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Casually Explained: Game Genres

Casually Explained: Game Genres

“If you look at FIFA 18 and compare it to this year’s version, you can see that they completely changed the number.” From sports to RTSes to RPGs to MOBAs, Casually Explained provides a brief and not very useful overview of some of the many types of video games.

Trials Rising

Trials Rising

The hilarious and challenging motorcycle platforming series returns to its old glory in Trials Rising. The game features a new Tandem Bike mode where two players control one bike. It’s available on PC and consoles, with the latter launching with two expansion packs.

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Arcade Business Card Holder

Arcade Business Card Holder

Love Hultén creates some truly wonderful retro-inspired arcade machines, computers, and other electronics. His latest build is a business card holder – but it’s anything but ordinary, with a tiny, functional arcade machine built into it. We need this right now.

Pokémon Sword & Shield

Pokémon Sword & Shield

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield are the next mainline Pokémon games. Made exclusively for the Nintendo Switch, the games will feature an all-new region, new Pokémon, and beautiful cartoon-style 3D graphics. Both games will drop late 2019.

Fallout T-51 Power Armor Speaker

Fallout T-51 Power Armor Speaker

Based on the highly-advanced power armor from the wasteland, this blacked-out Bluetooth wireless speaker is sure to make a statement sitting on your desktop. It stands 7″ tall, and features a gesture control system, much like the one you’d find in a 6-figure BMW.

Logitech G MX518 Gaming Mouse

Logitech G MX518 Gaming Mouse

Logitech has brought back its beloved MX518 gaming mouse. The 2019 version retains the shape and glossy finish of the original, but adds a new optical sensor and processor for a more responsive experience. Dedicated buttons let you switch DPI settings on the fly.

Super Mario Maker 2

Super Mario Maker 2

Put on your hardhat and practice your supervillain laugh, because Nintendo’s platformer creation game is back. Super Mario Maker 2 for the Nintendo Switch has new tools, courses and features to help you build fun or frustrating stages. Drops 06/2019.

Jaws Board Game

Jaws Board Game

The upcoming Jaws board game has one player as the titular shark while up to three other players step in the role of Quint, Brody and Hooper. The shark player will attack swimmers and the heroes’ boat, while the humans try to find the shark and anticipate its next attack.

Tetris 99 for the Nintendo Switch

Tetris 99 for the Nintendo Switch

A chaotic 99-player spin on Tetris. Each line you complete lets you send Garbage Blocks to other players, and vice-versa. You can make your attacks more targeted, and you gain bonuses in attack or defense as you defeat others. (Note: video contains PG-13 language.)

Link’s Awakening for Switch (Trailer)

Link’s Awakening for Switch (Trailer)

The beloved adventure game for the Game Boy is getting a very cute and quirky 3D remake. Gather eight magical instruments, awaken the Wind Fish and escape in The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening for the Nintendo Switch. Coming 2019.

MP40.

MP40.

Ahoy resumes his engaging series on firearms with the MP40. Created in Nazi Germany, this submachine gun became both a symbol of evil and rebellion in pop culture. Despite its brief real world usage, it has become one of the most recognizable guns in shooters.

Conviction: An Anthem Trailer

Conviction: An Anthem Trailer

Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Chappie) presents a dramatic live-action promotional clip for the upcoming game Anthem. It’s way more sizzle than steak, but man it’s some good sizzle. The game drops 2/22/19, so we won’t have to wait long to figure out how it plays into the story.

Paper Mario Bros.

Paper Mario Bros.

Fans of Nintendo’s classic 8-bit game will love this hand-drawn animation, which lovingly replicates World 1-1 of Super Mario Bros. Kisaragi Hutae 6 combined paper cutouts and line drawings in his notebook to create this awesome little stop-motion short.

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Apex Legends

Apex Legends

Apex Legends is a free-to-play first-person shooter for Windows, Xbox One and PS4 that combines Overwatch and battle royale games. Its characters have different abilities and personalities, while its revive and one-button communication mechanics foster team play.

Replicade Street Fighter II Arcade

Replicade Street Fighter II Arcade

New Wave Toys’ latest Replicade sixth-scale arcade machine is a miniature replica of the original Street Fighter II: Champion Edition cabinet. It also comes with Super Street Fighter II Turbo. You also get a matching miniature USB fight stick if you pre-order.

