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9:00 PM on 04.17.2015

Oh noes! Pirate Bay co-founder has his NES taken away in prison

Fredrik Neij, co-founder of the copyright-free zone known as the Pirate Bay, has had his Nintendo Entertainment System taken away by prison officials. The Swedish Prison and Probation Service said the console couldn't be...

Jed Whitaker

10:00 AM on 04.17.2015

The new retro: Japanese mystery Back In 1995 looks like a PS1 game

Ah, 1995. A good vintage. Earthquakes in Russia and Japan combined to kill nearly 10,000, the New York Times published Ted Kaczynski's manifesto, folks made Harlan Ellison's I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream into a videogam...

Steven Hansen



The original Kickstarter game, High Strangeness, is set for release on May 6 photo
The original Kickstarter game, High Strangeness, is set for release on May 6
by Alessandro Fillari

Ever since the big Kickstarter boom of 2012, there's never been a short supply of developers looking to get their next title going through crowdfunding. From metroidvania action-RPG titles referencing the golden years of games, to epic adventures games seeking to redefine a genre, there's certainly no shortage of creativity despite the volume. But while people often look at 2012 as the year crowdfunding really took off, there have been many successes before that. 

Back in 2009, a couple of guys decided to take some advice from a friend and use a neat little website called Kickstarter to fund their project. That title was High Strangeness, a 12-bit action adventure title (yes, you read that right) referencing the 8 and 16-bit eras of gaming. With their final funds reaching over $1500, they ended up becoming the first successfully funded videogame project on Kickstarter.

And now after nearly six years, the folks at Barnyard Intelligence Games have teamed with Midnight City to get their quirky, and very clever throwback title out for fans.

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2:15 PM on 03.26.2015

Syphon Filter! That's not how tasers work!

We were messing with some unearthed PlayStation 1 demo discs over as casa mia last night. It was a bit of nostalgia hit, flipping between video panes. Also, why didn't anyone tell me about Tobal 2? It looks like a fisticuffs...

Steven Hansen


9:00 AM on 03.12.2015

Mega Man Unlimited gets super tough Omega bosses and more

Your eyes do not deceive! Tony Ponce is writing about Mega Man on the front page! I want to talk today about Mega Man Unlimited, the fan game I reviewed nearly two years ago that made me cry manly tears. You remember that tas...

Tony Ponce



Sega brings back OutRun with style for the 3D Classics Series photo
Sega brings back OutRun with style for the 3D Classics Series
by Alessandro Fillari

One of the great things about Sega's ongoing 3DS Classics series is that it allows retro games from the publisher's past to find a new audience. And given its rich and diverse history of quirky and fan-favorite titles, there's plenty to remaster for quite some time.

One of the upcoming remasters is Sega's legendary racing title OutRun. Though it was already released overseas last year, western audiences are finally able to get their hands on the title on March 12 (that's tomorrow!).

But before you do, why don't you take a minute to learn just what went into this port. I managed to get some hands-on time with the remaster, along with a quick chat with Sega producer Yosuke Okunari, who had quite a lot to say about its transition to new hardware.

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2:30 PM on 02.27.2015

Beautiful UE4-powered shooter AIPD coming to GDC

Artificial Intelligence Police Department, or AIPD for short, is an upcoming top-down, twin-stick shooter from Frankfurt-based studio Blazing Badger. It recently released this luminous new trailer for its debu...

Rob Morrow

1:00 PM on 02.26.2015

Dark Souls developer's PS1 classic Shadow Tower rated by ESRB

From Software doesn't just make Demon's/Dark Souls and Bloodborne. The company created Armored Core, too. It also followed its King's Field games with another first-person, skeletal RPG, Shadow Tower. Shadow Tower has be...

Steven Hansen

10:00 PM on 02.18.2015

Rare North Dakota-themed Carmen Sandiego game has surfaced

In the late '80s the Carmen Sandiego series was immensely popular and over 20 states were looking to get in on that red hot edutainment action. Details are sketchy on exactly what happened, but Where in North Dakota is Carme...

Jason Faulkner

4:30 PM on 02.17.2015

This demo for Strafe didn't make my head explode

I liked the look of Strafe, a 1996-style first-person shooter. As of today, I like how it plays, too. In the final hours of the game's Kickstarter run, a PC/Mac demo has come out for backers and non-backers alike. Can it help...

Jordan Devore

7:30 PM on 02.01.2015

These Czech PlayStation ads make me feel like a criminal

These ads come from not too long after the Iron Curtain became the Iron Drapes, and Western culture began flooding the former Warsaw Pact. It's obvious that there was still a little bit of a learning experience going on in 19...

Jason Faulkner





5:15 PM on 01.29.2015

1996-style shooter Strafe looks like the start of something great

I've greatly enjoyed the promotional work that's gone into Strafe, also known as STRAFE®, also known as "the goriest shooter of 1996." But beyond the head-exploding live-action throwback trailer, wonderful as that was (h...

Jordan Devore

2:30 PM on 01.29.2015

Jump'N'Shoot Attack! aims to be the next big anti-mobile game

It wasn't that long ago that auto-run platformers were novel, even quaint. Bit.Trip RUNNER, Canabalt, Vib-Ribbon, and even Anthony Burch's Runner all managed to get out to the market before Endless Runner stigma became a par...

Jonathan Holmes

3:45 PM on 01.20.2015

Strafe's bleeding edge graphics and gameplay will literally blow your mind

Well, if you're going to cut a trailer for "the goriest shooter of 1996," this is how you do it. Enjoying the ironic aggressive marketing of the campaign, complete with stylized title (STRAFE®) popping up everywhere. 

Steven Hansen

6:00 PM on 01.19.2015

You could play Woah Dave! on an actual NES cart

Do you ever think about what it would be like to play your favorite sprite-based indie games on the consoles they were influenced by? Well, you might be able to do just that with Woah Dave!, an NES-inspired game which could p...

Ben Davis

2:30 PM on 01.14.2015

Kickstarter-funded Crystal Catacombs arrives on Steam tomorrow

After nearly three years in development, Levels or Lives' retro-inspired roguelike pixel art platformer Crystal Catacombs is almost ready to make its debut on Steam. Successfully funded on Kickstarter in July of 2012,  ...

Rob Morrow