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February 25 2014

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January 30 2014

Fighting Sexism, but Trying to Avoid the Stigma of Being #ThatWoman

Yesterday, Kotaku published a piece by Rachel Edidin that went by the title "She Was Harassed By A Games Reporter. Now She's Speaking Out." While it was structured around telling the story of Alice Mercier (not her real name) a female member of the video games industry who recently anonymously publicized her sexual harassment on Facebook by a male peer, the piece also focused on how infuriatingly, personally familiar Mercier's story is to many women working in video games and the wider tech industry. Even so, despite the the entire article clearly laying out the reasons why women find it socially difficult and professionally dangerous to speak up about sexist behavior in the tech industry, it left lots of people asking why all of these ladies didn't "shut him down," "complain to HR," or "go public." Read more...

More about Video Games, Sexual Harassment, Gaming, Social Media, and Twitter

January 28 2014

The 6 Coolest Co-Op Games for PS4

New consoles mean an avalanche of new games to play, both solo and with friends. Sometimes those friends become your enemies on screen; at other times, you'll need to put your heads together to solve mind-boggling puzzles or defeat foes.

Whichever co-op gaming style you prefer, the latest set of PlayStation 4 titles has something for you

Some of these titles won't be available until later in 2014, but with the interesting new multiplayer features they’re promising, we think they’ll be worth the wait. Note that several of these games are also available on the PlayStation 3 or on the new Xbox One. Read more...

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January 23 2014

'Press Start': Every Nintendo Start Screen in Three Hours

The idea of creating a three-hour supercut of Nintendo start screens seems time consuming — mind-bogglingly so, in fact. But the result is something so simple yet so oddly mesmerizing that it is practically a work of art.

Youtuber NicksplosionFX has completed the unimaginable task of compiling and editing all the footage (or so he claims), and anyone who can sit through it in entirely deserves a pat on the back


More about Viral Videos, Nintendo, Video Games, Gaming, and Watercooler

January 22 2014

Yes, Video Games Can Actually Make You Smarter

Gamers, rejoice! The YouTube scientists of AsapScience are here to explain how video games can actually improve your brain function and make you smarter

Before you text your mom about how right you were all along, the video does state that — like anything else you can eat, drink, play or watch — there is always the possibility of too much of a good thing. Excessive gaming is still not recommended.

However, studies do show that responsible gaming can stimulate grey matter growth, as well as improve hand-eye coordination

Take a look to see why it's sometimes better to hang out with Mario instead of going outside. Read more...

More about Viral Videos, Science, Video Games, Facts, and Super Mario Bros

January 09 2014

Childhood Flashbacks Abound in Video Game Theme Song Mashup

The ghosts of games past come alive again in this awesome one-minute mashup.

The song is a part of a monthly series called #OneMinuteMashup, which is the brainchild of musician and YouTube artist Chad Neidt. Neidt has announced plans on his Facebook and YouTube pages to release a debut album on Jan. 20.

Aside from Neidt's mind-blowing classical guitar skill, the song itself is a walk down memory lane, featuring some of the most popular titles in gaming history such as Super Mario Bros., Tetris, Final Fantasy, Legend of Zelda and Halo.

What are some of your fondest gaming memories? Tell us in the comments. Read more...

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December 28 2013

The 8 Most Common Video Game Characters

In case you haven't been paying attention, heads up: Video games are improving. Their visual quality, physics engines and plots have advanced to a point that was unimaginable even just a few years ago. But their characters — well, some of them could use some ironing out.

We created this illustrated guide to the characters we seem to meet time after time, game after game. We love them, hate them and have witnessed them die disturbingly often. We control their fates like we control their movements: recklessly and selfishly. Trust us, we know them when we see them.

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December 24 2013

The 8 Best Video Game Scripts of All Time

Video game developers are pushing to tell more and more complex stories, and great writing is crucial to executing that vision. When a smart script gets matched with strong gameplay and visuals, it’s easy to see why video games are an art form in their own right.

Here are eight games that gave the words as much value as the visuals and mechanics. From serious to silly, these scripts helped create more exciting and immersive experiences

Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more...

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December 16 2013

Which Gaming Console Tops Your Holiday Wish List?

For hardcore gamers and casual players alike, a new video gaming console can be the perfect holiday gift. But given the slew of options this year, it can be tough to decide on a system.

Which console is on your wish list this year? Are you hoping for a new one like the Xbox One or PlayStation 4 — or perhaps a portable option like Playstation Vita or Nintendo 3DS?

Tell us your top console choice in the poll below, and then share the games you're looking forward to in the comments


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December 14 2013

Vote for Your Favorite Video Game of 2013

While much of the discussion in the gaming world this year centered around the highly-anticipated releases of the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 gaming consoles, 2013 has also been a strong year for releases of individual games.

Celebrated franchises such as Pokémon, Grand Theft Auto, and Saints Row released new installments, and original games such as Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons and The Stanley Parable demonstrated great imaginative capabilities of developers.

We rounded up 25 of the year's most impressive games in the poll below. Vote for your favorites to help us determine the best video game of 2013, and tell us why in the comments. You can vote for up to five games, but if you don't see your choice feel free to add your vote in the comments. The poll will remain open all week, and we'll reveal the results Dec. 20. Read more...

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December 13 2013

8-Bit 'Elf' Is Full of Pixelated Holiday Cheer

Even if you've seen Elf a hundred times, you haven't really experienced the movie until you see Buddy attack fake Santa with a simple, "Beat it!"

