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Katamari Damacy

Close out Earth Day with a little Katamari Damacy


Wake up the King
Apr 22
// Jordan Devore
Chris gave a nod to Final Fantasy's Geomancer in honor of Earth Day, which I thought was an original choice. It got me thinking about games that are ever so vaguely related to the celebration. I'm sure you have one in mind. ...
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Final Fantasy

A tribute to everyone's favorite Earth-friendly Final Fantasy job


Thanks, Geomancer
Apr 22
// Chris Carter
When you're playing Final Fantasy, it's easy to gravitate towards certain marquee jobs. A White Mage for example. Everyone needs a healer, right? You gotta have a Black Mage too. Oh, and a tank, like a Warrior or a Dark Knigh...
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New Year's Eve games

What game will you ring in the New Year with?


Or do you prefer to watch balls drop?
Dec 31
// mrandydixon
New Year's Eve was always my favorite holiday growing up. Not only were there yummy snacks galore at whatever party my parents dragged me to each year, but the adults were normally so preoccupied with drinking and pretending ...
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Night In The Woods

Lost Constellation is a pay-what-you-want Night In The Woods ghost story


'Hello!' Interested in a coffin?'
Dec 28
// Jonathan Holmes
The success of Night In The Woods on Kickstarter once again proved that the best way to win at crowd funding is to create something that people actively want to lob on to their own image/identity. So many games on Kikcstarter...
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Steam Auction

Recycle your unwanted Steam junk to bid on games (Update)


Time to clear out trading cards, backgrounds, and emoticons
Dec 11
// Darren Nakamura
[Update: The auction has been temporarily shut down, most likely due to the incredible amount of Gem Sacks that were being sold on the marketplace, driving the cost down and inflating the auctions. There are suspicions that u...
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Wolfenstein card

Wolfenstein's Deathshead looks like a creepy uncle in this Christmas card


The creepiest?
Dec 03
// Jordan Devore
I'm a total sucker for the holiday season. Christmas cards, particularly those featuring creepy-ass uncanny-valley videogame men wearing festive sweaters, are no exception. In the hope that I'm not alone, I had to share this ...
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Amazon deals

Amazon's gearing up for Black Friday with some cheap games and sexy TVs


There's plenty more to come
Nov 22
// Brett Makedonski
Black Friday seems to get here earlier and earlier every year. Recently, retailers pushed the annual shopping extravaganza to Thanksgiving evening. This year, Amazon's prepping the masses for massive savings with a week of ro...
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Nintendo announces five new Fall hardware bundles


Wi U and 2DS bundles
Aug 29
// Dale North
Nintendo announced five new hardware bundles for this Fall season this morning. The Super Mario 3D World Deluxe Set launches in mid-September. For $299 you'll get the Wii U Deluxe Set, Super Mario 3D World, and Nintendo Land....
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Holidays

Are you playing anything special for Memorial Day?


Let's hear it
May 26
// Jordan Devore
Long weekends are the best weekends. Are you playing anything of particular importance today? Even if you're not, that's fine too! We've all got backlogs. Even the mighty Chris Carter. For me, it'll be more Advance Wars -- go...

Get your exclusive Valentine's card gaming gifs here

Feb 14 // Jonathan Holmes
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Spread the love
It's Valentine's Day, which means there may be someone in your life that you feel excited (or obligated) to show how much you love them, most likely with candy, cards, or some other physical things. It's a holiday designed to...

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PvZ

Plants vs. Zombies 2 celebrates Feastivus this week


Brains?
Dec 23
// Jordan Devore
Ever since getting partway through its final world, I've been ignoring Plants vs. Zombies 2 -- but Plants vs. Zombies 2 has not been ignoring me. Those push notifications haven't compelled me to return yet, though PopCap's p...
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Scrolls gift copies

Owners of Mojang's Scrolls can gift a copy to a friend


'Tis the season
Dec 19
// Joshua Derocher
If you own Mojang's Scrolls, you will be able to give a copy to a friend as a gift this holiday season. All you need to do is log into your Mojang account, and click on the "Send to a friend" button. A code will be sent to th...
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The Yule Lads

EVE devs dress up as Yule Lads to hand out presents


Iceland must be weird
Dec 19
// Joshua Derocher
I love CCP. They are a bunch of crazy guys, and every time they come out with a video it's always bizarre and amazing. To celebrate the holiday's in EVE Online, the guys at CCP are giving out in-game gifts on an advent calan...
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How the Viscera Cleanup Detail saved Christmas


The night St. Nicholas flipped
Dec 16
// Conrad Zimmerman
Certainly one of the strangest releases of 2013, Viscera Cleanup Detail now has a holiday-themed version available for purchase on Steam, Santa's Rampage. Set in the workshop at the North Pole, players must clean the ca...

