- Chris Morris at Plugged In7 days ago
If you're looking to become a world champion in Donkey Kong , your time is running out.
The most famous high score in gaming was broken once again, and according to Donkey Kong authorities (yes, there are such things), there isn’t much room left to top the score.
Reigning Kong champ Robbie Lakeman topped his own high score by racking up a final tally of 1,158,400late last week. That's an improvement of 13,600 points from his previous best, which he posted three months after first becoming the record holder in September of 2014.
The three-peat by the 28-year-old Phoenix resident is impressive, but regularly besting your own score seems to be a theme among Donkey Kong champions. Previous recordholder Hank Chien managed to stay atop the heap for three years by besting himself time and again.
Chien has since seemingly stepped away from competitive Donkey Kong play, but Lakeman's still being chased by several up and comers. The question is, how much scoring room is left before the game hits its absolute ceiling?
- Chris Morris at Plugged In10 days ago
For more than a year now, Sony has been showcasing Project Morpheus, its virtual reality headset, to the media at a variety of high-profile events. But with the product's launch less than a year out, no one knows what its real name is.
Despite widespread assumptions that the headset will simply be called Morpheus when it's released in the first half of 2016, Andrew House, president and global CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, confirmed during a talk with Yahoo at last week's E3 that Morpheus is still just a code name and is not what the product will be called when it hits store shelves.
"Traditionally, the way that we do things is when we finalize the product announcement and pricing and date, that's probably the same time we'll talk about the name," said House.
Pricing, of course, is the biggest mystery around VR. Everyone's bracing for a fairly big financial hit for the PC-centric Oculus Rift, since it will likely require a hardware upgrade for optimal performance. But when it comes to Morpheus, there really isn't any sort of consensus about what to expect.
- Scott C. Jones at Plugged In10 days ago
Dinosaurs are once again at the top of the multiplex food chain thanks to Jurassic World ($400 million and counting). And now the Lego video game version is hoping to gobble up your console gaming cash.
Lego Jurassic World hustles gamers through the major plot points from the four Jurassic films like a neurotic, over-caffeinated teacher. You drive a Lego jeep away from a Lego T-Rex.You escape from a high-tech Lego camper that ’ s precariously dangling over the edge of a cliff. You confront a Lego pterodactyl inside a foggy cage. Roll credits, and onto the next film.
- Chris Morris at Plugged In10 days ago
VR might be the hottest new technology in gamimg, but the man who made Mario isn't particularly impressed with what he's seen so far.
Game design legend Shigeru Miyamoto, speaking with Yahoo Games at last week's E3 conference, said that while the technology behind VR is certainly interesting, he hasn't seen anything done with it so far that fits with the style of play he — and Nintendo — prefers.
"The current types of virtual reality aren't really a good fit for Nintendo's philosophy of trying to create entertainment that people can play together in the living room," said Miyamoto. "We're constantly looking at different technology and experimenting with different elements of it, but we're not feeling virtual reality is currently in a place where it's ready to be released - as a product that fits with our philosophy of fitting in the living room."
- Ben Silverman at Plugged In12 days ago
You can build incredible things in Minecraft , from a space shuttle to Minas Tirith to a working computer. But even the coolest architectural wonder pales next to this ridiculous piece created by a pixel art master known as Thorlar Thorlarian.
That’s right. The picture at the top of this story is actually a top-down snapshot of a vast Minecraft world.
How vast? Thorlar used 1,128,960 Minecraft blocks to recreate the official wallpaper from the 2010 BlizzCon fan event. He did the entire thing by hand, dropping one block at a time. It took him nearly six months to complete it.
Don’t believe it? Here's the video:
Thorlar’s insane work wasn’t just for the sake of art — it was also for charity. He livestreamed his work via Twitch, earning $3,500 for the Make-A-Wish foundation in the process. He’s raised over $11,000 since joining Twitch in 2014.
- Ben Silverman at Plugged In13 days ago
He hangs out in caves. He’s haunted by the past and obsessed with the future. He probably has rabies.
But we admire Batman. We identify with him. He’s human, and broken. Like us, he’s just trying to make sense of things. Where other heroes rely on super powers to succeed, Batman gives us hope that, with a little ingenuity, a lot of exercise, and a few billion dollars, any one of us could don the cowl and become the Bat.
