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Pokemon Music photo
New album seeking Kickstarter funding needs your help
I know there are a lot of fans of Pokemon Reorchestrated's Kanto Symphony and Lost Diaries albums out there. The team is now looking to release a new project titled Double Team, which will cover music from the first five gene...


Gamers: The Official Picture

This is basically what they are
Oct 09
// Jim Sterling
Screenshot taken of the comment section of, in a post about the upcoming Battlefield 4 Battle Packs.  As you can see, it manages to capture absolutely everything about the modern gamer in just two short statements.
Pokemon photo

Pokemon grave stone fills me with all the feels

Catching shinies in the afterlife
Sep 30
// Tony Ponce
Among the readers here, I'm sure there are a few who are so engaged in videogames that they've effectively become your identity. Will your game-playing habits be what you are remembered for long after you've passed on? A man ...
New Super Luigi U photo
New Super Luigi U

Luigi, the parkour legend

Now THIS is an advertisement!
Aug 24
// Tony Ponce
When Nintendo actually puts forth an effort, it can achieve some amazing feats of marketing magic. You remember the live-action commercials for the Wii version of Punch-Out!!, right? Here's the next level: a documentary about the parkour legend Luigi in honor of New Super Luigi U. That goddamn Nabbit, though, I swear... Finding Luigi - Legend of Parkour [YouTube]

Trippy cyberpunk comedy spy thriller Jazzpunk is my jam

Jul 01 // Steven Hansen
[embed]257318:49398:0[/embed] Jazzpunk (PC [previewed], Mac) Developer: Necrophone GamesPublisher: Necrophone GamesRelease: 2013 You begin in an office building, making your way to a waiting room. On the table is a spread of assorted magazines, including Reader's Digestive Organs and its feature article, a black market price guide. Little gags like this abound.  Your handler gives you your mission in a cramped, back office. When he's through, he tells you he'll be in the wine cellar and disappears behind the desk. Upon closer inspection, he is passed out underneath of it, with a hilarious, gurgling snore. The surreal nature of the game helps its oddball comedy land. If you read the prescription bottle of pills that you need to take to start the mission (and you should always read the bottle), it notes: "take one capsule every mission, or until reality if sufficiently augmented." Suddenly, I'm tasked with breaking into a Russian consulate to steal secrets and jokes are flying toward me at terminal velocity. The first time I played the first level I stayed on the straight and narrow, following what I thought to be my weird, but sensible narrative goal. The level is littered with sly jokes and references; a nearby movie theatre was playing The Big Sleep Mode. The next mission, an Asian-themed jaunt on a dark night, had little pieces of origami strewn about the way. Clearly Blade Runner-inspired.  When I replayed the level and made a point to explore every nook and cranny outside of the building, I was treated to a whole new world of joy and surprises. Jazzpunk is all about interacting with your environment. And it even makes fun of that. Inspecting a suspiciously lone box prompts, in a garbled non-sense language, it to respond, "I'm just a box, leave me alone." Inspecting some garbage triggers a rain of confetti and the text, "Congrats, you're the 1,302nd player to smell this garbage."  An NPC asks you if they have crumbs on their face and you use a comically large 2D hand on a stick -- index outstretched -- to wipe them off.  Somewhere in the level you can discover a hidden pizza sidequest that transports you to an eerie locale in which the floor and everything else is textured with pizza, as you get accosted by pizza-textured zombies. It was somehow legitimately unsettling. It was also flabbergasting in its hilarity, as you dual wield a pizza cutter and a pizza paddle, slowing making your way to a cabin that looks similar to a Pizza Hut. Things just get better from there. I won't spoil it. The second mission, after you've made off with the Russians' plans, is to kill a sushi-loving cowboy in a Japan-town styled area filled to the brim, too, with sidequests and spiders to trap, though it is a much more linear level than the open first. It works just as well discovering jokes and goofs along a more structured path as it does finding them arbitrarily in an open space.  There's also a discoverable, playable Frogger section and a recreation of Quake's arena multiplayer, but the setting is a wedding and the weapons are popped champagne tops and Gatling wedding cake and rose rocket launchers. Chronic reptile dysfunction.  Jazzpunk is hilarious. I laughed, out loud and on the regular, while playing. It's goofy, it's surreal, it's incisive and impeccably timed. There's also a segment that features the most puns per minute I've ever encountered and I was left with the most reverent silence after stifling my snickering. Given how badly some games have attempted to be humorous, it's almost embarrassing the degree to which Jazzpunk outclasses them, and I've barely raved on about the superb music -- plenty of jazz coupled with some hokey 60's television camp influence -- and delightful, colorful art style.  Jazzpunk is pure joy.  
Jazzpunk preview photo
All that and a bag of chips
I'd be convinced Jazzpunk was made by some actually-talented, alternate universe me, for me, if I didn't meet and chat with one half of its creative team, Necrophone Games' Luis Hernandez, for myself. It's a first-person joke...

