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Article There Are Thousands of People Trying To Play The Same Game of Pokemon (UPDATING)

By Andrew Bridgman / February 17, 2014

   There Are Thousands of People Trying To Play The Same Game of Pokemon UPDATING      

So here's something: thousands upon thousands of people are playing a game of Pokemon Red. The same game of Pokemon Red. At the same time. Controlling the same individual character.

They're doing this through Twitch.tv - where someone's set up an emulator that takes input from chat commands (currently recognizing directional pad options, A, B, and Start). Naturally, this is pretty chaotic (two Pokemon are named JLVWNNOOOO and ABBBBBBK ( because EVERYONE'S TRYING TO PRESS BUTTONS AT ONCE). It's sorta the ultimate backseat gaming experience - people are desperately trying to get the main character where he's trying to go, in spite of the hordes of people who just wanna screw around (and watching them try to deal with shopkeeps and item usage is a sight to behold).

Filed Under   wtf   pokemon   twitch

Article Great Job, Steam Taggers!

By Andrew Bridgman / February 14, 2014

Recently, Steam introduced a tagging system to its platform - allowing users to add tags to games in order to better categorize their vast library of selections. Naturally, users have already gone hog-wild into abusing and trolling the system. Great job, Steam taggers!

 

Barbie Dreamhouse Party

A post-apocalyptic horror masterpiece that's HUGE in the competitive Major League Gaming scene.

Great Job, Steam Taggers

Filed Under   wtf   steam   internerd   tags

Article Best Fanmade Videogame Cover Art

By Chloe Cole / February 13, 2014

Many stores allow customers to return videogames they've played, even without the original cover art. This return policy allows for the distribution of fan-made video game cover art. Putting gamers in charge of marketing is interesting because they speak the truth and it's not always pretty. In fact, it is never pretty. Enjoy these masterpieces!

 

Best Fanmade Cover Art

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Best Fanmade Cover Art

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Filed Under   fanart   internerd   game covers

Article How To Purchase 'Bravely Default' (As a Socially-Awkward Adult)

By Andrew Bridgman / February 14, 2014

Are you a socially-anxious, overly-neurotic, deeply self-critical individual? If you are, you occasionally run into potentially embarrassing situations that you overthink even though they're likely completely irrelevant and you have no reason to be embarrassed. One of these situations might be buying a videogame with a weird cover. Like, oh I dunno, Bravely Default.

 

How To Purchase A Game With An Embarrassing Cover

 

The game looked great (and it IS great) - but the problem is, I really, REALLY didn't want to go to an employee at Best Buy or GameStop and buy a game that featured some kind of creepy "sexy teenage butterfly." This is not a "cool thing" for a grown adult to be buying in a public setting. However, I wanted a physical copy AND I wanted it immediately, so that took downloading and Amazon off the table.

 

Luckily, this gave me an excuse to come up with different methods for getting the game, embarrassment-free!

 


 

 

1. Pretend You're An Exasperated, Confused Parent

  How To Purchase A Game With An Embarrassing Cover

Go To Line: "I'm looking for a game my son wanted. Bravery My Fault or something? For the 3D Gameboy?"

Filed Under   guide   bravely default

Article 5 Mobile Games That AREN'T Completely Evil

By Jake Young / February 13, 2014

5 Mobile Games That ARENT Unrelentingly Evil

 

#1 Punch Quest 

by RocketCat Games

5 Mobile Games That ARENT Unrelentingly Evil

  • Brilliant Hybrid of Beat 'Em Up and Endless Runner Gameplay
  • Easy to Pick Up and Start Playing on the Go
  • Has Not Tried to Copywrite the Words "Punch" or "Quest" Because That Would Be Abhorrent.

