Non-profit aims to preserve the hidden history of video games

It’s relatively easy for developers to preserve classic video games through emulators, museums, remasters and retro consoles. But what about the culture that surrounded it, such as ads, boxes, magazines and gamers’ own experiences? That’s where the newly established Video Game History Foundation wants to help. The non-profit hopes to collect and digitize as many video game artifacts as possible …

Games like ‘Augmented Empire’ are why Gear VR needs a controller

If you’ve ever used a Samsung Gear VR before, you’ve probably found yourself awkwardly tapping the side of the headset to issue a command, or fumbling with its four-way touchpad to make a selection in a menu. This inelegant, embedded touch control is a necessary evil — a compromise that allows the headset to be a self-contained VR experience free …

Vive Studios’ ‘VR Sports’ is exactly what it sounds like

The unmitigated phenomenon that was the Nintendo Wii had an everlasting effect on any medium with motion controllers: If you have hardware that can track hand movements, it needs to have its own “Wii Sports” game. Enter Vive Studios latest virtual reality game, VR Sports — a light-hearted but surprisingly realistic-feeling ping-pong and tennis simulator. On March 15th, the game …

SteamWorld Dig 2 Announced for Nintendo Switch

Image & Form Games has announced SteamWorld Dig 2 for Nintendo Switch, due for release this summer. Announced as part of Nintendo’s Nindies broadcast today, the game is a follow-up to 2013’s fantastic SteamWorld Dig, and is set in the same universe as 2D tactical shooter, SteamWorld Heist. Watch the announcement trailer below: < p dir=”ltr”>Featuring Dorothy, a character from …

SteamWorld Dig 2 Will Be Much, Much More of the Same

The SteamWorld series has never returned to an idea it’s had previously. The universally excellent SteamWorld Tower Defense, SteamWorld Dig and SteamWorld Heist have each cast off the last game’s genre like newly obsolete limbs, as developer Image & Form seemingly gets bored and embarks on something new within its pleasantly hokey steampunk robot universe. < p dir=”ltr”>Enter SteamWorld Dig …

17 Nintendo Switch Games Announced

Overcooked! Special Edition, Runner 3, Yooka-Laylee, and 13 other games were announced for the Nintendo Switch during today’s Nintendo Direct. Check out the full details about every game revealed during the Direct below: Chucklefish Games and ConcernedApe will bring Stradew Valley to the Switch later this summer, and it will be the first console version of the game to support …

Mysterious Nintendo Switch Game Revealed

During Nintendo’s Nindie Showcase Event, a game called Project Mekuru was officially revealed from developer Over Fence. Project Mekuru (“mekuru” means “flipping” in Japanese) is a puzzle game made in Unity and exclusive to the Switch. No release date has yet been announced. Nintendo released what appears to be a brief glimpse of Mekuru in a sizzle reel back at the …

The Complete Nintendo Switch Accessories Buyer’s Guide

So you’ve got your plan set for the system itself. You’ve made your decisions about which games you’re going to get, and probably got them pre-ordered (and maybe even paid off already). Only one last order of business as the Nintendo Switch launch approaches this Friday – sorting through all the optional accessories! It’s a daunting task, but we’re here …

MIT’s ‘Super Smash Bros.’ AI can compete with veteran players

For expert players, most video game AI amounts to little more than target practice — especially in fighting games, where it rarely accounts for the subtleties of human behavior. At MIT, though, they’ve developed a Super Smash Bros. Melee AI that should make even seasoned veterans sweat a little. The CSAIL team trained a neural network to fight by handing …

Ben Heck makes a Zelda lamp by upcycling laptop screens

Humans by nature can be a little bit wasteful. Recycling helps, of course, but some things are too good to throw away. That’s where upcycling comes in. Karen has the idea to repurpose laptop screens to create a Legend of Zelda-inspired lamp. However, not just any laptop screen will do. As the team rips apart old hardware they soon discover …

Mario and Crew Lend Their Costumes to Story of Seasons

The newest game in the Story of Seasons series, Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns, features Super Mario Bros. themed costumes and headgear. The costumes and headgear give your characters bonuses. Donning Mario’s signature hat and overalls gives you a boost to your running, while dressing like Luigi helps you catch better fish. Toad’s outfit will increase your stamina for …

Daily Deals: Pokemon Go Bracelet Back in Stock

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Nintendo Switch Unboxing

See everything that comes in the box for Nintendo’s next home console/handheld hybrid. Author:  Source: IGN.com