How Developers Feel About Nintendo’s 20-30 Games a Week eShop Initative

During a recent shareholder’s meeting, Nintendo’s senior executive officer Susumu Tanaka is “looking to release around 20 to 30 indie games on Nintendo Switch per week.” And while Nintendo has already made it clear indie success on the eShop is core to the Switch, are developers happy about this emphasis on more weekly releases, or do they see this as a cause for concern over Nintendo’s digital storefront?

A number of developers and publishers who have already published games via the Switch eShop, and may have future releases planned, spoke to IGN about Nintendo’s endeavors. Representatives for Yacht Club Games (Shovel Knight), Devolver Digital, Image & Form (SteamWorld Dig 2), Team17, and more offered their takes on if this initiative may overcrowd the marketplace, if Nintendo can do anything to improve promotion on the eShop, and whether such a plan might affect these developers and publishers’ interest in bringing games to the Switch.

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The Kids Can Now Play Unlimited Games at Chuck E. Cheese


Being a parent is expensive. And exhausting.

You’d think taking the little ones to a pizza and games place like Chuck E. Cheese would bring some distraction-induced reprieve. But alas, they’re coming at you every five minutes for more tokens.

Not today, children.

Behold the new All You Can Play game option (aka the savior of parental sanity), now at participating Chuck E. Cheese locations nationwide.

How Chuck E. Cheese All You Can Play Works

For one flat fee, kiddos can play unlimited games without exception for a selected amount of time.  

Currently, unlimited game time comes in 30-minute increments starting at $ 9 with any Chuck E. Cheese deals purchase and is good any day of the week.

Watch that ticket pile grow as your kids’ hearts swell, because there’s no game too big or small for their young ambitions.

They can play the same game over and over, or try every single one and rack up enough tickets to trade in for their dream prize.

Need a potty or pizza break? No problem. You get the option to pause play twice during the unlimited window. Once the time is up, you can purchase additional 30-minute windows of time as needed.

They might just wear themselves out for less than $ 20. Might.

Check that All You Can Play is available at your Chuck E. Cheese location before you go.

Since you’re already there, stretch those savings with a free pizza, because why should the kids have all the fun?

Stephanie Bolling is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She really misses Munch’s Make Believe Band.

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The GameCube Classic Edition Games List: Titles We Need to See

We’ve had a few “Mini” consoles from Nintendo already, and we’re counting the seconds before we get the GameCube Classic Edition. It’s pretty much a given we’ll see a GameCube Mini. And when it comes to the roster of GameCube Classic Edition games, there are some must-have classics that Nintendo needs to include, no questions asked.

Released in November 2001, the GameCube was not a great success. Well, not in terms of its sales. For those who owned the console, it would be home to some of the greatest games of all time. But by the time it was superseded by the Wii in 2007, it had only managed a meagre 21.74 million sales worldwide.

When we look at the 101 million units achieved by the Wii, and the 32 million units by the Nintendo 64, it was bookended by far more successful machines. If there is any Nintendo console that deserves to be rediscovered by those who missed out, it’s the GameCube. And it could happen.


GameCube controller classic
The iconic GameCube controller

In 2016, Nintendo surprised everyone, and probably itself, with the release of the NES Classic Edition, better known as the NES Mini. The console provided a miniaturised replica of the original machine released back in 1983, packed with 30 classic games from the era. It was a hit. In fact, it was near impossible to come by, and sold out in most locations around the world.

In the end 2.3 million units of the NES Mini were sold, with another run hitting shelves again in June 2018 to meet consumer demand. Given the success it was no surprise that a SNES Classic Edition (read: SNES Mini) appeared in 2017, and this time Nintendo was better prepared. There were 5.3 million units available to be sold, and sure enough, they sold out.


SNES Classic Mini held in one hand
Yep, it's really that small.

Now as all Nintendo fans will know, the company loves nothing more than to jump on a winning horse and to give it a good whipping, so in the eyes of most, it’s not a matter of if, but when we see Nintendo take the “Mini” treatment to another one of its classic machines.

Why not the GameCube?

List of GameCube Classic Edition Mini Console Games

The NES Mini released with 30 built-in games, and the SNES Mini with 21. There were variations in the game lists between regions, but the number remained the same. Predominantly, these titles were from Nintendo. In fact, two-thirds of the NES and SNES Mini games were Nintendo published, with the rest supplied by Japanese studios such as Square, Konami, Capcom and Tecmo.

It’s fair to say the expectation among fans will be for at least 25 titles to be built-in to the GameCube Classic Edition Mini console. Based on their critical reception and lasting popularity, as well as what we saw with the selection in previous mini consoles, this is a likely games list.

A little under half of those are 3rd-party GameCube games, making for a more diverse GameCube Classic Edition games list. That lines up with the ratio of titles on the console anyway, and it’d take a brave soul to remove classic games like Metroid Prime.

The only surprise game on this list is Gifttopia. With this re-release, why not give Western audiences a taste of a title that never made it out of Japan? It was developed by a number of ex-Square employees who formed a new studio, Skip Ltd.

In an island nation, you played a young boy called Pockle who slept through his coming of age ceremony and now needs to complete tasks for the citizens to raise enough funds for a redo. It’s a truly bizarre game, and would be a surprise, but welcome addition.


Metroid Prime on GameCube Classic Edition Mini console
Among the must-haves is Metroid Prime.

GameCube Classic Edition — Mini Features With Big Effects

In its day the GameCube could hold its head up high alongside the Xbox and PlayStation 2 in terms of its power, but by today’s standards there is more grunt in your typical smartphone. The IBM-designed CPU operated at just 485MHz, while the ATI Technologies GPU offered 162 MHz.

Meanwhile, games typically came in at less than 1.5GB – the maximum capacity of the GameCube’s discs – with only a few requiring two discs to play.

The long and short of the above is that it would neither be a challenge, nor a relatively costly affair, to reproduce the GameCube experience in Mini form, and store a tonne of games on it. In fact, even the ARM Cortex-A7 CPU and ARM Mali 400 MP2 GPU used on the NES and SNES Minis would be capable of emulating GameCube software.


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Not your usual Mario game, but Sunshine was fantastic.

In terms of upgraded features, online play through all the multiplayer games would be a welcomed addition. There is also the potential to see a more robust, high-definition upgrade of GameCube titles on a Classic Edition console over what we saw with the NES and SNES Minis.

The leap in assets from that era of gaming to now isn’t as great as it was with those older consoles. In fact, we’ve seen plenty of titles from the era get a successful re-tune in recent times. You only have to look as far as the re-release of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker, a GameCube classic, for proof.

Given the success of the previous mini consoles, Nintendo could confidently invest in levelling some of their classic titles up to modern standards. Which makes the above games list even more appealing.


Super Smash Bros. Melee was a GameCube classic
Still played in competitions, Super Smash Bros. Melee is a must.

When Will the GameCube Classic Edition Mini Console Come Out?

It’s nice to talk about all the games the GameCube Classic Edition Mini console will have, but what we all want is a release date. Many believe we will see an N64 Classic Edition Mini console first, and obviously that would make the more sense. But after successive releases of a NES and SNES Mini, it may not be as far off as you think.

Adding fuel to the fire was the announcement of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate at the 2018 E3 press conference, in which support for the iconic GameCube controllers was confirmed. In addition, we’ve seen as recently as late June 2018 Nintendo apply for three GameCube related trademarks in Japan. Something is afoot.

Are these signs of a GameCube Classic Edition Mini console announcement in the near future? Watch this space!

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The 7 best free iPhone games of the week

Best Free iPhone Games

We’ve officially entered the sweltering month of July, but that’s not going to stop us from recommending the best free iOS games we find on the App Store week in and week out. It’s a relatively tame selection this week, but Dead Island: Survivors and the Western-themed MMO Westland Survival are already in my personal queue.

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How to Watch the 2018 World Cup Games Today Online for Free, Including France vs. Argentina

The field of 32 teams in the World Cup 2018 in Russia has been cut in half, and the World Cup round of 16 games start on Saturday, June 30.

Germany, the reigning World Cup champion and a favorite to repeat and grab the title again, has been eliminated after a lackluster performance. But soccer powerhouses Brazil and France are very much alive, as are Argentina and Portugal, thanks to their mega-superstar players Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

In fact, the 2018 World Cup games today feature both of those soccer stars in two exciting matchups: France vs. Argentina and Uruguay vs. Portugal.

When is the France vs. Argentina game scheduled to start? If you want to know when France and Argentina play, and how to watch the World Cup 2018 for free on TV, or how to live stream France vs. Argentina and other games for free, you can check out our comprehensive how to watch the World Cup guide, or just scroll down for the key details.

