Ahoy presents an incredibly in-depth analysis of the origins of video games, swiftly debunking any confusion that Pong was the first video game ever, and looking back at early titles like Computer Space, SpaceWar!, Tennis for Two, and their programmers. Turns out hunting down the very first video game isn’t that simple.
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This innovative headset gaming system turns a blank tabletop game board into a richly interactive 3D environment. Players wear special glasses which let them see holographic imagery, and control the game using a wireless wand. It looks legit, but it’s not a cheap setup for multiple players.
It looks like the fascinating crowd physics game we first saw in 2018 is finally heading towards a game console. In Humanity, you’ll direct massive throngs of people through moving mazes on a quest to keep as many of your minions alive as possible. Coming to PS4 in 2020.
The follow-up to Naughty Dog’s outstanding post-apocalyptic FPS The Last of Us won’t be available until February 21, 2020, but it looks like it’ll be worth the wait, with plenty of bone-chilling cinematic scenes, dark storylines, and tension-filled gameplay.
LaserGadgets likes to build all sorts of cool prop weaponry using lasers. For this custom-commissioned build, he created a Militech handgun that looks like it came straight out of the CD Projekt Red RPG Cyberpunk 2077. The hefty replica has LED illumination, and a bright blue laser that’s powerful enough to burst balloons.
Developed by House House, and published by Panic, this silly sandbox game drops you into the role of a mischievous goose who sneaks around a neighborhood, stealing objects and pranking people in order to wreak havoc on their otherwise dull lives. Out now on Nintendo Switch and PC.
There are lots of handheld retro game systems, but the GameShell offers far more versatility than others. In addition to playing emulators for Atari, GB, GBA, NES, MAME, MD, PS1, and more, its modular construction and GNU/LINUX-based dev kit encourages you hack and modify to your liking. Some assembly required.
Beat Saber is one of the most fun and addictive VR games we’ve played, but it requires a head-mounted display and VR controllers to play. DoodleChaos decided to see if he could make a rudimentary version of the game in Minecraft, by dual wielding swords and whacking flower pots while rolling down a track in a mine cart.
VPCabs has been making truly impressive virtual pinball cabinets for a while now. These models let you play modern and classic games in a compact space. The Vertigo is a 76.5″ tall machine that stands like an arcade cabinet, while The Vortex is a 39″ tall tabletop model. Both can play classic arcade games too.
Game developer Dennis Gustafsson is working on a voxel-based engine that features incredible environmental destruction physics. While the video posted by Bluedrake42 is lacking in gameplay, to see how the world reacts to damage is one of the holy grails of gaming we’ve been promised and has yet to be delivered.
The latest trailer for Obsidian’s sci-fi RPG The Outer Worlds is disguised as a recruitment video for the Halcyon Colony. Come live and work on Terra 2 – a “gently terraformed” world with minimal hiring standards, run by awful corporate overlords, and teeming with scum, villainy, and a variety of terrifying creatures.
Interactive system maker Realtime Department shows off a modern version of the classic foosball game where you never have to worry about losing the ball again. It features a 4K display and spinner style rod controls, and its virtual stadium and player uniforms can be customized.
The original Sonic the Hedgehog has one of the most catchy and memorable soundtracks in the history of gaming, thanks to composer Masato Nakamura. Now listen as 130Grit Sound Studio performs a trio of familiar tunes from the game, done wonderfully in Dick Dale/surf rock style.
(Gore) If you’ve ever played a Mortal Kombat game, you know just how nasty the fatalities can be. Accompanying the brutal imagery are appropriately gut-wrenching sound effects. VICE News takes us inside Netherrealm’s Chicago HQ to see how they created some of the gnarliest noises in Mortal Kombat 11.
It’s a couple of years old, but that doesn’t make FamilyJules‘ hard rock medley of classic video game music any less entertaining. Whenever we hear video game music played with this much energy and speed, we think our character is about to run out of health. Grab the MP3 here.
The cinematic trailer for the interstellar follow-up to the popular space sandbox game Kerbal Space Program doesn’t show any gameplay, but that doesn’t make it any less awesome, as Kerbals race through space backed by M83’s epic Outro. For more on the game’s new features go here, and learn more from the developers.
While implying that the mClassic is a graphics card upgrade is a reach, Marseille’s HDMI dongle does an impressive job smoothing out the jaggies of last-gen gaming systems, upscaling them better than most TVs can, and giving images a crisper look overall. It even improves the image quality on some newer games.
Retro system master builder Love Hultén continues to outdo himself, this time creating a sweet game cabinet not only inspired by the classic Nintendo Famicom system, but has a fully-playable console built-in. It also packs an old-school 9″ Sony Trinitron CRT, and has storage for controllers inside, and cartridges on top.
When you make games that are as whimsical in nature as Nintendo, you’re bound to have some weird moments over the years. Nintendo fan Shiromi edited together a reel of some of the wackiest things that have happened to Mario, Link, and Kid Icarus and others over the years. Man, the 1990s were a strange time.
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