The Sony PlayStation Vita goes on sale in North America and Europe today, but can it succeed in a handheld gaming market dominated by smartphones and tablets? The PlayStation Vita and the Nintendo 3DS each offer unique features that can't (yet) be duplicated by smartphones or tablets, but neither can match the ubiquity or utility of an Apple handheld device. The PlayStation Vita is a great device (check out our PlayStation Vita review for the full breakdown) but does it mark the passing of dedicated handheld gaming devices? Tune in to find out as Jason Cross, David Daw, Nate Ralph and Alex Wawro discuss the future of portable gaming in Game On Podcast #7!
It's Valentine's Day here in the U.S., and while we're all about celebrating love and romance in our daily lives, can anyone remember the last time they had a meaningful relationship in (or with) a video game? Join PCWorld Editors Patrick Miller, Nate Ralph, Jason Cross and Alex Wawro as they get uncomfortably close in the PCWorld Podcast Studio to talk about games that handle themes of love and romance well. I like to think we learn something about each other, about ourselves, and maybe, just maybe, about how to love again on this light-hearted holiday edition of the PCWorld Game On Podcast!
Kat is joined by Stiv Tramer as they delve into Final Fantasy V and the question of story versus mechanics. Is there really such a thing as a good story in an RPG? Find out in this edition of RolePlayer's Realm!
Maybe you've heard of this little start-up company called Facebook. They're finally attempting to go public, and with that we've learned quite a bit about the company, including how much money they're making and how much they want to raise by becoming publicly traded (about $5 billion). Our resident Facebook expert Mark Sullivan is on hand to talk about the IPO and the imminent arrival of Timeline.
Also, there have been about 537 digital cameras announced this week. That's an exaggeration, but not much of one. Camera guru Tim Moynihan gives us the highlights from this week's announcements.
Printers may not be "hot news" in the tech industry, but it's still a technology many of us rely on daily. Melissa Riofrio has been testing out some new inkjet printers made for small businesses, and she's got surprising news: small business inkjets can offer comparable speed, better quality, and lower cost than inexpensive color lasers.
Have you ever dreamed of being paid to play games? So have we, but after discussing the state of pro gaming in this episode of the PCWorld Game On podcast it seems like playing games competitively is a lot of work. Join PCWorld Editors Alex Wawro, Jason Cross, Nate Ralph and Patrick Miller as they discuss the origin of professional gaming on the PC, recommend some tips to make a name for yourself as an eSports competitor and ponder the future of professional gaming on PC, console and even mobile devices.
Do you love playing games with friends? So do we, and now we're back and ready to dig into what really makes cooperative games worth playing in the third episode of the PCWorld Game On podcast. Join PCWorld Editors Alex Wawro, Jason Cross, Nate Ralph and Patrick Miller as they discuss some of the best cooperative games, recommend some classic cooperative experiences and ruminate on how you can play better with others on PC, console and even mobile devices.