Mega Man Unlimited photo
Mega Man Unlimited

Mega Man Unlimited is done! Beams down in July!

PC fan game ready to pick up Capcom's slack
Jun 23
// Tony Ponce
It's been a long road, but Philippe "MegaPhilX" Poulin's Mega Man Unlimited is finished a ready for release on July 14, 2013. Oh my... Quick recap: Shortly after Mega Man 9's release, Phil whipped up a video of what he imagi...

Sony details EXACTLY how to share games on PS4

Also, nails Microsoft's ass to three separate walls
Jun 10
// Jim Sterling
Riding high off its announcement that the PlayStation 4 will have no DRM, no anti-used game policy, and will support game ownership, Sony has released a video detailing its incredibly deep and nuanced system for sharing physical copies of games.  This, right here, is the great video of E3 so far. Bar none.  Oh my GOD, is this stuff glorious.  Xbox Owned. 
Conker's Bad Fur Day photo
Conker's Bad Fur Day

Conker's Bad Fur Day director's commentary is glorious

May 28
// Tony Ponce
I said DAMN! Nintendo 64-era Rare is on a roll lately! I may be tempted to go buy an N64 off eBay right now and have a week-long Rare session. Three big shots from Conker's Bad Fur Day's dev staff have decided to knock back ...
Final Fantasy IX photo
Final Fantasy IX

A new Final Fantasy IX side quest was discovered

The game still delivers 13 years later
May 27
// Tony Ponce
Our Lord of Lords Jim Sterling considers Final Fantasy IX to be his favorite game in the series. I wish I could share in his exuberance -- though I own a physical copy of FFIX, I've yet to actually play it. This newest disco...
eBay Germany <3 Wii U photo
eBay Germany <3 Wii U

eBay Germany supports Wii U's lack of restrictions

It's a deep burn
May 27
// Tony Ponce
Whoever manages eBay Germany's Facebook page must be a huge Nintendo fan -- or at least is a master at capitalizing on current gamer worries and frustrations. It's apparent that Xbox One is charting a dark path, and the jury'...
VG a cappellas photo
VG a cappellas

The ecstacy of Smooth McGroove's VG a cappellas

Two months of Sonic, Chrono Trigger, DuckTales, and more
May 25
// Tony Ponce
I've tried my very best to avoid sharing too much of Smooth McGroove's kickass a cappella arrangements. Not because I think he's lost his Midas touch, but because I didn't want to be held responsible for making heads explode...

Chemical Spillage Simulation hitting PC in June

Simulate those spilled chemicals!
May 24
// Jim Sterling
Excalibur Publishing, the company behind such titles as Euro Truck Simulator 2, Camping Manager, and Bridge Project, has lifted the veil off its latest celebration of mundane majesty -- Chemical Spillage Simulation. "Your ini...
Super Piano Brothers photo
Super Piano Brothers

Beautiful Skyward Sword cover by the Super Piano Brothers

You'll be hooked on the Brothers!
May 04
// Tony Ponce
You've heard of the Super Guitar Bros., right? Well, these guys are the Super PIANO Brothers! Oooooooooh, are we seeing the beginnings of a beautiful rivalry? Probably not. The duo of Tiedan Oskar Yao and Wesley Chu recently...
Mega Man Unlimited photo
Mega Man Unlimited

Mega Man Unlimited fan game goes J-pop in new trailer

Giant robot platypus says hi
May 04
// Tony Ponce
It's been a while since we heard news on Mega Man Unlimited, the balls-awesome Mega Man fan game that fooled even Capcom into thinking it was legit! You may remember my interview last year with project lead Philippe "MegaPhi...
Clip art game covers photo
Clip art game covers

Game covers recreated using clip art and Comic Sans font

Official Best Thing of the Week
Apr 23
// Tony Ponce
Running on places like Tumblr and Twitter is a new meme: Videogame / movie / book covers recreated using only clip art and Comic Sans font. The results are... well... check out for yourself in the gallery below. I would total...
Fallout Monopoly  photo
Fallout Monopoly

Homemade Fallout Monopoly makes the apocalypse worth it

This is the best way to show that you love someone
Apr 11
// Fraser Brown
Despite my love of board games, I rarely get a chance to play any. My friends and the people I can occasionally stomach socializing with have little interest in sitting down and playing them with me, so I have to content myse...
Minecraft Infinite photo
Minecraft Infinite

BioShock Infinite's Columbia recreated in Minecraft

On voxel cloud nine
Apr 10
// Tony Ponce
What!? WHAT!? A mere two weeks in the public's hands and already someone has recreated BioShock Infinite's floating city of Columbia in Minecraft!? What madness! Actually, this project was completed three months ago. For a mi...
Spark Mandrill a cappella photo
Spark Mandrill a cappella

Bearded angel returns with Mega Man X a cappella

Apr 03
// Tony Ponce
Remember our old pal Smooth McGroove, the man with a beard that could stop tsunamis and with a voice that could bring color back to a decaying forest? I recently discovered him and his amazing, amazing, AMAZING Zelda a cappe...
Super Metroid Symphony photo
Super Metroid Symphony

Super Metroid turns 19, gets a fan-made symphony

Download Super Metroid Symphony by Blake Robinson TODAY
Mar 19
// Tony Ponce
On March 19, 1994, one of the best Super Nintendo titles -- and one of the best games of all time -- made it's debut in Japan. Super Metroid was and still is the perfect combination of atmosphere, exploration, and action, bu...

