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For years, James "Angry Video Game Nerd" Rolfe has suffered the worst that retro gaming could toss at him for the sake of your amusement. Why does he do it? Is he a masochist? Does the rage that burns inside with every sudden...


Let's talk about fake difficulty in games. In the olden days, often times due to the limitations of the hardware, developers would create certain portions of games that forced you to resort to trial-and-error tactics, often c...


Can I talk about DuckTales Remastered for a minute? I'm not going to cite any specific examples, but I've read more than a handful of reviews that knocked Remastered down for being a bit too "classic" in the difficulty depart...


In my E3 preview of the upcoming comedy platformer Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures, I noted that each time you die a random Nerd phrase appears on screen. Fans of the Nerd's foul-mouthed escapades are quite familiar with the...


Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures is a game that wants you to curse at it. It wants you to flip out and go ballistic and yell at small children. It wants to give you the experience of being the Nerd in more ways than one. AVGN...


Anybody test out the 3DS XL Circle Pad Pro yet? Is it the cat's knees and the bee's pajamas? How does it stack up to the original Circle Pad Pro? For a certain set of Japanese gamers, the stock devices are hella weaksauce. Mo...


The latest entry in Nintendo's line of brain training software, Brain Age: Concentration Training, released to practically no fanfare whatsoever back on February 10. I think it's safe to say that the "brain age" craze has lo...


Those looking for a heightened sense of challenge from BioShock Infinite will want to give the game's 1999 Mode a look. Although most players will gain access to this difficulty option by clearing the game normally, it can al...


I've spent a lot of time over the past couple of weeks checking out random indie games from Kickstarter, like Mage's Initiation, and I've also been playing a lot of Dwarf Fortress. I started to wonder, "Why doesn't ...


The Nintendo of today is known for being quiet and humble, making conservative decisions, and doing its best not to intentionally piss potential third-party partners off. Most of the complaints directed at Nintendo's current ...


Within my first thirty minutes of playing Black Knight Sword, I encountered a menu option called "cat head grass," a giant mother eye that eats hearts, and severed skulls in a microwave oven that serve as health power-ups. Yep, this is definitely a Grasshopper Manufacture and Digital Reality joint.


There are valid concerns with the "dumbing down" of our entertainment, but as with so many issues, there are just as many invalid ones. This is especially true when "inclusiveness" and "dumbing down" are seen as the same thi...


[Update: Whoops! The actual NES marathon ended yesterday at 3 PM PST, but Pat is still accepting donations through his site until tomorrow.] Zealous NES collector Pat the NES Punk is holding a Child's Play charity that runs ...


Back in 1986, famous Japanese actor/director Beat Takeshi contributed to the design of a videogame. Legend has it that Takeshi did not have an affection for videogames at all (not unlike Jack Thompson), and in a half-intoxic...


The quasi-prequel to 2007's relentlessly difficult platformer I Wanna Be the Guy is finally released and ready for your *ahem* enjoyment. So, how hard is it? Considering I died 15 times in the first minute on the map screen, ...


Oh, sh*t. While discussing the Indie Showcase at the upcoming EVO, we failed to mention another little surprise that will be making an appearance. During the July 5 pre-show at 10 PM PST, I Wanna Be the Guy: Gaiden will be p...


Masahiro Sakurai can't catch a break. The "angry eyes" curse that plagued the Kirby series seems to have followed him to Project Sora and rooted itself in Kid Icarus: Uprising. How dare he try to present a character who is cu...


No, sir! Sprite films will never die! NEVER!!! What you see above is a re-imagining by YouTuber ultimatemaverickx of the final battle in Mega Man Zero 3. If you haven't played any of the Zero series, you'll probably be wonde...


Takeshi Kitano, Japan's most extreme eliminator, hates technology. Naturally, he was the best person to ask to help make a videogame. The result was Takeshi no Chousenjou (Takeshi's Challenge), a Famicom title that was nearl...