Deal North: Cyber Monday gaming deals

Dec 02 // Dale North
Amazon: PC download codes: Sonic Everywhere Pack -- $14.99 BioShock Triple Pack -- $14.99 Borderlands/Borderlands 2 GOTY Pack -- $11.99 Max Payne 3 and Season Pass -- $6.99 Dishonored -- $7.49 Fallout 3 -- $4.99 Metro Franchise Pack -- $33.66 Battlefield 3: Premium -- $13.99 Final Fantasy XIV -- $14.99 Batman Arkham Origins -- $37.49 Far Cry 3 -- $14.99 The Walking Dead -- $7.49 Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition -- $7.49 FTL: Faster Than Light -- $4.99 Games: Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix -- $19.99 Dead Rising 3 -- $49 Forza Motorsport 5 -- $49 Ryse: Son of Rome -- $49.99 Grand Theft Auto V -- $39.99 Dragon's Crown -- $29.99 Persona 4 Golden -- $19.99 Hardware: NVIDIA Shield 16GB -- $299 Vita bundle with The Walking Dead, Sly Cooper, Uncharted and Retro City Rampage -- $179.99 Walmart: Walmart's Cyber Monday flyer looks a bit calm compared to their Black Friday action, but there's still some great stuff to be found. The weirdest thing? Buy Forza Motorsport 5 for Xbox One and gt $8 worth of M&M products.  Mario and Luigi: Dream Team 3DS XL bundle -- $179.96 Nintendo 2DS -- $99 All new EA Xbox 360 games at $44.96 (Battlefield 4, Need for Speed Rivals, etc) Best Buy: Mario and Luigi: Dream Team 3DS XL bundle -- $179.99 $100 iTunes gift card for $85 Call of Duty Ghosts (Xbox 360, PS3, PC) -- $44.99 GameStop: GameStop has the goods, with some of the prices working out to be much better than their Black Friday ones. Lots of the EA games for Xbox 360 and PS3 are priced at $39.99 for online purchases.  BioShock Infinite -- $19.99 Killzone: Mercenary -- $19.99 The Walking Dead (Vita) -- $9.99 Red Dead Redemption: GOTY Edition -- $14.99
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Hey, let's cyber!
You know what Cyber Monday is, right? It's the same crap from Black Friday, just a few days later. It's a second chance for many that missed the good stuff last week. It's the better of the two, as you won't get trampled. You...

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Black Friday Games

Deal North: Black Friday software deals galore!


I hope you have some money left!
Nov 28
// Dale North
Bananas! We've hit you with a ton of deals already, and many of them are still valid, so if you haven't checked our listings yet, check out: Pre-Black Friday software download deals Thanksgiving day deals Black Friday hardwa...
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Deal North: Hardware

Deal North: Black Friday hardware buyer's guide


Consoles, portables, and accessories
Nov 28
// Dale North
Even with the early store openings they're calling Gray Thursday, Black Friday is really only one shopping day, so it's understandable that you'd want to maximize your time. We've done the footwork for you so you can go strai...

