Doing evil?In a business sector known for cutthroat, amoral maneuvering, social-game developer Zynga stands out as, well, particularly cutthroat and amoral. At least that's the view of many of its competitors and former employees, some of whom we interviewed for a September 2010 SF Weekly cover s ... More >>
As far as the Internets go, Doctor Octoroc is the real deal -- he's the animator, composer, and wizard behind more or less every good retro video game parody online, like "Jersey Shore: The RPG," "Game of Thrones RPG," "8-Bit Twilight (Interactive Game)," and more. Based in Philadelphia, D ... More >>
It seems like America has gotten a little obsessed with cake lately. Just look at your cable listings (Cake Boss, Ace of Cakes, and Cupcake Wars) or your Internet bookmarks (Cake Wrecks). To liven up the party, you don't just need a cake. You now need a life-size fondant-covered replica of Grandma's ... More >>
Empires and Allies allows users to build cities and go to warZynga's latest Facebook game, Empires and Allies, is being closely watched. Tech-industry observers see the combat and city-building game as a gambit by the successful social-game developer to expand its offerings beyond the breathtakin ... More >>
The next generationNintendo geeks will will be swarming at Pier 39 starting today where they can get a demo of the new Nintendo portable game system. Nintendo 3DS demo pod participants will also get to create and share their own customized Mii, the and play upcoming games including n ... More >>
This does not resemble a personal computerPlaystation 3 owners who have been grousing over their video game gadgets have something more to complain about.A federal judge has dismissed most their claims filed in a class action lawsuit against Sony last year. A group of gamers accused the entertain ... More >>
That little bastard might not be smiling for longOne of the issues raised in our September cover story on social-gaming company Zynga was the long-term viability of a business based on copying and aggressively marketing inane but addictive game concepts. The Facebook applications that are making ... More >>
Still printing money, it seemsOne of the more vivid side discussions provoked by our story last week on social-gaming company Zynga's allegedly predatory business practices was about the merits of Zynga-style games. The company specializes in Facebook apps that entice users to compulsively build ... More >>
Today, FarmVille crops yield real cashIt ain't been a great week in the press for Zynga, the San Francisco-based creator of popular online games such as FarmVille. Last Wednesday we published a cover story in which ex-employees dished on Zynga's allegedly "evil" practice of copying competitors' g ... More >>
Who says a war is bad for business?San Francisco-based social-gaming company Zynga is being sued for alleged trademark infringement over its popular Facebook game, Mafia Wars.Digital Chocolate, another online gaming company, claims in a lawsuit filed in federal court that it owns rights to the na ... More >>
Dennis Herrera is taking off the gloves over Zynga's 'Mafia Wars'The San Francisco City Attorney's office is going after social-gaming company Zynga -- maker of such popular Facebook applications as FarmVille and Mafia Wars -- for what it calls an "illegal and actionable" marketing campaign to pr ... More >>
"Visions of the Gamepocalypse"Yerba Buena Center for the Arts7:30 p.m., $10Recently we downloaded a much ballyhooed racing game for our iPhone, played for five minutes, and felt like we'd watched the first season of Mr. Belvedere. We felt stupid. Another time we spent a weekend with Nintendo Wii ... More >>
Unsatisfying videogame experiences often end with the player being shot, blown to bits, eaten by ghosts, or crushed by barrels rolled by a deranged gorilla. This one ended with a lawsuit -- and not in the virtual world but San Francisco Superior Court. A disgruntled gamer named Daniel Wolf last w ... More >>
As more and more Americans find themselves sitting at home in their tattered bathrobes at 3 p.m. on working days, videogame sales have gone through the roof. Last year, Americans spent $22 billion on games -- a 23 percent jump from the prior year. Now, here's the funny part: Many of the unemployed f ... More >>
We all know video games are awesome, but why? The annual Game Developers Conference aims to answer that question in great detail, with hundreds of panel discussions related to every nuance of making video games. Over 230 sessions are already confirmed, touching base on video game audio, business an ... More >>
Atari's Alone in the Dark is scary for all the wrong reasons.
Majesco's Blast Works: Blowing stuff up DIY-style.
House of the Dead returns for the Wii, stiff as ever.
(Photos by Paul Quitoriano) By Oscar Pascual Video games have come a long way, baby. Back in the day video games were flat and simple, and so was its music. But somehow developers made due with what they had and delivered classic titles with memorable tunes from Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Fi ... More >>
(Photos by Jeff Enlow) WonderCon has been a fantastic Xanadu of geekery thus far, with Saturday containing the majority of big money exclusives. Panel discussions from the X-Files creative team and Jon Favreau's upcoming Iron Man film were the sweetest payoffs, but there were lots more surprises lur ... More >>
NiGHTS' second coming feels more like a first draft.
A look back at the best of 2007.
Alien Syndrome will alienate some, infect others
A few more changes would've helped Transformers
The Wii's Big Brain Academy makes summer school cool
The terrorizing townsfolk of Resident Evil 4 shamble onto the Wii
All the beer in the world can't save Mario Party 8
A promising glimpse of the next Halo
New play explores whether violent videogames create killers
She wants to harness the power of the communal cerebellum her games create and put it to work solving real-world problems
There's not much besides an extra controller to these minigames
There's more than one way to play with your Wii
Nintendo finally gets 1-Up on the competition
Saints Row shamelessly apes Grand Theft Auto
The five biggest attention-getters at E3.
Sega's Hedgehog goes back to the grind . . . yawn
The Xbox Live Arcade is a high-tech twist on the old-fashioned coin-op.