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Bryan Cranston, Patrick Stewart, Stan Lee and more are coming to the Family Guy game

Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston will soon be playable — and eating cartoon pizza, it appears — in the official Family Guy mobile game, Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff, alongside a half-dozen other pop culture favorites, just in time for Comic-Con. Cranston will be joined by actors Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Felicia Day (The Guild), George Takei (Star Trek), Nathan Fillion (Firefly), Stan Lee (Marvel Comics) and Ron Perlman (Hellboy) in a special event in the game that kicks off alongside San Diego Comic-Con. In the iOS and Android game, those celebrities will travel to Family Guy's hometown of Quahog for the Quahog Comic-Con — a fictional event that is actually sanctioned by the people who run Comic-Con International in San Diego. The celebrities and geek icons...

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A card game that teaches catcallers to stop being pigs

As yesterday’s piece by Brianna Wu deftly illustrated, the harassment of women online, particularly in gaming, is a pervasive, deeply disturbing problem. Here’s a novel approach: a "game" that deals directly with its physical counterpart, street harassment. A Minneapolis woman named Lindsey has created Cards Against Harassment (a play on the popular Cards Against Humanity), and gives them to men (or anyone) on the street who catcall her. She’s made the project available for anyone who experiences harassment to download and print, to give out if they experience harassment themselves. Here's a brief video of Lindsey using her cards: The cards themselves are fun and sassy in tone, and all go back to the Cards Against Harassment website. It’s an education campaign, designed to...

Unturned - Overview video

Do you like games like Rust or DayZ? How about Minecraft or Minecraft? What if someone mashed them together and gave the result away for free? Then you'd have Unturned. Early Access for the Windows PC game hit Steam earlier this month, but there's already a ton to do in this zombie, survival, permadeath, blocky world. My 13-year-old son Tristan and I spent the weekend adventuring, exploring, killing zombies, tripping and dying, but mostly dying, in Unturned. Today we both hopped into the game to give you a quick sense of how it works, what it looks like and why it is so very fun to play.

Twitch edges closer to broadcast TV with new feature

Twitch is introducing a new feature to the platform that brings Twitch channels closer to television channels: Individuals will be able to promote other streams on their own channel, even after they've stopped broadcasting themselves. Host Mode will allow any channel owner to "host" any other channel, similar to embedding someone else's video on your own website. If you're a broadcaster who is done for the day, you can now use your channel to display another person's stream, instead of simply going dark until the next time you sign on. The chatroom in your channel will stay up, but your video will be replaced by an embedded version of the channel you're hosting. Host Mode is set to go live later tonight, or tomorrow. The way Twitch sees it, the feature is beneficial to both parties....

Up to half of Redbox game rentals translate into game sales (update)

An increasing number of people are streaming and downloading video games, but this doesn't mean the end for physical goods, nor does it spell trouble for game rentals — that's according to Redbox's director of video games, Ryan Calnan. Redbox currently has automated rental kiosks for DVDs, Blu-ray discs and video games at more than 35,000 locations across North America and offers game rentals for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii. Select markets also offer games from the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Wii U. During the company's first quarter for this year it topped 200 million rentals, of which video games accounted for two percent. While this number may seem small, Calnan told Polygon it's actually a big deal for the games industry. "We have a 20-50 percent conversion rate...
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Oddworld: New 'N' Tasty gameplay video - The first 10 minutes

If you don't remember offhand just how punishing the original Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee was, let the recently released remake Oddworld: New 'N' Tasty serve as a stark reminder. The revamped title pulls no punches, tossing landmines, hostile wildlife and gun-toting monsters at you in generous quantities — often while you're attempting to jump over a buzzsaw-lined pit, or negotiating a maze of motion-sensor alarms. If you need a refresher, check out the gameplay video posted above, which shows off the game's opening 10 minutes. Oddworld: New 'N' Tasty is out now on PlayStation 4, and is in development for PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U and PC.

