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TRON hands-on: Videogame History Museum and ATARI at GDC

TRON hands-on: Videogame History Museum and ATARI at GDC

Before events began this morning in San Francisco for GDC 2015, we got the opportunity to have a peek at a vintage piece of equipment. This is TRON, the arcade video game made by Disney and Bally/Midway for the release of the motion picture event of the same name. Seeing this machine sitting amongst other classic games, prepared for attendees to play at will - my, what a treat. This and other ATARI-related pieces of history have been prepared by the Videogame History Museum for a special exhibit this week at GDC.

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Tinertia hands-on: hardcore platformer, no jump button

Tinertia hands-on: hardcore platformer, no jump button

That's what they say, the creators of Tinertia, they say it's a "Hardcore platformer. No jump button." Indeed it does seem to be, and what we've experienced at GDC 2015 temps us to suggest that it rocks. While we're big fans of the jump button (a classic button, indeed), we're also big fans of moving the gaming universe forward with non-traditional controls. A rocket-launcher as a primary controller in a side-scrolling game is just as good a controller as any - in fact for this sort of arena, it's better.

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Throw Trucks With Your Mind hands-on (with brain control)

Throw Trucks With Your Mind hands-on (with brain control)

Finally we've gotten the opportunity to toss our enemies through space with only the power of our brain with the game "Throw Trucks With Your Mind." This is a game that's been in the making for a couple of years now, having been fully funded on Kickstarter back in march of 2013. Here in March of 2015 we're playing on a PC at GDC 2015 with a NeuroSky MindWave Mobile - a headset that makes use of your brainwaves to generate control functions for software. Here the headset makes use of this developers game, one where you're in an arena with other Force-sensitive fighters with their own, similar equipment.

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Unreal Engine 4 is now free

Unreal Engine 4 is now free

This week Unreal Engine 4 became free. Free up front, that is to say - Epic Games ask that you share some of your revenue once you've made over $3,000 on whatever you make with their engine. Once you start making real cash, you'll pay a 5% fee on gross revenue. If you plan on creating software using Unreal Engine 4 that doesn't get distributed to make cash - no worries! This system competes with other big-name engines like Unity, and here the team at Epic have made a massive move toward holding their spot as a real top-tier competitor.

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Google API puts games on TV as phone/tablet become controller

Google API puts games on TV as phone/tablet become controller

Android users might have another reason to want an Android TV soon. Adjunct to the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Google is hosting a Developer’s day event, and has announced a new API. Called ‘Nearby Connections’, the API has a few handy tweaks for Developers, and when used properly, you as well. With Nearby Connections, users will be able to use Android devices as game controllers for Android TV-ready games. It’s only available on one game so far, but expect more to follow suit quickly.

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HTC Vive detailed: Valve’s VR headset team-up begins

HTC Vive detailed: Valve’s VR headset team-up begins

There's a Valve-centric VR headset coming from HTC this year, and it goes by the name Vive. That's HTC Vive, a new take on the virtual reality universe. A headset that works with what HTC and Valve describe as Full Room Scale. This device combines the massive gaming knowledge of Valve, the user base of Steam, and the manufacturing knowhow and high-end craftsmanship of HTC. Just like HTC was early to the game with smartphones with Android, they want to be in on Virtual Reality right this minute.

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Super Mario 64 player sets new speedrun world record

Super Mario 64 player sets new speedrun world record

It's not often that a new world number one speedrun record is set for a game almost 20 years old, but it's just happened. For those who don't know, a speedrun is completing a game from start to finish in fastest possible time, often still collecting all items or meeting all objectives. The previous world record for Super Mario 64, the first 3D entry in the series released alongside the Nintendo 64 console in 1996, was 1 hour, 42 minutes, and 32 seconds. But a challenger beat that 17 seconds, and by mere accident.

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Mad Catz S.U.R.F.r, L.Y.N.X.3 gamepads to debut at MWC

Mad Catz S.U.R.F.r, L.Y.N.X.3 gamepads to debut at MWC

In mid-December 2014, Mad Catz introduced a couple of new gamepads for mobile devices, the C.T.L.R.i. If you found the devices to be a worthy addition to your gaming trove but the name to be entirely insufferable, we've both good and bad news: Mad Catz is back with some new devices, and it has decided to retain that oddball naming structure. There's the L.Y.N.X.3 gaming pad for mobiles, and the S.U.R.F.r keyboard gaming pad.

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The Evil Within DLC pack drops in March

The Evil Within DLC pack drops in March

Bethesda's horror game The Evil Within will be receiving its first DLC next month, and it is dubbed "The Assignment". Bethesda Softworks released the DLC's trailer on Wednesday, and during it we get a look at Juli Kidman, partner to Sebastian. Those who have played the game and found her mysteries to be enticing should be excited, then, because Bethesda and Tango have decided to give gamers exactly what they want: answers. Gamers will be playing as Kidman, and they'll need to be extra stealthy.

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Mortal Kombat X trailer: here’s the story

Mortal Kombat X trailer: here’s the story

It's time for Sub-Zero to tell you what's going on in the Mortal Kombat X universe. Weeks from release, Mortal Kombat X has nearly revealed "all" of its secrets. Of course there'll be no spilling of the guts of this entire game until its released - and all of its updates are released as well. For now you'll get a good look at what it means to participate in the 1-player mode. 25 years after the events of Mortal Kombat (2011), a new generation of fighters joins in on the battle to save Earth Realm.

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