Monthly Archives September 2014

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Narrative games that are heavy on plot and discovery, but light on mechanics, are bringing a new definition to the notion of video games. They tell evocative stories in atmospheric worlds. But they often lack the intimate human connection of present characters; dominant in most forms of fiction. In the best of its kind, the player moves through the story,…

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The success of most video games are measured by how fun they are, not so the games of New York's American Museum of Natural History. Here if a game is too fun, too engaging, it can create problems. Gaming has slowly become an important part of museum exhibit design, right alongside artifacts, fossils, movies, music and other forms of interaction.…

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Every son yearns to connect with his dad and every father wants a meaningful relationship with his son. It’s not always easy; life’s responsibilities can put obstacles in the way. As a command sergeant major in the U.S. Army — the service's highest enlisted rank — Chris Fields has a mountain of those responsibilities. Sgt. Maj. Fields regularly leads large…

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Bloodborne players will have a new arsenal of weapons to play with, like a curved blade that transforms into a bow and arrow, and all-new grotesque monsters to fight when the game's expansion, The Old Hunters, launches later this year. Sony and From Software brought a small playable slice of The Old Hunters to Tokyo Game Show this week, giving…

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The untimely passing of Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, and the memorials to him from a passionate global community of creators and gamers, was more than a story to be ranked among a week, a month, or this year. It was something deeply touching, and the grief of so many for a person they'd never met was nonetheless very real. Iwata…

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Just hours ago we published a story letting you know that Fallout Shelter, Bethesda's Fallout-themed free-to-play smash hit, was finally available on Android. While you were reading, or perhaps in the fractions of a second while the page itself loaded, the game's leaderboards were hacked. Reddit user MrWoddleWoodle provided a screenshot, which Games4Life has confirmed on our own Android device,…

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Deck13's Lords of the Fallen was an unabashed Dark Souls clone, but was mostly forgiven for liberally swiping from From Software's game by being a pretty solid action game. For the developer's next game, The Surge, Deck13 is hoping to do more than ape Dark Souls' medieval setting and combat by looking far into the future — and building on the foundation…

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