Monthly Archives February 2014

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As video gaming reaches an age when it can be said to have a past, questions are being asked about how we curate and care for the important artifacts that tell the story of this art form. Earlier this week, Pong creator Al Alcorn told Gamesindustry of his concerns about how we tend for the past. "A lot of the real…

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Yes, Remedy Entertainment will allow you to skip Quantum Break's full-motion video cutscenes. No, you probably won't want to. Since its reveal alongside the Xbox One's debut in May 2013, developer Remedy Entertainment has described Quantum Break as a curious mixture of traditional gameplay and, well, no gameplay at all. When it's released next April, Quantum Break will be mostly…

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Howard Scott Warshaw is a man with many achievements to his name: licensed psychotherapist, published author, award-winning documentarian, former real-estate broker and developer of the supposedly worst video game ever made: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial for the Atari 2600. The quality of the E.T. video game has become an urban legend. It's the worst game ever made for an Atari console.…

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Sony will release a Darth Vader-inspired PlayStation 4 console and DualShock 4 controller this year alongside the releases of Star Wars Battlefront and Disney Infinity 3.0. PlayStation's Adam Boyes unveiled the new console and controller onstage at Disney's D23 Expo today, detailing how the PS4 will be bundled with upcoming Star Wars games. The Darth Vader PS4 and DualShock 4…

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Video games with physical components have seen a great deal of success in recent years, most notably Activision with its Skylanders series and, more recently, Disney with Disney Infinity. Anki, a robotics and artificial intelligence company based in San Francisco, has a different idea: The company's first product, Anki Drive, is a video game that takes place in the real…

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Sega is teaming up with art dealer Cook & Becker to provide a series of limited edition prints based on classic games like Golden Axe, Streets of Rage, Phantasy Star and more. Five prints, all featuring new, original artwork based on some of Sega's most beloved games, are available from the printmaker now. The hand-numbered, limited-edition prints, which start at $99 unframed,…

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I have a condition called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. It’s a connective tissue disorder that causes chronic pain and fatigue, frequent joint dislocations, visual problems, poor mobility and a whole plethora of other problems, each affecting my life in huge ways. I struggle walking more than short distances, I’m always in fairly severe pain even if I’ve not done anything to cause…

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From Unity to Twine, tools that allow individuals to create personal games are becoming more accessible and useful. Last week saw the launch on Steam of a simple program that allows just about anyone to create their own visual novels. I have no programming ability and no great desire to make games. But I do enjoy writing novels in my…

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