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Telltale Games announces new 'Minecraft' episodic video game series


Story-driven experiences created by a game developer are definitely not the first thing players may think of when discussing Minecraft, but it’s most certainly a quality that’s come to define developer Telltale Games.

And so while the idea of a Minecraft game all about narrative and characters may seem odd, it makes all the more sense when it’s in the hands of the team behind The Walking Dead and Tales from the Borderlands.


Time travel meets indie-movie charm in 'Life Is Strange' trailer


Life Is Strange looks like a video game attempting to be an indie film.


Nintendinitis is a real, medical thing -- learn the facts

Nintendinitis may sound like what a grandparent might call a Nintendo system when they have no idea what a Wii or 3DS is called. But Nintendinitis is actually a real name for a real trend of medical problems caused by the House of Mario. No, really.


The best 'Lord of the Rings' experience this year is a game, not a movie

Over a decade after The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring debuted in theaters, Peter Jackson’s cinematic excursion into J.R.R. Tolkien’s universe finally concludes after approximately 782 hours worth of movies with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

Armies should be a victory lap—celebrating the series and its mark on film while bringing the six-film series to a fitting conclusion. But instead, the bloated trilogy of Hobbit films—originally meant to be a two-parter—has demonstrated audience and critical fatigue with each new outing. Both Hobbit films released so far have made less at the box office than any of the three Lord of the Rings films, and the praise heaped on the first trilogy has been virtually absent for Bilbo Baggins and his crew.

The Battle of the Five Armies doesn’t look like it will be reversing that trend, especially when the best adventure into Middle-earth this year was in a game.


'Rick and Morty' mobile game lets you pop balloons all day like Jerry


Rick and Morty patriarch Jerry’s really into his balloon-popping iPad gameand now we know why.


'Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker' review: Nintendo's addicting new puzzle box

Nintendo will occasionally buck from its trend of releasing new games in a host of franchise staples to introduce a new (usually weird) ideaone that either takes off or quickly falls into cult classic status.

Rarely do those strange concepts originate in Nintendo’s biggest franchise, but such is the case with Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, one of the year’s most delightful, if all too brief, experiences.


'Dragon Age: Inquisition' review: Don't you like feeling special?


When I was a teenager, a few friends and I regularly ditched our extracurriculars to wander through the woods behind our school. As far as woods go, they were pretty pathetic—we were in an industrial part of New Jersey, right off a highway that reeked of exhaust and diesel fumes. (Ah, the Garden State.) Nature wasn’t welcome there—but the trees grew in spite of this.

One time, we found a train engine, long abandoned and left to rust. It was the coolest thing—we stepped into the old locomotive, full of dirt and dead leaves, wondering what it was doing there and who left it behind. We were going to make it our hangout. When we came back the next week, it was gone.

Dragon Age: Inquisition is a fantasy game, one without trains or highways or high schools. Instead, it has mages and knights and, yes, dragons. One of the major hurdles of enjoying a good fantasy game is the idea that those things must appeal to you. This isn’t true; you just have to be the kind of person who loves the idea of walking into the woods and finding something mysterious, something with a story behind it—one you might never even know. READ FULL STORY

The 8 most exciting announcements from the first PlayStation Experience


Christmas came early for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita owners, as Sony held the first ever PlayStation Experience in Las Vegas over the weekend.

Blending together gaming conventions like E3 and PAX, the PlayStation Experience allowed attendees to try dozens of games heading to Sony platforms in 2015. But the company also used the fan event to make a host of announcements and debuts, rivaling its own E3 conference from earlier this year.

While there were too many games on hand to list, here are the eight most important trends and pieces of news that popped up from the event.


Here's your first gameplay footage from 'Uncharted 4: A Thief's End'

The opening keynote for Sony’s first-ever Playstation Experience convention began in a pretty big way—with a fifteen-minute gameplay demo of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.  READ FULL STORY

See 'Mario Maker,' 'Metal Gear Online,' and other sneak peaks from The Game Awards


Video games do not yet have an equivalent to industry awards ceremonies like the Emmys or the Oscars, but they’re getting there. There are two kinds of awards given in the biz—the quieter sort from trade conventions like the Game Developers Conference, and the splashier kind that vies for a more mainstream audience. Last night’s The Game Awards falls in the latter category.

While plenty of games were celebrated, The Game Awards had a strange preoccupation with pulling double duty as a press conference for a slew of games that will come out over the next year. While it’s a puzzling distraction from the games the show is ostensibly celebrating, they often manage to include some interesting reveals. Here are the best sneak peeks:


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