What Channel Is the World Cup 2018 France vs. Argentina Game On?

Both World Cup games today — Argentina vs. France and Portugal vs. Uruguay — are being broadcast in English on Fox, and in Spanish on Telemundo.

Here’s the schedule for round of 16 World Cup 2018 games today, and in the days ahead:

World Cup Games Saturday, June 30

• France vs. Argentina, 10 a.m. ET, on Fox and Telemundo
• Uruguay vs. Portugal, 2 p.m. ET, on Fox and Telemundo

World Cup Games Sunday, July 1

• Spain vs. Russia, 10 a.m. ET, on Fox and Telemundo
• Croatia vs. Denmark, 2 p.m. ET, on Fox and Telemundo

World Cup Games Monday, July 2

• Brazil vs. Mexico, 10 a.m. ET, on Fox and Telemundo
• Belgium vs. Japan, 2 p.m. ET, on Fox and Telemundo

World Cup Games Tuesday, July 3

• Sweden vs. Switzerland, 10 a.m. ET, on FS1 and Telemundo
• Colombia vs. England, 2 p.m. ET, on Fox and Telemundo

If you have satellite or cable TV, simply find your local Fox station to watch World Cup games in English, or Telemundo if you want to watch the Spanish broadcast.

Even if you don’t have a pay TV package, you can still watch the World Cup games today for free. All you need is a digital antenna, which can cost under $ 30 and provides free, over-the-air broadcasts of networks like ABC and Fox. You can also watch Spanish broadcasts of the 2018 World Cup on Telemundo for free in most of the country with a digital antenna.

How to Live Stream Argentina vs. France Online for Free in the World Cup 2018

As we detailed in our previous story on how to watch the World Cup 2018 for free, it is indeed possible to live stream World Cup games without necessary paying a monthly bill—for cable or a streaming service.

Here’s the gist:

Every World Cup game can be streamed in English with the Fox Sports Go app. There is no charge for downloading and watching via the app, but you must log in with an appropriate pay TV provider account to get access.

To get the Spanish broadcasts, you can stream World Cup games in any browser at TelemundoDeportes.com, or with the Telemundo Deportes En Vivo or NBC Sports apps. Up until June 25, you could stream World Cup games live for free on Telemundo in a browser, without any log-in. Now, however, you must log in online with a pay TV account to live stream the World Cup that way.

Most live-streaming TV services will also let you watch the World Cup online. Services including Hulu Live, Fubo TV, DirecTV Now, Playstation Vue, Sling TV, and YouTube TV all have packages available with some or all of the channels broadcasting 2018 World Cup matches.

Each of these services has a free trial period, allowing you to watch at no charge for roughly one week. Just remember to cancel the service if you don’t want to pay the monthly fee, which will cost $ 20 and up.

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5 PC Games That Are Worth Replaying

These days, one significant factor in a video game’s success can come down to whether or not it’s worth replaying. No matter how good it may be, some games aren’t worth coming back to after a player completes it the first time. Other games, though, leave players hooked with anticipation for the next time they can play it. Whether it’s the different endings to the story or the freedom for creativity, these five PC games are the kind that will leave you saying “just one more turn.”

Kerbal Space Program


Impending Kerbal Doom
Things like this happen a lot in the game, but it’s still fun to watch!

Getting to space has never been as easy or as fun as it is in Kerbal Space Program. Developed by indie game developers, Squad, the secret to this space flight simulator’s high replay value boils down to the freedom of creativity it gives players. While your primary goal is to get your plucky aliens, the Kerbals, into space, the game lets you decide what you use by constructing spaceplanes and rockets from scratch.

If the base game doesn’t have the parts you want, no reason to worry — it’s supported by a thriving modding community that’s continually adding new mechanics, skins and spaceship parts for players to use. The passionate modding community, in addition to regular updates, ensures that Kerbal Space Program will keep players reaching for the stars for years to come. That or they blow up ships in a hilarious fashion.

Fallout 4


Fallout 4 Graygarden Overpass Settlement
Just an example of what people do with the settlement feature.

Bethesda raised the bar on the open-world RPG with Fallout 4, and it has enough content to keep players busy until the bomb drops. The base game itself is massive in size and scope, with developers loading every portion with items to hunt, locations to explore and legendary enemies to kill.

In a first for the Fallout series, Bethesda added a base building feature, allowing players to build the post-apocalyptic settlement of their dreams. Combine that with several factions-based endings, the game’s modding community, and the DLC packs adding more places to explore, and you’re liable to ignore the plot and wander the wastelands for eternity.

Civilization IV

Of the many PC games that developers have released over the years, Sid Meier’s Civilization series stands near the very summit, and Civilization IV is possibly the greatest out of them all. On the gameplay level, Civilization IV and its major expansion packs contain numerous scenarios based on historical events or historical fiction that players can immerse themselves in for hours on end.

What makes this game so addictive, though, is the sheer level of customization available, with the world builder tool letting players design a world from scratch and build it as they see fit. Throw in a theme song so good it won a Grammy and narration by Leonard Nimoy, and little wonder why people keep coming back!

Sid Meier’s Pirates!


Dancing Minigame in Pirates!
Pirate romances are optional, but fun.

Another creation of Sid Meier’s, Sid Meier’s Pirates! is the pirate game that refuses to grow old. A 2004 remake of the 1987 game of the same name, this is the go-to experience for those dreaming of life as a pirate. Sailing the waters of the 17th century Caribbean, the appeal of the game lies in its constantly changing scenarios.

While players can decide the difficulty, nationality, and starting era, the game randomly generates different situations involving a war between the four nations in the Caribbean for players to profit from, ensuring that no two games are alike. With the constantly changing variables, deep gameplay, and graphics that still look amazing even 14 years later, this is one game that you’ll want to replay dozens of times over.

Jurassic World: Evolution


Releasing a T-Rex into the par
Admit it, you’re in this for the T-Rex.

A recent release meant to coincide with the new Jurassic World film, Jurassic World: Evolution is the business simulator dinosaur lovers have wanted for years. The goal of the game is like the Zoo Tycoon series, only instead of lions and tigers, you have to worry about velociraptors and T-Rexes eating people.

The primary campaign on five unique islands presents a fun challenge as you adapt your build style, but its the sandbox mode on the original island of Isla Nublar where this game flexes its muscles, with unlimited funding leaving you free to make your dream dino park. When you’re bored with that, let the dinosaurs out and go nuts; that’s part of the appeal of the franchise, after all.

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5 ‘Minecraft’-Like Games You Can Play Right Now

Minecraft may look simple, but beneath its plain exterior lies an interesting game with endless creative options. However, Minecraft isn’t just a building game. Players can explore intricate mines and battle against spiders, skeletons, zombies, or all three — which can be strangely exhilarating. But nothing lasts forever, especially games. So, once you’ve become a Minecraft god, what’s the next game you should conquer? Well, we have some suggestions for you. Here are five Minecraft-like games you can play right now.

Roblox


roblox
The creative alternative everyone wanted.

Roblox not only looks and feels like Minecraft, it also allows you to build an entire world from the ground up. The popular MMO game boasts an in-depth and intricate design system that allows players to immerse themselves in someone else’s creation or vice versa.

The kinds of worlds players can create range from wild pirate islands to bustling cities. And with endless items to place in each environment, the only thing limiting players is their own imagination. Building your own kingdom, beach, or city in Roblox is sure to scratch that creative itch that Minecraft left behind.

The Forest

Minecraft‘s survival mode can get very scary and intense, especially when your character is starving. Now, imagine an entire game built around this concept that has players fight and build shelter, tools, and fire to survive. That’s where The Forest, the Minecraft-like horror game that no one asked for but everyone loved, comes in.

With its realistic, Gothic aesthetic, The Forest pushes Minecraft‘s survival mode even further, resulting in a more bone-chilling experience. In Minecraft, enemies just kill you. However, in The Forest, enemies will knock you out and drag you into their dark underground lair where countless creature lie in wait, ready to pounce. Adrenaline junkies should definitely give The Forest a try. Just make a point to keep close to the fire and have a crafted weapon ready.

Terasology


The same look and feel — but with minions.

Terasology‘s design is near identical to Minecraft‘s. It also similarly allows players to craft, build, and mine. But Terasology has a lot to offer players that Minecraft doesn’t, such as a more realistically rendered landscape, an environment that can change over time, and even the ability to create loyal minions.

