Zac Efron’s EDM drama We Are Your Friends became instantly legendary when it opened with some of the worst numbers ever for a wide release last weekend (it did just $1.8 million in 2,333 theaters). It joins an elite group of movies best known for their ability to repel audiences. Six more box-office disasters are… »
Playing video games professionally is such a strenuous and time-consuming job that pro gamers regularly run into the problem of burnout. The latest person to succumb to this unfortunate trend is Gonzalez “Zero” Barrios, the reigning champion of the Smash Bros.’ eSports scene. »
Remember when Steve Jobs abandoned his daughter and refused to pay child support despite being worth millions of dollars? »
Some light reading never hurt everyone, especially on a holiday weekend. As labor day grows near, it’s time for Worth Reading, our (mostly) weekly roundup of the best in games writing.
Lets say you’re playing a video game and you encounter a teammate who is very obviously cheating—we’re talking, impossible headshots, the ability to see through walls, the works. What do you do? »
I’d been looking forward to this for months: Force Friday, the big reveal and release of the first toys from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I’d previously lined up for toys from Episodes I, II and III—and VII was going to be no different. But this Force Friday was a truly awful experience. »
Heroes of the Storm just put out a spotlight for the upcoming Warcraft character
Rexxar. I love the idea of adding a beastmaster—I mean, there’s already one in Dota 2. Allowing you to manage a bunch of different animals seems like a logical next step from all the summoning-heavy specialists already in HOTS. »
Have you heard of Nova-111? I barely had, but now I must show it to you. It’s a wonderful surprise of a video game. It’s partially turn-based, partially real-time. It’s action mixed with puzzles. Its on Xbox One, PS4, PS3, Vita, PC and Mac and is coming to Wii U. It just came out. It’s terrific.
Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio recently praised Minecraft. “If you play Minecraft, you’re basically writing code when you’re converting a hammer into a pickax,” said Rubio, according to the AP. “Kids might not realize they’re coding, but that’s going to be almost a basic proficiency just because of the… »
I have to confess I have an ulterior motive in urging everybody in the world to watch Dragon Blade this weekend: I am dying to see the GIFs that people are going to make of this movie. So many GIFs. Endless, wonderful GIFs of WTFery. This movie will never stop giving me joy. »
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Here’s something I wish more game designers understood: If you put an interaction in your game, I am going to interact with it. Anytime a game responds to its players, the rats—or at least this rat—are going to press the lever for more cocaine pellets. Jenova Chen, during a talk about the design of Journey a couple… »
After roughly 1200 comments and dozens of emails, I have the first round of your horrible video game store experiences. It’s disconcerting how many of you seemed to have been conned out of your money due to bullshit policies on returns and generally grouchy employees. Fortunately, sharing the misery helps lighten the… »
All Labor Day weekend, Microsoft is offering up your choice of Xbox One bundle, plus a copy of Assassin’s Creed Unity, and an extra game of your choice. It’s not uncommon to see Xbox One bundles being sold with two extra games, but this is the first time we’ve seen such a large selection of bundles. [Xbox One Labor… »
Monkey Island turned 25 years old earlier this week, and designer Ron Gilbert used his blog to share some truly interesting (and bizarre!) stories about the game’s development. »