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10:00 PM on 09.19.2012

TGS: New trailer for Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney

Direct from TGS 2012 comes this new trailer for upcoming 3DS game Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney! And it has actual gameplay! When I first heard Capcom and Level 5 were teaming up to make this game, I thought I was dreami...

Chad Concelmo

12:30 PM on 09.19.2012

Beautiful RPG To the Moon on sale today on GOG.com

If you have not yet played last year's gorgeous indie RPG To the Moon, today is your chance! For one day only, the game is on sale at GOG for only $3.99 (that's six dollars off the original price!). I don't want to say too mu...

Chad Concelmo

2:45 PM on 09.13.2012

New Rayman Legends videos show off GamePad features

Nintendo just released a pair of new videos for upcoming Wii U exclusive Rayman Legends and they look fiiiiiiiine (I said that while holding my hand on my mouth and leaning back all cool like). The main gameplay video above ...

Chad Concelmo





10:05 AM on 09.13.2012

Call of Duty: Black Ops II coming to Wii U on November 13

If you have been dying to play a new HD Call of Duty game on a Nintendo system, your dream has finally come true! Black Ops II is officially coming to the Wii U. Black Ops II will feature second-screen gameplay, where player ...

Chad Concelmo

9:40 AM on 09.13.2012

Nintendo announces 'Nintendo TVii' (Update)

[Update: Trailer for Nintendo TVii has been added.] At their Wii U press event this morning. Nintendo announced "Nintendo TVii," an interactive way of watching T.V. on your Wii U GamePad. In the demo, the Nintendo representa...

Chad Concelmo

7:15 PM on 09.12.2012

What are your predictions for Nintendo's Wii U event?

Tomorrow morning at 10AM EDT (7AM PDT), Nintendo is hosting a preview event in New York City and is expected to make a huge announcement (or most likely announcements) regarding the Wii U. It is pretty obvious that it will be...

Chad Concelmo

4:00 PM on 09.12.2012

The ten best videogame detectives EVER!

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Sam & Max series. It was 1987 when the very first Sam & Max comic was released, inspiring one of the greatest and most charming adventure game series ever. Everyone is celeb...

Chad Concelmo

9:45 PM on 09.03.2012

PAX: Guacamelee! is like a co-op Super Metroid

If someone came up to me and said: "Chad, I have a game for you that is like a mixture of Super Metroid, Emperor's New Groove, Ikaruga, and Final Fight!" I would probably punch them in the face, flail my arms in the air, and ...

Chad Concelmo

6:00 PM on 09.02.2012

And the breakout videogame character of PAX is ...

Zackasaurus! I am a little in love with Super Time Force here at PAX. The game is a retro-looking shooter in the same vein as Contra, with a great twist involving time travel. You can read all about how much we all love the s...

Chad Concelmo

12:30 PM on 09.02.2012

PAX: Warren Spector compares Epic Mickey to Deus Ex

Okay? That was my first reaction when Warren Spector compared his upcoming Epic Mickey 2 to his legendary masterpiece Deus Ex in a PAX sit down I had with him earlier today. Actually, it was more of a huh? But then the outspo...

Chad Concelmo

12:10 PM on 09.02.2012

PAX: New screens from Epic Mickey 2 show off new area

While here at PAX, I had a chance to sit down with a new section of upcoming platformer Epic Mickey 2. These just released screens show off the new section of the game that I got to play. Based on Frontier Land in Disneyland,...

Chad Concelmo



PAX: Hands-on with Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask photo
PAX: Hands-on with Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask
by Chad Concelmo

As great as the Professor Layton games are (they are really great!), the last four released on the Nintendo DS have been very similar. While the art direction, puzzle-solving gameplay, and surprisingly emotional stories have been stellar, none of the last games really did anything new and shocking to move the series forward.

With Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask (the series' first entry on the 3DS), things are definitely changing. And, if the demo I got to play at PAX was any indication, these changes are definitely for the better.

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6:15 PM on 08.31.2012

PAX: My favorite cosplay of the show ... so far

There is a surprising amount of great cosplay at PAX. People walk around in some pretty elaborate and sometimes beautiful outfits. While all impressive, most of it is the same thing you normally see: a Lara Croft here, a Mast...

Chad Concelmo

12:00 PM on 08.24.2012

Experiencing the Art of the Assassin

Last night, a downtown Los Angeles gallery hosted Art of the Assassin, a collection of art pieces inspired by Ubisoft's upcoming Assassin's Creed III. I was lucky enough to attend, and had a really great time! I got to play a...

Chad Concelmo







How I learned to love the videogame flamethrower photo
How I learned to love the videogame flamethrower
by Chad Concelmo

I was never a fan of flamethrowers in videogames.

I am not sure exactly where this started, but I have a pretty good idea: When I used to play Contra III: The Alien Wars with friends, I would do anything to avoid getting the “F” flamethrower for my gun. It was the worst. It had no range, it barely did any damage, and it was just an overall chore to use.  In a game like Contra, having a weapon with a long range is almost a necessity! That’s why the spread gun is so great! Picking up the flamethrower in Contra III almost always resulted in certain death.

This hatred of the videogame flamethrower moved on to many more games in the future. Games like StarCraft and even Ratchet & Clank introduced other similar forms of the flamethrower ... and I reacted to them all the same. I didn’t like equipping them. At all.

But, recently, I have discovered something surprising about videogame flamethrowers.

I kind of love them now.

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1:20 PM on 08.14.2012

gamescom: Play as a puppet in pretty platformer Puppeteer

This post brought to you by the letter "P." During their press conference, Sony just revealed a brand new platformer for the PlayStation 3 called Puppeteer. Looking very similar in style to LittleBigPlanet, the game is a ver...

Chad Concelmo