Monthly Archives November 2014

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Monolith Productions revealed that Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor's mysterious Wraith character is Celebrimbor, the original forger of the Rings of Power in J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth legendarium. Celebrimbor does not appear in the The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings, which means most of Tolkien's modern audience will be introduced to this Elven warrior through the game, not through Tolkien's…

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Despite the soaring plaudits from professional technophiles, despite the growing support from the video game industry, the latest run at mainstreaming wearable virtual reality is doomed to be a commercial failure. Yes, the Oculus Rift has reignited an interest in virtual reality goggles not seen in decades. And yes, the company behind the technology was purchased by Facebook for billions.…

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Anyone who has ever enjoyed a real-time strategy game can offer some thanks to Louis Castle. He didn't invent the genre, but through games like Dune 2 and Command & Conquer, he helped popularize RTSes during PC gaming's 1990s boom. The Command & Conquer franchise has sold more than 30 million units worldwide. Between 1992 and 2009, Castle helped create or worked…

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The mobile gaming era has come a long way. Where mobile games once felt like silly, simple ways to pass the time, it's becoming harder and harder to keep ourselves away from playing on our phones. Although there were dozens upon dozens of mobile titles to sift through, 2014 served up some of our favorite mobile games to date. Whether…

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Chicago's Cards Against Humanity opened applications this week for their Science Ambassador Scholarship, which will provide a full-ride for a woman seeking an undergraduate degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. Must Read Max Temkin: Against Humanity The award, slated for the 2016 academic year, will be the first given by the $500,000 scholarship trust. The Ambassador Scholarship has been…

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"I need to be clear on this point: Are you telling me that Satan is literally working to confound your plans to release this game? You're saying that the actual Devil is scheming against you?" I'm sitting in a nondescript office in an unremarkable neighborhood in Bakersfield, CA, interviewing three men about their plans for a Biblical game based on…

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Austin Wintory's soundtrack for PlayStation game Journey is coming to a turntable near you in the form of a double LP picture disc set later this year. The vinyl release of the game's original score is set to be released this August, thanks to iam8bit, who also released the Hotline Miami 2 soundtrack on vinyl earlier this year. The vinyl release of…

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