- Chris Morris at Plugged In9 days ago
For more than 20 years, rumors have flourished: Buried in a New Mexico landfill are millions of unsold copies of E.T.: The Extraterrestrial for the Atari 2600.
Last year, a pair of documentary filmmakers claimed to have finally found the location. On April 26, they'll start the search -- and they're inviting the general public to come watch.
Will it be an archeological find on par with the discovery of King Tut’s tomb? Or will it be aGeraldo Rivera at Al Capone's vault gaffe? Either way, it sounds like a can't miss affair if you happen to live near Alamogordo, New Mexico.
The dig will start on Saturday, April 26 at 9:30am and could run as late as 7:30pm that evening. It will take place at the Alamogordo landfill at 4276 Highway 54 S (about a 3-and-1/2 hour drive south of Albuquerque).
If you're unable to make the trip, the results will be documented by Canadian film production company Fuel Entertainment, which has spearheaded the hunt, and shown on Xbox Live later this year.
- Chris Morris at Plugged In10 days ago
If you've spent any time with recent release Dark Souls II, you've doubtlessly asked why, exactly, you’re putting yourself through the game’s particular brand of torture.
It's big, it's beautiful, and it's controller-throwingly difficult. To call it challenging is akin to calling this past winter “a bit nippy.” If someone new to gaming were to spend five minutes with it, they'd walk away and never look back.
And that’s exactly how it was designed.
Dark Souls II is an undeniably hard game, and it isn’t alone. Games are getting harder. From Donkey Kong Country Returns: Tropical Freeze to downloadable motorbike nightmare Trials to, yes, that pesky Flappy Bird, video games are going back to their roots, when a good challenge was greatly appreciated.
- Chris Morris at Plugged In10 days ago
The game many people consider to be the best to ever grace the PlayStation 3 is coming to the PlayStation 4.
A 'remastered’ version of Naughty Dog's critical and commercial smash The Last of Us goes next-gen this summer for $60.
The updated version of the game will run in 1080p, letting the developer increase the resolution on Ellie and Joel -- as well as those damned Clickers -- and upgrade the shadows and lighting in the game.
It will also come with a commentary track during the in-game cinematics, with Creative Director and Writer Neil Druckmann and voice actors Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson chiming in. And, as you'd expect, it will also come with all of the single- and multi-player expansion packs that have been released for the original game.
Remastered games from the late stages of the last generation have already proven to be a big success with the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Square Enix's update of Tomb Raider helped push that game's sales into the 6 million range.
- Chris Morris at Plugged In11 days ago
Ever yell at a game because it was too hard or nod off because it was too easy? What if the game could change based on your feelings while playing it?
Researchers at Stanford may have just solved that particular Holy Grail. A team in the electrical engineering lab has created an Xbox 360 controller that gauges your brain activity as you play -- and alters the game to react accordingly.
The controller, which is a lab prototype and is not destined for retail release, measures things like your heart rate, skin temperature, and respiration through a series of plates on the bottom of the controller's two grips. The controller's accelerometers measure how frantically you're shaking it.
Using reverse engineering, the scientists are able to figure out what's going on in the player's brain and then use that info to adjust gameplay.
- Chris Morris at Plugged In12 days ago
Both Microsoft and Sony took some heat when they announced that neither the Xbox One nor the PS4 would be backwards compatible. Sony had a solution in its pocket, though, with its upcoming game streaming service, PlayStation Now. Microsoft was left a bit flat-footed.
But now, the company says it's thinking about rolling out an emulator for Xbox One to let people play Xbox 360 games.
"There are, but we're not done thinking them through yet, unfortunately," said partner Frank Savage, development lead at Xbox, when asked if there were plans for an Xbox 360 emulator at a recent developer conference. "It turns out to be hard to emulate the PowerPC stuff on the X86 stuff. So there's nothing to announce, but I would love to see it myself."
- Chris Morris at Plugged In16 days ago
It's not uncommon for kids to break things. It is, however, pretty special when what they break is the security of a hi-tech video game console.
Kristoffer Von Hassel from San Diego’s Ocean Beach neighborhood is the wunderkind who discovered a security loophole on the Xbox One, reports local news station KGTV.
It happened just after Christmas, when Kristoffer’s father Robert Davies walked in to find his five-year-old son not playing family fave Minecraft, but a more mature game that he wasn't supposed to be able to access as it was tied to his father’s account.
Like most kids who just got busted by dad, Kristoffer's first instinct was dread.
“I got nervous. I thought he was going to find out,” said Kristoffer.
- Ben Silverman at Plugged In16 days ago
The man best known for scaring us with aliens is teaming up with a game franchise best known for letting us mow down aliens.
According to Variety, legendary sci-fi filmmaker Ridley Scott has signed on to produce a new Halo feature for Microsoft. The new Halo project will reportedly be along the lines of the Halo: Forward Unto Dawn digital web shorts rather than a full-fledged Halo film.
A collaboration between Xbox Entertainment Studios, current Halo developer 343 Industries, and Ridley Scott’s production company Scott Free TV, the project will be directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan, whose past directorial work includes six episodes of fellow sci-fi staple, Battlestar Galactica.
Mimnica-Gezzan also spent years working as an assistant director to Steven Spielberg, who was previously announced as the executive producer of a separate Halo series. That project will reportedly be unaffected.
- Chris Morris at Plugged In17 days ago
Diablo III might have met some initial skepticism, but it's still a hot property with players.
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, the first expansion for the click-tastic role-playing game, has sold 2.7 million copies in its first week. And it's proving nearly as popular with gaming voyeurs. Diablo III views on Twitch on the expansion's launch day topped 2.4 million.
"With Reaper of Souls, we wanted to emphasize all the things that Diablo gamers have always loved about the series, from the dark gothic setting to the piles and piles of epic loot," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. "We're excited to see that players are enjoying the changes we've made to the game, and we look forward to achieving our Paragon levels alongside everyone else in the weeks and months ahead."
- Chris Morris at Plugged In18 days ago
Amazon is making its long-awaited move into the living room, and it's bringing games along for the ride.
On Tuesday, the retailer announced Amazon Fire TV, a thin, set-top box designed to go toe-to-toe with Apple TV, Chromecast, and Roku's many set-top boxes. Like its competitors, the $99 box streams movies, music and television shows and begins shipping immediately.
- Chris Morris at Plugged In18 days ago
As if it weren't hard enough to know what to trust on the internet, today is April Fool's Day - meaning the number of merry pranksters is expanded exponentially.
Gaming sites - and game makers - especially love to test people's gullibility (or, in some cases, just have fun). To help protect you from falling for some of the tricks out there, though, we offer this handy (completely true!) list of some of the more notable hoaxes from April Fool's Day 2014.
Blizzard: Outcasts - Blizzard traditionally has some of the best April Fool's jokes in the industry - and this year is no exception. The announcement describes a fighting game featuring minor characters in Blizzard's games. (The game also comes with an optional 32-button controller, which features its own credit card slot.) "I have no idea why you would doubt us, but yes, we are indeed making this game. For realsies.," the developer says in the tongue-in-cheek FAQ.