Deal North: Thanksgiving day game deals

Nov 28 // Dale North
Amazon: These game deals on PC game downloads went live this morning, and most will run through Black Friday. Batman: Arkham Origins (PC download) -- $19.99 Binary Domain -- $4.99, Multiplayer pack included -- $7.99 (JUST DO IT!) Dead Island Franchise Pack (GOTY, Riptide and DLC) -- $12.49 Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn -- $14.99, Collector's Edition $24.99 Joe Danger and Joe Danger 2 bundle -- $10.00 Rayman Legends (PC download) -- $19.99 NiGHTS into Dreams -- $3.39 (aww, that's sad) Sonic and SEGA All-Stars Racing Transformed -- $4.99 Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode 1 -- $2.49, Episode 2 -- $3.75 Street Fighter X Tekken -- $7.49, Complete Pack $14.99 Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist -- $29.99 The XCOM Collection -- $9.99 (Damn!) [embed]266555:51598:0[/embed] Console game downloads: Battlefield 4 (PS3 PSN)-- $25 in a 3-hour Lightning Deal starting 9:10 a.m. ET  Grand Theft Auto V (PS3, PSN, or Xbox 360)- $33.99 Call of Duty: Ghosts (PS3 PSN) -- $39.99 Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (PS3 PSN) -- $33.99 FIFA 14 (PS3 PSN) -- $39.99 Lego Marvel Super Heroes (PS3PSN) -- $29.99 Console games: Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix (PS3) -- $19.99 Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy -- $14.99 Batman Arkham Origins (PS3) -- $29.99 Dishonored: Game of the Year Edition (PS3) -- $19.99 Tomb Raider -- $14.99 The Last of Us -- $34.99, $24.99 in a Lightning Deal starting at 5:10 p.m Beyond: Two Souls -- $34.99, $24.99 in a Lightning Deal starting at 5:10 p.m Muramasa Rebirth (Vita) -- $19.99 Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate (Vita) -- $24.99 Ratchet and Clank Collection (PS3) -- $10 in a Lightning Deal starting at 5:10 p.m.   MLB 13 The Show -- $15 in a Lightning Deal starting at 6:10 p.m.  Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch -- $14.99 Puppeteer -- $19.99 Red Dead Redemption: Game of the Year Edition -- $14.99 Consoles: PS3 250GB System with The Last of Us and Batman Arkham Origins -- $199.99 Xbox 360 E 250GB with Tomb Raider and Halo 4 -- $189.99 Other Amazon deals: Xbox Live Gold 3-month code and $5 Amazon video credit -- $16.99 Best Buy: Some of the Black Friday deals have gone up early! Consoles: PS3 250GB System with The Last of Us and Batman Arkham Origins -- $199.99 Xbox 360 250GB system with Halo 4, Darksiders II, Tomb Raider and Batman: Arkham City -- $189.99 Wii U system with New Super Mario Bros. U, New Super Luigi U and Mario or Luigi Wii Remote -- $319.97 Games: The Elder Scrolls Anthology -- $29.99 Humble Store: The Humble Store has a sale running from Thanksgiving, starting at 11 a.m. PT and ending on December 3 at the same time. Lots of great games are included in their sale. Crusader Kings II Collection -- $19.99 Kentucky Route Zero -- $12.49 Rogue Legacy -- $7.49 Mount & Blade Warband -- $4.99 Risk of Rain -- $7.99 Gone Home -- $9.99 Ironclad Tactics -- $11.24 Fallen Enchantress - Legendary Heroes -- $9.99 Frozen Synapse -- $4.99 Game Dev Tycoon -- $6.99 Godus -- $14.99 Anomaly 2 -- $4.99 Vessel -- $3.74 Tetrobot and Co -- $5.99 Worms Reloaded -- $6.49 Beat Hazard Ultra -- $3.89 Anodyne -- $3.99 The Bridge -- $2.99 Square Enix: Square Enix's sale has prices slashed half off or more. Their offerings are wide ranging, from old games like PS1 game Chrono Cross to brand new stuff, like Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. We've listed the highlights below. You can find the rest at Square Enix's sale page. Army Corps of Hell (Vita) -- $14.99 Bust a Move Universe (3DS) -- $9.99 Chrono Cross (PS1) -- $7.49 Dead Island: Game of the Year Edition (PS3) -- $14.99 Dissidia Final Fantasy -- $9.99 Drakengard (PS2) -- $9.99 Deus Ex: Human Revolution Augmented Edition -- $19.99 Final Fantasy (PSP) -- $4.99 Final Fantasy Anthology (PS1) -- $7.49 Final Fantasy Chronicles (PS1) -- $7.49 Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time (DS) -- $14.99 Final Fantasy II (PSP) -- $4.99 Final Fantasy III (DS) -- $9.99 Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions -- $4.99 Final Fantasy VII (PC download) -- $5.99 Final Fantasy XIII (PS3 and Xbox 360) -- $9.99 Final Fantasy XIII-2 (PS3 and Xbox 360) -- $9.99 Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light (DS) -- $9.99 Front Mission 4 (PS2) -- $7.49 Romancing SaGa (PS2) -- $14.99 Star Ocean: First Departure (PSP) -- $9.99 Theatrhythm Final Fantasy (3DS) -- $14.99 Tomb Raider (PS3 and Xbox 360) -- $19.99 Valkrie Profile 2: Slimeria (PS2) -- $9.99 Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX Limited Edition (PS3) -- $19.99
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Tons of titles for Turkey Day
[Update: We've added a few more items to our shopping list this morning. Our deals corgi thanks you for your tips! Now go get Ni no Kuni for $15!] Happy Thanksgiving! Aside from what we have today and what you've seen already...

