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Someone made the Star Wars trailer in GTA 5, and they actually pulled it off

There have been some ... less-than-worthy remakes of the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but this is not one of them. Even working within the limitations of Grand Theft Auto 5, Powerlight-13 of YouTube gets the job done thanks to superb aerial choreography. If you need a frame of reference (like you haven't watched it 6,237 times already), here's the original: Powerlight-13 has a slew of other in-GTA remakes, ranging from Godzilla to Breaking Bad to Back to the Future. Enjoy them here.
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Lawsuit over Killzone's resolution can go forward, judge rules

Sony was unable to kill a class-action lawsuit brought over the graphics claims made in Killzone: Shadow Fall and now it will go forward, following a judge's ruling. Plaintiff Douglas Ladore alleges Sony advertised Killzone: Shadow Fall would run at a native 1080p resolution throughout, but in March, Eurogamer's Digital Foundry discovered that its multiplayer runs at an upscaled lower resolution. Ladore filed his lawsuit in August, and is seeking damages in excess of $5 million on claims of negligent misrepresentation, false advertisement, unfair competition, fraud and inducement. Sony sought to have the suit thrown out, but this week, Judge Edward Chen of U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, rejected all but one of its arguments. Chen said Sony's motion for...
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The fall of THQ

Former employees explain what went wrong for the once-strong game publishing empire.

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Hands-on with Halo 5: Guardians beta

  • The Meaning of Life in The Talos Principle

  • Erotic ALF fiction in Elegy for a Dead World

  • Mech madness with Hearthstone's new cards

  • Telltale turns on the ultraviolence in Game of Thrones

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Lords of the Fallen's mobile game will be a new adventure

When Lords of the Fallen arrives on Android and iOS in 2015, it will be a new adventure, not a port of the existing game, developer CI Games CEO Marek Tyminski told Polygon. Tyminski first confirmed that a sequel to the Dark Souls-inspired action role-playing game is in development for the same systems that Lords of the Fallen launched on earlier this year. "I can confirm that the statements made recently to the local Polish media at a press conference earlier this week in Warsaw, and mentioned on Facebook by Executive Producer Tomasz Gop, are true: a Lords of the Fallen sequel is currently in development for PC, PS4 and Xbox One," Tyminski said. "The reaction from fans to the news has been tremendous so far, and we're eager to take on the challenge of improving upon the solid...
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See Nintendo's controllers evolve in this slick animation

Nintendo has made six consoles since 1983, each with a distinctive controller. One constant through all these years, as you can see in this .gif from Gadgetlove, is the plus-shaped directional pad. The Intellivision sported a circular, 16-direction pad but the overall ergonomics of the controller put many users off, especially next to the simplicity of the Atari VCS' joystick. So when the first Nintendo Entertainment Systems arrived in the United States, some here were skeptical of a system which had no stick to control. That skepticism swiftly vanished. Another constant? A button labeled "A." The B button was an unlabeled red button next to A on the GameCube, and was then the trigger on the underside of the Wii Remote, before returning on the Wii U GamePad. Otherwise, it too...
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This is why Telltale is making a Minecraft adventure game

Many people saw Telltale Games and Mojang's announcement yesterday of Minecraft: Story Mode as an indication that their worst fears about Minecraft's future under Mojang's new owner, Microsoft, were being realized. But as odd as an adventure game set in the universe of Minecraft might sound, the concept makes a lot of sense. Minecraft has become a global cultural phenomenon like few other games, and Microsoft's $2.5 billion bid for the next generation of players may look like a bargain years from now. All kinds of Minecraft-related products are available in stores, such as clothes, action figures, Lego and — wouldn't you know it — books. Chris Suellentrop, video game critic for the New York Times, recently visited a Barnes and Noble location and immediately recognized just how smart a...
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Hands-on with the new, drastically faster Halo 5: Guardians beta

Halo 5: Guardians is going to be the biggest change-up in the series' history, if the game's recently launched early access beta is at all representative of the final product. Earlier today, a bare-bones version of the beta went live, offering select members of the press and Halo die-hards a glimpse of the game's "Week One" content. That means just two maps and a handful of weapons are available to players, presenting a surprisingly early look at next year's installment in this mammoth franchise. The other big surprise? Halo 5: Guardians feels wildly different from the previous games in the series. It is, across the board, a faster game. Players have more mobility between their sprinting, climbing and dashing maneuvers. Weapons feel tuned to dish out kills just a bit faster; weapons...
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Sony 'disappointed' in Obama's criticism over The Interview

Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton fired back at President Obama today after the president said the company had "made a mistake" by pulling The Interview, saying in an interview with CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS that "we have not caved." During his year-end press conference this afternoon, the president acknowledged the "significant damage" dealt to Sony Pictures by a cyber attack on the company in late November — an attack that the FBI said today was carried out by the North Korean government — but said Sony shouldn't have canceled The Interview's release in response. "I am sympathetic to the concerns that they faced. Having said all of that, yes, I think they made a mistake," said Obama, adding that if Sony had consulted him first, he "would have told them, 'Do not get into a pattern...

