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Wii U

Did you know the Wii U GamePad uses the Earth's magnetic field for positioning?


These facts and more in this Vsauce3 video
Jul 14
// Brittany Vincent
Vsauce3 has been pumping out these cool stop-motion videos for some time now, and they're actually quite interesting to watch. This one's about the Wii U, the first Nintendo console to support HD. But I'm sure you already kn...
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Game Boy

Check out the inner workings of a Game Boy and learn something while you're at it


Wanna see what makes this baby tick?
May 19
// Brittany Vincent
Vsauce3 is back at it again, with another stop-motion video like the previous Oculus Rift Fact Surgery we featured not long ago. This time, it's delving into the inner workings of the Game Boy while delivering some facts abo...
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Team Fortress 2

Did You Know Gaming tackles Team Fortress 2


Dig deeper into Valve's class-based online shooter
May 05
// Alasdair Duncan
I've fallen off the Team Fortress 2 wagon in a big way; I used to play for at least 2-3 hours every day but the constant stream of updates and deluge of new items dulled my interest. Watching this latest episode of Did You K...

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Xbox One

Microsoft's working on something similar to 1 vs 100


Good
Jan 28
// Brett Makedonski
One of the most well-received experiments of the Xbox 360 era was the interactive adaption of popular gameshow 1 vs. 100. The social trivia experience is fondly remembered by most, and fans have expressed their interest in it...
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Trivia

You Don't Know Jack series arrives on Steam


Trivia game celebrates being old enough to vote with a reissue
Nov 06
// Conrad Zimmerman
I am a nut for pop culture trivia and, for my money, there's no better trivia game experience in the digital space than You Don't Know Jack. This year, the series celebrates its 18th anniversary and has finally arrived on Ste...
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Pikmin 3

Pikmin 3 takes place 250 million years in Earth's future


Welcome to the WORLD OF TOMORROW!
Aug 19
// Tony Ponce
Fun trivia for the day! There are plenty of clues in the Pikmin series to suggest that the Pikmin's planet is in fact Earth at a point when humans are no longer around. The most clear-cut evidence to support this theory is du...
SNES final bosses photo
SNES final bosses

And now, 50 SNES final bosses bite the big one


Cinemassacre's Mike Matei has a 16-bit gaming quiz for you
Aug 16
// Tony Ponce
A few months ago, Cinemassacre and Angry Video Game Nerd collaborator Mike Matei uploaded a video quiz challenging viewers to guess the 50 NES games on display just from their final boss death animations. The bits have now d...
NES final bosses photo
NES final bosses

50 NES games, 50 final boss death animations


Flex your retro knowledge in this video quiz
Apr 13
// Tony Ponce
Earlier this week, Mike Matei of Cinemassacre shared a video of 50 "deathblows" from popular and not so popular NES titles. He had originally intended to compose a list of his favorite final boss deaths from the NES era, but...
Cool Metroid trivia photo
And other neat bits of trivia from Did You Know Gaming
[Update: For more gaming trivia, visit Did You Know Gaming? directly or the brand new sister site just launched, VGFacts.] Oh? Did I get your attention? Apparently, Samus' death animation in Super Metroid originally had her ...

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Guess all these games and win a free self-esteem boost!


Sep 16
// Allistair Pinsof
For a class project, I had to find every letter of the alphabet within some sort of theme with out tampering with the images. Some students used household items, others used tree branches, and I, naturally, chose videogame sp...
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You Don't Know Jack now playable on Facebook


May 30
// Conrad Zimmerman
Jellyvision has released a version of their classic, irreverent trivia series, You Don't Know Jack for Facebook which features many of the bells, whistles and foghorns found in games for the platform. Each day, players w...

