May 13, 2013 | 6:17 p.m.

‘Injustice: Gods Among Us’: ‘Mortal Kombat’ master Ed Boon talks DC

The new game “Injustice: Gods Among Us” begins with Superman killing the Joker after one of the madman’s plots results in the death of Lois Lane, who was pregnant with the Kryptonian’s child. And things grow more intense from there. Released last month, the game stages grand battles between an impressive number of familiar faces from the DC universe — a number that’s growing with the release of new downloadable characters. First was the interstellar bounty hunter Lobo. Next up, Commissioner Jim Gordon’s daughter Barbara, otherwise known as Batgirl, will join the fray. Batgirl will be available on Xbox LIVE Marketplace for 400 Microsoft Points and PlayStation®Network for $4.99. Wii U players will have to wait until summer. NetherRealm Studios and DC spent two years developing “Injustice: Gods Among Us,” which was accompanied by a comic book prequel written by […]
March 25, 2013 | 1:28 p.m.

10 board games for TableTop Day: Felicia Day’s team wants you to play

Felicia Day, Wil Wheaton and the “TableTop” team over at Geek & Sundry are hoping that their zeal for board games is contagious. Day’s multimedia company and YouTube channel Geek & Sundry have dubbed Saturday (March 30) International TableTop Day, teaming up with game stores and major publishers, including Asmodee Editions, Days of Wonder, Indie Boards & Cards, Mayfair Games and Wizards of the Coast, to host the event — a sort of worldwide gaming open house. People interested in trying new games or meeting other gamers can sign up at to attend free events at game shops or to host their own gaming event. In the meantime, the Geek & Sundry team have provided Hero Complex readers with its top 10 board games list — five games for players coming from popular classic games, and five games for players […]
March 07, 2013 | 6:15 a.m.

International TableTop Day: Wil Wheaton wants you to play board games

Wil Wheaton, Felicia Day and the group behind the weekly web series “TableTop” are hoping to take their fervor for board games global with a March 30 event they’ve dubbed International TableTop Day. Day’s multimedia company and YouTube channel Geek & Sundry are teaming up with local game stores and major publishers, including Asmodee Editions, Days of Wonder, Indie Boards & Cards, Mayfair Games and Wizards of the Coast, to host the event — a sort of worldwide gaming open house. People interested in trying new games or meeting other gamers can sign up at to attend free events at game shops or to host their own gaming event. The event comes after the success of the “TableTop” series, hosted by Wheaton, of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “The Big Bang Theory” fame. The show, which launched last April, […]
May 25, 2012 | 6:25 p.m.

‘Doctor Who’ video game puts fans in the TARDIS

The Doctor, River Song and the trusty TARDIS are coming to PlayStation in the new adventure game Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock. The PlayStation 3 game, released this week, puts Whovian gamers in the shoes of the Doctor or River as they travel back and forth through 600 years on a mission to save Earth, facing Daleks, Cybermen, Silurians and the Silence on the way. The game, which costs $19.99 to download, comes on the heels of a Doctor Who massively multiplayer online role-playing game, Doctor Who: Worlds in Time. The free-to-play, puzzle-based MMORPG has received positive reviews since it launched in March. Though reviews for The Eternity Clock have been mixed, the game boasts some fun details for hard-core Time Lord fans, including River’s powerful blaster, a sonic screwdriver that can scan your surroundings and gather hints, voiceovers by […]
April 11, 2012 | 2:42 p.m.

‘Pokémon’ at 15: Success is still in the cards, films and TV shows

After 15 years, 700 TV episodes and 14 feature films, Ash Ketchum and millions of kids are still trying to catch ’em all. In April 1997, the animated version of “Pokémon” premiered on Japanese television. Based on the hit Nintendo Game Boy title introduced two years earlier, the series follows the travels and travails of Ketchum (Satoshi in the original) as he tries to become a Pokémon Master by building a team that can beat other trainers in stylized battles. Traveling with Ash are perennially love-sick Brock, feisty Misty and Pikachu, the “electric mouse” Pokémon. The series scored a huge hit in Japan, and by 1999 the game and show had conquered America. Pokémon paraphernalia were everywhere. The original motto, “Pokémon Getto Daze!” (Let’s Get Pokémon!) became “Gotta Catch ’em All!” The first “Pokémon” feature film grossed more than $85 […]
March 15, 2012 | 9:00 a.m.