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2014 in review: a great year for horror games

While many folks feel 2014 was somewhat lackluster overall, it was a fantastic year for horror games.In some ways, it felt like horror games, once so very much in vogue with the survival-horror style (think the Resident Evil and Silent Hill series) in the late 90s, have been making a slow-but-steady comeback in the gaming public's mindshare. Two of the best games of 2014, in any genre, were capital-H horror works (Alien: Isolation and P.T.), and developers working well under those budgets are consistently creating some of the most interesting work in the indie space, using horror tropes or horror themes as a catalyst. It certainly doesn't hurt that the popularity of streaming and YouTube playthroughs are just about perfect for the horror genre — it's fun to watch other people get...
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Watch us play the Halo 5 multiplayer beta right now

The beta for Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer kicks off Dec. 29 for anyone who bought Halo: The Master Chief Collection, but a few Xbox preview program members are getting access to the beta starting today. That early access includes some press, so we're going to stream our gameplay here for awhile to give you a look at how the beta is shaping up. This pre-beta access will only feature the first week of the regular beta's content. The full beta will have a total of seven maps, three game types and a bunch of weapons that are released across the three-week period. Now sit back and enjoy watching me suck at Halo 5 multiplayer. Update: Stream is done, we'll update this post with the video once it is done processing. Watch live video from Crecenteb on Twitch
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Chris Roberts says there's plenty of room in the verse for No Man's Sky and Elite: Dangerous

Chris Roberts, the man behind the Wing Commander series and the upcoming space simulation Star Citizen shared his hearty congratulations to the team behind Elite: Dangerous on their launch this week, saying that space sims are "finally getting the love they deserve." Elite: Dangerous was launched by Frontier Developments on Dec. 16. After more than two years in development, founder David Braben himself pushed the big red button sending the final code live to players. Roberts said it was a moment worth celebrating. "I know that many Star Citizen backers imagine there to be an intense competition between our game and Elite," Roberts wrote. "Nothing could be further from the truth. David and I promoted each other’s projects during our respective crowd funding periods because we both...
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Ridiculous Fishing devs attempt to get yet another clone pulled from Google Play

Indie developer Vlambeer, creator of titles such as Luftrausers and Nuclear Throne, is attempting to get yet another clone of its game Ridiculous Fishing pulled from the Google Play store, Vlambeer co-founder Rami Ismail confirmed to Polygon today. Google Play currently features a game called Ridiculous Fishing Free, listed by developer hesangci. While Vlambeer's authentic title is available for $2.99, hesangci's game has no charge. In addition to featuring the game's artwork, its description is a direct copy of Vlambeer's, even going as far as to include the developer's name in praise. It's dated Dec. 8. Speaking with Polygon via email, Ismail said that the developer has already contacted Google with a DMCA takedown. "It's pretty much the only recourse we have as developers, when...
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Best Buy offering $50 off PS4 and Xbox One

Best Buy is offering some late-season deals on certain PlayStation 4 and Xbox One console bundles for the rest of the year, the retailer announced earlier this week. In addition to Microsoft's ongoing Xbox One promotion, under which all consoles are selling for $50 less than their regular price, Best Buy will provide a $50 gift card to customers who buy one of two bundles: a $349.99 package that includes a console and copies of Assassin's Creed Unity and Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, and a $449.99 package that includes those pieces as well as a Kinect sensor. The gift card offer runs from today through Jan. 3, and is available only on Best Buy's website. During the same window, Best Buy is also offering a $30 gift card with the purchase of a 4 GB Xbox 360, either for the console...
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Obama says Sony shouldn't have pulled The Interview, promises 'response' to North Korea

President Barack Obama today told a press gathering that he thought despite the damages Sony suffered in the hack attack, the company made the wrong decision in pulling the movie The Interview from release. "Sony is a corporation, it suffered significant damage," he said in response to a question. "There were threats against its employees. I am sympathetic to the concerns that they faced. Having said all of that, yes, I think they made a mistake." Sony Pictures announced earlier this week that it would no longer be releasing The Interview, a comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco about the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The decision was made in the wake of a hack attack that the FBI now says was carried out by North Korea. Those hackers also, citing 9/11,...
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My uncle's secret SNES is about to become a family heirloom

