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Scammers con Wal-Mart into selling $97 Playstation 4s

For some people, price tags are more suggestions than definitive statements of cost, an agreed upon place from which bargaining can begin. The period of time we call The Holidays—where we, as a nation, are encouraged to spend as much money as we can to prove to our friends and families that we still love them—is an absolute field day for such people. Since everyone is spending money, every retailer naturally wants most of that money to go to them, and will employ just about any tactic to convince you to send your hard-earned money-dollars their way. One of the biggest weapons in the retailer arsenal is the price-matching guarantee.

It can, however, backfire.

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Why you should play 'Dragon Age: Inquisition'

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Probably the worst thing about Dragon Age: Inquisition is that it’s called Dragon Age: Inquisition. It’s just not a very sexy title. Then again, neither is Game of Thrones—and that turned out pretty well.

Do you like Game of Thrones? If you do, you should play Dragon Age. Even if you don’t like Game of Thrones, you should probably play Dragon Age—it’s one of the best games of the year, and definitely a standout in this crowded holiday season. But you should know a few things first.

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'Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare' review: Everything's better with jetpacks.

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If Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare were an OK Cupid profile, it would be the kind you gently mock for its cartoonishly mainstream interests—of course that guy’s favorite movie is Fight Club. Call of Duty is the hacky sack of video games, the Dave Matthews Band of First-Person Shooters; a salmon-colored shorts wearing, moccasin-shod, Keystone Light beer of an entertainment franchise.

But then one night, you’d be sorta bored… and to be honest, Call of Duty is kind of cute when it’s not wearing sweats. And hey, Call of Duty is also self-aware and can carry a conversation really well. Like, you guys wouldn’t believe it, but Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is actually kind of thoughtful. Hey, did you hear? Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is moving in next week. You all should come hang out with us.

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'The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask' is coming to Nintendo 3DS

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When the Nintendo 3DS first launched in 2011, Nintendo re-released one of its most beloved games alongside it: 1998′s The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Naturally, this prompted questions about that game’s 2000 follow-up—The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask. Would that game be re-released as well?

Last night’s Nintendo Direct webcast kicked off with an answer: absolutely.

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Watch the new trailer for 'World of Warcraft: Looking for Group'

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Did you know that it’s been 10 years since World of WarCraft launched?

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'Grand Theft Auto V' re-release gets a new first-person camera mode

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Grand Theft Auto V is a year old, but all of a sudden it feels brand new.

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Sunset Overdrive: More is more in colorful shooter

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Sunset Overdrive is all about sensory overload. Everything is amped up to 11, and the characters, environments, weapons and plot of the game are all deliriously, gleefully over the top. The evil corporation Fizzco has rushed its latest energy drink, OverCharge Delirium XT, to market. Unfortunately, it has an unfortunate side effect: It turns consumers into rampaging mutants. You’re working as a janitor at the beverage’s launch party when the fizz hits the fan, and it’s up to you to clean up the mess. Fortunately, your cleaning tools of choice are an assortment of increasingly ridiculous guns. READ FULL STORY

Why the most frightening video games aren't horror games

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The last mainstream horror series to really take off in the video game world was a game called Dead Space. Dead Space was kind of like Alien but with cults and a virus that turned people to monsters and also you were maybe crazy? I’m not sure.

I never finished the first Dead Space game for the same reason I’ve not finished most horror games that aren’t Resident Evil 4—you can stop playing.

Unlike horror movies, where you’re watching horrible things happen to other people, horror games are very much about terrible things happening to a digital extension of yourself, and you can react to them the way you would in real life: with a resounding “nope” and a refusal to walk through the creepy door.

But horror works best when it’s unexpected, when it’s given room to creep in and slowly unsettle you, never explicitly pursuing you—just giving you enough room to scare yourself. Which is why the most frightening video games really aren’t horror games at all.

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Watch Stephen Colbert interview Anita Sarkeesian about Gamergate

On last night’s episode of The Colbert Report, the Comedy Central host took on Gamergate, gaming’s biggest controversy. The segment also included a surprise guest—feminist media critic Anita Sarkeesian.

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Classic LucasArts games are available again for the first time in years

For many, Lucasfilm is synonymous with Star Wars. There’s no reason why it shouldn’t be, either—Star Wars is huge.

But if you were playing video games at any point during the late ’80s throughout the ’90s, chances are you have a very different association to the studio bearing George Lucas’ name. Started in 1982 by the man himself, Lucasfilm Games (later LucasArts) would become a beloved games studio that didn’t just make great Star Wars games (like the classic Star Wars: TIE Fighter), but quirky and frequently hilarious adventure games like Day of the Tentacle and the Monkey Island series. But since many of these were computer games for a niche audience, they disappeared after their initial runs—and if you still have a copy of, say, Sam & Max Hit the Road, getting it to run on a modern machine could prove quite difficult. But not anymore.

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