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The console needs to die and Nintendo should be the one to pull the trigger

The home video game console, a dedicated machine designed specifically to bring video games into the home, is a stubbornly resilient thing of the past, a limiting anachronism that does much more harm to the gaming industry than it does good.<p>During an age when games can be played on smartphones, …

How Telltale Games Solved One Of The Biggest Problems In Videogames

When Disney and Marvel announced that they were going to be making a game with Telltale Games, those who don’t follow the video games may have been a little bit confused. When people imagine a superhero game, the mind goes straight to the action sequences: the player controls Ironman, blasting …

Gaming

Zombie Shrek in Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin

14 Apr 2015<p>Shrek unleashes his green fury on the inhabitants of Drangleic.

Dark Souls

PSA: April's Free Xbox Games Available Now

It's April 1, which means--apart from being April Fools' Day--that there are a variety of new free games to download on Xbox Live if you're an Xbox Live Gold member. Microsoft is going big this month, offering double the number of free games to subscribers now through April 30.<p>Xbox One owners can …

The Internet Has Murdered April Fools' Day

As I sit here staring at my screen, trying to bring myself to write yet another round-up of all the “zany” April Fools’ Day stories in the gaming industry, I just can’t do it. I hate April 1st, and I hate it more than ever since I became a journalist.<p>Perhaps that’s misguided, as today is …

April Fools' Day

Oddworld Creator Says Capitalism Is Killing Games

In an interview with Games Industry International, Oddworld creator Lorne Lanning is wary of how capitalism encourages constant, exponential growth and massive game budgets. Instead, developers should cater to niche audiences, making games for smaller, dedicated communities.<p>"As craftsmen, " Lanning …

Sustainability

Gory Details Explain Batman Arkham Knight's Mature Rating

Mild profanity and scenes of torture found in Batman: Arkham Knight have been cited by a ratings board as two of many reasons why the game will be the first in the series to receive a Mature (UK 18) rating.<p>Rocksteady Studios, the London-based developer of predecessors Batman: Arkham Asylum and …

Jerk cats, furniture assembly, subway systems: How gaming is making the mundane fun

As video games continue to soak into all aspects of modern society, often eyes are on how some form of gaming is become a sort of high culture: interesting, sometimes bizarre, often provocative interactions that delve into things like post-traumatic stress disorder, amputation and food as …

Researchers determine the safest place to survive a zombie outbreak in the US

Researchers at Cornell University have conductive a study to determine the which regions in the U.S. would be safest during a zombie outbreak, The Washington Post reports.<p>Alex Alemi, a researcher and statistician with the group, has developed an interactive model of how a zombie outbreak could …

This is how you die alone: Hands-on with horror VR title Narcosis

<i>Narcosis</i> is a slow meditation on what it may be like to slowly die alone. You're an undersea miner cut off from the surface and any support, and your goal is to survive. You always seem to be low on air inside your suit, which you use to explore a dark, flooded underwater base with only a limited …

Star Wars novel offers a crystal clear explanation for the wild new lightsaber

A brief passage in a new Star Wars novel called <i>Heir to the Jedi</i> may explain the technology behind a controversial new lightsaber.<p>There was much to talk about when the first trailer for <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i> arrived late last year, but nothing inspired more chatting than the unconventional …

Battlefield Hardline and the silent agony of villains

How the NPCs of Battlefield Hardline are more than just goons<p>Pity the poor character who lives out his existence in first-person shooter games, hanging around, waiting to be killed.<p>These NPC guards and goons are hardwired with the inherent delusion that they ought to lay down their lives in the …

Teenagers, sex and selfies: Cibele is an uncomfortable, often beautiful game

I'm going through developer Nina Freeman's computer, and at the moment I'm flipping through pictures she's taken of herself. I'm afraid of seeing something I shouldn't, and I'm not sure how to react. It doesn't help that she's right behind me.<p>The entire situation is awkward, and it's hard to tell …

HTC exec apologizes for name-dropping Half-Life in interview

Mobile device maker HTC has learned an important lesson about its new partner, Valve: One does not casually toss around the words "Half-Life."<p>HTC's chairwoman, Cher Wang, uttered the name of the series — whose anticipation for a sequel has become one of video gaming's longest-running memes — in an …

Destiny's animators studied boxing to keep you from getting sick

David Helsby, senior animator at Bungie, shared for the first time publicly some of the secrets behind the first-person animations in <i>Destiny</i>. His talk at this year's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco provides new details on how that game's graceful characters and elegant weapons feel so …

