- Chris Morris at Plugged In18 hrs ago
There's a fine line between collector and hoarder. I’m not quite sure which side this one comes down on.
Last week, gamers were gobsmacked at an eBay listing showing off a refrigerator containing about 300 copies of the Jurassic Park game for the Super Nintendo. That's right — a refrigerator's worth of prehistoric cartridges could be yours if you coughed up enough dough.
For the love of Richard Attenborough, someone did it. The collection was just purchased for a hefty $1,500.
The sale raises two important questions: Who would want to buy 300 copies of the same old game? And who would collect that many in the first place?
The former is likely to remain a mystery for a while, as the buyer has yet to be made public. But the original owner explained his rationale in the auction's Q&A section.
- Chris Morris at Plugged In6 days ago
The pellet-muching icon who helped transform gaming into a pop-culture juggernaut is gobbling his way towards middle age. Pac-Man turns 35 today.
First released in Japan on May 22, 1980, the coin-op classic quickly became a phenomenon, raking in over $1 billion worth of quarters over the decade. He appeared on the cover of Time Magazine. He's adorned cereal boxes, starred in a Saturday morning cartoon, and appeared on virtually every gaming platform to have ever been released.
Credit Pac-Man 's popularity to great timing, simple gameplay, and instantly recognizable graphics, but according to creator Toru Iwatani, Pac-Man 's widespread appeal was entirely by design.
“The reason I created Pac-Man was because we wanted to attract female gamers,” he said at a 2010 panel on the game. “Back then, there were no home games. People had to go to the arcade center to play games. That was a playground for boys. It was dirty and smelly. So we wanted to include female players, so it would become cleaner and brighter.”
- Ben Silverman at Plugged In9 days ago
The problem with trying to review The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is that it requires you to stop playing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt long enough to write a review.
This is not easy.
It’s The Lord of the Rings by way of A Game of Thrones , an immense, mature, character-driven fantasy that balances its ridiculously long script with plenty of sword-swinging, spell-flinging action. It requires time, patience, and more than a few reminders to your spouse that when she said she would love you unconditionally, it was letting you play The Witcher 3 every night until the crack of dawn for a month that you had in mind.
What makes The Witcher 3 most remarkable, however, isn’t its potential to derail your marriage; it's how the game manages to be both intimate and vast at the same time. A massive, open-world game with a great story? Believe it. The Witcher 3 is one of the best role-playing games in years.
- Chris Morris at Plugged In12 days ago
Thinking of upgrading to Windows 10 when it comes out later this year? You might want to get ahead in your work first. Way, way ahead.
As if the return of Solitaire to the operating system wasn't enough of a distraction, Microsoft has announced that it will include King Digital's work-ruining Candy Crush Saga with every copy.
"All Windows 10 owners will be able to experience the hit game that's swept the mobile world like wildfire," Microsoft said in a statement. "As an added bonus, Candy Crush Saga will automatically be installed for customers that upgrade to or download Windows 10 for periods of time following the game launch."
In an effort to doom you to a sugar-powered future of matching candies, Microsoft has also worked with King to make this version cross-playable with iOS and Android devices. This looks to be the start of a long-term relationship between Microsoft and King, which will see plenty of other games from the company hitting future PCs.
- Chris Morris at Plugged In13 days ago
A Kickstarter project falling short of its goal is pretty typical these days, but it’s hard not to feel empathy for the poor developers behind Dimension Drive.
Is the game any good? We don't know - and, in fact, may never know. Instead, the game’s lasting legacy may well be the story of a last minute funding salvation which turned out to be a cruel trick.
The crowdfunding effort was the dream of 2Awesome Studios, a tiny Dutch independent game development studio. Dimension Drive was set to be their first game.
So like many burgeoning developers, they turned to Kickstarter to help finance it. And while they did fairly well in the fundraising, gathering some €23,000, they were still €7,000 short as the campaign neared its end.
Enter a white knight by the name of Jonathan, who pledged €7,000 in the waning hours of the drive to effectively save the game. The 2Awesome Studios offices (and Twitter feed) were jubilent..for just over 2.5 hours. Then reality kicked in the door.
