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EB Games Expo 2014 to take place in Sydney, Oct. 3-5, ticket sales begin April 24

EB Games Expo 2014 will kick off in Sydney, Australia on Oct. 3-5 at the Sydney Olympic Park, the company announced today, confirming the attendance major publishers Activision, Electronic Arts, Nintendo, Sony, Ubisoft, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Microsoft. This year's expo will see the addition of a new pavilion, expanding event's space to 35,000 sqm, which will hold demonstration sessions from U.K. television series Robot Wars. Sessions will feature Q&As, photo opportunities and allow visitors to "get up close" with the robots. As well as giving attendees the opportunity to get hands-on with the latest releases from the publishers, the event will offer Tumbletown playground area, Family Zone Café, the Lovesac Handheld Lounge & Stage, Free Play City, Retro Central...
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Animation hack in Telltale games is hilarious and terrifying

Telltale's games have gotten a little saucy, thanks to a fan-made hack that manipulates characters into moving outside of their usual range. A video of the mod first appeared as part of Telltale's Fables-based episodic game, The Wolf Among Us. The clip features protagonist Bigby dancing without a care as his companions continue on with business as usual. Another gif, posted by Telltale director and senior cinematic artist Nick Herman on Twitter, features characters from The Walking Dead with similar intentions. Someone figured out how to play animations in our shipped titles. The results are glorious. http://t.co/Civzwz35C3 pic.twitter.com/UBdbOaUHib — Nick Herman (@ItsMeNickHerman) April 14, 2014 A Telltale representative told Kotaku that the modification was made using...
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Half-Life record breaking speedrun clocks in under 21 minutes

Quadrazoid, a speedrunner group, has set a record Half-Life run time with 20 minutes and 41 seconds, shaving minutes off the previous record of 29 minutes and 41 seconds. The run was completed on the hard setting with seven team members doing runs: quadrazid, CRASH FORT, coolkid, pineapple, YaLTeR, Spider-Waffle and FELip. The run is composed of 317, 249 segments and 107 saves/segments were made "only to cause and abuse save glitches." "Starting back in the summer of 2010, the estimated time for this run was thought to be roughly 27 minutes," quadrazoid wrote on the YouTube video. "However, after almost four years of painstaking planning, theory crafting and execution, we have arrived at our final time, smashing all of our wildest expectations. Not only do we owe this new...
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Swedish politicians compete in StarCraft 2 tournament ahead of election

A group of politicians in Sweden took part on a StarCraft 2 tournament this past weekend to "raise awareness about eSports in politics, and politics among gamers," The Daily Dot reports. The tournament, called Politikerstarcraft, was created by Jonathan Rider Lundkvist in 2010. Lundkvist was a member of the Swedish Pirate Party, which formed in 2006 to focus on issues like net neutrality, censorship, copyright and patent reform. Politikerstarcraft is held just for fun, but the 2010 winner Mathias Sundin coincidentally won the tournament for his party, which ended up winning the election that year. This year's tournament was the second Politikerstarcraft held, and featured commentary from Swedish StarCraft 2 casting duo Living on the Ladder. Participants included candidates for local...
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Snoop Dogg voice pack coming to Call of Duty: Ghosts April 22

A Call of Duty: Ghosts Snoop Dogg Voice Pack will be available on Xbox Live on April 22, according to a video developer Infinity Ward released. The video shows snippets of voice-over work the rapper provided, including lines like "Rack up points by reaching the enemy portal, you dig," "Squad member active — my brother from another mother," and "Homies out the joint, it's party time." "What interested me most about the project is my voice can be connected with a game that's so hip and so hood," Snoop Dogg said. "It says a lot. It's associated with greatness." The voice pack will be released for other platforms at a later date.
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Can you play Pong with Titanfall's vortex shield? Yes, say mythbusters

One month after its launch, and after thousands of hours spent playing the game, certain "myths" have emerged about Titanfall. This video busts a couple of them, but it confirms that the vortex shield can be used to "play" a kind of Pong between two titans. If two titans have the shield equipped and charged, they may use it to infinitely pass a rocket back and forth, as YouTube's DefendTheHouse demonstrates. But a titan cannot melee a flyer. And it cannot destroy a dropship when falling from orbit - unless the dropship is close enough to take splash damage from its impact. DefendTheHouse does mythbusting episodes for other popular series, including Grand Theft Auto 5, Halo 4, and Call of Duty: Ghosts.
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GaymerX2 will be the convention's last

This year's GaymerX2, the convention that celebrates the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community in games, will be the last largely due to the growing financial burden, the event's organizers announced via its official Twitter account. "We decided that we could no longer continue as a convention as the price of running a yearly convention downtown in San Francisco was just too high — we weren't able to get the corporate sponsorship that we needed to make it something sustainable, and we were racking up huge amounts of debt to put this years con on," organizer Matt Conn told Polygon. "That being said, we're going to make the very best convention we can and we're super eager to see a rise in more alt-cons in the future, making gaming accessible to everyone." While...
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Every NBA team's logo reimagined as Pokémon

