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12:45 PM on 12.27.2012

Tank! Tank! Tank! makes kid weep manly Christmas tears

If you were to unwrap a Christmas present and discover Tank! Tank! Tank! inside, anybody's natural instinct would be to burst into tears. However, for one child, his weeping was spurred by joy -- such an obscene gift actuall...

Jim Sterling

9:30 AM on 12.27.2012

Kid loses it after unwrapping Wii U Christmas morning

The kid in this above Christmas morning video from YouTuber Deongello Vanorsby ramps up slowly, from delayed reaction to shock to... tears! Dad gets a flying bear hug that slowly devolves into grateful so...

Dale North

11:30 PM on 12.25.2012

Brawl in the Family is home for the holidays

As Christmas wraps up and MAGFest fast approaches, we celebrate the Yuletide season with the gift of song. The previous four strips of Matthew Taranto's Brawl in the Family (454, 455, 456, and 457) have seen Dedede, Pok&eacu...

Tony Ponce

7:00 PM on 12.25.2012

Check out several sites and companies' Christmas cards

Every year, game companies and other game sites like to send out holiday cards to their various contacts -- not that out of the ordinary. Sometimes these cards are your basic season's greetings, but other times they go above ...

Tony Ponce

12:00 PM on 12.25.2012

Merry Christmas from Dtoid: now what'd you get?

Today is Christmas Day, the day we celebrate America's favorite lover, Cool Christmas, bedding beautiful women around the nation and refusing to pay child support. Cool Christmas says condoms are a scam. Just listen to him. H...

Jim Sterling

3:00 PM on 12.24.2012

Jimquisition: The Sh*tiest games of 2012

There's something to be said for tradition, and the Jimquisition's most sacred tradition is the year-end evisceration of the very worst games released. Quake in fear, O ye creatively impoverished fools! Presented to you...

Jim Sterling

10:00 AM on 12.24.2012

Listen to Yasunori Mitsuda's annual Christmas arrangement

Every Christmas season composer Yasunori Mitsuda streams a holiday arrangement on his Procyon Studio home page. In past years we've heard arrangements of everything from Chrono Cross's "Dimension Break" (recently mentioned in...

Jayson Napolitano

7:30 PM on 12.21.2012

Ganon Claus brings tidings of great immolation

Oh, that Ganondorf! Musical troupe Random Encounters has gifted the Internet a nice holiday-themed production starring that bottomless well of happiness and cheer, Ganondorf! Listen as he and Princess Peach regale us with a song about Ganon Claus, noble benefactor and malicious fiend alike. Speaking of Christmas, only four days left. I'm ready to get fat. Ganon Claus [YouTube]

Tony Ponce



Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams gets a free Christmas level photo
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams gets a free Christmas level
by Jordan Devore

Holiday season or not, we appreciate getting freebies. Black Forest Games has put out a free Christmas-themed level for Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams that owners of the game can grab from the Extras menu as of today.

In addition to offering this content via update across Steam, GOG.com, GamersGate, and backer versions of Twisted Dreams, the level itself will be a standalone download on both Steam and GOG.com. Consider this a nice supplement to the current demo for the game, unless you're the obligatory Grinch in the family.

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Merry chipWINter! Have 14 holiday-themed chiptunes! photo
Merry chipWINter! Have 14 holiday-themed chiptunes!
by Tony Ponce

[Update: The chipWINter Bandcamp page is up! There was an opportunity to purchase a limited edition audio cassette of the album, but it sold out in five minutes. Damn!]

It's the holiday seasoooooooooon!

Brandon Hood of "Chiptunes = WIN" organized the original 51-track behemoth for release back in June. In October, he followed up with an expansion featuring a reduced count of 22 tracks. For the hat trick, there is a modest collection of 14 songs from 14 artists. A far cry from the disgusting excess of the first album, sure, but no less appreciated by the discerning chiptune lover.

As the name implies, chipWINter is holiday-themed delight with which to warm yourself on those cold December nights. I especially love that the lead track is a chip arrangement of Vince Guaraldi's famous "Linus an Lucy" off the A Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack. Very classy!

At 9 PM EST, there was a chipWINter listening party on 8bitX Radio's "8 Bit Power Hour," after which the album went live for free on Bandcamp. Now go get it, boyo!

chipWINter [Bandcamp]

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Sound Card 010: Top ten game music tracks for Christmas photo
Sound Card 010: Top ten game music tracks for Christmas
by Jayson Napolitano

It's the most wonderful time of the year! And I truly believe that. While Thanksgiving is easily my favorite holiday, Christmas is a close second, and I've always made an iPod playlist with tons of holiday music that I roll out the day after Thanksgiving.

Recently, I had people ask me what kind of music I put on my Christmas playlist, and I realized I had a lot of game tracks! So what better way to kick off the Christmas season than with ten of my favorite holiday themes from videogames!

As usual, we can't include everything in a short top ten list, so feel free to chime in with some of your favorites as well, and together we'll hopefully have a pretty sizable list of music to enjoy this Christmas season!

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10:00 AM on 10.11.2012

Sony: judging PS Vita before Christmas is 'preposterous'

Most sane people will tell you that the PS Vita is in a bad way right now. It just broke a million sales in Japan after 42 weeks, and its not grabbed much attention elsewhere in the world. However, according to Sony's Fe...

Jim Sterling

10:00 AM on 07.24.2012

Sony focusing on family-friendly games this Christmas

If you're looking forward to a slew of cool PS3 games to play this holiday season, you might want to dial your excitement back just a touch. Sony has declared it'll focus on "family-friendly" games this Christmas, hoping to r...

Jim Sterling

2:00 PM on 02.11.2012

Meta Knight saves Christmas a month and a half later

A Christmas video in February? Don't think of it as late; instead, think of it as though Meta Knight just doesn't give a f*ck. "O Meta Knight" is the latest game-turned-musical from Random Encounters. Santa decided to shirk ...

Tony Ponce

2:30 PM on 01.04.2012

Mega Man Christmas Carol II brings back holiday vengeance

It's a little bit late, but here's a fun thing! Last year, the Mega Man sprite warehouse Sprites Inc. celebrated the holidays with a short but sweet fangame that was very, very, very loosely based on the Charles Dickens clas...

Tony Ponce

11:30 AM on 01.04.2012

Angry Birds: 6.5 million downloads on Christmas Day

What. In. The. Hell? Angry Birds was downloaded 6.5 million times on Christmas Day? It's like every device given at Christmas was gifted solely for use with Rovio's silly game. This massive one-day figure includes both free a...

Dale North