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The video game trends that are shaping the industry

Progress is always on its way and there’s no industry like the video games industry to see this in action. This is an industry that is shaped by the trends of the tech landscape, here are some of the most notable trends that will influence what we see this year. Updating rather than replacing Of course, tech companies aren’t able… READ FULL STORY AT THEGG!


Get Watch Dogs 2 For $30 From Amazon, No Hacking Required

Watch Dogs 2 represents a dramatic improvement over the original, and Amazon’s marked it down to $30 today on both PS4 and Xbox One, the lowest price its ever been. But it’s a Gold Box, which means you’d better hack it now before it’s gone. $30 From amazon 936 purchased by readers Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission $30 From amazon 211 purchased by readers Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


The Best Controllers for Retro Gaming

Whether you’re playing retro games through an emulator on Windows, Mac, or a custom-built Raspberry Pi console, you need a controller. We tested some of the most popular options, from simple Xbox controllers to retro replicas and expensive Bluetooth-enabled gamepads, to figure out which are worth your money. The Contenders There’s no replacing the feel of an original controller on an original game console, but if you’re building your own retro gaming rig, you still need something better than a keyboard to play those old games. After searching through forums, blog posts, and Amazon reviews, I narrowed down my search to a mixture of controller types, from new and modern to old school replicas. Here’s what I tested: Advertisement Hundreds of other generic options are available, most serving as replicas for SNES, NES, or Genesis, but the reviews are so poor for the bulk of them that I decided to skip them. Most complaints about cheaper controllers come down to build quality and button actuation, both of which I’ve also found problematic on the generic controllers I’ve used over the years. You get what you pay READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


Turn Pixel Art Into Playable Video Games With Bloxels, Now Just $20

Bloxels is ostensibly a children’s STEM toy, but it looks cool as hell, especially for an all-time low $20. Using a 13×13 grid and hundred of colored tiles, you can create your own pixel art, capture it with an iOS or Android device, and see it come to life as an interactive video game. Kids have it all these days, man. $20 From amazon 64 purchased by readers Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


Someone Hacked the NES Classic to Play More Games

The NES Classic has been a hot item ever since its debut, and despite the fact that it only offers a set number of games for players to indulge in, it remains a massive hit. It goes for several hundreds of dollars on eBay, sells out within minutes when it’s stocked at retail stores, and remains a coveted item for gamers looking for a rush of nostalgia. But it’s not without its share of problems. Its main issue is the fact that it simply won’t allow you to add your own games. There isn’t an option to pay for additional content, either. So if and when you finish all 30 games the system has to offer out of the box, you’re out of luck, at least as far as the system itself goes. So that’s why, two months after the NES Classic debuted, a group of hackers has unlocked the system and have been experimenting with adding more games to its onboard storage. It’s a pretty involved process. You might brick the system if you try to undertake it. But there are some very clear, easy-to-understand steps that you can try left by READ FULL STORY AT GEEK!


Periodic PSA: Prime Members Can Save 20% on All Video Game Preorders, Including Mass Effect

This isn’t a new deal by any means, but since Mass Effect: Andromeda just got a release date, it bears repeating: Prime members can save 20% on all (physical) video game preorders and new releases, meaning you’ll only spend $48 on Andromeda, or $56 for the Deluxe edition, which includes a soundtrack and some in-game items. $48 From amazon Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission $48 From amazon Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission $56 From amazon 99 purchased by readers Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission $56 From amazon 28 purchased by readers Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission $48 From amazon Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission Just note that you won’t see your discount until checkout. For more Prime benefits, check out our READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


Here Are Some of Steam’s Top Sellers of 2016

It was a great year for gaming in 2016, and if Steam’s top 100 best sellers of the year when it comes to PC gaming is any indication, there were plenty of titles to choose from for people into all genres. Valve has put together a collection where you can check out all the games in a list all their own, ranking from bronze all the way through platinum, with data as measured by the gross revenue each game gathered throughout the year. The Platinum level is rife with games you’d probably expect to be there, like Fallout 4, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Rocket League, and Grand Theft Auto V. No Man’s Sky is also up at the top, with plenty of drama attached to its release and subsequent fan furor. The Gold ranking includes favorites like Doom, Stardew Valley, Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Rainbow Six Siege, and Team Fortress 2, which has been a consistent seller since its inception years ago. Silver tier games include Far Cry Primal, Watch Dogs 2, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Dying Light: The Following, and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. Rounding out the Bronze READ FULL STORY AT GEEK!

