GamesRadar+

GamesRadar+ is an entertainment website dedicated to video game-related news, previews and reviews, that is owned by Future Publishing (a subsidiary of Future plc).[2] In late 2014, Future Publishing-owned sites Total Film, SFX, Edge and Computer and Video Games were merged into GamesRadar, with the resulting, expanded website being renamed GamesRadar+ in November that year.

GamesRadar+
GamesRadar
Type of site
Video game website
Available inEnglish
OwnerFuture Publishing
EditorDaniel Dawkins
Websitegamesradar.com
Alexa rankPositive decrease 2,969 (February 2019)[1]
RegistrationOptional (free)
Launched1999

Format and style

GamesRadar+ publishes numerous articles each day. Including official video game news, reviews, previews, and interviews with publishers and developers. One of the site's features was their "Top 7" lists, a weekly countdown detailing negative aspects of video games themselves, the industry and/or culture. They actually mark a negative score in almost everything.[3] Now, they are better known for lists of baddest depth segmented by genre, platform, or theme. These are divided into living lists, for consoles and platforms that are still active, and legacy lists, for consoles and platforms that are no longer a target for commercial game development.[4]

History

In December 2007, Texas filed a lawsuit against Future US, Future plc's U.S. subsidiary, for violating the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act by collecting data of children under 13 through GamesRadar without parental notice.[5] The lawsuit alleges that the site "failed to include necessary disclosures and obtain parental consent before collecting personal information from children."[6] The owner of the other website settled in March 2008,[7] though the final disposition against Future plc is not public record.[8]

In January 2011, GamesRadar released a freeware app for iOS (via the App Store), with which users could browse their cheats, guides and walkthroughs.[9]

By February 2012, many of the long-standing writers and editors were either laid off or had moved on to other careers, including many recurring hosts and guests of the site's "TalkRadar" podcast, which at the time ended at episode 198.[10] In November 2012, Keith Walker became the new publisher at Future Publishing, and thus GamesRadar, looking to improve "digital growth".[11] By December 2012, the site underwent a drastic new redesign including new layout, interface and regular features along with new staff members and successor to TalkRadar podcast titled "RadioRadar".[12]

In May 2014, it was reported that Future Publishing intended to close the websites of Edge, Computer and Video Games and their other video game publications.[13] In September 2014, GamesRadar partner sites Total Film and SFX were merged into GamesRadar,[14] and the resulting site was renamed GamesRadar+ the following November.[15] In December 2014, it was confirmed that the previously closed Edge and Computer and Video Games sites would also be merged into GamesRadar+.[16]

On 4 February 2016, Daniel Dawkins was announced to have been promoted GamesRadar+'s Global Editor-in-Chief.[17]

Community

GamesRadar has hosted numerous online message boards and forums from as early as 1998 in its original Future Gamer (and then Daily Radar) incarnation, including international versions such as GamesRadar.it. Future Publishing's enthusiast video and computer games magazines such as N64 Magazine often featured prevalent advertising for GamesRadar.com to encourage participation from readers. In 2008, the site moved towards a single login functionality for reader comments on articles and posting on forums, for which the newer US forums were chosen due to Future's strategic shift to garner US readership and compete with sites such as IGN. On August 14, 2008, it was announced that the UK forum would be closed down and merged with the US forums. Moderators of the original UK forums instead launched GRcade,[18] occasionally noted for its own breaking news.[19] GamesRadar+ no longer hosts online forums.

