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How Konami accidentally made P.T. the coolest game of all time

Konami is trying really, really hard to make you forget that P.T. ever existed. That plan is backfiring.<p>In the wake of <i>Silent Hills'</i> cancellation, Konami has done virtually everything in its power to scrub <i>P.T.</i>'s existence from the face of the planet. First, it quietly revealed plans to remove the …

Son races deceased father's ghost in Xbox racer, makes internet cry

Get ready for some tears.<p>This is the most heart-warming video game ghost story I’ve ever heard. According to a post on Motoramic, a YouTube commenter that goes by 00WARTHERAPY00 shared a supernaturally touching story about racing their father’s ghost in Xbox racer <i>RalliSport Challenge</i>, 10 years …

Disney Infinity 2.0 adds a gun-toting raccoon and other Guardians of the Galaxy this fall

Five new characters from Marvel's rag-tag team of intergalactic heroes, Guardians of the Galaxy, will join <i>Disney Infinity 2.0</i>'s virtual world this fall, executive producer John Vignocchi announced during a recent event in San Francisco.<p>The Guardians of the Galaxy will appear inside <i>Disney Infinity:</i></i> …

League of Legends new cinematic trailer could be its best yet

Riot Games released its latest <i>League of Legends</i> cinematic trailer to its official YouTube page today, featuring a lineup of familiar champions, with a cast ranging from Ahri to Zyra.<p>Coming in at just over six minutes long, "A New Dawn" sees "day [breaking] over a landscape consecrated by blood and …

Dragon Age: Inquisition delayed to Nov. 18

<i>Dragon Age: Inquisition</i>, the upcoming role-playing title from BioWare, has been delayed and is now set for release Nov. 18 in North America and Nov. 21 in Europe, the studio announced today.<p>Publisher Electronic Arts had originally set the release date for Oct. 7, so the new date represents a delay …

The Crew beta gameplay video - From Detroit to Seattle

Earlier this week, Ubisoft's open-world driving game <i>The Crew</i> entered its closed beta testing phase, giving a few drivers access to the game's enormous, America-shaped playground. Check out the video above to see some of our experiences in action, including car shopping, customization, dynamic …

Happy Fiftieth, Ryu!

They grow up so fast, don't they? <i>Street Fighter</i> characters, that is. One day, they're just a bunch of pixels in your favorite arcade game. Next thing …

New Names For Smash Bros. Fighters, Supposedly From Six-Year-Old Girl

That's not Samus Aran in her Zero Suit, guys. That's Fighting Girl.<p>Tumblr user The SoupyOne says that he asked a younger sibling the names of the …

Minecraft's Main Character Is Kind of A Jerk

When you think about it, <i>Minecraft</i> can be a bit of a jerk simulator.<p>Most people in <i>Minecraft</i> go around killing animals, destroying the landscape and …

Dota 2 Finals Winner Takes Home $5 Million

After a weekend of duking it out at Seattle's KeyArena, today The International hosted the grand championship final with Newbee going up against …

Eleven Years Later, Modders Are Still Making The Original Halo Better

<i>Halo: Combat Evolved</i> released in fall 2003 for PC. Bungie has moved on—but the community keeps the game alive through mods. Take SPV3, for …

Imagining Bioshock As A PS1 Game

NeoGAF has an entire thread dedicated to imagining more recent games as titles for the original Playstation. The highlight is these animated gifs for …

Valiant Hearts' Trailer in Minecraft Is Both Silly And Poignant

We've got the first trailer for <i>Valiant Hearts,</i> Ubisoft's fantastic game about World War I, with its own distinct visual style and powerful narration …

Deus Ex: Human Revolution's Starting Area, Recreated In CryEngine

Not that <i>Deus Ex: Human Revolution</i> didn't already look great. It did. But the game's unique environment, and the room we start in, Megan Reed's …

How A Successful Kickstarter Lost Half A Million Dollars

The world of crowdfunding is full of projects that never quite deliver what they've promised, but how often does a half-million-dollar Kickstarter …

Doom 4 is an oldschool reboot, just called Doom

id Software has revealed its highly anticipated new game in the legendary Doom franchise and it's just called Doom.<p>That's right, it's one of those …