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Deals: download games

Deal North: Pre-Black Friday downloadable games deals


Lots of downloads discounted
Nov 27
// Dale North
[Update: Check our listings again for more additions! We've added some hot ones, like Atlus' deal on Persona 4 Golden for only $19.99. Jump on Steam flash deals like Gone Home for $4.99] Deal North is back with a roundup of a...
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Black Friday

Amazon's Black Friday videogame sales calendar revealed


Get ready for the madness!
Nov 24
// Wesley Ruscher
For those giddy to get their holiday savings on, Amazon has released their upcoming Black Friday calendar for crazy videogame sales. Kicking it off tomorrow, November 25 at 5:10 am PST, is a Skylanders Giants portal owner pac...
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3DS holiday commercial

3DS holiday ad will make you wish you were a kid again


I wish I had the opportunity to grow up with a 3DS
Nov 18
// Brett Zeidler
I've always been a fan of Nintendo's advertising, from Pokemon's link trading commercials to Wayne Brady rapping about Wii Party U -- it's always been spot on. Don't question my unironic love for Wayne Brady. I suppose it co...
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Special Ouya

Limited holiday edition Ouya comes in white


Appropriate for something you'll never touch
Nov 18
// Conrad Zimmerman
Ouya is trying its damnedest to appeal to those looking to put a little gaming under their tree this holiday. Today, a special, exclusive holiday edition of the console has been announced which comes in bright, white case and...
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Nintendo Mall Tour

Nintendo to show off games in nationwide mall tour


Let's go to the mall!
Nov 18
// Conrad Zimmerman
Nintendo's taking to the road this holiday shopping season, embarking on a 23-stop mall tour across the United States, to get families hooked on the idea of bringing gaming home for Christmas. They're bringing a whole lot of ...

Where's your next-gen money going?

