Growing up, one of my favourite CD-ROM games was called The Simpsons: Virtual Springfield. As games go, it wasn't that advanced, but it let me take a virtual, interactive tour through my favourite television show. The game had in-jokes from the show, voices from the cast, and perfect attention to detail. It was awesome.
Despite the bitchin' soundtrack, Telltale Games' latest collaboration, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, can't be called a thrilling, rock-fuelled space opera. It's more like easy listening. The first episode's biggest event happens in the first few minutes, and everything else is characters sitting around and contemplating the aftermath. That's kind of what works about it.
Last week, Nintendo dealt a crushing blow to retro gaming fans when it announced that it was discontinuing the uber-popular NES Classic Edition. We're still not sure what Nintendo was thinking — most companies do not choose to discontinue products that get such great reviews and sell out immediately and consistently across the globe — but the good news is, we might see a mini Super Nintendo at the end of the year.
Three years ago, Kevin Bates created a Tetris-playing business card to showcase his engineering skills to potential employers. But his creation quickly went viral on the internet, and everyone reminiscing about their beloved childhood Game Boy clamored for their own. After testing the waters with the equally tiny Arduboy, Bates has finally delivered an officially-licensed Tetris MicroCard. If you've got $US60 ($79) to spare on a tiny machine that plays a single game, you're going to want this in your wallet.
Remember guys, when you have a really cool product that everyone loves and that sells out immediately, the first order of business is to kill it and put it in the ground before people get too attached. This impossibly foolish logic seems to be guiding Nintendo, who will stop shipping the popular NES Classic.
There are a lot of reasons to game on a PC instead of a console. The ability to upgrade your game machine on your own time and in accordance with your own budget is a big advantage. The improved performance — due to the sheer power of new PC hardware — is another. According to Gamasutra, Kevin Gammill, Group Program Manager for Xbox, seems to think another, very cool feature of PC gaming is about to come to television gaming: Variable refresh rate.
Video: While the CW's Barry Allen might have been forbidden from mucking with the time stream (because he's a big ol' dork), the Barry Allen of Injustice 2 is more than happy to use his superspeed to beat you up in the past, present or future. And he looks pretty damn good while doing so.
Mavis Beacon was a fake character dreamed up by a video game marketing team. But don't tell the internet that. Much like the misremembered phenomenon of the non-existent Sinbad movie Shazam that people insist was real, there are still netizens that claim to have seen her on a talk show or winning a typing competition. Let's take a look at all the things that made Mavis the greatest typing teacher that never existed.
One of the most exciting things about HoloLens is that no one is entirely sure what to do with it. It's a game-changing device that's bound to bring some revolutionary new applications. So far, developers have been getting the hang of it by adapting old ideas to interact with the real world. Now, some fine folks have put together a brilliant demo of the classic game Lemmings. But this time you have to save the title characters from falling off of your furniture.
After much anticipation, a package rocked up at the Kotaku offices this week. We get a lot of packages coming through the doors, especially when you share space with fashion websites, the fast-food junkies at Lifehacker and the rotating carousel of mobiles that rolls into Gizmodo.
But this package was special. It was a mouse, not that I needed another. But it was new and that was enough to be exciting.