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Gaming Highlights From 1984

Turn back the clock 30 years to 1984. Ronald Reagan was reelected into his second term as president of the United States, the United Kingdom signed an agreement to transfer ownership of Hong Kong back to China, and Mark Zuckerburg, the founder of Facebook, was born.<p>Those events, and many more, made …

Losing control: Nintendo's long fall in the gaming wars

As more and more consumers opt for gaming devices that can do much more than just play games, Nintendo's stubbornness is beginning to hurt its bottom line.<p>The iconic Japanese game maker posted weaker than expected earnings and sales numbers this week for its most recent fiscal year. An operating …

GTA Online's High Life update hits May 13, adds sweet cars and swank apartments

The High Life update for <i>Grand Theft Auto Online</i> in <i>Grand Theft Auto 5</i> will be released May 13, publisher Rockstar Games announced today.<p>As the free update's name indicates, it brings in a bunch of content oriented toward <i>GTA Online</i> players whose in-game wealth is burning a hole in their character's …

Come To Play Wolfenstein: The New Order at IGN UK HQ

What's Happening?<p>We're offering 10 people (plus a friend) to come play Wolfenstein: The New Order at IGN's London HQ on Tuesday, May 13th between …

How Insomniac designed the zany ‘awesomepocalypse’ of Sunset Overdrive (hands-on preview)

After they finished designing Resistance 3 for the PlayStation 3, Insomniac Games designers Marcus Smith and Drew Murray were tired of the gray, depressing landscapes of the apocalypse. They were both about to become fathers, which meant that the responsibilities of parenthood were coming, and that …

Killing Floor 2 exclusive first look: co-op FPS horror with the most advanced gore system ever

Paris is burning. The sky behind the Eiffel Tower glows an ominous orange through a haze of billowing smoke. Sparks and ash and scraps of paper float …

Killing Floor 2 is a Co-Op Shooter That's Gory as Hell

Limbs, everywhere.<p>Tripwire Interactive has announced Killing Floor 2, a co-op shooter designed to be "as sick as possible."<p>Revealed by PC Gamer, the …

Captive Minecraft transforms the game into a prison

In response to <i>Minecraft</i> 1.8, an update that lets players create a flickering wall that borders the in-game world, a new survival mod called <i>Captive Minecraft</i> has been developed which places the player in a 1x1 box that expands as they earn achievements.<p>"For each <i>Minecraft</i> Achievement you get, the …

Just How Big Is The Crew? - IGN AU Pubcast - IGN Video

The IGN AU team discuss how many other games could fit inside Ubisoft's massive open-world racer.

GTA V to Skyrim: the 10 most beautiful walks in gaming

Modern video game environments are often beautiful, exotic and atmospheric, and expansive enough to explore at leisure. Every virtual tourist should discover these examples, from Hebridean islands to the mean streets of 1940s Los Angeles

CSI: Hidden Crimes opens up investigations on Android

Last week we looked at Enigmatis 2, a supernatural-themed hidden object puzzle adventure game from Artifex Mundi. If that game was too fanciful for …

The Ars indie showcase: 30 games to watch in 2014

Laser-filled voyages to brooding teen dilemmas, indie's next wave has a lot to offer.<p>This year’s PAX East and Game Developers Conference left a lot …

MouseCraft is coming to PSN on July 8

Indie puzzle game <i>MouseCraft</i> is coming to the PlayStation Network on July 8, publisher Curve Studios announced in a recent game trailer released to the company's official YouTube page.<p>Earlier this year, Curve Studios' marketing manager Rob Clarke confirmed the game would hit PSN this summer, with …

Minecraft to Aid Redesign Efforts Around the World

Minecraft is being used to design more than just virtual worlds.<p>Plaza Tlaxcoaque in Mexico City is being eyed for a makeover, and the people …

PlayStation Now Beta Has 'Rental' System and a Ton of New Games

Looks like you'll be able to rent games for up to a month, though we don't yet know how much it'll cost.<p>Exit Theatre Mode<p>A number of new games, as …

Japan's "Huge Boob Producer" Has a Desk Surrounded by Boobs

Seriously, what were you expecting?<p><b>Note: The article contains NSFW photos.</b><p>Kenichiro Takaki, producer of such busty games as the <i>Senran Kagura</i> series …

Cookie Clicker creator's 'Game Generator' spits out the next great — or insane — idea

A god game where you lead hell before the end of the world. A tycoon game where you train monsters to make money. A sim game where you make timelines ad nauseam.<p>It's the Game Generator, a word randomizer that spits out video game concepts, can sound reasonable, especially if its "sanity" option is …

The Long Dark's creative director explains why the apocalypse doesn't need zombies

From the Aztecs worrying about the sun disappearing from the sky, to Hollywood's endless variations on the end of the world, it seems like every …

If This Keeps Up, Xbox One Has A Big PS4 Problem

Yes, it’s early. Too early for anyone to pop the champagne corks, declare victory and stand over the other guy with the scowl of a champion. But Microsoft has a problem with the Xbox One in its war with the PS4 and it had better solve it soon or else it risks having a much smaller installed base, …

My mother made me a gamer, and gave me the skills to deal with her death

I was born with a controller in my hand.<p>At least, that’s the story my mother loved to tell me growing up. She demanded my father go out and buy her an original Game Boy and a copy of <i>Tetris</i> while she waited to give birth to me in the hospital. That Game Boy would serve as my first foray into gaming, …

MSI GS60 Ghost Gaming Laptop Review

The beast within.<p>The idea behind gaming laptops can be difficult to understand. They're vastly underpowered when compared to traditional desktops, …

John Smedley explains how H1Z1 is different from DayZ | PC Invasion

Following on from last night’s livestream, Sony’s John Smedley has taken to Reddit to explain how <i>H1Z1</i> differs from <i>DayZ</i>.<p>For some reason, a lot of …

Dying grandmother uses Oculus Rift to walk outside again

Roberta Firstenberg had long loved walking outside and caring for her garden. However, a hard battle with cancer had weakened her so that going outside was no longer possible. In a bid to give her one more view of the outside world, Roberta's granddaughter Priscilla, an artist, programmed an Oculus …

SOE president says H1Z1 makers are 'fans and contributors' of DayZ

In an AMA on Reddit yesterday, John Smedley, the president of Sony Online Entertainment, was asked about similarities that SOE's upcoming MMO <i>H1Z1</i> shares with <i>DayZ</i>, the tremendously successful <i>ArmA 2</i> mod from 2012 set in a post-apocalyptic open world. Smedley acknowledged that he, and "most of the …

Can We Build a Gaming PC on a Console Budget?

There's no debating that a souped-up gaming PC will outperform an Xbox One or PlayStation 4 any day of the week, but it'll also cost you a lot more at checkout. However, what about a gaming PC that isn't top of the line, say, one that was built for $550?<p>This is the question we put to the test: …

The Walking Dead: Let's Play 400 Days as Bonnie with Bonnie - IGN Video

Erin Yvette -- Snow White in Wolf Among Us -- stops in to play 400 Days as her Walking Dead character. SPOILERS!

We've Already Found The Best Video Game Mod Of 2014 [UPDATE]

<b>UPDATE (3:30pm):</b> What we first thought was a bug is actually an intentional fan project, according to Telltale, the company behind <i>The Wolf Among Us</i>. …