You Can't Do That in Super Mario World...

Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at 6:00 pm
... or can you? Almost 20 years after the game's release, devoted players armed with emulators are still testing the limits of the relatively glitchy Super Mario World engine to make Mario perform feats even more superhuman than normal.

Watch as Mario carries two items as once. Gawk as Mario uses a key as an infinite jumping platform. Be amazed as Mario travels through seemingly solid walls. Marvel as Mario spin jumps off of ropes, jumps off of vertical walls, rides Yoshi on deadly lava, kicks shell-less koopas, spin-jumps through a row of Thwimps and re-uses the same P-switch time and time again.

As the below video shows, it's all possible in this brave new Mario World. Oh what a time to be alive!

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Pinball FX 2 Rolling Onto Xbox LIVE Arcade

Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at 5:00 pm
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Where is this magical place?
By: Ryan Winslett

ZEN Studios is set to strengthen its stranglehold on the arcade-style pinball market with the release of Pinball FX 2, available Oct. 13 on Xbox LIVE Arcade as part of the "Game Feast" promotion presented by Microsoft Game Studios.

For those readers too young to know what this crazy-sounding "pinball" business is all about, before computer games could be played in the home, folks actually had to leave the house and go to something called an "arcade" to play their games.

One of the most popular styles of games in these archaic establishments involved whacking a metal ball with flippers in order to explore themed game boards and wrack up points. It sounds ridiculous, I know, but people really seemed to enjoy it.

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New Xbox 360 Controller is Sexy, User Friendly

Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at 4:00 pm
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Mmm, nice.
Harumph. The original Xbox 360 controller has become so depressingly blase, it is indeed time for a tune up.

A sexy tune-up. The new Xbox 360 controller is sleek and monochrome, with a trick D-pad for all you fighting fans out there.

Basically, the D-pad can turn from a disc (like the ones now) to a raised 'plus' with a simple twist. Doesn't make a lot of sense with that description, does it? Well, I've got some pics and a video to explain.

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Art History of Games Sessions Now Online

Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at 3:00 pm
The Art History of Games Symposium was a three day long event in Georgia last February where a bunch of smart minds in the games industry gathered to talk about the art in their medium. The sessions during the event are now posted online for everyone to see.

Watch them here, and bask in the wonder of games scholars and developers.

Speakers at the event included Jason Rohrer: creator of Passage and Sleep is Death; Brenda Brathwaite: creator of the Wizardry series; and John Romero: creator of Doom, Quake, and Daikatana.

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TikGames and Creat Studios Hold Massive Summer Sale

Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at 2:00 pm
Games! For cheap!

By Ryan Winslett

If you've missed out on any of the PSN titles developed by TikGames and Creat Studios, now is the time get in on all the action.

Both studios today announced an "End of Summer Sale Spectacular" for North America, beginning when the weekly PSN update goes live this afternoon and running through Sept. 14.

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Tags: Bargains, PSN, Sony

DSi and DSi XL Price Drop hits Sept. 12

Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at 1:00 pm
The DSi is getting cheaper. It's almost as if there's a newer product on the way...
By Ryan Winslett

If you have somehow made it this long without picking up one of the kabillion variations of the Nintendo DS, I have some good news and some bad news for you.

The good new is that Nintendo has announced their popular DSi and DSi XL handheld systems will be seeing a price drop on Sept. 12 with the normal, puny sized DSi now going for $149.99 and the super-huge DSi XL dropping to a mere $169.99. According to Nintendo, the DS Lite model will remain at $129.99.

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Golden Sun: Dark Dawn Set to Shine Nov. 29

Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at 12:00 pm

By Ryan Winslett

If you are an RPG fan gaming on the DS and you've never gotten around to playing Golden Sun or its sequel, Golden Sun: The Lost Age, I have two things to say to you.

Firstly, we can no longer be friends.

Now that the un-pleasantries are out of the way, the second thing you need to know is that you have until Nov. 29 to correct your mistake. 

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ModNation Racers Offers Double Experience Week

Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at 11:00 am
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Bonus points for making dudes like me!
By Ryan Winslett

Looking for a reason to fire up that copy of ModNation Racers and get back into the race? 

Ramone Russell over at the Playstation Blog has announced a double experience week (not weekend, but week!) will kick off this Wednesday, Sept. 1, and run through Sept. 8.

For those seven days, players will receive double experience for creations, XP and XP Series races they take part in. My suggestion? Build as many karts, mods and tracks as you can in the meantime and, once Wednesday rolls around, publish them all at once to see your Creator Score skyrocket.

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Five Things We Learned from The Sims

Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at 10:00 am
The Sims is about life, so naturally it's got something to teach us about how we live ours.
By Aaron Matteson

At the close of the 20th century, it was not unreasonable to think that SimCity was the crowning achievement of Maxis. Their catalog was a run-on list of simulators, but none quite captured the basic appeal of creation and maintenance that SimCity had fostered.  While playing SimAnt, after being informed that a spider's "deadly venom flows through your body" as you "writhe in agony," you may have felt like you were playing a really boring game of Dungeons and Dragons with the weird kid in school.  And you may have also felt, not unfairly, that the success of SimCity would never be recaptured by another simulator.

But such predictions would be proven terribly, laughably wrong by 2000's The Sims, one of the most popular games of all time. Here are a few other lessons we learned from playing this megahit game.

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Look, A Hand-Knit Super Mario Sweater!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at 9:00 am
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Look like these weirdos!
And just in time for Fall, too!

There have been many awesome video game shirts, hats, and shoes. Even some stylish, hybrid nerd/trendy hoodies. But never has geekdom received such a generous gift. You can look like a true hipster nerd.

Starting now, you can buy a hand-knit Super Mario sweater online (it's in Japanese, good luck).

Prices and details below. (Warning: the price-tag isn't as pretty as the product.)

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