Nov 14 // Wesley Ruscher
I want both the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4, but if the companies weren't already sending us one I wouldn't have gotten either next-gen consoles. The launch lineup is just too weak to justify purchasing them right now. I do kind of want the Wii U for Super Mario 3D World alone, but that's about all I want on the Wii U. Actually, outside of Mario 3D World there's not really any game I OMG NEED TO HAVE this holiday season. All the good games I was interested in came out this year already. I've known for a while now that I'm not going for either of the next-gen consoles at launch and barring any poor last-minute decision making, I should be able to stick with said plan. The major console game I absolutely must have this year is Super Mario 3D World and, thankfully, I don't need to go buy a Wii U to play it. I'm ready and waiting. As has been the case for the last couple years, my end-of-the-year gaming money is getting depositing directly in Valve's bank account once the Steam holiday sale starts. I'm embarrassingly far behind with my backlog and the majority of the list consists of PC games that should be discounted heavily. When I do eventually buy a new console, it's going to be the PS4 -- but that's a long way off. For the first time in a long time, I'm in no rush. It's a pretty interesting holiday season -- my 10-year-old Nintendo-loving self could never predict that I would be buying not one, but two consoles in November. Part of the reason is due to the obligation of my job, but I'm really digging a few of the exclusives that have been announced so far. Oddly enough it's all the downloadables I'm interested in, like the PS4's Resogun, and the Xbox One's Peggle 2 (which will sadly miss launch). Though, I am interested in seeing what Killzone, Crimson Dragon, Killer Instinct, and Dead Rising 3 can do. On the other end of the spectrum you have the "is it, is it not" next-gen Wii U, which I will be heartily enjoying this Christmas season with friends and family. My wife and I still play Pikmin 3 to death together, and I have a feeling Super Mario 3D World, my top holiday game pick, will light up our house for weeks to come. I'm still sitting on a launch PS4 pre-order I set out of habit. I've gotten all of Sony's consoles at launch, knowing there would eventually be things I like on them. A couple days from launch, I'm considering cancelling, partly because of the mountain of unplayed games I've amassed over my lifetime. I'll have a PS4 eventually, but what we're getting in office should sustain me for a while. Then again, there might be games I really want to play before a price drop, so why not just get one at launch? Up in the air. Not picking up a personal Xbox One anytime soon, though. I am not an early adopter of consoles. In the olden days, it would have been because it could be hard to tell if a console would continue to be supported within a year or two. While I think we're largely past the point where that's a risk, now we see launch units with unforeseen hardware issues which make it hard to want to drop cash on something new. I don't want to have to buy these things twice, so I may wait for a hardware revision before taking the leap at all. While digital distribution has made it much easier to have a healthy stable of titles available when consoles launch, the initial library of games invariably feel lacking unless you happen to like every kind of game made ever, and I like to wait until I feel I'm going to get my money's worth in content right out of the gate. And, frankly, I think most of my money in next gen is going to go into PC gaming. I barely turn my existing consoles on any longer, as just about everything which appeals to me which has appeared on them is also available through Steam. I'm still going to wind up with all the hardware this gen has to offer, but I think it's likely that I'll only be getting them for what I can play nowhere else. I'm pretty bummed about the PS4 and Xbox One. As awesome as PS Plus is, paying for online multiplayer still feels like a small fart. The leap in graphic fidelity on the PS4/Xbox feels more like a baby step than a leap. All the extra stuff (Kinect, stream button) generally feels like unwanted side salads. No backwards compatibility means kissing my sizable backlog and re-playable favorites on the PS3/360 goodbye. In many ways, swapping my PS3 out for a PS4 would be more of a loss than a gain at this point. That said, it’s inevitable that the PS4 and/or Xbox One will someday get some exclusives that I can't live without. A new God Hand, Viewtiful Joe, Gitaroo Man, Parappa the Rapper, Mega Man, Resident Evil, or exclusive from any of the hundreds of upcoming smaller developers will surely bring me into the fold at some point. In the meantime, I'll have plenty to do on PC, Wii U, and 3DS. While I wasn't all that impressed with LoZ: A Link Between Worlds and Super Mario 3D World when they were first announced, they've both slowly crept to the top of my must-have list. Shovel Knight, Samurai Gunn, Ultra Street Fighter IV, and 1,001 Spikes are all coming soon. Hyper Light Drifter, Super Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS, Legend of Raven, River City Ransom: Underground, Medusa Medusa, Scale, Fist Full of Gunn, Gravity Ghost, Night in the Woods, and countless other fantastic-looking games are just on the horizon. Current releases like Fjords and (God damn) Candy Box 2 remain unfairly compelling and replayable. The Ace Attorney 5 DLC about defending an orca on murder charges looks amazing. The list goes on and on. Next-gen consoles have never felt less compelling to me, which may sound like a bad thing, but it's actually a reflection of something very positive. Why bother with new toasters when you already have all the toast you can eat, with an seemingly endless supply of bread still to come? I've been ready for the next gen for quite some time. Since the unveiling of prices (and relative release dates) both consoles have been on lock-down from the moment Amazon turned on those pre-order SKUs. And while I've been beyond eager to get them connected and integrated into my home system, I can't help but have an inkling to just sell them both to some crazy-desperate soccer mom whose kids are screaming for the consoles and turn a quick buck. Why is this? Well, mainly it's because of the fairly lackluster launch titles. While I'm more impressed with PS4's tech (Killzone and Knack look amazing) I feel the Xbox One has the better exclusives at launch. I've played Killer Instinct a few times now and have been more and more impressed each time. But after the cost of the system, game, and arcade stick (like $700) I might as well just by the original arcade cabinet. My only 100% guaranteed commitment this holiday is to The Legend of Zelda 3DS XL. I like to make my Zelda loving nut of a girlfriend jealous. She still resents me for getting the original 3DS system. Why can't all launches be like 9/9/99??? For next-gen I'm doing virtually nothing until March at the earliest, which is when Infamous: Second Son is supposed to come out. The reason why is that I'm planning on a fat, expensive upgrade to my PC that may well blow the PS4 and Xbox One, if not out of the water, over a few waves. With more and more games appearing on multiple platforms I'm finding fewer reasons to get in early on the console generation. And when I do, it'll probably be a PS4, seeing as that's likely the basket Japan will be putting whatever next-gen eggs it has cooking in. Plus, I've already got a Vita, which will make a good second screen for a PS4. I'll finally be getting a Wii U around my birthday, grabbing Nintendo Land, Pikmin 3, and Super Mario 3D World with it. PlayStation 4 will wait until some time next year, and Xbox One will come an undetermined amount of time afterward. The biggest thing I learned from the last big console launch