Test Chamber – Hacking The System With Quadrilateral Cowboy

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Test Chamber – Hacking The System With Quadrilateral Cowboy

Quadrilateral Cowboy is one of the strangest, coolest games to be released in 2016, casting you as a savvy hacker capable of bypassing security systems to steal riches with your handy laptop and an arsenal of helpful gadgets. In this Test Chamber, me and fellow editors Kyle Hilliard, Jeff Cork, and Andrew Reiner take a look at three levels from the game.

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Quadrilateral Cowboy is out now. You can read my review of it here.

A Photo Gallery Of San Diego Comic-Con's Most Interesting Sights

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A Photo Gallery Of San Diego Comic-Con's Most Interesting Sights

Each year, the top names in comics, movies, TV, video games, and all things pop-culture converge on San Diego to deliver news to their fans and make as big of a spectacle as possible in the process. While San Diego Comic-Con International has grown exponentially since its first humble convention in 1970, chances are that you haven't had the chance to visit the show yourself. Because of that, we're doing our best to capture as many of the sights of the big show as possible.

From a photo-op filled recreation of the town of South Park to all the statues scattered throughout the showfloor, these are the things that caught my eye.

The first Comic-Con related thing I saw upon landing in San Diego was this Spider-Man display in the airport made out of Campbell's Soup cans.

Pokémon Go Was A Force At San Diego Comic-Con 2016

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Pokémon Go Was A Force At San Diego Comic-Con 2016

This week's San Diego Comic-Con is behind us, and while we received a ton of trailers, teasers, and even some cool announcements, the one inescapable element of San Diego Comic-Con 2016 was Pokémon Go. No matter where I went or what I was doing, the Pocket Monster app was somewhere close by.

Aside from the obvious fact that the app has far transcended the typical Pokémon audience and the fact that I was going to one of the largest nerd culture gatherings in the world, the first indication that Pokémon Go was going to be the biggest thing at Comic-Con was the abundance of lures placed on the Wednesday night before SDCC opened its doors. The Gaslamp Quarter around the San Diego Convention Center is full of PokéStops, and the SDCC attendees took full advantage of that fact. That's when I knew that devoted trainers would not be shirking their duties in the name of SDCC.

The Awesome Suicide Squad VR Experience At SDCC Shows You All Angles Of A Scene

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The Awesome Suicide Squad VR Experience At SDCC Shows You All Angles Of A Scene

During San Diego Comic-Con, Samsung joined up with the team behind Suicide Squad for the Samsung Experience. The exhibit at SDCC features several Suicide Squad-themed stations where you can do things like get a custom shirt made, create a personalized temporary tattoo, or even take a 360 degree photo in a jail cell from the film. The highlight of the exhibit, however, is the Task Force VR station, which gives you a completely unique look at the upcoming supervillain movie.

As I strap on the Samsung Gear VR, I'm greeted by a scowling Viola Davis as Amanda Waller. She lays out the stakes and the mission at-hand. She informs me that we either succeed and get time taken off our sentences or we die trying. From there, I'm teleported to the middle of a big room in an office building. The crooked heroes are greeted by a huge group of enemies, and they spread out to take them on.

A Photo Gallery Of San Diego Comic-Con's Most Interesting Sights

about X hours ago from
A Photo Gallery Of San Diego Comic-Con's Most Interesting Sights

Each year, the top names in comics, movies, TV, video games, and all things pop-culture converge on San Diego to deliver news to their fans and make as big of a spectacle as possible in the process. While San Diego Comic-Con International has grown exponentially since its first humble convention in 1970, chances are that you haven't had the chance to visit the show yourself. Because of that, we're doing our best to capture as many of the sights of the big show as possible.

From a photo-op filled recreation of the town of South Park to all the statues scattered throughout the showfloor, these are the things that caught my eye.

The first Comic-Con related thing I saw upon landing in San Diego was this Spider-Man display in the airport made out of Campbell's Soup cans.

Replay – The Philips CD-i’s "Best" And Worst Games

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The Philips CD-i is a strange side-story in the history of video games. It was born from a fruitless relationship with Nintendo to add a CD drive to the Super Nintendo and had many innovations, including some limited internet connectivity and the option to watch movies on a disc well before the DVD player was a thing. It also considered a failure.

