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Watch 1993's Doom with features you'd expect in 2015's Doom

The new Doom was shown to the attendees of QuakeCon last week, but the general public must wait to see gameplay footage. In the meantime, let's ogle the latest update for Brutal Doom, a mod for Doom, Doom 2 and a handful of other spinoffs, that adds an incredible number of modern features. Created by modder Sergeant_Mark_IV, plenty of things have been added over the past 19 versions of Brutal Doom, including blood that sticks to walls and limbs that can be individually removed from enemies. Brutal Doom v20 is the first version to add ragdoll physics, an effect rarely seen in games with 2D characters like Doom, in which a body can be tossed about a room like a lifeless toy. The effect is as stomach-churning as it is hysterical. Representatives from id and Bethesda have spoken about...
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Play this Darkwood interactive trailer and choose your own ending

The latest interactive trailer for top-down woodland horror game Darkwood gives you the choice to fight or flee and see how events play out depending on your decision. You can check out the trailer above in full, which offers just over three minutes-worth of gameplay footage before asking you to run or fight. You decision leads you to the next video, choose-your-own-adventure style. Darkwood is being described as a surreal survival and exploration game set in the woods of the Soviet Bloc. The game will blend role-playing and rogue-like elements, according to developer Acid Wizard Studio. The studio plans to bring Darkwood to Early Access on Steam sometime soon for Windows PC, Mac and Linux.
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GTA 5's Lamar voice actor stars in live-action Adult Swim comedy 'Black Jesus'

The voice actor behind Grand Theft Auto 5's Lamar Davis is starring in a new live-action comedy series, Black Jesus, on Adult Swim, the network announced today. Gerald "Slink" Johnson plays the role of the eponymous prophet in Black Jesus. The show is set in present-day Compton, California, with Black Jesus looking to "spread love and kindness throughout the neighborhood with the help of his small but loyal group of downtrodden followers," according to a press release. Black Jesus, which is executive-produced by The Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder, also features Charlie Murphy (The Chappelle Show), John Witherspoon (Friday) and Kali Hawk (New Girl). In Grand Theft Auto 5, Johnson voiced Lamar Davis, the gullible and incorrigible but ultimately lovable best friend of Franklin Clinton,...
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Madden NFL 15 videos show why playing defense might actually be fun this year

Madden NFL 15 developer EA Tiburon is putting a heavy emphasis on improving defense this year, and publisher Electronic Arts released two new videos this week to show off the changes in tackling and coverage. Attempting to tackle someone in Madden 15 is a less confusing and less nebulous endeavor than in years past. An on-screen vision cone indicates the direction your player is aiming, as well as the approximate "ranges" of your standard tackle and dive. And tackling is enhanced by the new behind-the-defender camera angle. According to gameplay creative director Rex Dickson, Tiburon worked to make defensive backs much smarter in coverage in terms of taking better routes to the ball, anticipating throws, disguising coverage schemes and more. This applies to all areas of the field,...
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It's possible to make the Xbox One Kinect work for PC, here's how

The Xbox One Kinect isn't officially set up to run on a PC, but a group of intrepid hackers have figured out the exact kind of tweaking the hardware needs in order to do so. Hacker and developer Chris Gallizzi, who last fall was working to get the Xbox One controller running with Windows 7, has cracked the code to getting the Kinect hooked up to the PC. The video above shows Gallizzi with fellow developer Jesse Aragon demonstrating their workaround, which requires a custom cable. The pair plan to release the cable at retail through their company, gaming accessory maker Hyperkin Inc. Microsoft released a dedicated PC version of the new Kinect's software development kit earlier this week. You can grab it for $199.
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This Metrico video explains gaming on infographics better than words

Even Metrico's developer admits that it's difficult to explain the upcoming PlayStation Vita exclusive, which Digital Dreams describes as an "infographics action game." Rather than figure out how to convey gameplay in a trailer, the developers spent the last couple of years creating the game. But earlier this week on the PlayStation Blog, level designer Roy van de Mortel revealed not just an Aug. 5 release date but also an official gameplay trailer. Press play above to see what infographics action is, according to those who created Metrico — though van Der Mortel admits that it's still not the best way to truly understand the game. "In the end, actually playing the game, experimenting with all the different forms of inputs and getting direct feedback through playing is absolutely the...
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'No no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no' — Nathan Drake

Nathan Drake is one of the smoothest talkers in video games, a mish-mash of Harrison Ford characters tucked into a thermal sweater. Or should I say, half-tucked — sweater humor! But this video is different. It's special. It doesn't represent the real Nathan Drake. This is the scared Nathan Drake. The neurotic Nathan Drake. The negative Nathan Drake. The Nathan Drake who just says no, to drugs and to everything else.
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Take your first look at the Areal prototype from former STALKER devs

The first prototype video for first-person shooter Areal, currently in development from former STALKER developers at West Games, was released by the studio on its official YouTube page. The video is described on the game's Kickstarter page as "early prototype footage that's not representative of Areal's final quality." In it we see a man trekking through the dark woods amidst a backdrop of cricket chirping and what sounds like Morse code. Later on we see the heat signature of predatory animals before a poison gas sweeps across the forest causing the man to choke. Areal was first announced in June with the release of its $50,000 Kickstarter campaign. The open-world title, which is in development for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, Linux, Mac and Windows PC, depicts a post-apocalyptic...
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Bye, moon wizard: Destiny's most awkward line of dialog vanishes from the beta