- Ben Silverman at Plugged In14 days ago
First, the catch. Now, the cover.
As revealed during a live event on ESPN’s Sportscenter Wednesday evening, New York Giants wide receiver extraordinaire Odell Beckham, Jr. beat out New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski to become the face of Madden NFL 16 , due out this summer.
“This is mindblowing,” Beckham said. “After playing one year of football and then being on the cover? I’m at a loss for words."
The honor puts an exclamation point on a huge debut season for the agile receiver, highlighted by one of the craziest catches ever. Beckham backed up that one-handed grab with over 1,300 receiving yards and 12 TDs in only 12 games, good enough to score him the league’s Offensive Rookie of the Year award and give him the cred needed to enter the race for the cover.
- Ben Silverman at Plugged In19 days ago
It’s been a good week for Nintendo, in a bad year.
On Thursday, the company announced a return to profit for the first time in three years. The sales slide of the 3DS handheld family is slowing, thanks to the excellent New variations. The collectable Amiibo toys have been such a huge hit, Nintendo is having trouble meeting demand. And with plans to expand into smartphones and theme parks, Nintendo is aiming to do big things with its big brands.
But they also wedged in this little nugget: worldwide sales of the Wii U currently sit at around 9.5 million.
- Ben Silverman at Plugged In21 days ago
A legendary hero is set to star in the next big Dungeons & Dragons storyline.
Rage of Demons , due out this fall, will let players travel into the Underdark alongside Drizz't Do’Urden, the famous dark elf character created by author R.A. Salvatore. The adventure spans tabletop, console, and computer versions of D&D.
“ Rage of Demons is a huge storyline involving all expressions of Dungeons & Dragons, and we’re excited to bring players this story in concert with all of our partners,” said Nathan Stewart, Brand Director at D&D maker Wizards of the Coast. “I can’t wait to see everyone interact with one of the world’s most recognizable fantasy characters: Drizzt Do’Urden. Descending into the depths won’t exactly be easy for him, and D&D fans will get their mettle tested just like Drizzt when they come face-to-face with all the demon lords.”
- Chris Morris at Plugged In22 days ago
Valve Software is in hot water after a game about shooting and killing gay people appeared on Steam on Tuesday.
Though Valve officials quickly yanked the game - entitled Kill the Faggot - from the digital distribution service, some questioned how a game that so obviously encouraged violence against a segment of the population made it onto the service in the first place.
"How can this [expletive] get through even payment?" asked user Rock Su on the game's now-deleted Steam page. Game submissions to Steam’s Greenlight section, intended to give smaller developers a chance to spotlight their games, now carry a $100 fee to discourage inauthentic or 'joke' submissions.
The crudely-built game was seemingly modeled on arcade light gun games, where players target and kill gay and transgender people on screen. Shooting a heterosexual person caused players to lose points.
- Ben Silverman at Plugged In22 days ago
It’s a Star Wars world, folks. We’re just playing in it.
At least that’s Disney Interactive’s plan. On Tuesday, the company unveiled that the galaxy far, far away will be the cornerstone of Disney Infinity 3.0 , due out this fall.
The new installment of Disney’s toy/game hybrid is aiming to please every generation of Star Wars fan by offering three different Star Wars-themed playsets. Packed in with the game’s Starter Set ($65) is the ‘Twilight of the Republic’ set, which takes place between Episodes I-III and features Jedi shenanigans with Anakin, Obi-Wan, Darth Maul, and Yoda.
But since Episodes I-III never actually happened – that was just a midi-chlorian induced nightmare, right? – you can fork over extra for the ‘Rise Against the Empire’ set. According to Disney, that one “ take players on galaxy-spanning missions with Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia Organa, Han Solo, Chewbacca and Darth Vader, piloting X-wing fighters or the Millennium Falcon to fight stormtroopers, or exploring and partaking in land-based missions on planets like Tatooine, Hoth, and Endor.” In other words, the good one.