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  • In a blog post on May 10th, Valve released the authoring tools for Portal 2 to the public. This means that fans can now make their own Portal 2 maps, skins, models, sound effects and music. I think this officially makes Portal 2 my top game for 2011. Of course, this does mean that for every amazing fan made map, we’ll probably see 5 god awful pieces of crap and 10 phallic shaped maps.


    Here's the official announcement.


    “Today we're opening up the beta of the Portal 2 Authoring Tools to everyone! It's available as a free download for all owners of the PC version of Portal 2 and can be found under the "Tools" tab in Steam.


    The Portal 2 Authoring Tools include versions of the same tools we used to make Portal 2. They'll allow you to create your own singleplayer and co-op maps, new character skins, 3D models, sound effects, and music.


    Here's what's included:...

  • According to Jason Bergman, Bethesda Softworks’ Senior Producer for Fallout: New Vegas, over at the Bethesda forum next Monday will see the release of a new big patch for the PC version of Fallout: New Vegas. This patch is supposed to optimize the...

  • A large amount of today’s console gamers are people who have grown up playing games, often starting their gaming career from anywhere between the Atari to the current generation. But as games mature with us the notion of cutting gaming out of our lives and dismiss it as a childish hobby seems less necessary. It’s recreation, or it’s storytelling, or it’s aggression therapy, and these are all things adults can use.

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  • This game looks like Left 4 Dead with Resident Evil art direction. I'm not impressed yet.

  • I love DLC that extend’s a game’s story, so when The Arrival ...


  • While putting in late nights with Pokemon White and Dissidia Duodecim Prologus this past week, my mind continued playing as my body drifted to sleep and dreamt of a crossover of Top 5 NPD Rating calibre.

    While...
  • With Hollywood greenlighting nearly everything related to our childhoods (Battleship, coming to a theater near you in 2012!), you know this is just bound to happen. This fanmade trailer for an upcoming Angry Birds film echoes way too closely to the creative bankruptcy that currently plagues Hollywood studios and, quite frankly, would not surprise us in the least. "Angry Birds" as directed by Michael Bay? Give it a few years, and this could very well be our reality. 

    Be sure to check out the trailer below.


  • Despite its enormous name, PSP's Dissidia Final Fantasy Duodecim 012 Prologus is quite short, but it contains enough content to keep any Final Fantasy fan happy until they're ready to buy the main game.

    The DLC, which was released and playable before the game, allows you to play “The Twelfth Cycle” within Chapter 0, titled “Treachery of the Gods”. This scenario has you play as a level 20 Lightning from Final Fantasy XIII, who is a newcomer to the Dissidia series, with the Warrior of Light as her assist character.

    Lightning narrates the scenario’s cutscene before she joins Jecht and Kain under Cosmos, the Goddess of Harmony’s, summon. They’ve been chosen for Cosmos' fight against Chaos, the God of Discord, but the three don’t yet trust one another. This is an...

  • Before the Back To The Future episodic game series began, Telltale Games had a promotion that allowed me to sign up to receive Episode 1: It's About Time for free once Episode 2 was released. Yes, I'd get the game late, but at the time I'd had plenty of other games I was working through. I didn't even get to the game by the time it was ready for me to download - sometime in February, I believe - but I finally made the time for it and I'm glad.

    Episode 1 takes place after the Back to the Future 3 movie. Doc Brown's been unheard from for months and so the bank is selling his estate with Marty McFly's dad leading the sale of Doc's belongings. During the sale Marty finds Doc's notebook that contains all his notes on time travel and confiscates it to ensure it doesn't fall into the wrong hands. On his way out of Doc's, after...

  • With the weekend nearly upon us (and since we know that you're just as sick of Rebecca Black's "Friday" as we are), we present you a video that's been making the rounds on all the video game blogs out there.

     

    For old school gamers, this video will bring forth all sorts of horrific, terrible memories of video game deaths. Remember the frustration of dying over and over and over again during the 8-bit generation? Well, this video compiles a whole host of game death scenes (including Double Dragon, Street Fighter II, Golden Axe, Alien Storm, and a bunch others), set along to a poetically eerie chiptune version of Tears for Fears' "Mad World".

     

    Enjoy!

     

  • Riddle me this, riddle me that, who’s afraid of the big black bat? Er, I mean...we certainly aren’t. New details emerged on the Arkham Asylum sequel Batman: Arkham City today, with one major highlight being the increased presence of the Riddler in the October game. Although relegated as mostly a side character in the original game, doling out such clues as tiny green trophies and question mark graffitti, new concept art and gameplay footage focuses prominently on the Riddler, prompting us to assume that the Edward Nigma character will have a larger role in the highly anticipated sequel. Be sure to check out the new trailer for Arkham City listed below. The game is currently scheduled for release on October 18th.

  • As if you needed another reason to reject your grandmother’s friend request on Facebook, it appears that senior citizens are becoming more and more interested in Facebook games. A recent study released by AllAssistedLivingHomes.com found nearly one in five baby boomers registered on Facebook and spending up to an hour on the popular social networking website per day.