References

  1. ^ "Alexa Ranking". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  2. ^ Gibson, Ellie (19 July 2007). "GamesRadar and Cheat Planet readership tops 3.25 million". GamesIndustry.biz. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  3. ^ GamesRadar_ US (31 July 2007). "GamesRadar's Top 7 compendium". GamesRadar+. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  4. ^ GamesRadar Staff (1 January 2013). "GamesRadar's Best Lists". GamesRadar+. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  5. ^ Androvich, Mark (6 December 2007). "Texas files lawsuit against Future US". GamesIndustry.biz. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  6. ^ Vijayan, Jaikumar (7 December 2007). "Texas AG sues two sites for children's privacy violations". Computerworld. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  7. ^ Mathews, Kristen J. (28 May 2008). "Texas Attorney General Settles One of First State COPPA Enforcement Actions". Proskauer Rose. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  8. ^ "State Law Approaches to Address Digital Food Marketing to Youth" (PDF). The Public Health Advocacy Institute. December 2012. p. 3. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  9. ^ Wilde, Tyler (14 January 2011). "GamesRadar Cheats, Guides and Walkthroughs iPhone app now available! (It's free!)". GamesRadar+. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  10. ^ Machuga, Stephen (19 February 2012). "The Slow Bleeding Out of Future's GamesRadar". Front Towards Gamer. Archived from the original on 27 August 2014. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  11. ^ Martin, Matt (15 November 2012). "New publisher for Future's CVG and GamesRadar". GamesIndustry.biz. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  12. ^ Future US (11 December 2012). "Future US Announces the Launch of the New GamesRadar". EDN. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  13. ^ Dring, Christopher (29 May 2014). "Future plans 170 UK job cuts as it sells bikes and craft magazines". MCV. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  14. ^ Jarvis, Matthew (30 September 2014). "Future's Total Film, SFX Online and GamesRadar to combine into one site". MCV. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  15. ^ Tong, Sophia; Bradley, Dave (17 November 2014). "Ping from the Radar - A letter from the Editor". GamesRadar+. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  16. ^ Dring, Christopher (19 December 2014). "Official: Future will close CVG website, news and reviews now coming to GamesRadar+". MCV. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  17. ^ GamesRadar+ (4 February 2016). "Daniel Dawkins promoted to Global Editor in Chief of GamesRadar+". PR Newswire. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  18. ^ GRcade Index. GRcade. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  19. ^ Yin-Poole, Wesley (22 August 2012). "Sony closes WipEout developer Sony Liverpool". Retrieved 16 July 2018.

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Initially introduced as a supporting character in the first game, he has been one of the primary antagonists throughout the series, where he usually manipulates story events behind-the-scenes. Power-hungry, knowledgeable, sadistic, and infinitely cunning, he was a man who sought to replace the entire human race through mass extinction and forced evolution, believing humanity to be an evolutionary dead-end. To this end, he was affiliated with the Umbrella Corporation as one of its most promising researchers, and at the same time participated in illicit activities by going undercover as STARS captain in Raccoon City. Through the course of much betrayal of his allies to further his own plans, Wesker fakes his death, gains superhuman strength, speed & regeneration from an experimental variant of the Progenitor virus, and works alongside both Umbrella's mysterious rival company and their successors in the field of biological weapons development, TRICELL, until his ultimate defeat in Resident Evil 5.

Blanka

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Chaotix

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The Chaotix were added to Knuckles' Chaotix to replace Sonic and Tails after its development transitioned from the Sega Genesis to its 32X add-on. When they were first introduced, the group consisted of Knuckles, Mighty, Espio, Vector, and Charmy. Later incarnations of the characters have only included the latter three; Knuckles since has associated more with the franchise's core characters (such as Sonic and Tails) while Mighty has faded into obscurity.

Critical reception to the Chaotix has been mixed. The characters have received praise for their role in Knuckles' Chaotix, with critics noting their abilities and the different gameplay experiences they offered. Criticism of the group has focused on their perceived annoying qualities and unbalanced gameplay, and GamesRadar accused the characters of ushering in the Sonic series' extensive cast of characters.

Charizard

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Charizard is featured in the Pokémon anime series with the most recurring being from the main character Ash Ketchum. It is featured in printed adaptations such as Pokémon Adventures, in the possession of Blue, one of the main characters. Charizard appears in Pokémon Origins with main character Red as its trainer. Charizard has received positive reception from the media, with GamesRadar describing it as "hands-down one of the coolest Pokémon out there". Charizard is the version mascot of Pokémon Red and FireRed versions, and makes an appearance on the boxarts of Pokémon Stadium, Pokémon Ranger, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky, and Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon. It has appeared in every entry of the Super Smash Bros. series, in an unplayable capacity in the first two games before becoming a playable character from Super Smash Bros. Brawl onwards.

Cobra Triangle

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Daily Radar

Daily Radar was a news aggregator and portal site for Future US's male-oriented content, including sports, film and television, and video games.

Daily Radar started as a gaming website like IGN, GameSpy and GameSpot, and was later renamed and relaunched in the UK as GamesRadar. The site was run by Imagine Media (now Future) and consisted of many editors that contributed to Imagine's print publications. A victim of the dot-com bubble burst, Imagine closed Daily Radar in 2001, weeks shy of E3. The Washington Post later noted that Daily Radar was among multiple "popular video-game news sites" to close in 2001, alongside CNET Gamecenter.Its name has since been the inspiration for the name of a satirical website, The Daily Raider. It has also been the subject of jokes in the webcomic Penny Arcade.The website was mentioned on the television show Whose Line is it Anyway? when one of the reviewers employed by the website was sung to by Wayne Brady in the style of Britney Spears.On August 23, 2010, Daily Radar's website and all sub-sites (BallHype, ShowHype and several Daily Radar Blips sites) were replaced with a notice that they were "no longer being supported." Today URLs for Daily Radar redirect to the website TechRadar instead.

