‘Skylanders’ learns what Amiibo knew all along: Drop the portal

The paradigm for toys-to-life games is well-established: one part kid-friendly video game, one part expensive, collectible figurines — and a tethered NFC “portal” that ties them together. When Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure introduced this model in 2011, it sparked a new genre in gaming — bringing about the rise and fall of Disney Infinity, the nostalgic brand licensing of LEGO Dimensions …

‘Rock Band VR’ is the dorkiest game ever and I love it

Rock Band VR will make you feel like a rock star. But from the outside, you’ll look like a crazy person with an Oculus Rift on your head and a plastic guitar in your hands, strumming along in silence. Basically, you’ll look like a huge dork while playing it. But the embarrassment is worth it: Rock Band VR successfully captures …

Oculus Co-Founder Palmer Luckey Leaves Facebook

Palmer Luckey, the co-founder of Oculus VR and the designer of the Oculus Rift VR headset, is leaving Facebook, a representative for Oculus has confirmed to IGN. Luckey’s last day at Facebook, which accompanied Oculus back in 2014 for $2 billion, will be this Friday, March 31. A representative for Oculus provided the following statement regarding Luckey’s departure: “Palmer will …

Game of the Year Watch 2017 Begins

Welcome back to Game Scoop!, IGN’s weekly video game talk show. This week we’re discussing Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Persona 5, and more. Watch the video above or download the podcast below. Download Game Scoop! Episode 430 Or subscribe in iTunes and never miss an episode. OR subscribe to the NEW Game Scoop! YouTube channel and …

I think my Hyde is just me in the mornings

Batman… no. Potter… no. MacGyver… yeah! Bond… no. Luke… no. Rambo..? very much so! Sorry? What I’m doing? I’m listing some of the best-recognized heroes of popular fiction and determining whose legacy includes a well-established phrasal construct. You can imagine one for each of them, but in TL;DR form I think only the really straightforward “one-trick ponies” (me and that …

Review: Nighthawk X4S Smart Wi-Fi Gaming Router

The Netgear X4S (See it on Amazon) is a high-end AC2600 router that is in the upper echelon of the Netgear’s lineup at around $200, and is just one rung below its extremely serious (and ultra expensive) money-is-no-object 8000 series routers that looks like spacecraft and are designed for enterprise or tech mogul deployments. Its model name is the R7800, …

‘Yooka-Laylee’ is at the heart of a 3D platformer revival

A few years ago, the 3D platformer was in a bad place. Mario was still around, but the genre had little support elsewhere. Colorful games like Crash Bandicoot, Pyschonauts and Jak and Daxter had vanished in favor of grittier, more realistic adventures. There was the occasional surprise, like the papercraft-inspired Tearaway, but nothing close to the breadth of games found …

Someone Turned N64 Into a Nintendo Switch Dock

One Nintendo Switch owner decided the system’s standard dock wasn’t good enough. So they replaced the plastic with a Nintendo 64. That’s right, YouTuber Tettzan Zone modded a Nintendo 64 to serve as the Switch’s dock. The altered classic console even features USB ports in the front. Check it out below. Now there is a notable missing feature. The modded N64 …

Ex-Apple Employee Hired as Head of Oculus VR Hardware

Michael Hillman is the new head of hardware for Oculus VR. Bloomberg reports that Facebook — which owns Oculus VR — has hired Hillman, who’s spent his past 15 years at Apple. He previously worked on the iMac desktop computer at the Cupertino company and held senior positions in engineering and design. Hillman’s new role will see him pushing for …

New Etrian Mystery Dungeon, SMT Games Coming to 3DS

During Atlus’ “New Title Announcement Special Spring 2017” livestream, the company unveiled two new games for 3DS and shared an updated teaser for Shin Megami Tensei for Nintendo Switch. As reported by Gematsu, Atlus announced Shin Megami Tensei: Deep Strange Journey for 3DS, which will release in Japan this fall. The title is an enhanced version of the 2009 DS game …

PJ Wins and Loses (Part 1)

Sometimes a runner ends up with a bunch of games on the queue. I noticed this recently as did some of the other updaters and it was decided to split the runner’s runs into two updates. There are two reasons for doing this. First, the runner has fourruns ready plus one of his current runs has been beaten by someone …