GamesBeat weekly roundup: Twitch plays Pokémon, why Steam matters, and Thief stumbles
I played a lot of the original Pokémon when I was little, but I never thought that a group of thousands would try to beat the same game in one of the most bizarre social experiments I’ve ever seen.
You can find out more about streaming site Twitch’s Pokémon obsession by catching up on our entire week’s worth of video game coverage. You’ll also find a bunch of previews, including looks at the new Wolfenstein and Yoshi’s Island, plus reviews for Thief, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, and more.
Pieces of flairThe DeanBeat: Will multiplayer-only games make the single-player campaign obsolete?Analysts: Titanfall bundle and Xbox One price cut ‘reveal the importance’ of Respawn’s shooterWhy Steam matters: Valve’s ambitious plan for the future of the PCThe Last of Us fan makes awesome Wolf of Wall Street-style trailerThe best (and worst) of some recent Flappy Bird knockoffs
Above: South Park: The Stick of Truth is finally almost here, but fans in many countries will get the short end of the stick due to censorship.Image Credit: Ubisoft
Game newsMinecraft getting its own big-screen adaptation following the success of ‘The Lego Movie’Fantasy leagues are no longer for sports nerds — they’re for e-sports now, tooThat Steam account may cost you: Verizon wants to charge gamers extra for eating up bandwidthTwitch Plays Pokémon inspires ambitious Zelda, Mario, and Street Fighter spin-offsPokémon anime coming to Netflix this weekendVeteran developers’ new take on a 30-year-old wizard game comes together in the cloudLive from London: U.K. game conventions turn to Twitch to broadcast expos onlineNintendo pulling the plug on Wii and DS online gaming (updated)Minecraft is mainstream with 100M registered PC accounts and 14.3M copies soldActivision shuts down Call of Duty Elite premium subscription serviceValve gives control of sales on Steam to developersSouth Park: The Stick of Truth’s abortion, anal-probing scenes censored in Europe, Middle East, and AfricaMicrosoft: Twitch broadcasting looks ‘crisp’ on Xbox OneFollowing fan outcry, Konami cuts price for its upcoming Metal Gear Solid V prologueHow to get Pokémon X or Y for free in MarchXbox One Twitch streaming release date is March 11Confirmed: Former Nokia chief Stephen Elop will run Microsoft’s Xbox and tablet businessesXbox One getting Titanfall bundle on March 11 — includes game and console for $500Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg to direct a movie about how Sega took on NintendoDayZ creator plans to leave developer Bohemia InteractiveFreddie Wong’s Video Game High School hits crowdfunding target — and sets a record
Mobile and socialCloning for good: Code.org eases kids into programming with Flappy BirdGoogle Play’s game-related revenues are growing twice as fast as iOSLive Gamer adds MasterCard’s new payment service to digital game and app storefrontsOnly 0.15 percent of mobile gamers account for 50 percent of all in-game revenue (exclusive)EA founder Trip Hawkins’ If You Can raises $6.5M for social-emotional learning gamesCourt dismisses shareholder lawsuit against Zynga [update]Bingo! GSN buys Bash Gaming for an estimated $160M to $170MPlay chess against world champion Magnus Carlsen in this iPhone appCandy Crush Saga publisher abandons the ‘Candy’ trademark in the U.S. after acquiring Candy CrusherNextpeer makes it easy to challenge your friends in mobile multiplayer matchesMobile game Shapist was inspired by ancient Asian block games
Above: These aren’t your History Channel Nazis.Image Credit: Bethesda Softworks
Previews and interviewsYoshi’s New Island makes us question all of his dino-egg tossing (preview)Murdered: Soul Suspect turns a ghost story into a fascinating, original video game (hands-on preview)Know your developer: An interview with Shadowrun Returns creator Harebrained SchemesThe Dutch want gaming startups to sprout like tulips (interview)Game changer: VC Chris Dixon talks about Oculus and his occasional forays into gaming (interview)Wolfenstein: The New Order brings the franchise into the Call of Duty gen (by way of Tarantino)
ReviewsInazuma Eleven’s fantastic take on soccer is better than the real thing (review)Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy provides an epic and emotional series finale (review)Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare dumbs down a smart series (review)Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is a much more focused experience than its predecessor (review)Thief pilfers some needed improvements but forgets to steal a personality (review)