This week on Replay, Andrew Reiner, Jeff Cork, Javy Gwaltney, and me take a look back at the bizarre system, running through a handful of games that include guest stars like Hulk Hogan, a post-apocalyptic human versus anthropomorphic mutant animal beat 'em up, a Rear Window simulator, and more than one abstract science-fiction adventure. It's a strange trip down a rabbit hole of a console that few have memories for and there are some gems, to be sure.

Arguably the Philips CD-i's biggest claim to fame, is that it hosted four games with Nintendo's characters thanks to loopholes present in the relationship mentioned above. We don't play those games in this episode, but we did a previous episode. For our Replay of Hotel Mario and two of the Zelda games that released on Philips CD-i, head here. For a similar round-up of games from another forgotten console, head here for our Replay covering the TurboGrafx-16.

NBA 2K17 Wishlist

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NBA 2K17 Wishlist

Information is starting to trickle out about the next edition of the popular NBA 2K series, which consistently ranks as one of the best sports games. Coming off another stellar year, we don’t envision the game needing wholesale changes in any particular department, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to see developer Visual Concepts incorporate a few meaningful tweaks into NBA 2K17 and its follow-ups to take its already world-beating basketball sim to another level.

Here are some areas we would love to see improved in the coming years. Our staff primarily plays the MyCareer and MyGM modes, so our wish list skews toward these experiences.

Better Player Creation ToolsThe face scan technology introduced in NBA 2K15 got better last year, but could still use some work to avoid disasters like this. In addition, we would love to see more variety offered for body definition and tattoos. 

Massive — Pokémon Go: An Experience In Need Of Evolution

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Massive — Pokémon Go: An Experience In Need Of Evolution

Massively multiplayer online games are sprawling beasts that grow, improve, and change direction over time. Because of their scope and longevity, approaching them from a traditional review standpoint isn’t often the best fit. Enter Massive, our approach to analyzing and evaluating massively multiplayer online games.

Pokémon Go is everywhere. From giant park gatherings to businesses springing for Pokémon-attracting lures to boost business, everyone from curious kids to white-collar lawyers taking lunch breaks are whipping out their phones for a chance to catch one. Building on the framework of its previous augmented-reality game Ingress, Niantic has created a genuine global phenomenon fueled by the beloved IP that has been around for ages.

Pokémon Go is a free-to-play exploration title for smartphones that syncs up and integrates into players’ real lives, motivating them to seek out landmarks, points of interest, and other neat spots in cities that may be off the beaten path, with the goal of catching the classic creatures that have made Pokémon a hit brand for more than two decades. 

Top Of The Table – Introducing Kids To RPGs

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Ask anyone who has played role-playing games with friends or family over the years; there are few better ways to build relationships, foster laughter, and have a great time than sitting together to create a story. For all of the fantastic worlds RPGs take us to, the opportunity to come together with other people is the best part of the experience. But what if you want to share that laughter and adventure with your daughter or son, niece or nephew, or even the kids you mentor in a club or school?

Playing role-playing games is a fantastic way to bring kids out of their shell, and give them power to shape a story as it comes into being, rather than always witnessing it from the outside like they might with a movie or book. It’s also an amazing way to bring adults and kids together, and build trust through a shared experience. 

If you’re the adult, it’s up to you to understand the game, and most of the time, to be the gamemaster who guides the story. But don’t be intimidated. Follow the suggestions below to help ensure everybody has a great time. And if you’re looking for great role-playing games to try with younger players, flip over to the second page for some RPGS specifically designed with kids in mind.

A Photo Gallery Of San Diego Comic-Con's Most Interesting Sights

about X hours ago from
A Photo Gallery Of San Diego Comic-Con's Most Interesting Sights

Each year, the top names in comics, movies, TV, video games, and all things pop-culture converge on San Diego to deliver news to their fans and make as big of a spectacle as possible in the process. While San Diego Comic-Con International has grown exponentially since its first humble convention in 1970, chances are that you haven't had the chance to visit the show yourself. Because of that, we're doing our best to capture as many of the sights of the big show as possible.

From a photo-op filled recreation of the town of South Park to all the statues scattered throughout the showfloor, these are the things that caught my eye.

The first Comic-Con related thing I saw upon landing in San Diego was this Spider-Man display in the airport made out of Campbell's Soup cans.