HoliDAY of Play 2015

The Force Will Be Strong at GameStop Stores This Star Wars Day

Star Wars Day May the 4thOn Star Wars Day, or May 4, GameStop will introduce exclusive Star Wars products at all of its U.S. stores and online at The retailer will also be launching the Star Wars May the 4th Sweepstakes.

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COMMENTARY: Sports Video Games Are Getting More Realistic All the Time


NHL 15, from EA Sports

Face it, sports fans: People of all ages love watching football, baseball, basketball, etc., and ever since the first video game based on any sport was released for home consoles, people have loved playing sports video games. I myself grew up with the Madden NFL and NBA Live series, both from Electronic Arts (EA Games), and I still remember the thrill of throwing a Dan Marino touchdown, or making Shaquille O’Neal uncharacteristically fire up a three-pointer. [Read more...]

Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare Is Now Available on PC

June24 plants vs zombiesPopCap Games, a division of Electronic Arts Inc., has launched Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare for PC on Origin and retailers worldwide. Players choose a side and square off in combat against plant or zombie opponents, utilizing an arsenal of outrageous weaponry. Character favorites from the franchise such as Sunflower and Chomper reprise their roles, and the game also introduces new characters such as Ice Cactus and All-Star Zombie.

Players also get to play new free game content, including the Garden Variety Pack and Zomboss Down.

Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare features four distinct game play modes, including 2 to 4 player co-op, 12 vs. 12 competitive multiplayer called Gardens & Graveyards and Team Vanquish, and eight vs. eight Gnome Bomb. Players can also use Jewel Junction, a new multiplayer map. [Read more...]

COMMENTARY: Video Game-Based Toys Can Ease Kids into Other Kinds of Play

KNEX.SuperMarioDesertIt’s summertime, which for a lot of kids means playing outside in the sunshine, swimming, and maybe even going on trips to visit nature. But for others, summer means staying indoors and playing video games all day. It’s probably best to moderate any activity that involves staring at a screen; however, the question is, how to get video game-obsessed kids to take up a different form of play? The answer may be toys based on popular video game titles, and there are quite a few of those available right now.

We kick off our non-comprehensive list with K’NEX, which since 2010, has partnered with Nintendo on construction toys based on its popular Mario property. Recently, I spoke to an executive at the company, who said that no small part of the partnership’s success came from replicating game elements in K’NEX’s construction sets: For example, many of its Super Mario building sets have a mechanism that simulates the avatar’s in-game jumping ability. [Read more...]

Madden NFL 15 Kicks Off in August

Madden15Electronic Arts Inc.’s Madden NFL 15 will be available on August 26 in North America and on August 29 in the EU for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.

Developed by EA Tiburon, Madden NFL 15 features the most immersive defensive game play control in the franchise’s history. Fans will also experience a broadcast presentation with new camera angles, pre-game, and halftime features.

Fans to Choose Newest Playable Scrabble Word

MERRIAM-WEBSTER INC. SCRABBLE DICTIONARY APPScrabble and the Merriam-Webster Dictionary are updating the The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary for the first time in nine years. On top of the thousands of words that are planned to be added, a new word will be nominated and chosen by fans during the Scrabble Word Showdown. Fans can submit their suggestions to the Hasbro Game Night Facebook page, where 16 words will be chosen for fans to cast their votes.

The final word will be chosen on April 10 and will be included in the 5th edition of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, available in August and across digital platforms later this year from Electronic Arts.

PopCap Launches Peggle 2 for Xbox One

PopCap logoPopCap, a division of Electronic Arts Inc. has launched Peggle 2, available exclusively for Microsoft’s Xbox One. Peggle 2, a sequel to the original puzzle game, has tons of new features and is available from the Xbox Live Games Stores.

Key features of this game include five Peggle Masters, each with multiple costumes, 60 all-new gameplay levels, 60 all-new trials, 180 objectives, achievements and  1,000G to collect, Peg Party mode for multiplayer fun, high-definition graphics and orchestral audio specific to each Master, and Kinect gesture and voice commands for in-game and menu controls in some markets.

EA Releases The Sims 3 Into the Future, Plans The Sims 4 for 2014

SimsIntotheFutureThe Sims 3 Into the Future Expansion Pack, from Electronic Arts Inc. for PC and Mac, is now available at retailers across North America and on This time, Sims have broken through the space and time continuum to meet their descendants, play with technologies of tomorrow, and change the destiny of their entire world. Set against the backdrop of the new world of Oasis Landing, Sims discover new adventures when they travel back and forth between the future and present worlds. Players, meanwhile, have the option of blazing a trail towards Utopia, or charting a Dystopian course and leading the Sims into a state of desolation.

In related news, The Sims 4 will ship worldwide next fall. The new game brings new ways to play with life, powerful new creative tools, Sims with enhanced emotion and intelligence, and more. Pre-orders are available at, and those who pre-order will receive the limited edition, which comes with The Sims 4 Life of the Party digital content.

Electronic Arts Reaches Proposed Settlement with Student Athletes

On Thursday, attorneys representing student athletes who claim Electronic Arts (EA) illegally used student-athletes’ likenesses in the company’s popular NCAA Football video games confirmed they have reached a proposed settlement.

The settlement covers claims made in cases by former players Sam Keller and Ed O’Bannon against EA, along with cases by former players Shawne Alston and Ryan Hart, but must be approved by the court. The amount and other terms are confidential pending a court filing.

EA and attorneys for the student-athletes reached the settlement after the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the proposed class-action lawsuit in an attempt by EA to dismiss the case. The ruling remanded the case to U.S. District Court, allowing attorneys for the plaintiffs to seek class certification. The settlement with EA will allow attorneys to focus on claims against the NCAA, which has not settled. [Read more...]

SimCity Cities of Tomorrow Expansion Pack Coming in November

SimCityCOTElectronic Arts is developing a SimCity Cities of Tomorrow expansion pack for Mac and PC that will be arriving on November 12. The expansion lets players transform their cities as they take a journey 50 years into the future, and to shape them using new technologies and experimental urban planning techniques.

Players will have the option of creating a utopian society underpinned by clean technology under the auspices of the Academy, or to encourage OmegaCo, a giant corporation, to strip-mine natural resources and pollute. Meanwhile, for the first time in the franchise’s history, cities can be built vertically with enormous, multi-zone MegaTowers that extend high into the sky.

Education and research are also factors in the game, and can help players discover new technologies that make their cities less polluted, less reliant on natural resources, managed day-to-day by service drones, and fueled by green energy. Whenever players have finished deciding whether they want their Sims living together in harmony, they can unleash new disasters exclusive to the expansion pack.

Since its launch in March, SimCity has had seven major game updates. SimCity Cities of Tomorrow will be available for Mac and PC, and is not yet rated. Pre-orders will begin soon at