Games

Signal And Noise: British Science Museum’s Transmission

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - 3 hours 20 min ago

Transmission is a puzzle game created by the British Science Museum to teach people about the various methods of electronic communication used throughout history. It’s educational, which means it’s for kids, and because it’s a dumb science game for kids, it’s okay that I got so insultingly stuck, repeatedly even with all the multiple routes and optional objectives. I’m not the target audience, see. I’ve got work to do and no you suck.

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Fairy Bloom Ultra Encore Released & Some Freesia Logic

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - 4 hours 19 min ago

Ah, understandable naming conventions, may you never spread to the shores of Japan. Fairy Bloom is a freeware Japanese indie game from 2005 about defending a giant plant from evil red versions of yourself. All the fun of a button-mashing action platformer without any of that payment-requiring plot, progression or 3rd dimension. It’s alright and still available if you’re into that.

Fairy Bloom Freesia was released in 2012, taking the basic concepts of Fairy Bloom, particularly that enemies could be hit into each other, and adding to it. It removed the plant and made your character the target, adding a block button and more complex play area as well as unlocks and more complex combos. The newly released Ultra Encore strips all that away again, being an HD version of the original game. The right direction? Well, no.

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You Don't Know Him, But You've Seen This Man's Art Everywhere

Kotaku - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 18:30

Maxx Burman is a matte painter and visual effects supervisor based out of Los Angeles, California. He works across pretty much every field, from movies to games to TV to commercials, and in just the past year has contributed to Destiny, Godzilla, The Walking Dead, Dark Souls 2 and Iron Man 3.

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The Legend Of Korra: The Kotaku Review

Kotaku - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 18:30

The Avatar: The Last Airbender/Legend of Korra universe is tailor-made for a good video game. It boggles my mind that the much-loved series still hasn't gotten one.

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And YOU Thought It Was Hard To Get To Blizzcon

Kotaku - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 18:00

Getting tickets to Blizzard's annual fan convention is hard enough when you're an American who lives relatively nearby. So spare a thought for Andrey "Trolden" Nolden, one of the biggest Hearthstone personalities on YouTube, who can't even get into the country, let alone the show.

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​Why Destiny Needs A Screenshot Tool

Kotaku - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 17:30

Among the many tweaks and changes we think would make Destiny a better game, a HUD-free screenshot tool features prominently. Destiny is a gorgeous game, but it's very difficult to show that off without a huge gun or some HUD-clutter getting in the way.

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You Can Play Dark Souls II In First-Person, If You Want

Kotaku - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 16:30

Someone did it for the first Dark Souls on PC, so of course it was going to happen for Dark Souls II.

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53 Things We Just Learned About Super Smash Bros. Wii U

Kotaku - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 16:12

So Nintendo held a big Nintendo Direct tonight for Super Smash Bros. Wii U, and it basically laid out what we all suspected: this is going to be the definitive version.

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Here's To You, Shadow of Mordor Orc With A Silly Name

Kotaku - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 16:00

By now, the internet's (somewhat immature) love of any Shadow of Mordor orc named "Dush" is well-known. But few people actually go through the trouble of making a full-on emotional tribute to Dush orcs, like hoodwinkedfool does.

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Mewtwo Returns To The New Smash Bros. As A Downloadable Character

Kotaku - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 15:42

The most menacing Pokémon of all is back.

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Ridley Is In Smash Bros. Wii U... But Not Playable

Kotaku - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 15:10

Yes, Ridley is in the Wii U version of Smash. No, he's not playable. But! You can get him to fight for you during a match, which I suppose is an OK compromise.

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Wow, Super Smash Bros. Wii U Will Have Eight-Player Battles

Kotaku - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 15:04

If you and your seven friends have always wished you could play Smash on the same television, NOW IS YOUR CHANCE. The Wii U version of Super Smash Bros. will let groups of up to eight people play together, Nintendo just announced during their live event.

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Watch The Smash Bros. Wii U Event Live, Right Here [UPDATE: Over]

Kotaku - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 14:45

What's Nintendo got in store for Smash Bros. on Wii U? New features? DLC? Ridley?

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Counter-Strike's Zombie Chicken, In Action

Kotaku - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 14:30

Fact: Halloween is the best holiday.

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Every Death You Take: Perma-Permadeath in DayZ

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 14:00

Games with permadeath — wherein you start over completely when you die — provide certain stakes to a gaming session. Rather than reloading your last save after you die, you lose all your gear, you lose all your progress, and you essentially lose all the time you’ve spent playing up to that point. For a while now (a couple years, to be honest) I’ve been thinking about a way to up those stakes, to go a step beyond perma-death: perma-permadeath, where dying means you don’t just lose your stuff, you lose the game itself. Forever. Survival Week on RPS seems like an apt time to finally give it a try.

So, today I’ll play DayZ, and if I die, I won’t simply start over. I’ll stop playing DayZ, and I won’t play it again. For the rest of my life. For real.

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Civilization: Beyond Earth: The Kotaku Review

Kotaku - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 14:00

Whatever you do, no matter how tempted you are by the sci-fi setting and purple landscape, don't think of this as a brand new video game.

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Making Batman Poorer Might Actually Be a Pretty Good Idea

Kotaku - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 13:45

The long-running joke about Batman was that—where guys like Superman have multiple superhuman abilities—his only real superpower is money. Now, he's apparently going to have less of it. And it might be one of the more interesting things to happen to the Dark Knight in years.

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​Your PC Must Be Très Magnifique For Assassin's Creed Unity

Kotaku - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 13:15

The next big Assassin's Creed game, Unity, looks like it's going to be very pretty and very French . Both are good things in my book—though given that I can't actually speak French and my last name is "LeJacq," I might be a tad biased. There's one thing we can all agree on, however: its PC requirements are insane.

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Week in Tech: The PC Is Dead, Long Live The PC

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 13:00

You know the one about the New Scientist editor and his philosophy for the magazine, right? Science is interesting and if you don’t agree you can bugger off? It comes second hand via the shy, retiring figure that is Richard Dawkins and, for all I know, it’s probably apocryphal. But it’s at least in broadly the same ballpark as my feelings about the computer industry. It’s just had such a huge impact on the way we live. And none so much as the PC, even if the image of the poor old thing being devoured alive by a swarm of vicious mobile devices gets repeated so often, nobody really bothers to check if it’s true. And yes, we’ve been here before, kinda.

But in recent weeks it’s all become more baffling than ever. Try this for size: Record revenues for good old Intel, AMD laying off staff while another bit of what used to be AMD is paid $1.5 billion to take away what’s left of IBM’s chip production facility – deep breath – tablet sales tanking, PC sales taking up the slack, an Apple iPad chip with more transistors than an eight-core Intel PC processor, graphics chip vendors stuck on 28nm while Apple pinches all the 20nm production capacity…I’m not sure what to make of all, especially in terms of, ya know, simply playing games on PCs. But one thing is for sure, it’s interesting. And if you don’t agree… … [visit site to read more]

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