Video Games

RetroN 5 Plays Cartridges from Five Classic Consoles

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In addition to NES, SNES, and Genesis, the RetroN 5 will play cartridges from Famicom (the Japanese version of NES) and Game Boy Advance. continue…

Cool Skin: Life’s Outlook in Japanese Ink

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Erica Langworthy Tattoo
Erica Langworthy is an early-30-something animator for a video game company in New York. She uses a wide variety of programs, techniques and technology to execute her work, moving from 3D to compositing and FX, to character design and animation. She loves her job, but today we’re talking tattoos, dramatic and beautiful body art. Why did you decide to decorate yourself? I’ve wanted a tattoo since I was a teenager, though I was smart enough to know I wanted to… continue…

“Brain Age: Concentration Training” Tests Your Brain, and Patience

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This latest edition of the mental-stimulation gaming franchise lacks the charm of its predecessors. continue…

Apple’s Doing Mac Game Developers No Favors

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Mac Games
Ever since the first Mac appeared in 1984, Apple has nurtured the idea that its products are so new, so slick, that anyone who used them was cooler than everybody else. So as the popularity of ever-faster, ever-more-realistic games climbed, it seemed like a sure bet that the Mac was going to be a prime field of competition. And then… Nothing really happened. It’s an issue that has dogged Apple for years. The products known for leading-edge graphics and sound… continue…

Apple’s Doing Mac Game Developers No Favors

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Mac Games
Ever since the first Mac appeared in 1984, Apple has nurtured the idea that its products are so new, so slick, that anyone who used them was cooler than everybody else. So as the popularity of ever-faster, ever-more-realistic games climbed, it seemed like a sure bet that the Mac was going to be a prime field of competition. And then… Nothing really happened. It’s an issue that has dogged Apple for years. The products known for leading-edge graphics and sound… continue…

Less Spending, More Playing: Gaming on the Cheap

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Video Game Woman
We love video games. We love them so much that in 2011 we spent nearly $25 billion on games, hardware and accessories, according to the Entertainment Software Association. And by “we,” I mean consumers in the United States alone. Of course, one reason we spend that much is because gaming is expensive. A new game for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 can cost as much as $60, and you can expect to spend more than $50 for a new title for Sony’s… continue…

An Ale That Celebrates Pac-Man’s Legacy

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Remember Pac-Man, Donkey Kong and Space Invaders, or the raft of other 8-bit video games you were fiercely devoted to back in the day? They cutting edge circa 1979 but today they provoke sweet nostalgia for the folks who were weaned on them. Now, whether you’re reminiscing or discovering them for the first time, you can pay tribute to those champions of gaming by lifting a pint of 8-Bit Pale Ale. The brew is the brainchild of Jeff Gill, who… continue…

Navy SEALs Disciplined for Video Game Work

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EA medal of honor warfighter
Seven U.S. Navy SEALs received letters of reprimand and had their salaries reduced for two months for spending two days as paid consultants on Electronic Arts’ single shooter game Medal of Honor: Warfighter. The men were all members of the elite SEAL Team Six, and one of them was said to be on the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.  Unfortunately, they broke with military policy by not following the chain of command and asking permission before agreeing to participate… continue…

Has Sony’s PlayStation 3 Finally Been Hacked For Good?

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Redesigned Sony Playstation 3
Sony’s PlayStation 3 has had its share of security meltdowns, of course, but a recent development might mean that the aging console is hacked for good. In the past, PS3 security has been something of a cat and mouse game. Sony’s had to deal with a range of piracy-enabling firmware and USB dongles, not to mention Geohot’s release of the “metldr” root key. The release of firmware 3.60 largely patched things up and security systems were implemented to keep those… continue…

How to Use Match-Three Mechanics for Great Games

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Web games and smartphone apps have been using the match-three mechanic for a few years, but recent games have carried it beyond the obvious Bejeweled-style titles. The mechanism — where a player matches up three or more tiles to make them disappear — is quite extensible, with varying starting positions and possible outcomes. Most games use an 8 x 8 grid, but other sizes work. The beauty of the match-three mechanic is that a skillful and quick-thinking player can win against a more… continue…