Actor Harrison Ford hospitalized following plane crash

Actor Harrison Ford has been hospitalized after crashing a small plane onto a golf course in California, Los Angeles assistant fire chief Patrick Butler confirmed in a press conference (via TMZ).<p>The 72-year-old actor suffered "moderate" injuries when the vintage two-seater plane he was piloting …

The PS4 and Xbox One Have Nothing To Fear From $500-$5,000 Steam Machines

For the first time, Valve has come out with a detailed listing page for its partner-made Steam Machines. To date, promotion for the various boxes has been murky at best, and this is really the first opportunity fans have to see all their “home PC console” offerings in one place. The result? It’s a …

Gaming Consoles

How Bungie made Destiny's Tower 'feel like home' to international players

Bringing <i>Destiny</i> to a global audience represented a new challenge for Bungie. Prior to releasing its "shared world shooter" on PlayStation and Xbox platforms last year, the developer didn't have a dedicated localization team and made its apps and website available only in English. But for <i>Destiny</i>, …

Nevermind is a panic attack disguised as a video game

<i>Nevermind</i> is a game about people who go into the mind of individuals who have suppressed memories of terrible events.<p>It’s your job to explore someone else’s trauma and to bring them some form of relief. Their mind, of course, fights back.<p>It's a first-person adventure-puzzle game that will support …

Destiny - Destiny: What We Want The Reef Social Area To Be - Fireteam Chat - IGN Video

With rumors saying that there will be a new social area in the reef the Fireteam Chat dream about what they would like it to be.

Social Media

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is a standalone $20 prequel to The New Order

Looks like we’ll be killing more Nazis soon.<p>Bethesda Softworks announced Wolfenstein: The Old Blood today. It is a standalone prequel to last year’s first-person shooter Wolfenstein: The New Order. The Old Blood costs $20 and is available on May 5 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.<p>“Diving back …

Gaming

Three new PvP modes coming to Grand Theft Auto Online (correction)

<i>Grand Theft Auto Online</i> will add Online Heists next Tuesday, and it will also bring three new PvP modes along with other daily objectives and free mode activities, Rockstar Games revealed on its blog yesterday.<p><b>Correction:</b> An earlier version of this story erroneously conflated the three new PvP …

One of gaming's most used engines is now free

<i>Created in Unreal Engine 4</i><p>Game development is expensive. It's not a question of the tools costing too much; game engines like Unity and GameMaker Studio offer free versions, and paid versions aren't far out of reach. That's a recent development, though. When the last generation of game consoles …

Blade Runner sequel will see the return of Harrison Ford

The long-awaited sequel to Ridley Scott's <i>Blade Runner</i> will see the return of Harrison Ford, Alcon Entertainment confirmed today.<p>In an announcement from the production company's co-founders Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson, it was also confirmed French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve is in …

Construction

What Parents Should Know About 'The Order 1886'

The Order 1886 offers a violent immersive steam punk inspired world with cinematic aesthetics and lots of gun-play, but there’s much more to it than that. Here’s what parents need to know about the game, what makes it great and what to watch out for.<p><b>Background</b><p>The Order 1886 is an action adventure …

Uncharted

Destiny - Destiny: Are Auto-Rifles Being Made Obsolete? - Fireteam Chat - IGN Video

Alfredo, Destin, and Professor Broman discuss the weapon changes coming to Destiny and wonder if their favorite primary will be made useless.

College & University

Will Bethesda Announce 'Fallout 4' At Their First Ever E3 Event?

Bethesda made a short, but significant announcement today, a mere 80 words on their blog. Despite the length of the post, what they said was completely unprecedented: Bethesda will have an E3 press event for the first time ever.<p>Major software companies like Ubisoft and EA have had E3 press events …

The Elder Scrolls

The makers of Contrast are trading jazz for psychedelic drugs in their next game

Compulsion Games has released two new stills from its follow-up to the 2013 indie release <i>Contrast</i>.<p>The studio's as-of-yet untitled project features an eerie psychedelic style. The first image, which you can check out above and below, shows a young woman sporting a 1960s beehive and face painted like …

Braid creator is sacrificing his indie fortune to make The Witness

Game developer Jonathan Blow is sacrificing his <i>Braid</i> fortune to continue work on his upcoming project <i>The Witnes</i>s, he tells Engadget.<p>The 2008 indie hit is no longer receiving enough in sales to sustain Blow's latest puzzle game, the developer says. Blow spent roughly $200,000 throughout the creation …

Gaming

Destiny is a hit, who cares if it's profitable? (Correction)

<i>Destiny</i> is a reported $500 million investment for Activision Blizzard, and the game has had a middling critical reception at launch.<p><i>Correction: According to the earnings call from last November, the game was profitable on day one. Here's the relevant quote:</i><p><i>And despite the large investment, which</i> …