We're heading into the 25th anniversary of Magic: The Gathering, and Wizards of the Coast are kicking off the celebrations in style with Unstable, one of the strangest expansions Magic has seen in years. We have an exclusive look at some of the craziness within.
Electronic Art's Star Wars Battlefront 2, one of the biggest video game titles of the year, debuted to disaster in recent weeks after both consumers and the gaming press revolted against the $100 game's reliance on microtransaction-fuelled, pay-to-win loot boxes. At launch, the title prevented players from accessing key features of the game such as playing as Luke Skywalker or Darth Vader without either gruelling grinds or shelling out extra cash to help bypass its confusing internal economy.
Video: Before the Switch, before the 3DS, and even before the Game Boy, Nintendo had the Game & Watch: A series of handheld video games that were primitive by today's standards, but mind-blowing to '80s kids. And they made such an impression on computer scientist Thomas Tilley that he recently created a gigantic version of the toy built around a 46-inch LCD display.
With Black Friday fast approaching, the pre-Christmas sales are ramping up. Microsoft have unleashed their Black Friday specials early this year for Xbox Live Gold users.
Don't have Xbox Live Gold? There's a special offer to sign up for only $1 so anyone can take advantage of this sale.
Battlefront 2, the new video game where you can play as Bossk before you spend a dozen hours unlocking Luke Skywalker, has a slavish dedication to fancy graphics and Star Wars action. Unlike its predecessor, it has a whole new Star Wars story to tell. But while it starts promisingly, it ends up being a far too recognisable tale.
Controllers matter, especially if you're making the shift from console gaming, where choice is limited, to PC gaming, where the only thing stopping you from grabbing a specific controller is money. But while every controller is trying to give you an edge, some do a better job than others. Some feel more comfortable, some allow you to do more, and some just look cooler. So I spent the last few weeks playing a lot of video games to find the very best controller you can buy.
In an infamous Twitter meme that misquotes Alan Moore's Watchmen, Dr. Manhattan, naked, blue, and seated in a crater alone on Mars, says: "I am tired of Earth. These people. I am tired of being caught in the tangle of their lives." He's a perfect candidate for Windows 10 Mixed Reality, Microsoft approach to virtual reality, that, starting today, is compatible with SteamVR.
Once upon a time, I worked out if you mix cheap tinned lentils with the cheap mince you get in bulk at Aldi (yes, I'm aware I probably ate horse at some point), and stock up on snap frozen veggies, you can feed your family quite healthily for at least a week.
Unrelated: there are Xbox Christmas decorations worth FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS and hey, if you're into that kind of thing power to you, my friend.
Video: When you think about the early days of virtual reality, you either think of the movie The Lawnmower Man, or that episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation where the crew gets addicted to an augmented reality game that almost kills everyone. Which, by the way, you can now play on Microsoft's HoloLens AR headset.
While Reddit sometimes overstates its value as a space for authentic conversations online, the massive community-driven website has served as a kind of town hall where everyone from Elon Musk and Barack Obama to a dildo manufacturer have responded to questions from completely un-vetted strangers. Sometimes it goes well. For Electronic Arts, the new owner of the most hated comment in Reddit's history, not so much.
Whenever someone starts playing board games, they're often introduced to the same handful of games: Ticket to Ride, Carcassonne, Catan and so on. These games -- often referred to as 'gateway games' -- are simple, inoffensive titles that anyone can pick up and play.
They're an easy way to dip you toes into the waters of board gaming. What if you want to dive into the deep end?