Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer in 16-bit video game style is fun

I don’t know what I want to do more, watch the new Star Wars movie or play this awesome 16-bit retro video game version of the new Star Wars movie. Actually, that’s a lie. I still want to watch the movie more. But there’s a kid in me that would love this video game so much if it ever existed. » 5/06/15 5:00am Today 5:00am

How to Deal with Your Video Game-Induced Anger

You’ve got that boss down to just a sliver of health. One more hit and it’s done. Then, out of nowhere, his axe comes sweeping in and chops down your last bit of life...again. Your controller flies across the room as expletives roar out of your mouth. Sound familiar? Game-induced rage sucks. Here’s how to keep under… » 5/04/15 9:51am Monday 9:51am

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! » 3/30/15 5:30am 3/30/15 5:30am

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 11:29am 3/25/15 11:29am

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 11:16am 3/09/15 11:16am

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 9:17pm 2/10/15 9:17pm

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 8:00am 2/04/15 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 11:57am 1/21/15 11:57am

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 11:05am 1/16/15 11:05am

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 7:15pm 1/06/15 7:15pm

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 5:00pm 12/29/14 5:00pm

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 12:04pm 12/22/14 12:04pm