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Your next favorite indie game might be hiding in the PAX 10

Every year, the Penny Arcade Expo highlights ten outstanding independent titles to get prominent booth placement. The PAX 10 list is among the most prestigious in indie gaming. Here are some impressions on this year’s field. Tumblestone (Coming to “all current PC, mobile, and handheld platforms”) At first glance, Tumblestone looks …

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Berg: PAX Prime showcases the unexpected realism of VR

2016 will be the year virtual reality (VR) makes its first, hesitant steps into the public market. Multiple tech giants will be putting serious VR headsets into the wild, and they all had something to show at gaming conference PAX Prime 2015, which took place in Seattle this past weekend. For years, …

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Gaming Week In Review: The Borderlands movie is happening

While Seattle’s PAX Prime 2015 is underway, the gaming industry has come out in full force for the massive conference. It comes on the heels of a notable week in gaming news. Here are this week’s biggest gaming stories. Borderlands and Assassin’s Creed are heading to a theater near you. …

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PAX Prime primer: How to survive Seattle’s video game convention

This weekend, Seattle will host PAX Prime, one of the biggest video game fan conventions in the U.S.. The Penny Arcade Expo has been running for more than ten years, expanding into an empire of panels, demos and cosplay for four days of insane, nerdy fun. To help get you …

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Gaming Week In Review: You won’t be playing single-player campaign on Battlefront

Resident Evil 2 tapped for current-generation remake Last week, Resident Evil producer Yoshiaki Hirabyashi took to social media, looking to gather support for a remake of Resident Evil 2. It wasn’t quite an announcement, but rather a rallying call – proof that the masses hungered for a return to Raccoon City. Well, …

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Gaming Week In Review: Gamescom 2015

Microsoft teases their 2016 catalog Early Tuesday morning the head of Xbox took to the stage in Cologne, Germany to showcase and debut the biggest games hitting the Xbox One in 2016. Promising the “greatest lineup in Xbox history,” Phil Spencer opened the show with Quantum Break, the latest from Remedy …

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Gaming Week In Review: Big debuts ahead at Gamescom

Gamescom brings the industry’s finest to Europe, here’s what to expect. Next week in Cologne, Germany is Gamescom – the biggest gaming trade show and convention in Europe. The show isn’t quite as massive as E3, but will still promise some major updates and reveals from some of the biggest names …

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Why you should be excited for Summer Games Done Quick

Games are exclusive in the world of art. They’re the only medium of expression that is meaningfully interactive with the audience. Millions of people have played Super Mario World, yet no two people have ever played it in exactly the same way. Some people miss a jump here, get hit by …

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Gaming Week In Review: College Teams Return For 2K16

2K fills the NCAA-sized gap in gaming’s heart for NBA 2K16 Hardcore fans of sports games may have noticed a lack of NCAA video games on store shelves recently. EA’s NCAA Football franchise was once a yearly staple alongside Madden, allowing fans to play as their alma mater. However, lawsuits over the unpaid status …

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Gaming Week In Review: ‘Dead Island 2’ chops connection with original developer

“Dead Island 2” is down, might get back up again Techland’s first-person zombie brawler “Dead Island” was an unexpected hit for Deep Silver back in 2012. With a nation infected with a zombie love, the gory co-op adventure went on to spawn two sub-par spinoffs (Half-sequel “Dead Island: Riptide” and …

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Why you should be excited for EVO 2015

There’s always been something irresistible about watching a good fight. While society has invented countless different forms of competition, from racing to sports to intellectual, we still find ourselves coming back to the innate human conflict of watching two people beat each other to a pulp. Going in the hard …

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Why You Should Be Excited For: Zero Escape 3

Welcome to “Why You Should Be Excited For:” a new preview column that will attempt to rationalize the hype and excitement behind some of the most niche entertainment releases building buzz across the web. It’s the quickest way to board any hype train. You’ve probably never heard of Zero Escape, and …

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Berg: Where did all the good Marvel games go?

We’ve had three Iron Man flicks, two Avengers movies and exactly ZERO great superhero games. What gives, Marvel?

