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Which low tier character will I waste my time on in Mortal Kombat X? photo
Which low tier character will I waste my time on in Mortal Kombat X?
by Nic Rowen

They say you should never marry for love, but I always do. Every single damn time. I guess you could call me a romantic. If you felt like being less charitable (and possibly more accurate), you could call me a scrub. I couldn't say you'd be wrong. Sadly, that's never stopped me from picking my fighting game characters based on some whimsical, fuzzy, undefinable personal appeal rather than any practical consideration. I look at the character first and the frame data a distant second.

Coincidentally, I also end up always picking duds. Colorful jobbers who reside in the deep bottom third of tier lists, a gaggle of gold brickers who almost never show up in tournaments where people play for "real." I'm like a reverse talent scout with a keen eye for hamstringing liabilities and poor upper end viability. I've made a career out of consistently picking out which fighter will take the biggest, hardest dive and signing them up for a lifetime contract.

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Won't somebody think of the children? photo
Won't somebody think of the children?
by Nic Rowen

When I was a little boy, Mortal Kombat was a tough sell around my home. Like most pre-adolescents of the era, I was darkly attracted to the idea of ninjas and movie stars decapitating each other in bouts of gladiatorial combat. After years of family-friendly games, MK's edgy aggressiveness seemed like tantalizing forbidden fruit and I ate it up. I played it in the arcades every chance and I couldn't wait for a home version where I could practice fatalities in the privacy of our den.

Unfortunately for me and my desire to rip the beating heart from my opponent's rib cage, my mom watched the evening news. Night after night, MK was described by reporters and senators as a murder simulator; a malicious product designed by sick men for the express purpose of desensitizing and warping young minds. It all seems hilarious and idiotic in hindsight, but at the time the concern was real. These were respected authority figures after all, why wouldn't she believe them? Soon I was banned from playing MK at the arcade, and the notion of getting a home copy was dismissed out of hand. There was a dark period of time when it looked like I'd be doomed to never enjoy the simple pleasure of hurling another Kombatant to the spiked bottom of the the Pit ever again. Tragic.

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3:00 AM on 04.08.2015

Welp, Cassie Cage has a jaw-dropping (hah) selfie fatality in Mortal Kombat X

God damn millennials and their social media. Just last week a police officer was telling me how social media is incredibly helpful in solving local crimes (muggings, burglaries). What the hell do kids think they're doing pla...

Steven Hansen

7:00 PM on 04.07.2015

Mortal Kombat X Fatality and X-Ray montage

For those of you who prefer to watch from the sidelines or simply check out what moves are possible with your roster, we've got a cheery video showcasing seven minutes of Mortal Kombat X Fatalities and X-Ray moves. My poor delicate constitution. Mortal Kombat X: All Fatalities and X-Rays So Far in 1080p 60fps [IGN]

Claire Sharkey

6:30 PM on 04.07.2015

Shenmue enters Dead or Alive 5 thanks to mods

Forget the Dead or Alive 5 Last Round nude mods. This is where it's at. A modder named Esppiral used their retexturing skills to turn DoA's Jacky Bryant into Shenmue star Ryo Hazuki, and Akira Yuki into Longsun Zhao. Even the...

Jordan Devore

4:30 PM on 04.07.2015

Super Smash Bros. glitch sets Kirby permanently on fire

Oh boy, it's like the Syphon Filter taser all over again. If you want to give your Kirby a new look, try getting sucked off by another Kirby while you have your hammer readied and release your grip right when you start getti...

Steven Hansen

10:30 AM on 04.07.2015

Remember, Goro is a Mortal Kombat X pre-order bonus

I don't remember unlocking Goro in the Mortal Kombat 4 N64 port and that's about as far as I got with the series. Well, aside from a weekend spent with a rented Mortal Kombat Versus DC, but I'm sure plenty of voi dig th...

Steven Hansen

12:30 PM on 04.06.2015

Hope you aren't sick of seeing Mortal Kombat X trailers

[Update: Added a "making of the trailer" trailer, because trailers.] The PR account executive slowly walked through his boss' door. His eyes were shifted down so as to avoid the unnerving gaze of the senior PR manager; his b...

