(PG-13: Language) “When we weren’t playing, we… We were almost always playing.” Jonas Odell’s thoughtful short film features three recovering video game addicts talking about their experiences in the guise of their old video game avatars.
For once, Adam Ruins Everything ruins a bad thing. The show reminds us that numerous studies, surveys, and correlative data have shown no concrete evidence that playing violent video games causes people to become more violent or insensitive to violence.
While many video game characters have four fingers, the practice is frowned upon in Japan, resulting in special variants of everyone from Bart Simpson to Crash Bandicoot. Censored Gaming looks at the history behind the strange 4-fingered discrimination in the country.
Pimoroni’s Picade Console Kit is the screen-less version of its Picade Desktop Arcade Kit. It comes with the same joysticks, buttons and Picade X HAT as the desktop arcade kit. All you need to add is a Raspberry Pi, a power supply, a microSD card and an HDMI cable.
Lenovo’s Legion Y540 is a gaming laptop with an elegant design. It has white backlighting on its keyboard, up to an 8th gen Core i7 CPU, NVIDIA RTX 2060 Max-Q GPU, and a 15.6″ 1080p display with an optional 144Hz refresh rate. Drops Spring 2019 starting at $930.
The crazy expensive HP Omen X Emperium 65 is the first commercially available NVIDIA Big Format Gaming Display. The 65″ monitor has HDR, a 144Hz refresh rate, 4ms response time, and NVIDIA G-Sync. It also has an NVIDIA Shield built-in and comes with a soundbar.
Clocking in at 5.79 lb, Alienware’s 2019 m17 is the world’s thinnest and lightest 17″ gaming laptop, thanks to its copper and magnesium alloy case. It can be maxed out with Intel’s 8th gen Core i9 CPU and NVIDIA’s RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU. It drops 1/29/19 starting at $1649.
Alienware’s new desktop replacement gaming laptop. The beastly Area-51m can be maxed out with desktop-class Core i9 CPU and NVIDIA RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU… for now. That’s because you can swap out its CPU and GPU, as well as its RAM and battery. Drops 1/29/19 for $2549+.
If you loved Papers, Please, check out Do Not Feed Your Monkeys. It’s a simulation game where you play a new member of a club that gets its kicks from spying on people. Monitor your “monkeys”, gather information about them, and above all try not to feel for them.
Game developer Nimso Ny presents his vision for a remaster of Super Mario 64. He made all of the models, textures, and animations from scratch. It covers only the castle area, but it’s so well made, we’d love to see the whole game. Windows users can download it here.