I resisted the urge to fling the controller across the room as I tried, once again, to beat the first damn level of Cuphead. I’d been making my attempts using what is currently one of the best PC game controllers to date, the Microsoft Xbox One Elite. But it wasn’t happening.
Home to nearly 2 billion gamers and a growing USD $94.4 billion in revenue from ‘direct-from-publisher’ digital goods, the gaming industry is truly booming. And it is only expected to grow, as experts project a number north of USD $128 billion in annual volume by 2020.
Alright everybody, it's now time for another Android gaming roundup. For today's list I will be concentrating on classic games that have been updated for modern mobile gaming.
We’ve already published our favorite Black Friday deals for 2017, but we’re making some topic-specific guides to help you navigate the immense number of deals going on over Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
There’s no laptop quite like the Surface Book. Though it was far from the first laptop that could turn into a tablet and had its fair share of flaws, its combination of light weight, detachable screen, dedicated graphics, and good battery life was pretty much unheard.
Apologies for missing last week's iOS gaming roundup, but I've got a good reason: I was in Jordan judging Middle Eastern and North African mobile games for the International Mobile Gaming Awards (IMGA).
Razer has continued a winning streak of IPOs from Asian companies after its share price closed 41 percent up on its first day of trading on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
Some games have permadeath, where death causes you to lose a character forever. Upsilon Circuit, however, has perma-permadeath. If you lose, you can never play the game again. The fantasy RPG plops specially selected players onto a single server and divides them into two teams of four.
In Zynga's July 2011 prospectus to future shareholders, company founder and CEO Mark Pincus outlined his firm's ambitious plan to take over the gaming world. "My kids decided a few months ago that peek-a-boo was their favorite game," he wrote.
The annual Interactive Fiction Competition is an institution that has endured for almost 20 years, with the goal of discovering each year’s best and brightest works in the world of text-based gaming.
Over the last few months, we've seen many people — some of them friends, some of them colleagues, some of them professional acquaintances — harassed, threatened, bullied for daring to suggest that video games can and should do better.
Four-year-old Riley Maida stands in a toy aisle of a department store in Newburgh, N.Y. The backdrop is pink. The shelves behind her are stacked with plastic babies in pink onesies. To her left are hair-and-makeup dolls with exaggerated heads attached to truncated shoulders.
If you’ve never been inside a “real” arcade, it could be hard to distinguish one from say, oh, a Dave & Buster’s. Authenticity is a hard nut to crack, but there are a few hallmarks of the video game arcade of days gone by: first, they have video games.
Nintendo's new console is an anomaly in the game console ecosystem, but not for Nintendo. The company that -- in just the last decade -- popularized stylus-powered gaming, microphone-powered gaming and motion-based gaming, is once again pushing game control inputs forward.
Blockbuster releases are homogenising around a narrow range of experiences and it could be driving creative people out of the industry Blockbuster releases are homogenising around a narrow range of experiences and it could be driving creative people out of the industry There’s been a l
It's a jarring moment at GDC 2013's Narrative Summit, where writers gather to swap tips on everything from creating relatable characters to finding freelance work.
We're right on the cusp of another generation of game consoles, and whether you're an Xbox One fanperson or a PlayStation 4 zealot you probably know what's coming if you've been through a few of these cycles.
Twenty years ago, on August 21, 1995, Nintendo released the Virtual Boy in North America. The stilt-legged tabletop gaming console, which offered a unique red stereoscopic 3D display, attempted to ride a wave of popular interest in virtual reality.
Jacqueline Williams, Charles Eckert and Anita Abedian contributed reporting. Research was contributed by Jack Begg, Aurelien Breeden, Kimiko De Freytas-Tamura and Alain Delaquérière.
The iPhone is home to some of the best portable video games ever made. Unfortunately, they must be downloaded from one of the worst digital marketplaces. Farming simulations and clones too often dominate the App Store's best selling list.
It's not a great time to be a Nintendo fan. Forecasts are falling; profits are down; and Nintendo's new console just can't bottle the lightning its predecessor left behind. The faithful may believe that the Wii U will pull through (after all, Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros.
You can play a slot machine in Las Vegas before you’ve even reached baggage claim: there are tiny slots parlors in every terminal of McCarran International Airport. Once you pick up your rental car, you can stop for gas and play slots at a convenience store.
Like a farm boy looking contemplatively upon two suns, in 2004 LucasArts was searching for answers and ways to right a video game business in disarray.
Update: On Monday, September 23rd, Valve announced a crucial component of its push for the living room: SteamOS. With two additional announcements teased for the coming days, we're expecting to get a first look at Valve's official Steam Box hardware this week.
So, you finally realized that you can't stand to part ways with your games, guides, and various gaming memorabilia. Don't worry, you're not a hoarder, you're a collector! Unless you can't sleep because your bed is covered in stacks of Electronic Gaming Monthly... then you might be a hoarder.
If a few small things had changed, might we be gaming on a Sega PlayStation right now? That’s the picture Blake Harris paints in his new book Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo and the Battle That Defined a Generation.
The world has no shortage of video game emulators, but many can be painful to use — many reflect their hacker origins with equally hacky interfaces, and you'd need a vast collection of different emulators to properly relive your childhood. By contrast, OpenEmu is a breath of fresh air.
When I was a kid with a Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), sometimes my games wouldn't load. But I, like all kids, knew the secret: take out the game cartridge, blow on the contacts, and put it back in. And it seemed to work. (When it failed, I'd just keep trying until it worked.