Cinefix has created another installment of 8-bit cinema, this time tackling the modern classic Elf.

Condensing a full-length feature to two minutes is tough, so the order gets a little jumbled. (Buddy doesn't originally present his dad with the holiday lingerie in the mail room.) Still, most of the iconic Elf moments are there in all of their pixelated glory.

The only important omission is the unfortunate lack of an angry elf Read more...

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December 12 2013

The 10 Best Mobile Games of 2013

As mobile hardware and game developers push the limits of technology for entertainment, more thrilling games feature experiences as fun as PC or console titles. This year was no exception. Dozens of excellent releases hit app stores in 2013

This list doesn't include remakes of games first released on other platforms. Although many are worth your time (think XCOM or Limbo), we wanted to recognize the best in titles specifically designed for mobile play, since the platform presents a unique set of challenges for game creators

In no particular order, here are the 10 best mobile games we played in 2013 Read more...

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December 11 2013

Stop-Motion 'Mario Kart' Kicks Game Into Turbo Drive

Buckle up and watch out for those sharp turns: Mario Kart, the beloved Nintendo classic, has been brought to life in this fun video from a couple of fanboys

This tribute video stays faithful to the game with some impressive spin-outs, banana-sliding and turbo-drive moments.

The dueling gamers start out in their living room and as the game starts, they transform into versions of Mario and Luigi for a real life race. With stop-motion magic, it feels like we might actually live in an 8-bit world for a minute

They did make one slight change, but we're okay with it — beer in the boxes would be way more fun anyway. Read more...

More about Viral Videos, Nintendo, Video Games, Mario Kart, and Stop Motion

December 09 2013

NSA Sent Undercover Agents to Spy on 'World of Warcraft,' 'Second Life'

First it was porn; now, it's your video games

The National Security Agency has been monitoring online games including World of Warcraft, Second Life and video games on Xbox Live, sometimes even using undercover agents disguised as trolls or orcs.

This is the latest revelation to come from documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, as first reported by The New York Times, ProPublica and The Guardian on Monday.

Since at least 2007, the NSA and its sister British spy agency the GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters) have worried that terrorists might use online video games to secretly plan attacks, drive fundraising efforts or simply communicate on unmonitored channels, according to the leaked documents (.PDF) Read more...

More about Second Life, World Of Warcraft, Xbox Live, Video Games, and Surveillance

December 05 2013

20 Hot Games for the Holidays

Gift-giving season is finally here, and it's time to shop for the gamer in your life. If you find yourself pushing off that trip to Gamestop just because the selection is too overwhelming, relax. We can help you

For the totally clueless video game purchaser, these are undoubtedly the hottest games of the holiday season, regardless of which style or platform your game-crazy friend, significant other or child prefers

Many of these games have been out for about a month, so if you're going for the element of surprise, you might want to double-check your loved ones' collections before you buy Read more...

More about Gaming, Gifts, Tech, Xbox 360, and Video Games

November 25 2013

Tear Apart Your PlayStation With These 6 Facts

Now that the world has upgraded to PlayStation 4, it's nice to take a look back and appreciate the original gaming system.

The first PlayStation, released first in Japan in 1994, had 2 MB of RAM, which is 512 times more computing power than Apollo 11Vsauce3 highlights that interesting tidbit and other surprising facts about the very first PlayStation for its latest brain-bending video

Take a look and appreciate your current gaming setup even more.

BONUS: 5 Facts You Didn't Know About Video Games

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More about Youtube, Viral Videos, Sony Playstation, Video Games, and Gaming

November 24 2013

The Golden Age of Watching Other People Play Video Games

It’s too soon to know whether Microsoft or Sony will emerge victorious from this round of the great video-game console wars, but it may not be premature to name the real winner: Twitch.tv.

Each of the new consoles makes it easy to record and share videos of game play, and Twitch is a company built around the production and consumption of videos of people playing video games. The venture started in 2011 as an offshoot of Justin.tv, which provided a way for people to stream live video, activity inspired by the founder’s proclivity to record and stream his entire life to the Internet. It turned out that one thing other people really enjoyed broadcasting was screenshots of themselves playing Halo. Read more...

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November 23 2013

Xbox One vs. PlayStation 4: Which Game Console Is Right For You?

Are you thinking about getting a video-game console this holiday season, but can't decide between an Xbox One and PlayStation 4? To help you choose, Mashable hosted a MashTalk Hangout on Air with a panel of gaming experts.

Joining Mashable's games reporter Chelsea Stark were Inside Gaming's Adam Kovic and Bruce Greene and Rev3Games' Zac Minor, who shared their thoughts on everything from the PS4's new controller to the Xbox One's upgraded Kinect features. The group also sounded off on their preferred consoles, and suggested the best time for picking one up. Read more...

More about Microsoft, Sony, Video Games, Gaming Console, and Playstation 4

November 22 2013

Kickstarter 'Keyboard' Teaches Kids Computer Science

Launched by Digital Dream Labs, the cloudBoard Kickstarter project introduces an interactive video game accessory for the kindergarten crowd

The startup, based in Pittsburgh, consists of five members with a mission to create educational children's games. Its first product, the cloudBoard, is a board game-video game hybrid, aimed at children aged 4-12. It teaches complex concepts via plastic blocks, which in turn control a video game character.

The blocks themselves are so versatile they can represent almost anything, whether musical notes or atoms in a molecule. This has allowed Digital Dream Labs to create several games for the board already, covering complicated concepts like chemistry and engineering Read more...

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