 

 

#2 Tiny Wings

by Andreas Illinger

5 Mobile Games That ARENT Unrelentingly Evil 

  • Cute Bird Mascot
  • Relaxing Soundtrack
  • Not a Single Asset Stolen From the Most Popular Game Series of All Time
  • Was Not Programmed By an Emotionally Traumatized Vietnamese Man Who Still Has No Idea Whether His Success is Sincere or Merely a Cruel Elaborate Joke

 

Filed Under   tiny wings   ios   evil   android

Article The 6 Most Twisted Romances in Videogame History

By Tristan Cooper / February 12, 2014

The 6 Most Twisted Romances in Videogame History 

Love and videogames have had a checkered history, at best. Players are either forced through a cheesy story with the dramatic chops of a high school play, or they're asked to pick a series of branches on a dialogue tree in a game of Choose Your Own Relationship. Turns out game developers aren't as good at approximating the complex emotions of human beings as they are at making grisly blood spatter from a chainsaw gun.

 

But every once in a while, in between the shy schoolgirls and alien love triangles, you can find some pretty messed up hook ups. We've compiled a list of these outliers, the most ludicrous liasons in gaming. Whatever you do, don't fall in love.

 

 

 

6. You and your spouse in Skyrim

 

The 6 Most Twisted Romances in Videogame History

 

In Skyrim, getting hitched is as simple as wearing a special amulet and chatting up the townsfolk. It doesn't take much for a citizen to become your lifelong partner, but who can blame them? You're famous, you've got great job security as the Dovahkiin and you can carry like 18 cheese wheels at once -- they gotta lock that down. But once you're married, the game's simple romance mechanics show their seedier side.

 

After you've sworn to carry each other's burdens, your spouse just stays at home and waits for you to return, earning you 100 gold per day while watching over your growing hoard of dragon bones. If you choose to sleep in bed with your S.O. instead of in a cave filled with Nordic zombie corpses, you get a small XP bonus for your swift and inevitable exit to the outside world. Worse yet, if you marry someone who can also be a follower, they're forced into the thankless life that is the Dovahkiin's packmule and meatshield. Accidentally shooting them with an arrow to the back of the head could be considered a mercy killing.

 

Then again, mariticide actually serves a function in Skyrim -- it's the only way to divorce your spouse. If you do decide to brutally murder the person you vowed to honor and protect, you're officially back on the market. You're welcome to remarry and rekill as often as your heart desires, at least until you run out of mates and remember that you never finished the main quest.

 

Filed Under   creepy   love   romance

Article An Open Letter From a Death Star Architect

By Andrew Bridgman / February 12, 2014
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Filed Under   star wars   open letter

Article Pwn Up: Romance of the Three Geekdoms

By Jake Young / February 10, 2014

This week on Pwn Up, we asked to hear about the nerdy, geeky, and otherwise socially-awkward romances you've had or are currently in. If you have a moment so nerdy that you need to tell the Internet about it, we want you to send your submissions to dorklypwnup at gmail 

 

 
Pwn Up: Romance of the Three Geekdoms
 
When my boyfriend and I first met, he introduced me to League of Legends, one of his favorite games.  I sucked hard (of course) but he stuck with me until we were taking on ranked games together.  Every day we would come home from work and play a game (or 7) until we went to bed.  We called this "spending time together" (SPOILER ALERT: it wasn't) and he would give me advice on how to improve my game.  One day, it happened - I mastered a position that he didn't play often, so when he played it I would give HIM advice... and the fights started.  My boyfriend finally uninstalled the game because he feared for our relationship.  And that's how I unintentionally made my boyfriend quit a game he had played for years and spent hundreds of dollars on.  True love right there!
 
-S.

Filed Under   pwn my life   love   pwn up

Article 6 Mobile Game Pick-Up Lines

By Andrew Bridgman / February 10, 2014

6 Mobile Game PickUp Lines

 

6 Mobile Game PickUp Lines

Filed Under   pickup lines   love   mobile gaming   flappy bird

Article Definitive PROOF That Flappy Bird Is Stolen!

By Andrew Bridgman / February 8, 2014

Over the past week or so, the app Flappy Bird has exploded in popularity. It's practically all anyone talks about (when they're not tapping Flappy the Flappy Bird between the pipes of the Fushroom Kingdom that is!). But what if we told you that much of the game's art assets and gameplay were stolen?

See if you can spot what was stolen:

Definitive PROOF That Flappy Bird Is Stolen

Filed Under   flappy bird