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Review: ‘Batman: Arkham Knight’ is the ideal summer game

“Batman: Arkham Knight” is the fifth game in the Caped Crusder’s Arkham series, and the final chapter produced by founding studio Rocksteady Games. This is a franchise that took the entire gaming industry by surprise with “Arkham Asylum” in 2009, and took a great leap forward with “Arkham City” just two years …

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Gaming Week In Review: Destiny’s DLC Dilemma, and Batman’s PC Problem

Die-hard Destiny Fans Are Seeing Red (Bull) Last year, Bungie’s long-awaited online shooter Destiny hit next-gen consoles to a mix of ecstatic cheers and disappointed yawns. The game was a visual stunner with some of the best gun-play mechanics on the market, but suffered from a drought of content. Grinding through the same …

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Berg: E3 2015’s most exciting trend? Female main characters.

In the past couple of years, the gaming industry has seen a great deal of criticism on issues of representation and diversity within the medium. For an industry that is notoriously obsessed with selling games about white men gunning down enemies of varying shades of brown, it’s a valid concern. …

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E3 Recap – Day 3: Firewatch, Metal Gear Solid V, and more must-see Games.

As somebody who isn’t actually attending E3, I feel it’d be extremely disingenuous to award any sort of “Best of Show” awards. But after three days of paying, arguably too much, attention to a parade of new game demos, announcements, and demonstrations, I feel pretty confident in highlighting some of …

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E3 Recap – Day 2: Nintendo, Square Enix, and the PC Gaming Showcase

Nintendo 2015 marks a year of transition for Nintendo. They begin to shutter the WiiU and 3DS as they move towards mobile gaming and NX, their next dedicated hardware platform. As a result, Nintendo’s Direct was fairly short on big announcements, but a lot of content focused on the 2015 …

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E3 Recap – Day 1: Microsoft, EA, Ubisoft, and PlayStation

The Electronic Entertainment Expo is happening all week in Los Angeles, with the biggest developers in video games showcasing their latest titles and making huge announcements. Follow the action with the Emerald’s daily recaps. Microsoft With boastful claims that this year’s press conference would bring “the greatest lineup in Xbox …

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Gaming Week In Review: Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst and Dark Souls III beat E3 to the punch

A couple of long-awaited video games made major news this week as E3 is on the horizon.

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E3 is the biggest event in gaming – here’s what to expect.

This year’s E3 Press Conference has the most packed schedule to date starting Sunday June 14. There will be 11 hours of content over three days related to everything happening and to come in the gaming world.

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Summer Convention Survival Guide

Summer means a lot of things, but for the nerd in us all it means conventions. Check out here the nearest conventions and must have items to bring.

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Week In Gaming – 6/5/2015 : Fallout 4 creeps out of the vault.

This week in gaming the trailer for Fallout 4 was released, Steam offers refunds on game purchases and XCOM 2 was announced.

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Game Review: Nintendo’s ‘Splatoon’ has some great moments, but an uncertain future

Nintendo’s release of Splatoon is a third person shooter game done through the eyes of a mid-90s Nickelodeon game show. This WiiU game makes for a fun summer game in single of multiplayer mode.

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Gaming Week In Review 5/29/2015 – 2K teases the future of… something, with Advent Future.

This week in gaming review get ready for an updated XBox ONE controller and the mystery behind the teaser site “Advent Future.”

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Here are the can’t miss games for summer 2015

Without the burden of classwork, summer is the ideal season for gaming. Long wasted afternoons spent on the couch, embracing the 21st century miracle of air conditioning and losing yourself to a digital landscape. Deep nights with friends, sharing a few cold beers between rounds of intense competition. This is …

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Gaming Week In Review: Announcement announces exciting announcement

From released ‘Doom’ footage to ‘Rock Band 4’ and ‘Guitar Hero Live’ track reveals, lots of announcements were made this week in gaming.

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Gaming Week In Review : Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate peeks its head out of the shadows.

Assassin’s Creed brings the Syndicate to play this Fall After Assassin’s Creed: Unity hit store shelves like a freshly pressed disc of nuclear waste, the series name has been put in a precarious position. After some adventures in France, Ubisoft has set their sights on London, in the heat of the Industrial Revolution. …

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Gaming Week In Review: Tony Hawk Returns, Nintendo Announces Theme Park Plans

This week in gaming, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 announces its release and Oculus announces their first consumer-level headset.

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Gaming Week In Review: Silent Hills vanishes into the mist, and a cult favorite rises from the ashes

This week in gaming review leaves Silent Hills to remain forever an idea as Konami officially signs the death certificate for its existence while Kickstarter is allowing the original creators of beloved classic franchises to bring back the favorites.

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