EverQuest abandons monthly fee to bring back lost players

EverQuest, once the king of all massively multiplayer online games, will open the doors of its virtual fantasy kingdom to all on Friday as a free game. The move by Sony Online Entertainment is part of a broader effort by the company to shift its online titles toward the more popular free model, in which games make money selling virtual goods rather than charging a monthly fee, typically $15. Sony, for example, decided to make parts of its DC Universe Online game available for free last year in order to lure more players. Launched 13 years ago, EverQuest defined the massively multiplayer online, or MMO, genre long before World of Warcraft came around in 2004. But Warcraft gradually eclipsed EverQuest as well as its successor, EverQuest II, and amassed 12 million subscribers at its peak in October 2010. Sony will not […]
Jan. 20, 2012 | 5:32 a.m.

Star Wars: The Old Republic — the story behind a galactic gamble

It may be the largest entertainment production in history. More than 800 people on four continents have spent six years and nearly $200 million creating it. The story runs 1,600 hours, with hundreds of additional hours still being written. Nearly 1,000 actors have recorded dialogue for 4,000 characters in three languages. The narrative is so huge that writers created a 1,000-page “bible” to keep the details straight, and the director recently asked a colleague not to spoil moments he hadn’t yet seen. It’s not a movie or a TV series. It’s Star Wars: The Old Republic, the most expensive, ambitious and riskiest video game ever produced. Created out of a 60,000-square-foot converted warehouse next to a cooking school on the outskirts of Austin, Texas, the Old Republic is proof that while box-office, network TV ratings and music sales are slumping, […]
May 23, 2011 | 12:00 p.m.

‘Star Trek’ card game beams Starfleet experience into fans’ hands

EXCLUSIVE This is one deck that Capt. Picard hasn’t been on. A new card game based on “Star Trek: The Next Generation” is beaming into stores this summer, CBS Consumer Products and toy company Bandai America told Hero Complex. Among the 300 playing cards joining Jean-Luc in the deck are Locutus, a Borg cube and, of course, the U.S.S. Enterprise. The deck-building game will allow players to construct their decks while they play. Each player starts off as a captain of a small starship with a crew and basic weaponry. Throughout the game, players can choose to promote diplomacy or conquer civilizations. Hero Complex readers get a sneak peak at some of the cards (above), and they look pretty spiffy. Though competitive gamers might want to remember Picard’s advice in the third season of TNG: “Being first at any cost […]
Nov. 13, 2010 | 5:00 a.m.

DC Universe Online invites players to Poison Ivy’s Lair

The upcoming DC Universe Online game might feature more than 90 heroes and villains in the DC pantheon, but where exactly will they perform their epic deeds? The answer: in about 1,800 city blocks being created brick by virtual brick by Sony Online Entertainment in San Diego. On Friday, the developer released some slick screen shots of places that will appear in the game, such as Gotham Botanical Gardens, Gorilla Island, Braniac’s ship and Poison Ivy’s Lair, pictured above. Players create customized avatars with their own cocktail of super powers and choose whether they will work for good or evil. Villainous players are thrown into Gotham City. Heroes go to work in Metropolis. Each virtual city is about twice the size of the world featured in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, which was known for its expansiveness. The game, slated […]
Oct. 18, 2010 | 1:17 p.m.

World of Warcraft gamers get a warning: Beware of scams

With thousands of World of Warcraft fans gearing up for BlizzCon in Anaheim this weekend, scammers have been licking their chops at the prospect of a surge in Warcraft mania to feed their online traps. SiteJabber, a consumer-protection site funded by the National Science Foundation, on Monday posted an infographic capturing the scope of questionable activity involving the popular online game, which is played by about 11.5 million people worldwide. Though Blizzard Entertainment, the Irvine company that develops World of Warcraft, bans the sale of virtual items for its games through third parties, players desperate to advance in the game pay hundreds of millions of dollars for such goods, according to SiteJabber. Among the virtual items that have been listed for sale on various online auction sites: “leggings of dubious charms” for $69.99. Check out an excerpt from SiteJabber’s chart […]
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