Monthly Archives July 2014

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A rare version of Metroid's Samus Aran — in her recently released amiibo form — was just sold on eBay for a bid of $2,500, well above the toy's normal retail price of $12.99. The pricey Samus (pictured below) is rather unique in that she's purportedly a factory defect, bearing two arm cannons instead of the standard one. While that manufacturing mistake…

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Satoru Iwata, the president of Nintendo, has died. He was 55. Nintendo confirmed his passing today in a brief statement. Nintendo Co., Ltd. deeply regrets to announce that President Satoru Iwata passed away on July 11, 2015 due to a bile duct growth. Last year, Iwata did not attend E3 on advice from his doctor not to travel overseas. Later in the…

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Gaming has suffered a tough year of culture hate-mongers, self-serving corporations, death threat nutters, broken games and derivative designers. So it's difficult to talk about gaming's sparkling orbs of goodness without sounding a tiny bit Pollyannaish. Even so, this is Thanksgiving, and gaming really does offer a host of joyful, life-affirming moments that ought to be celebrated. These are mine.…

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Though there's very little that could dissuade the most hardcore tech enthusiasts from picking up a next-gen console later this month, there's plenty of precedent to support the practice of patience. The abnormally long lifespan of the current console generation has made the arrival of the next one a highly anticipated event for some. Based on the pre-orders and reports…

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Massively multiplayer online games fail because the people who make them simply can't keep up with the gamers who play them, Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley said today. The solution, he believes, is to cede some of that content creation over to players through emergent storytelling, lasting consequences and perhaps most importantly, by allowing players to literally make pieces…

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There have only been two great Alien movies. Could Neill Blomkamp's new Alien project be the third? This week, the internet was abuzz with the news that Neill Blomkamp — director of recent sci-fi fare like District 9 and Elysium, and the very soon to be released Chappie — was moving forward with his Alien project. Half of the internet…

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The creators of Fortnite, Epic Games' new PC game that blends scavenging, construction and shooting, hope to create a game that's as enjoyable as the combination of peanut butter and chocolate. Fortnite, they hope, marries exploration, building and action into something new, something different from the studio's Unreal Tournament and Gears of War games. It's easy to look to other…

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Riot Games announced its next League of Legends champion earlier last month. He's called Lucian, he's described as the hunter of the undead, and more significantly he's the game's first black playable character out of a roster of 114 possible heroes. The design of this champion isn't the result of any political decisions within the design team but Riot producer…

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