with both triple-A and mobile games

Warner Bros. was one of the Hollywood studios that saw a long time ago that video games could be a source of primary revenue, not ancillary revenue related to movie or TV properties. And Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment is reaping the fruits of that vision today. The company has 10 internally owned studios across the […]

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ESA Foundation’s Anastasia Staten — how to change the face of gaming

The show floor wasn’t as crowded with exhibits this year at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), the big game trade show in Los Angeles last week. And one of the beneficiaries of that were charities, like the Stack Up veterans in gaming group as well as the ESA Foundation, a charity associated with the Entertainment […]

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Call of Duty Endowment is increasing job placement for veterans

After a decade, the Call of Duty Endowment is hitting its stride when it comes to placing veterans into good jobs. Since 2012, the nonprofit group funded by the profits from Activision Blizzard’s popular Call of Duty video game series has placed more than 54,000 veterans into jobs. The average salary for the jobs is […]

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How Nintendo approached the PR battle at E3 2019

Nintendo brought up the rear in showing off new games at the 2019 Electronic Entertainment Expo, but it made a lot of noise last Tuesday with its Nintendo Direct livestream event. Nintendo doesn’t have a live physical press event anymore, but it did have one of the biggest booths at the show in the West […]

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The bulletstorm ending of Rage 2

It’s taken me a while to finish Rage 2, the first-person shooter from Bethesda’s id Software division. The game came out on the consoles and the Windows PC on May 14, but I had to deal with a lot of other duties in the meantime, including attending last week’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). Tim Willits, […]

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Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda interview — Betting big on The Avengers game

Square Enix had so much to talk about at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) that it took advantage of the void left by Sony’s absence and held a press event. And it showed off a lot of games, including the highly anticipated game based on its partnership with Marvel on The Avengers. I spoke with […]

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Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick interview — Not every game has to last 100 hours

One of the annual highlights at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is interviewing Strauss Zelnick, the CEO of Take-Two Interactive, the publisher of games such as Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2 and the upcoming Borderlands 3. Zelnick is always very efficient and direct with his answers. This year, he was terse in some parts of our […]

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