In order to find the man behind the famous dialogue of Mortal Kombat, you need to go upstairs to the pinball department. Steve Ritchie designs pinball machines — more of them than anyone in history — and downstairs, Mortal Kombat was being developed. When the devs needed a sinister voice for the announcer, they knew just who to ask.
Ellie and Joel are back in the post-apocalyptic setting of the first game — along with a few new characters. The brutal scene depicts a narrow escape and leaves you hanging with something lurking in the dark outside the light of the fire, and no answers as to what's coming next. Last of Us Part II will release sometime in 2018.
Get over here — for ten minutes of Scorpion motion capture footage from the first Mortal Kombat. The movements are a slower than in the game, and for some reason, it's absolutely hilarious to watch. From losing costume pieces to the famous Scorpion hook move, this is a great piece of gaming history.
Playing Dungeons & Dragons takes dedication, imagination, and time — sometimes lots of it. But Robert Wardhaugh's campaign makes others look like a 30-second TV commercial. He's been playing the same campaign since he was 14 — over 35 years ago.
As the personal computer and video game revolution swept the West during the COld War 80s, something similar was happening in the Soviet Bloc countries of the East. Sharing software and purchasing hardware was easy for anyone west of the Berlin Wall, but scarcity and government regulations made it much more difficult on the other side. Here's how gaming was done and the lengths programmers went to to make it happen.
Stern Pinball has been making pinball machines for a long time — back to the 1930s and the founding of arcade game giant Williams. Stern makes some of the biggest themed pinball games in the world, with machines featuring properties like Ghost Busters, Star Wars , and bands like AC/DC and Kiss. The A.V. Club went inside the Stern factory to see what it takes to turn over 3,500 parts into the best game in the world.
Oral health just got a whole lot more aesthetically pleasing. With a limited edition gloss and matte finish, the All-Black Goby Electric Toothbrush Kit is combining the benefits of an electric toothbrush and a sleek, minimalist design. The battery lasts two weeks on a single charge, keeping those unsightly cords in your drawer and off your sink. Better yet, the USB charging cable makes for easy charging, both at home and on the go. Sign up for their subscription service and they'll automatically send you a new brush head when its time to change it out. If you're still afraid of commitment, you can try it out for 60 days, no strings attached.
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Built with top quality components and thoughtful construction, you can't go wrong with a made to measure gray or blue suit from Indochino's Premium Collection. All their suit jackets are half canvassed, with fully fused fronts, for greater versatility and excellent shape for your body. Each jacket also features fully canvassed lapels, bullhorn buttons, lightweight shoulder pads and high-quality collar felts. Just choose your fabric, customize your suit, and submit your measurements. The result is an investment-quality suit that's far more attainable than bespoke options and fits better than off-the-rack options. You can wear them year round, and you get the most bang for your buck as Black Friday sales are already running.
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Tomo Ohira came like a bolt of lightning into the cutthroat world of competitive Street Fighter II in the early 90s. He was unbeatable, and he proved it against the best there were — and took home a championship trophy. Then he disappeared. This is what happened to Tomo Ohira.
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.
It's nearly fall, and what does that mean? Not pumpkins and scary monsters. It means another Call of Duty game and associated cinematic trailers. The franchise is going back to its roots with Call of Duty: WWII, revisiting the great war with new tech, storyline, and multiplayer. Call of Duty: WWII releases November 3, 2017 on all platforms.
The show about walking zombies is about to make people into — walking zombies. The Walking Dead: Our World is an upcoming alternate-reality game based on the TV and comic franchise. Now you have the chance to fight the living dead anywhere from your job to your couch. The Walking Dead: Our World will be available from the App Store and Google Play.
Well. Looks like the T-Rex is eating the employees again — except that this time, it's totally your fault. If you've ever thought that you could to do a better job running a park full of formerly extinct, 250 million-year-old, genetically modified animals, you're about to get your chance. Jurassic World Evolution lets you create your own Jurassic World while trying to keep the dinosaurs behind the fences and the guests out of their mouths.
