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  • ‘Resident Evil Revelations 2’: The series that just won’t die, but should Mar 22, 2015 7:00 AM
    “Resident Evil: Revelations 2” is a sequel to a 2013 spinoff that’s been split into four unique episodes, each culminating in a cliffhanger reveal meant to keep players lumbering forward for another few hours. From the outset, “Revelations 2” creaks with age. The series has gone through so many permutations its heroes are now children of side characters.

  • ‘Republique Remastered’: A game that taps into our police-state anxieties Mar 16, 2015 6:36 AM
    We are still learning to live with our digital shadows. With “Republique Remastered,” Camouflaj, a small developer based in Bellevue, Washington, has created an episodic video game that taps into these anxieties.

  • ‘Rainbow Curse’ lets you artistically help Kirby Mar 8, 2015 6:15 AM
    Discounting Pac-Man, no iconic video game character has the raw simplicity of Kirby, the pink blob with the red shoes and chipper attitude. As someone who had only a passing familiarity with “Kirby’s Adventure” I had no expectations when I began the game’s twenty-eight stage story mode. “Kirby and the Rainbow Curse” requires players to use a stylus to control Kirby. Up to three other players can more easily appreciate the game’s claymation-inspired graphics on larger screens by tagging along as Kirby’s helper, Waddle Dee, who can be guided using any Wii U supported controller.

  • Pac-Man-themed restaurant opens at Woodfield Feb 24, 2015 10:02 PM
    On the verge of his 35th birthday, Pac-Man has a new home at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg. Level 257, Wood Dale-based Namco Entertainment Inc.'s prototype restaurant and entertainment center themed after the iconic video game, has finally opened after months of anticipation.

  • Grim Fandango Remastered: A witty but tedious classic Feb 16, 2015 6:00 AM
    Since it was originally released in 1998, a consensus has hung around “Grim Fandango” in the gaming community, such that it’s tempting to connect the word “classic” with it even if you had never touched it. So it was that I welcomed the announcement at Sony’s E3 press conference last year that the comedic noir would be spruced up for current technology. The update features hi-res assets, revamped lightning and a score performed by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

  • Will Arnett talks new Xbox show, celebrity gaming pals Feb 15, 2015 7:15 AM
    Despite a recognizably raspy voice that’s been featured in everything from “The Lego Movie” to GMC truck commercials, self-professed video gamer Will Arnett hasn’t been identified while chatting with other players online, nor has he taken the opportunity to put trash-talkers in their place. Arnett is producing the new streaming series “Game Chat,” which features him playing games like “Evolve” and “FIFA” alongside comedian hosts Peter Giles and Dennis Gubbins in several installments. The show debuted Wednesday, and subsequent episodes will launch every other week on Xbox Live and YouTube.

  • Game remasters give new life to old video games Feb 1, 2015 6:01 AM
    Following last year’s re-release of “Halo 2,” “The Last of Us” and “Grand Theft Auto V,” several other titles — and one hand-held device — are receiving similar resurrections in 2015.

  • 'Resident Evil': Still suffering beautifully after all these years Jan 26, 2015 2:26 PM
    “Resident Evil” is a high-definition remaster of a 2002 remake of the original 1996 PlayStation game about a secret police group who end up marooned in a hillside mansion overrun with zombies. The 2002 remake was a high point in video game history. Thirteen years later, its layers of delicately intertwined systems are as powerful as ever. Yet the persistence of its power is evidence of a lost future, a style of design, emotional manipulation, and technological trickery that's been mostly abandoned.

  • ‘Zelda,’ ‘Batman’ among anticipated games due in 2015 Jan 25, 2015 7:00 AM
    Link, Master Chief, Batman and Nathan Drake will be back in action. The leading men are among the protagonists starring in totally new video game installments in 2015, joined by newcomers like a team of intergalactic monster hunters and their prey (“Evolve”), a band of high-tech criminals and their tails (“Battlefield Hardline”), and a battalion of explorers and their procedurally generated universe (“No Man’s Sky”).

