Bandai Namco's Mappy Land And The NES Dig Dig Available On Virtual Console

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Bandai Namco released two NES games on Virtual Console this week: Mappy Land and the NES port of Dig Dug.

Most are familiar with Dig Dug as it is an Atari and arcade classic, but Mappy Land is a little more obscure. In the game you play as Mappy the mouse as he tries to save his girlfriend Mapico and defeat the evil cat Nyamco, which of course is a play on the name of the developer/publisher that released the game.

Dig Dug will only set you back $1, but Mappy Land is $4.99.

The World's Best Villains Get '80s Vinyl Album Covers

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The World's Best Villains Get '80s Vinyl Album Covers

Villains like the Joker, Shredder, and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man have caused a lot of havoc in their day, so it's about time that they gave back to the world with some impressive music, or at least some impressive '80s album art. At this point we consider their moral accounts pretty much square.

Graphic designer and probable genius Rocky Davies thought that many of his favorite villains had an image problem...an image problem that could only be fixed with classic pop music. Check out Davies' 80’s Villains pop album covers below, or see the full roundup on his site

Battlefield Hardline Has Some Amazing Hidden Reload Animations

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Battlefield Hardline Has Some Amazing Hidden Reload Animations

You fire a gun until you run out of bullets and then you reload. Most people don't pay attention to the reloading weapon animations in most shooters, but Visceral Games has dropped a few secrets into Battlefield Hardline for those who are paying attention.

Everytime you perform an empty reload of a weapon in Battlefield Hardline there is a 1 in 10,000 chance that you get one of these crazy animation. I'm not going to lie, this is not the main reason I want to play this game now. Here are some examples of Battlefield Hardline's Easter Egg animations, but there could be more.

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Gaming's Best Parkour Experts Battle It Out

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Gaming's Best Parkour Experts Battle It Out

Many video game characters love to jump around and jump off of buildings and other things while looking really cool. Check out what happens when some of video game's best jumpers end up jumping on each other. Desmond from Assassin's Creed is in there too.

Check out this epic battle between Faith from Mirror's Edge, Desmond from Assassin's Creed, and Cole from Infamous, which was put together by Ronnie Street Stunts

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Full Scale Borderlands Replica Is Full Of Moxxi

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Full Scale Borderlands Replica Is Full Of Moxxi

Borderlands already feeds loot fiends’ insatiable appetite for virtual items with its massive array of weapons, and with the help of replica specialists TriForce, one of the series’ better known weapons is dropping for fans in the real world.

TriForce’s replica of Miss Moxxi’s Bad Touch, which drops in the game from a quest given by fan favorite Miss Moxxi, is hand painted and features an LED light system. Like its virtual counterpart, the replica requires fans to put in a bit of work to get, thanks to its limited 500 piece run and hefty $649.99 price.

In the field of replica video game weapons, TriForce also previously teamed up with BioWare to create versions of the iconic M-3 Predator pistol and M-8 Avenger assault rifle.

This Week In Mobile: Abstract Horror, Adventure, Transformers, and Zig Zags!

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This week’s list has a wide range of games to play from simple time wasters to some creative new ideas. There is also a big sale for a beloved RPG classic. Read on to find out some of the interesting experiences to be found in the mobile world.

EvolandDeveloper: Shiro GamesPlatform: iOS, Android
Price: $4.99

Evoland is touted as letting you experience the evolution of adventure gaming. Basically the game starts as a monochrome adventure with no vertical movement, but as you play you upgrade the experience to include color, 3D graphics and more. You are encouraged to revisit areas after you improve the experience to see them in a whole new light and make progress.

Weekend Warrior 02/06/2015

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Weekend Warrior 02/06/2015

The editorial team has a varied list of games to play this weekend. Some of us are reuniting with an old, dead friend from Grim Fandango, whilst others are tackling the all-the-rage roguelike dungeon crawler, Darkest Dungeon. Brian Shea is diving into Dragon Age: Inquisition, along with a couple others. If you missed the live stream of Darkest Dungeon this past week, then head over and watch our Test Chamber of the game instead. Let us know what you plan on playing this weekend down in the comments.

Brian Shea (@BrianPShea): I’ve overfilled my plate yet again. In addition to playing through Grand Theft Auto V on PS4, I’ve also started Assassin’s Creed: Unity and Dragon Age: Inquisition. Plus, I bought the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Season Pass last night. At this point, I’m pretty much drowning in games from last year.

Kyle Hilliard (@KyleMHilliard): I'm hoping to get started on a review game this weekend, but otherwise I started playing Resident Evil HD last night. I've played nearly all the Resident Evil games, but I have never beaten the original. Maybe this will be the time I finally make it all the way through. Other than that, I would like to finish up the last few episodes of Breaking Bad before Better Call Saul premieres.

Earn A Dynamic PS4 Theme From The Order: 1886 Interactive Site

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With The Order: 1886 coming out in just a couple of weeks, you might be wondering who those mustachioed men are and why they are fighting werewolves. Well, we’ve got you covered with a rundown of everything we know. But that might not be enough for you.

Sony and Ready at Dawn have released a new interactive website filled with videos and documents detailing the lore of The Order: 1886. You’ll find out more about the magical healing Blackwater, werewolves, and the technology the Knights use to fight evil.

Unfortunately, there aren’t any tips for growing a full, lustrous mustache. Ah, well.

Valve Gives Developers Power To Create In-Game Steam Inventory Drops Like Team Fortress 2

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Most Steam players are used to the little green notification that appears in top right of the application window. Coming out of a new game typically means you’ve got something new in your inventory (likely a trading card). Soon, this pop-up could get more interesting.

Valve has announced a new Inventory Service for developers. The company says the new features, which are now in beta for Steamworks developers, will allow games to put items in your Steam inventory based on different factors. 

"The Steam Inventory Service maintains a per-game list of items that have been defined for that game by the developer," Valve's Aiden Kroll tells us. "So, it basically makes it easier for other developers to accomplish similar systems to what is present in Team Fortress 2, where customers can buy items or get items dropped based on in-game events or time. Those items can be crafted and could indeed impact the game, as they are all items that the game will understand and recognize."

Techland Invites Players To Help Design Mod Tools

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Techland is in the process of developing mod tools for its recent release, Dying Light. While some intrepid gamers have already implemented some changes to the game, the developer wants to create a suite of tools that allow more creativity and ease of access.

The developer says it will be cultivating and supporting the best mods once the tools are released. In order to get to that point though, the team wants player input.

The studio has started a forum on its site, inviting players to suggest elements they’d like to see added. Some of the suggestions posted already include parachutes for higher jumps, the ability to plant an explosive on a zombie, and a crossbow that can be modified with different elemental bolts.