Learning to Code a Game

Learning to Code a Game

“Unexpected token else!” Serial learner Mike Boyd recognizes that programming is one of the most relevant skills today. He challenged himself to learn how to code and make a simple game. He encountered a lot of bugs and errors, but he eventually succeeded.

Sunless Skies

Sunless Skies

The sequel to Sunless Sea, Sunless Skies is a narrative-driven Gothic horror adventure game for PCs. You play the captain of a locomotive sailing through space in a world where the stars are dying. Explore the universe, take care of your crew and try to survive.

Super Wheelchair Mario

Super Wheelchair Mario

The first few levels of Super Mario Bros. are pretty easy as platformers go, but if Mario had a disability that confined him to a wheelchair, it might be a bit more difficult. This video envisions a redesigned World 1-1 where ramps and elevators make getting around easier.

Still Alive: Swing Cover

Still Alive: Swing Cover

If you ask us, Jonathan Coulton’s Still Alive is one of the greatest video game songs of all time. Now sit back, relax, and enjoy this vibrant and jazzy version of the track, performed by The 8-Bit Big Band, with singer Benny Benack III doing his best Frank Sinatra.

Nintendo Switch Bluetooth Adapter

Nintendo Switch Bluetooth Adapter

Use your favorite Bluetooth headphones with your Nintendo Switch and immerse yourself in gameplay anywhere. This super compact adapter matches the look of the Switch, and allows you to enjoy crisp wireless audio. Save 33% in The Awesomer Shop.

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SteelSeries Stratus Duo Controller

SteelSeries Stratus Duo Controller

SteelSeries’ Stratus Duo is a multi-platform wireless controller. It can connect to Android devices as well as standalone virtual reality headsets via Bluetooth. It also connects to Windows PCs via 2.4 Ghz wireless and a USB dongle. It lasts up to 20h per charge.

Pix-It-Up

Pix-It-Up

Pix-It-Up is a reusable magnetic puzzle that lets you create pixelated monochrome portraits out of a digital photo. Use the Pix-It-Up website to pixelate a photo and generate instructions. Then arrange the magnetic pieces over the steel frame to mimic the pixelated photo.

Dragon Ball: Project Z (Teaser)

Dragon Ball: Project Z (Teaser)

Bandai Namco is following up its hit Dragon Ball fighting game with an action RPG based on the legendary anime. Currently under the temporary name “Project Z,” it looks like the game will follow at least the first few acts of Dragon Ball Z, up until Frieza.

Atomic Heart (Gameplay)

Atomic Heart (Gameplay)

(Gore) Developer Mundfish gives us a peek at the world and aesthetics of its first-person action RPG Atomic Heart. There are strange robots, floating chickens and murderous androids in this alternate Soviet Union. It’s at once terrifying and intriguing.

Engraved Arcade Coasters

Engraved Arcade Coasters

Fans of classic arcade games will dig VectorEngrave’s slick anodized aluminum coasters which feature engraved images inspired by Donkey Kong, Pac-Man, Space Invaders, and Tetris. Available in three different thicknesses, and sold in a set of four.

Yet Another Exhausting Day

Yet Another Exhausting Day

In the wacky platformer Yet Another Exhausting Day, you’re dead tired so you can only crawl and slither. You have to collect coins and bash your body against objects to stay awake. It hits too close to home.

Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle

Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle

Back in the early 90s, there was a Game Boy franchise based on Bugs Bunny, but thanks to licensing issues, the developers couldn’t release it as such in some countries. The Game Show looks at the many ways in which the game was repackaged around the world.

I Was a Winner

I Was a Winner

(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.

The Truth About Video Games & Violence

The Truth About Video Games & Violence

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.

Kyle’s Mom’s a Bitch: Beat Saber Edition

Kyle’s Mom’s a Bitch: Beat Saber Edition

(PG-13:Language) Ruckus created a custom Beat Saber level based on the South Park classic Kyle’s Mom’s a Bitch, resulting in one of the most challenging but awesome levels we’ve seen in the popular VR game.

Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid

Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid

Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid is an upcoming fighting game for the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PS4 and PC, with cross-platform play for all systems except PS4. The game will feature classic and current Rangers and villains. Drops 04/2019 for $20.

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