  • Hollywood films draw more video game interest Jan 17, 2015 6:22 AM
    Kabam Inc., a closely held publisher of free-to-play mobile games, acquired two Los Angeles-based developers, advancing the company’s plans to make more titles based on Hollywood films.

  • ‘The Old City: Leviathan’ an experiment in literary gaming Jan 7, 2015 6:01 AM
    For the developers at PostMod Softworks, “The Old City: Leviathan” was conceived as something of an experiment. At stake is whether players might welcome a game oriented more toward books than other visual media. The game’s primary influence, aside from the “Book of Jonah,” is none other than Dostoyevsky’s “Notes From Underground.”

  • Pac-Man-themed eatery opening soon at Woodfield Dec 30, 2014 8:15 PM
    An opening date hasn’t yet been set for the Pac-Man-themed restaurant and entertainment center coming to Schaumburg’s Woodfield Mall, but its developers now know when they can guarantee a reservation. “I’m absolutely confident we’ll be taking reservations for Valentine’s Day,” said David Bishop, executive vice president of strategic project development for Wood Dale-based Namco Entertainment, Inc.

  • Nintendo designer talks 'amiibo,' 'Zelda' and 'Mario' Dec 22, 2014 5:35 PM
    Shigeru Miyamoto seems giddy — and with good reason. The veteran Nintendo designer behind such landmark video-game franchises as “Mario Bros.” and “Donkey Kong” is happy that after three years of sluggish sales for Nintendo's touchscreen-centric Wii U console, the Kyoto, Japan-based gaming giant is bouncing back, just like the famous springy plumber dreamed up 33 years ago by Miyamoto.

  • McCartney reflects on yesterday, today and tomorrow Dec 21, 2014 7:15 AM
    Sir Paul McCartney is 72, and only the wrinkles give his years away. Now he is promoting the present, a score he completed for “Destiny,” a first-person shooter game for PlayStation and Xbox. The premise was intriguing partly because he is no more adept at video games than he is at reading sheet music (many rock stars can’t), and because the closing song he wrote, the ballad “Hope for the Future,” captures how he looks upon the world.

  • Gift Guide: Dragons, aliens, heroes for the gamer Nov 27, 2014 6:15 AM
    Here are the hottest video games this holiday season to feed your gamer's machine. Be sure to find out which console your loved one owns, or there’s bound to be disappointment.

  • ‘Smash Bros.’ makes brutality adorable Nov 27, 2014 6:30 AM
    Every few years, Nintendo rounds up its most popular characters, like Mario, Donkey Kong and Pikachu, and has them beat the daylights out of each other. Only Nintendo could make bare-knuckle brawling cute. “Super Smash Bros. for Wii U” (Nintendo, $59.99) continues that bizarre balancing act between adorable and brutal. Like most fighting games, it’s a snooze to play alone but a delight to play with friends.

  • For video games, a trek to more exotic locales Nov 21, 2014 5:45 AM
    At the beginning of “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare,” the player is dumped from the sky in a drop pod in Seoul, South Korea. The interactive medium has long built digital playgrounds based on real-world locales. However, recent technological leaps, as well as an endless string of games set in ubiquitous locations like New York and Los Angeles, have motivated developers of some of the year’s biggest games to boldly go where they haven’t before.

  • ‘Assassin’s Creed Unity’ takes a tumble Nov 16, 2014 5:45 AM
    One of my favorite activities in the “Assassin’s Creed” games is diving off the top of a tall building into a conveniently placed haystack. I’ve done it hundreds of times over the franchise’s seven-year run, but until now I’ve never gotten stuck in the hay.

  • How to stop anonymous trolls from destroying online games Nov 15, 2014 7:44 AM
    Anonymity, in some cases a key civil liberty, also enables society’s worst actors. The loudest, most obnoxious, most toxic voices are able to drown out the rest of us — a spectacle that has nearly pushed me to quit the video-game world entirely in recent months.

  • Libertyville meets on gambling Nov 16, 2014 3:50 PM
    Libertyville Mayor Terry Weppler and the village board will host a town-hall meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18 to discuss and answer questions regarding video gambling. The meeting will be held at the Libertyville Civic Center, 135 W. Church St.

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