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One of Fallout's fathers returns to the wasteland

How one of gaming's most enduring personalities escaped obscurity.<p>Brian Fargo likes to tell a story about his dealings with a game publisher, a nasty episode that took place a few years back.<p>As head of development house InXile, he was making a game under contract for the publisher. "They wanted us …

Candy Crush is officially a hard game, according to math

Developer King's match-three puzzler <i>Candy Crush Saga</i> is officially a difficult game, according to a new mathematical analysis of the title that places the game into a category of high-level computational problems.<p>The study, by University of New South Wales professor and group leader at computing …

Eve Online to honor players with monument in Iceland

CCP Games, the developer of space battle MMOG Eve Online, will erect a monument in Iceland to pay tribute to every single player.<p>Last month, Eve …

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Super Mario Boozers: Nintendo Cartridge Flasks

These are the line of Nintendo cartridge flasks that Matt Cornell of Ink Whiskey LLC designed. They're currently a Kickstarter project but have …

Play classic video games in style with OpenEmu for Mac

Like iTunes for classic games<p>The world has no shortage of video game emulators, but many can be painful to use — many reflect their hacker origins with equally hacky interfaces, and you'd need a vast collection of different emulators to properly relive your childhood. By contrast, OpenEmu is a …

Take This Project relaunches as Take This, provides new home for mental health support

Formally known as the Take This Project, an initiative that aims to support those suffering from depression and anxiety, relaunched as Take This alongside a new website, organizers revealed recently.<p>The Take This website offers a new home for sufferers and their families to share personal stories …

Resident Evil fans are in their 30s and 40s, says Capcom

Talks promotion strategies for gaining new players<p>In a article for investors detailing the rise of <i>Resident Evil</i>, Capcom has shared its thoughts on …

3 Things Parents Should Know About Video Games And Kids

If you’re asking whether or not your kids should be allowed to play video games, this post isn’t for you. You live in a different world than I do.<p>From my perspective, video games are the future of storytelling. And, while you might just be imagining they’ll replace movies and romance novels, our …

VGX was Viacom's experiment for future award shows

This week Viacom rebooted the annual Spike TV Video Game Awards after a 10-year run.<p>And while the results still didn't manage to win over gamers, or much of their audience if you consider the reaction on Twitter, the VGX show might still prove a worthwhile investment for the international media …

Pre-Owned Politics: Let Us Beat Our Games into Ploughshares

This post has not been edited by the GamesBeat staff. Opinions by GamesBeat community writers do not necessarily reflect those of the staff.<p>The interstate bleeds out of the city and puddles here, dripping unfriendliness longitudinally. Along the route: a strip of drive-thrus, car dealerships, and …

How Do You Solve A Problem Like The Wii U?

<i>Nintendo’s Wii U console is failing to take off. Maybe it’s time to start thinking about its successor.</i><p>Wired’s Chris Kohler wants to know: What the hell is wrong with Nintendo?<p>Or, at least, that’s the headline to an interesting piece he’s written on the struggles of Nintendo's latest console, the …

Cards Against Humanity holds reverse Black Friday 'sale' by charging extra

Multiplayer party card game <i>Cards Against Humanity</i> is having a special Black Friday sale today ... by increasing the price of all its products by $5.<p>The tongue-in-cheek "sale" pokes fun at traditional Black Friday deals, which are characterized by heavily-discounted products that encourage consumers …

Play this: 'The Walking Dead' turns into a strategy game for your browser

In all of its various incarnations, <i>The Walking Dead</i> is always about the same thing: how we cope with the end of the world. Usually the desperate humans are even scarier than the zombies. Browser game <i>The Narrow Path</i> goes in a different direction: your goal is simply to kill as much as possible, …

Miyamoto slammed the first The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds prototype

Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of the Legend of the Zelda series, disliked the original version of <i>The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds,</i> according to its designers, likening it to a 20-year old game.<p>"We were thinking about a Zelda game with the theme of communication," Hiromasa Shikata said in the …

How The Witcher 2 almost never happened

<i>The Witcher 2</i> is one of the most highly-rated big-budget role-playing games in recent years, but according to developer CD Projekt, the game might never have happened.<p>In an interview with Eurogamer today, CD Projekt joint-CEO Marcin Iwińsk reveals how, in the aftermath of its success with the first …

Study: Playing video games can increase brain size

Playing video games can increase brain volume in regions of the brain responsible for spatial navigation, strategic planning, memory and motor skills, according to a new study from research centers in Berlin.<p>The study, which appears in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, was conducted by researchers …

Irrational Decisions: Ken Levine Talks BioShock, Burial At Sea And The Future Of Storytelling

It’s fair to say that this has been an eventful year for Ken Levine and Irrational Games, the studio he founded in 1997 after leaving Warren [<i>System Shock, Thief: The Dark Project</i>] Spector’s Looking Glass Studios*.<p>First, there was <i>BioShock Infinite</i>, one of the best-reviewed games of 2013. A hugely …

Half-life 3 will not be exclusive to Steam OS

For any gamers worried Half-life 3, the PC-gaming holy grail, might be locked to Valve's upcoming console, Greg Coomer from Valve reassures you that, "You won’t see an exclusive killer app for SteamOS from us. We’re not going to be doing that kind of thing."<p>Speaking in an interview with IGN, …

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EA still working to overcome 'Worst Company in America' awards, says CEO

After winning The Consumerist's award for "Worst Company in America" two years in a row, Electronic Arts began examining what the company had done to make consumers so upset — an endeavor it's still working through today, according to recently-minted EA CEO Andrew Wilson.<p>Wilson told Polygon that …

5 Types of Friends Every Man Needs | The Art of Manliness

Evolutionary biologist and author Robin Dunbar argues that the average human can sustain about 150 friendships. Now, that term is used quite loosely …

Straight Razor Shaving For Beginners | The Art of Manliness

Our very first post on the Art of Manliness was a introductory guide to shaving like your grandpa with a double-edged safety razor. Since then, we’ve …

Woodworking

10 Great Fall Date Ideas | The Art of Manliness

The spring has always been associated with romance — the blossoming flowers supposedly mirroring the spate of budding new loves.<p>But in my opinion, …

Decorations

How to Walk Like a Ninja: An Illustrated Guide | The Art of Manliness

With Halloween just around the corner, there’s no better time to learn how to walk silently through the night like a ninja. It’s an incredibly useful …

Ninja

How to Drive a Stick Shift | The Art of Manliness

I can still remember the day I learned how to drive a stick shift. My dad and I were looking for a car for my sixteenth birthday. I had my eye on a …

How to Quit Wasting Time on the Internet | The Art of Manliness

<i>9 pm. A college campus in the Midwest. Rob sits down to study. His inner monologue:</i><p>Okay, time to hit the books. I’m really going to get crap done …

Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman sounds off on console's early mistakes

Since launch, the Ouya has seen one problem after another — and, as a new company, it's made "a ton of mistakes" during its learning process, CEO Julie Uhrman said during a recent presentation.<p>The video above was recorded in September of this year during XOXO, a festival in Portland, Ore., covering …

Dark Matter pulled from Steam as game has no ending

A new report on Gamasutra says that many of the developers working on indie adventure Dark Matter have been laid off from the studio, days after the game was removed from the Steam and GOG.com marketplaces because it contained no ending.<p>After a Kickstarter drive for the game failed in August, …

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