Thank The Maker, Dragon Age Is Finally Getting The 1/6 Scale Treatment

Bioware's fantasy video game franchise Dragon Age is no stranger to the figure world — there's been a few in various sizes. But it's about time that someone got round to bringing the series to ultra-detailed, 1/6th scale glory it deserves. Step up Alistair, from ThreeZero! » 3/27/15 5:00pm Friday 5:00pm

Is Internet Addiction a Real Thing?

Dear Lifehacker,
Is it possible for someone to actually be addicted to the Internet? I mean, we all love our phones, and maybe I check mine whenever it buzzes, but is that the same as being addicted to alcohol or drugs? I've heard of people being so addicted to video games that they forgot to eat or feed their kid.… » 3/25/15 8:00am Wednesday 8:00am

How to Finally Beat the Unfinished Games In Your Never-Ending Backlog

In a world of regular Steam sales and cheap used games, it's easy to build up a massive stockpile of games it feels like you'll never have time to get to. Well there actually is time, but you have to approach your backlog the right way. Here's how to do it. » 3/17/15 4:00am 3/17/15 4:00am

The Best Free Tools for Making Your Own Video Games

With the recent release of the free version of the Unreal Engine and the announcement of the free Source 2 Engine, you now have even more options for making your own games. But picking out the best engine for you and your skillset is a little tough. Let's take a look at some of the best free software for a variety of… » 3/09/15 4:00am 3/09/15 4:00am

The Power User's Guide to Steam's Most Useful Extra Features

Steam is a gaming juggernaut on the PC. While everyone knows it's great for managing your game library and getting sweet deals, there are a ton of powerful tools hidden beneath the surface. Here are some of the best. » 2/24/15 8:30am 2/24/15 8:30am

Video Games' Blackness Problem

Video games have a blackness problem. This has been a known thing for a while, and we do talk about it from time to time. But I'd like to keep talking about it. » 2/19/15 2:10pm 2/19/15 2:10pm

Cardale Jones Has An Important Update About Crushing Kids At Video Games

Back in January, Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones visited some kids at the hospital. One of the kids unwisely hopped on the sticks like Jones was going to take it easy on him in the NCAA football video game. Jones did not take it easy, and beat the kid by a reported score of 91-35. Now, more than a month later,… » 2/10/15 4:08pm 2/10/15 4:08pm

"Hopped On The Sticks," An Appreciation Of Owning Kids At Video Games

On Jan. 13, 2014, a person with the Twitter handle @BeatinOff2Night—his current handle is @ChickenColeman2—tweeted a three-panel shot of him and a kid playing what appeared to be NBA 2K14. The game was evidently one-sided, but the caption was the best part: » 2/04/15 3:25pm 2/04/15 3:25pm

Are Online Video Games Kinda Making Us Sociopaths?

For many years now, we have been able to play videos games with a multiplayer online system. Since its inception, Blizzard's battle.net service has allowed players from all over to connect in their online gaming communities. However, in recent years, the world of online multiplayer gaming has exploded. Research from… » 2/04/15 12:00am 2/04/15 12:00am

What I Learned About Dealing with People From Playing Games Online

Video games are more than just an entertaining time sink. Take them online and they can even teach us a few things about how to interact with other people. Here are some of the lessons I've learned from online games about dealing with people in real life. » 1/27/15 8:00am 1/27/15 8:00am

How to Set Up Triple Monitors for Super-Widescreen Gaming (and Work)

Using more than two monitors used to be a luxury for those with the biggest PC building budgets. These days, large, high-resolution displays are affordable, and graphics cards are more powerful than ever. If the thought of gaming (or working) on three displays at once entices you, here's how to make it happen. » 1/21/15 8:00am 1/21/15 8:00am

These Drawings Were Made By the Bad Guys In Legend of Zelda

The other day I was playing SNES on an emulator and it suddenly struck me: The incredible amount of work that went into creating every single tiny box of light on that screen. It sounds like a simple point, but less so when you glimpse the math and complexity behind video games in action. » 1/16/15 10:55am 1/16/15 10:55am

How Pokémon Is One Of The Creepiest Dystopian Societies Ever

Pokémon might have the reputation of a kid-friendly franchise, but under the veneer of Ash and co.'s light-hearted adventures there lies the beating heart of one of the most sinister dystopias around. Here's a few reasons as to why the Pokénation is a lot more terrifyingly dystopian than you may have thought. » 1/06/15 12:40pm 1/06/15 12:40pm

The Best Perks of Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus You May Not Know

Whether you have an Xbox One or a PlayStation 4, if you want to play online with friends, you'll need to cough up money for Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus. You may even pick it up just for free games every month. Still, there are some other perks to that membership you may not know about. Let's look at them. » 12/29/14 10:00am 12/29/14 10:00am

Who has come closest to winning Civilization in real life?

Games in Sid Meier's Civilization series are loosely patterned off the rise and fall of real-life civilizations. And some of these real-life civilizations had exactly the kinds of ambitions that would win a game of Civilization. Which raises the obvious question: did any of them get close? Has anybody won? Are we… » 12/22/14 10:05am 12/22/14 10:05am

What to Do When You're Stuck at Life's Loading Screens

Sometimes life is like a video game, and you reach a point where it seems like there's nothing to do but wait. Maybe you're in between jobs or are being held back by something beyond your control, but you can always take this time to level up, help others, and find a way forward. » 12/18/14 2:00pm 12/18/14 2:00pm

VW Invented First-Person Racing Video Games And They Don't Even Know It

You'd think the development of what is likely the first computerized driving simulator with actual computer-generated visuals would be a big deal. An achievement like that would have set the standard for not just simulators, but would have been the genesis of every first-person driving game since. Which is why it's so… » 12/18/14 12:00pm 12/18/14 12:00pm

Great Gaming Gifts for $30 and Under

It's that time of year. The time of Secret Santa, Hidden Hanukkah and Cryptic Kwanzaa celebrations, which means you might be tasked with getting gifts on a budget. We've got a few suggestions for that should keep both your wallet and favorite video game lovers happy. » 12/03/14 4:45pm 12/03/14 4:45pm

The Best Video Game Gifts For A Car Enthusiast

Holiday gift guides, curated by nameless nobodies who don't give a crap about you or your tastes, generally suck. Which is why this year, we're doing it differently. We're bringing you things we actually like in nine different categories, so that you might like them too. So here's the list of video games you're going… » 12/02/14 3:00pm 12/02/14 3:00pm