Brian Allen has been covering entertainment online and in print for over a decade. He lives in Cedar Hill, Texas with his wife and three kids. Follow him on Twitter @GameDropping.

Call of Duty’s rise of the robots continues in Black Ops 3

It’s Treyarch’s turn at the Call of Duty helm in 2015 and we’re getting the conclusion of the Black Ops trilogy. Since the studio’s games have shared this storyline, we knew that CoD was again headed to a “not too distant future” with robots and other technology that’s the stuff of science fiction right now. Biotechnology and more »

Xbox Live Update for the week of April 22, 2015

Assassin’s Creed Chronicles brings the Metroidvania style to Ubisoft’s juggernaut of a series, and to the Xbox One. Guide assassin Shao Jun on a quest for vengeance against the Chinese Emperor. Sneak around, avoid guards and bring justice to 16th century China. Chronicles is $9.99, or free to owners of the season pass. Infinity Runner on Xbox more »

Cut/Scenes: Need for Speed movie was huge hit – in China

American moviegoers, even those who play Need for Speed, were largely uninterested in 2014’s movie adaptation. But China loved it, as the film pulled in $66 million over there. So much so that China Movie Channel, Jiaflix and are going to help EA make a sequel. According to the Hollywood Reporter, much of that movie will more »

Xbox Live Update for the week of April 15, 2015

It’s the week income tax is due, and Xbox One gets a game called We Are Doomed. That can’t be a coincidence, right? It doesn’t actually have anything to do with taxes though. It’s a twin-stick shooter that gives you a laser beam to blast enemies with. Waves Mode has 30 waves to tackle, and Endless Mode more »

The force is strong with this Star Wars Battlefront trailer

Star Wars news is leaving Anaheim’s Star Wars Celebration at lightspeed. This the 10th annual event for everything Star Wars related. This year is bigger and more intense than usual since a new installment is on the way.  We’ve seen a brand new trailer for Episode VII, and now we’ve gotten our first look at Star more »

Rock Band 4 will use old guitar controllers, even ones from rival Guitar Hero

Like a band ready to tour after a lengthy hiatus, music games are coming back in a big way. Both Rock Band and Guitar Hero have new installments coming this fall. Guitar Hero will have a new controller with a six-button setup instead of the five previously used. Rock Band 4 wants to embrace the past, and project director Daniel Sussman told Business more »


My Xbox One hard drive is full already

The 500 GB hard drive on the Xbox One sounds like a lot, right? Surely you’ll never own that many games! First problem, the 500 GB isn’t all yours. Only 362 GB is available to owners for games and apps, the operating system takes up the rest. With a lot of games taking up 40-50 more »

Celebrate International Tabletop Day April 11, 2015

Board games are in the midst of a huge resurgence, with mainstream media including NPR and the New York Times taking notice. Tabletop cafes are opening all over the country, allowing people to share their favorite games and learn some new ones. The Toy Industry Association estimates non-digital games and puzzles made $1.9 billion in more »

Xbox Live Update for the week of April 8, 2015

It’s been a little longer than usual since our last update, so I’m going to catch you up on everything Xbox Live since we last talked.Baseball season is here, and RBI Baseball 15 is ready to swing for the fences on Xbox One. Players can use a two-button “retro” control scheme, or engage more precise controls for more »

Justice Society of America enters DC Deck-Building Game

Cryptozoic’s DC Deck-Building Game asks players to defend the universe (or the multiverse, this is comics) with their favorite heroes including Superman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern. Now, the game is kicking it old school with the Justice Society of America. Crossover Pack 1 features seven new heroes, eight new villains and 10 cards for more »

Activision releases teaser for Call of Duty: Black Ops III

The numbers are still inside your head if you played games in . This fall, we’ll finally learn what they mean. Activision has revealed the first tantalizing teaser for Black Ops III, and promises a larger glimpse coming April 26. It wasn’t a huge secret, as this is Treyarch’s year to develop the game and Black Ops is their more »

Former Microsoft President Don Mattrick out at Zynga

After a $226 million loss in his second year at the helm, Don Mattrick and Zynga have agreed to part ways. The publisher announced that he’s leaving today, Zynga founder Mark Pincus replacing him at least in the short term. Pincus will take only $1 in annual salary. It has had several costly failures recently, more »