I'm really starting to warm up to Fighterpedia. First came that comparison of South Town and Metro City, and now comes the manliest example of mighty manhood to ever make you question your lower confidence. We're talking EXPLOSIONS! PILE DRIVERS! MUSCLES! BACK DROPS! MORE EXPLOSIONS! Fighterpedia Episode 4: Ode to Grapplers: BALLAD OF THE BODY EXPLOSION [YouTube]


Back in July, I had a chance to chat with nerdcore rapper 8Bit Duane, and one of the things we brought up was the game he was co-creating. Action Adventure World: The Game was an opportunity for him to branch out in game dev...


There are hardcore gamers out there so proud of their self-styled character trait that they shall defend it jealously. For indeed, it is they who get to judge whether or not others are worthy of being called gamers, it is th...


For those of you looking to pick up a new graphics card this holiday season, NVIDIA is releasing a limited-edition high-end card: the GeForce GTX 560 Ti with 448 CUDA cores. The MSRP is $289, though that will vary based on ca...


Chief, I know you're getting into the game, but I think you're taking the "immersion" bit a little too... HOLYFLYINGCHEEZUSWHATDAF*CK!?!?!? Skyward Sword is Serious Buisness [YouTube]


I dreaded Dark Souls in the weeks before its release. I really did. This was mainly due to a couple of inescapable realities: 1) Demon’s Souls was probably the most mentally grueling experience of my life (grueling even...


What!? RAP!? Yes, rap. I like rap, so expect lots more rap from me in the future. YouTuber HIimRAWN has a history of making hardcore hip hop music videos based on videogames. His latest joint, "I'm Questing," takes Ocarina o...


It's Saturday, the start of Labor Day Weekend, and you don't have any plans. Rather than cry into a pint of Ben & Jerry's Phish Food, why don't you give this little Flash game a go? The hours will melt away. / ESCAPE \ is...


While many gamers’ attention this fall may be on a certain open-world action-RPG -- which is awesome according to Jim Sterling because it has "f*cking dragons" in it -- I myself can't be more excited for From Softw...


Videogame power metal band Powerglove made Danny Elfman their b#tch with their cover of the 1989 Batman theme off last year's album Saturday Morning Apocalypse. In this new music video, they also teach an army of crabs and bats that it's not cool to attempt a hostile invasion of their mystical sky palace. Holy sh#t. [Thanks for the tip, Morris!]


Those who enjoy panicking about hardcore games being "dumbed down" for the kids will not get what they're looking for with The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, as Bethesda says it can happily make the game as intricate as it likes wi...


B*TCHES LOVE DRAGONITES! [Created by YouTube user AMTRAX91]


Back in 2010 Tecmo Koei promised us a darker, bloodier Ninja Gaiden and that's exactly what the E3 floor demo is all about.  The buckets of blood are back in full force as Ryu rips every ugly thing in the alley to shr...


[Project Cafe is big news, and Starmac isn't sure that we're all going to be happy with the result. Should we be careful what we wish for? Be sure to join in the discussion and share your own ideas about Project Cafe. Want to...


In an interview with Gamespot, Kerberos CEO and lead designer Martin Cirulis went in-depth about the changes in the upcoming Sword of the Stars II: Lords of Winter. Set 100 years later at a time of galactic empires, the sequ...


[No Clip is a community blog series where AwesomeExMachina applies a series of critical restrictions to a popular video game to see how it changes the gameplay experience. For this installment, he tries out his own, more di...


Here's the moment you've all been waiting for; Jim Sterling playing Kirby's Epic Yarn. Things get pretty adorable pretty quickly, and I'm not just talking about violent puffballs made from a soft, knit-able substance.  Or am I? Watch for yourself and find out.


On the last day of PAX, I had the lovely opportunity to play a few Wii games with my dear friend Jim Sterling. First up we have Donkey Kong Country Returns, and in an hour, you'll see Kirby's Epic Yarn. It's amazing to think...


Fallout veterans will likely be the only people up for the challenge of Fallout: New Vegas' Hardcore Mode. As Bethesda's Jason Bergman explained, "It's not so much about difficulty as it is making every decision you...


Nintendo's legendary history has only been integral to videogames for a relatively short time, and pretty much everything they sold before the mid-eighties was quirky plastic playthings, playing cards and the occasional bit o...


[Sundays with Sagat is a video series where a man named Sagat talks to you about videogames. This is serious business.] Sick of Jonathan Holmes E3 10 videos yet? Well then, you're in for a treat, as his less comedic, more ...






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