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He's gonna take you back to the past...
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... read feature

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Make Odin proud
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... read feature

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RISE FROM YOUR GRAVE!
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... read feature

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AVGN Adventures

Add your own colorful phrases to AVGN Adventures


"This game is ______ ______ coming from a ______'s ______!"
Jul 02
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... read
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AVGN Adventures

Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures ISN'T a sh*tload of f*ck


But it will make you curse your mother
Jun 13
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... read
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Circle Pad Pro mods

Check these 3DS Circle Pad Pro mods from Japan


Because monster hunting is serious gosh darn business
Apr 22
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... read
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Brain Age

Brain Age: Concentration Training makes you feel dumb


Your memory skills are pathetic
Apr 09
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... read
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BioShock Infinite

How to play BioShock Infinite's 1999 mode from the start


Using the Konami code
Mar 26
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... read
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Dwarf Fortress

Why there hasn't been a Kickstarter for Dwarf Fortress


The creator speaks
Mar 18
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 ... read
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Nintendo of America used to be cutthroat and vengeful
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 ... read feature

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Gray, by Grasshopper standards
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. read feature

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Jimquisition: Dumbing Down for the Filthy Casuals


Jimquisition happens every Monday!
Dec 10
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... read
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Pat the NES Punk & brentalfloss channel their inner Queen


A Nintendohemian Rhapsody for charity
Oct 22
[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 ... read
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'Worst game ever' gets an awesome tribute/sequel


Sep 30
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... read
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I Wanna Be the Guy: Gaiden is out and making adults cry


Jul 15
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, ... read
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I Wanna Be the Guy: Gaiden to melt brains at EVO 2012


Jul 01
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... read
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The return of Mr. Angry Eyes, Kid Icarus edition


Jan 17
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... read
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Badass! This Mega Man Zero sprite film is intense


Jan 09
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... read
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'Impossible' Famicom game Takeshi's Challenge translated


Dec 30
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... read
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Here's your dose of testosterone for the day


Dec 14
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] read
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Action Adventure World: The Game will stomp your bawls


Dec 13
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... read
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The Jimquisition: Hardcore Hypocrisy


Dec 05
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... read
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NVIDIA puts out holiday GeForce GTX 560 Ti with 448 cores


Nov 30
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... read
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Dude, Zelda's controls don't work like... WHOA, DUDE!!!!!


Nov 23
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] read
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The sad reality of Dark Souls


Nov 12
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... read
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Zelda rap video features a gangsta Great Deku Tree


Nov 02
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... read
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Play / ESCAPE \ and watch your weekend disappear


Sep 03
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... read
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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... read feature

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Powerglove tears the Batman theme a new one


Jul 30
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!] read
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Skyrim will be 'less confusing' but not 'more accessible'


Jul 08
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... read
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IT'S DRAGONITE!!


Jun 16
B*TCHES LOVE DRAGONITES! [Created by YouTube user AMTRAX91] read
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E3: The Ninja Gaiden 3 demo is bloody and delicious


Jun 07
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... read






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