The villager NPCs in Minecraft are interesting and good for trading, but not much help in a fight. They just run around grunting or get turned into zombies. This isn’t the case in Terasology, where NPCs can be spawned from your toolbar. These NPCs can take inventory, mine blocks, build their own societies, and trade with you. This is definitely the game for those who love control but want their creations to lighten their workload.

Stardew Valley

Mining and farming are some of the most important and interesting parts of playing Minecraft. Mining helps you improve your tools, while farming allows you to live on the land. While smaller in scope, Stardew Valley also allows you to care for your own farm and mine to upgrade your tools.

Unlike Minecraft, where you can only trade with villager NPCs, the RPG-style Stardew Valley allows you to cultivate and deepen relationships with characters in the town, which can lead to friendships and even a romantic relationship. Being able to take an interest in the in-game community, creates a more immersive experience for players than what’s found in Minecraft. Everyone has wanted to knock off the grunting villagers in Minecraft at some point in time, but in Stardew Valley, you won’t be able to get enough of the game’s interesting and engaging little community.

Starbound


Who doesn’t want to give ‘Minecraft’ in space a go?

The beginning of Starbound sees you fleeing from your home. Eventually, you find yourself stuck on a planet where you are forced to explore, construct, and collect resources to escape. The game aesthetically resembles Stardew, boasting the same RPG gaming style. But Minecraft fans will love the game’s creative crafting mechanic and intense survival mode.

A more story-driven game than Minecraft, Starbound doesn’t limit what players can achieve or create. Players can shape their own future — whether that be as a farmer or an intergalactic estate agent. There are also plenty of opportunities for players to become battle-tested through boss fights and fun and challenging dungeon runs. There’s nothing more satisfying than throwing yourself in the dark depths of a jungle in an attempt to claim the treasures within.

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Christina El Moussa on Ex Tarek Bumping Into New Boyfriend Ant Anstead at Kids’ Soccer Games

Christina El Moussa is balancing time with her new British TV star boyfriend and her ex-husband and current co-star, Tarek — occasionally at the same time.

The HGTV star, who just announced a new solo series, Christina on the Coast, opened up about what happens when the men in her life cross paths. “Ant comes to the kids’ soccer games, and met Ant multiple times and he likes him. He thinks he’s a good guy,” she tells Access Live

Asked how Tarek reacted to her new romance, she said, “I think he had an idea. We’d been dating since about November 2017. So he knew that we were together.”

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The friendly exes continue to work together filming their hit show Flip or Flop — season 7, the first they filmed after divorcing, is airing now — and Christina maintains their working relationship has “been really good,” adding “I think it’s really fun incorporating more of our personal lives into it.”

She also breaks down her feelings for her new guy: “I am dating an absolutely amazing person named Ant Anstead. He’s fun, he’s funny, he’s grounded, he’s gorgeous. He’s honestly my best friend.” Anstead, who’s well known in the U.K. as an automotive expert and TV personality from the show For the Love of Cars, is also a friend of Prince Harry.

Anstead had previously shared on social media that he’d been texting with the Duke of Sussex asking for advice on “dating a Yank,” but noted the tips he received would “be kept secret!”  When asked about their friendship, Christina replies, “Yes, maybe,” but declines to share other details.

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The couple first confirmed their relationship with an Instagram post in January, and have since enjoyed a handful of romantic vacations as well as low-key hang time with their kids. Christina shares Taylor, 7, and Brayden, 2, with Tarek and Anstead has two children from a previous marriage.

Christina and Tarek announced their split publicly in December 2016, noting they’d secretly been living apart for months.

 


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How to Watch the 2018 World Cup Games Today Online for Free, Including Mexico vs. South Korea

After upsetting reigning World Cup champion Germany in a thrilling 1-0 opening round victory, Mexico looks to continue its success in the 2018 World Cup today when it faces South Korea.

When is the South Korea vs. Mexico World Cup game? Mexico and South Korea are scheduled to play starting at 11 a.m. ET on Saturday, June 23. Here are all the other details you need to tune in.

What Channel Is the World Cup 2018 South Korea vs. Mexico Game On?

Mexico vs. South Korea is being broadcast in English on Fox, and in Spanish on Telemundo. In fact, all three World Cup games today (including matches featuring Belgium and Germany) will be aired on Fox and Telemundo.

If you have a standard satellite or cable TV package, your bundle probably includes these channels. Simply find your local Fox station or Telemundo to watch the South Korea vs. Mexico game.

If you don’t have a pay TV package, you should still be able to watch Mexico and South Korea in the 2018 World Cup with a digital antenna. You can buy a basic digital antenna for around $ 30. When you hook up a digital antenna to a TV in most of the country, you can watch over-the-air broadcast networks like Fox, ABC, and, yes, Telemundo totally for free.

FIFA World Cup 2018 Schedule for Saturday and Sunday

What 2018 World Cup games today are being played? Here’s the TV schedule:

• Belgium vs. Tunisia, 8 a.m. ET, on Fox and Telemundo
• South Korea vs. Mexico, 11 a.m. ET, on Fox and Telemundo
• Germany vs. Sweden, 2 p.m. ET, on Fox and Telemundo

What’s the 2018 World Cup schedule for Sunday, June 24?

• England vs. Panama, 8 a.m. ET, on FS1 and Telemundo
• Japan vs. Senegal, 11 a.m. ET, on Fox and Telemundo
• Poland vs. Colombia, 2 p.m. ET, on Fox and Telemundo

Even if you don’t have cable, you should still be able to watch all 2018 World Cup games for free—either on TV (check out Telemundo) or by live streaming the game.

How to Live Stream the World Cup South Korea vs. Mexico Game for Free

In our previous how to watch the World Cup guide, we covered the basics for how to live stream World Cup 2018 games for free, including some strategies for how to watch Fox, FS1, and Telemundo online. Here are the details:

Every World Cup game can be streamed in English with the Fox Sports Go app. There is no charge for downloading and watching via the app, but you must log in with an appropriate pay TV provider account to get access.

To get the Spanish broadcasts, you can stream World Cup games in any browser at TelemundoDeportes.com, or with the Telemundo Deportes En Vivo or NBC Sports apps. Telemundo says that anyone can watch the World Cup online for free without a pay TV subscription until June 25. After that, you may be prompted to log in online with a pay TV account.

Most live-streaming TV services will also let you watch the World Cup online. Services including Hulu Live, Fubo TV, DirecTV Now, Playstation Vue, Sling TV, and YouTube TV all have packages available with some or all of the channels broadcasting 2018 World Cup matches.

Each of these services has a free trial period, allowing you to watch at no charge for roughly one week. Just remember to cancel the service if you don’t want to pay the monthly fee, which will cost $ 20 and up.

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Nine Must-Play Games from the New Mega Drive Classics Collection

This isn’t easy to say, but here goes. Of the 50-plus games featured on the new Mega Drive Classics collection, released for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on May 29, only a handful of them possess any appeal for the modern player. Yeeouch. That hurts.

Now, don’t get me wrong here. Even with some glaring omissions (no After Burner, Out Run or Sonic 3, really?), the set pulses with nostalgic charm, with each of its selections as crisp as they’ve ever looked, and now with the bonus of rewind and quick-save features to ease you through some of the more testing options.

But the Mega Drive’s 30 years old, having originally released in Japan in October 1988, and the UK in 1990. It’s ancient history to younger gamers, who cut their teeth not on side-scrolling platformers, but the 3D worlds made possible by the PlayStation 2, or later consoles.

People who never blew on a cartridge, or understood what Game Genie or Mean Machines meant, or called a hints line while their parents were out at Asda. Damn, the internet ruined everything.

As a result of its age, the Classics collection can look flat, basic, dull even. And, with some of the games, that’s hard to argue with. However, there are titles here that anyone who appreciates the gaming medium needs to spend some time with – because of their historical significance, their role in the Mega Drive’s great 1990s success, their legacy, or simply because they’re amongst the minority and still rule today.

Which is to say, at the risk of stating the obvious, “must play” really doesn’t mean “best of”, with this little list.

ALTERED BEAST


It may be a bit crap, but its an undeniably important game.

First released into arcades in 1988, this shape-shifting, side-scrolling beat ‘em up was the first game that many a new Mega Drive owner played on the console, by virtue of it being the system’s pack-in title for Christmas 1990. Your character punches all manner of gruesome enemies into chunks, collecting dropped spirit orbs (“power up!”) – and upon retrieving three, he transforms into a powerful beast, just in time for the end-of-level boss.

Altered Beast is a hopelessly one-note game that really hasn’t stood up to the test of time, its five stages beatable in 15 minutes – but its place in Sega’s 16-bit history is indelible.

