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By Brad Grier | Games | Culture | Development

Advertising Standards Authority is investigating No Man's Sky for false advertisement

After the active player count for No Man's Sky dropped below 1,000 players on Steam, it's safe to say that the highly anticipated game had a rather …

The rise and rise of tabletop gaming

It’s a bright Thursday morning in Oxford, and the Thirsty Meeples cafe on Gloucester Green market is thrumming with activity. As we sit at a sun-warmed window table, the maitre d’, Gareth, introduces himself and presents a list of recommendations.<p>First, he suggests Forbidden Desert. It is not a …

Board Games

Booting the Final GameCube Game

Every single GameCube game can at least boot in Dolphin 5.0. Except one. Star Wars: The Clone Wars and its complex way of using the PowerPC Memory …

Emulation

Sierra Gets Creative The Digital Antiquarian

Coming out of Sierra On-Line’s 1984 near-death experience, Ken Williams made a prognostication from which he would never waver: that the real future …

Gaming

After 13 years, Eve Online will become free to play

Internet spaceship MMO Eve Online will be free to play from this November via a new offering similar to World of Warcraft's free offering.<p>The change …

MMOGs

World of Warcraft may have just had its best expansion launch ever

Legion makes a stellar first impression<p>Last night at around 11:50 p.m. PT — 10 minutes or so earlier than expected — <i>World of Warcraft</i>’s new <i>Legion</i> expansion went live.<p>For those in-game in those first moments, the process was surprisingly seamless. Players at the pre-<i>Legion</i> level cap of 100 knew the …

World of Warcraft

No Mario's Sky Is Exactly the Game You Think It Is

A team of four designed a mash-up of 2D Mario and No Man's Sky in 72 hours, and you can play it now (provided Nintendo hasn't pulled it down).<p>No …

Nintendo

Sci-fi MMO Firefall is offline and may finally be dead (update: it's back)

Players can’t log in and the developer’s website is gone<p>Red 5 Studios’ massively multiplayer online shooter <i>Firefall</i> may be down for the count. Players of the free-to-play MMO are reporting that they’re no longer able to log into the game, and both the game and studio’s websites are no longer …

Science Fiction

The Electronic Side of Board Gaming

<i>Tabletop games and video games have long held special places</i> i<i>n the hearts of gamers, but for most of their lifespans, these two formats were</i> …

No Man’s Sky is an existential crisis simulator disguised as a space exploration game

At Recode’s annual Code Conference in June, venture capitalist Elon Musk made the provocative argument that reality is not reality at all, but a massive simulation built on top of some other reality.<p>“There’s a billion-to-one chance we’re living in base reality,” he said.<p>Musk’s idea isn’t a new one: …

Gaming

/u/amg on Where's the No Man's Sky we were sold on? A BIG list of things that are missing with sources, links and quotes. Also, dubious advertisement (x-post from r/nomansskythegame)

He's still working on it though. I'm not sure it'll ever be released, but I'm sure he's still tinkering.Sometimes I don't mind loosing out on money …

Indie Gaming

Patch The Process

No Man’s Sky didn’t send out review builds because the game wasn’t done. No Man’s Sky gets leaked by resellers breaking street date. Polygon, Kotaku, …

Certification

One Player’s Nine-Year Journey to Open a Locked, Secret Door

In the online MMO <i>Tibia</i>, there's a door with a simple message: "You see a gate of expertise for level 999. Only the worthy may pass." This week, a player named Kharsek passed through that door. It took him nine years to build up enough experience to hit level 999. But once he passed through the …

United States

There's a Fan-Made 'StarCraft' MMO, and Blizzard Isn't Going to Shut It Down | Motherboard

It's been a fascinating year for Blizzard Entertainment as regards player creations using its properties. Earlier this year the celebrated gamemaker ended up looking like a big, bad bully when it forced the closure of the popular <i>World of Warcraft</i> private server <i>Nostalrius Begins</i>, and there was much …

Gaming

Scythe, the most-hyped board game of 2016, delivers

Burn your brain with dieselpunk mech-fueled strategy.<p>Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board …

Board Games

Scythe v1

You love that which you can lose, yourself, a woman, a country.<p><i>Scythe:</i> a remarkable, beautiful game. Here’s the rules summary and reference.<p>No doubt …

Graphic Design

Disney Infinity closure will render PC and mobile versions completely unplayable

Back in May Disney Interactive noted that it would be shutting down its toys-to-life series Disney Infinity. Now we have the details regarding how …

Walt Disney Company

Amid Board Game Boom, Designers Roll The Dice On Odd Ideas — Even Exploding Cows

When you play a game, you have to learn some rules, right? Well, same goes for designing a game. And here's one rule: No idea is too wacky.<p>Take a game called Unexploded Cow, for instance.<p>"That's a game where you've discovered two problems with a common solution," says the game's co-creator, James …

Game Design

How to download and install Pokémon Go for Android or iOS

<i>Pokémon Go</i>, the augmented reality game that lets you capture virtual Pokémon in real world locations, is now available to download for both Android …

The Joy of Unboxing: Scythe

In this situation mediocrity and genius are equally useless!<p>The EOG downs tools to open a copy of <i>Scythe: Collector’s Edition</i> by Stonemaier Games. …

Board Games

Peter Molyneux’s Kingdom in a Box

Peter Molyneux, circa 1990.I have this idea of a living world, which I have never achieved. It’s based upon this picture in my head, and I can see …

Peter Molyneux

A question of the Dice we use for games...

In the most part, I'm not a fan of specialist dice. I don't like that you can't play the game without the aforementioned dice (well, you can, but …

Ford copies Firewatch official art for Freedom Sales Event promotion

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so Campo Santo should feel <i>extremely</i> flattered considering Ford completely copied Firewatch’s official …

DMCA

Neverwinter Nights Made Me Love Games

'Fallout 4' in Virtual Reality Isn't As Fun As It Sounds | Motherboard

Over by the road, a pair of leather-clad raiders were trying to shiv my dog. I leveled my sawed-off shotgun at one of them and fired. He flew backward in the direction of the town of Concord. I switched my handgun and shot the other guy three times, and he crumpled on the dead grass.<p>"I did not ask …

Gaming

Elite's AI Created Super Weapons and Started Hunting Players. Skynet is Here

A bug in Elite Dangerous caused the game's AI to create super weapons and start to hunt down the game's players. Developer Frontier has had to strip …

Announcing the Starfinder Roleplaying Game!

Announcing the Starfinder Roleplaying Game!Saturday, May 28, 2016Ever since <i>Pathfinder Adventure Path #3</i>, when James Jacobs and Wes Schneider had to …

Rhythm Game Neon Drive Is All The ’80s You Can Take

Super Hexagon and Audiosurf walk into a bar. Except they realize the bar is a disco, and it’s having a Tron-themed party. Only neons light up the …