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This Incredibly Rare Console from the 1980s Is Like the Switch’s Great-Great-Great Grandparent

Without the internet instantly dispersing images to millions of people, it was probably a lot easier to keep video game prototypes under wraps in the ‘80s. Just a handful of photos backed up rumours about the possible existence of a miniature version of the ill-fated Vectrex console, but it’s a rumour no more now that the National Videogame Museum in Frisco, Texas has managed to get its hands on that mythical prototype for its collection. Read More >>

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Stan Lee’s Spider-Man PS4 Cameo Is So Quintessentially Stan Lee

Stan Lee loved a good cameo. The legendary comics icon, who died yesterday at 95, got to sneak into so many movies based on heroes he’d helped bring to life over the past two decades – and even into some based on ones he didn’t. But maybe the one that best encapsulates Stan Lee as a creative is one of his most recent. Read More >>

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Give Your Old GameCube Controllers Wireless Superpowers With This Simple Switch Adapter

Kirby and I will fight anyone that dares suggest the Nintendo GameCube didn’t introduce one of the best controller designs of all time. Countless Super Smash Bros. devotees agree with that sentiment, which is why Nintendo has even re-released it. But it’s 8Bitdo that’s created the best way to actually use a classic GameCube controller with your Switch. Read More >>

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Report: China’s Censors Stop Approving New Video Game Titles Amid Industry Crackdown

The Chinese government, no stranger to mass censorship, has halted a stopgap approval process it has been using to vet video games before they can be released to the public amid a broader crackdown on the market, Bloomberg reported this week. Read More >>

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The Guys Behind the Best NES and SNES Clones Have Built the Ultimate Sega Console

While companies like Nintendo and Sony are content to cram a smattering of back-catalogue titles into a tiny box to cash in on gaming nostalgia, Analogue has instead focused on making it easy for devoted retro gamers to enjoy all of their favourite classic games by making them shine on modern TVs. To date, the company has focused on Nintendo, but its new Mega Sg is its first throwback console for Sega fans. Read More >>

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Microsoft Says That Full Mouse and Keyboard Support for Xbox One Is Finally Coming Soon

Microsoft has claimed that the Xbox One would be getting full, official mouse and keyboard support since June 2016, though the feature has long remained ephemeral beyond unsupported third-party workarounds. According to a company blog post on Tuesday, though, they are actually doing it this time and a preliminary version of the feature will available “for select Xbox Insiders in the coming weeks.” Read More >>

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Nintendo Switch Didn’t Need Online to Be Incredible

Even if it’s technically new, Nintendo Switch Online shouldn’t seem especially new to anyone. Like Xbox Live Gold for the Xbox One and PlayStation Plus on the PlayStation 4, the new £18 subscription for everyone’s favourite “hybrid” console confers a couple services gamers on other platforms would consider standard—the ability to play games online and access to cloud storage for game saves—as well as a couple of bizarre features, like online chat through a phone app (don’t ask), and offers to buy exclusive products like NES-controller shaped Joy-Cons. Read More >>

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Tinkerer Builds More Durable Version of Nintendo Labo Toys Using Lego

When I reviewed Nintendo’s Labo kits a few months ago, I was genuinely impressed that the company had managed to create playable accessories out of cardboard. However, a few months later they’re starting to show some wear and tear, and glue and tape can only go so far when it comes to repairing them. That’s why I love the idea of recreating the Labo toys using infinitely repairable Lego. Read More >>

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Marvel’s Spider-Man Understands the Amazing Fantasy of Becoming Peter Parker 

Spider-Man has a long history in video games – one that arguably has seen more lows than highs. Even in a world where superheroes are bigger than ever, Spider-Man is still waiting for a groundbreaking gaming experience like the Arkham series was for Batman. He might have finally got it in Marvel’s Spider-Man. Read More >>

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Infinity War’s Epic Thanos Fight Would Have Made a Killer 16-Bit Video Game Boss Battle

As hyper-realistic as modern video game graphics look, the blocky, pixelated aesthetic of the 16-bit era still has a certain charm. And as animator John Stratman demonstrates with his video game de-make of Avengers: Infinity War, all those superheroes working together would have made for a fantastic side-scrolling adventure. Read More >>

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You Can Shout ‘ENHANCE!’ Like a TV Detective With This Voice-Controlled Browser Game

Half the fun of watching CSI years ago was the over-the-top crime scene technology that detectives had at their disposal. Their impossibly-capable photo-processing software could turn a handful of pixels into a poster-sized print. It was equal parts ridiculous and hilarious, which is probably why this voice-controlled, image-enhancing browser game is so much fun. Read More >>

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The Minecraft Movie Has Lost Its Writer and Director

The adaptation of the juggernaut videogame is having some problems. Read More >>

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How Nathan Fillion’s Uncharted Fan Film Came to be

When it came to casting Uncharted star Nathan Drake for director Allan Ungar’s fan film, there was only ever one choice: Nathan Fillion Read More >>

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Online Child Gaming Company Roblox Says In-Game ‘Rape’ Was Caused by a Hacker

A seven-year-old girl was playing the online game Roblox a few weeks ago when her in-game character was assaulted by two other characters in the game. The girl’s mother, Amber Petersen, saw the incident unfolding on the iPad screen—two male characters sexually assaulting her daughter’s avatar as it was lying on the ground. Read More >>

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The Nintendo Classic Mini Returns Today But I’m More Excited About This Wireless Controller

When the  Nintendo Classic Mini: NES was first released, we deemed the £36 8Bitdo NES30 as the best wireless controller alternative for the tiny console. But now that Nintendo is selling the Nintendo Classic Mini once again starting today, I’m more excited for 8Bitdo’s new gamepad that’s an even better wireless alternative with a cheaper price tag and a dedicated ‘home’ button. Read More >>