Gaming

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Remember the good old days when you just put a game cartridge into the console and the game played? Okay, maybe you had to blow on the cartridge a few times first, but that was all. Today, things are so much more complicated. This video imagines what it would be like playing the Atari 2600 version of Pac-Man with an experience that is typical of modern games. It’s oh so very frustrating.

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Blizzard has been going to great lengths to promote the Warlords of Draenor expansion for World of Warcraft. In the US, they had a giant battle axe chop a taxi in half in Times Square while China had some of its McDonald’s briefly themed to WoW. Now, they’re turning to subway stations with this Dark Portal installation in Shanghai.

The portal has a screen on one side and a camera on the other so that if you walk in front of the camera it will display your image on the screen as though you’re on another plane. Every now and then an in-game character pops up as well. This subway station has 18 different exits going to 6 shopping centers, 2 campuses, and a Catholic cathedral so the portal is seeing plenty of traffic.

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Aw, isn’t he just the cutest thing? This mudcrab plush from The Elder Scrolls Online is perfect for snuggling with while you’re gaming. He measures 6″ tall x 16″ long x 17″ wide and he also comes with bonus DLC that will let you have your very own Mudcrab pet in-game. You can preorder now and have your Mudcrab pet by the end of the year.

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This little Pokemon bookmark is easy to make and looks adorable chomping on the pages of your favorite book. It’s the work of imgur user woemygod who made it from simple construction paper that was folded and glued together. You can decorate the face however you choose, so you can customize the Pokemon to your heart’s desire.

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The Warlords of Draenor expansion for World of Warcraft comes out tomorrow and they’ve set up quite a display to promote the game in New York City’s Times Square. A New York City taxi has taken a giant axe to the roof and sits cordoned off by yellow #Warlords tape.

Needless to say, I’ll bet this cost Blizzard a fortune.

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This amazing Fallout vault comes from Redditor VaultoftheSix who decided to make it to celebrate his 30th birthday/Halloween. Both the exterior and the interior of the garage included all sorts of nods to the video game.

After the work was complete they held a party in the vault complete with themed cake and fog machine to set just the right mood.

Check out the gallery after the break to see how it was built:

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What you’re looking at here is a fan-made game called Pokémon Insurgence. It’s completely unofficial, but it just might be better than the real deal.

The biggest challenge in many Pokémon games is that the features come and go depending on the generation, often disappearing in later games. Kotaku notes:

Insurgence mashes together many of the cool features we’ve come to love over the years, like customization, mega evolutions, Pokémon following you in the overworld map, and secret bases—things you’d need to buy three seperate Pokemon games to experience under normal circumstances. Insurgence also adds a few quirks of its own.

These quirks include a darker storyline (its about cultists) and built-in challenges like a Nuzlocke run. There are even new Megas, Delta Pokémon and the option to deck out your Pokémon in armor.

The game isn’t out just yet, but the developer is hoping to have a demo out by the end of the year.

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Those old Atari E.T. cartridges that were found in a landfill in New Mexico last year have made their way to Ebay. You can bid on the games, which are going for as much as $100 each and include titles like Asteroids, Missle Command, Defender, and Warlords.

Now, before you go digging your old Atari console out of storage, remember, these cartridges have been buried for 30 years. The seller makes it plain that no one should be expecting these things to still be operable. It’s really about owning a piece of gaming history.

(Daily Dot via Kotaku)

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Most gamers are familiar with the look of a first-person shooter, but to see that perspective with real people is something amazing. Hardcore is a film shot entirely from one character’s point of view and Filmmaker Ilya Naishuller is currently seeking additional funding for the film on IndieGoGo to finish the project. Filming is complete, but he needs the help for CGI and sound mixing. From the IndieGoGo page:

HARDCORE is a modern, action Sci-Fi story about HENRY, a newly resurrected cyborg who must save his wife/creator ESTELLE (Haley Bennet) from the clutches of a psychotic tyrant with telekinetic powers, AKAN (Danila Kozlovsky), and his army of mercenaries. Fighting alongside Henry is JIMMY (Sharlto Copley), who is Henry’s only hope to make it through the day. Hardcore takes place over the course of one day, in Moscow, Russia and it’s all shot in the same style as BAD MOTHERFUCKER to be released in cinemas worldwide.

It’s a very accurate depiction of what happens in games, which are supposed to be accurate depictions of what happens in the real world, which makes this whole thing awfully meta and a little mind-blowing. It’s been done before of course (most notably in the Doom movie), but it seems like Hardcore is taking it to another level.

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These transforming game consoles from Takara Tomy are a tribute to old-school gaming and the Transformers. There’s an Optimus Prime Sony Playstation (that was teased earlier this year) and a Megatron Sega Genesis that both turn from the standard console into a full-fledged figure. You can preorder both now with Megatron originally set to be available in October so he’ll likely arrive anytime, and Optimus due to be available next February.

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