The alpha for Destiny came with a charming bit of bad dialog from Game of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage. It was so bad that it became a meme, a meme that game developer Bungie slapped onto a t-shirt and put up for sale. But along with the tongue-in-cheek shirt came a promise that the game's dialog would improve as the game went from alpha to beta to retail. When the beta hit this afternoon, the first thing we did was race to find that mission, the one with the moon wizard. While the missions remains, the line of dialog has changed. I'll leave it to you to decide which is better. The video above kicks off with the alpha footage of the end of the mission and then pops into the beta version of the same mission's ending. Interested in seeming more than half-a-minute of Destiny beta...
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NHL 15 trailer obeys the laws of physics for players and the puck

NHL 15 will be the first entry in the NHL series on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and a new trailer from Electronic Arts illustrates the ways in which new consoles deliver real-time physics for all 12 players on the ice and the puck itself. The upgraded physics engine can now account for collisions involving more than two players. According to developer EA Canada, that will allow NHL 15 to realistically simulate scrambles in front of the net, pile-ups with multiple players and other complex collisions. And the revamped puck physics, which were developed partly by a physicist who previously worked on the Large Hadron Collider, allow for complex interactions between the disc of hard, frozen rubber and everything else in an arena: the ice, the boards, the net, the pipes, the players, the...
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Watch a multiplayer wrestling game that's part 'CatDog,' part Noby Noby Boy

Push Me Pull You, developed by indie studio House House, continues the recent renaissance of local multiplayer titles with a quirky game in which four players — sharing two bodies — wrestle for control of a ball. The four-person team at Melbourne, Australia-based House House released gameplay footage from the alpha version of Push Me Pull You today, showing off a project they've been working on since December. House House debuted the title at That Venus Patrol and Wild Rumpus Party during the 2014 Game Developers Conference. In Push Me Pull You, the two players on each team show up as the two heads of an elongated cylindrical body that can stretch and contract — think of it as CatDog meets Noby Noby Boy. The figures compete on a round court, and attempt to secure possession of a ball...
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Abyss Odyssey - Overview video

Abyss Odyssey doesn't really apply to labels, y'all.It's found inspiration from beat 'em ups, fighting games, role-playing games and Metroidvanias in equal measure, making it a tricky title to define. That's kind of Ace Team's style though — it's not like Zeno Clash or Rock of Ages squeezed comfortably into any kind of classification, either. To see Abyss Odyssey's monster juggling, character customization and infuriating spears in action, check out the Overview video posted above.
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Rainbow Six Siege trailer reveals a live multiplier Twitch stream today

Ubisoft will host a live gameplay demonstration for Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege today at 2 p.m. ET, according to an accolades trailer for the upcoming tactical shooter headed to PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One in 2015. Press play above to see the new trailer, which celebrates the praise the squad-based game received after its E3 2014 reveal. For more on the game — which replaced the canceled Rainbow Six: Patriots — be sure to read our in-depth coverage of Rainbow Six Siege from E3. At 2 p.m., you can also watch the game's Twitch stream on Ubisoft's official channel, which is embedded beneath the E3 2014 gameplay video below.
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This is 'Futurama' in 3D

The bustling New New York City of adult sitcom-cartoon Futurama is already pretty impressive, but artist Alexey Zakharov's re-imagining of the city in full 3D is just plain unfair. Who wouldn't want to watch this? Zakharov's creation — lovingly built with a suite of computer graphics programs including Photoshop, After Effects, Nuke and 3ds Max — shows a broad sweep of the city, which includes the tiniest details from the Futurama opening, down to the air traffic and billboards in the background. The frame zooms in on the Planet Express delivery spaceship, giving us a brief glimpse of how this world would look in full 3D — but unfortunately, no characters make an appearance. Zakharov's Behance page includes a handful of additional renders of the spaceship, both in the city and in...
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We streamed the Destiny beta

The beta for Bungie's shared-world shooter Destiny kicks off today, and we'll be streaming the first few hours of gameplay live on Twitch — that is, just as soon as we get on and fight tooth and nail for that precious download bandwidth. We'll be streaming the PlayStation 4 version of the game, hopefully battling alongside many of you. For those of you who are unfortunately stuck at work or otherwise without access to the Destiny beta, enjoy our online shenanigans. If you have questions about the game or requests for us to do something in particular, we'll be keeping an eye on Twitch chat and the comments in this post. You can watch our individual streams on Twitch (Brian Crecente, Dave Tach and Michael McWhertor) or watch embedded below. The Destiny beta will run July 17 - 28 on PS3...
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The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 4 hits next week

The fourth episode of The Walking Dead Season 2, "Amid the Ruins," hits next week, developer Telltale Games announced today. The episode will launch on July 22 for Mac, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita and Windows PC and on July 23 for Xbox 360. The iOS version of Episode 4 will hit the following day, July 24. Check out the trailer above (warning: there are spoilers) for a look at what's in store for Clementine and her friends — more zombies and even more pain. Now free of Carver, the group heads north plagued by hunger, violence and conflicts between group members that are always on a slow burn. For more information on the award-winning series' second season, check out our reviews for episodes one, two and three.
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