How Competitors Are Collaborating To Overcome The Challenges Of VR

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Whether you’re talking Facebook’s massive investment in Oculus or Sony’s huge interest in the tech, the stakes are high in 2016 for virtual reality. The Rift, Vive, and PlayStation VR are all slated to hit retail next year. During this type of blitz you would normally hear a bunch of quotes from executives about why their technology is better than their competitors and marketing campaigns built around differentiation. But with virtual reality, something different is happening. Instead of squaring off head-to-head like we’ve seen so many times with Sega vs. Nintendo and Sony vs. Microsoft, we’re instead seeing a sense of comradery from these rival camps.

So what’s driving this uncommon cooperation? We asked the minds driving virtual reality for Oculus and Sony.

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Opinion: Let’s Talk About That One Character’s Family In The Force Awakens (SPOILERS)

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The following speculative opinion is mostly conjecture, but it draws heavily on events in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. As such, turn away now if you have yet to see the film. SPOILERS AHEAD!

Based on the opening weekend numbers, I’m sure I wasn’t the only one to walk out of The Force Awakens in recent days and find myself wondering about some of the mysteries left behind to ponder as we wait for Episode VIII. But no single question seems as important as the issue of Rey’s parentage. Some fans think her parentage simply isn’t relevant; we’ll talk about that first. Some others think she’s a child of Han and Leia. Many other fans jumped to a third, seemingly clear-cut answer to that question with a lot of evidence to support it, with a focus on Luke Skywalker, which I’ll lay out third. But I’ve found my mind wandering to another, fourth possibility, and I think there’s good evidence for believing it might be so, and I suspect I’m not the only Star Wars fan who thinks so. 

The Abundant Easter Eggs Of Transformers: Devastation

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The Abundant Easter Eggs Of Transformers: Devastation

It came as something of a surprise when we learned earlier this year that Platinum’s next action opus would be a Transformers game. But when the game released, it turned out to be a strong, stylish action game filled with nostalgia for the original 1980s Transformers cartoon, and for the broader body of Transformers lore. We learned that one of the big reasons for that nostalgia is that many of the developers at Platinum are tremendous fans of the franchise.

Now that the game has been out for a few months, we asked Platinum and Activision to highlight some of the hidden secrets to be found in Transformers: Devastation. The developer surprised us with the number of inclusions, and we’ve included many of the best below, along with our descriptions of how everything fits into the Transformers canon. In the case where a character or weapon appeared in multiple Transformers story continuities, we’ve highlighted the best remembered appearance.

Players could find little Kremzeek as a collectible in Devastation, but the creature was a central plot component in one of the old ‘80s cartoon episodes. Megatron and Starscream created the tiny being, which hungered after energy. It was unleashed on the unsuspecting Autobots, before heading to Japan to feast. The Autobots eventually destroy it (mostly), but not before it transforms into a massive Kaiju-sized threat.

Ranking The Top 30 Star Wars Games

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Ranking The Top 30 Star Wars Games

Game Informer's office is usually as quiet as a library; the sounds of keyboards rapidly being clicked is often all you hear. Today the office is filled with the chatter of anxious Star Wars fans. The conversations range from people huddling together to discuss their favorite Star Wars movies and moments within them, to Jeff Cork pointing a damning finger at every person on staff, warning them not to spoil the movie for him or else.

Given this is a video game outlet first and foremost, the discussions also lead to video games and the prolific impact Star Wars has had on our favorite entertainment medium. Game developers saw the potential Star Wars had in the video games realm from the moment the film debuted on the silver screen in 1977. Some of these creators were so certain this science-fiction universe would transition to the interactive space that they didn't even get the rights for the Star Wars property, but still decided to release their games. In 1978, a year after Star Wars: A New Hope opened in theaters, the reputable Apple Computer released an unlicensed Star Wars game called Starwars on cassette tape for the Apple II. The game, which you can play in your web browser today, is an enjoyable little TIE Fighter shooting gallery.

A Disturbance In The Force: The 10 Worst Star Wars Games

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Darth Reiner has already given you the best. Now let's get ugly, like sleep-deprived Emperor Palpatine levels of ugly. Out of the mounds of Star Wars titles that have been released since 1979, we've combed the piles of cartridges and discs in our trash compactor to discover the most soulless and broken Star Wars games ever unleashed upon the galaxy.

If you've got the stomach for it, gather 'round younglings, and gaze upon the bombaddest Star Wars games one last time before we wheel them off to the Sarlacc pit and cast them into fanged, wormy oblivion.

As always, feel free to sound off in the comments below with your own arguments and personal lists and if you decide to take a dark trip down nostalgia lane and play any of these games after reading this list, may the Force be with you!

Replay – The Star Wars Spectacular

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With The Force Awakens opening in theaters this week, it feels like the entire world is talking about Star Wars, so it only made sense that the Replay crew check out some of the worst best games released by LucasArts.

We begin our Star Wars extravaganza with a look at Star Wars: Obi-Wan, a prequel-trilogy-era game that approaches lightsaber combat in an interesting way. We make good progress in Obi-Wan's journey and transition to one of the worst best Star Wars moments in gaming history. Our final segment harks all the way back to the NES days, in a game that shows off my horrible amazing Jedi skills.

We don't go into any Force Awakens spoilers in this Replay episode. If that's what you are looking for, check out our Spoiled feature that goes into every little plot point.

A Disturbance in the Force: The 10 Worst Star Wars Games

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Darth Reiner has already given you the best. Now let's get ugly, like sleep-deprived Emperor Palpatine levels of ugly. Out of the mounds of Star Wars titles that have been released since 1979, we've combed the piles of cartridges and discs in our trash compactor to discover the most soulless and broken Star Wars games ever unleashed upon the galaxy.

If you've got the stomach for it, gather 'round younglings, and gaze upon the bombaddest Star Wars games one last time before we wheel them off to the Sarlacc pit and cast them into fanged, wormy oblivion.

As always, feel free to sound off in the comments below with your own arguments and personal lists and if you decide to take a dark trip down nostalgia lane and play any of these games after reading this list, may the Force be with you!