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A 'Romance' for historic simulation lovers, but a bad date for others

If you’re a gamer who loves nothing more than digging deep into the guts of a historical simulation, where you must balance politics with military might, where battles take place with words as well as with weapons, “Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIII” may be your cup of tea.

Crush everything that gets in your way in 'Carmageddon'

“Carmageddon: Max Damage” is not a game for the easily offended.

This pedestrian-murder simulator melds street racing and demolition derbies in an irreverent, somewhat obscene fashion sure to get someone’s undies in a twist. After all, you can run over nuns, cops, cows, the obese, people in wheelchairs and even dogs. I try to avoid hitting dogs.

E3 LA report: Dark-horse tech products hope to make a splash

The Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles isn’t just about the big boys — Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo and the lot.

No, it’s also a place where dark-horse hopefuls try to cement their status as up-and-comers, where new products try to gain an audience. Sometimes, I choose to be that audience, so I can give you an idea of if what they’re trying to shill is worth attention.

E3 LA report: How's it feel to be an agent of Mayhem?

So I went to E3, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, in Los Angeles earlier this month, wrote two stories — about the Sony and Microsoft press conferences — and then fell silent.

#SonyE3: Just a whole lot of games

LOS ANGELES – PlayStation came out of the gate sprinting Monday night – with a game trailer revealing the next iteration of its “God of War” series -- at its pre-E3 game summit press conference.

“God of War” – yes, the same name as the first – reunites with Spartan warrior and slayer of most of the Greek pantheon Kratos, but now he’s got a beard!

And a son.

#XboxE3: Microsoft announces two new versions of Xbox One

LOS ANGELES – Microsoft announced a new, slimmer, slightly-improved game console Monday. Then it stole its own thunder by announcing "the most powerful game console ever built" will be coming holiday 2017.

I'm not sure what it's thinking.

Gear VR a relatively inexpensive introduction to the hot new thing

Every so often, tech companies try to sell us on some hot new thing — and a lot of it has an impact on video games.

Around 2005, they really started pushing high-definition televisions. It took a little bit of doing, but ultimately, it paid off. HD sets are now the standard.

Gaming Bits: Deus Ex times 3, and Syberia 3?

I’m suffering from information overload here, as game publisher’s PR firms crank out news releases ahead of next week’s E3 convention in Los Angeles.

I mean, I got three separate press releases related to “Deus Ex: Mankind Divided” in the space of five minutes Wednesday. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Gaming Bits: Are you ready for some Mayhem?

You may have heard already, but Champaign-based game developer Volition announced their next property Monday: “Agents of Mayhem.”

Details are scant, so far, as it appears they’re trying to wait until E3, next week in Los Angeles, to spill most of the beans. However, I’m trying to get some more details before the show.