ALEX KIDD IN THE ENCHANTED CASTLE


Alex Kidd is a much needed reminder that retro platforms can be mind-numbingly awful.

Sega’s unofficial mascot before they felt forced to formalise one, in an attempt to do precisely what Nintendid(heh), Alex Kidd was the star of five platformers for the 8-bit Master System, but just the one on the Mega Drive. Enchanted Castle was a 1990 launch title for the system in the UK but felt tremendously dated even then, with imprecise leaping and landing, questionable punch connection and one-hit-kills, and a rock-paper-scissors battle mechanic that meant successful progress was more about luck than skill.

It’s awful, not quite a nadir of Sega’s first-party output of the time but certainly close to it. But play Enchanted Castle today and you’ll immediately understand just how behind the Super Mario series Sega’s equivalent genre efforts were. That had to change.

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2


While Super Mario World may be the defining platformer of the 16 bit era, Sonic 2 shows exactly why the blue hedgehog is still so beloved today.

Sonic was born of an internal challenge at Sega to devise a proper company mascot. Top brass settled on a hedgehog, initially called Mr Needlemouse before becoming the Sonic we saw in 1991’s first game. Sonic the Hedgehog swiftly replaced Altered Beast as the Mega Drive’s bundled title, and strong reviews and splendid (ultimately platform-best) sales encouraged Sega to develop a sequel. And the stops were well and truly pulled out.

1992’s Sonic 2 introduced a second playable character in “Tails”, and a new spin-dash ability that radically improved Sonic’s movement. It brought spectacular imagination to the speedy platformer’s level designs, and cranked up the quality of the visuals and music. It stands today as the best 2D Sonic game of all time – which makes it the best Sonic game of all time, full stop. If you grew up with Sega’s mid-00s output, and thus came to distrust anything with Sonic on it, Sonic 2 will show you that, once upon a time, he ruled the platforming market.

GUNSTAR HEROES


If you're looking for an old school sch'mup classic, then this blocky blastahon is just the ticket.

Treasure’s reputation as multi-platform shooter developers par excellence is well earned, through releases like Sin & PunishmentRadiant Silvergun and Ikaruga(released for Switch on May 29). The Tokyo-based studio, founded by former Konami employees, began by making games exclusively for Sega – and four of them appear on Classics. Alien Soldier is a gorgeous but punishing shooter that’ll have you screaming at your screen; Dynamite Headdya still-fresh-feeling, hyper-colourful platformer; and Light Crusader an isometric action-RPG that has its ambition torpedoed by its awkward perspective.

The jewel is Treasure’s debut title, Gunstar Heroes, a blisteringly fast arcade run-and-gunner – think Konami’s Contra, turned up way past 11 – that never gives the player a moment to catch their breath. It’s bright and bold, its music atmospheric and dramatic, and Gunstar’s challenge is significant without reaching Alien Soldier heights of Oh I Give Up. Just a beautiful retro wonder, and a vital play from this Classics set. And in what other game, ever, would you receive the notification: “Warning! Danger Ahead: Melon Bread!” Brilliant.

TOEJAM & EARL


If you fancy a story-driven laugh a minute co-op adventure, this 90s classic still holds up surprisingly well.

There’s just something so wonderfully 1990s about ToeJam & Earl, that playing it in 2018 is a dizzying time warp to when The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was on after school, and Saturday morning kids TV was still a thing, all high-contrast graphics and “fresh” musical beats. A curious concoction of gentle-paced exploration and combat-less action – it’s mostly a case of avoiding enemies than engaging them – ToeJam & Earl shines as a couch co-op experience, the two titular alien protagonists exchanging jokes and quips when both in play.

Something of a cult hit for the Mega Drive, this is one for when you’ve a mate over, and some suitably of-the-time refreshments on hand, like Chewits and Carling Black Label.

STORY OF THOR/ BEYOND OASIS


The Mega Drive may have lacked the big Square-developed RPGs that helped make the SNES a hit, but Beyond Oasis is one of SEGA's forgotten role playing classics.

Nintendo had the Zelda series, and a string of superb (pre-Enix merge) Square-produced titles, like Secret of Mana and Final Fantasy VI, making the SNES the preferable 16-bit system for role-playing gamers. But the Mega Drive wasn’t without a few RPG gems. Collected on Classics are three Phantasy Star games, three from Sega’s Shining series, the isometric adventures Land Stalker and Light Crusader, and the multi-perspective Sword of Vermillion.

But the most accessible RPG on Sega’s new set has to be Story of Thor– or Beyond Oasis, as it was known in the US. Its big, colourful sprites have it standing out beside its duller-palette platform-mates, and the consistent top-down viewpoint will make Zelda fans feel at home, likewise its dungeon puzzles and limited-use weapons like arrows and bombs. The score by Yuzo Koshiro, alternatingly enchanting and ominous, is the cherry on the cake.

STREETS OF RAGE 2


This game is hailed as a classic for a reason and its still great fun today.

Speaking of Koshiro, it’s the composer’s incredibly evergreen work on Streets of Rage 2 that elevate a perfectly serviceable arcade brawler into a genuine classic, worth every reissue it receives. Its gameplay and plot may be elementary – walk from left to right, beat up all the goons, rescue your captured pal – but such is the slickness with which Streets of Rage 2was realised, that it is that rare 16-bit Sega game that feels as good to play now as it did in the early 1990s.

Like Story of Thor, its characters and NPCs are chunky and colourful; there’s a lot of fun being had with the level designs, ranging from theme park rides to underground wrestling arenas; and it’s perfectly beatable by beginners, which only adds to its wide appeal. And then there’s that music, an intoxicating blend of techno, funk and house, and the best the Mega Drive ever had.

RISTAR


Forget Sonic, Ristar is our BOI.

Arriving relatively late in the Mega Drive’s lifecycle, in early 1995, Ristar was a welcome reminder that Sega’s in-house Sonic Team division was capable of more than just pumping out games for its blue blur of a mascot. Another platformer, Ristar sees the titular character reach out with extendable arms to grab both the environment, for traversal, and enemies, for a deft KO-ing head-butt. It lacks the speed of Sonic but makes up for that with a greater emphasis on strategy across each stage – and, for many critics with the benefit of hindsight, it’s actually a better game than most 16-bit Sonics.

Ristar pushes its parent hardware, looking like a next-gen title in comparison to Alex Kidd and Altered Beast – but with Sega’s Saturn (and Sony’s PlayStation) already out in Japan at the time of its release, and imminent in the US and Europe, it was a game doomed to period irrelevance, as consumers looked to move onto emerging 32-bit hardware.

VIRTUA FIGHTER 2


The Mega Drive’s attempts at 3D were uh… ambitious.

Sega’s collapse as a hardware force can be attributed to many things, and we’re not about to dig into all of that here. But there can be no doubt that the company failed to move on from the Mega Drive as quickly as it should, and as a result found itself having to support too many consoles at the same time. When the 3D arcade hit Virtua Fighter 2 arrived on the Mega Drive in 1996, as a 2D Street Fighter-like affair stripped of its polygon visuals, Sega was still putting out games for the handheld Game Gear and its newer Saturn console, as well as the 32X and its edutainment platform, the Pico.

The company was spread way too thin, and you can positively feel that pressure in the Mega Drive’s Virtua Fighter 2, a muddy, imprecise, unrewarding take on what had been an acclaimed title. The game had no right being on a 16-bit system, and its place on 2018’s Classics is more a hands-up acknowledgement of the Mega Drive’s death knell than an attempt to position it as a fighter worth playing again in the here and now.

If you want a retro game in this style, that remains a joy today, stick to Street Fighter. If you want to see just how badly Sega had lost their way in the mid-1990s, though, fire this one up for just five minutes. And then never, ever, play it again.

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Valve Threatens Popular Erotic Games on Steam with Take down Warnings

The developers of several popular erotic games on Steam have received warnings from Valve that they must censor the adult content in their games or they will be removed, according to tweets from those developers.

Most notably, developer HuniePot was issued a warning regarding their extremely popular erotic romance visual novel/puzzle game, HuniePop. According to their Twitter, the notice indicated that HuniePop “violates the rules & guidelines for pornographic content on Steam and will be removed from the store unless the game is updated to remove said content.”

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If you’re a video gamer, you’re probably very familiar with Jack Wall’s works.

Over the last 20+ years, the prolific composer has scored the soundtracks to many best-selling titles, including the Myst franchise, Splinter Cell, Jade Empire, Mass Effect, and Call of Duty. His works have brought excitement to action sequences and depth to emotional ones.

