Nathan Urquidez

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Building a video game for 50 Cent sounds like a soul-crushing experience

The kid wants helicopters, he gets helicopters<p><i>50 Cent: Blood on the Sand</i> was one of the last vestiges of the mindless, licensed video games segment of the previous decade, when every movie, sport and entertainment superstar with an agent smart enough to ask for a video game adaptation got one. …

50 Cent

Best Cheap Gaming PC Build

Shopping for PC components can be intimidating if you’re not up to date on hardware news. Fortunately, we’ve done the research for you and have put together three tiered builds (cheap, mid-range, and high-end) geared to deliver great gaming experiences.<p>You can certainly build a gaming PC for less …

People are still trying to put PC gaming in a handheld

For ages, humankind has wondered what would happen if you tried to combine a PS Vita together with Valve’s Steam controller. Okay, not really. But wouldn’t a portable Steam PC be kind of neat?<p>That’s the thought of Spanish company Smach, anyway, which has been working to try and make the Smach Z, a …

Why Is Chicago Upside Down in NASA's Stunning Picture of the Day?

Every day, NASA posts an amazing photograph that showcases the wonders of Earth and outer space. Monday’s photograph is like something out of a …

Lake Michigan

Naughty Dog storyteller brought deeper narrative to Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare has a better story than it has had for some time. And one of the reasons is that Activision’s Infinity Ward studio recruited a couple of veterans from Naughty Dog, the maker of narrative-driven video games such as Uncharted and The Last of Us.<p>One of the new recruits …

This cute game about a girl and her dog is absolutely terrifying

Just looking at <i>Yomawari: Night Alone</i>, a survival horror game available on Steam and PlayStation Vita, it’s hard to imagine how it could be scary. It stars a cute little girl with a big red bow in her hair, and it features a charming 2D art style that gives it the feel of a pleasant modern-day …

Why Bethesda Is Wrong About Its New Video Game Review Policy Even If You Hate Game Journalists

I wrote a pretty in-depth piece on Bethesda’s new review copy policy recently. Bethesda’s decision to not send out review copies until hours before launch is bad for everybody, whether you’re a critic or a gamer and—I would argue—it’s bad for game publishers and developers too, at least in the long …

Why It’s So Hard To Make A Video Game

For most of their lifespan, video games look like grey boxes and compromises.<p>It doesn't have to be hard to make a video game.It doesn't have to take years of labor, months of overtime and a team of hundreds to make a dot on a screen move and jump towards a goal. But stacked against games like …

Why amazing video games could be causing a big problem for America

<i>A previous version of this article incorrectly characterized Danny Izquierdo's education. The post has been updated to specify he has an associate degree.</i><p>Danny Izquierdo, a 22-year-old who lives with his parents in Silver Spring, Md., has found little satisfaction in a series of part-time, low-wage …

University of Chicago

Turn any hard drive into networked storage with Raspberry Pi

Networked hard drives are super convenient. You can access files no matter what computer you're on -- and even remotely.<p>But they're expensive. Unless you use the Raspberry Pi.<p>If you happen to have a few of hard drives laying around you can put them to good use with a Raspberry Pi by creating your …

Raspberry Pi

It Took 19 Years To Open This MMO’s Locked Door

Tibia [official site] launched in 1997, but I’m not sure I’d even heard of the MMO before today. And I heard about it because of a door.<p>In the online …

PC Gaming

Scientists Confirm China's Legendary Ancient Flood Was Real

Scientists have found evidence that the cataclysmic event did indeed happen.<p>With over 4 trillion gallons of rushing water, it was a flood of biblical proportions. Villages for miles around were swallowed in a single, violent gulp. Yet a king arose out of the destructive floodwaters. By dredging of …

Floods

Men may have evolved better 'making up' skills

<b>Men's historical dominance of the workplace may, in part, be because of their ability to reconcile with enemies after conflict, a new study suggests.</b><p>Researchers examined the aftermath of same-sex sporting events and found that men spent longer talking, touching or embracing their opponents than …