was to wait a year or two. Launch systems are risky purchases with potentially high failure rates, and even without considering that, the libraries just aren't worth it most of the time. I'm at a place in my life now where I just don't need to play games on the day that they are released, and I often couldn't even if I wanted to. I fully intend to own all three of the next generation consoles, just not yet. I've learned after buying almost every console to date on day one that it is probably the dumbest mistake I always keep making. Like an addict, I have to have the newest product before others, but it's an addiction I'm breaking. I may be sounding like Walt from Gran Torino bitching on my front porch, but I always advise to wait for the first few batches of a consoles to come out before buying one. I have a graveyard of day-one consoles in my basement that Mrs. Lucha keeps telling me to throw away, but you never know when you need parts. I am currently waiting for the start of the new year to purchase an Xbox One. Honestly, I've never had an personal issues with Microsoft and they seem to have treated me well over the years as a 10-year Xbox Live member. I'm really excited for Dead Rising 3, I'm a huge mark for the series as the original Dead Rising was the first Xbox 360 game I owned. I drove through a Tornado to buy the Xbox 360 and Dead Rising. That night was one of my favorite memories in gaming because it shows how dedicated one could be towards gaming, and how stupid I was for risking my life to play a video game. I'm not interested in getting any of the new consoles right now. I think most people know I'm a PC-centric guy; my desktop PC is just a year old and won't need an update for for years. The launch lineups for both the PS4 and Xbox One are underwhelming and as someone who was burned by console hardware failures on multiple occasions, I'm taking the wait and see approach. I'm curious about the new console's interface, performance, and how well the online networks are integrated. That stuff won't be fully known until they've been released and are in people's hands. If I had to pick, I'd lean towards a PS4; there's plenty of PS3 games I never played that will be available on the system (Flower and Sound Shapes being interesting launch choices) and the cheaper price point is attractive too. You only get one first impression, and, well, we all know how that went. For now, there's a PlayStation 4 out there with my name on it, and I'm really looking forward to Killzone: Shadow Fall and Resogun. Beyond that, I'm kind of banking on the first-party Sony, indie, and Japanese stuff showing up somewhere down the line. Oh, I also have a Wii U that I'd like to get more use out of at some point. Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem and Monolith Soft's X sure sound enticing. As ridiculous as it sounds, I still don't know what I'm going to do with regard to buying next-gen consoles. Frankly, both Sony and Microsoft put me in a position where I don't feel compelled to actually have it figured out. No one's put on a show that warrants me dropping a half grand, so I'll take a bit of time to let the picture clear up. As an early adopter, that almost pains me to say, but that's the situation I'm in. When it's time for a decision to be made, there's a good chance that Sony will win my money first. With the way that Microsoft burned bridges with independent developers in the past eight years, it looks like PlayStation 4 will be home to the best indie titles, and those are the experiences that always seem to resonate the most profoundly with me. Until then, as long as Steam keeps the decent sales coming, I'm content to stay in a holding pattern for a while. I'm getting a PS4 with Battlefield 4 this week and absolutely no time to play it. I'm also renting Killzone: Shadow Fall and Assssscr...er Assassin's Creed 4. Of these three games, I'll probably play Resogun the most. I'm also looking forward to Super Mario 3D World on my Wii U and replaying Super Mario 3D Land on my 3DS in anticipation. I'm actually more excited about upcoming/already out 3DS games -- especially A Link Between Worlds. And Vita games that are free through PS Plus, such as the two from this last month: the wonderfully violent and addictive Hotline Miami, and the intriguing shmup Sine Mora. I only have time right now to play mobile games anyhow, since I'm usually stuck studying or at school all day, every day. As badly as I want to play Killzone: Shadow Fall (and I do want it badly), I can't justify buying a console at launch for one exclusive and a bunch of current-gen ports. (And there are literally no exclusive launch titles I "need" for Xbox One, so it isn't even in the running.) I'll definitely pick up a PlayStation 4 down the line (and an Xbox One after they drop the price by at least $100), but it won't be any time in the next year. Given that, my next gen is actually looking a lot like my current gen: I'll be playing the occasional first-party Nintendo game on my Wii U (Super Mario 3D World cannot come soon enough!), enjoying the current-gen versions of new releases, and reaping the benefits of having an adequate PC and a Steam account. My current MUST BUY list includes: Super Mario 3D World (haven't been this excited for a Mario game since SMB3), Titanfall (PC), Thief, EDF 2025, and Tearaway. It's gonna be a good year! I plan on getting a new PC by the end of this year or very early next year, which is exactly where my "next-gen" money is headed. Once that is finished, I plan on keeping a watchful eye on Valve's plans for the Steam Box. If it fits as a compliment to a new PC and the price is right, I'll have no issues scooping one up. Oh, and I most certainly plan to pick up Valve's new controller as soon as it drops. I'm just not interested in what Sony and Microsoft are offering. My 360 has been turned into a Rock Band machine, and with that series behind us I see no reason to purchase a Microsoft console, as all of the decent titles make their way to the PC in due time. Sony's done a pretty decent job nabbing the indies, but the PC will always be the true  home of the indies. I'll comfortably sit back with my PC and Wii U and watch this "next-gen" fly by. This will be the first time in a long time that I won't be getting the systems at launch. So, my plans are very simple this year: I'm investing in high-powered binoculars and stereo-listening spyware devices so I can watch my neighbors play all the sweet new things. Hopefully my PS4-getting neighbor will be picking up Knack, and the neighbor getting the Xbox One grabs Dead Rising 3, as those are the game I most wish I could play. It's not all sad, however. Like many here, I will at least be picking up Super Mario 3D World. Because of reasons. I'll be grabbing up my Xbox One on launch day, alongside Killer Instinct and Dead Rising 3. The decision really just comes down to launch titles for each system. While I totally plan on getting a PS4 sometime early next year, the Xbox One at least has two titles that I was excited about getting on day one, whereas none of the PS4 launch games really do anything for me at all. To be really honest, a lot of my decision was based on KI alone. As a 20-year vet of the original, and someone who has played thousands of hours of it, I was very skeptical about this new addition to the franchise. However, after getting my hands on the game at SDCC and PAX Prime, and talking with the developers about the new mechanics and such, I was instantly hooked. It's different, but all in all, it's still very much Killer Instinct, and I can't wait dive in again.
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The Dtoid staff weighs in
The holidays are quickly approaching and so are two brand spankin' new consoles. It's already one of the craziest times of the year to buy things, and both Sony and Microsoft are only adding to the chaos. How does one even pr...

