The Empire of Nintendo Handheld: A Celebration of the Nintendo 3DS

by T.J. Denzer March 27, 2016 @ 8:45 AM
Across the last few decades, it’s nearly impossible to think of the handheld market without Nintendo. Since the Game Boy’s release in 1989, the company has practically dominated the market. Competition has come forth in the form of the Sega Game Gear, Nokia N-Gage, and more prominently, the Sony PSP, but throughout the years, and especially in a market where mobile phones take an increasing share each year, Nintendo has managed to maintain an edge in producing some of the best and most creative technology the handheld market has to offer. Today, in particular, marks the release of the original 3DS handheld system: A system that arguably changed the way players think about glasses-free 3D.

Stay in Line: Lemmings Turns 25

by Jon Ledford February 15, 2016 @ 4:35 PM
DMA Design
Those adorable, anthropomorphic followers started walking in line and onto computer screens two and a half decades ago. It's time we celebrate an often overlooked classic in the puzzle-platformer hybrid genre. Lemmings has hit its big 25 year anniversary, so let's look back at the origins and impact these little guys had in video game history. AMA Design, previously known for their work on the '80s MS-DOS, Amiga, Atari, and Commodore 64 titles of Menace and Blood Money were starting to work on their next game, Walker. It was basically a big video game ripoff of Star Wars' AT-ST, but inadvertently spawned the development of a small character sprite.

Enter to Win an Ant-Man Miniature Xbox One Prize Pack

by Luke Brown December 14, 2015 @ 9:18 AM
Thanks to Ant-Man, we know Pym particles allow you to shrink down to the size of an insect, but there isn't a whole lot to do when you're that small. Yeah, you can play with ants and explore the insides of an apartment building just fine, but when you're miniaturized, there's no video games or movies to watch. But what if old Hank Pym had used his technology to bring all his home entertainment system needs down to microscopic levels? Imagine having a miniature Xbox One to use when you were tired of talking with the ants. Of course, you probably wouldn't be able to bring any game discs or Blu-rays with you down to that level, so you'd mostly rely on digital download codes to get by. Yeah, that makes total sense. In fact, it makes so much sense, we found a way to develop that very thing in case the world ever needed it. Instead of keeping it for ourselves, we're giving it away to you lucky readers.

Red Rings and a Killer Lineup: The Xbox 360 Turns 10

by Jon Ledford November 23, 2015 @ 3:01 PM
After 84 million consoles sold, it's time we celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the Xbox 360 and take a look back its red-ringed history, its extensive lineup and how Xbox Live helped redefine online gameplay for the modern era. Microsoft's second major gaming console was a big success for the company, nearly quadrupling the sales of the original Xbox. It effectively went neck and neck against the PlayStation 3 in the North American market. Now, the two companies are still vying for market supremacy with their current-gen systems. Even though the video game scene has started to move on towards the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, millions of gamers are still holding onto their Xbox 360 as their go-to system of choice.

Call of Duty's Twitter Live Tweeted a Fake Terrorist Attack

by Jon Ledford September 30, 2015 @ 10:06 AM
Activision changed the look of Call of Duty's official Twitter to a faux news page and started reporting about fictional acts of terrorism going on in China. Unfortunately, China just happened to be hit by a series of letter bomb attacks right around the same time.