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Enlarge / That is in no way what the Z button looks like or where it goes… Apple’s decision earlier this month to open the iOS App Store to generic retro game emulators is already bearing fruit. Delta launched Wednesday as one of the first officially approved iOS apps to emulate Nintendo consoles from the NES through the N64 and the ...

Enlarge / Seeing power armor in the Fallout series inspired many players to jump back into their own suits (and start stockpiling fusion cores). Amazon/MGM Studios Long-time Fallout fans are used to long waits between titles, and, depending on their preferences, inconsistent results. But when Amazon’s Fallout series showed up on Prime and absolutely nailed it, it spurred a lot of ...

Enlarge / For just $199, you could be having as much fun as this paid model. Meta has announced it’s permanently lowering the price of its aging Quest 2 headset to $199 for a 128GB base model, representing the company’s lowest price yet for a full-featured untethered VR headset. The Quest 2, which launched in 2020 at $299, famously defied ...

Enlarge / See that fortress over there? You can explore it. And then die, when someone in your party remembers a tragic incident involving meat and perishes of sadness. Bay 12 Games/Kitfox “I’m crying for some reason,” says Tarn Adams, demonstrating Dwarf Fortress‘ “Adventure Mode” for a Discord stream full of games writers and PR folk. His adventurer is crying, ...

Enlarge / A prototype wonder effect—featuring Mario’s head turned into blocks that could be eaten by enemies—didn’t make it into the final game. Nintendo In a game industry that seems to engage in periodic layoffs as a matter of course, it’s often hard for even popular game franchises to maintain continuity in their underlying creative teams from sequel to sequel. ...

Enlarge / Photos of iGBA that appeared on the App Store before the app was taken down. Internet Archive Over the weekend, developer Mattia La Spina launched iGBA as one of the first retro game emulators legitimately available on the iOS App Store following Apple’s rules change regarding such emulators earlier this month. As of Monday morning, though, iGBA has ...

Enlarge Aurich Lawson In a deckbuilding game, you start out with a basic set of cards, then upgrade it over time, seeking synergies and compounding effects. Roguelikes are games where death happens quite often, but each randomized “run” unlocks options for the future. In both genres, and when they’re fused together, the key is staying lean, trimming your deck and ...

Enlarge / Is a name like “Suyu” ironic enough to avoid facing a lawsuit? Suyu Nintendo continues to use DMCA requests to halt projects it says aid in the piracy of Switch content. Discord has shut down the discussion servers associated with two prominent Yuzu forks—Suyu and Sudachi—while GitHub has removed a couple of projects related to the decryption of ...

Enlarge SOPA Images / Contributor | LightRocket Epic Games has filed a proposed injunction that would stop Google from restricting third-party app distribution outside Google Play Store on Android devices after proving that Google had an illegal monopoly in markets for Android app distribution. Epic is suggesting that competition on the Android mobile platform would be opened up if the ...

The Frankenstein’s monster of a GamePad hack responsible for the creation of Trimming the Herbs. Ahoyo A cardboard box provides the inelegant case for Ahoyo’s Arduino-and-breadboard TAS solution. Ahoyo Close-up of the Arduino connections necessary to control the Wii U GamePad. Ahoyo Ribbon cables feed into holes cut through the back of the gamepad to connect directly to the mainboard. ...

Enlarge / Look, a generic render that looks vaguely like every other Steam Deck clone. Playtron Remember when “web3 gaming” was the hot new thing in the game industry? In 2022, it seemed like every other game maker was flirting with “NFT integration” or “blockchain support” or some other crypto-adjacent buzzword in one form or another. Then, throughout 2023, the ...

Like the games, the show depicts a Vault Dweller making her way out into the Wasteland. Amazon This Brotherhood of Steel Initiate is another central character. Amazon And there’s The Ghoul, one of the show’s standout characters. Amazon Lost‘s Michael Emerson plays a compelling supporting character. Amazon Some scenes take place inside the games’ famous Vaults. Amazon And, of course, ...