Last year, someone went to the trouble of designing the logos for all 30 National Hockey League teams around Pokémon. So it seems inevitable that someone would do it with all 32 members of the National Basketball Association. From artist Micah Coles, here are the New Orleans Pidgeys, Boston Bulbasaurs and, who else but the Orlando Magikarp. The remainder of the league can be seen in this imgur gallery. The names don't precisely match the species of their mascot; in some cases the nickname is taken from a move — for example the Portland Self Destruct. Their fans might identify with that.
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The crazy covers of Iraq's bootleg video game market

One might assume that the cover of a bootleg work would be a throwaway affair. But someone put some effort into these covers on pirated PlayStation 2 games being sold in Iraq. For example, the Matrix 2: Path of Neo cover shows Agent Smith with, for some reason, a tattoo of a perk icon from Fallout. Shadow of the Colossus features characters from ... Dynasty Warriors? And Darksiders? Redditor Slink7 posted this gallery for you to enjoy. Check it out and see what other insane mashups you can spot.
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Marathon gamer sets record for longest run on a single quarter: 85 hours

The games may be more than 30 years old but the hardcore record-hunters of the classic arcade gaming scene still find new marks to shoot for. And John Salter now has two world records to his name. Salter, of Oakland, Ohio, played 1980's Armor Attack (pictured) for 85 hours, 16 minutes on a single credit, reports Patrick Scott Patterson. Salter's time beat the old mark of 84 hours, 48 minutes, which George Leutz set on a single credit with Q*Bert in early 2013. In playing that long, Salter also racked up a score of 2,211,990, which beats Armor Attack's previous world record of 2,009,000—- a record that had stood since Sept. 25, 1982. Salter began play on Wednesday morning and ended yesterday. Eighty-five hours is more than three days straight, and Salter did not take it on without...
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Watch Mario wreck someone's home in this fan-animated short

Bored and snowbound in Buffalo, N.Y., animator John Huffnagle came up with an idea to blow off some steam: Have Mario destroy his parents' house. Huffnagle, 26, created this film, "Mario is Destroying My House," which imagines what would happen if the console is turned off but Mario keeps playing. Inside the house. It's gotten about 600,000 views so far on YouTube, and drawn attention to Huffnagle and his studio, Studio Hoofnail. The real-world footage was shot in February, with all the animation taking place since then.
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Goat Simulator is ridiculous. Goat Simulator played with Shrek is ... also ridiculous

Perhaps he'd be more appropriate as a mod for a Donkey Simulator but, alas, that does not exist. So here is Shrek, as a skin for the open-world rampage that is Goat Simulator. The game is largely broken with a quadripedal Shrek, though players still can unleash all the mayhem that they can in the original game. If the video looks stupid, well, the game is intentionally stupid. A Shrek mod simply contributes further to that goal. If, for some reason, you want this mod, it can be downloaded here.
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And if Telltale Games had made Super Mario Bros. ...

Comedy site Dorkly abandons platforming gameplay for gut-wrenching dialogue and choices in "The Walking Koopas," — aka what they think the Super Mario Bros. series would be like if Telltale Games, makers of the acclaimed The Walking Dead adaptation, got their hands on it. Wonder how many players made the same choice at the end ...
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See the buried E.T. Atari 2600 cartridges get dug up in person

Fans of video game history may want to book flights to New Mexico. On April 26, a team of documentarians and garbage contractors will excavate the fabled landfill where E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Atari 2600 cartridges are said to have been buried three decades ago, and the public can attend the dig. The excavation is the basis for a documentary being produced by Fuel Entertainment, which secured the rights to dig up the landfill last year. Xbox Entertainment Studios, the Microsoft division that creates original programming for the Xbox brand, is also working on the project; the E.T. film will be the first in a series of documentaries from the group. Zak Penn, who worked as a writer on The Avengers and X-Men 2, will direct the documentary. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, a tie-in for the...
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Watch a drone take flight with the Oculus Rift

With the help of virtual reality headset Oculus Rift, developer Diego Araos was able to create a flying drone that loops its vision back to the user. The Parrot AR drone depends on the user's head movements to control its navigation. In the video above, you can see Araos tilting his line of sight and head to move the drone around. According to the video's description, the project is "open source and a fork of another of my projects drone-swarm (to control several AR Drones within one network)." More information and a download for Araos' creation is available on GitHub. The developer warns that it is "just a weekend project" and its quality might be lacking. Other Oculus Rift-controlled drones have taken to the air before. Last year, Intuitive Aerial outfitted a drone with the Rift...
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Toyota gadget lets drivers race against their real-world times in Gran Turismo 6

Toyota is launching an onboard telemetry recorder for one of its sports car models in Japan, and one way to use it is to upload the data to Gran Turismo 6 and race against one's real-world times. Toyota announced the "Sports Drive Logger" will launch June 2, so far in Japan only. The GT6 functionality really only works if one drives an 86 (the Scion FR-S in North America) and drives it on one of three real-life courses that are in the game, all of which are in Japan. Still, it's an intriguing use of the technology. Toyota said Gran Turismo 6 is the first application to make use of the Sports Drive Logger's technology. The PS3's April 2 firmware update allows it to upload data to GT6's GPS Visualizer and replay real track runs in the game or race against their friends' times. Tracks...
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