Peter Galvin

Zombies FTW

Gamer looks back at 2012's best experiences behind the controls

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Hail to the Chief

Halo 4 gives the fans what they want, and then some

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GAMER They say you have to go away in order to make a comeback. To be fair, the Halo series never really "went away," having released two non-numbered titles and an HD remake in the four years since Halo 3, but those entries lacked the presence of the iconic Master Chief and, compared with the pop-culture phenomenon that was Halo 3, they didn't exactly set the gaming community on fire.Read more »

Good. But revolutionary?

'Assassin's Creed III' takes on the American Revolution

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'Assassin's Creed III'

(Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)

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Déjà vu all over again

Video game ourbouros: Warfighter is a sequel to a reboot.

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'Medal of Honor: Warfighter' (Danger Close/Electronic Arts)

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GAMER I hate to start off a review by highlighting the competition, but — Call of Duty. The biggest name in gaming casts a long shadow, and a good number of publishers are happy to step aside and let Call of Duty have the holiday months.Read more »

Overkill

You in danger, girl! Resident Evil 6 has a lot going on.
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Resident Evil 6

(Capcom)

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A non-game Gamer review: Astro A50 deadphones

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Guardian video game reviewer Peter Galvin tests out technology designed to enhance the gaming experience. Product was provided for review purposes.

Someone once labeled current gaming headset star Astro Gaming the "Beats of gaming," referring to the enormously successful Beats by Dre product line of consumer headsets. It's a comparison Astro itself seems eager to encourage and, while aligning your company with such a ubiquitous brand name makes sense financially, more discerning audiophiles are quick to point out that most of the cash you shell out for a pair of Beats is for name-brand style rather than for sound.

However, Astro Gaming seems to be looking to the Beats phenomenon more as a guide to positioning itself at the top of the industry for premium gaming headphones. The market isn't exactly teeming with game-specific headsets, so when I say the new Astro A50 (Astro Gaming, $299) headphones are some of the best money can buy in this category it doesn't automatically mean they're mind-blowing. It does suggest that Astro's first big release in three years is conclusively about looking towards the future rather than playing catch-up.

A local San Francisco company, Astro has made a name for itself by selling headsets solely on its own website, and, with the release of the A50, it hopes to expand the web store into a downtown retail space. Gaming is in the process of legitimizing itself for mature players and Astro wants a place in that richer realm, not just for posterity's sake but because we're talking about a market that's growing every day. As the average age of game players rises (currently somewhere between 30 and 35 years old), the industry has seen a rise in gamers and tech enthusiasts with considerably deeper pockets.

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Shoot to thrill

FALL ARTS PREVIEW: Gamer stops, drops, and rolls into fall's fiery pit of video-game releases

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FALL ARTS At some point in the last 30 years game publishers decided that releasing in the summer was financial suicide. Maybe these publishers were under the mistaken impression that everyone is out enjoying the sun and, I don't know, hiking? But as those of us who also enjoy gaming will tell you, you make time for video games.Read more »

Same time next year

Sussing out the hits and misses of this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo

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GAMER There was a moment when it seemed this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo (better known as E3) would be the most exciting since way back in 2006, the year Wii and PlayStation 3 premiered. This January, rumors swirled around Sony and Microsoft, that they were developing next generation consoles, and perhaps looking to premiere them alongside Nintendo's big Wii U reveal.Read more »

Bullet blender

Rockstar Games' grizzled hero takes aim in Max Payne 3.

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Max Payne 3

(Rockstar Games/Take-Two Interactive)

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Beyond the glitz at the Game Developer's Conference

This is not a game: Cutting edge technology and top video gaming honors doled out right here in San Francisco

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GAMER There are only so many times we can celebrate the world's top-selling entertainment industry before it starts to feel self-congratulatory. The Game Developer's Conference, held at San Francisco's Moscone Center, marks the beginning of a year packed with conferences and expos that run well into September, each aimed at announcing new games and boasting new technologies. In kicking off the year's lineup, the GDC hopes to lead by example, putting the industry's stars and its someday-somebodies first.Read more »