Epic Games cofounder Mark Rein just bought a stake in the Carolina Hurricanes. The arena is 10 minutes from his office.
The Wii U is significantly more powerful than the Wii or the GameCube before it, but Nintendo's next console doesn't appear to radically surpass the PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360, according to conversations we've had with people familiar with the Wii U and the forthcoming consoles from Sony and Microsoft.
My trip to North Carolina to attend the East Coast Games Conference in Raleigh last week was a ruse, a feint. My real target was a (mostly) unassuming office structure in the Raleigh suburb of Cary, the birthplace of some of the greatest games of the past decade.
The human eye can only perceive 72 frames per second. We've been seeing games at 60 frames per second for some time. And as graphics approach photorealism with current computing power, some suggest that the days of giant leaps in visual quality are past us, and we'll be seeing smaller refinements going forward.
There's a good reason that Nintendo showed off video game footage culled from the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of third-party games, not the Wii U, at last week's E3 unveiling of the console. According to a new report, Wii U games just weren't looking so hot on current hardware.
Epic Games' beefed up Xbox 360 shooter series may be adding a little motion control to its Locust-chainsawing action, according to one report that says Gears of War is getting Kinect enabled.
Epic Games, video game engine tycoons and the developers behind Gears of War, have a vision for the future. And that vision includes Xboxes and PlayStations that you can unplug from your TV and carry around with you.
So Epic's Mark Rein interrupted a discussion last week at a conference, and got people upset. It made for good theatre at the time, but now the dust has settled, Rein has issued an honest apology.
If the Develop Conference in Britain earlier this week was good for one thing, it was a healthy dose of games industry shit-talking. Like this rant from Positech's Cliff Harris, in which he says "Mark Rein is a jerk".
Epic Games, the people who make Unreal Tournament and Gears of War, could eventually bring Gears of War to your iPhone or Android, the future destination of big budget, "AAA" games.
We ran into Epic Games vice president Mark Rein at Apple's iPad demo event today, happily tapping and gesturing to his heart's content with one of the sleek new tablets. Will Epic bring its Unreal Engine to the iPad?
Epic Games VP Mark Rein brought with him the latest platforms on which the company's Unreal Engine 3 officially runs, iPhone 3GS hardware and Nvidia's Tegra 2 "system-on-a-chip" platform, giving us a chance to go hands-on with the tech demo.
Epic Games, makers of things Unreal and Gears of War, are fully on board with this Project Natal thing that Microsoft has cooked up. VP Mark Rein calls the company's popular Unreal tech "the unofficial engine of Natal."
This was supposed to be the "high definition" generation of gaming. That's what it brought that was new. 16:9, 1080p, all that. But four years on from the release of the 360, we're anything but.
Rule of thumb: Video game movies are not very good. I know it, you know it. Yet, game movies typically do pretty well at the box office. Why?
Epic Games' Gears of War sequel is in no danger of being branded a dud huge, as the Xbox 360 exclusive has already sold through 3 million copies in just four weeks.