For years, Rocksteady’s Arkham games have been the best way to do this. They didn’t put the Dark Knight on the video game map so much as tear up the map and draw a new one. 2009’s Arkham Asylum was a taut, brilliant action game; Arkham City blew it up into a dense, open-world playground. Each was, at the time, considered the best superhero game ever made.
That’s a lot to live up to, but for the most part, Rocksteady has found a way to match its past work. Despite a few missteps, Batman: Arkham Knight ($59.99 for Xbox One, PS4, and PC) is the biggest, boldest, baddest Batman game yet, a feature-rich showstopper that proves a satisfying end to a terrific trilogy.
- Ben Silverman at Plugged In16 days ago
Who won E3 2015?
E3 2015 was one of the best shows in years. A current of optimism ran through the crowds roaming the halls of the Los Angeles Convention Center, a palpably positive vibe powered by booth after booth of really good video games. It seemed every company had something worthwhile to show, from big-budget blockbusters to smaller experimental experiences. What’s the next big thing? So many games qualified, it was hard to keep your scoreboard straight.
But for the sake of brevity, I’ve whittled down my enormous list of awesome things to ten. Here’s what really blew me away at E3 2015.
- Chris Morris at Plugged In17 days ago
E3 is all about upcoming games, and while most of games at this year's show were big, play-it-safe sequels, there were plenty of oddities around the Los Angeles Convention Center.
The trick to finding the strangeness at E3 is to explore the edges of the show. That’s where you’ll find people walking on treadmills wearing a VR headset or a wielding a plastic gun (called the PP Gun – really) designed to make mobile shooter games more immersive. You’ll also find them in the lots off the show floor (where Hatoful Boyfriend: Holiday Star – the second game in what can only be described as a "pigeon romance simulator" – is on display).
Look hard enough, though, and you’ll find the truly bizarre.
In Tune This indie game has an admirable purpose. Its creator says it’s about “navigating consent” and encouraging people “to reconsider their interactions with others while getting to know a partner.” What it looks like to the casual observer is a hugging game – or one where you put your hands on another person’s head.
- Gordon Cameron at Plugged In19 days ago
This year’s E3 solidified a trend in the promotion of upcoming games: fewer (and shorter) pre-baked cinematics, and ever-longer sequences of actual gameplay. Long-play demos were all the rage — including, among other things, an unexpected return to “tabletop” gaming. Here are some of the coolest trailers from E3 2015.
Oh, Halo , how we’ve missed you. Spartan Locke and Fireteam Osiris run-and-gun their way through some dazzling, expansive locales in this lengthy chunk of the single-player campaign. The Xbox One gets put through its paces and comes out looking golden.
Lara Croft finds herself in a frozen wasteland in this pulse-quickening slice of mountain-climbing gameplay from the upcoming Tomb Raider sequel.
If this ‘pre-alpha’ footage is anything like what we’ll see in our homes at release, then we may be able to say it’s finally possible to live inside a Star Wars movie.
One of the many high points of Bethesda’s E3 presentation was this cinematic trailer for Dishonored 2 , the follow-up to 2012’s hit stealth/action title set in a dystopian quasi-Victorian world. This time around, we meet Emily Kaldwin, a playable female protagonist.
- Ben Silverman at Plugged In20 days ago
Nintendo is pinning its year on a pilot and a plumber.
During the company’s quirky Nintendo Direct digital event at the annual E3 video game trade show in Los Angeles, Nintendo laid out its plans for 2015 and beyond. And while a few notable new announcements will make die-hard fans happy, it’s clear that the company is biding its time for its next system, codenamed NX.
That particular device was only mentioned in passing, leaving the bulk of the event to focus on several titles key to 2015.
Featured game Star Fox: Zero , the latest in the colorful space dogfighting series, lets players fly a ship from a third-person perspective on the TV and in a first-person cockpit view using the Wii U Gamepad. The ship also transforms into a mech-like Walker at the touch of a button. It’s due out this holiday.
The company’s other big Wii U holiday release, Super Mario Maker , will let gamers celebrate the 30 th anniversary of the iconic mascot by building, sharing, and playing platforming levels based on several popular Mario games. It’s set for release on September 11.