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Black Friday

Here are a bunch of Black Friday ads with videogames


They have some deals
Nov 12
// Joshua Derocher
I abhor everything to do with Black Friday since I worked in retail for nine years, but if you are the type of person willing to stand in line at the mall at 6 PM on Thanksgiving, then you might be interested in these ads. Go...
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Help us shape our Holiday Gift Guide!


Tell us what you want to see this year
Nov 07
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
It's that time of the year again where we start finalizing all the hottest and coolest stuff we want to nab for the holidays. New consoles are upon us, there's a ton of great games to get, and there's plenty of other cool gad...
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Steam sales

Steam sale dates might have leaked on Reddit


Christmas is all about buying games for yourself
Nov 06
// Joshua Derocher
A screenshot of an email to a Steam developer has made its way way onto Reddit, and the email shows that the Steam Holiday Sale will start on December 19th and run until January 2nd. The email clearly says that the developer ...
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Wii U gets a Skylanders holiday bundle


Launches Nov. 15 for $299
Oct 25
// Dale North
A new Wii U bundle for this holiday season packs in a Skylanders SWAP Force starter pack for a nice all-in-one gift idea. Set to launch on November 15 for $299.99, this bundle comes with a white Wii U, the Skylanders SWAP For...
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What are you dressing up as for Halloween?


Here's some potential last-minute videogame-themed costumes you could get
Oct 11
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Got your Halloween costumes yet? No? Well you still have some time to get something, and Halloween Costumes has a ton of different outfits for sale. There's a ton of videogame related designs up, ranging from Master Chief,&nb...
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AvP: Evolution is all about Valentine's lovin'


Xenomorphs and Predators can get along after all!
Feb 13
// Jim Sterling
Okay, so Aliens fans were let down this week by a certain game, but interactive Xenomorph entertainment is always on the horizon, and iOS users have AvP: Evolution to look forward to. The only way is up from here! But we've g...

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