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Creating 'Bioshock' was a protracted, ego-driven battle

Like many classic video games, the development process of <i>Bioshock</i> was fraught with peril — just a few months before the game's release, developer Irrational Games invited people outside the company to try the game for the first time, and the feedback was entirely negative. The testers called the …

Chernobyl Trees Barely Decomposed, Study Finds

Almost 30 years ago, the world's attention was fixed on Chernobyl, the nuclear power plant in Ukraine that exploded in one of the world's worst …

World's Greatest True Detective

A video on YouTube mashes up HBO detective show True Detective with the world's greatest detective: Batman.<p><b>A video on YouTube mashes up HBO detective</b> …

This list is brought to you by 25 years of the world wide web

When Tim Berners-Lee penned a memo to his boss at CERN in March 1989, he was looking for a better way to manage information about complex evolving systems. He proposed an interconnected network of information that would improve communication at the facility, but there was no way of knowing what a …

Microsoft: We're 'Extremely Committed' To Xbox One

Past all the debate about Titanfall, the carping about the difference between resolution on Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PS4, musings about release schedules, Halo, and all of that, lies a slightly deeper question, one that people have been asking since 2001: what, exactly, is Microsoft doing in …

Extremely Rare Star Wars Movie Posters You've Never Seen

The original Star Wars trilogy was (and remains) a worldwide phenomenon, George Lucas's interstellar tale of good vs evil captured the imagination of …

How the E.T. documentary chronicles the birth of the unsatisfied game consumer

Lightbox and Fuel Entertainment's documentary on the supposed burial of millions of cartridges of <i>ET: The Extra Terrestrial</i>'s game adaptation isn't, as the subject matter might suggest, all doom and gloom.<p>At a SXSW Gaming panel titled "Unearthing the Atari Graveyard: The Search for ET," producer …

How In-app Purchases Have Destroyed The Industry

Written by Thomas Baekdal on January 30, 2014<p>I don't like writing negative articles that don't include a solution to the problem, but in this case, …

17 Examples of Totally Rad 1980s Box Art

It's so bad.<p>Look, the '80s were weird for all of us. It's time to come to terms with that. These are 17 examples of totally rad (and totally weird) …

There's A Reason Only 16% Of Gamers Play Downloaded Games Exclusively

There’s a new report out from the NPD Group called “Exploring Digital Gaming” which says that 16% of American gamers download their games exclusively, favoring digital and ignoring disc-based games altogether.<p>Elsewhere in the survey, 25% of respondents said they preferred downloading games while …

What are you doing here?: 8 non sequitur secret characters in games

<b>1. Bill Clinton, NBA Jam (1993)</b><p>While most of the secret characters in the original <i>NBA Jam</i> come out of left field—the only playable athlete among them …

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​The Titanfall Hype, Explained

If you haven't played <i>Titanfall</i> yourself yet, you may be one of those wondering: what the hell is with all the hype around that game? It's just …

Titan Fall

PlayStation 4 has already sold more than 4.2 million units during the holidays, but that didn't fool Sony into forgetting PlayStation 3 and its much …

The 30 greatest video games that time forgot – part two

The second part of our trawl through gaming history's less explored avenues<p>• The 30 greatest video games that time forgot – part one<p>It's the second instalment in our look at games that perhaps don't invoke as much warmhearted nostalgia as they really ought to. Some of these were huge at the time, …

The 30 greatest video games that time forgot – part one

From early rhythm action to weird puzzlers, discover the best games most players have never heard of<p>History is not always kind to great games. Titles once heralded as masterworks are often lost as console cycles turn. Alternatively, there are the offbeat outliers completely shunned during their own …

Xbox One and PS4 could get open-world zombie game DayZ

Dean Hall is open to the idea of releasing his acclaimed--and still officially unreleased--open-world zombie game DayZ on consoles like the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, but he's not ready to commit just yet.<p>"We'd certainly consider release on any feasible platform with a realistic publishing model," …

'Sesame Street Fighter' teaches typing, one muppet fireball at a time

Four years ago, DeviantArt artist gavacho13 imagined the worlds of <i>Sesame Street</i> and <i>Street Fighter</i> merging as one. Now, you can play an actual HTML5 game based on that brilliant idea. While <i>Sesame Street Fighter</i> is light on actual gameplay — you just type a few words on screen — the mashup elements …

What Respawn and Titanfall can teach the industry about next-gen development

It’s amazing what you can put together when you’re leaving the developer and publisher of some of the most successful first-person shooters in the industry’s history.<p>The deal struck by Jason West and Vince Zampella when they left both Infinity Ward and Activision to create Respawn and signed on …