Ken and Ryu are cultural icons. Mention their names and even someone with only cursory knowledge of 90's pop culture will know who you're talking about. Ten years after Street Fighter III, Street Fighter IV is about to cement the duo into the collective consciousness of a new generation. In celebration, we're taking a look at how the legendary duo became legends in the first place...
Subliminal messages? Hidden Easter Eggs? Or are you just looking for things that aren't really there? While the film world has the topless woman in The Rescuers or advertising has the suggestive image in a cube of ice in a coke ad, games have been just as controversial too. Now, some of these are a bit creepy (and naughty), so be warned...
The Underground is one of the most ambitious features in Pokemon Diamond and Pearl. As a local-wireless multiplayer feature, it's... quirky, at best. Okay, we're lying. We think it's pretty boring and stupid as a multiplayer game. That said, it's an invaluable resource for Pokemon training, breeding, and trading. There are tons of valuable and useful items to be found in the Underground. Here's why you should spend at least an hour a week digging for treasures in the Underground.
Startup screens - we see them over and over again, but rarely stop to appreciate their beauty. No, we impatiently mash our controllers’ buttons, hopelessly urging them to fade away. But these spinning cubes, spiraling letters, and ambient soundscapes have been greeting us for well over ten years, and are forever tattooed on our memories. It’s time to salute them back.Let’s take a trip down read-only memory lane, shall
It's no secret that there's a massive difference in taste between Japanese, North American and European advertising. The marketing bods of publishers all have to take this into account when creating the box art. Sometimes they get it right and sometimes they get it wrong. Very wrong... A burly space marine with an assault rifle might get your game of the shelves in the US, but put the same box in front of a Japanese kid and he'll
Each of Nintendo's franchises is weighed down with sequels that deliver a teaspoon of new content amidst gallons of familiar fan service. This pandering ensures the devoted legions happily slam down money for the latest re-imagining of Link, Pikachu, Fox or Samus despite the overall similarity to the previous game. You love it, we love it, but after seeing crowning achievements like Twilight Princess and Prime 3, we can't help but wonder "what
From the stinging paper cuts delivered by their early Hanafuda cards, to their dual screen screammaker Contra 4, Nintendo have been responsible for a downpour of tricky titles to douse even the most resilient gamer's spirit. Join us as we descend Jacob's ladder through the circles of hell, into the belly of the Game Over beast.
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When a new copy of Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition was held up at one of our regular staff meetings, we immediately dove in to discover who holds the record for the most "Wii" puns in one sentence. Wii didn't find it, but we did open up a fine catalogue game industry 'firsts' and 'mosts,' and a list of ridiculously high scores.Trivia is great, but we feel there might be a few more inventive records missing from the tome, and unlike a
Everyone loves indie games. They’re cheap, crazy and addictive, and there’s not a besuited marketing man in sight. For the few independent games that make it big, fame and fortune (of sorts) await. After all, Chris Sawyer created Rollercoaster Tycoon all by himself, and these days he sleeps on a bed made of c-notes and gold. Broadband has made it cheaper and easier than ever before to distribute indie games, but even harder to get