Stories by Lou Kesten

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Review: Ouya will get video gamers' attention

Ouya costs just $100 - a few hundred dollars less than what you'd pay for a major game console. Thousands of gamers and game developers got Ouyas over the past few months after contributing at ...
By Lou Kesten

Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012

Wii U blows up dual-screen gaming

When Nintendo first broached the idea of multiple-screen video games in 2004, critics were skeptical that players could focus on two images at once.
By Lou Kesten

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009

Xbox 360 online games offer variety of creativity, quality

If you're at all interested in online gaming, you need an Xbox 360.
By Lou Kesten

'Killzone 2' lives up to hype, gives 'Halo' run for its money

When Sony announced the PlayStation 3 at the 2005 Electronic Entertainment Expo, its centerpiece was a breathtaking chunk of footage from a game called Killzone 2 . The clip, which showed a squad ...
By Lou Kesten

Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009

Video Games

Tiger Woods has been keeping a low profile as he prepares for his comeback from knee surgery -- and a possible round of golf with President Obama. He did take time to check out the Gillette-EA ...
By Lou Kesten

Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009

Some WiiWare titles rise above the rest

When Nintendo started its WiiWare download service in May, the range of its original games was laudable, with the action, puzzle, strategy and simulation genres all represented. The games ...
By Lou Kesten

Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009

Video Games

Further proof that Barack Obama could be our first geek president: He has a Nintendo Wii. According to The New York Times, he's been using it to practice bowling with his daughters Malia and Sasha ...
By Lou Kesten

Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009

Video Games

Most gamers spend the early part of the year catching up on software. Take your time. You still have more than a month until the first major game of 2009 -- Warner's F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin -- ...
By Lou Kesten

TV, movies, board games inspire titles

Like so many American creations -- baseball, comic books, rock 'n' roll -- the video game is a mongrel art form. Literature, music, art and film all get jumbled together in this relatively new ...
By Lou Kesten

Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009

'Persona 4' mixes psychodrama with role-playing

I spent hundreds of hours last year immersed in role-playing games such as Fallout 3, Fable II and Lost Odyssey . The genre is special to those of us who like our small-screen adventures to have ...
By Lou Kesten

Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008

Video Games

COMMAND & CONQUER: How will Barack Obama's presidency affect video gamers? We know that his team is tech-savvy; the campaign's adept use of the Internet for fundraising and voter outreach has ...
By Lou Kesten

Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008

Video Games

Hail to the Chimp: 1/2 * out of ****, Gamecock, for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, $39.99): The concept behind this satirical party game is perfect for this political year. The lion has been ...
By Lou Kesten

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Comic-Con reveals video games are part of culture

A few hours at the Comic-Con in San Diego -- the annual fanboy-palooza that has become one of the entertainment industry's biggest events -- should have been enough to convince anyone that video ...
By Lou Kesten

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Nintendo, Microsoft stumble while Sony cruises

UNCONVENTIONAL: If you attended the 2006 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, along with about 60,000 other people, you were probably blown away by the massive audiovisual bombast. If you ...
By Lou Kesten

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Best video games of 2008

BEST OF 2008 (SO FAR): E3, the video-game industry's big trade show, is next week, and you'll be hearing a lot about all the new software coming between now and Christmas.
By Lou Kesten

Thursday, May 8, 2008

New group enters furor over 'Grand Theft Auto'

Now that the year's biggest video game has arrived, it might be time to ask: "Who's mad at Grand Theft Auto IV this week?"
By Lou Kesten

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Board game gets digital upgrade

People have been playing board games for thousands of years, while video games have been around for only a few decades. It makes sense that designers of video games would copy their ancestors. ...
By Lou Kesten

Thursday, June 14, 2007

News bytes

KING UBI: The most consistently intriguing "third-party" publisher of video games (that is, a company not named Sony, Nintendo or Microsoft) is France's Ubisoft, which has developed a reputation ...
By Lou Kesten

Hit or myth

When future archaeologists look back on the games of the 21st century, they're likely to be confused by the convoluted myths we've created. Who is this Zelda, and why must Link find her? How do ...
By Lou Kesten
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