Vincent Thompson

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Let These Amusing Japanese Internet Photos Brighten Your Day

Hey! It's Thursday. Which means it is almost Friday. This has been a long week. Maybe it's been good. Maybe it's been bad. Let's unwind with some …

A Complete History of Batman Video Games

Becoming the bat.<p>75 years ago, Bob Kane and Bill Finger created a character that would go on to become one of the most enduring icons of the century, …

Should You Buy the Withings Aura? Sleep on It.

The Aura is part sleep aid, part sleep tracker. Should you pay $300 for it?<p>Imagine this: You’re a reporter covering the world’s largest consumer electronics show in Las Vegas, the International CES, otherwise known as that annual assault on the senses. Over five days, you’ve seen a myriad of …

A Virtual Reality Arcade? Why It Makes Sense, and Why It Might Not Work.

For starters: "This product should not be used by children under the age of 13."<p>My first exposure to virtual reality came courtesy of an aggressively mediocre Disney movie.<p>In the 1996 film “First Kid,” a Secret Service agent played by Sinbad tracks his ward — the president’s son, who has run away …

Why Oculus Rift and the latest attempts at virtual reality are bound to fail

Despite the soaring plaudits from professional technophiles, despite the growing support from the video game industry, the latest run at mainstreaming wearable virtual reality is doomed to be a commercial failure.<p>Yes, the Oculus Rift has reignited an interest in virtual reality goggles not seen in …

Here is how you can make a game controller using your Ikea furniture

If you've ever dreamt of navigating video games using only the controller-like might of Ikea furniture, then you're in luck. Artist Marc Dubois has come up with a way to pair the sensors of your smartphone with household goods which can be used to navigate a specially developed platformer.<p>A video …

One of Japan's Scariest-Looking Train Stations

The vast majority of big city train stations in Japan don't look scary. That is, unless you are afraid of crowds. This one in Yokohama, however, …

The Story Behind the Only Square RPG Developed in North America

Secret of Evermore is one of the most underrated RPGs in gaming. Released in 1995 on the SNES, it's a love letter to what is best about JRPGs, with …

7 of the Rarest Nintendo Treasures Ever Made

The ultimate Nintendo collectibles.<p>Video game history enthusiast Steven Lin recently swung by IGN with an amazing bag of wonder containing his most …

Cats Make Serious Japanese News Better

Granted, the cat doesn't read the news and make comments on current events. It just kinda sprawls out on the desk, like cats do, as important guests …

Learning To Love Items In The New Smash Bros.

When I was first introduced to <i>Smash Bros.</i> back in college, there was an unspoken mutual understanding between all my friends: no items.<p>Mind, it was …

Blizzard cancels its next-gen MMO Titan after seven years

Blizzard has officially canceled development on its mysterious next-generation massively multiplayer game <i>Titan</i>. The company confirmed the news to Polygon in a recent interview.<p>This revelation comes after at least seven years in development and word last year that the developer was going back to the …

I Want To Trick-Or-Treat Here So Badly

Halloween is right around the corner. And there's a new apartment building opening in Japan that's designed to look like a witch house. No, …

Do violent video games actually reduce real-world crime?

Researchers have been searching for a link between playing video games and acts of real world violence for decades, without much success.<p>But what if games help to actually reduce violent crime?<p>Researchers at Villanova University and Rutgers University have published a study comparing sales of …

Why NPCs Always Have The Same One-Liners

Dorkly has the answer in their latest comic about why all the NPCs in various stores act weird and repeat the same sentences over and over again.<p>It's …

How some $1,000 backers of this gaming Kickstarter made their money back, and more

<i>Planetary Annihilation</i> brought in $2.2 million in Kickstarter funding for Uber Entertainment, and the full game has now been released after a two-year development cycle.<p>This is one of the largest Kickstarter campaigns in gaming, and the team seems to have had fun experimenting with the world of …

The Dreamcast's boss reminisces 15 years later about 'The Little Console That Could'

Sega launched the Dreamcast in North America on Sept. 9, 1999, kicking off the sixth console generation and the era of internet-connected gaming consoles. Today, exactly 15 years later, Electronic Arts chief operating officer Peter Moore — who was the president of Sega of America back then — posted …

LEGO Team Fortress 2 Sentry Gun Is Just As Tough As The Real Thing

This is two-foot tall replica of the engineer's sentry gun from <i>Team Fortress 2,</i> created from hundreds of LEGO bricks.<p>ZaziNombies did a good job on …

We are here (and here is much smaller than you ever dreamed)

It's easy to forget that we're all standing on a rock that's flying through space as part of a collection of rocks and other heavenly bodies that are interacting and also flying through space as part of a huge network of galaxies that are, you guessed it, flying through space.<p>Scientists have found …

If Leonardo da Vinci Designed Iron Man's Suit

Just like the early plane and tank concepts of Da Vinci, Iron Man's suit has tons of cogwheels, detailed parts and sidenotes on artist Axel …

How To Get Better At Fighting Games -- Using Your Brain

The plateau. Those are the two worst words for a fighting game player to hear. To plateau means virtual fighting death. It stands for stagnation, a …

Piracy Killed The Dreamcast, Piracy Saved The Dreamcast

Marketing, timing and the PS2 all played a big part, but one of the other reasons cited in the untimely demise of the Dreamcast was the ease with …

Swordfighting, As You See It In The Movies, Is A Lie

The kind of swordfighting you see in movies and TV shows, where everything is graceful and balletic and entertaining, is fiction. Nobody ever fought …

Giant Rabbit Appears, Lays Down On Farmland

Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, the man who brought the world the giant rubber duck and the giant floating hippo, has created another giant creature; …

Pixelized Tribute To Hayao Miyazaki

Everyone from Totoro to the characters in <i>The Wind Rises</i>, and even Lupin and the gang are here in Pablo Fernández Eyre's lovely pixelized tribute …

A Quirky Take on Turn-Based Strategy

The Behemoth makes games that are infamous for challenging players' reflexes. But the next game from the indie dev studio slows things down a bit, …

Play This: A Hard Roguelike That Feels Better On Mobile Than PC

<b>Game recommendation...</b>. <i>The Nightmare Cooperative</i> is a stylish, simple-to-control, difficult game that has you moving up to four heroes in unison …

Nearly 1K developers sign letter to end intolerance in the games community (update)

Over 600 games developers and publishers have offered their signature to an open letter aimed to end hateful speech and harassment within the games community.<p>The letter, written and published by indie game designer Andreas Zecher — best known for his work in indie outfit Spaces of Play — reads:<p>"We …

The Sad Life of Mobs In World of Warcraft

Whether it's a crowded zone or an abandoned one, the life of <i>World of Warcraft</i> mobs is so simple that it can be summed up in a one-minute clip.<p>The …

Over 1000 Game Creators Call For An End To "Hateful, Harassing Speech"

Stating that everyone "has the right to play games, criticize games and make games without getting harassed or threatened", some of the biggest names …