Ezio Auditore da Firenze

Ezio Auditore da Firenze (Italian pronunciation: [ˈɛttsjo audiˈtoːre da (f)fiˈrɛntse]) is a fictional character in the video game series Assassin's Creed, where he serves as the protagonist of the series' games set during the Italian Renaissance. His life and career as an Assassin are chronicled in Assassin's Creed II, II: Discovery, Brotherhood, and Revelations, as well as the animated short film Embers. Furthermore, he appears as a guest character in the fighting game Soulcalibur V.

Born into Italian nobility, Ezio follows his family heritage as an assassin, after most of his immediate kin is killed during the Pazzi conspiracy. His quest to track down those responsible for killing his family eventually sets him up against the villainous Templar Order, led by the House of Borgia. Spending years to fight against Rodrigo and Cesare Borgia and their henchmen, he eventually reestablishes the Order of Assassins as the dominant force in Italy. His further adventures led him to Spain and the Ottoman Empire, where he is also essential in overcoming Templar threats and restoring the Assassins. After his retirement from the Order, he lives a peaceful life in rural Tuscany before dying from a heart attack.

The character has received significant critical acclaim. While most of it focusses on his portrayal and growth throughout the series, as well as the unique chronicling of his entire life, he has also been noted as one of the most attractive video game characters of all time. Due to his reception and the fact that he is the only character in the series who is the protagonist of multiple major installments of the franchise, he is usually considered the face of the franchise and its most popular character.

Haunter

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Haunter has been well received by the media, with groups such as IGN and GamesRadar praising its abilities and style, the former of which described it as superior to its stronger counterpart, Gengar. Its characterization within the game's setting has similarly met praise and been described as one of the more vivid aspects of the series, though at the same time the same characterization has drawn fire from several Christian groups in various books.

Juri (Street Fighter)

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Juri originated as a suggestion to introduce a female Korean character in the Street Fighter series and the development team went through 400–500 ideas before they decided on Juri. She is the first practitioner of Taekwondo and the first Korean character in the series. Juri has been described as "sultry", "provocative" and "sex-crazed", and she is unique within the series due to her practice of Taekwondo.

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Mega Man

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Although the classic series has yet to reach an ending, the storyline shifts to the Mega Man X series, followed by the Mega Man Zero series, Mega Man ZX and Mega Man Legends. All series follow one continuous timeline except for Mega Man Battle Network and Mega Man Star Force.

Meowth

Meowth ( or , known as Nyarth (ニャース, Nyāsu) in the original Japanese version) is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise. Created by Ken Sugimori, Meowth first appeared in the video games Pokémon Red and Blue and subsequent sequels. In addition, it was one of the Pokémon to get an Alola Form variant. It later appeared in various merchandise, spinoff titles and animated and printed adaptations of the franchise. Meowth is voiced by Inuko Inuyama in Japanese, and by Nathan Price (dub episodes 1-32), Maddie Blaustein (dub episodes 33-419), and James Carter Cathcart (dub episodes 420 - current) in English.

Known as the Scratch Cat Pokémon, it spends most of the daytime sleeping and prowls the city streets at night. Meowth evolves into Persian. Meowth is among the most recognizable Pokémon, largely because it is a central character in the Pokémon anime series. This particular Meowth, belonging to Team Rocket, the anime's main antagonists, is one of the few Pokémon that have the ability to speak human language. The episode "Go West Young Meowth" shows the character's backstory, in which Meowth attempted to impress a female Meowth called Meowzie (Madonnya (マドンニャ, Madonnya) in Japanese version) by teaching himself how to walk on two legs and speak English.In the English version of the franchise, he is given a Brooklyn accent. Meowth has had mixed reception, Game Daily describing him as "adorable" and saying he should have his own game, while GamesRadar described it as "not all that useful" and said that Meowth would not have stood out if it did not have such a large role in the anime.

Navi (The Legend of Zelda)

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P.T. (video game)

P.T. (initialism for "playable teaser") is a first-person psychological horror video game developed by Kojima Productions, under the pseudonym "7780s Studio", and published by Konami. The game was directed and designed by Hideo Kojima, in collaboration with film director Guillermo Del Toro.

Released for the PlayStation 4 on 12 August 2014 as a free download on the PlayStation Network, P.T. served primarily as an interactive teaser for the game Silent Hills, a cancelled installment in the Silent Hill series. After the cancellation, Konami removed P.T. from the PlayStation Store and eliminated re-installing the game, a decision that later spawned criticism, fan efforts to allow P.T. to be re-downloaded, and fan remakes of the game.