FANDOM spoke with Wall ahead of his concert in Los Angeles. Wall shared what inspires him to work as well as his favorite titles. (Yes, he’s a gamer himself when he has a spare moment.)

FANDOM: Do you build the soundtrack around the game or vice-versa?

Wall: Yes, always around the game. I generally will get video playthroughs of an entire level and then I do what’s called a “spotting session” with the audio director where we figure out where music is going to go and what the function of the music is, the palette, etc. We try to create a story through the gameplay of the level and an arc to the drama of it all. It’s similar to scoring a movie.

FANDOM: How do you approach creating soundtracks for games in different genres? Do you gravitate to one over another?

Wall: Well, I really love sci-fi and action adventure, but also projects which have some drama to it and a real story. Story is paramount for me. Telling stories is where my passion lies.

FANDOM: What routine do you do to get in a composing mood?

Wall: Coffee. Nuff said. Well, except that you have to just sit down and do it. If I’m stuck or it’s not happening, I’ll walk away. I’ll literally go for a walk to clear my head or take a shower. Those are my 2 go-tos for priming the creative pump. It’s about opening yourself up to what it should be. But also, you really just have to trust your instincts. Over the years, I have learned how to do that….that my first thoughts are almost always my best thoughts. And to just go with that.

FANDOM: What are your favorite soundtracks, gaming or otherwise?

Wall: The usual suspects, I suppose. I love Tom Newman, John Williams, James Horner (RIP), James Newton Howard, Hans Zimmer. But also my friends in the games industry as well. I’m a fan of Richard Jacques, Sam Hulick, Jimmy Hinson (Big Giant Circles), Gordy Haab, and too many others to name. I also love TV music as well. Trevor Morris and Sean Callery are among my faves.

FANDOM: What’s your favorite instrument or sound you try to put in your compositions?

Wall: Something I haven’t heard before. But you know. Cello. It’s so versatile and wonderful. I like guitar and guitarviol if they are played in ways we don’t hear every day. A really great mysterious voice works for me. Making new sounds from synths and sampling the world. I love finding musicians that do interesting and unique things with their instruments. I once hired a musician who made her own instruments out of clay.

FANDOM: What games do you play? If you play Mass Effect, who is your favorite character and why? Paragon or Renegade?

Wall: I like to play the games I work on — just to see what damage has been done. But also others that I know have great soundtracks. I’m currently playing Uncharted 4 with The Last of Us on deck. (Yes, I’m so behind!) I’m pretty busy so I can’t play a lot. I end up watching TV to unwind. But you know … FemShep Paragon works too. 🙂

Jack Wall with Studio Orchestra including CSUN Studio Ensemble are performing in concert at Valley Performing Arts Center/The Soraya on May 9. Fans can purchase tickets online here.

He is also composing the music for Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments airing on Freeform.

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OH HELL NO!

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SPEAKING OF THINGS THAT CAN KILL YOU: What could possibly go wrong?

I CAN’T DECIDE IF THIS GUY… is super lucky or not lucky at all. Either way, you are down to 6 lives by my estimation.

NOT SO SWEET: The problem with artificial sweeteners. Just because I never figured it out doesn’t mean you can’t make better choices.

HEY GUYS! Someone has decided to define the millennial generation once and for all. At least, the actual ages of said millennials. Also, if you find yourself on the border, feel free to say “feck that” because I can relate. Mostly.

DON’T BE THESE GUYS: This is both depressing and scary. It might also be something to keep in mind for future reference.

DAD STYLE: The Royal edition. These guys seems to think Prince William has it going on. What say you?

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Damn I love this woman.

NFL DRAFT WATCH: Because being an NFL worthy defensive end isn’t enough, this dude has some impressive skills as a producer. Then there’s this guy with an interesting training regiment.

PLANET OF THE APES? One day. Soon. Oh you laugh now…

WHERE IN THE WORLD WAS…Aubrey? Sounds like he was on an adventure.

THEN THERE’S THIS KID: Macaulay Culkin has nothing on Drew.   Meanwhile, I suspect The Colonel has something to do with this. Because this has social media stunt all over it’s greasy self.

LOOKING BEYOND THE MP3: Because we can’t even imagine how people will hear music in the future, Massive Attack did this. Brilliant. Also, I am always going to remind people about these guys every chance I get.

PERSPECTIVE:

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At this point I’m just spoiled, to be honest. For some reason Eric H continues to make my job easier by sharing must-read clickables week in and week out. He is the wind beneath my wings.

THE OTHER SEX (badass women): Grace Jones. Slave to the rhythm, Bond villain, photographer’s muse, and as she gets ready to turn 70 there is still no stopping her. Life time of doing whatever she pleases.

THIS MIGHT BE SUPER IMPORTANT: Mutant enzyme to the planet’s rescue? One can hope, right? Oh, and once again, an accident results in something that could be a game changer. Science!

OH. MY. GOUDA: This is a seriously effed up situation for our neighbors to the north.

THAT ONE TIME BEES MADE RED HONEY IN THE BIG APPLE: This is both an update of a former Dossier story and an engaging tale of apiaries, maraschino cherries and a hot summer in the big city. 

INCOMING! Yikes. Jim Carrey is not looking so funny these days.

IN SPACE, NO ONE HEARS YOU PURR:

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AWKWARD MUCH? Yeah, about those government secret remote mind control plans? Can you maybe return those and forget all about it?

SCIENCE! Because I have the maturity of a 12 year old boy, I present this.

HEADS UP: No really, check this out. Only, if you’re a squeamish germaphobe, I wouldn’t.

WHO’S A GOOD BOY!? Both of them.

AND BECAUSE I COULDN’T PICK JUST ONE THIS WEEK: Floof of the week. I mean, really, this is Peak Floof.

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SPORTS DAY: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepped out on Saturday, attending an Invictus Games reception in London.
The event, held in West London, was hosted by Malcolm Turnbull, the Prime Minister of Australia, and his wife, Lucy Turnbull.
The young royals met with servicemen and women from the U.K. and Australia and learned more about plans for the Invictus Games, which will be held in Sydney in October.
Prince Harry is the patron of the Invictus Games Foundation, which mounts the global sporting event for injured and wounded veterans and members of the armed forces.
Markle attended the Invictus Games last year when it was hosted in Toronto.
On Saturday, she wore a printed floral dress from Self-Portrait, a black blazer by Alexander McQueen and Manolo Blahnik heels.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, in Self-Portrait, attend a reception hosted by Malcolm Turnbull, the Prime Minister of Australia, and Lucy Turnbull, celebrating the forthcoming Invictus Games Sydney 2018. 
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If You Loved the Witcher Games, You Have to Read the Books

Not many in the English-speaking world had heard of Andrzej’s Sapkowski’s Witcher series until the first game came to PC. The Witcher books were not published in English until 2007 and only then slowly. As of this writing, one novel is still not officially translated (it will release in May). Meanwhile, as the Witcher books trickled out of Poland, CD Projekt Red’s games became mega hits. Since 2015, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has sold 25 million copies worldwide. This is one of the reasons that, outside of Poland, Geralt of Rivia is mainly a video game character. The games overshadowed the books. But having read these books myself now, I think we need to fix this.

CD Projekt Red didn’t merely borrow the Witcher characters, they wanted to write their own Witcher novels in game form. They are massive fans who set out to make playable what they had read in Sapkowski’s stories. The games directly imitate his tone, plots, and themes. You’re missing a key part of the games’ intent if you haven’t read the source material. You’re also missing out on Geralt’s exploits in these incredible fantasy novels.


English covers for ‘The Last Wish,’ ‘Blood of Elves,’ and ‘The Time of Contempt,’ all using Geralt’s design from the video games.

Short Stories to Epic Saga

Andrzej Sapkowski created Geralt of Rivia in a series of short stories beginning in 1986. Those short stories would be collected into two volumes, The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny, which cover the early part of Geralt’s witcher career. In the ’90s, Sapkowski took his characters and created the Witcher Saga, a series of five novels. The series brought Geralt and his adopted daughter Ciri into a massive struggle between empires, evil wizards, and inter-dimensional elves. It begins with stand-alone episodes which then evolve into a five-part war epic as complicated as Game of Thrones.

But what about The Witcher is so impressive that they stoked the creative fires of CD Projekt Red?


A witcher in his element.

Power Fantasies Subverted

 


The Velen battlefield from ‘Witcher 3’, a playable interpretation of the bloody wars in the novels.

