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Star Wars: The Force Awakens character names revealed in retro trading card form

Disney and Lucasfilm are finally putting some names to the faces (and the droids) seen in the first teaser trailer for <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i>. That dark and mysterious character, widely suspected of being a new Sith, seen above? His name is Kylo Ren, according to a new batch of trading cards …

Destiny: The Undying Mind Dark Below Strike Mission - PSX 2014 - IGN Video

Watch the PlayStation Exclusive strike in it's entirety that's coming with Destiny's The Dark Below Expansion this Tuesday

Destiny: See The Dark Below's New Weapons in Action - PSX 2014 - IGN Video

During our gameplay session at PSX we had a chance to look at some of the new Exotic and Legendary weapons in The Dark Below. Here's what to buy!

Destiny: The New Armor and Spaceships in The Dark Below - PSX 2014 - IGN Video

Get a look at the perks of some of the new armor and a look at the spaceships you'll be able to obtain in The Dark Below.

Ralph Baer, the father of video games, has died at 92

It’s a sad day for video games as Ralph Baer, the “father of video games,” has died at the age of 92.<p>He was a prolific inventor who earned more than 150 patents in his life, but his most famous work was creating a machine known as the Brown Box. It was later released in 1972 as the Magnavox …

Destiny characters and progress will carry over to Destiny 2

Bungie’s already talking about its Destiny sequel, and it’s confirmed that progress from the original game will carry over.<p>The shared-world first-person shooter only launched three months ago, but developer Bungie’s already making the first sequel in a franchise it hopes will span 10 years. …

Music video of ghostly Paul McCartney will please conspiracy theorists

Do you have hope for the future of music?<p>Earlier this year, the co-writer of the Emmy award-winning "Ebony and Ivory," Sir Paul McCartney, released the yet-to-win-an-Emmy "Hope for the Future." Because the tune was attached to the credits sequence of the first-person shooter video game <i>Destiny</i>, many …

Samsung's Gear VR available now for $200

Gear VR, the portable virtual reality headset created in collaboration with Samsung and Oculus VR, is now available to order direct from Samsung. The headset sells for $199.99, it begins shipping today, and only works in conjunction with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 phone.<p>We went hands-on with the …

Destiny's Paul McCartney song is now a music video with a Beatles hologram

As <i>Destiny</i>'s closing credits roll, former Beatle Paul McCartney's "Hope for the Future" plays — a song written just for the game. This week, the song became a music video.<p>In the video, revealed this morning on Wired, McCartney appears as a hologram projected in various locations in <i>Destiny</i> by …

Destiny PS4 players reportedly locked out due to pending DLC

Some <i>Destiny</i> players are finding themselves locked out of their game after purchasing downloadable content <i>The Dark Below —</i> which is set to go live tomorrow, Dec. 9 — according to complaints on Reddit.<p>According to several players, the entire game is blocked off post-purchase on PlayStation 4 by a …

A guide to leveling up in Destiny, just in time for The Dark Below

<i>Destiny</i>'s first major expansion, <i>The Dark Below</i>, hits tomorrow, bringing with it a lot of new content for high-level characters. But what if you've been nursing your <i>Destiny</i> fix and haven't quite capped out a character in the game?<p>Don't worry, we've all been there ... specifically, I'm there right …

Destiny racing mode 'has come up as a topic' at Bungie

Bungie says it's been talking about adding a racing mode to <i>Destiny</i>.<p>Players in the game can zoom around on Sparrow hoverbikes. Some have organized unofficial races and leagues in the game. Asked about an official mode in an interview with GameSpot, community manager Eric Osborne said that the idea …

This fan-made Team Fortress 2 short has been a year in the making

After being in production since 2013, James McVinnie's short film based around <i>Team Fortress 2</i> is officially finished and you can watch it below.<p><i>End of the Line</i> is a fan-made project that's been developed by a team of six since January of last year. Now the 14-minute-long video has been released …

Watch people take on Destiny's new raid: Crota's End

<i>Destiny</i> received its first expansion pack this morning, <i>The Dark Below</i>. Among the many extra bits and pieces was one major new addition: the Crota's End raid.<p>The raid, which requires at least one level 30 player, was immediately swarmed by high level characters. You can watch some of their attempts …

Destiny players: Keep grinding, your progress will carry into sequel

<i>Destiny</i> is a game of grinding and gear, with players leveraging every system in the game to try to earn the best possible equipment to get to the level cap and begin the upcoming new for-pay raids. This work, which can appear tedious if you're not into that sort of thing, won't be wasted when the …

You need to pay to play this week's heroic strikes in Destiny (update)

This week's high-level content for <i>Destiny</i> players, heroic strikes, requires the game's paid expansion pack to play.<p>That content rotates weekly and Bungie head of community Eric Osborne told Polygon that owning an expansion will be required on occasion to access things like heroic strikes.<p>"All …

The best Christmas gift for fans of the best classic video game console

The nerd corner of my elementary school playground was divided into two distinct groups: the large group of Super Nintendo fans and the small gaggle of Sega Genesis junkies. While other kids dueled on the basketball court or the kickball field, we verbally sparred over the capabilities of “Mode 7” …

Destiny's Weekly Strikes Locked Behind 'Dark Below' DLC [Updated]

<b>Update:</b> Bungie’s community manager Eric Osborne has this to say about the controversy:<p>“All existing strikes and maps are still accessible. Specific activities like nightfall will periodically feature expansion 1 content on the week the newest content is live. New public events, updated weapons and …

Diving Into Destiny's 'The Dark Below' Expansion

Destiny sees the release of its first “expansion” today, The Dark Below, one that aims to be a blend of say, a massive WoW content extension and more traditional piecemeal DLC. It’s clearly more of the latter, but with a $20 price point, fans are hoping that it’s worth their while.<p>With Destiny it’s …

Destiny's new raid, Crota's End, has already been beaten

A team of <i>Destiny</i> players has already completed Crota's End, the new raid released today in the game's first expansion, developer Bungie confirmed on Twitter.<p>The <i>Destiny</i> clan known as Invigorate Gaming secured the honor of the first completion. Shortly after 10 a.m. ET — just over six hours after <i>The</i> …

Telltale turns on the ultraviolence in Game of Thrones

Telltale Games has had an extremely productive 2014. They successfully juggled four independent storylines between <i>The Walking Dead</i>, <i>Tales From the Borderlands</i>, <i>The Wolf Among Us</i> and now <i>Game of Thrones</i>. Released just last week, you can check out the Polygon review here.<p>Charlie Hall spent time playing …