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A visit to Galloping Ghost, the largest video game arcade in the USA

From the archives: We took a trip down memory lane through Galloping Ghost's 400+ games.<p>It's Thanksgiving week in the US, and most of our staff is …

Xbox One May update rolls out with new audio controls, opt-in to improve voice recognition

The Xbox One May update began rolling out to systems over the weekend and the next few days, according to Microsoft spokesperson Larry Hryb.<p>The latest update, which first rolled out to users in Microsoft's beta program, will change the console's Get System Update button so that it will remain …

Joystiq Weekly: 'Mario Kart 8' in review, co-op 'Killzone' and a new Jurassic tour

<i>Welcome to the Joystiq Weekly wrap-up where we present some of the best stories and biggest gaming news from our sister-publication.</i><p><i>Killzone: Shadow Fall</i> is getting a co-op wave-based survival mode this year, and it's free for season pass holders.<br>• One man is on a mission to recreate Electronic Arts' …

Steam has already released more games in 2014 than in all of 2013

Not even halfway into the year, more games have been released on Steam in 2014 than in all of 2013, according to an analysis by Gamasutra.<p>February, March and April all saw more than 100 games released in each month, easily dwarfing the monthly totals from 2013 and 2012. The glut places additional …

Upcoming Xbox One update might let you use external drives

According to Microsoft product director Albert Penello, external drive support for the Xbox One has always been on the company's docket to enable in a future update. That refresh looks to be on the horizon after an unnamed Xbox developer took to <i>Reddit</i> to tease an image showing that very feature in …

The Mario Bros. Find Out The Hard Way That Yoshi Isn’t So Cute And Cuddly All The Time

Yoshi is the beloved Mario character that made his debut in the SNES classic Super Mario World. But what would a more realistic Yoshi be like?<p>We know he eats everything and isn’t limited to just fruits and vegetables. We also know he is cooped up in those blocks until Mario decides to free him. …

Round Table: Favorite Kirby Games

Kirby may not receive the critical adulation of Zelda, nor carry the same name recognition as Mario, but the little pink hero nonetheless occupies a …

Retrogaming

Researcher seeks to draw a line between games addiction and 'highly enthusiastic' play

Video games addiction remains a controversial topic both inside and outside the field of mental health, and a researcher is seeking to explain the difference between what is problematic game-playing behavior and that which is just highly enthusiastic.<p>"Anyone who plays games has heard about the …

The Wizard of Minecraft

Markus Persson, a.k.a. Notch, is gaming's biggest rock star. But he may never make a second album<p>It's a wet monday morning in Stockholm, and the door …

Profit

Playing Video Games With Your Mother

Happy Momma's Day.<p>Happy Mother's Day! During this time of year, we like to have a little focus on mom-centric features. This year we asked our …

'Half-Life 2' and 'Portal' arrive on Android, but only for the Shield

Two of Valve's undisputed classics are making their Android debut today, courtesy of Nvidia's Shield console: <i>Portal</i> and <i>Half-Life 2</i>. Costing $10 each, the two games were ported by Nvidia, which explains why they're only playable on the Shield. Still, the job has been done with Valve's unreserved …

Upcoming Xbox One update tweaks party chat and DVR bugs

An upcoming firmware patch for Xbox One will offer tweaks to the system's party chat, according to users in the Xbox One preview program.<p>The new Version 1405 update will change the console's Get System Update button so that it will remain greyed out if there is no update to download. Likewise, it …

Nvidia Shield Gets Half-Life 2 And Portal As Valve Classics Get Their Android Moment

Nvidia’s Shield mobile gaming console has two powerful new titles under its belt today – Half-Life 2 and Portal, both from celebrated developer turned platform creator Valve, and both appearing for the first time on Android. Nvidia worked on these ports with the guidance and blessing of Valve, so …

Half-Life 2 comes to Nvidia’s Shield portable game machine

Nvidia announced today that Valve has made Half-Life 2 available on its Shield portable gaming machine.<p>That may not sound like a system-selling announcement, but it is interesting since you can bet that Valve and Nvidia must be in conversations about doing a SteamOS version of the Shield at some …

Modder creates portable Ouya for gaming on the go

A modder by the handle of Downing created a battery-powered, portable Ouya that allows users to game with a 7-inch, 720p display.<p>In the video above, Downing gives an overview of the system and how it works. The handheld pulls a signal from the Ouya, which users can activate on the handheld. "In …

Half-Life 2 Now Available for Nvidia Shield

Portal and Half-Life 2 can be purchased through the Google Play store for $9.99 each.<p>Exit Theatre Mode<p>Alongside the original Portal, Valve's …

GOG offering 100 games at up to 90 percent off as Insomnia Sale starts today

GOG.com is kicking off its Insomnia Sale today, offering discounts on 100 games on a rotating schedule until all copies are sold out, the company announced this morning.<p>Beginning this morning, GOG.com is offering up to 90 percent discounts on select DRM-free games for Mac and Windows PC, as well as …

Naomi Kyle's Top 25 Games of All Time

My simple found truth is that no gamer is alike and therefore, no list could ever be viewed as misguided. A comforting thought if you ask me.<p>As for …

EA's top executives sell massive stock amounts

Electronic Arts' executive vice president Patrick Soderlund and general counsel Stephen Bene sold all their company shares, while chief operating officer Peter Moore sold off nearly half of his, according to the company's SEC filings.<p>Soderlund cashed out 36,133 shares for more than $1.2 million, …

New Minecraft PS Vita Screenshot Revealed

4J Studios is making progress.<p>In response to a fan's tweet asking about the upcoming PSVita version of Minecraft, 4J Studios, the studio porting the …

Titanfall: Expedition DLC Trailer Shows New Map Features

A closer look at the three new battlegrounds coming this June.<p>Exit Theatre Mode<p>The new Titanfall: Expedition DLC trailer shows off the DLC’s three …

Wii U could be dying, EA kills support for classic games ... what are you owed when a purchase goes bad?

You can argue about Nintendo’s long-term prospects all day long, and the company’s giant stack of cash will keep it safe from any real danger for years even with giant losses every quarter, but the Wii U is more or less dead in the water.<p>It’s weird to think about, but Nintendo may find itself …

'The tech caught up to our ambition': David Braben on the return of Elite

On its release in 1984, Elite was the pinnacle of bedroom-programmed games. It was a title that had a vision beyond the limitations of mere hardware, …

PC Gaming

Halo: Combat Evolved patch will save multiplayer after Gamespy shutdown

While EA are flailing about , trying to find a solution to their GameSpy service shutdown woes, Bungie have been secretly working with top men to …

Here's How Nintendo Can Turn Things Around Using Their Own History As A Roadmap

In 1994, at the height of the 16-bit console war, Sega had Nintendo on the ropes. They were influencing sales and even pop culture with a series of effective television ads, the Genesis owned a majority market share, and they frequently dominated monthly software sales. Nintendo suffered a barrage …

Inside Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's Development

With our June cover story on Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, we're rolling out a month of content highlighting different aspects of the game. Since …

Titanfall Game Update Three Details Outlined

New gameplay features and re-balancing coming to a Titan near you.<p>Respawn has announced features and bug fixes for the third patch for Titanfall. …

If Game of Thrones Were Set In Super Mario World

My favorite Thing On The Internet today is this reimagining of the <i>Game of Thrones</i> intro in <i>Super Mario World</i>, created by YouTuber NicksplosionFX.<p>The …

Half-Life 2 and Portal now on Nvidia Shield

Nvidia is aiming to sell Project Shield to gamers with two highly-regarded classics. Half-Life 2 and Portal are now available natively on the device. …

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