Geralt of Rivia is, on the surface, a power fantasy. That’s why he fits so well into the role of a video game hero. Witchers are mutant monster hunters who travel the world having adventures. Geralt is the perfect combination of badass warrior and dark loner that makes for a sexy protagonist. He even has a habit of falling into bed with beautiful sorceresses. Yet Geralt is bitter. His world is subverted so that classical heroes can never simply fight evil. There’s always some tough moral choice.

Sapkowski’s style plays on your expectations. The early Witcher stories are satires of folktales and legends but with realistic complications based on gritty medieval history. In one story, Geralt stumbles upon some local knights out to bravely slay a dragon that attacked a village. However, we soon learn that the knights are corrupt, the villagers are evil (and murdered the dragon’s mother), and the dragons are actually quite friendly. Geralt is a cynic, but this is a world where the cynic is usually right. Yet, no matter how gray things get, he keeps acting like a black and white hero. He knows no other way to be.

Grim Darkness or Black Comedy?

 


Geralt taking in Ciri. This is from a ‘Witcher 3’ flashback to a book scene.

There are dozens of characters in these books, from great kings to small thieves, who all contribute something to the snarl of betrayals that drive the plot. Beyond the mess of would-be Littlefingers, Sapkowski writes in themes of racism, colonialism, and climate change. (The Witcher, for ’90s fantasy, was ahead of its time.) Humans are invaders on this continent, dwarves are forced into ghettos, and the planet is doomed to freeze over in centuries. Geralt’s life is action-packed. But everything he does only adds up to “pissing into a hurricane,” as one villain puts it.

This sounds bleak, but these books are actually very funny. The power struggles are more absurd than dark. Nobody really knows what’s going on. All the schemes of emperors or witches add up to blind luck in the end. The big battle in the last book is won by a tiny mistake. One individual scout gets too scared to check over a hill, which leads his army into an ambush. The black comedy, however, stops being very funny once Sapkowski takes you on the ground. The bloodbath is a very realistic nightmare.

Human Center


Geralt and Ciri in the Witcher 3
Ciri keeps Geralt grounded.

However, when it comes to the human relationships, Sapkowski plays it straight. Geralt’s life is anchored by his relationship with two women, his girlfriend Yennefer and his daughter Ciri. The Ciri connection is more important and is the centerpiece of the Witcher Saga. The two are tied together by destiny thanks to a fairy tale rule called “the Law of Surprise.” At first, Geralt stays his sour loner self and avoids this destiny. But at the end of Sword of Destiny, when Ciri’s kingdom, Cintra has been destroyed, Geralt takes off his cynical armor and takes her in.

Ciri is a princess by birth, the heir to powerful elven magic, and eventually a deadly witcher in her own right. That would make her a Mary Sue in most stories, but not here. Instead, she is the target of half a dozen conspiracies. Ciri’s life is a series of horrors and scars. As the Saga continues, Ciri is separated from Geralt, leaving her to fend for herself in a brutal world. She becomes an active protagonist and a hero equal to her father. The Witcher Saga is not Geralt’s story alone, but Ciri’s too.

Something Familiar


Geralt from The Witcher 3

When CD Projekt Red took on the Witcher series, they imitated what made Andrzej Sapkowski’s work great. They adapted the books’ fighting scenes into a Dark Souls-esque combat system. They kept the complicated storylines and multitudes of characters. There’s even that same winking satire of fairy tales. The Witcher 3’s main plot is a replay of the Saga novels. The war repeats, Geralt travels the world again, and Ciri is a secondary playable character. Many of the sidequests feel like the short stories — only, the player is making the moral choices now.

I read these books after playing the games and found that I was already familiar with the words on the page. The Witcher games are not just great on their own terms, they’re excellent adaptations of an already great fantasy world. Netflix recently announced they, too, would take on Sapkowski’s series. Hopefully, their upcoming TV series will also replicate the comedy, drama, and humanity that made the Witcher books such a joy to read.

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Most anticipated games of spring 2018: 12 reasons to stay indoors this seasonSpring is a time of rebirth, and for the games industry, a great time to launch a huge product or three. ‘God of War’ is shaping up to be an early contender for Game of the Year. Now a father, Kratos must mentor his young son and manage his legendary temper as the two explore a strange Scandinavian world.



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The Most Obscure Games References in ‘Ready Player One’

WARNING: This post contains spoilers for Ready Player One. Proceed with caution.

Ready Player One is a giant celebration of pop culture. The movie centers around a virtual world where players can create avatars that look like their favorite characters. Everyone is trying to win a mysterious game that will make them extremely rich and give them control over the virtual world.

There are countless video game characters and references throughout the film, but we pulled out a few that might deserve a little explanation.

Battletoads

During the climactic battle of the film, we see an army of characters charge forward to assist our hero Wade Watts in his journey to win the game. Towards the front of the army, there are three anthropomorphized amphibians that some fans might recognize as the Battletoads.

Battletoads premiered on the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1991. The game was a success and spawned a number of sequels. The original game is known for its high level of difficulty and is often cited as one of the hardest games of its era.

The Battletoads have always had a cult following but never branched out into mainstream success like other video game icons. But, with their inclusion in Ready Player One, it’s likely that a whole new generation will discover these radical dudes.

Swordquest


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Atari 2600 games play a big part in the story of Ready Player One, and there is one that’s mentioned very quickly that actually reflects the story of the film itself. When a number of scholars are trying to discover which Atari 2600 game might be the key to unlocking a vital part of the game, one of the games mentioned is the legendary Swordquest.

Swordquest was actually a series of four separate fantasy games — Earthworld, Fireworld, Waterworld, and Airworld — that were part of a contest Atari was running. Each of the games came with a comic book that featured clues for solving a puzzle. If you solved the puzzle, you could win a real-world prize. The prizes consisted of a talisman, a chalice, a crown, and a Philosopher’s Stone. The four winners of these prizes would eventually battle each other for an ultimate prize: a sword made of pure silver.

Only two of the games were released before Atari suffered financial problems and had to cancel the contest. Still, the idea of tying video games into a real contest is definitely a huge inspiration for Ready Player One.

Joust

During a pivotal scene in Ready Player One, we get to see a childhood memory of James Halliday, the creator of the virtual world where the game takes place. In that memory, we see his old bedroom and all the pop culture trinkets he’s collected. One of those is a poster for the 1982 arcade game Joust.

In Joust, the player takes control of a knight that’s riding an ostrich. The goal is to defeat waves of enemies that come at you. If you beat one, they turn into an egg which you can collect at the bottom of the screen.

This is a nifty nod to the original novel that the film is based on. In the book, the first trial that Wade must overcome involves defeating an artificial intelligence character in a game of Joust. While that doesn’t happen in the movie, it’s still a cool little acknowledgment to fans of both the game and the book.

Adventure

The biggest trivia moment of Ready Player One happens at the end of the film when Wade has to play the Atari 2600 game Adventure in order to win the final trial. Other players try to beat it but Wade discovers the real way to win isn’t by winning. It’s by discovering the very first Easter egg in video game history.

In 1979, Adventure was released for the Atari 2600. The game’s designer, Warren Robinett, felt that it wasn’t fair that video game designers didn’t get credited for their work anywhere in the game or on the packaging. So, he devised a secret way to get his name into the game.

By following a specific path, obtaining an invisible dot, and bringing the dot into a certain room will unlock a screen that shows Robinett’s name. It’s a clever little trick and is considered to be the very first Easter egg ever placed into a video game.

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SEATTLE —  As the official health partner for the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games, Kaiser Permanente Washington welcomes Tim Shriver, international chairman of the board of directors for Special Olympics, and the Washington team of 247 Special Olympics athletes for a send-off celebration Tuesday.

The event is part of the final countdown to the USA Games, which will be hosted in Seattle July 1-6, 2018.

The USA Games, which take place every four years, are a premier national sports competition that showcases the power and joy of sports at the highest levels. This year, more than 4,000 athletes and coaches from all over the United States will descend upon Seattle and the surrounding region for the competition. Ten thousand family members and more than 70,000 spectators are expected to cheer on their favorite athletes.

Events in 14 sports will be hosted at eight locations across Puget Sound, including Angle Lake, where Special Olympics Ambassador Devon Adelman will be competing on Stand Up Paddleboard. Adelman, one of the Team Washington athletes, says, “it means a lot for the games to come to Seattle because Seattle is becoming a city of inclusion. This is a life-changing opportunity for the athletes to come from all over the nation to compete.”

Kaiser Permanente physicians will oversee medical care for the athletes at the games, providing services and support to ensure their safety and comfort during the competition.

Shriver will welcome the athletes of Team Washington and share inspiring remarks about his organization, which serves more than 5.6 million Special Olympics Athletes in 172 countries. Additionally, a Team Washington flag, which will cover an entire side of a Kaiser Permanente building, will be unveiled during the presentation.