Yes, we had some cool monsters, but if you didn’t fight them exactly the way we had planned they did really stupid things. We had some cool levels, but they didn’t fit together well. We had some cool technology, but for the most part it only showed up in one or two spots.
When video games moved from arcades to living rooms, a whole new industry was born as Atari, Sega, Nintendo and others competed to dominate the world’s home console markets. For Sega, a company initially founded in the U.S.
We love video games for their fun and entertaining nature, but even when we put the controllers down, video games or at least thinking like a gamer can positively influence the rest of our lives. Here are ten ways video games do us good. The best video games are challenging.
Dedication to creating one of history's most popular video games caused horrific and graphic visions for its creator.
In 2007, Justin Kan, Emmett Shear, Michael Seibel and Kyle Vogt had an idea for something that seemed so silly, it might just work. Kan attached a webcam to his hat. For nine months, he didn't take it off. Everything Kan saw, the world saw.
Over the years, people have battled and captured hundreds of Pokémon. And while everyone has their favorite, no pocket monster is as infamous as “Missingno.” That’s because Missingno isn’t quite a Pokémon at all. Let me explain.
There was a dream that was a box. Part sci-fi, part nostalgia, this box would unite people from around the world and provide a platform for entertainment that would drive the future. In young computer scientist J Allard's dream, this box would change the world.
The video game Eve Online is one of Iceland’s biggest exports and has become the world’s largest living work of science fiction. While rival games have come and gone, it has survived – thanks to a unique experiment in democracy
Dear Lifehacker, I want to build an emulation station for retro gaming, but there are so many options! Custom PC, Raspberry Pi, Android tablet...Which is the best? What are the pros and cons of each?
OpenEmu 1.0, an open source project designed to bring game emulation to OS X, has officially launched following a lengthy beta testing period. Though there are other emulator options for OS X, OpenEmu has been designed from the ground up for OS X.
Over the weekend, a game developer in Boston named Brianna Wu fled her home after an online stalker vowed to rape and kill her.
In February, video game auteur David Cage told his industry to grow up, to produce games for adults — games that have something to say. "By the time you turn off your console, the game will leave an imprint. You will think about what you've seen. That's what every creative medium should achieve.
Your video game console is great for playing games, but you might not realize it's also one of the best media centers around. Here's how to set up all of the modern consoles so you can stream videos and music to them right from your computer.
He is a video games visionary, the creator of intricate gothic fantasies regarded by some as the best titles of the last 20 years. In a rare interview, Hidetaka Miyazaki explains how he rose from unwanted coder to company president
KIRKLAND, Wash. — A team of hundreds here was recently putting the final touches on a video game expected to be one of the biggest sellers of the holiday season.
PC gaming is great, but it's a bit more complex than console gaming. You have a lot of different hardware to choose from, tweaks to increase performance, and other ways to improve the experience—as long as you're willing to put in the time and effort.
On Aug. 9, 2015, two young millionaires worked their way through a pool party on a hotel rooftop in the Hollywood Hills. One was clean-cut, with hypnotic green eyes, the other more rakish, with a British accent slightly muted from the time he'd spent in LA.
Is it possible to create a prison management game without trivializing or misrepresenting the issue of mass incarceration? As video games mature and tackle more serious topics, players and developers should be aware of the values embedded in their systems.
Before I joined Gearbox Software, I worked at Destructoid as a features editor. I worked there from 2006 to 2010 and specialized in highlighting indie games and spewing vitriol at big-budget games I didn't like. It turns out there were a shitload of things I didn't know about games development.
It’s been many years since the original 3DS launched. There’s a new version with better 3D, improved controls, and of course, a wealth of excellent games to play. There’s also a new 2DS XL that can do everything its 3D brother can do, aside from 3D.
In 2009, publisher Electronic Soft released BloodDeath, a blockbuster video game that won 306 “Best In Show” awards at E3 and went on to sell 3.2 million copies worldwide. In 2015, Electronic Soft released BloodDeath’s sequel, BloodDeath: DeathBlood.
Amazon agreed to pay just shy of $1 billion for video game streaming site Twitch last night. The service, which originally launched as a spinoff from Justin.
If you've just rediscovered an old console in the back of your closet, or you've gotten into retro gaming and want the genuine experience, you've probably stood in front of your shiny new LCD or plasma TV with a console made in the age of CRTs, wondering what to do.
There are a lot of things that The Order: 1886, a new exclusive for the PS4, does differently than its contemporaries.
Mini desktops are a growing market, but so far it's a market that Intel has had the run of. The company's own "Next Unit of Computing" (NUC) and efforts like Gigabyte's Brix Pro are diminutive but much more capable than the wimpy "nettops" of yesteryear.
Growing up sucks. Jungle gyms are replaced by cubicles and healthy almonds replace gobs of Gushers. Or something like that. One of the worst things about growing up is that you never seem to have any time left over for yourself. For anything.
There’s an old commercial for Westwood College that’s become something of a running joke in the video game world. Two young men sit at a couch, hammering away at PlayStation controllers. A woman walks in. “Hey guys, finish testing that game yet?” she asks.
Given a choice, I almost always play as a mage. Swords? Pah. Divine magic? Save it for Sunday School. Give me control over the elements, the power to reshape the very building blocks of the universe according to my every whim, and if at all possible, a cool hat.