Contest: Win The Retro NES Controller!

Friday, April 29, 2011 at 7:00 pm
Congratulation! You can be win!
It's Friday night once again. You know what we like to do on Friday nights (besides watching Dateline, of course). We like to give stuff away!

Here's what's up for grabs today: a brand-new, yet totally retro game controller for your PC that's a near-perfect replica of the original NES controller. You may have seen it over at the nerd world's favorite online store, ThinkGeek.

Bad ass, right.


You want to win one, right? You know you do. Of course you do. We do too. But we're ineligible, because we work here. But you don't, so you could totally win. So how do you win? Read on!

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Shadow of the Damned Video Shows Devs Being Creepy/Awesome

Friday, April 29, 2011 at 6:00 pm
​Goichi Suda and Shinji Mikami must be having a lot of fun.

This Shadow of the Damned developer diary may be one of the most entertaining things we've seen today. Maybe it's because Suda strangles Mikami in the first thirty seconds; maybe it's because the translator is the greatest ham in the industry; but I think it's because the video is half fun and half information.

So, forget about yourself, forget about games, and watch the Shadow of the Damned developer diary after the jump. Goichi Suda my come after you if you don't.
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This Week in Trailers - April 29 - Released Next Month Edition

Friday, April 29, 2011 at 5:00 pm
We love anticipating new games. The promise of playing tomorrow keeps us (mostly) working today, and we're going to celebrate with games of the near future.

These games will be out next month for our playing pleasure. Until then, sit back, cuddle with a loved one (or a pillow), and enjoy This Week in Trailers: Released Next Month Edition.

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PopCap's New Game Unpleasant Horse Is Free For Download

Friday, April 29, 2011 at 4:00 pm
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PopCap, the development studio that has won over millions with its catchy, quirky games, has released a new one on the iTunes App Store for absolutely free. It is called Unpleasant Horse, and it was created by a new dev team called 4th & Battery.

The game has been on the verge of publication for a while -- it has been oft-rejected, though it appears to have made it all the way. The game features a dark horse that floats on a cloud, killing different beings that come its way. Simple? Yes, very. But that is just what PopCap does the very best.

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Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee HD, Hand Of Odd Confirmed

Friday, April 29, 2011 at 3:00 pm
The ever-growing trend of HD remakes just got a big boost. The third piece of the Oddworld series, Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee, will be getting the treatment, and a PlayStation 3 version will likely ship out in October, when the rest of the Oddworld HD games release. An Xbox 360 version, if it happens, will be out a month after that. But you know, that's not all. 

There's also a real-time strategy Oddworld coming our way. It is called Oddworld: Hand of Odd. It was started ages ago by Oddworld Inhabitants and never finished. The development studio behind the games' re-releases, called Just Add Water, have decided to pick up where OI left off, and will be making the game for touchscreen and mouse-controlled platforms. And, really, who knows when that will be around. But it definitely won't be a conventional Oddworld title.

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Portal 2 DLC Coming Out This Summer, Unofficially (For Now)

Friday, April 29, 2011 at 2:00 pm
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If you haven't already had your brains blown out of your skull by mystifying puzzle solving, it is time for you to get Portal 2 and let that magic happen. The game's handsome offering of lengthy campaign and deep cooperative play make it a great deal, as well as a unique entry the largely barren wasteland that is first-person perspective games. Haters, bring on the comments.

Anyway, if you have played the game, you're likely in a deep state of depression right now, longing to get back into the Aperture Labs facility, manipulating physics and spraying paints and listening to witty banter. I know that is my state right now. Follow the link to see where I am going with this.

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Tags: DLC, Portal 2

Entire Bit.Trip Series Coming To The 3DS

Friday, April 29, 2011 at 1:00 pm
Later this year Aksys is converting all six Bit.Trip games to 3D and plopping them down on a single 3DS cart. Bit.Trip Saga is scheduled for summer 2011 and includes the acclaimed WiiWare, PC, and iOS hits Bit.Trip Beat, Bit.Trip Core, Bit.Trip Void, Bit.Trip Runner, Bit.Trip Fate, and Bit.Trip Flux. Gaijin Games' synesthesiac series combines retro graphics and gameplay with some of the most memorable original music in the industry. 3D might add an extra degree of aesthetic frisson to an already overwhelming sensory stew, or just kickstart Bit.Trip players' frayed nerves into full-on panic attacks. Either way Bit.Trip fans can't wait to see what the new versions look like.

If you'd like to see what the old versions look like, watch the trailers embedded below.

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Mortal Kombat Is A Bloody Great Return - Review

Friday, April 29, 2011 at 12:00 pm
"Get over here, into my review!"
By Andrew Mellick

The Mortal Kombat franchise burst onto the scene in 1992, making a name for itself with over the top violence and grotesque finishers. MK owned the arcades and home consoles while raising the ire of soccer moms and politicians alike. Yet underneath all the controversy and carnage, the MK team had created a truly entertaining fighter that was swallowing adolescences' quarters by the fistful and ushering in a new breed of gaming.

Nineteen years later and NetherRealm (born from the ashes of the original Midway team) is looking to regain some of that former glory. A brave new Mortal Kombat looks to fight its way back into relevance. The only question is will it regain its position as champion or will it fall to the twisted spikes at the bottom of the bargain bin?

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The Top 5 Hardest Bosses

Friday, April 29, 2011 at 11:00 am
So. Much. Anger.
We've all been there before: You're trucking along in your new video game, the difficulty curve appears to be ramping up perfectly then, bam, the cheapest, hardest, most ridiculous boss rears its ugly head and turns your gaming bliss into a three hour nightmare that leaves your thumbs bleeding and your temper flaring while you angrily scour message boards for tips from fellow gamers who were also done so very, very wrong.


Obnoxious bosses were originally used in arcades as a way to keep players pumping quarters into the machine. For whatever reason, they still pop up from time to time in console titles, completely obliterating the game's flow and the player's enjoyment.


Here's a look at some of our (least) favorite ridiculous boss fights. Be sure to let us know which bosses taught you the meaning of "hate" in the comments.

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Create a FlashPoint: Red River Trailer, Win Fabulous Prizes

Friday, April 29, 2011 at 10:00 am
Make us feel something
For all you budding editors out there, The Game Agency has announced a pretty cool competition asking gamers to create their own Operation FlashPoint: Red River trailer with a special "Theater of War" editor.


You can create your own trailer, share it with your friends and, if your creation catches the eyes of the game developers, you could be the proud new owner of a custom Medion gaming Laptop, an Intel Core i-5 processor or a copy of the upcoming game.

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