The celebration is scheduled for March 27 at Kaiser Permanente’s Renton Administrative campus.

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The Special Olympics USA Games are scheduled from July 1-6, 2018, in Seattle, Washington. Nearly 3,500 athletes will compete in an array of Olympic-type team and individual sports, with the support of 1,000 coaches, and tens of thousands of volunteers and spectators. The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games will celebrate the Special Olympics movement, promote the ideals of acceptance and inclusion through sport, and showcase the abilities of athletes with intellectual disabilities who compete from throughout the U.S. The 2018 USA Games will also highlight Special Olympics’ work in sports, education, health and community-building.

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What ‘Sea of Thieves’ Can Learn From Other Pirate Games

Sea of Thieves aims to deliver on something that games haven’t really done: it wants to give you the best pirate fantasy you could possibly imagine. Considering video game genres move in tropes, it’s surprising we haven’t had this kind of game before – we’ve had endless military shooter fantasies, we’ve ventured into unknown fantasy lands uncountable times, we’ve been at the final frontier in space for as long as games have been a thing.

But we rarely take to the seas, raise our anchor and live out our virtual lives as pirates. The times we have set sail with other scurvy dogs, it’s been themed slightly differently – Assassin’s Creed took us to the Caribbean under the guide of a historical simulation, Monkey Island cast us as an unlikely goofball fumbling through a mystery… games have never really delivered on what being a pirate is, what being a pirate means.

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Until Sea of Thieves.

“Think about anything you know about pirate culture,” says Joe Neate, executive producer on Sea of Thieves at Rare, “Think about everything you know about pirates that you’ve seen from TV to books to films. Sea of Thieves is about giving you access to these tropes.

You can look like the pirate you want to look like, battle against other ships who are out on the open waters with their own goals. We want you to explore, to find treasure, to live a pirate fantasy – all with a fantastical element.”

Extending the voyage


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Sea Of Thieves has already captured the imagination of pirate-loving gamers.

At launch, Sea of Thieves allows you to generate a pirate that will become your avatar: through this, you can act out your fantastic pirate dreams. Whether that’s treasure hunting on deserted islands, or taking down skeleton forts with your customised ship, Sea of Thieves has you covered. You can dive into the ocean to seek out the remains of (in)famous pirates, you can pilfer animals from exotic farms to raise (or befriend) yourself. The game lets you be your best pirate self.

But Sea of Thieves promises to have a long tail. It’s not the kind of game you play once and stow away in your library. No, Sea of Thieves is a growing beast, an evolving service that will likely end up being grouped in with Destiny, The Division, Rainbow Six: Siege, Warframe. To that end, Rare needs to keep updating the game, keep making it attractive to players – new and old – as it matures to find its niche in the industry.

For inspiration, Rare can look to other pirate games that have come before. Granted, there haven’t been a great many, but there have certainly been attempts made on the genre before, and maybe in looking to the past can Rare more steadily monitor its future.

Throwing a (s)curve ball


Timed events featuring disease and survival elements like those found in Days could add a welcome layer of tension to this cheery pirate game.

No pirate tale would be complete without tales of scurvy and disease. It’s integral to every pirate story ever written – even Treasure Island noted that ill-health of its seafaring characters pretty early on.

Survival games (H1Z1, DayZ and more besides) already use heat, hydration and nutrition levels when they factor in a player’s overall health, and Sea of Thieves could do the same.

If you know you’re going on a long voyage, perhaps Rare will make players adequately resupply their food reserves – you eat bananas to replenish health, anyway, so perhaps tacking on a Scurvy Meter is the next logical step… you could even wage psychological warfare on enemy ships by denying them food, sneaking aboard and rinsing their pantry, and then hounding them on the open waters, not letting them dock, forcing them into submission through a nutrition-based siege. Just a thought.

Scoundrel Simulator


The Monkey Island series offered games a hilarious take on the pirating genre.

Pirates are also known for their wit, with cutting tongues almost as sharp as their cutlasses. The Secret of Monkey Island introduced us to a unique form of combat where players traded insults in order to come out on top in melee encounters. Sea of Thieves already has its own dedicated combat, but what if Rare added in some sort of (family-friendly) insult generator that let you trade jokes with your crew in taverns or on your boat?

Perhaps each of the game’s Trading Companies would bestow different lines or different quips when you reach a certain level with the faction? That way, if you pull into port with a group of pirates who have been helping out the Merchant Alliance – whilst you’ve been off fulfilling orders for The Order of Souls – you’d have different things to say to each other, you could verbally wrestle as you smash back your ale.

This would encourage more interaction – a friendlier, less-aggressive interaction – and could even be a good excuse for Rare to get some classic video game references into the game, too.

Sailing to new shores


Assassin’s Creed Rogue took pirating out of the Caribbean. We’d love to see RARE do the same.

Assassin’s Creed: Rogue was built on the back of the success of the only other pirate simulator to have hit consoles in the last few years, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. Rogue wasn’t a pirate game itself, but the naval systems in it made it a spiritual successor to Black Flag, making it a worthy successor in our eyes.

The game took players to much icier climbs than they’re used to when it comes to seafaring titles: the inland Appalachian regions of North America and on the high seas off the American coast.

Sea of Thieves could learn a thing or two from this – though we know the Golden Age of Piracy mostly came about through disruption of trading routes in the Caribbean, piracy was still rife elsewhere. Maybe for the big Year One expansion most games as a service drop, we could see Rare head away from the Caribbean and into somewhere a little… different. The art direction of the game is gorgeous, after all, and it’d be fascinating to see what the studio would do with that in less temperate climbs.

Embracing Pirating History


Adding real world pirating figures and locations would be a great way to keep the game feeling fun and fresh.

Finally, it’d be interesting to see if Rare would show us its own take on real pirate history. Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag and Sid Meier’s Pirates! featured real-life, honest to God pirates in them. Maybe Rare could apply its famously satirical lens to the likes of Henry Morgan, Blackbeard, Stede Bonnet, Captain Kidd, Jean Lafitte, Roc Brasiliano, Black Bart Roberts or Jack ‘Calico Jack’ Rackham.

Rare could fold these characters into the game as special vendor characters, who only appear as certain events in the world begin to unfold. We know there will be special events and timed quests in the game, maybe these historical figures will be pirates of legend that turn up, offer you a special hunt, or request a certain amount of your worthy booty.

Once completed, they may offer you special cosmetic items based on their history, or maybe they’ll show you the way to their stronghold – a real feat that gets kids and adults alike interested in the bizarre history of real piracy.

Rare could be onto a winner with Sea of Thieves – it’s certainly a unique game, and one that we’re keen to see evolve and change as time goes on. Whether or not Rare will take elements of previous titles and throw them into the mix remains to be seen, but we’re eager to see exactly what the studio has up its sleeve, and how it intends to keep Sea of Thieves alive, standing shoulder to shoulder with Halo, Forza and Gears of War.

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10 board games for the littlest kids that are fun for adults too

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When my son was about 2 and a half, it was clear we needed to add something to his bedtime routine. There was a window of time between dinner and bath time in which he needed to wind down, but I didn’t want to turn on the TV, which always ballooned into a battle when it came time to turn it off and head to upstairs to bed.

Most play got my son too riled up for bedtime. And when I tried introducing a 24-piece jigsaw puzzle, it was just a little too advanced.

It was time to introduce my child to board games.

Toddler playing Connect Four with his father at the library

I came from the kind of family that never played board games or card games together, but I always envied those people. I’ve been dreaming of the day I could be the mom who clears the dinner table just enough to make room for a rousing game of Scrabble or Uno.

Besides, games are good for kids.

“For years, they’ve been known to help children with social interaction, taking turns and learning to follow rules and to win and lose gracefully,” according to this Washington Post article about how board games help reinforce lessons from the classroom.

My child isn’t quite ready for Monopoly yet, but that doesn’t mean he’s too young to play. I quizzed the parents and experts I know, whittled down their list of suggestions, and came up with 10 board games that are accessible, beneficial, and most importantly, fun. (Plus a bonus for older kids too!)

