This augmented reality Super Mario game is going to kill its maker

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The Microsoft Hololens might be the so-called leader in mixed reality, but at $3000 per unit and zero must-have apps we've almost forgotten that it exists altogether. Recently, a genius developer (who Starbucks baristas know by fifty different names) took matters into his own hands and finally made something I'd love to play. This Super Mario Brothers fan-made demo is one of the most impressive mixed-reality game mashups I've ever seen. Go watch it before Nintendo's sleepless legal team fires up their hater engines. Even if you own a Hololens please brace yourself for blue balls: Mr. Singh said he's not going to release this to the public but may share some of his Unity 3D code with other developers.

The video below, recorded in New York's Central Park, shows what running through World 1-1 might really be like in real life. It's absolutely daunting. The squares are so high above your head, you can't see shit when they produce an item, and jumping those chasms looks rough! I don't know if I have the knees for that. The funniest thing is watching unsuspecting people stroll through the tall pipes while our hero almost runs face-first into them. They must be so confused. Actually, they probably think he's playing Pokemon Go and are totally used to this. Could you imagine Pokemon Go on this thing? I wouldn't mind going out like that.

Compare it to actual World 1-1:

Are Capcom's expectations for Monster Hunter: World realistic?

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Are Capcom's expectations for Monster Hunter: World realistic?

Another E3 has come and gone, and now we play the waiting game. In the meantime, let's discuss one of the big reveals from the show: Monster Hunter: World.

Capcom's landmark hunting-gathering series has long been a phenomenon in its native land, but that success hasn't been replicated elsewhere. Capcom believes that a big chunk of the blame rests on the Western handheld market, which is nowhere near as robust as Japan's. With World, bound for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows, the company hopes to change that.

I personally am not a huge fan of the franchise. I gave it a fair shot with Tri on Wii, yet it never "clicked" even after dozens of hours of solo and party play. That said, I do understand how Monster Hunter could amass such a die-hard following, in much the same way as I understand that its complex controls and time-investment demands have turned away many others. To find success, World will need to be more inviting to newcomers while retaining the series' familiar essence.

5 Great Discord Bots for Overwatch

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5 Great Discord Bots for Overwatch

Discord has quickly become the go-to text- and voice-chat application for gamers everywhere, and it’s the service’s excellent Bot integration that has made it so indispensable. Around the web, developers are creating excellent Bots for every game community out there to get the most out of their Discord servers, and Overwatch is no exception. Whether it’s pulling stats, delivering the latest news, or pushing event reminders, the Bots have it covered. Here are the 5 Overwatch Bots every Discord server needs.

Originally designed for Crit Cola’s official Discord server by Daniel Marquard, OverBot is an exceptional tool for fetching and organizing Overwatch player stats. OverBot uses a simple set of commands that make fetching player data a breeze. It can even pull stats from PlayStation and Xbox users without requiring any time-consuming or complicated authentications.

There are a number of Overwatch Discord Bots out there that fetch player stats, but few do it as simply and as comprehensively as OverBot. You can learn more about OverBot and links to add it to your Discord server here.

When Did I Become an Old Gamer?

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When Did I Become an Old Gamer?

[Promoted from our community blogs! Can you relate?]

No seriously, I'd like to know the answer to that.  When in the hell did I become an old gamer?  I've had a lot of time for quiet contemplation recently and with my birthday coming up in 2 months, this question has popped into my head numerous times.  I mean sure 32 doesn't sound that old, but back when I was 18 and starting college...anything over 30 was pretty damn old.

As the years pass by, I find myself more and more looking back fondly on some of my old games.  Don't get me wrong, I love the advances of games nowadays, but as I get older I look back fondly on those gaming experiences and I sometimes yearn for yesterday.  Yearning for the old days of gaming is probably sign one I've become an old gamer.

Communicord's Steam Sale Picks

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Communicord's Steam Sale Picks

I asked the nice scary folks over at the Communicord to give their recommendations for what to pick up in the 2017 Steam Summer Sale. Here are their responses and very short justifications why. None of the people mentioned in this blog should be getting any money from using these links... unless they've recommended their own games or work for Valve? In which case, where's Left for Dead 3?

Prey speedrunner sets sub-seven minute world record

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Prey speedrunner sets sub-seven minute world record

Arkane Studio's Prey is a sci-fi masterpiece. It's an open-ended game that encourages player expression through intricate systems supported by countless little details that create a sense of life aboard a floating space station.  Throughout Prey's main campaign, there's no shortage of exciting gameplay to experience and memorable sights worth seeing.

Of course, you could just blow through the game in under seven minutes like speedrunner seekerTV.

Here's how the Destructoid community graded E3

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Here's how the Destructoid community graded E3

So for the second year in a row, local fish turned cyborg private investigator Blondbass turned everyone onto the idea of crafting report cards for E3. Unlike last year's round up, this year we're here to share our complete E3 thoughts, from what we wished was going to happen, what we expected, and how we felt about what actually went down.

This year the community team hit a snafu in making sure we wrangled as many report cards as we could because of how busy we were. But we still managed to get a few and expect to see plenty of thoughts and discourse alone from just gathering together in the post-E3 glow of "Can you believe Samus is officially returning?"

Best Summer Sale deals: $19 Dark Souls III, $30 Morrowind, and more

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Best Summer Sale deals: $19 Dark Souls III, $30 Morrowind, and more

For the "I'll wait until it gets cheaper" gaming crowd, guess what? ...You've won. The tidal wave of PC gaming discounts known as the Steam Summer Sale, and other summer sales, has now arrived as of Thursday. Thousands of games are on sale in all genres but for snobby deal hunters like ourselves, we'll be pointing you to the actual good deals.

We've waded through the stacks of discounts from all retailers and come up with the best of the best from each sale. Beyond the big Steam sale, there's notable offers from WinGameStore, GameStop, GamersGate, and Bundle Stars.

If you were holding out on Dark Souls III your best bet is at WinGameStore. There the base game, for the first time ever, is below $24 - now priced at $18.98 after coupon. For Dark Souls III Deluxe Edition, the best is at GamersGate's sale where it is below the 50% off mark for the first time ever. Both deals beat Steam's price by a good chunk.

Review: God Wars: Future Past

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Review: God Wars: Future Past

When last folks heard about God Wars: Future Past, its subtitle was God Wars: Beyond Time. Whatever the real motivation for the change, I think the new, current subtitle is a bit more appropriate. 

Playing God Wars feels like stepping into a portal to the past, in more ways than one. In some ways, God Wars is by turns a trip to a bygone era of game design, a look at a much earlier period of history, and even a reminder of sorts that old things aren't necessarily bad things.