An actor on his deathbed once said, "Dying is easy; comedy is hard." Nowhere is that maxim more true than in videogames; you'll die a lot, and comedy can be really, really hard - to sit through, at least. Humor might be a subjective thing, but genuine laughs in games are rare no matter who you are. Lots of games try to crack occasional jokes, and a lot of them fail miserably.
There are fans out there that go the extra mile for games and we love them for it. Without their declarations of love for our favourite pastime we might just think the ‘ban this sick filth school of thinking was winning the fight, just by shouting louder. But the extreme fans are out there, fighting the fight for gamers everywhere.
These are the game fans that are proud to stand up for their passion; to declare their love to the world. These fans mark their wallets, their reputations
Can you remember when Genesis games were on shop shelves? How about ZX Spectrum? If you were there in line to play Space Invaders in 1978, then kudos to you. But imagine a time before all that. A time (whisper it) before videogames even existed. What did people do? Turns out it wasnt actually so different.
Weve trawled the history books and found the earliest examples we could of all the major gaming staples. From a fully functional 1936 light gun game to a steering-wheel controlled racing
ESA has published the schedule for this year's "down-scaled" E3 in Santa Monica, and it's looking like pretty much the same carnival act we've been used to seeing in previous years.
Microsoft will kick off events with an hour-long conference on July 10 at 8:30pm - perhaps minus The Killers and free-booze if E3 is indeed saving the pennies.
Nintendo will follow the next day with its bash at 9am, followed as always by Sony Computer Entertainment at 11:30am. Electronic Arts, Activision and
Mention Link today and most people will envisage the young wolf boy that inhabits Twilight Princess complete with his signature sword, shield and green tunic. And while theres no denying that this is certainly the best Link has ever looked, hes come along way since he first graced our consoles way back in 1986.
Of course it comes as no surprise that Link has taken on a wealth of different looks over his years of adventuring and exploring. He began his adventures as a tiny sprite in The Legend
Surprises can be great. But surprise appearances from people or characters we actually care about are better. That's why you won't find the GTA Phil Collins cameo on this list - it was cool (kinda) to see the former Genesis frontman in a GTA game, but at the end of the day, it was... well, Phil Collins.
No, we've put together a list of only the best, most achingly cool guest appearances in games of recent times. See them all in the video below then click on through to find out how to get them
An overwhelming majority of gamers are male, so it makes perfect sense for every marketing team in the world to target their software at young guys. And what do all men ages 18 to one zillion love? Girls, gore and big loud machines. If they could make a game about a firefighting bikini squad that hunts down zombies in a decked-out sex/fire truck, world peace would be declared. But until that day, we have to settle with regular old T & A.
Developers are well aware of this, so occasionally
Weve been slamming just about every hate-worthy topic in the gaming industry this week from the YouTube idiots to the never ending console wars. But weve still got a lot of pet peeves up our sleeves. In fact, we still need to get a few things off our chest by venting our frustrations regarding our most loathed objects of hate. Some of them are people: rude boys lurking in team-based shooters out there in cyberspace. Some are more tangible, like the Red Ring of Death that drills a hole through
You know, game publishers are always shoving their front cover art at us - usually trying to talk us into writing it up as if it's actual news as if it has any impact whatsoever on how good the game is - hello, sports games! But they almost never show us the back of the box. That's because the back is where the slick, suit-wearing liars-for-hire from marketing try their best to convince you that you need this game. Never mind that GamesRadar gave it a 2 out of 10 - the theme song is from a band
If there's one thing we've been confronted with time and time again - it's that PC gamers are arrogant. This is a truism. Just ask the Editor-in-Chief of our sister magazine, PC Gamer: Greg Vederman. "We're not arrogant. No, we're simply comfortable and confident in the knowledge that our gaming platform is superior to anything else on the market, and that PC gamers tend to be a better, happier, handsomer lot than console gamers." We hope he's