Candy Land

This game is a classic for a reason. Kids love it, and — shhh! — they even learn important concepts, like sequencing, matching, counting, and color recognition. 
Recommended ages: 3-6
Buy it: $ 12.99

Left Center Right

A dice game easy enough for a toddler? Yes! As with most dice games, there’s no strategy here, only luck. Also the game chips can be replaced with coins, candy, or almost anything to up the ante.
Recommended ages: 3 and up
Buy it: $ 7.65

Yeti in My Spaghetti

This is a silly but incredibly fun variation of the classic pick-up sticks game. Take turns removing plastic noodles from a bowl without letting the yeti drop — it can be harder than it looks! I like this game because it’s quick, so a couple of rounds won’t last for hours, and almost all ages can play.
Recommended ages: 4 to 15 years
Buy it: $ 8.99

Uno Moo

This whimsical twist on Uno draws upon the same concept as the card game but with farm animals instead. Not only will kids learn about colors and matching, the game can also help older kids understand strategy.
Recommended ages: 3-7 years
Buy it: $ 28.99

Memory

There are so many versions of Memory and matching games, it’s easy to find something that will resonate with your child. (I picked up a set of dinosaur matching cards in the dollar bin at Target, which has been a huge hit. Prior to that, we used felt matching squares with shapes printed on one side.) What I like most about playing Memory with my child is that while he’s playing, it gives my brain a valuable workout too.
Recommended ages: 3 and up
Buy it: $ 13.88

Toddler playing matching game with felt playing pieces that have shapes on one side

Ravensburger Snails Pace Race

Players move six colorful snail game pieces along the game board, each starting from a matching colored leaf. This is a cooperative game, so there’s no winner or loser — perfect for days when my son just wants to roll the dice and take turns. 
Recommended ages: 3 to 15 years.
Buy it: $ 14.99

Animal Upon Animal

Everything Haba creates is high quality, and this animal stacking game made of chunky, durable wood pieces is no different. A bonus is that this game ages well — for kids, it’s about building and stacking, but adults can easily turn it into a cutthroat game focused on creating impossible situations for an opponent. There’s also a pocket-sized version for 1-2 players that is the perfect size for taking on vacation.
Recommended age: 3 and up
Buy it: $ 20.99

Toddler sitting back in his chair after a game of Animal Upon Animal, a stacking game of wooden animal pieces

The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game

This is the first game we ever purchased, and it was a perfect gateway into the bard game world. I created a very simple variation, stripping away most of the rules, just to introduce my son to the idea of taking turns and remaining patient while others play. As he got older, we added the rules back in. Now, at age 3.5, we play the game as intended.
Recommended ages: 3 to 7
Buy it: $ 14.81

The Little Orchard

Combining elements of Memory and dice, children must team up to harvest ripe cherries from the orchard before the fruit is eaten by a crow. This game is charming and teaches elements of strategy without being too challenging. 
Recommended ages: 3 and up.
Buy it: $ 24.99

Race to the Treasure

What I like most about about this game is that it requires a cooperative effort to beat the ogre to the treasure, so all the players must work together to win — or everyone loses. 
Recommended ages: 1 to 8 years
Buy it: $ 15.99

Do you have older kids too? Try this one:

Pharaoh’s Gulo

This game is definitely made for older kids, but it’s possible to modify it to suit younger players. This is a dexterity game in which players must pluck oblong wood pieces from a cup while trying not to jostle them and knock the “alarm” over. Kids tend to have a natural advantage with their tiny fingers, which will make it extra challenging for older players. 
Recommended ages: 7 and up
Buy it: $ 39.99

What are your favorite games to play with toddlers?

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Facebook obtains exclusive rights to stream 25 MLB games this season

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In a continuing effort to become a one stop shop for virtually everything, Facebook has signed an exclusive deal with Major League Baseball to stream 25 afternoon games during the 2018 season, according to Bloomberg.

This will be the first time any major US sports league has agreed to broadcast regular season games exclusively on the social network. MLB said that every owner unanimously approved the deal. They would not share financial terms, but sources close to the matter tell Bloomberg it was in the ballpark of $ 30 million to $ 35 million.

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‘Daily Show’s’ Trevor Noah Destroys Trump’s Claim That Video Games Cause Gun Violence

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On Thursday afternoon, before the news broke that President Trump is planning to meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, it was revealed that the president had hosted a White House roundtable discussion with critics of violent video games and game makers addressing whether or not playing these games can cause real-world gun violence.

President Trump appeared to blame video games for gun violence during a White House listening session last month with students, teachers and parents affected by mass shootings in the wake of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. “The video games, the movies, the internet stuff is so violent. It’s so incredible. I see it,” Trump said. “I look at some of the things [son Barron is] watching, and I say, ‘How is that possible?’ And this is what kids are watching. And I think you maybe have to take a look at it.”

The White House refused to allow journalists to cover the video-game summit, and later issued a vague statement reading, “As we continue to work towards creating school safety programs that protect all children, the president will be meeting with video game industry leaders and members of Congress to discuss violent video-game exposure and the correlation to aggression and desensitization in children,” said Lindsay Walters, a White House spokeswoman. “This meeting will be the first of many with industry leaders to discuss this important issue.”

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Nintendo Just Announced a Bunch of Switch Games, Including Dark Souls

Nintendo fans had plenty to be excited about in 2017 with the release of games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey. Now in 2018, Nintendo plans to update more of its popular franchises with Splatoon 2 and a Nintendo Switch version of Super Smash Bros. In addition, the company announced Thursday at its Nintendo Direct event, it’s bringing a remastered version of Dark Souls to the console.

There’s no official name for the new Super Smash Bros. installment yet, but a teaser video clip showed mainstays like Mario and Link from The Legend of Zelda series, as well as newcomers such as the Inklings from Splatoon. Inklings, the human-squid hybrids that can transform to swim through pools of ink, have never been featured in a Super Smash Bros. game before. The new title will be coming later this year

If history is any indication, the new entry in the fighting game series is bound to be a hit on the Switch. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U was the console’s fourth most popular game, while Super Smash Bros. Brawl was the Wii’s eighth best-selling title, coming just after games like Wii Sports, Wii Fit, Wii Play, Mario Kart, and New Super Mario Bros. Wii.

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Super Smash Bros. is small part of the roster Nintendo has planned for the Switch in 2018. The company also announced a handful of previously released games that will be making their way to the Switch, such as South Park: The Fractured But Whole, which arrives on April 24, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, which launches on July 10, and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker., which will be available starting July 13. Dark Souls will land on May 25, and a remake of action adventure game Okami HD will be released this summer.

Nintendo also divulged details on Mario Tennis Aces, such as the different gameplay modes and features players can expect. In a video demo, Nintendo showcased the types of shots players will be able to dish out on the court, including a powerful Zone shot. With this technique, players can pinpoint certain areas on the court using motion controls and target their opponents to damage their tennis racket. The game launches for the Switch on June 22.

The announcements come after a successful first year for the Switch. In January, the company said that the Switch was the fastest-selling home game console ever in the U.S., with 4.8 million units sold in 10 months. Check out the full video above for more details on the newly revealed games coming to the Switch in 2018.


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Luke Pell Ghosted Stassi After ‘The Bachelor Winter Games’

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After The Bachelor Winter Games finale, the World Tells All reunion featured an update on all of the couples! Here’s everything that went down on the Thursday, February 22, special:

Courtney Dober and Lily McManus
The New Zealand and Australian stars found love immediately in the house and were still inseparable on the reunion show. After the show, they got an RV and took a road trip across America. Now, they’re both living in Los Angeles!

Lesley Murphy and Dean Unglert
The couple exchanged “I love yous” before Dean got down on one knee. However, he did not propose. Instead, he told her that with all of her traveling, he wanted her to have a place to call home. So, he asked if she would “accept this key to my house.” She said yes.

Luke Pell and Stassi Yaramchuk
After the show, Stassi went back to Sweden and Luke went back to Nashville. However, she was shocked when he never, ever, reached out in the two months since filming. “It seemed so real,” she told Chris Harrison before Luke came out from backstage. When Luke was brought out, she actually shook his hand, making it clear she didn’t know who he was. He had no explanation for ghosting her, just continually saying “yeah” when she tried to ask how he could just act like they were nothing after the cameras stopped.

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Ashley Iaconetti and Kevin Wendt
These two are still going strong, “digging each other.” She’s traveled to Canada, he’s gone to Los Angeles many times and they’ve gone to Boston together. She’s a diehard Giants fan and she accepts that he’s crazy about Tom Brady … it must be love. They did not reveal what happened in the fantasy suite and ultimately, she doesn’t plan on it.

Clare Crawley and … Benoit!
Clare went home solo after Winter Games, turning down Benoit Beauséjour-Savard when he told her he was falling for her. She then tried to see if it’d work with Christian Rauch, but there was a disconnect. However, when she got home, she had a message from Benoit, they started dating. On World Tells All, he proposed and she said yes!

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The Bachelor Winter GamesClare Crawley is no longer single!
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