Modders are turning the NES Classic Edition into an all-purpose retro gaming machine

 If you were lucky enough to get your hands on a NES Classic Edition this last holiday season, you were probably impressed (as I was) with the quality of the emulation — so much so you wished it had a few more games, or maybe even that there was an SNES version. Well, your dream is coming true — kind of, anyway. Read More Powered by WPeMatico

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Best games of 2017: Horizon Zero Dawn, Hidden Folks, Resident Evil 7, and more

Updated February 21st: The most recent update adds Horizon: Zero Dawn and Hidden Folks. I’m a sucker for end-of-year lists. They’re positive, celebratory, and useful. But too often, lists are backloaded with fall releases. A book published in January? A video game released in March? They’ll need luck and a good publicist to score best-of list slots come December. I empathize with annual curators. Given the constant deluge of new titles, each arriving with their own noisy hype, it can be a struggle to remember a TV show or a film from 11 months ago. So this year, I’ve decided […]

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Miami Heat deepens NBA’s dive into esports with acquisition of Vainglory team

Traditional sports and PC esports continue to collide with professional mobile gaming. Team Misfits, the esports partner organization of the Miami Heat basketball team, has acquired Vainglory pro squad Fates Zero. This will give Misfits and the Heat instant access to one of mobile gaming’s biggest competitive scenes, as Fates Zero has a reserved spot in developer Super Evil Megacorp’s Vainglory league. This new Misfits team will compete for the first time under its new ownership at the Vainglory Preseason Invitational tournament in San Mateo on February 26. The esports market will grow to $696 million in revenue this year, […]

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DICE Awards turn 20: How gaming’s Academy Awards have grown

Anniversaries have a way of creeping up on us. The game academy’s annual DICE Awards event is now in its 20th year, while the DICE Summit event is in its 17th. I’ve been to all of the summits, which gather the elite of the game industry in Las Vegas every year. I’ll be going to the summit and awards again this week in Las Vegas, and I thought it would be nice to reminisce about the past 20 years of an event that honors the artists of the game industry. Now world-famous, the DICE Awards and the Academy of Interactive […]

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Civilization VI is getting modding tools and Steam Workshop support

Customizing your Civilization VI experience is about to get even simpler. Firaxis revealed today that it is going to launch an Australian Summer 2017 update for its Civ VI strategy blockbuster, and that patch will come with modding tools for the community and support for the Steam Workshop. While the game already has a healthy mod scene on sites like CivFanatics.com, the tools will make it easier for people to contribute their own creations. And Steam Workshop will enable anyone who owns the game on that PC gaming portal to search for community add-ons and to install them with one […]

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Four things you should get for your Nintendo Switch before it arrives

We’re quickly approaching the March 3rd launch of the Nintendo Switch. While you (hopefully) have your console’s preorder locked, there are a few other things you might want to grab for your Switch in advance. Below, we’ve broken down our picks for microSD cards, Ethernet adapters, charging cables, and everything else we can think of that you might want on hand when your Switch arrives. microSD cards The Nintendo Switch can theoretically take use microSD cards up to 2TB (although 256GB cards are the largest size currently on the market). When choosing your storage, remember that microSD cards aren’t created […]

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How the composers of Rain World created an alien soundscape using old cans and pipes

Five years ago, James Therrien was browsing an indie gaming forum when he stumbled across an in-development title that he couldn’t stop thinking about. Called Rain World, the game starred a cute little creature called a slugcat, who is forced to survive a harsh, industrial alien landscape teeming with vicious predators. “I loved the visuals so much, that I soon as I saw it I had this complete audio picture in my head of what it should sound like,” he explains. “It was so bad that I had a nightmare that the game came out and was filled with garbage […]

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PlayStation Network is down again

Sony’s gaming service is having troubles once again. PlayStation Network isn’t functioning properly for everyone right now, according to a wave of complaints on social media today. This outage is preventing many people from logging into the service, and it is kicking others who were already connected out of their online games. PSN is also presenting error messages for some people who are trying to load video apps like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon. Sony has not updated its PSN status site to confirm the outage, and it has not acknowledged the issue on its AskPlayStation Twitter account. It’s likely that this […]

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Valve cares about PC gamers, but sucks at showing it

FEATURE: I hadn’t even considered the possibility that Gabe Newell would be joining us. When Valve invited me to its office last week for a series of roundtable interviews, the company made it clear that I wasn’t going to learn about Half-Life 3. “No new announcements,” Valve communications boss Doug Lombardi explained to me in a message. What Lombardi didn’t have to tell me, however, is that I wasn’t going to get to speak with Valve founder Gabe Newell. I already knew that. More stories from Valve Valve’s Nintendo-like approach to virtual reality Gabe Newell admits ‘childish’ Valve employees egg on […]

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Top Gear teases its new season, starting in March

(credit: BBC) Bored now that The Grand Tour‘s first season is done? In need of some arty, slow-motion shots of tires being converted into smoke? Hang in there, because the BBC’s Top Gear is almost back. Last season ended in some ignominy. Ratings were awful, and Chris Evans took responsibility and duly fell on his sword. But there was plenty to like about the show in the post-Clarkson era, particularly Chris Harris and Rory Reid. Top Gear must have listened to the Internet, because it’s giving the pair much more to do this season, alongside Matt LeBlanc. Season 24 features […]

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Horizon Zero Dawn is a near-perfect action RPG on the PlayStation 4

 Horizon Zero Dawn appeared unique from the start – a PlayStation 4 exclusive, a novel setting, with an all-new franchise, combining survival game elements with cover shooter mechanics and real-time strategy play, all while you hunt mechanized dinosaurs in a lush, natural setting. A game with that kind of apparent quirk could go one of two ways – luckily, this one ends up being… Read More Powered by WPeMatico

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Halo Wars 2 is a real-time strategy game caught between console and PC

Halo Wars 2 is a game that very visibly straddles the divide between console and PC. It’s a real-time strategy game, a genre that — along with the MOBA and the MMORPG — has traditionally confined itself to the home computer. It’s also a Halo game, representing a series that drove the original success of Microsoft’s Xbox consoles, and became responsible for rehoming first-person shooters on TVs after Doom, Quake, and Half-Life started the genre on the PC. But these two opposing aspects of the game never fully reconcile. In superficial ways, Halo Wars 2 feels like an extension of […]

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