Watch a speedrunner complete Castlevania: Symphony of the Night blindfolded

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Watch a speedrunner complete Castlevania: Symphony of the Night blindfolded

Mankind needs a savior such as this

In January, speedrunner romscout accomplished the impossible— finishing Castlevania: Symphony of the Night in under 54 minutes, while blindfolded. Today, you can see him attempt that run again live on the speedrunning charity marathon Summer Games Done Quick.

Romscout is well-known for his speedruns of Symphony of the Night, having held world records in the game on several occasions. His personal best time while actually using his eyes is just under 17 minutes. Romscout also has a history with Games Done Quick, previously serving as its event director.

Red Dead Redemption will finally be backward compatible with Xbox One

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Red Dead Redemption will finally be backward compatible with Xbox One

Time to saddle up

Red Dead Redemption is the next game to join the Xbox One backward compatibility library, publisher Rockstar Games announced. Owners of the Western-based action title on Xbox 360 will be able to play it on their Xbox Ones this Friday, July 8.

"Starting on Friday, every Red Dead Redemption Xbox 360 owner will be able to play the game directly on their Xbox One, regardless of which version of the game they own (Red Dead Redemption, Undead Nightmare and Red Dead Redemption: Game of the Year Edition)," the studio said.

The PlayStation Store's Mid-Year Sale's best deals will help you forget 2016 is almost done

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The PlayStation Store's Mid-Year Sale's best deals will help you forget 2016 is almost done

Life moves pretty fast — if you don't buy a game once in awhile, you could miss it

The PlayStation Store's Mid-Year Sale heads into its second week with another round of deals. We've gathered up this week's best deals, highlighting below the cheapest, greatest games on sale. They're each a good way to ignore that the point of the sale is that 2016 is, somehow, more than halfway through.

All prices below are those for PlayStation Plus members, who receive an added 10 percent off. The deals are valid until July 12 at 11 a.m. ET.

The Warriors, Rockstar's classic adaptation of the cult film, available now for PS4

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The Warriors, Rockstar's classic adaptation of the cult film, available now for PS4

Magic. Whole lotta magic.

The Warriors, Rockstar Games' 2005 adaptation of the 1979 cult film, is now available on PlayStation 4 through the PlayStation Store.

This is not a remaster, but the game — originally launched in 2005 for PlayStation 2 and Xbox — has full 1080p upscaling, and support for trophies, Remote Play and Share Play. The game was made available for PlayStation 3 over PSN back in 2013.

Nintendo explores possible smartphone peripherals as it enters next stage

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Nintendo explores possible smartphone peripherals as it enters next stage

Big plans for mobile

Nintendo has major plans to focus on smart device development, including possibly designing its own controller for mobile gaming, according to general manager of entertainment planning and developement, Shinya Takahashi.

One of the biggest takeaways from Nintendo's annual general shareholders meeting was its decision to dedicate a large portion of its efforts on developing new software for smart devices, like smartphones and tablets. Takahashi is leading the smart device development team at the company, and said Nintendo is looking into both hardware and software development for different types of games and experiences.

Nintendo's 'hard time' with Wii U sales began before launch

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Nintendo's 'hard time' with Wii U sales began before launch

The NX could face its own challenges

Nintendo struggled to sell consumers on the appeal of its Wii U console even before the system launched in 2012, president Tatsumi Kimishima said during the company's recent shareholders meeting. That's a challenge Nintendo could again face with its next system, codenamed NX, which is expected to introduce its own unique features.

Kimishima explained that, while he didn't intend to sound pessimistic about the Wii U ahead of launch, a variety of factors led him to come across that way to certain investors, including one who questioned him on it during the meeting.

Xbox bosses drop hints that wheelchairs are coming to Xbox Live avatar update

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Xbox bosses drop hints that wheelchairs are coming to Xbox Live avatar update

Avatar models appear to be getting a makeover, too

An avatar item for those who use wheelchairs is coming to Xbox Live, according to Xbox boss Phil Spencer, and a teaser image suggests everything in the avatar program will be getting a new look, too.

Mike Ybarra, the director of program management for Xbox, posted the image of the wheelchair avatar option (above) very early this morning. Seamus Blackley, the co-creator of the Xbox, had suggested on Twitter on Sunday that Xbox Live should support the item.

Destiny was a guess, The Taken King was a refinement, Rise of Iron is a statement

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Destiny was a guess, The Taken King was a refinement, Rise of Iron is a statement

How Bungie's most confident expansion is a product of experience

In early June, as the video game industry assembled in Los Angeles for E3, app makers from around the world gathered a few hundred miles north in San Francisco for WWDC, Apple's annual developer event. There, Apple unveiled watchOS 3, software that, from a certain point of view, all but says "Let's try that again."

This is the ebb and flow of software development, where bits and bytes evolve beyond their creators' initial conceptions. Developers make educated guesses and pitch their product to the public. After it's released and potentially millions of people use it, they learn if they guessed correctly. In some ways, Apple guessed wrong about the fundamentals of the software that powers its popular wearable. It is far from the only company to have done so. Set for release this fall, watchOS 3's big changes are the result of observation, reassessment and refinement.

Sega announces acquisition of Endless Space developer Amplitude Studios

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Sega announces acquisition of Endless Space developer Amplitude Studios

The French developer focuses on turn-based games

Sega Games announced today it has acquired Paris-based Amplitude Studios, saying the move will strengthen its roster of PC games and development in Europe.

Amplitude Studios, which has worked on the turn-based science fiction game series, Endless Space, was founded in 2011 by former Ubisoft employees. Over the last five years, the studio has released a variety of Windows PC games including Endless Space, Endless Legend and Dungeon of the Endless. The studio is currently working on a followup to Endless Space, called Endless Space 2.

Blizzard suing popular Overwatch cheat makers for copyright infringement

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Blizzard suing popular Overwatch cheat makers for copyright infringement

All over the "Watchover Tyrant"

Blizzard Entertainment is once again suing German company Bossland GMBH, best known for creating the "Watchover Tyrant" cheat tool being used in Overwatch, for copyright infringement and unfair competition.

In a lawsuit filed Friday in a federal court in California, Blizzard said that the different cheating tools Bossland has released, including the Watchover Tyrant, has caused "irreparable damage" for the company. The video game publisher said its games survive and thrive on "being enjoyable and fair for players of all skill levels, and Blizzard expends an enormous amount of time and money to ensure that this is the case."