Elder Scrolls Online has ~775,000 subscribers - report

A report published by SuperData Research (via GamesIndustry International) claims The Elder Scrolls Online had 772,374 subscribers in June.It's not …

Watch Dogs enhanced graphics mod gets a final release

Ubisoft's open-world techno-thriller Watch Dogs received a lot of criticism as its final release, while pretty, didn't quite live up to the early …

Another news channel mistakes a video game screenshot for reality (update)

<i>Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain</i> is the latest video game to be misappropriated by a TV station for a report: news channel Russia Today used a screenshot from Konami's upcoming action-adventure to introduce a segment on child soldiers.<p>The screenshot above — one of the official screenshots …

Destiny producer rediscovers emotional 17-year-old secret on beta's launch

The production team at GOG.com found a secret message coded into the executable of the original <i>Dungeon Keeper</i> that hasn't seen the light of day in nearly 20 years, much to the delight of Jonty Barnes, Director of Production at Bungie.<p>Barnes stepped away from the <i>Destiny</i> war room late last night, on …

A Space Invaders movie is in the works at Warner Bros.

Taito's arcade classic shoot 'em up <i>Space Invaders</i> and its unique tale of invading aliens laying waste to the Earth in predictable waves are being mined for a feature film, The Wrap reports.<p>Rights to the 1978 arcade game have reportedly been acquired by studio Warner Bros., and screenwriter-producer …

Watch 1993's Doom with features you'd expect in 2015's Doom

The new <i>Doom</i> was shown to the attendees of QuakeCon last week, but the general public must wait to see gameplay footage.<p>In the meantime, let's ogle the latest update for <i>Brutal Doom</i>, a mod for <i>Doom</i>, <i>Doom 2</i> and a handful of other spinoffs, that adds an incredible number of modern features. Created by …

Flappy Bird creator says game was inspired by bouncing a ping pong ball on a paddle

The inspiration for <i>Flappy Bird</i>, a game deemed so addictive by its creator he pulled it from mobile phones for awhile, was ping pong.<p>Specifically, <i>Flappy Bird</i> creator Dong Nguyen told a gathering of developers at Gamelab 2014 in Barcelona last month, the game was inspired by the habit he had of …

Here's a first-person shooter with a difference

<i>Lovely Planet</i> doesn't look or sound like your average first-person shooter.<p>Gone are the agonized groans of mechanized death, the gore-splattered cobbles, the clanking rattle of chainsaw-against-bone.<p>In their stead, a bouncy, pastel world of psychedelic loon where you jump and float, letting loose …

Home Alone director will stuff these classic game characters into an Adam Sandler movie

Donkey Kong, Pac-Man, Frogger and more will make an appearance in the upcoming film <i>Pixels</i>, thanks to recent partnerships with several game companies, Sony Pictures Entertainment announced today.<p><i>Pixels</i> stars Adam Sandler, Michelle Monaghan and Peter Dinklage's mullet in a movie inspired by the short …

Your first look at Agent Locke in Ridley Scott's Halo: Nightfall

The first image from the upcoming Ridley Scott-produced <i>Halo: Nightfall</i> was released this week, introducing the new Spartan Agent Locke.<p>The picture, which was leaked in an accidental post by Variety that has since been taken down, features actor Mike Colter, whose previous work includes roles in <i>The</i> …

How to build your own Game Boy with a Raspberry Pi and a hot glue gun

Buying a Game Boy from Goodwill is something of a risky proposition. It's not so much the $5 it might cost you, but the unknown condition of the 25-year-old handheld.<p>That didn't stop a blogger who goes by "microbyter," who overcame the damage caused by an exploded battery in a secondhand Nintendo …

The studio that made Tony Hawk's Pro Skater closed, here's its billion-dollar story

The year 1999 was crowded by a slate of big-budget, high-profile video games like <i>Mario Party, Shenmue</i> and <i>Silent Hill</i>. Nobody expected a skateboard game made by a 12-person team to be one of the biggest titles of the year. In the following nine years, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater established itself as a …

Battlefield Hardline delayed to 2015

<i>Battlefield Hardline</i> has been delayed to early 2015, Electronic Arts announced today, saying that the development teams want to spend more time developing the game to ultimately deliver a better product.<p>"Back at E3, we launched a beta for <i>Hardline</i> — we wanted to not only show you the game, but to …