9 Upcoming Movies Based on Games

Hollywood Ouijahas produced tons of stellar adaptations. The Godfather was translated beautifully from Mario Puzo’s novel. Driving Miss Daisy hit no speedbumps in its move from stage to screen. The Avengers turned the comic book series into a pop-culture juggernaut.

When it comes to games, though, film studios have yet to find the magic formula. That hasn’t stopped them from trying.

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Review: ‘Skylanders Trap Team’ offers great fun at a not-so-great price

It skylanders trap teammight be considered a family game, but Skylanders Trap Team is something of a homewrecker.

My daughter is completely in love with it and gets upset if I play without her, which poses a problem when you happen to review games for a living. My wife is in charge of paying the bills each month; at some point, she’s going to notice the hefty assortment of Toys ‘R’ Us charges on our credit card statement. The “it’s a write off!” excuse might not fly.

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How to become a game tester — and why you may not want to

Despite game testerwhat your parents and teachers might have told you, you can make a living playing video games – and you don’t have to be a professional-level player to do so.

Quality assurance testers – QA, for short – are the unsung heroes of the industry, putting games through their paces for months to catch bugs, hiccups and other annoyances before you get your hands on the title. It’s not an easy job, and you’ll have to make an effort to get it. But if you’re looking to get into the games industry, QA is the front door.

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Video game champs share over $700,000 in prizes

While professional video gamers may still struggle to be thought of as athletes by the general public, they’re starting to see paydays that are on par with some of today’s sports stars.

Major League Gaming, the largest of the so-called eSports gaming leagues, wrapped up its 2010 season Sunday, handing out some $700,000 in prizes to joystick jockeys.

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Game over for online cheaters

It happens in every game – whether it’s Monopoly, pro football or “Halo: Reach”. Inevitably, some hyper-competitive jerk tries to rig the game, ratcheting up his victory count by illicit means.

It’s particularly bothersome in the video game world, but now the cheaters are getting their just deserts as the developers of some of today’s most popular games – including “StarCraft II,” “Red Dead Redemption” and “Halo: Reach” – are outright banning the most egregious double dealers.

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Going through the motions: Kinect vs. Move vs Wii

Nintendo pioneered the motion gaming movement with the Wii. In September, Sony tried to better the experience with Move. And on Nov. 4, Microsoft will begin selling Kinect, which does away with controllers altogether. That’s when the battle will really kick into overdrive.

As holiday shoppers prepare their lists this year, they’ll be subjected to marketing blitzes and in-store kiosks for all three technologies, each hoping to separate people from their money. It’s the new front line for gaming companies and no one wants to be left behind.

Trying to decide which, if any, of these motion gaming experiences is right for you? We’ve broken down the pros and cons of each to make it easier.

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The great video game sales mystery

If you want to know how much money your favorite movie earned at the box office, it’s pretty easy to find out — just look at USA Today or head online. Curious about how well a music CD sold? Billboard or Nielsen’s SoundScan service will let you know.

If you want to know how your favorite video game has sold, though, you’re essentially out of luck.

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Surprise! Duke Nukem Forever uncanceled, playable at PAX

Though the game has been presumed dead so many times you’d need an abacus to keep track, “Duke Nukem Forever” is very much alive – and he’s coming to store shelves soon.

Take Two Interactive Software pulled off one of the video game world’s biggest surprises Friday, announcing not only that the over-a-decade-in-development first person shooter was nearly finished, but backing that claim up by giving the 150,000 people attending the Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle the chance to play the game.

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3D gaming: Five reasons it won’t work

To hear some people tell it, 3D gaming is the wave of the future. In just a few years, you’ll be bobbing and weaving in your living room as you play in an environment that’s more realistic than anything you’ve ever experienced.

Bull.

Sure, 3D can be a cool feature in games, but is it something that will take over the industry? We don’t think so. And we’ve got five good reasons why the pundits are wrong.

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Can motion controllers save the game industry?

2010 hasn’t exactly been a good year for the video game industry. In fact, it’s been pretty lousy so far.

While the quality of major titles has been top-notch – with Red Dead Redemption, Super Mario Galaxy 2 and God of War 3 leading the way – consumers, on the whole, just aren’t buying games.

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