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Chris Morris at Plugged In 4 mths ago
Poor Aunt Myrtle. She tried. She really did. But despite her best efforts, there's just no way you can work up excitement over Just Dance 2016 when you were hoping for Just Cause 3 .
The goood news? Once she has toddled back to Cleveland and you don't have to worry about hurting her feelings, you have plenty of options when it comes to getting rid of the game and getting what you really wanted for Christmas.
Of course, in the best of all worlds, your present came with a gift receipt, letting you return it with little to no hassle. But if not, there are still a number of different ways to get cash or credit for that unwanted title. Getting the most take a little work, though.
GameStop: Still worth it?
When it comes to game trade-ins, GameStop is the big fish in the slightly-larger-than-it-was-a-few-years-ago-but-still-pretty-small pond. You can get cash for your old games, but it's a sucker's bet. The smarter play — assuming you intend to purchase another game at some point — is taking store credit.
Curious about how much you'll actually receive for your title? GameStop lists what it offers for hot titles and hardware.
Chris Morris at Plugged In 4 mths ago
It's the most wonderful time of the year! No, not Christmas. I'm talking about that week between Christmas and New Year's, where schools are out and most of corporate America takes a breather. In other words, a week of uninterrupted game time (with, perhaps, a couple breaks to go see The Force Awakens again).
Nothing can spoil that fun any faster than getting stuck, though. No matter how hard you try, you can't clear a certain level or solve a particular puzzle. Or maybe your multiplayer skills could use some work.
The good news is that despite its reputation as a hive of scum and villainy, the Internet can also be pretty helpful. We've scoured the web to find the most useful guides for the year's hottest games.
Don't want to spend money? Polygon has a fairly thorough (and still growing) online help center that will guide you through the game's missions and quests and give you a hand in discovering the collectibles of the wasteland. It also runs down larger themes that can set you on the right path early in the game.
Call of Duty: Black Ops III
At any rate, the wealth of retailers trying to lure you into a store can make it hard to find the best deals on games and game hardware. And hesitation in the Black Friday window generally means you lose out on the bargain, so it helps to have a guide.
With that in mind, here are some of the best gaming deals we've seen so far this year.
Microsoft’s most successful home console just turned 10.
Launched on November 22, 2005, the Xbox 360 had a busy decade. The system brought multiplayer gaming to the forefront of the console world, demonstrated that game systems could do a lot more than play games, sucked us in with its addictive Achievements, and hosted some of the biggest games in the industry's history.
But it didn't get off to a great start.
Rather than unveiling the system at a game industry trade show or news conference, Microsoft opted to debut the Xbox 360 on MTV in a show hosted by Elijah Wood. Even by 2005 standards, it was a painful thing to watch. It featured odd cameos from The Killers, the Pimp My Ride crew, and Lil' Jon. A model strutted through the crowd with a courier bag before plopping the system on a pedestal. Wood uttered the phrase "uber-gamers" and made shadow puppets in front of Xbox 360 artwork.
The man behind legendary tough guys like drug kingpin Stringer Bell from The Wire and the titular obsessive detective in Luther is lending his gravitas and overall bad-assery to Ubisoft's Rainbow Six: Siege in an action-packed commercial and series of strategy videos.
But instead of simply being a celebrity gun for hire, Elba says he took the gig for one reason: He's a gamer.
"I play driving games and combat games, but I really like soccer/football games," the British actor told Yahoo in an interview.
He's an especially big fan of FIFA, though like a lot of gamers in their 40s, he says, he largely plays solo. He just doesn't have time or interest in dealing with the superior reflexes and incessant taunting of 13 year-olds. Celebrities: they're just like us!
"If I play online, I don't have the headphones on or anything like that," he says. "I don't want to listen to all of that."
He may, however, make an exception for Rainbow Six: Siege , he says. While he plays a prominent role in the game's marketing, he hasn't had a chance to play the actual game yet — and he's eager to rectify that.