    Though older generations still rely on Facebook for communication with friends and family and keeping up-to-date on their social network, the proliferation of casual games embedded in Facebook finds seniors more apt to play Facebook games. Rather than having to learn newfangled technology or download and install computer games, senior citizens are more willing to play a social game through Facebook, as well as participate in contests and promotions offered through the site.

    With the rousing success of the Wii in the past console generation and the rising popularity of gaming across smartphones, e-readers...

  • Team Ninja has teased Ninja Gaiden III with this teaser trailer, showing nothing at all and alluding to an unmasking. But that could of course just be a trailer gimmick. Still, the three-quel (if anything like its predecessors) promises to be dark, fun and less excruciatingly hard than the past two games.

    Team Ninja has promised players that they will experience what it feels like to cut through a body, incorporating a feeling of physical resistance with each slice and/or dice. The game will explore Ryu's character as a person, including his backstory, though the story will take place after the events of Ninja Gaiden II.

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    Disturbing creatures overrun Manhattan and the CTI team is formed to investigate, while Aya, from Parasite Eve and Parasite Eve 2, returns in search of her younger sister, Eve -- her clone.

    There's also some Kill Bill-like stuff with Aya in a bloody wedding dress, but we'll see how that turns out.

    The trailer looks epic, and epically Japanese.

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  • With the release of the Nintendo 3DS only a little over a month away, more details are starting to emerge in regards to the launch games for the new handheld. Though we're sure the system will sell like gangbusters when the system is released, color us a little skeptical after browsing over the list of launch games. Unless you're dying for a new Pilotwings game (we sorta are...), even the first party launch titles are looking relatively thin for the Nintendo 3DS. Below are the list of 16 titles that will be released on launch day, though not all of them will be winners:

    First-party:

    Pilotwings Resort

    Steel Diver

    Nintendogs + cats

    Third Party:

    Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition (Capcom)

    The Sims 3 (EA)

    Madden NFL Football (EA Sports)

    Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D (Konami)

    Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars (LucasArts)

    Ridge Racer 3D (Namco Bandai)

    Super Monkey Ball 3D (Sega)

    Bust-...

  • While many gamers will be clamoring over the release of Killzone 3 for the PS3 this week, the real news is that a classic of gaming will be making a return. According to the Playstation Blog, this week will see the release, on PSN, of the legendary JRPG, Xenogears.

    “PSone Classics

    Xenogears – Xenogears is a turn-based RPG with a combat system that unifies the Square’s Active Time Gauge feature as well as a newly created combo system. The game chronicles the adventures of a young reluctant warrior named Fei, who, after three years of residing in a small, remote farming village begins a long, tortuous quest to uncover his mysterious past. With no memory of his life before being placed in the village leader’s care three years earlier, Fei makes a violent and...

  • Dead Rising. Left 4 Dead. Dead Nation. Undead Nightmare. Burn Zombie Burn. Dead Space. Plants vs. Zombies.

    If there's one thing the video game industry doesn't need these days, it's another game about zombies. Sure, zombies seem to be a hot commodity, what with the Walking Dead succeeding on television and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies find its way into the cinemas in the next year or so, but by this point we're starting to feel an oversaturation of the market.

    And yet, somehow we're still excited for the upcoming release Dead Island. Check out the artfully directed new trailer for the game below, which makes the game seem a little like Hard Rain mixed in with flesh-eating monsters.

  • Reading. Who does that anymore? I mean, having to take a book out and read sentences longer than 140 characters is so passe, right? Well now you can finally experience the rich world of 1920s upper class New York society with the Great Gatsby video game, a throwback retro title that posits protagonist Nick Carroway in a battle against gin bootleggers, flapper girls, and...giant crabs? (Mental note: must check CliffsNotes for F. Scott Fitzgerald’s mention of giant crabs) The game itself is somewhat challenging yet simple, as you utilize only arrow keys to move, space bar to jump, and Z to throw your derby. If you’ve got a good 20 minutes to spare and want to relive your high school English class, you should give this quick game a try by clicking here.

    Also be sure to check out the awesomely retro game manual here. If the book jacket was anything like this, I would...

  • From March 16th 2012 to September 30 2012, the Smithsonian American Art Museum will be hosting The Art of Video Games, an exhibition that will explore the 40 year evolution of video games as an artistic medium, in what I can only assume is a massive F#$% you to film critic Roger Ebert. Kidding, kidding! It’s easy to take a swing at Mr. Ebert based on his comments regarding the artistic merit of the medium, but you’ve still got to respect someone who’s been in the criticism industry as long as he has. This is a man who’s witnessed the rise and fall of enough child actors to choke a whale with and to be fair, he’s...

  • We're approaching the 14th anniversary (I know, right) of the first mention of Duke Nukem Forever back in 1997. Gearbox Software is sticking to their guns as today they have announced that there will be a Balls of Steel edition of the game available for immediate preorder at a video game retailer near you.

    In true Duke Nukem fashion, this over-the-top special edition package (pun intended) includes a 100-page hardcover art book, comic book, and even a bust of the King himself. Pending another worldwide economic meltdown and maybe an early apocalypse, you should expect both standard and special editions of Duke Nukem Forever to hit North America on May 3rd and May 6th worldwide.

    You could write a pretty hefty history...