Brett Makedonski

5:30 PM on 04.03.2015

Mortal Kombat's selection screen sure has changed over the years

Different people have wildly different experiences with fighting games. Someone who's unskilled won't have near the same involvement as someone who's mastered its systems. But, there is one constant across anyone who tries th...

Brett Makedonski

1:00 PM on 04.02.2015

Mortal Kombat X will have rotating free DLC characters, like League of Legends

If you're picking up Mortal Kombat X but don't feel like shelling out for the DLC, I don't blame you. The good news is that according to an interview with Angry Joe, Ed Boon has confirmed that all four current DLC characters ...

Chris Carter



Who would you elect to be the next Smash Bros. DLC character? photo
Who would you elect to be the next Smash Bros. DLC character?
by Jonathan Holmes

Nintendo's April Fools Nintendo Direct was no joke. While there wasn't a whole lot there that would interest people who aren't existing fans of the publisher, there was something for just about everyone who already enjoys Nintendo's brand of game design. It announced new modes and costumes for Mario Kart 8, new StreetPass games, re-confirmed the Fire Emblem/Shin Megami Tensei crossover, showed off a new amiibo card-focused Animal Crossing title, promised a patch to help make Code Name STEAM a lot more fun, teased the localization of Fatal Frame V, and all while jamming an amiibo into every open orifice while laugh/crying until the veins in their heads and necks exploded in to a cascade of blood

Figuratively. 

As great as that all sounds, many would likely tell you that the presentation peaked early with the multiple Smash Bros. announcements. Mewtwo will join the game as DLC in just two weeks. Mii characters are getting new costumes based on Xenoblade, Majora's MaskMega Man X, and more. Lucas will be available for purchase as DLC in June. To top it all off, we can now vote for who we want to see appear in the game as DLC in the future. Nintendo made it clear that our votes will not be the only thing that determines how the Smash Bros. roster will continue to grow, but just knowing that the potential for more of our favorite characters to join the fight has much of the internet freaking out, present company included.

Here are a few of the characters that we'd love to see as Smash Bros. DLC. 

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5:06 PM on 04.01.2015

Mother 3's Lucas coming to Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U

Lucas, who made an appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, is coming to the 3DS and Wii U Super Smash Bros. as a DLC character in June, following Mewtwo's April release.

Steven Hansen



Review: Paperbound photo
Review: Paperbound
by Chris Carter

I don't think I'll ever get tired of arena battle games. I can see myself as a grandfather one day, playing my favorite character in a future iteration of Super Smash Bros., reminiscing with my progeny about how great the old games were, and how overpowered Meta Knight was decades ago. It's those kinds of people who will enjoy Paperbound, the newest arena kid on the block.

While it doesn't have the panache of many other recent arena games like Samurai Gunn or TowerFall, it's still a decent way to spend an afternoon with friends gathered around the couch.

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Tekken 7 brings back Jin, Devil Jin, shows off newcomer Josie photo
Tekken 7 brings back Jin, Devil Jin, shows off newcomer Josie
by Chris Carter

If you're a fan of Jin or Devil Jin, you're in luck, as they will be making a triumphant return to Tekken 7. The news was just revealed by way of three videos showing off a trio of combatants, the highlight of which is easily Josie, a newcomer to the series who was crafted by the talented Mari Shimazaki, lead character designer of the Bayonneta series.

Jin and Devil Jin will be making their way to the arcades in the next week or so, while Josie's release date is still undecided. In other platform related news, Tekken 7 was basically confirmed for the PS4 and Xbox One not too long ago.

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7:00 PM on 03.27.2015

Cowboy Erron Black revealed for Mortal Kombat X

Erron Black is the hot new Clint Eastwood-like character revealed in the above trailer for Mortal Kombat X. He's like a cooler gun-slinging version of Stryker, the silly cop character from earlier Mortal Kombat games. So when do we get to see Nightwolf appropriately kill Erron Black? Because that needs to happen stat, you hear me Netherrealm Studios!?

Jed Whitaker

3:30 PM on 03.27.2015

Mortal Kombat X's TV advert channels the schoolyard spirit

Who could forget those special playground moments as a child? Maybe you're shootin' hoops are playing kickball, when you hear some kid scream "FIGHT!" at the top of his lungs. You drop everything immediately, because if you ...

Brett Makedonski