Bethesda, Blizzard, DICE - we know they make the hottest games in the world like Battlefield 4, Skyrim and StarCraft II - but what did they work on before they became famous? What strange games lurk in their back catalogue? We dig into the pasts of 8 huge studios and find some real surprises.
NO! We’re not talking about frigging hockey masks! Nobody has
ever strapped on this mouthless,
empty-eyed, bone-colored facial façade with the intent of instilling a victim
with the fear and intimidation that comes with facing down a goaltender. No, virtually
every game character not playing for the NHL who’s ever put on a hockey mask is
doing it for one reason, and one reason only: to crib from Jason Voorhees. And
that’s our incredibly loose criteria here.
With that in mind, we tried to find as many instances of
characters dressing up as Friday the 13th’s hero (yes, he is the hero) in honor of Halloween. So turn out your lights and put
the lawyers to bed... it’s time for Jason Masks. Let’s start with the obvious...
Our sixth annual celebration of all things amazing in gaming in 2011 continues - in fact, it's only just starting! Now that the feel-good Special Awards are
out of the way, we can start in on the real Platinum Chalices. Looking for the most
satisfying gore, the best sidekick or the game that surprised us the
most by not sucking in 2011? You've definitely come
to the right place...
How many lives has your favorite hero saved? Chances are, it's probably less than those on this list. See which gaming protagonist is a savior savant after the jump...
Though gaming is, all things considered, quite enjoyable, it can sometimes plummet you into the dark depths of despair. These are the moments that make us scream out to the heavens in anger...
Think every game this generation was brown, grey, or orange? These 14 games will prove you wrong...
Who says a Week of Hate has to be all hurt and no healing? Activision is a company people love to hate, but let’s take a break from dogpiling on the monolithic publisher for its past misdeeds. We thought it’d be more interesting if we could get to the bottom of all the abject ire and the hardcore schadenfreude, to get to the bottom of gamer’s beef with the company. To help us in our quest, Acitivsion’s own community manager, Dan Amrich is going to help us trace back the origins of the anger, where hopefully we can see of how the publisher of Pitfall has managed to cast one of the most negative shadows in the medium. And maybe, just maybe, we can curtail a smidgen of the overwhelming, disproportionate amount of hate...
Videogames have always been violent. Violence is inherent in the medium, inseparable from the essential experience of playing games. Without competition and conflict resolved by violence, games wouldn’t be games: they’d be screensavers. Gore is a slightly different matter, though. Better graphics and physics have ushered in a new era of explicit gruesomeness.
December is always good for a fight. We award our favorite games, mock our least favorites and shout at anybody whose opinion differs from our own. The one thing we can usually all agree on, however, is that gaming has progressed. Gaming has evolved. Right? Not this year.
You don’t have to see or play absolutely everything on this list to be a proper zombie connoisseur, but you should at least know them. These are the genre’s defining relics. Some are responsible for the very creation of the zombie mythos, others adapted and advanced it, while the rest simply encapsulate it so exquisitely that they must be experienced. This may not be everyone’s definitive list of zombie lore