A replica of the helmet worn by Halo hero Master Chief, adorned with 25,000 Swarovski crystals, sold for $34,300 in an eBay auction on Friday.
The unique item, which weighs in at 11 pounds and produced over 120 bids, was the result of a truly Odd Couple collaboration between Taiwanese cosplayer Hsu Chia-Hao (alias Braid Clarke) and Australian fashion designer Jenny Manik Mercian. One of them made a Master Chief suit in 10th grade. The other has dressed Beyonce.
The helmet first showed up on eBay on Oct. 27. Bids quickly jumped up to $1,125, but things really started to take off two days later. By the time the day was over, it had topped $10,000. By the end of the following day, it was up to $32,400.
Neither Chia-Hao nor Mercian will see that dough, however. All proceeds are going straight to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Created by Japanese studio Level 5 — the developer behind the beloved Professor Layton series — and first released in Japan two years ago, the Nintendo 3DS series makes no bones about being different (and Nintendo is certainly playing up that quirkiness in a series of loopy commercials).
In a nutshell, the game posits that lidfe’s various problems — forgetfulness, being overcompetitive, even having excess gas, for instance — are all due to invisible spirits called Yo-Kai. A special watch allows you to see these characters, befriend them, and lead them in battle against each other. Each Yo-Kai has unique strengths and skills, which you'll use to solve daily dilemnas caused by enemy Yo-Kai hidden throughout the world.
It's very Pokemon -esque, and clearly Nintendo is hoping Americans will respond to Yo-Kai Watch in the same way they do that franchise. To build excitement, the Nintendo World Store in New York City has been counting down the hours to the game's release on — what else — a giant watch.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is rightfully regarded as one of the best video games ever made. But one gamer just made it look like a pushover.
Runnerguy2489 is something of a savant when it comes to Ocarina of Time . Earlier this year, he did a test run, playing through three dungeons while blindfolded. He’s clearly played it to death, having full knowledge of the game’s various glitches and shortcuts.
If you've got 103 hours to spare, you can watch the full run on his YouTube channel, though the last three hours are the ones you're likely most interested in:
Runnerguy2489 played the game every Wednesday night after he finished work. He credited support from viewers, who set their schedule to the game, for keeping him focused on his goal.
On October 18, 1985, Nintendo renamed the Famicom and released it in North America as the NES. Not only did it ensure Nintendo would have a future outside of Japan, but it ensured gamers would have a future playing games at home.
At the time, gamers were still feeling the aftershocks of the 1983 home console crash. Scared off by falling stocks and an abundance of low-quality titles, most retailers at the time suspected home video games were nothing more than a fad and backed away. The glory days of the Atari 2600 and Intellivision came to a stunningly fast end.
[Related: Happy 30th Birthday, Super Mario Bros.!)
Nintendo faced an uphill battle getting the NES on store shelves. The company first showed off the system at the Consumer Electronics Show in June of 1985, and it quickly ran into skepticism. Retailers, still jaded, were afraid of its complexity and balked at the thought of promoting another video game console.
Gun Media and Illfonic are bringing Friday the 13th back to the video game world — the first time the classic horror film franchise has been turned into a game in more than 25 years. The seven-on-one asymmetric multiplayer title, which launches a Kickstarter campaign today, is targeted to hit the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One next fall.
The scenario is a familiar one. Seven players controlling counselors at Camp Crystal Lake will be systematically stalked by the near-unstoppable killing machine Jason, controlled by another player. They can work together to find and repair vehicles to escape the area or search for a landline to call for help from the police. Or, if they're especially organized, they can try to find weapons and kill Jason before he kills them.
The story of how Friday the 13th: The Game came to be isn't typical. It's a triumph of dedicated fandom and happy circumstance rather than corporate exploitation.
"I've been watching horror movies and playing games since I was a little kid," says Hobbs. "I've always loved the games with one-on-one, where you're being chased."