Be Jim Sterling in the Zpocalypse board game

Angry Joe, Totalbiscuit, Spoony, and Linkara also on the cards
Mar 18
// Jim Sterling
Greenbrier Games' Kickstarted undead board game expansion, Zpocalypse Aftermath, is heading to stores around December time of this year. An expansion to the main Zpocalypse game, Aftermath adds new content -- including a play...
Zero Suit Samus art photo
Zero Suit Samus art

Incredible Zero Suit Samus art book can now be yours!

Fangamer is ready to sell you Chris Furniss' 31 Days of Zero Suit Samus
Mar 16
// Tony Ponce
Why didn't anybody tell me this book came out last month!? I've been waiting for this baby a whole year! Where's my wallet!? Let me step back a bit: 31 Days of Zero Suit Samus is a collection of miniature comics depicting wha...
Metal Gear Rising photo
Metal Gear Rising

Raiden can't make a smoothie without flipping out

Metal Gear Rising + American Psycho = YES
Mar 15
// Tony Ponce
Metal Gear's Raiden may be part machine, but that doesn't mean he can't lead a peaceful life of solitude and introspection up in his penthouse apartment. But something about fruit just sends him over the edge. Literally. No ...
Chiptune rock photo
Chiptune rock

Check out this sick 11-minute NES chiptune rock medley

Psycho Crusher takes you on a musical tour of the best of the NES
Mar 09
// Tony Ponce
Guitarist Psycho Crusher, whose amazing rock arrangements I've shared numerous times in the past, originally composed this latest jam with the intent to play it live as a full band. Instead, he decided to turn it into a chip...
Skyward Sword cake photo
Skyward Sword cake

Animated Skyward Sword diorama is part delicious cake

Parents are the best
Mar 08
// Tony Ponce
Parents can be really awesome when it comes to cake. I remember for a birthday long ago, my mom made me a prehistoric landscape cake populated by dinosaurs, rough terrain, boulders, trees, and an erupting volcano. I thought ...

EA: SimCity's broken because it's just too much fun!

Users blamed for wanting to play the game too much
Mar 08
// Jim Sterling
In what has to be the most incredible display of PR spin seen in a videogame crisis, an Electronic Arts spokesperson has claimed SimCity's notoriously awful DRM setbacks are a result of the game being just too gosh-darn enjoy...
Zelda a cappella photo
Zelda a cappella

Bearded dude performs amazing Zelda a cappellas

And his beard ain't half bad either!
Mar 03
// Tony Ponce
First thing you'll notice about YouTuber Smooth McGroove is that his beard is legendary. Combined with his already long hair, he is a dead ringer for Cousin Itt from the Addams Family. Also, he looks a lot like my college ro...
Zelda X Pokemon photo
Zelda X Pokemon

Zelda X Pokemon fan art is super amazing

Nobunaga teamed with Pokemon, so why can't Link and company?
Mar 01
// Tony Ponce
Pokémon plus Nobunaga's Ambition? That's hot. Pokémon plus The Legend of Zelda? Why hasn't this happened yet!? Artist Finni Chang decided to recast Link, Zelda, and Ganondorf as Pokémon trainers with appr...
Ecco the Dolphin photo
Ecco the Dolphin

Ecco the Dolphin's music was never this bizarre

ECCOS is "furniture music" for the dolphin-loving soul
Feb 13
// Tony Ponce
Have you ever been playing Ecco the Dolphin and thought to yourself, "This music is great, but I really wish it sounded as trippy as how the end of 2001: A Space Odyssey looked"? Well then have I got a gift for you! Last year...
System Shock 2 GOG photo
A long-awaited digital release of a sci-fi classic!
No time for rumors! Good Old Games has confirmed that System Shock 2, a game glaring in its absence from the digital space, is coming to its service, and it'll be available tomorrow!  The GOG release will come with a num...


Best. Tattoo. Ever.

Found at D.I.C.E. 2013
Feb 06
// Dale North
Coming back from lunch here at D.I.C.E. Summit 2013, I ran into an event staffer with the greatest arm tat I've ever seen. You see a lot of tattoos in Las Vegas, but I've never seen one that stopped me dead in my tracks. "Is ...

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