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‘The Last of Us Part 2’ was never meant to satisfy

Jul 08, 2020 - 12:45 PM

This treatise on empathy and forgiveness may be the needed, but not the easiest, pill to swallow

50 Chinese arrested over illegal POGO operations in Makati condo

Jul 07, 2020 - 11:37 PM

Hua Xin company operates without permits from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation and the Makati city government

'The Last of Us 2': Are we not ready for a major character death in games?

Jul 06, 2020 - 3:15 PM

Let's reflect on the hate 'The Last of Us 2' has received

Game over: Harassment charges end gaming stars' careers

Jul 04, 2020 - 7:16 PM

More people from the gaming community have come forward to share their experiences of sexual harassment

DIVIDED. Offline TV’s Lily Ki (back row, right), Yvonne Ng and  Imane Anys (front row, second and third from left) accuse co-member Federico Gaytan (back row, center) of inappropriate behavior. Photo from Gaytan’s Twitter (@Fedmyster)

Kobe Bryant honored on 'NBA 2K21' 'Mamba Forever' edition

Jul 03, 2020 - 8:01 AM

The late Lakers star makes a return to the NBA 2K cover

Photo from Twitter/NBA2K

Detours from home: Killing boredom with tabletop role-playing

Jun 26, 2020 - 5:02 PM

How my “free time” led me to explore a new hobby

Esports social network Kalaro to be launched in October

Jun 25, 2020 - 2:49 PM

Kalaro wants to be an online hub for esports in the Philippines

KALARO. A photo shows how the Kalaro app appears on mobile. Photo from Kalaro

Pokémon takes on 'Mobile Legends' with new MOBA 'Pokémon Unite'

Jun 25, 2020 - 1:07 AM

The game is being co-created by Tencent and Timi Studios, which developed another mobile MOBA, 'Arena of Valor,' and 'Call of Duty: Mobile'

CROSS-PLAY. Smartphone players will be able to play with Switch players. Screenshot from YouTube/official Pokemon channel

Villanueva: POGOs not paying taxes but still allowed to operate

Jun 24, 2020 - 1:37 PM

'Hangga't hindi nagmamatigas ang gobyerno na dapat silang magbayad ng buwis, I don't think magbabayad sila ng buwis,' says Senator Joel Villanueva

ARRESTED. Members of the PNP-NCRPO arrest 53 individuals, mostly Chinese nationals, for illegal POGO operations in Paranaque City on Saturday, April 25, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Microsoft ends game streaming, teams up with Facebook

Jun 23, 2020 - 10:36 AM

Microsoft Mixer will be shuttered on July 22

MICROSOFT. A signage of Microsoft is seen on March 13, 2020 in New York City. Photo by Jeenah Moon/AFP

'Fortnite' removes police cars with eye on U.S. race protests

Jun 22, 2020 - 6:57 PM

Fortnite's virtual world previously contained police cars, but those could no longer be seen in the latest version of the game

FORTNITE PLAY. Gaming fans play "Fortnite" at the 2019 Electronic Entertainment Expo, also known as E3, in Los Angeles on June 11, 2019. File photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

SEA Invitational to prepare top esports players for next SEA Games

Jun 22, 2020 - 10:13 AM

The SEA Invitational will have 10 countries from the region compete in Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, Dota 2, and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Mobile

REMOTE. Adjusting to the situation created by the coronavirus, the SEA Invitational will stage all of its games online. Photo from Razer

10 new games to watch for from the PC Gaming Show 2020

Jun 18, 2020 - 7:13 PM

We get our first glimpses at previously announced games and some welcome surprises

MORTAL SHELL. Image from Mortal Shell's Steam page

PlayStation 5 fan-made renders draw interest in black console design

Jun 17, 2020 - 11:22 AM

Apparently not everyone is a fan of the new predominantly white colorway

BLACK PS5. On the left is the official white PS5. On the right is the black render done by Twitter user @MrUnknowArtist. PS5 image from Sony

'The Last of Us 2' spoiler-free review

Jun 12, 2020 - 3:01 PM

Like the original 'The Last of Us,' the sequel sets the bar for storytelling in a video game

THE LAST OF US 2. Nature starts to reclaim cities in post-apocalyptic USA. All screenshots from Sony

All the games revealed at Sony’s PS5 showcase

Jun 12, 2020 - 8:08 AM

From 'Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales' to 'Horizon Forbidden West,' here are all the games that have been announced for the PS5

SPIDER-MAN. A new Spider-Man game comes to the PS5. Screenshot from trailer

Senators hit BIR: 'Ang luwag sa POGO, ang lupit sa Pilipino'

Jun 11, 2020 - 4:15 PM

'Imbes na online sellers, baka puwedeng singilin muna ang mga POGO na may P50 billion in unpaid taxes?' asks Senator Risa Hontiveros