Start constructing those additional pylons. Blizzard Entertainment is re-releasing the game of galactic combat that put South Korea on the map: Starcraft Remasted. The game that created esports is getting a total makeover in 4k UHD, but everything is else is staying the same. Single player campaigns, expansions and the best multiplayer RTS in history are all returning intact. Practice getting that APM up, as Starcraft Remastered is out August 14, 2017.
Enjoy reality as you know it, because it isn't going to be around for long. Microsoft's augmented reality headset, HoloLens, has been in the hands of developers for over a year now, and the results have been impressive, to say the least. Abhishek Singh has taken the original Super Mario Bros. and brought it to the real world, recreating the game with the Unity engine and playing through the first level in NYC's Central Park.
The world's most famous Italian plumber has worn a lot of hats over the years — princess-saving hero, go-kart driver, golfer, party entertainer — but he's never worn this many hats in one game. Super Mario Odyssey introduces a whole new mechanic to Nintendo's Mario Bros. franchise, allowing Mario to take control of enemies by making them wear his hat. Mario also gains new powers by wearing different hats, adding something truly new to his arsenal of tricks.
Made in their Portland, Oregon, factory, the Danner Ridge was created to be a lighter weight and more versatile hiking boot that still reflects its classic Danner styling. Built with light hikes and city streets in mind, the overall design is inspired by the original Danner Light with an updated construction method that integrates the shank, midsole and lasting board into a single piece. This new, unified platform, combined with a low profile Vibram outsole, allowed Danner to significantly reduce weight and create an out-of-the-box comfort that doesn't come standard with most classic hiking boots.
The Weekender might be the only watch you'll ever need. Timex is confident of that statement, and it's difficult to argue after giving it a hard look. With a minimalist design, the Weekender looks refined yet straightforward, is easy to use, and still manages to pack plenty of features onto its resume. Each watch includes a 40mm oversized case, INDIGLO night-light and chronograph functionality. It's available in four colors, with the option to swap out the leather and nylon straps for a fresh look whenever the mood strikes you.
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Remember all that time you spent playing a Call of Duty single player campaign?Of course not. The Call of Duty franchise made its name on its multiplayer experience, and multiplayer is the heart of the franchise. Here's the first look at CoD's human vs human gameplay from E3 2017.
Video games are all about immersing the player in the developer's world — whether that's an alien planet or a historically based first-person shooter. While graphics get the lion's share of attention, with no sound, there's not much game to play. WIRED looks at psychology and sound have combined to make living video game worlds, from the earliest days of the medium to the beginning of the graphical revolution in the late 90s.
Everyone knows that the real money in any criminal enterprise is in arms. The latest update for GTA Online takes the game from relatively small-time crime to all-out war. Featuring underground bunkers, mobile operations centers, and weaponized vehicles, San Andreas is no longer safe for regular citizens — if it ever was.
It takes a lot of fast cars, high-speed accidents, and over-the-top stunts to take back a town from the criminal cartel running the place. Need for Speed Payback lets you live your Fast and the Furious dream from the comfort of your own couch — without the millions of dollars worth of cars and safety equipment. Payback is out November 10, 2017 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.
Imagine a game where you can be. . . everything. Everything is that game. From the sun or planet or birds to blade of grass, parasite, bacterium, or even a strand of DNA, there isn't anything you can't be in Everything. David O'Reilly's dreamlike vision of size and scale is available on multiple platforms now. Learn more here.
Since its origins in India in the 3rd century, chess has been two-dimensional. Ben Meyers and his dad put their own take on the classic game, creating a handmade spherical chessboard. This beautiful set uses walnut, maple, and Jatoba wood with magnets embedded in the squares and pieces, and adds a whole new aspect to the venerable pastime.
The annual Activision cash cow is returning from space and getting back to its roots. The 14th entry in the venerable first-person shooter franchise takes us to the beaches of Normandy during the D-Day invasion. The hyper-realistic CGI sequences are nearly Saving Private Ryan-worthy, but the actual gameplay remains to be seen. Call of Duty: WWII is planned to release later this year on multiple platforms.
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.
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.