LeBron James is better at video games than you

LeBron James' childhood friends could never defeat him in Shaq Fu, and today, he's just as tough to beat in a game of Madden as he is on the basketball court — all because of his incredible memory. James is blessed (and cursed) with an eidetic memory, reports ESPN. It's partly responsible for his success in the NBA: The basketball superstar often amazes teammates, opponents, coaches and reporters with his incredible ability to recall specific game situations from long ago. He's able to remember details like the tactics teams used to defend him and the exact locations of the shots he took. He also memorized the entire move list in Shaq Fu. Featuring basketball star Shaquille O'Neal, the much-maligned 16-bit fighting game from Electronic Arts debuted on Genesis and SNES in 1994 — years...

Far Cry 4 avoids the 'white savior dudebro' pitfall

In some ways, Far Cry 4 is a product of Far Cry 3's missteps."We don't create our games in a vacuum," C.J. Kershner, one of the script writers for the game, told me at a recent PlayStation event. "We were aware of the discussions happening about Far Cry 3. People identified some problems." What sort of impact did that have on Far Cry 4, I asked. "Our protagonist is not the white savior, not the dudebro," Kershner said. "He's not coming back to his hometown to help. "Your basic objective is to fulfill your mother's last wishes, to scatter her ashes in her home country." And that was one of the things that interested Kershner in the game. "The thing that drew me most to the project was that the basic objective was human, very relatable," he said. "That feeling was sort of driven home...

Unforgiving, sophisticated and vast: Three deaths in The Long Dark

Over the years I've spent, by conservative estimates, around 400 hours in the post apocalyptic world of DayZ. When I first heard about The Long Dark, a survival game set in the Canadian wilderness, I was doubtful that a single player game could be as gripping as one filled with dozens of crazed monsters out for blood, let alone one without zombies. But after just a little more than one hour with the game last night I'm singing a different tune. And my song is lost amid the howling winds of a massive, empty and utterly deadly world. These are my first three lives in The Long Dark. One The only thing I can see is the breath in front of my face and a half dozen tall pine trees around me. There must be a full moon, but the diffuse light is having trouble making it through the low...
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Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris launches Dec. 9

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, the sequel to isometric action-adventure game Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, will launch for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC Dec. 9, IGN reports. In Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, Lara and her rival Carter are cursed after breaking into an ancient temple. Along with demigods Isis and Horus, they set out to defeat the evil Set and break their bad luck. In a step up from the previous game, Temple of Osiris will feature co-op play for up to four people. The game's predecessor was released in 2010. Unlike other Tomb Raider games, it focuses heavily on multiplayer gameplay. Players compete for loot while working together to solve puzzles and smack down enemies. Crystal Dynamics announced Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris at E3...

Son races deceased father's ghost in Xbox racer, makes internet cry

This is the most heart-warming video game ghost story I’ve ever heard. According to a post on Motoramic, a YouTube commenter that goes by 00WARTHERAPY00 shared a supernaturally touching story about racing their father’s ghost in Xbox racer RalliSport Challenge, 10 years after he had passed. On a spooky note — The Besties actually conceived of this very scenario years before this happened — check out their total pre-cog moment starting at 33:45. Note: spelling and punctuation have been preserved from the post: Well, when i was 4, my dad bought a trusty XBox. you know, the first, ruggedy, blocky one from 2001. we had tons and tons and tons of fun playing all kinds of games together - until he died, when i was just 6. i couldnt touch that console for 10 years. but once i did, i...

Kanye West reviews Kim Kardashian's video game — with Twitter's help

The following is a review of Kim Kardashian's new mobile game, Kim Kardashian: Hollywood in the form of Kanye West lyrics submitted via Twitter. This is goon shit. Fuck-up-your-whole-afternoon shit.Things we see on the screen are not ours.I guess this is my dissertation, this shit is basic. Now I ain't saying she's a gold digger, but she take my money when I'm in need. Wait till I get my money right. I'm looking at her like this what you really wanted, huh? I'm doing pretty good as far as geniuses go. This is the story of a champion. I had a dream I can buy my way to heaven. I'm so appalled. How could you say they live life wrong? How much do I not give a fuck? My presence is a present. Kiss my ass. As soon as they like you, make 'em unlike you. I'm a star, how could I not...

Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time favorites join the Hyrule Warriors roster

The roster of Nintendo and Tecmo Koei's Zelda-themed hack-and-slash Hyrule Warriors is three more strong today, with Sheik, Darunia and Princess Ruto added to the ranks, according to Famitsu. Warning: Some spoilers for The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time ahead! All three characters first made appearances in 1998 Nintendo 64 title The Ocarina of Time. Darunia is the leader of the stony, mountain-dwelling Goron race, while Ruto is the headstrong young princess of the waterbound Zora people. Sheik's presence in Hyrule Warriors is interesting, as in Ocarina of Time Sheik is the alter-ego disguise for Princess Zelda. Sheik has been included as a fighter in the Super Smash Bros. series since 2001's Super Smash Bros. Melee, but as a completely separate fighter from Zelda. Sheik's gender...

In the face of recent wins, Nintendo's lack of online functions is no longer forgivable

Nintendo is a company that, for better or worse, is completely blind to the trends and innovations of the gaming world around it. This allows the company to make interesting and bold leaps with its software and hardware, but it also means that Nintendo is often laughably behind the rest of the gaming world when it comes to basic features. Small steps are being made to fix this issue, but the baffling lack of competitive online or account-based features make the Wii U feel like a prior-generation console. At this point we're not mad at Nintendo, just disappointed. Especially after the release of games like Mario Kart 8 that help breathe new life in the hardware, and a wonderful slate of games shown at E3. The problem A recent update to the Wii U allows you to move your content to...

Destiny's beta comparison video: PS4 versus Xbox One

Now that both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have access to the Destiny beta we thought it would be fun to compare what the first few minutes of each looked like. Do keep in mind that while the PlayStation 4 beta runs at 1080p, the Xbox One beta is running at 900p. That will change at launch when both hit the 1080p mark. Both videos were captured using the console's built-in video capture app. Now drop into the video to have a quick look-see at how the two versions compare, and why I'm constantly mocked when I play shooters, no matter the platform.

CounterSpy hits PlayStation platforms on August 19

Dynamighty's stealth side-scroller CounterSpy is coming to PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita on August 19, according to a post on the PlayStation Blog. The title will cost $14.99 and is available as part of Sony's cross-buy promotion, meaning players can purchase CounterSpy once to obtain copies for all three platforms. CounterSpy is also cross-save compatible, allowing players to save to the cloud and pick up where they left off on any PlayStation platform. CounterSpy borrows elements from the 1950s and 60s Cold War and the ever-popular spy culture mythos. Players will join a rogue spy agency and work on the sidelines to keep the world's super powers from destroying everything. For more details on the title, check out our recent hands-on with the PS4 version and the...

Dark Souls 2: Crown of the Sunken King gameplay video - 40 minutes of pain

After finishing a playthrough or two of Dark Souls 2's original content, your character was probably approaching demigod-esque levels of power. That might be enough for you up in Drangleic, but in Crown of the Sunken King, the game's first piece of DLC, you might find yourself totally eating it more frequently than you're used to. Check out the gameplay video above to watch our first 40 minutes playing the new content, and bask in the schadenfreude of our misery.

When men were men and women weren't invited: Looking back at Unreal Tournament's 'sexy' announcer

The issues of representation and how we treat the women who work in and around the video game industry are  controversial subjects in 2014, and that fact alone is disheartening, but it's also important to look back at how utterly unconcerned gaming once was with the idea that it was being marketed directly to young, perhaps sexually frustrated men. I recently stumbled upon a video that isolated the "sexy female voice" option from Unreal Tournament 2004 and, while it may have been fun to have a laugh at its expense, without the context of the game the voice acting is creepy as heck. I was curious about what it looked like in-game, so I tracked down a video of that as well. Take a look. It's just as bad, if not worse, if seen while someone is playing, and doing well. It was...

Real-world adaptation of Watch Dogs retains what's gross about games

Director Thomas Falcon created a short film inspired by Watch Dogs. Two notes before you watch: 1.) If you're like me and only speak English (and what remains of my high school-level French (and yes, I'm aware this video isn't in French)), you will want to turn on closed captions. 2.) Like Watch Dogs itself, the short is a mixed bag of good and bad ideas. Feel free to skip the pick-up artist opening. It's awkward and plays the manipulation of a woman's privacy as a meet-cute. The interesting section begins about halfway through, when the short becomes an action film, recreating the gang hideout side mission. That's kind of neat. But come on, how does this happen? How does this gamification of women — this idea that the female character is a winnable object, if you play your cards...
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