Explore Japanese gaming culture in 360 degrees with MatPat

Matthew Patrick is best known as the guy on YouTube who uses math, science and rabid curiosity to build intense, unexpected narratives from the stray plot threads of movies and video games. As the Game Theorists’ MatPat, he asks if Mario is secretly a sociopath and questions if Sega’s blue hedgehog really is the fastest mascot in gaming — and …

The Engadget Podcast Ep 30: I Can Change

After surviving The Great AWS Outage of 2017, managing editor Dana Wollman and senior editor Devindra Hardawar rejoin host Terrence O’Brien to debate some of the biggest tech stories of the week. First they’ll pit YouTube’s live TV offering against its competitors, then talk through Twitter’s new tools for fighting online harassment. Plus they’ll address the latest controversy surrounding Uber …

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 …

Classic FM to host weekly show on orchestral video game music

Final Fantasy. Skyrim. The Legend of Zelda. These and so many other video game franchises offer beautiful, sweeping scores for players to get lost in. Unfortunately, however, they’re not always known or appreciated by people outside of the gaming community. Recognition is improving through live concerts and awards, but there’s still a long way to go. The latest effort to …

The Morning After: Friday, January 13th, 2017

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Nintendo’s new home-and-away console has been unveiled in Japan. While we haven’t got to touch those unusual controllers just yet (that’ll be later today), we’ve got prices, launch titles, and a bunch of features that sound like a Nintendo fan’s wish list fulfilled. We also have HTC’s newest phone, the possibility of smartphones with …

Peek at the drawings used to design the original ‘Zelda’

To quote one of my favorite video game characters: Greatness, from small beginnings. To celebrate The Legend of Zelda‘s 30th anniversary, Nintendo has released a handful of drawings that were used to design the first game in the franchise. They’re essentially graph paper, with shaded boxes to represent walls and bottomless pits. Careful markings indicate where doors and monsters should …

Super Nintendo World coming to Universal Studios Japan

Nintendo will launch the Super Nintendo World park attraction at Universal Studios Japan, the two companies revealed. The themed area will open in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, with similar attractions coming later to Hollywood and Orlando in the US. Nintendo first revealed news of the attractions last year, and in November announced the three locations. It has now …

The Morning After: Wednesday, November 9, 2016

It’s the middle of the week, and (aside from other news) scientists think they’ve found where consciousness resides in our brains, Amazon might start cleaning your house (for a fee), and Nintendo’s new 3DS will get a substantial price cut for this Black Friday. We also played as a badger in the most chill MMORPG ever. Author:  Source: Engadget