Top 5 Worst Controllers of All Time

Friday, May 27, 2011 at 11:00 am
Thank goodness this one never happened
When playing video games, we like to feel in control of what's happening on-screen. When a controller is so poorly designed that it actually hinders that process, well, then we have ourselves a little problem.


There have been some pretty terrible controllers over the years, but only five could be the "worst ever." Hit that break to find out which ones we've chosen.


Oh and, for the record, we refuse to include the Power Glove on this list. So there.

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Shinobi Returns on the Nintendo 3DS

Friday, May 27, 2011 at 10:00 am
Back in action
has returned at long last, and it's bringing an entire extra dimension along for the ride on its grand re-entrance into the world of gaming.


Sega Europe and Sega of America yesterday announced that the red-scarf-wearing ninja will make his return to the 3DS, of all systems, and carry the simple title of Shinobi.

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Gamers Love To Be Right And It Makes Us Boring

Friday, May 27, 2011 at 9:00 am
Now that the dust has settled with the PlayStation Network fiasco and most people have finished playing and griping about L.A. Noire gamers need something new to chew on. And with E3 still a week or two away we're grasping for straws. Or pitchforks, rather.

In a recent article Venture Beat writer Dean Takahashi suggested that the new Warhammer 40k video game is a rip off of Gears of War. Not suprisingly a flood of amateur nerd ombudsman flocked to his story to deride the writer for his ignorance. He later clarified his position and apologized for his glib manner. But the damage was already done. Any geek (or Wikipedia user) knows that Warhammer lore predates Gears of War by decades. Even Takahashi knows this. He writes it in his article. But never mind that. 

The folks commenting on the article saw an opening and took it. Because gamers love to be right. And the more petty and vindictive we can be about our correctness the better.

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BloodRayne: Sink Your Teeth into the Launch Trailer

Friday, May 27, 2011 at 8:30 am
Looks like a bloody good time
has been missing in action for quite a few years but the neck-biting, limb-slicing action returns this summer in the form of a 2-D platforming action title from Majesco Entertainment and WayForward.


The BloodRayne: Betrayal launch trailer has officially released and, yep, it's covered in blood.


Check it out for yourself after the break.

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QuakeCon 2011 Registration Now Open

Friday, May 27, 2011 at 8:00 am
Miss this and you're DOOMED! Sorry.
​Fans of id Software, rejoice. Pre-registration for the company's annual fan-fest is now open. The convention will be held at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, TX from August 4-7, 2011. The event is free and open to the public, but this year several premium packages are available that give you special perks and swag from id and parent company Bethesda.

QuakeCon is one of the largest LAN parties and celebrations of gaming in the country, and one of the few that's open to anyone. Check out the various registration packages below.

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Maniac Mansion Getting An Awesome Remake

Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 6:00 pm
IndieGames is reporting that a German group of developers is remaking Maniac Mansion. If you are a child of the 1990s, you may not know what that game is. It's a graphical adventure by LucasFilm (now, LucasArts) that set the foundations for many great graphical adventures. And ze Germans plan on distributing it to the world for free.

Called Edison Interactive, these guys have a whole website dedicated to the game. Remixed music, news, and information on the update can be found there. For a bit more information from us, hit the link.

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Pre-order Warhammer 40K: Space Marine For OnLive And Get Free Stuff

Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 5:00 pm
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Retailer-exclusive pre-order specials are now a firmly entrenched fact of gaming life. This deal's slightly different, though. You don't get any exclusive in-game content or add-ons if you pre-order Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine through the OnLive digital distribution service. What you do get is five dollars off, free OnLive access to THQ's Zelda-ish action game Darksiders, and either a second free game or a free OnLive MicroConsole. It's a solid bundle of freebies for anybody who'd rather stream Space Marine through OnLive than play it on a traditional console.

There's a slight catch, though. If you already have an OnLive system and would rather go for the second free game, you have to pre-order and redeem by Tuesday, May 31. So you've got Memorial Day weekend to think it over.

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David O. Russell No Longer Making The Uncharted Movie

Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 3:57 pm
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David O. Russell, Academy Award-nominated director of The Fighter, Three Kings, and Spanking the Monkey, is no longer attached to the Uncharted movie, reports Deadline Hollywood. The script will also be reworked, but no word if Russell's leading man Mark Wahlberg will still wear Nathan Drake's distinctive half-tuck.

This will probably satisfy a number of game fans, who loudly complained about Russell's ideas for the film in comment threads and message boards across the Internet. Oh, wait, no, it won't. People on the Internet are never satisfied.

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NCAA Football 2012's Microtransactions Are Indicative Of Things To Come

Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 3:00 pm
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Last year, at this time, we were all speculating about how video game publishers were going to start charging for online play. People posed situations that involved monthly subscriptions, minute-by-minute pay-to-play, and boosted price tags for games that feature strong online facets. Well, EA responded to this by having a one-time use code that allows people who buy the game new to enjoy the online, and if you get it used, you gotta buy an online pass. Fair enough. But this year, with their NCAA Football 2012 game, they are actually charging for standard in-game features by way of microtransactions...

Am I not paying $60 for new features already? I mean, isn't what we buy every year essentially a $60 upgrade to last year's title? Yeah, I am and it is, you shitdicks. Especially with your sports games, which have marginal annual upgrades, at best, and nothing fulfilling to offer outside of new rosters, a little better gameplay, and some different sceneries. Hit the link for this bullshit.

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Into the Pixel Winners Revealed

Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 2:00 pm

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The Cottage
Everyone ready for some culture? Good.

The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (AIAS) and the Entertainment's Software Association have officially announced the winning pieces of the 2011 Into the Pixel collection.

Find out which 17 pieces of game art were selected and take a look at a sampling of this year's winners after the break.

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