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Frog Fractions 2 Will Let You Import Your Mass Effect 2 Save

Browser game Frog Fractions is a surrealistic take on the edutainment genre that promises to teach you about fractions. It doesn’t do that, but it does let you attack and eat insects, activate a spaceship, run for president, and make bug porn. For that, it’s lauded as one of the weirdest games ever. But much ado was made about its sequel, which was a mystery to everyone for some time. The sequel was part of a long search that involved a bizarre alternate reality game (ARG) that eventually culminated in the game having been found hiding within another game, Glittermitten Grove. The game had been hidden in plain sight almost with parts in over 23 different games, including Firewatch, Crypt of the NecroDancer, The Magic Circle and more. With the riddle solved and the game out in the wild, it’s introducing its fair share of bizarre secrets, including the ability to import, weirdly enough, your Mass Effect 2 save. YOU CAN IMPORT A MASS EFFECT 2 SAVE IN FROG FRACTIONS 2 WHAT THE HELL LMAO — ♥ dogrunes ♥ (@dogrunes) December 27, 2016 As reported by the Twitter user @dogrunes, the game will allow you to import your Mass…


Pokemon Sun and Moon’s Second Global Mission Begins Today

After an unsuccessful global event that occurred shortly after Pokemon Sun and Moon launched around the world, Nintendo is giving players another crack at completing the goal, only this time it’s a little different. The second global mission is launching today, so if you fell short of the previous goal, hopefully, this time around things are a little easier for you. Though lowering the bar for supposed Pokemon Masters across the world seems a little counter-productive when we’re all supposed to want to be the best, like no one ever was. The first event asked players around the world to capture 100 million Pokemon over the span of two weeks. The second event has been altered significantly, only requiring a scant 1 million Pokemon this time around. That’s a massive cut, so it should be possible if players around the world remain vigilant. However, only the Pokemon you capture or defeat count toward the goal if you accomplished either result via the Pokemon Sun and Moon island scan feature. Pokemon Sun and Moon’s island scan feature involves the QR scanner function you can access in-game. When you find ten different codes to scan throughout the course of the game, you’ll…


The hottest video game females of 2016

Well, there were a lot of games that came out in the past year, and a lot of sexy video game females were introduced or re-introduced to the world of Gaming. So, for this OP post, I (Phil Weigel) will be looking at the sexiest video game women of 2016. Kat, Raven – Gravity Rush Remastered “Gravity Rush Remastered” is… READ FULL STORY AT THEGG!


The Advanced Guide to Setting Up a DIY Game Console with a Raspberry Pi

It’s no secret that turning a Raspberry Pi into a retro game console is hands-down the most popular, easy, and fun project you can do with a Pi. That initial guide is just the beginning though, and if you really want to get more out your little DIY console, you’ll want to dig in with some advanced tips. This is a followup to our set up guide for RetroPie, so we’re going to assume that you’re already up and running, have your ROMs copied over, and internet access set up. You’ll also need a keyboard for much of this or you can use SSH from a desktop computer. If you don’t have any of this set up, refer back to the original guide before continuing on. Update to the Latest Version of RetroPie First things first, you need to make sure you have the newest version of RetroPie installed: Advertisement Advertisement Boot up your Raspberry Pi with the RetroPie installed, then exit to the command line (Menu > Quit). Type in sudo ~/RetroPie-Setup/ and press Enter. This loads up the Setup Script. Select “Update all installed packages,” and press Enter. Let RetroPie do its thing. This can take around 20-30…


Pokemon Go Could Be Getting A Holiday Update After All

Niantic’s latest updates to Pokemon Go brought with it baby Pokemon in the form of new eggs and a special Pikachu to capture with Santa hats on their heads, but it looks like Pokemon Go could very well be getting an honest-to-goodness Christmas event after all. Thanks to dataminers at The Silph Road, there are a few clues that have been unearthed that could point to Christmas events that encompass far more than just Santa hats and simple nods to the holiday season. The finds include “present/gift” images that seem to serve some sort of purpose, but there isn’t any indicator in the game just yet as to what they could be used for. They’re in all different colors and styles as well. This, in addition to a line of code called “HasHolidayItems.” What could this mean? Obviously, there’s some sort of rumbling about possible holiday rewards for players in there somewhere, but there are only a few days left until the holiday season kicks off for some, and that means there’s not much time left to start the event up and for people to sink their teeth in. And failing that, people will be spending time with families and…


Hmmm, Yes, I Am Extremely Into This Game In Which 11,000 Penguins War With 4,000 Santas

Here we have a legitimately captivating video in which the makers of Epic Battle Simulator (video games are good) demonstrate what their game is capable of. This video is eight minutes long, and I watched the whole damn thing: Your combatants: A battalion of 4,000 Santas, armed with candy cane clubs, and a horde of 11,000 penguins that aren’t afraid to unleash suicide attacks. Advertisement One would think the Santas’ superior intellect and arsenal would give them the edge here, but the jolly idiots go striding right into a choke point that allows the penguins to swarm them on two fronts. Toss in the penguins dive-bombing the Santas’ backlines from the cliffs and, folks, you’ve got a massacre on your hands. h/t Geekologie READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Minecraft Lands On Apple TV Today

If you needed another place to play Minecraft, especially with the holidays rolling around, Apple TV has you covered. The sandbox building game is releasing across all regions as of today for $19.99, which is a pittance for the amount of time you can spend with the game creating your own crazy structures and getting into silly shenanigans. It was previously announced in October that the game would be making its debut on the Apple TV, but now it’s finally available. It will come with the complete version of the game, including seven different pieces of downloadable content, such as the City Folk, Town Folk, and Holiday 2015 releases that were previously available that include a staggering amount of skins and other augments. They’ll be up for grabs for a limited time, according to Apple, so you’ll want to go ahead and get them since there’s no reason not to. There’s a whole wide world of additional skins out there too, so chances are if you’ve got a favorite character or theme or something to that effect you can find it out there. Other than being all the way up to date with the game’s Ender Update that just rolled…