P.T. received critical acclaim for its direction, visuals, story complexity, and its supernatural horror tension build, but had mixed reception for its puzzles and solutions.

Red Dead Redemption

Red Dead Redemption is a Western action-adventure game developed by Rockstar San Diego and published by Rockstar Games. A spiritual successor to 2004's Red Dead Revolver, it is the second game in the Red Dead series, and was released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in May 2010. Red Dead Redemption is set during the decline of the American frontier in the year 1911 and follows John Marston, a former outlaw whose wife and son are taken hostage by the government in ransom for his services as a hired gun. Having no other choice, Marston sets out to bring three members of his former gang to justice.

The game is played from a third-person perspective in an open world, allowing the player to interact with the game world at their leisure. The player can travel the virtual world, a fictionalized version of the Western United States and Mexico, primarily by horseback and on foot. Gunfights emphasize a gunslinger gameplay mechanic called "Dead Eye" that allows players to mark multiple shooting targets on enemies in slow motion. The game makes use of a morality system, by which the player's actions in the game affect their character's levels of honor and fame and how other characters respond to the player. An online multiplayer mode is included with the game, allowing up to 16 players to engage in both cooperative and competitive gameplay in a recreation of the single-player setting.

Red Dead Redemption was developed over the course of five years and is one of the most expensive video games ever made. The game received critical acclaim for its visuals, dynamically-generated music, voice acting, gameplay, and story, and shipped over 15 million copies by 2017. It won several year-end accolades, including Game of the Year awards from several gaming publications, and is considered by critics as one of the greatest video games ever made. After the game's release, several downloadable content additions were released; Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare, later released as a standalone game, added a new single-player experience in which Marston searches for a cure for an infectious zombie plague that has swept across the Old West. A Game of the Year Edition containing all additional content was released in October 2011. A prequel, Red Dead Redemption 2, was released in October 2018 to similar acclaim.

Sonic the Hedgehog (2006 video game)

Sonic the Hedgehog, commonly referred to as Sonic '06, is a 2006 platform game developed by Sonic Team and published by Sega. It was produced in commemoration of the Sonic series' 15th anniversary, and intended as a reboot for the seventh generation video game consoles. Players control Sonic, Shadow, and new character Silver, who battle Solaris, an ancient evil pursued by Doctor Eggman. Each playable character has his own campaign and abilities, and must complete levels, explore hub worlds and fight bosses to advance the story. In multiplayer modes, players can work cooperatively to collect Chaos Emeralds or race to the end of a level.

Development began in 2004, led by Sonic co-creator Yuji Naka. Sonic Team sought to create an appealing game in the vein of superhero films like Batman Begins, hoping it would advance the series with a realistic tone and multiple gameplay styles. Problems developed after Naka resigned to form his own company, Prope. The team split to work on the Wii game Sonic and the Secret Rings (2007), resulting in Sonic the Hedgehog being rushed for the holiday season. It was released for Xbox 360 in November 2006 and for PlayStation 3 the following month. Versions for Wii and Windows were canceled. Downloadable content featuring new single-player modes was released in 2007.

Sonic the Hedgehog received praise in prerelease showings, as journalists believed it could return to the series' roots after years of mixed reviews. However, it was a critical failure. Reviewers criticized its loading times, camera system, story, stability, and controls. It has been frequently described as one of the worst games in the series. In 2010, Sega delisted Sonic the Hedgehog from retailers, following its decision to remove all Sonic games with below-average Metacritic scores to increase the value of the brand. Its failure led to a rethinking of the series' direction; future games ignored its tone and most characters.

Total Film

Total Film is a British film magazine published 13 times a year (published monthly and a summer issue is added every year since issue 91, 2004 which is published between July and August issue) by Future Publishing. The magazine was launched in 1997 and offers cinema, DVD and Blu-ray news, reviews and features. Total Film is available both in print and interactive iPad editions.

In 2014 it was announced online that Total Film's website would be merging with GamesRadar's website and all Total Film content would now be located on the GamesRadar website.

Venusaur

Venusaur (), known in Japan as Fushigibana (フシギバナ), is a Grass/Poison type Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise. Created by Ken Sugimori, Venusaur first appeared in the video games Pokémon Red and Blue and subsequent sequels, later appearing in various merchandise, spinoff titles and animated and printed adaptations of the franchise. Venusaur is capable of Mega Evolution, which allows it to transform into Mega Venusaur. It is evolved from Ivysaur, then came from Bulbasaur.

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