Keith Stuart

Grand Theft Auto V: Providing the thrill of escape

The launch of Grand Theft Auto V (GTA5) had long queues snaking down high streets at daybreak as the first copies went on sale.

Gaming: The year of playing dangerously

Yes, zombies will be back again in 2012. Some things never change.

Working up a sweat over gaming

Will the new generation of exercise games really help you get fit in your living room?

3D games enter a new generation

The launch of PlayStation Move and Xbox Kinect signals a revolution in the way that we interact through the internet.

The real trumps the virtual

After Arsenal's Champions League exit Arsène Wenger could find only one way to sum up the blitzkrieg that was Lionel Messi.

When terrorism becomes everyone’s entertainment

The video is just a few minutes long, but it may be the most important game footage to be seen this year.

Preserving old games is a service to humanity

Last week, Microsoft announced a joint initiative with the British National Archives. There is concern that billions of public documents will soon be obsolete. Microsoft has stepped in to offer its "software virtualisation" solution, Virtual PC 2007, as well as a bunch of old operating systems. Isn't it about time we had a similar endeavour for video games?

Coming to the small screen: In-game advertising

On May 12, the <i>Guardian</i> reported on Google's plans to psychologically profile online gamers and then hawk the information to advertisers. The company has filed patents for a technology that analyses the tactics we use in games like <i>World of Warcraft</i> and <i>Quake</i>, so that in-game ads can be individually doctored to the player.

Homebrew coders cook up success for consoles

For years, video-game watchers have complained that there is no mainstream channel for independently produced games. Xbox Live Arcade and now the PlayStation 3's E-Distribution Initiative have shifted the industry mindset, with Microsoft and Sony actively courting the indie development scene.

New tech industry with old tech habits

A games drought is coming. Xbox 360 owners in the United Kingdom will get <i>Crackdown</i> this week then nothing much until the likes of <i>Mass Effect</i>, <i>Bioshock</i> and, of course, <i>Halo 3</i>. Wii fans have <i>Mario</i> and <i>Metroid</i> titles to look forward to in the distant future.

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