Steven Spielberg has tapped into the geeky Venn diagram with Ready Player One, paying tribute to both wider nerd culture and gaming specifically. Does it do a good job, or come across as pandering? Now that opening weekend has come and gone, io9's Beth Elderkin and Kotaku’s Gita Jackson are diving into the OASIS in…
If you’re going to New York Comic-Con next week, you’d best mark down that you have plans on Thursday night, because io9 and Kotaku’s Cosplay Ball will be held October 5! Here are all the reasons you’re going to want to be there, as well as how you can get in.
Curious how Ouya measures up as a gaming console? Check out the full review from our bleep bloop brethren over at Kotaku. [Kotaku]
In this age of GPS signals, Foursquare check-ins, and iPhone tracking, how did America's most-wanted man, Osama bin Laden, stay hidden for almost a decade? A better question would ask how he was found, for that is the reason the world is rejoicing today.
These are so cute—much cuter than the Halfsies from a few years ago. The addition of augmented reality means each toy—or Suwappu, as they've been called—interacts with its environment differently, depending on which body part is attached.
This will be one of those behemoth marriages where everyone benefits—a little like Brangelina, and we're all the adopted kids. Ebooks, graphic novels and online/console/phone games are expected to come out of the partnership, which will see books spinning out of successful game titles.
Everyone had a friend whose parents bought him everything—including a Game Boy Camera, which could take photos in that lovely pixellated look, and even print them out instantly if they'd sprung for a printer too. Now you can throw two fingers your friend's way, because for $1 you can shoot photos in the exact same…
Final Fantasy III was released in 1990 in Japan for the Famicom, not to be confused with North America's Final Fantasy III, which was actually Final Fantasy VI in Japan. Final Fantasy III introduced many new features to the franchise… [Kotaku]
Anyone that's played the iPhone classic Fight Control knows that the joy in that game comes from the wondrous chaos generated by the twisting flight paths drawn by shaking fingers in order to avoid deadly mid-air collisions. In Paper Train… [Kotaku]
3DS AR Cards is a free app, which gives you digital versions of all the new Nintendo handheld's augmented reality cards. So rather than carrying the things around with you, you can just whip out your phone and use its onboard versions instead.
The original was released for computers back in 1996 and published by Apogee as a top-down perspective racing game with guns. In the original (now available for free) you started out with a $500-or-so VW Beetle and competed in armed… [Kotaku]
It's a pretty arcade shooter, one that makes as good a use of the iPhone's touch screen as it can with a "floating gun" control scheme, which uses virtual joystick to aim and has you shaking the phone to reload… [Kotaku]
Sharpening a divide between the version of the games industry they like and the version in which they don't want to participate, Nintendo has stated that it doesn't want to work with "garage" developers.
The online portfolio of industrial designer Ben Peterson lists all sorts of projects he's worked on or is working. One of those is apparently the next Xbox.
KartRider is a web-game phenomenon, played by more than 200 million players, including a third of South Korea. So how is it on the iPhone? Pretty great.… [Kotaku]
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six series and its squad-based shooter action is finally on the iPhone with Gameloft's Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Shadow Vanguard, complete with three-player online co-op play. There are terrorists to kill (of course!) and character classes. [Kotaku]
Released last week to poor reviews (with a few exceptions), alien invasion flick Battle: Los Angeles runs 116 minutes long. The video game tie-in lasts less than half of that.… [Kotaku]
Big Pixel Studios may have just cost me a job at the local zoo, but its heart was in the right place. With a nod to games like Donkey Kong Country, Land-A Panda is a game about shooting a cannonball-shaped… [Kotaku]
Countless lives were destroyed late last Friday after an earthquake and tsunami ravaged the country. The clean up process is underway, and the biggest names in gaming are doing what they can.… [Kotaku]
A spokesman for the Pokémon Company said all employees, including Pokémon creator Satoshi Tajiri, are alive and safe following Thursday's tremendous earthquake in Japan, specifically rebutting a widespread rumor that Tajiri had died in the disaster.… [Kotaku]