I miss Uncle Bob. He was a good man, a world traveller and one of the smartest people I’ve ever met. His loss is still felt at every family gathering. Only in the past year or so have my in-laws found the strength to go through his things and finish settling his estate. It's hard work. Mostly paperwork, but also some legitimate heavy lifting and going through boxes. Being the family’s designated techie, I have been charged with evaluating several categories of stuff to be thrown out. One box, carefully labeled as containing "the Chalice, organ, teddy bears and rubber rafts" was, thankfully, only filled with antique board games. Another, though was a real treasure. There, still in a box from Funcoland, was this beautiful 89 year-old man’s Super Nintendo. The ghosts of gaming No one...
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Try this short, sweet interactive story for free

Device 6 and The Sailor's Dream creator Simogo has a special Christmas gift for fans this year in the form of a short, free interactive story called The Sensational December Machine, the developer announced via its website. "The year is almost over, and it's that time of the year when you look back, get a bit contemplative and perhaps even a little misty eyed," the post reads. "What we found looking back, is that we always get so much support and kindness from our fans, and we wanted to find a way to express our gratitude. So, we've spent the last three weeks creating this thing as a Christmas present for you, our dear fans." As described on Simogo's website, The Sensational December Machine is the story of an inventor and her "unusual" creation. It's available for Windows PC and Mac...
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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's Exo Zombies mode, Hollywood talent teased in trailer

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's Exo Zombies mode will bring more Hollywood actors to the first-person shooter when it launches next month, publisher Activision announced today. A teaser trailer released today offers some glimpses of the creatures players will be fighting. This time around, they're not regular zombies — they're Exo Zombies. The cooperative Exo Zombies mode will feature John Malkovich (Con Air), Bill Paxton (Edge of Tomorrow), Rose McGowan (Planet Terror) and John Bernthal (Fury). It's unclear if the actors will lend their voices to Advanced Warfare, or if their likenesses and performance capture will also appear in the game, like Kevin Spacey's starring role in the campaign as Jonathan Irons. (The trailer features narration from Malkovich.) The first chapter of Exo...
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Parents, make sure that's Rudolph's nose and not the red ring of death

We take Christmas seriously in my house. And I mean seriously. Hot chocolate has to have a candy cane in it. Everyone gets a new ornament for the tree every year. The Rankin-Bass holiday specials must be viewed in respectful revelry. Christmas lights will be admired as we drive around the neighborhood. My favorite rule, and it's one of that has helped our enjoyment of Christmas morning itself is the following: Upon waking, all toys and games must be in working order. The path from seeing a gift to enjoying that gift must be as short as we can possibly make it. We've assembled furniture, made sure batteries are fresh, clipped those silly plastic things that keep toys in the boxes ... everything is ready to be picked up and enjoyed immediately. Christmas shouldn't be about the drudgery...
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People bought bullshit, so Cards Against Humanity donated $250K to a nonprofit (correction)

Cards Against Humanity took its "windfall profits" from its "Holiday Bullshit Promotion" and donated $250,000 to The Sunlight Foundation, an organization that tracks campaign contributions and lobbyist activities directed at the U.S. government. "Cards Against Humanity believes that in American politics, cash is king," a post on the card game's official site reads. "If you want to get anything done, you've got to buy your way in. That's why this year, $2,414,337,089 was spent by 11,509 professional lobbyists trying to sell their bullshit to Congress." On Black Friday, Cards Against Humanity sold cow dung to anyone willing to buy it for $6. It also offered a wider, days-long promotion including multiple gifts for $15. As announced today, those behind the card game and the literal...
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Watch the Halo 5 multiplayer beta in action, as early access arrives on Xbox One

A Halo 5: Guardians trailer released this week highlights the new abilities, weapons and maps in the upcoming multiplayer beta, and you can check them all out above. The beta, which will be available to those who own Halo: The Master Chief Collection, is set to run Dec. 29 through Jan. 18. But if you're an Xbox One Preview participant, you can get your start today, according to an Xbox forum post this week. Early access will begin today, Dec. 19, and end Dec. 21. Preview program participants will receive an Xbox One message today with two codes to download the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta. An Xbox Wire post this week outlines what players can expect from the three-week beta. "Each week we will feature new content including 7 new maps, 2 new weapons, and new modes, plus a new...
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