Anniversary Film Celebrates 30 Years Of Naughty Dog

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PlayStation consoles have always been defined by Sony's first-party studios, and last generation the company's offerings were spearheaded by Naughty Dog. While many gamers may know Naughty Dog for Uncharted and The Last of Us, the studio has been making games long before the PlayStation 3. Today, Sony has released a 50-minute anniversary video, in which key members of Naughty Dog and Sony discuss the developer's 30-year history.

The video was originally screened during Sony's PlayStation Experience, but today the company made it available to everyone. The film provides a deep dive on how Naughty Dog has grown as a studio, and the myriad games it's worked on over the years.

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First Official Image Of Lego's Jurassic World Toys

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The credits sequence in the newly released Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham game teases a Lego Jurassic World game, and it's looking more likely today with the first image of an official Lego Jurassic World line of toys sent to us from Game Informer reader "Raven Shy." The image comes from a Lego catalog that shows off the company's products for the first half of 2015, but does not detail if the image above represents one set or is a compilation of dinos and figures from the entire line.

If you missed the Jurassic World trailer, you can check it out in all of its questionable CGI glory.

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Lightsaber Designs Jump The Shark In New Video

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Fan opinion has been sharply divided in regards to the three-pronged lightsaber on display in the recent Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer. A new YouTube cartoon imagines where things could be going from here with some hilarious results.

For my part, the hula hoop seems like the most fundamentally misguided idea. What’s your opinion? Check out the video below, and share your choice for the worst lightsaber in the comments below.

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Double Fine's New Video Series Explores Video Games' Past

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In the first episode of Devs Play, a new video series by Double Fine and 2 Player Productions, Double Fine's Greg Rice travels back to 1994 to play the 16-bit classic The Lion King with Westwood Studios' co-founder Louis Castle. In this full walkthrough of the game, which periodically showcases Rice's strange overhand button tapping, Castle discusses the development of the game and the pressure of living up to Aladdin.

Double Fine has a handful of Devs Play episodes mapped out. Next up is Earthbound (on December 30), followed by Gauntlet with Mike Mika (January 6), The Legend of Zelda (January 13), Doom with John Romero (January 20), and Psychonauts with Tim Schafer (January 27). You can watch the first episode below.

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Temple Run VR Available Now For Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition

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Temple Run VR Available Now For Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition

Imangi Studios' Temple Run has been downloaded on mobile devices and tablets over one billion times. Starting today, this beloved endless runner is one of the first big franchises to move to the virtual reality space. Early adopters of the Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition headset can download Temple Run VR for free today.

In this iteration of the game, you experience the thrill of getting chased by Arctic Monkeys from the first-person perspective. You are tasked to steal an idol and then run for your life across icy mountaintops. All of the action is controlled by tilting the headset to move and jump. Holding true to the series' heritage, you won't survive this expedition. You just need to cling to life long enough to post scores that are hopefully higher than your friends'.

The Samsung VR headset is powered by Oculus and the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, which is inserted into the headset and used as the display screen. For more on Samsung Gear VR's headset, read Mike Futter's hands-on impressions with it.

The Cryptarch Trolls Fans On Bungie's Holiday Card

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The Cryptarch Trolls Fans On Bungie's Holiday Card

Destiny players love getting purple engrams, but if you look closely at the one held by The Cryptarch on Bungie's holiday card, you'll see this gift isn't quite as legendary as it seems. A sliver of green is shining through, indicating it's an "uncommon" item. Once you see it, his wry smile and the card's message of "May you get everything you wish for this Holiday Season" take on a whole new meaning.

We hope there's a gift receipt for this engram.

Watch The Fan-Made Shovel Knight Holiday Special

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Yacht Club Games' Shovel Knight was received warmly by critics and gamers alike, so much so for the fans at Wind-Up Dog Animation that they decided to create an animated holiday special based on it. The video is only a minute long, but is beautifully animated and festive as all get out. You can watch the video below.

If you haven't played Shovel Knight yet, you are missing out on one of the year's best releases. PlayStation owners, you'll get your chance to experience Shovel Knight next year when it releases on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and Vita.

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Physicist Studies Black Holes Using 200 Networked PS3s

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Physicist Studies Black Holes Using 200 Networked PS3s

Many of us have upgraded to the latest generation of console hardware, but that doesn't mean our old systems are useless. In addition to still being able to play a variety of excellent games, people are using them in ways that manufacturers may not have anticipated. Take a physicist at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, who has rigged 200 PlayStation 3 consoles together to study black holes.

According to The New York Times, Dr. Gaurav Khanna configured Sony's systems together to create a low-cost supercomputer. His array, which he first constructed in 2007 with 16 consoles, has grown to 200. One of the reasons Khanna chose the PS3 is because users can install alternate operating systems on it such as Linux. And then there's the matter of cost.

“Science has become expensive,” he said. “There’s simply not that much money going around, either at the university or the federal level. Supercomputing allows scientists to make up for the resources they don’t have.”

WWE SuperCard Adds New Mode For Free

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It wouldn't be a big bout if it didn't include some surprise cameos. WWE SuperCard, 2K Games' free-to-play card grappler on iOS and Android devices, is getting a new game mode called Road to Glory.

Road to Glory uses a 22-card deck, where you take on increasingly difficult superstars. Survive with the most points after four rounds and you win against that wrestler. Rewards in the mode include earning superstar cards of various rarity levels. Road to Glory also features tag team diva matches, and it raises the overall card limit to 120 cards.

The mode is free and available now via the game's latest update, but it does cost a bout to play Road to Glory matches. Bouts can be purchased or are regenerated every 15 minutes.

Sunset Overdrive's Mooil Rig DLC Out Today

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Sunset Overdrive's Mooil Rig DLC Out Today

The world of Sunset Overdrive is getting a little bigger today, thanks to the release of the Mystery of the Mooil Rig DLC. And as you can see in the release trailer, you're going to need the new weapons, amps, and traps if you hope to make it through the added story missions.

The DLC was announced earlier this month via Sunset Overdrive's in-game broadcast, Sunset TV. The $9.99 download adds two new weapons, two amps, one trap, two new customization options, and a host of new missions. If you bought the game's season pass, this will set you back exactly zero dollars. Consider it an early Christmas present that you just happened to have paid for already. Or something like that.

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