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Bloody Good Fun

A Comprehensive Look At Video Game Easter Eggs [Video]

Some of my favorite video game memories involve discovering Easter eggs. This video covers a sampling of games from the ’70s to today, including everything from hidden messages to developers’ faces. I was happy to see a few of my favorites in here, too (Shifty Looking Cow, the hidden areas in Portal, Borderlands 2′s creeper cave, Whimsyshire…). One amendment, though: the Battlefield 4 Megalodon has indeed been found.

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A Compilation Of The Most Frustrating Moments In Video Games

Come, gamers, let us swap war stories and console one another. This video speaks to us all. And just in case this wasn’t emphasized enough:

All underwater levels.

All. Underwater. Levels.

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New Alien: Isolation Video Evokes An Old School, Low Tech Future

I am excited for this game. I am very excited for this game. Set fifteen years after the final voyage of the Nostromo, Alien: Isolation will cast the player as Weyland-Yutani employee Amanda, who is investigating the disappearance of her mother. Her mother, Ellen Ripley. This should end well!

The video above highlights the developers’ efforts to create an environment that looks and feels like the “chunky, analog, push-button” world of the original film. From this and other preview material I’ve seen, it seems like a lot of effort is being put into summoning that quiet, slow-burn tension Alien is so famous for. Bring it on.

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Review

Adventure Game Moebius: Empire Rising Gets Tangled Up In Itself

I have to be honest. I haven’t finished playing Moebius. I would guess that I have about an hour or two left. As I write this, I don’t think that’s going to change, even though I can’t tell you whether or not I recommend a game that I haven’t played through. There are folks who will dig this game, and more power to you. There is some good stuff in there, and I did enjoy parts of it. But I reached my limit. I didn’t finish it, even though it’s my job to do so.

Well, actually — no. My job is to tell you about my experience in a game. That much I can do.

Mild spoilers ahead, plus two puzzle solutions.

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We Can Be Heroes

Today in Indie Comics: Zac Gorman’s Magical Game Time

Ever wonder what’s going through the mind of your favorite video game characters once the console is off? Curious how the heroes you love spend their downtime between boss battles? Zac Gorman‘s gorgeous animated webcomic series Magical Game Time explores exactly those thoughts. The art’s use of texture and muted colors create a perfect isolated and self-reflective feel to the comic, which explores the inner lives of some of gamedom’s most iconic heroes as well as sharing the artist’s own musings on the way that video games, their stories, and their characters affect the lives of the players.

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The Future Is Now!

Leeloo Is The Perfect 8-Bit Being In This Version Of The Fifth Element [VIDEO]

CineFix has put together an 8-bit version of my all-time favorite film, The Fifth Element (with a little 16-bit, they admit.) What I wouldn’t give to play this game. My only issue is they kept her in the bandage outfit the whole time. I personally prefer the orange suspenders.

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Star-Lord Is a Cyberman

At least that’s how it looks in this new pic put out by Marvel. (Digital Spy)

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Bloody Good Fun

Game of the Year: Telltale Games’ Super Mario Bros. [Video]

Look, Luigi, your year had to end sometime. Don’t take it personally.

This short by Dorkly brings us the unholy mashup of Super Mario and The Walking Dead. Somehow, this combination strikes me as even more emotionally traumatic than the original. I’d still play it.

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it's time to play the music

If You Watch Only One Rock Band Playing The Tetris Theme Today, Make It This One

I’m not sure I’ve ever described a cellist as “badass” before, but now seems like a good time to start.

The band you see here is Critical Hit. By the time you read this, I will have remedied my lack of their video game cover album.

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Review

Review: The Wolf Among Us, Episode Three

The thing that sucked me into Fables was how intimately familiar it was with the inner workings of the stories it drew from. There have been many contemporary stories with old-school fairy tale characters, but Fables had an eye for tiny details. It delighted in turning some tropes on their heads while preserving others for posterity (with varying degrees of success). Reading those comics was like falling along a Mobius strip, going from reimaginings to classic story and back again.

Until episode three, I didn’t realize that this was the thing I’d been missing from The Wolf Among Us. In all other ways, it felt like a Fables story. Same characters, similar-enough artwork, the correct balance of darkness, magic, and wry humor. But it was missing that secret ingredient — something that became apparent the minute it was mixed back in.

Mild spoilers for all three episodes of The Wolf Among Us, as well as for those who haven’t read the comics.

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