Enlarge / Norland is a game that communicates its intent well through screenshots. Hooded Horse The Triple-i initiative is a gaming showcase that gets it, and is also in on the joke. The thing Triple-i gets is that most gaming “showcases” are full of corporate fluff, go on way too long, and are often anchored around a couple huge titles. ...

Enlarge / Intel’s high-end Core i9-13900K and 14900K are reportedly having crashing problems in some games. Andrew Cunningham If you own a recent high-end Intel desktop CPU and you’ve been running into weird game crashes lately, you’re not alone. Scattered reports from Core i9-13900K and i9-14900K users over the last couple of months have pointed to processor power usage as ...

Enlarge / The classic Sega Genesis game Sonic the Hedgehog running on an iPhone—in this case, as a standalone app. Samuel Axon When Apple posted its latest update to the App Store’s app review and submission policies for developers, it included language that appears to explicitly allow a new kind of app for emulating retro console games. Apple has long ...

Enlarge / If you didn’t know what “New Energies” meant, this promotional image puts a windmill on it. Catan GmbH In Klaus Teuber’s Catan (previously Settlers of Catan), the player is tasked with starting from scratch and building as much as they can: the largest army, the most cities, the best sea ports for easy trading, even the longest road. It’s ...

Enlarge Discord Discord had long been strongly opposed to ads, but starting this week, it’s giving video game makers the ability to advertise to its users. The introduction of so-called Sponsored Quests marks a notable change from the startup’s previous business model, but, at least for now, it seems much less intrusive than the ads shoved into other social media ...

Enlarge / A Cold War-era arcade cabinet that serves as an example of what happened the last time Russia was forced to create a home-grown video game market. Arcade Blogger It’s been over two years since major players in the international game industry united to largely cut off the Russian market in response to a request from a beleaguered Ukraine. ...

Enlarge / Claptrap keeps finding himself in wild new places. Now he’s heading from Sweden’s Embracer Group to New York City’s Take-Two Interactive. Okay, maybe not that wild. Gearbox Interactive Embracer Group has been backing away from its all-encompassing position in the games industry lately. The latest divestment is Gearbox Entertainment, the studio behind the Borderlands series it bought in ...

Enlarge / Kudos to the designer of this umbrella-shaded rooftop terrace at Colossal Order, perhaps the only worker who can imagine a place that isn’t overwhelmed by Steam reviewers. Paradox Interactive Under the very unassuming name of patch 1.1.0f1, Cities: Skylines 2 is getting something quite big. The sequel now has the modding, map editing, and code modding support that ...

Enlarge / Will the fragile Xbox balloon pop if that cage is opened? Aurich Lawson / Getty Images Since the days of the NES, the one unshakable distinction between the PC and console gaming markets was the latter’s “walled garden” approach to game distribution. For decades now, console makers have completely controlled the licensing and sales methods available for games ...

When good robots fall into the wrong hands, bad things can happen… Aurich Lawson | Nintendo The Super Mario Maker community and “Team 0%” have declared victory in their years-long effort to clear every user-submitted level in the original Wii U game before the servers shut off for good on April 8. That victory declaration comes despite the fact that ...

Enlarge / Is a name like “Suyu” ironic enough to avoid facing a lawsuit? Suyu Switch emulator Suyu—a fork of the Nintendo-targeted and now-defunct emulation project Yuzu—has been taken down from GitLab following a DMCA request Thursday. But the emulation project’s open source files remain available on a self-hosted git repo on the Suyu website, and recent compiled binaries remain ...

Enlarge / Sometimes your infernal-engine-powered heart just isn’t in it. Larian Studios/Hasbro Swen Vincke, director of the colossal entity that is Baldur’s Gate 3, is not leaving the door open to future expansions of that already fully packed game. At this week’s Game Developer’s Conference (GDC), Vincke made it clear during a talk and in interviews that Larian Studios is ...