'POGO FIRST'. POGO workers in Makati City gather their belongings as they are instructed to work from home during the lockdown on March 18, 2020. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Pagcor: Gambling to help economic future of PH post-coronavirus

Jun 10, 2020 - 12:35 PM

Pagcor CEO Andrea Domingo says gambling operations can revive restaurants, hotels, malls, transportation, and real estate

Nintendo says 300,000 accounts breached after hack

Jun 10, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Nintendo says an initial hack in April compromised 160,000 accounts and a further 140,000 breaches have been discovered since then

NINTENDO. People wait in line to play Nintendo Switch games at the 24th Electronic Expo, or E3 2018, in Los Angeles, California on on June 12, 2018, where hardware manufacturers, software developers and the video game industry present their new games. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

Postponed PS5 event gets new date

Jun 09, 2020 - 9:46 AM

It takes place on June 12, Philippine time

Image from Sony

Sega announces Game Gear Micro handheld for Japan in October

Jun 03, 2020 - 3:17 PM

Sega's Game Gear Micro is a much smaller version of its Game Gear handheld, coming in at around 80 millimeters in size, with a 1.15 inch screen

GAME GEAR MICRO. Screenshot from Sega Twitter

'LoL: Wild Rift' alpha invites to start on June 6 in the Philippines

Jun 03, 2020 - 1:14 PM

Invites will be sent via email, with the alpha running from June 6 to June 27

WILD RIFT. Image from Riot Games

PSC gets 90% fund cut from Pagcor in April

Jun 02, 2020 - 2:53 PM

The Philippine Sports Commission only received P9 million in April, prompting the government agency to slash the allowances of national athletes and coaches

PFF asks GAB endorsement for potential football return

Jun 01, 2020 - 3:23 PM

The Philippine Football Federation says it will work closely with the government for the gradual return of football, starting with the resumption of the Philippine Football League

Photo from Shutterstock

PS5 games to be showcased on June 5, PH time

May 30, 2020 - 8:40 AM

The games showcase will run for 'a bit more than hour,' says Jim Ryan, president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment

Image from Sony

How to add PS4 storage space

May 30, 2020 - 8:00 AM

With gamers buying titles digitally, there's been an added need for more storage

PS4 AND PS4 SLIM. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

Beloved ghost-gobbler Pac-Man turns 40

May 22, 2020 - 5:20 PM

As every Pac-Man player knows, the greatest joy comes from turning the tables by munching a power pellet, sending the ghosts fleeing in all directions as they suddenly become edible themselves

PAC-MAN TURNS 40! A visitor takes a picture of the video game Pac-Man (1980) during an exhibition preview featuring 14 video games acquired by The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, March 1, 2013. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Pre-registration for ‘League of Legends: Wild Rift’ limited alpha now open in PH

May 20, 2020 - 1:43 PM

Test your luck in getting early access to the much-awaited mobile adaptation of 'League of Legends'

Screenshot from Wild Rift website

What TV to get for the PS5 or the Xbox Series X

May 14, 2020 - 4:12 PM

With the next generation of consoles upon us, it's time to see if we'd need to upgrade our screens

An 8K TV on display at CES. Photo by Glenn Chapman/AFP

'Bayani' and Ranida Game's humble but heroic development story

May 14, 2020 - 4:00 PM

Ranida Games seeks to immortalize Filipino heroes in their own way

The Rizal-inspired Joe faces off against the Bonifacio-inspired Dre. Image from Ranida Games

FALSE: Roque says Duterte receives P460 million monthly from POGOs

May 13, 2020 - 1:13 PM

Roque did not say this quote, and says the graphic was manipulated

'Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1' and '2' get the remake treatment

May 13, 2020 - 9:47 AM

A favorite among gamers in the 1990s and early 2000s, the remaster comes out on September 4, 2020

Image from Activision Blizzard

Gov't promises to be stricter going after POGO taxes

May 09, 2020 - 8:42 PM

Under the guidelines and requirements of the Bureau of Internal Revenue, POGOs must show proof of full tax compliance before they are allowed to resume operations

ONLINE GAMBLING. The Philippine government wants to better collect taxes from POGOs. Photo by Jeff Digma/Rappler

Gaming becomes king of entertainment in pandemic lockdown

May 07, 2020 - 9:15 AM

'Following a record-breaking year in 2019, with gaming software generating $143 billion of consumer spend, the industry is now poised for further growth, with captive audiences worldwide acting as a catalyst,' says one industry report

Screenshot from Final Fantasy VII Remake/Square Enix

76 illegal POGO workers arrested in Makati

May 06, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Of the arrested Philippine offshore gaming operations workers, 63 are Chinese while 13 are Filipino

