If you loved LEGOs as a child, you probably had this dream: A set of infinite bricks, in infinite colors, and an infinite space on which to build. This is the dream which Minecraft has been building since 2009. Although it has grown over the years to include more traditionally-oriented gaming modes, the core of the game is Creative Mode. Individuals, creative collectives, and even companies have been formed around the game. Vox looks at how this simple game of building blocks has become both an art and business.
Put down the controller. Get out the wheel, pedals, and hydraulically-actuated full-motion cockpit — it's time to go sim racing. The introduction of Chequered Flag in 1983 marked the beginning of racing games not just as entertainment, but as a way for the masses to experience autosports as realistically as possible. Since that humble start, racing sims have become increasingly better at mirroring the physics of their real-world counterparts, with some games having code based on testing simulators used by racing teams at the top of the sport.
After Electronic Arts' disappointing 2015 reboot of the Battlefront franchise, they're ready to try again. The official trailer for Star Wars: Battlefront II shows that the sequel has what the first game lacked — a storyline and an actual single-player campaign. As the Empire's Stormtroopers witness the destruction of the Death Star, the question is: What happens next? With playable characters from four different Star Wars eras and the best part of any Star Wars game, massive space battles, this installment in the Battlefront series looks like a much-needed improvement.
No one knows how much lost time and productivity Wes Cherry has cost employers. In 1988, as an intern for Microsoft, Wes wrote Solitare — the game that came bundled with the Windows OS. In a stroke of cosmic irony, Wes created the game for the same reason millions of people played it in the office — sheer boredom.
Finally, we might have a spiritual successor to NBA Jam. NBA Playgrounds feels a lot like its iconic predecessor, with two-on-two gameplay featuring stylized versions of NBA greats past and present. NBA Playgrounds is coming to Nintendo Switch, PC, Xbox One, and PS4 in May 2017.
It's a top-down 2D video game when stuntman Ilko Iliev and drone operator Marin Kafedjiiski turn the landscape of Bulgaria into an obstacle course. Watch as Ilko runs, jumps, and even wakeboards over urban and country terrain, including an abandoned communist monument. With a vertigo-inducing bird's eye view, even a small jump looks like a superman leap.
Whether you prefer short sleeves or like to roll yours up, these G.H. Bass & Co. Button Down Shirts are versatile additions to your springtime wardrobe. Available in a variety of colors and styles, including classic gingham in a bold red, a striking green plaid, and double cloths in an ideal blend of cotton and linen. Dressing up or dressing down, paired with shorts or worn with jeans, they'll ensure you look your best.
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There are few sneakers out there versatile enough to transition seamlessly from work to play. Enter Koio. Constructed using the finest Italian Vitello calf leather and made by hand in Italy, Koio's Capri low-top sneakers look as good paired with summer business attire as they do with a pair of shorts and a t-shirt. All Koio shoes are crafted for comfort, lined with soft Italian calf leather, and the Capris are no exception. Constructed with lightweight, durable outsoles, these great-looking low-tops are now available in several new, limited-edition colors for spring.
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Virtual reality is here. Tech companies are all-in on the technology, with commercially-available headsets like Oculus' Rift and Valve's Steam VR proving that VR is here to stay. This tech demo by Disney shows two users passing and catching a real ball using VR headsets, giving a glimpse at what it might be like using real objects in a virtual setting instead of just a controller.
We weren't pretending to be Superman — we were pretending to be Rodney Mullen, Bam Margera, and Tony Hawk. In places like Rio de Janiero, Los Angeles, and Portland. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater came in like a storm, selling millions of copies, spawning one of the biggest franchises in video game history, and making the arcane lingo of skateboarding a second language to millions. And that's without mentioning the legendary soundtracks. Ralph D'Amato was the producer on the first eight Tony Hawk games, and wants to bring the story behind them to the screen.
Saying that video games are just games is like saying ancient Greek myths are just myths. More than a way to waste time, they tell a story — of the people that made them, the people that played them, and the culture that they came from. But to know the history, you need more than just the game's code. Frank Cifaldi has amassed a collection of all the peripheral print that surrounds games and helps tell their story. He wants to take his collection, digitize it, and make it available to the public, in order to ensure that games and the people who made them have a history.
Just because Barack Obama is officially retired, doesn't mean he's ready for the AARP card and house slippers. From the White House podium to posterizing Melo, the former president is chasing his real dream — playing in the NBA. Watch NykeFaller's masterful recreation of the President as a monster in the paint in NBA 2K17.
The horror — the horror. Apocalypse Now, the surreal Vietnam dystopia by director Francis Ford Coppola, could be coming to a PC near you. Besides the blessing of the director himself, the Kickstarter page lists a roster of gaming industry veterans, all of whom have shipped AAA titles. This pre-alpha tech demo gives you a glimpse of what a journey into Coppola's Heart of Darkness might look like.
Let the games begin. This blockbuster alliance has Marvel and Final Fantasy creator Square Enix joining forces to create a series of games based on the Marvel Cinematic Universe. First in the lineup will be a game based on The Avengers, with teasers hinting that Iron Man and Captain America will make an appearance. Be prepared to wait, as nothing looks to be coming from the two studios until at least 2018.
