“The toilet flushing felt unrealistic.” Bathrooms seem to be a staple of level design in first-person shooters – especially in the horror genre. Over the last several years, Curious Reviewers has compiled a series of video tours of these facilities, and reviewed their visual quality, amenities, and realism.
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This upcoming MMO invites players around the globe to build and explore a shared, persistent, and fully-editable universe. You can craft structures and spaceships, and buy, sell, and trade creations. Beyond its civilization-building, players can participate in space combat ranging from one-on-one dogfights to massive battles.
Inspired by the Nintendo GameBoy Color he had when he was a kid, artist and electronics wiz Jiri Praus made a custom version of the handheld, featuring a shiny brass front and a see-through back which exposes its meticulously bent brass wiring. He had to use an emulator instead of original hardware, but it’s still beautiful.
If you can believe it, 2020 is the 40th anniversary of the release of Pac-Man. Numskull Designs is celebrating 4 decades of the dot gobbler with a special edition 1/4-scale arcade machine, a collectible gift set, pin badges, and socks. There’s also a limited-edition mini machine signed by Pac-Mac creator Toru Iwatani.
There have been lots of visual mods to Grand Theft Auto V since it was released back in 2013, but this one takes the cake. By upgrading shaders, textures, models, and rendering techniques, NaturalVision Evolved aims to revamp the game to take advantage of modern graphics chipsets. You can support the project on Patreon.
The sequel to Naughty Dog’s excellent zombie shooter may have been delayed, but it’s looking like it’s worth the wait. Watch as the game’s developers walk us through gameplay refinements, new character movements, and level designs that expand the gameplay dynamics. The game arrives on PS4 on 6.19.20.
This ultracompact gaming PC is designed to play the latest AAA games. It runs Windows 10, and packs a 10th-gen Intel Core i5 CPU, an Intel Iris Plus G7 GPU, a 512GB SSD, and 16GB RAM into a mag-aluminum chassis. It has an 8″ 1280×800 display (189ppi), dual analog gamesticks, a D-pad, ABXY, and shoulder buttons.
The musicians who created the smooth and soothing sounds of Animal Crossing: New Horizons got together for a virtual performance of the theme music from the wildly popular Nintendo Switch game which has occupied countless hours for kids and adults while sheltering in place.
(PG-13: Gore) The special release of the world’s most brutal fighting game includes every MK11 fighter, every guest character, new stages, new fatalities, and much more. Watch as new fighters Fujin, Sheeva, and the most exciting new addition, Robocop, show off their unique weapons and fighting styles. Drops 5.26.2020.
This platform puzzler puts players in the character of a rolling skull. Transform into three different shapes, each possessing different skills needed to navigate through its 18 levels and seven environments. You can even throw your own head when changing forms. Coming to Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and PC 8.4.20.
Epic Games shows off a bit of what Unreal Engine 5 can do running on PlayStation 5 hardware in real time. The footage demonstrates incredible detail, freeing designers to pump out as many polygons as they can imagine, and simulating complex particle interactions. We can’t wait to see these effects used in games.
The skateboarding video games that started it all are getting an ultra-high-def remaster for today’s gaming systems. The bundle of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 will offer up to 4K graphics on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Apparently they were able to preserve most of the awesome original soundtrack as well. Drops 9.4.2020.
UK shop ReadyPlayerTwo creates neat 3-dimensional logo signs inspired by classic video game and computer systems. Each one is 3D printed from PLA plastic to accurately replicate the original color scheme, and has neodymium magnets securely mounted inside. They also make personalized C64 and Sinclair ZX logos.
Back in the 1970s, Pong was all the rage. But for those who didn’t have a spare TV to play the game on, there were handheld knock-offs like Blip. YouTube channel Tech Tangents takes a look at this unusual piece of gaming history, and shows off its clever mechanical innards.
Do you love Battle Royale games like Fortnite? With enough time on your hands, you could build your own MMO battle game. This series of online courses is designed to teach beginners how to build a game from scratch using the Unity game engine, and build weapons using Blender. Another bargain from The Awesomer Shop.
Gaming Heads‘ cute and cuddly plush toys are based on two of DOOM’s creepy floating creatures, the horned Pain Elemental and the spiky Cacodemon. Each one measures about 7″ tall, and would look great sitting on any gamer’s couch. They also made a Space Marine plush, but sadly it’s already sold out.
Would you love a handheld gaming system that can play classic Wii and GameCube games with actual Nintendo hardware? Shank Mods shows off a kit that lets you build your own portable using the actual circuit board from a Wii. GMan’s slick, professional looking system simply trounces those that run emulators.
Celebrating the upcoming launch of Cyberpunk 2077, this limited-edition 1TB Xbox One X has a futuristic, but distressed look with glow-in-the-dark details, unique lighting, and a two-tone gloss/matte controller. It drops in June 2020, though the game doesn’t come out until September.
“Why would you make a game based on a sitcom that last aired over 20 years ago and potentially incur the wrath of lawyers?..” Well, because Jacob Janerka and Ivan Dixon are hoping their concept proves there’s enough demand for a point-and-click Seinfeld adventure game that it actually gets licensed and developed.
With both Animal Crossing: New Horizons and DOOM Eternal released on the same day, The Chalkeaters and singer Natalia Natchan thought it might be fun if the two games were actually one. And so, they made a song and an animated music video featuring the adorable Isabelle and her new friend, DOOM Slayer. Full song here.
That Works take on a video game weapon that dates back all the way to 1986. But rather than the pixelated flail found in the 8-bit Castlevania, they built a replica of the one Trevor Belmont finds in the 21st century animated series. It’s a painstaking process to build such a complex weapon using blacksmithing techniques.
Cloud’s Buster Sword from Final Fantasy VII is one of the coolest weapons in gaming history. While a real world version would be too heavy to effectively wield, one made from cardboard is totally manageable. Watch as Crafty Transformer turns a bunch of corrugated paper into a lightweight replica of the iconic combat tool.
Want to create video games? The School of Game Design offers numerous online courses to teach you everything from the basics of game structure to hands-on development using the Unity3D game engine. Get lifetime access to 120 hours of training videos, along with future updates with this deal from The Awesomer Shop.
Fans of classic video games will recognize this guy as Blinky, the pixelated red ghost from Pac-Man. Here, he’s serving a useful purpose by giving your headphones a place to rest when you’re not wearing them. Handmade from baltic birch, sanded smooth, and painted by artist BalticPrime. Also available as a scared blue ghost.
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