RAID. Cops do an inventory of items seized from the Makati raid on Tuesday, May 5. NCRPO photo

POGOs like BPOs? Drilon says PH to lose franchise tax, license fees

May 04, 2020 - 6:46 PM

Senator Risa Honriveros also slams Pagcor for releasing a full-page ad on POGOs, asking why the regulatory body is doing public relations for them

ALLOWED TO OPERATE. Pagcor allowed POGO operations to resume. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

POGOs must pay taxes before resuming operations in lockdown – Pagcor

May 04, 2020 - 2:53 PM

The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation says revenue generated from them can be used to fund the government's coronavirus response

OPERATIONS RESUME. POGO workers in Makati City gather their belongings as they are instructed to work from home during the lockdown on March 18, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

[OPINION | Newspoint] POGOs, a social virus

May 04, 2020 - 1:48 PM

'As everything Chinese, POGOs, along with their breeder, should have been held off at the first instance — held off, pandemic or no pandemic, at a social distance of no less than the entire breadth of the West Philippine Sea'

Justice Leonen: Laws ban poor man's gambling, but POGOs allowed?

May 02, 2020 - 3:27 PM

'We have to continue calling attention to these kinds of discrepancies,' Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

ONLINE GAMBLING. The Philippine government wants to better collect taxes from POGOs. Photo by Jeff Digma/Rappler

Industry speaks up: POGOs are not BPOs

May 02, 2020 - 2:39 PM

'IT-enabled jobs BPO companies create are of much higher value, requiring a range of technical, domain, and soft skills,' says the IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines

'No favoritism' in allowing POGOs amid lockdown – Roque

May 02, 2020 - 12:51 PM

Funds collected by the government from POGO establishments will be used to boost the fight to curb the coronavirus pandemic, says the Duterte spokesman

POGO workers in Makati City gather their belongings as they are instructed to work from home during the lockdown on March 18, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Animal Crossing offers 'digital getaway' under lockdown

May 02, 2020 - 11:06 AM

Gamers around the world are skirting lockdowns by strolling through parks, flying overseas, and watching sunsets in the virtual world of 'Animal Crossing'

Gambling-dependent Philippines allows POGOs to resume operations

May 01, 2020 - 12:20 PM

(UPDATED) Pagcor chief Andrea Domingo says Philippine offshore gaming operations are technically business process outsourcing (BPO) companies whose bettors are overseas

PH cancels hosting of 10th ASEAN Para Games

Apr 30, 2020 - 4:42 PM

The PSC and Philippine Paralympic Committee agree to cancel the 2020 ASEAN Para Games due to the coronavirus pandemic

CANCELED. 2018 Asian Para Games most bemedalled athlete Ernie Gawilan will not be able to see action in the ASEAN Para Games. Photo courtesy of Janet Tenorio

Game on: Japan group offers retro consoles to cooped-up kids

Apr 28, 2020 - 3:46 PM

The Japan Retro Game Association is offering 100 Super Famicom consoles, complete with adaptors, cables, controllers and two masterpiece games – Super Donkey Kong and Final Fantasy VI

SUPER FAMICOM. This file photo taken on August 12, 2017 shows a Nintendo Super Famicom running the hit Capcom game Street Fighter II, at a retro gaming expo in Hong Kong. File photo by Tengku Bahar/AFP

'Last of Us Part II' gets new June 19 release date

Apr 28, 2020 - 2:43 PM

The post-apocalyptic PlayStation exclusive gets a new release date, about a month after an announcement delaying its launch

LAST OF US. Series protagonist Ellie appears in a screenshot for Last of Us Part II. Image from Sony

Games to check out before PlayStation’s April sale ends tonight

Apr 28, 2020 - 2:11 PM

Check the PlayStation Store for deals on games you may have missed when they first came out. Here's what we're eyeing!

53 arrested as police bust illegal POGO operation in Parañaque

Apr 25, 2020 - 12:53 PM

Cops arrest 44 Chinese and 9 Filipinos in a house in Parañaque that was being used to run an illegal POGO operation

CUFFED. A police officer secures arrested individuals with electrical cable ties before their transport to the nearest police station.

Qualifiers for 'Call of Duty: Mobile' world championship kick off on April 30

Apr 24, 2020 - 7:45 PM

The tourney will feature $1 million in prizes in the form of cash and in-game cosmetics

Digital video game spending hits record high under virus lockdown

Apr 23, 2020 - 2:27 PM

The closing of real-world stores due to the pandemic is cited as a factor in gamers purchasing more titles as digital downloads

GAMERS. File photo of Brazilian brothers Guilherme (right), 14, and Arthur, 11, watching professional players from the Loud YouTube channel play the mobile game Free Fire on Youtube, at their house in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo Mauro Pimentel/AFP