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Four Video Game Commercials That Spoof Other Commercials

Commercials are hard to make, which is why sometimes the best answer is to look at other commercials and just do that – but slightly different. …

Boss Fight Books Explores the Cultural Significance of EarthBound and Others

Great games writing can inspire readers to revaluate a classic game with newfound appreciation. Boss Fight Books, an independent publisher that recently surpassed its Kickstarter goal, aims to expand the discussion with a new series of books dedicated to diving deep into the significance of …

Don’t make fun of renowned Dan Brown

As the film adaptation of Dan Brown's fourth Robert Langdon novel, Inferno, is released, we present this appreciation of the author by Michael Deacon from 2013.<p>Renowned author <b></b>Dan Brown woke up in his luxurious four-poster bed in his expensive $10 million house – and immediately he felt angry. Most …

Mad Max borrows the series' bombastic elements to create a new, open-world adventure

Avalanche Studios' open-world <i>Mad Max</i> game isn't based on any one film, but uses the series' iconic elements and atmosphere to create a new adventure.<p>In <i>Mad Max,</i> Max has lost Interceptor, his trusty vehicle. Throughout the game, players will help him to buildup what Avalanche's John Fuller calls a …

Why patent trolls will laugh in the face of the US government’s weak attempts to fight them

The White House today introduced an executive order intended to combat “patent trolling,” in which companies buy up patents and use them to sue “infringing” companies that actually make things. Patent trolling is essentially a tax on innovation, and tech giants like Google hate it so much that they …

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17 Times 'Pokémon Snap' Was Too Adorable For This World

Gaming<p>Find out what the hottest game news, new game releases.<p>Gaming<p>'Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery' launched with much excitement, and with some …

What Games Are: Xbox One Is Microsoft’s Spruce Goose

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Tadhg Kelly is a veteran game designer, creator of leading game design blog What Games Are and creative director of Jawfish Games. You can follow him on Twitter here.</i><p>During the 1940s Howard Hughes spent millions developing and building a plane with the largest wingspan in history and …

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Beer Bills Get Long-Awaited 'Cheers' From Legislature

A package—or perhaps we should say a <b>proper pint</b>—of <b>beer legislation</b> has officially passed the Texas House, and will go on to Governor Rick Perry for approval. It's a big victory in the fight against Texas' uber-restrictive beer laws. The bills will, according to a statement from sponsoring senator …

Exotic fighting game locales become animated GIFs in this tour of the 16-bit world

In the background of flurries of punching, kicking, and special moves, fighting games have a long history of taking players on an exotic tour of the world. Reddit user RudeBootie has put together a collection of 125 retro fighting game backdrops depicting locations everywhere from training gyms, to …

Austin game developers respond to Google Fiber's expansion to their city

Austin's game development scene has a lot to gain from Google's high-speed internet pilot program, Google Fiber, a number of developers in the area recently told Polygon.<p>Earlier this month, Google announced that the Google Fiber service, currently only available in Kansas City, Kan. and Kansas …

Dev video reveals indie steampunk airship title, 20,000 Leagues Above the Clouds

Newly created Swedish indie development studio That Brain has released a video introducing itself and its first project, <i>20,000 Leagues Above the Clouds</i>.<p>Set in a world of floating islands, <i>20,000 Above</i> (as the developers refer to the game) makes the player the captain of an airship who can choose to …

Ninja Jamm Review

I don’t have any formal music training, but I was able to fumble my way through making a remix with <i>Ninja Jamm</i>. I still find the user interface to be …

Opinion: Video Games Taught Me How to Write

When I finished college, I applied for jobs in publishing. I wanted to be a literary young man and be part of a recycled idea of a passionate, groundbreaking creative intelligentsia. I don't know that I would have admitted it to myself, but it's true.<p>But I didn't get that job in publishing. Maybe …

Hammerpoint considering The War Z 'jail' servers for banned players

<i>The War Z</i> developer, Hammerpoint Interactive, is considering cheat-approved "jail" servers for banned players who cheat, according to a post by executive producer of Sergey Titov on the game's official forums asking the community to vote on the idea.<p>"First of all when we've isolated cheaters on a …

The Gaming Industry’s Infinite Loop

Author: Chris Baker. Chris Baker Culture<p>Date of Publication: 04.15.13.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p><b>In case you haven’t been in a toy store</b> …

Fez sold 200,000 copies on Xbox Live Arcade in its first year

Puzzle platformer <i>Fez</i> sold 200,000 copies through Xbox Live Arcade in the year following its April 13, 2012 launch, creator Phil Fish announced on developer Polytron Corporation's blog.<p>Fish wrote that on a daily basis Polytron receives "far more love mail than hate mail," as well as <i>Fez</i> fan art and …

Explosions At The Boston Marathon; 3 Dead, Scores Injured

Minutes after two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon at 2:50 p.m., reports started rolling in. We began this post soon after, …

The 50 most important games of all time

The virtual foundation<p>Video games have come a long way since their inception. In the beginning, they often took the form of text-based adventures and …

Retro console mod combines 15 game systems into a single machine

Gaming hardware modder Bacteria has created the ultimate retro console mod, combining 15 systems into one machine that can be operated with a single controller. The system houses a host of older consoles including the Atari 7800, as well as multiple Sega and Nintendo generations including the …

Black Templar Missing (Updated and Fixed on the GW site)

The Black Templar are missing now from the GW website. You can see it here, …

IRS claims it can read your e-mail without a warrant

The Internal Revenue Service doesn't believe it needs a search warrant to read your e-mail.<p>Newly disclosed documents prepared by IRS lawyers say that Americans enjoy "generally no privacy" in their e-mail, Facebook chats, Twitter direct messages, and similar online communications -- meaning that …

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Why the 'Super Mario Bros.' movie was actually ahead of its time

Believe it or not, we're coming up on the 20th anniversary of the massive critical and box-office bomb that was the <i>Super Mario Bros.</i> movie adaptation. Released May 28, 1993, the movie had the unfortunate timing to come out just two weeks ahead of another, much better cinematic adaptation involving …

Games That Turned Hype Into Disappointment

Today's cancellation of Aliens: Colonial Marines on Wii U is the final chapter in the long and sad story of the game's development. At one point, …

Always-Online, Always Connected Would Be A Terrible Business Decision For Microsoft's Next Generation Xbox

<i>Rumors, leaks, and anonymous sources all point to an always-online requirement for Microsoft’s next Xbox.</i><p>The next Xbox may have an always-online requirement, according to sources across the internet. These back up earlier leaks that suggest the next-gen video game console will be “Always Online, …

Tarantino Costume Party Will Not Get Medieval On Your Ass

There's a costume party at Spider House tonight, and its theme is <i>any Tarantino movie you really really like</i>.<p>And since there's gonna be a crowd, and …