Review: Scene It? Movie Night - Mega Movies

Dec 06 // Maurice Tan
Scene It? Movie Night - Mega Movies (PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade [Reviewed])Developer: SarbakanPublisher: Screenlife, LLCReleased: November 29, 2011MSRP: $9.99 / 800 Microsoft Points Scene It? Movie Night is, like the other console iterations that came before, an assortment of movie trivia mini-games. As you might have expected, Movie Night is somewhat of a "lite" version of the previous Scene It? games. Luckily, most of that concerns the presentation alone. There are no avatars bouncing all over the screen and trivia mini-games are introduced with much cheaper animation than before, but both are things you can easily live with. The core of the Scene It? videogame experience is still intact, so if you've played these games before, you'll feel right at home again. Movie Night only offers one mode with seven rounds, two of which are always movie clips trivia. That means most games will last around 10-15 minutes instead of offering the option between short and long games as in the "full" console versions. It also means that some of the fan-favorite mini-games like Pixel Flix -- an 8-bit representation of a movie scene -- can take multiple sessions to encounter. You can't configure anything about this one mode other than enabling "Buzz In" or not, which is a bit of a shame yet understandable given the way Movie Night handles scoring. [embed]217300:41987[/embed] With only one scoring mechanism in place, Movie Night opts for a safe approach. A score bar, divided into green, yellow, and red sections, indicates how many points you'll score, with the green section's always giving you the maximum score. Only during the game's final lightning round mini-game, Quick Pitch, will you actually lose points by selecting an incorrect answer, provided you didn't enable the "Buzz In" option. With "Buzz In" enabled, only the person who buzzed in stands to lose points throughout the game (half the amount they buzzed in for), so you had better be sure you know the answer before buzzing. Despite being a downloadable title, Movie Night doesn't feel that different from the regular Scene It? games. The compression on the movie clips results in some artifacts if you sit too close to the scren, but otherwise it's the same game, just tailored for quicker sessions with seemingly less trivia questions. The Mega Movies pack focuses on big hit movies, and while it's debatable whether or not some of the choices belong in here, it's on par with the type of movies in the other games. From Ghost and Road to Perdition to more contemporary movies like The Social Network and X-Men: First Class, these are all movies that the general public at least has heard of. The range of movies included seems to focus on the 1970-2010 decades of blockbusters, so you shouldn't expect any trivia about what Fritz Lang's character's name was in Contempt or anything like that. That doesn't mean you'll stand a chance against veteran movie trivia players if you don't know much about movie details, though. Some trivia mini-games that require you to order movies by their year of release or to choose actors based on names of characters they've played can be very hard to guess correctly unless you wait for all the hints to gradually reveal themselves. The "Quick Pitch" final round does even out the odds somewhat, with generally easier questions and higher scores that allow any casual movie fan to quickly ramp up their scores and catch up, which in turn increases the playtime you'll get out of this title before your friends will never want to play with you ever again. As a platform, Scene It? Movie Night is a safe and inexpensive option for those who don't want to pay full price for the console games, although the older Scene It? games can probably be found for cheap by now. The concept of different DLC packs for different genres is interesting -- a science fiction pack is promised to be on the way -- and will hopefully end up letting you tailor the game for the kinds of movies you and your friends enjoy the most (i.e., if you don't expect them to know Twilight is set in the town of Forks). Just like the platform itself, the included Mega Movies pack is a safe bet meant for everyone and unlikely to offend anyone. However, and this might be a deal-breaker for some, Scene It? Movie Night offers local multiplayer only. If you were planning on setting up an Xbox Live party and jumping into a game to trash-talk about movie trivia with your friends, that's just not going to happen with this game. This is a bit disappointing since online multiplayer would've made it that much easier to play with your online movie buff friends, even if it's unsurprising given the lack of online play in the past Scene It? games. Still, this is a party game at heart, so if you don't have any local friends that are around your level of movie trivia expertise, you might want to give it a pass as solo play won't stay interesting for long. Scene It? Movie Night and the Mega Movies pack provide a fun movie trivia party experience that keeps the Scene It? gameplay intact in a downloadable slice. It might just be that cheap little game to keep the family occupied over the holidays, but you had better have some local friends to play it with.
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After four retail entries, the Scene It? series has finally made the jump to the downloadable arena. Scene It? Movie Night is essentially a Scene It? downloadable content platform for Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network, with Mega Movies as the first pack included in the package. If you've played Scene It? before, you probably know what to expect.


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