It's been 23 years since the release of NBA Jam Tournament Edition, and the roster has finally gotten an update. The stars of today's NBA are all there, including LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Steph Curry, along with all 30 of the current teams. No NBA Jam would be complete without secret characters, and this update doesn't disappoint: Along with past NBA legends like Kobe and Michael Jordan, you can unlock the likes of Hillary Clinton, Harambe, and Yeezy. Grab an SNES emulator and check out the download link in the video description.
Shigeru Miyamoto has created some of the most popular videos games in history. Donkey Kong, Super Mario Bros., and The Legend of Zelda helped to redefine what video games were and what they could be. Miyamoto's combination of movement, control, and storytelling paved the way for today's epic games, with budgets the size of blockbusters and storylines that could fill a novel — and sometimes do. Miyamoto sat down with Vox to talk about his philosophy about designing games, and the next frontier for Nintendo: mobile gaming.
In the annals of gaming, only one game can hold the title of Worst Game Ever: Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing. But a really close second is E.T. The Extra Terrestrial. Everything that could possibly conspire against someone conspired against Howard Scott Warshaw, the programmer, in the making of E.T. But Howard is totally unrepentant, and considers it an honor to have worked on the game. Here's his story.
The second trailer for Hideo Kojima's Death Stranding begs as many questions as it answers. Kojima seems to introduce us to an antagonist this time, with the introduction of a sinister character played by Mads Mikkelsen, and Guillermo del Toro in an unknown role. One thing is for sure — Kojima only ups the creepy compared to the first trailer. Production is just beginning, and a 2018 release date is rumored.
The console killed the arcade, but Mark Kleback wants to change that. Mark makes classic-style arcade cabinets for games like Hungry Hungry Astronauts and Crystal Brawl, with the goal of putting a little more community back into gaming.
The Cold War wasn't just a battle between East and West, communism and capitalism, and amassing stockpiles of nuclear weapons — it was a battle for coins at the arcade. The Soviet approach to arcade games was more than just entertainment, however. Soviet arcade games were designed with training the next generation of heroes of Communist labor. Made from things like repurposed refrigerators and calculators, these 80s arcade games were meant to prepare young people for war.
The follow-up to Rockstar's open world western is here and it looks pretty incredible. The online multiplayer experience will actually appears to act as a prequel to the original Red Dead and looks to still follow the shenanigans of John Marston. Not much more is know other than it will be coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in fall 2017.
The rise of the personal computer saw a new kind of video game — the simulation. The technology could allow normal people to experience things they might not ever experience in real life, like traveling to the stars, dogfighting in the skies over Europe and the Pacific, and racing automobiles at the highest level of motorsport. Formula One has had its brand attached to many games over the years, from the earliest pixelated titles to modern simulations that create a photorealistic version of the fastest cars on the planet.
Finally, someone has come up with a new take on the classic game of ping pong — Ping Pong FM. Putting a musical twist into the game, specially designed paddles speed and slow the tempo of a song based on the timing of your shots, while missing a ball stops the music completely. Learn more at pingpong.fm.
At one time, there 48 slot car shops operating in New York City. Now, there's one. "Buzz" Frank Perri owns and operates Buzz-A-Rama, the last place to swap plastic on the great slot car tracks in New York. Since 1965, Frank has been running the slots, and looks to a younger generation to keep the sport alive.
Pure nostalgia. If Nintendo's announcement of the US-spec mini NES didn't make your eyes glaze over with 80s childhood memories, then this definitely will — if you grew up in Japan. Japan will be getting its own miniature classic console, the Japan-only Nintendo Famicom. Like the US version, it comes loaded with over 30 classic games, with a few notable differences, such as Tecmo Bowl getting subbed out for a sumo wrestling game. The Mini Famicom will be available in Japan only on November 10, 2016.
It's Jon Snow — in space. Except he's evil. Kit Harington plays the antagonist, the treasonous Admiral Salen Kotch, in the most spacefaring installment of Activision's Call of Duty franchise. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is all about space: War in space, zombies in space, and Kit Harington in space. The infinite space war will be out November 4, 2016.
90s arcade classic NBA Jam wouldn't have been the game we love without the real teams and stars of the Nation Basketball Association. During production, Midway put together this demo reel highlighting the graphics and technology behind the game in a bid to get the NBA to licensing. As we know, the effort was a success and NBA Jam went on to become one of the most popular sports games of the 90s.
It's hard to resist calling it cute. A Raspberry Pi and Arduino board power this 3D-printed miniature Nintendo Entertainment System. A brilliant use of an NFC antenna allows you to change games with miniature cartridges — just like the real thing.
The blue blur is back. In this early look at Project Sonic, Sonic the Hedgehog makes his return to lead the resistance against Dr. Egghead and his legions of murderous robots. Slating for release Holiday 2017.
It finally happened: Someone wrecked a car while playing Pokémon Go. Not only did they wreck into a parked car, that parked car just happened to be a police car. And the whole ordeal was captured on a body camera. Thankfully, no one was hurt, and remember — don't drive distracted.