Donkey Kong Country Returns Has King of Kong Nod

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Having recently watched The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters for the first time, the image of eerily slick Donkey Kong master Billy Mitchell is fresh in the brain. So there's no doubt in my mind that the stars-and-stripes tie hidden in stage 3-2 of Donkey Kong Country Returns is a tribute to Mitchell's unabashed patriotism. The game also has a hidden Mr. Game & Watch cameo in stage 7-1, which...

Sweet Kinect Hack Shows 3D Drawing

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One of Kinect's most unique features is the ability to track motion in three dimensions, and yet you don't see a lot of games playing up this angle. So leave it to a clever artist and engineer, Memo Akten, to do the job with the now open-source Kinect drivers. This video shows Akten drawing all around himself with a single hand, then using two hands to rotate the image freely. Though Akten...

The Angry Birds Peace Treaty Was Not Meant to Be

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Some people argue that Angry Birds is addicting, that it sucks away time as you sling fowl to achieve that perfect store. Really, though, I think the appeal lies in the squawking. The rage is really quite cathartic, as you'll see in this video. [via GoNintendo]

If Your Favorite NES Games Were in 3D...

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Would 3D versions of Excite Bike or Ice Hockey change the game at all, or would they just look awesome? Probably the latter, as evidenced by Deviant Artist Justin Buonvino. Some renderings are better than others -- The Legend of Zelda, for example, is kind of in faux-3D to begin with -- but the Super Mario Bros. images are particularly rich. Check them all out at Justin's Deviant Art page, or...

Another Super Mario Bros. Crossover Character: Sophia the Third

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Although Blaster Master is one of my retro gaming blind spots, I find it hard not to get excited for the next character in Super Mario Bros. Crossover. As the YouTube video above reveals, the game's next update adds Sophia the Third, a hovering armored tank with a laser beam and missile launchers.

Nintendo Wants to Trademark "It's On Like Donkey Kong"

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Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis. When Ice Cube mentioned video games he couldn't picture this.* Nintendo, apparently, wants to trademark the phrase, "It's on like Donkey Kong." The company has filed a request with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, according to CNN. "In addition to Nintendo's use, it has been used in popular music, television and film over the years, pointing to Donkey...

A Collection of Scary Video Game Stories

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Video games are fertile ground for ghost stories, where the rules of the game erode and the player stumbles upon a spirit hidden in the code. I came upon Creepy+Pasta's collection of scary video game stories in a weird way. I was making the rounds through Reddit's gaming collection, and came upon the Corpse Run comic, which led me to an earlier comic about a haunted version of Majora's Mask...

ArcadeDock is a Mini-Arcade Cabinet for Laptops

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Compared to some of the weirder arcade cabinets we've seen, Envador's ArcadeDock is delightfully functional. The tabletop cabinet doesn't have any computers or monitors built-in, but instead lets you easily throw a laptop inside for instant arcade gaming. Envador did cheat a little bit, using a pre-assembled mini-cabinet cutout. The magic is in the modifications, which include a slide-out...

Antarctica's Golden Tee Cabinet: Saved!

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They say when you work hard, you can play hard, so I can only imagine the sadness when Antarctica's lone Golden Tee arcade cabinet broke down. The game is a popular way to kill the time among the residents of McMurdo Station, a scientific base that holds roughly 500 people in the winter and 1,300 in the summer. Not long ago, the station's 5 year-old Golden Tee machine suffered a hard drive...

Namco Honors Chilean Miners With Wallpaper, Then Apologizes For It

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Namco has learned the hard way that you can't please everyone on the Internet. Yesterday, the company chimed in on the miraculous rescue of 33 trapped Chilean miners with a wallpaper featuring Mr. Driller, the son of Dug-Dug who's appeared in video games since 1999. The wallpaper simply said "Bienvenido de nuevo" (Welcome back) and showed Mr. Driller jumping triumphantly in the air....

The Jersey Shore RPG Features Snooki Punching, Shanks

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My experience with Jersey Shore is limited to one episode and the requisite dose of Internet buzz, but CollegeHumor's Jersey Shore RPG pretty much sums it up. The combination of muscle-bound dudes with ridiculous hairdos and completely arbitrary battles is perfect fodder for the early 1990s JRPG treatment. In this episode, the guys get in a fight, Snooki goes crazy and everyone ends up...

Just Cause 2 Infographic Shows Chaos in Agregate

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I'm a pretty big fan of Just Cause 2. The game's full of cheap thrills -- its shot at Game of the Year was marred by lazy mission design, sadly -- and the slightest mention gives me the urge to base jump from an airplane to a helicopter and blow up some buildings with rockets (not in real life). So, fully recognizing Square-Enix's blatant attempt to squeeze out a few more sales with a Just Cause...

Realistic Pac-Man Caught in the Wild (Not Really)

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Realistic depictions of Pac-Man usually involve dudes dressed in funny suits, but DeviantArtist Jaime Margary's approach is a little more frightening. Pictured above is the Pakku rotundus, more commonly known as a Pac-Man. It appears to be frozen in a ghastly state of hunger, perhaps given the touch of death by Pinky, Blinky, Inky or maybe even Clyde. Ms. Pac-Man has been notified, I hope.

Asteroids Bookmarklet Lets You Blast Websites to Smithereens

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So you've stumbled upon GamerCrave somehow and decided that you hate it. I can't imagine why, but I won't stop you from blowing us up with the Kick Ass Asteroids bookmarklet. Just visit this Github web page, drag the bookmarklet into your bookmarks bar, and click it whenever you find a website that needs total destruction. Use the arrow keys to steer the ship and press space bar to fire. You can...

What's the Deal With Minecraft? Or: Minecraft's Subtle Message

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MINECRAFT REVIEW, BLACK OPS TIPS - You might say that Minecraft hit the big time today. Featured in a Penny Arcade comic -- amusing even if you haven't played the game -- developer Mojang Specifications will surely reap thousands of new sales, despite the game's alpha status and $9 price tag. I'm fortunate enough to have been in on the joke -- I use that term intentionally,...

20 Creepy, Weird, and Naughty Samus Aran Fan-Art

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Samus Aran is one of the most beloved video game heroines ever, which naturally means she must be the subject victim of countless weird and sexually confusing fan-art created by an adorning if slightly odd public. And while Nintendo definitely doesn't condone pictures of its famous bounty hunter as a pony, morbidly obese or having her ass clamped onto by a metroid, that's just where...

10 Ways to Celebrate Super Mario Bros' 25th Birthday

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Super Mario Bros. is now a 25-year-old video game. Released in Japan on September 23, 1985, the Famicom classic made its way to the Nintendo Entertainment System in North America the following year, and quickly began working kids who didn't have the NES into an envious lather. Even though Mario appeared in Donkey Kong and Mario Bros in previosu years, video games were never the same after the...

Mario AI vs. Infinite, Evolving Super Mario World

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Ladies and gentlemen, in this corner, a version of Super Mario World that automatically generates harder levels when the player completes easier ones without failing. A project by Ben Weber, a computer science doctoral candidate at UC Santa Cruz, the game adjusts parameters such as gap size, gap frequency, variation in ground height and, of course, number of enemies. In this corner, a Mario...

Pac-Man Paranoia: Love the Video, At Least

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Bondage Fairies' Pac-Man Paranoia is more than a year old, but for some reason it's kicking around the nerd culture blogs now, and what the heck -- you need to creeped out today. So check out the video, and keep the volume low for the actual song, "Pink-Eye Paranoia," unless you love the sound of screeching dial-up modems and bad Swedish death punk. [via Technabob]