Picky eating linked with psychiatric problems in kids, study finds

That untouched plate and look of disgust on your child’s face at mealtime might be a sign of much bigger issues.<p>Picky eating, even at moderate levels, is linked with psychiatric problems, including anxiety and symptoms of depression in kids, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. It found …

Nintendo Stock Slumps As Investors Realize It Doesn't Make Pokémon Go

Nintendo’s share price on the Tokyo Stock Exchange dropped 17% Monday after the company revealed new details on its financial stake in the gaming …

Red vs. Blu: How Sony Won the HD DVD Format Wars

In early 2007, representatives from each side of the biggest format war to hit store shelves since VHS vs. Betamax visited a major film studio in Los …

Developer: Xbox Scorpio Will Be As Powerful As Gaming PCs, But...

When it comes out, the Xbox Scorpio will be the most powerful console on the market. That’s the promise Microsoft made at E3 when it announced the followup to the Xbox One, and it seems likely that the company is going to be able to keep it. Consoles, however, are only part of this modern gaming …

Developing Countries

'Here They Lie' made a nightmare feel safe on PlayStation VR

The advantage that horror video games have over movies is that you're an active participant in what's happening; you make what happens onscreen that much scarier. But playing these games in virtual reality instead of a 2-D screen is a different proposition: The display is on your face, and in the …

Horror

For the love of God, don’t pre-order the games you see at E3

It's not worth it, trust us<p>Seriously, what are you thinking?<p>Publishers have a bag of tricks planned to try to get to you to pre-order the games they're showing at E3. There will be many different editions of each game, complete with different combinations of digital and physical goodies. There will …

Emerging Technology

Overwatch stats site reveals mechanics behind every character ability

Just over 24 hours until Blizzard lets us all back into the playground of heroes, a site has appeared to make your return that little bit more …

So you want to make video games? Here's some advice

Our sister site, GameCareerGuide, helps new developers find the right career path. This week, the topic is: if you want to make games, what should …

SpaceX Has Hired a Legendary Costume Designer to Create Their Own Spacesuits

Movie spacesuits almost always look better than their real world counterparts. That’s probably why SpaceX has tapped legendary costume designer Jose …

Engineering

A Dozen Black Holes Are Mysteriously Spewing Energy In the Same Direction

Something strange is going on in a distant corner of our universe. About a dozen supermassive black holes are all shooting enormous jets of energy in …

Universe

Why Space and Time Might Be an Illusion

This past fall, the world of physics celebrated the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity, which forms the foundation of our modern understanding of the force of gravity. Einstein's creation has been the ultimate antidote to a blasé, seen-it-all attitude that sometimes …

Sony Banks on GameStop PlayStation VR Demos

As the biggest video game retailer in the world, GameStop is an important partner for Sony. To highlight that fact, John Koller, vice president of …

Colossal Skyrim mod turns towns into cities

All the cool kids might be out playing Fallout 4, but there are still modders making the most of Skyrim's fully-fledged Creation Kit. One of the most …

How to upgrade your character and craft the best weapons in Dark Souls 3

PREPARE TO DIE LESS<p>Your journey through Lothric doesn't end here. Be sure to check out the rest of Polygon's <i>Dark Souls 3</i> guide , which offers everything from tips for beginners and returning masochists to detailed walkthroughs of every area — including all of the secret, bonus content.<p>Crafting …

PlayStation samaritan builds custom controller to help gamer with cerebral palsy

Touchpad troubles disappear after Sony employee mods up a new one<p>When a New Jersey gamer wrote Sony to complain that the PlayStation 4's DualShock 4 touchpad was interfering with his gaming experience, his email wasn't thrown in the trash or given a form-letter reply. A PlayStation employee …

New Jersey

The 10 types of Rocket League player

From the gloriously skilled to the oh-so-bad, here’s every type of Rocket League player there is.<p>Journeying from a Rocket League rookie to expert is …

Rocket League

Uncharted 4 video extols the power of the PS4

I have to admit I was pretty jazzed about technical powering <i>Uncharted: Drake's Fortune</i> leading up to its PlayStation 3 release. Little details from …