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2015’s best video game stories: Life is Strange, Until Dawn, and more

2015 isn’t short of great and memorable video game stories, whether it’s playing the role of a detective and solving a murder, escaping the clutches of a serial killer, or battling your demons as a vigilante.<p>As games and their developers continue to mature, the importance of telling a great story …

Xbox One Backwards Compatibility Support for Multi-Disc Games Teased

According to Square Enix, Microsoft is working on a solution that will allow multi-disc Xbox 360 games to work on Xbox One through backwards compatibility and it'll be ready early next year.<p>Tweets from the official Deus Ex account (via <i>Game Informer</i>) confirm that Deus Ex: Human Revolution's Missing …

Backward Compatibility

Our favorite games of 2015, part two

Every December, instead of searching for a group consensus, <i>Gameological</i> looks back at the year in games through individual perspectives. These are …

Mad Max

Top 25 Games of 2015

2015 was dominated by games with large, open worlds, but none could match the scale of Xenoblade Chronicles X's Mira--an alien planet with five massive continents. Mira's size would mean nothing if it wasn't filled with surprises, but sure enough, its landmasses are dense with otherworldly …

Xenoblade Chronicles

In This Videogame, Death Means You’ll Never Play Again

Author: Wired Staff. Wired Staff Magazine<p>Date of Publication: 12.21.15.<p>Time of Publication: 3:13 pm. 3:13 pm<p>So your avatar died in a videogame. No …

A very British disaster: How The Chinese Room made one of 2015's best video games

The only time I have ever seen a flying milk bottle was on the night of the 15th October 1987, when one passed impossibly by the window of my parents’ bedroom in Kent. The next morning, after the Great Storm had dissipated, everyone came out of their houses to survey the damage - fences, sheds, …

Time I

The Year In Video Game Sex, 2015

It feels like video games got raunchier in 2015. More games tackled sex in novel ways this year, and many of the biggest controversies of 2015 …

Microsoft will let anyone use the cloud technology behind the Xbox

Responding to a question on Twitter, Spencer said that "Azure services are available to any game, even other platform's exclusives." He continued that Microsoft "wouldn't keep [a developer] from using [it]."<p>Azure is a cloud-based platform that allows developers to build, develop, and deploy …

'Battlefield 4' hides an incredibly elaborate Easter egg

You've probably seen some clever gaming Easter eggs in your day, but few of them are likely to be this... involved. Gamers playing <i>Battlefield 4</i>'s new Dragon Valley map have discovered an Easter egg that requires a massive, multi-step sleuthing campaign to complete. How massive? Well, it <i>starts</i> with …

The 10 Best Video Games of 2015

The 10 Best Video Games of 2015Our favorite digital distractions of the year.It’s been two full years now since the eighth console generation got …

Gaming Industry

This Is the Best Video Game of 2015

<i>Prune</i>, a $3.99 game for mobile devices and PC about removing leafless branches to persuade a tree to grow, is TIME’s game of the year. Not <i>The Witcher</i> …

The Controversy Over A Video Game's Suggestion Of A Crime

Games are usually straightforward. What you think happened is what actually happened. <i>The Beginner’s Guide</i> is different, cloaked in ambiguity. It’s …

ISIL videos imitate Hollywood and video games to win converts

The Islamic State’s video recruiting campaigns have become increasingly sophisticated, and they’re one reason it’s able to attract new followers and galvanize them to bloody terror.<p>This video shows how ISIL’s propaganda often nods to—and sometimes directly copies—memes, characters, and scenes …

Islamic State (ISIS)

2015’s best mobile games: Downwell, Lara Croft Go, and Star Wars

Mobile gaming has faced a plague of free-to-play junk and obnoxious in-app purchases for several years now. But we’ve had some truly fantastic iOS and Android games release in 2015 that prove that the sector isn’t all about cash-grabs.<p>Developers like Square Enix Montreal and Moppin show, and …

ESRB ratings reveal another batch of PS2 games slated for PS4

I forgive you. You didn't play Primal when it came out on PS2 in 2003, but I forgive you, because it looks like you'll get another chance. An ESRB …

Doom vs. Quake: Which Has the Greater Legacy?

A look at the lasting impact of each series.<p><i>In the ultimate first-person-shooter civil war, id Software’s two flagpole shooter IPs - Doom and Quake -</i> …

Power Tools

The 15 Biggest Video Game Controversies Of 2015

2015 has been, in many ways, a less controversial year than years past. That’s a good thing, given what a total disaster the back half of 2014 was.<p>Still, there were a few big, controversial stories, industry mishaps and various other sundry outrages to keep the popcorn flowing.<p>And while I always …

Metal Gear

The Christmas Question: PS4 Or Xbox One?

Christmas is less than a week away, and it’s time to make some big purchasing decisions, if you haven’t already. Out of every question posed to me by readers (and even Forbes staffers), one comes up more than any other. PS4 or Xbox One?<p>Obviously there are other gaming options this holiday season, …

Naturally, someone built Notch’s Beverly Hills mansion in Minecraft

Not a day after word spread that Markus "Notch" Persson, the creator of <i>Minecraft</i>, purchased the most expensive home in Beverly Hills, did someone recreate it in the game that has made him so wealthy.<p>Moreover, when filming it, Dan Bovey made sure to recreate it shot-for-shot with this piece of …

Don’t Expect that AVENGERS and GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Movie Crossover

Marvel Reveals New ANT-MAN Synopsis and Character Details

If Marvel Controls SPIDER-MAN It Would Reboot and Skip Origin

DC Comics Unveils 4 Movie Themed Variant Cover Illustrations

Sony Developing a New SUPER MARIO BROS. Movie

Here's how CGI helped create that amazing Quicksilver scene from X-Men: Days of Future Past

Check out this detailed breakdown of how Rising Sun Pictures did the visual effects for one of the most amazing Quicksilver scenes in <i>X-Men: Days of Future Past</i>.<p>The music really sells it for me, that and the atomic wedgie.<p>For a full write-up of the process, make sure you hop over to the website …

Every collectible in the Rockstar Warehouse is 30 percent off for Black Friday

Rockstar's Black Friday sale is offering up discounts on all wearable gear and collectible items based on game releases <i>Grand Theft Auto 5</i>, <i>Red Dead Redemption</i>, as well as the Anniversary Collections for <i>Grand Theft Auto 3, Vice City</i> and <i>San Andreas.</i><p>Starting today, all discounted items can be found in …