10 bizarre things that gaming characters do all the time

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10 bizarre things that gaming characters do all the time

Treasure chests are like the ATMs of the gaming world--they're a good way to get quick cash, and sometimes there's one on practically every corner.Heck, at least one person is collecting these things--how is that not unsettling?

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The 15 greatest JRPGs in Xbox history

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The 15 greatest JRPGs in Xbox history

With Final Fantasy 15 set to dominate our winter playtime, we look back over the best Japanese role-playing games ever to grace Xbox consoles.Its three discs – which made it the first multi-DVD Xbox 360 game – positively burst with turn-based brilliance.

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Was 2016 another big win for PlayStation?

Posted 12/30 12:03 in Gaming | 0comments

Was 2016 another big win for PlayStation?

2016 is a year that saw the release of some massive PS4 games like Uncharted 4, The Last Guardian, No Man's Sky, and Rise of the Tomb Raider.On top of that Sony released three brand new pieces of hardware: PS4 Slim, PS4 Pro, and PlayStation VR.

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Great exclusives and backwards compatibility helped Xbox boss 2016

Posted 12/29 16:02 in Gaming | 0comments

Great exclusives and backwards compatibility helped Xbox boss 2016

With a decent raft of exclusives, some great upcoming Xbox One games, and a new piece of hardware on the horizon, Xbox One is in great shape.Matt Gilman - Editor of Official Xbox Magazine - is here to give you the low-down on all things Xbox.

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The domestic drama of the mid-life crisis simulator is an exciting sign that games might (really this time) be growing up

Posted 12/29 15:03 in Gaming | 0comments

The domestic drama of the mid-life crisis simulator is an exciting sign that games might (really this time) be growing up

For a time, it looked infeasible that the series could recover from the dirty, six-year glaze of Jar jar, sand-grumbles, and otherwise blistering boredom.It feels like we have a version of that happening in games now.

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The most awesome games (if you never push start)

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The most awesome games (if you never push start)

If you hit that button too fast, you might miss out on the game’s most awesome quirks - the start screen idle animations.If you’ve got to the start screen, you’ve already bought the game and definitely want to start playing straight away.

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Revisiting the underrated BioShock 2 and finding that time has been kinder to it than the reviews were

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Revisiting the underrated BioShock 2 and finding that time has been kinder to it than the reviews were

Ask people which of the BioShock games is best and, increasingly, they’ll choose BioShock 2.People felt it was retreading old ground, telling the story of a city that had already been told perfectly.

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Who needs a console generation? PS4 Pro and Scorpio are the birth of a new upgrade cycle

Posted 12/28 19:05 in Gaming | 0comments

Who needs a console generation? PS4 Pro and Scorpio are the birth of a new upgrade cycle

Three years into their lifespans, Sony and Microsoft have already announced the would-be successors to the PS4 and Xbox One, the PS4 Pro and Scorpio.The PS4 Pro and Scorpio are merely an extension of this philosophy into the hardware space.

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20 minor video game characters that deserve a better story

Posted 12/28 15:02 in Gaming | 0comments

20 minor video game characters that deserve a better story

Here we ask all those questions and more of 20 minor game characters that really deserve some kind of explanation.Our best guess: Lets ignore the out-of-universe explanation for a minute and go for internal consistency.

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Grand Theft Auto 4 was magnificent in 2008, and it's still fantastic now

Posted 12/28 14:01 in Gaming | 0comments

Grand Theft Auto 4 was magnificent in 2008, and it's still fantastic now

I killed people, smuggled people, sold people.Grand Theft Auto became a household name on PS2 thanks to its cutting social commentary, unparalleled freedom and killer soundtracks, yet never before had a developer captured a sense of time and place quite like Rockstar North achieved with GTA 4.

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Exploring the wide world of wrestling with the WWE 2K series

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Exploring the wide world of wrestling with the WWE 2K series

While many see wrestling as loud Americans shouting at each other in their underpants, the first ‘W’ in ‘WWE’ stands for ‘World’, and it’s more global than you know.Following the arrival of the latest instalment, WWE 2K17, we go around the world in 80 graze.

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Hear Carrie Fisher's (almost) hidden role in Dishonored

Posted 12/28 00:19 in Gaming | 0comments

Hear Carrie Fisher's (almost) hidden role in Dishonored

Tragically, Carrie Fisher died today at the far too young age of 60.It made a big fuss of its cast at the time, crowing names like Susan Sarandon, Michael Madsen and Chloë Grace Moretz, but I couldn't remember hearing Fisher.

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The 11 most feeble character motives in video games

Posted 12/27 17:04 in Gaming | 0comments

The 11 most feeble character motives in video games

So often we get riled up when video games get unfairly accused of having lacklustre plots, sub-par characters and more.Check out these guys, who have the flimsiest, most bizarre motivations to risk their lives in video games.

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2016 saw the return of cleverly crafted level design, and that makes 2017 incredibly exciting for games

Posted 12/27 15:01 in Gaming | 0comments

2016 saw the return of cleverly crafted level design, and that makes 2017 incredibly exciting for games

People haven’t been talking about level design enough over recent years.I’ll get into all of that in a minute, but first let’s hit why level design is important.

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With canny algorithms, Spelunky‘s infinite challenges are fiendish enough to out-platform Nintendo

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With canny algorithms, Spelunky‘s infinite challenges are fiendish enough to out-platform Nintendo

Watch speedruns on YouTube, however, and you’ll see the layouts in a new light.The game’s levels aren’t randomly generated at all, you see; they are procedurally generated.

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Virtual Reality's fantastic, but some games need a little more Reality...

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Virtual Reality's fantastic, but some games need a little more Reality...

Gaming shouldn’t, on the whole, be a painful experience, but after playing a certain kitchen-based horror I feel it’d be great if PS VR delivered more of a sting.I really wasn’t sure I wanted to experience the Resident Evil Kitchen teaser.

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Boxing Day deals: Oh my... Halo: Master Chief Collection for £5!

Posted 12/26 20:12 in Gaming | 0comments

Boxing Day deals: Oh my... Halo: Master Chief Collection for £5!

Looking to cram more Halo into your Boxing Day?How about this deal: Halo: The Master Chief Collection for just over £5?

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Boxing Day sales: PS Plus One Year Membership for £35

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Boxing Day sales: PS Plus One Year Membership for £35

We all love a good, hard deal in the Boxing Day sales.Now, if you're lucky enough to have been given a PlayStation 4 for Christmas (or got one for a previous Xmas), then you'll also need a PS Plus membership to go with it.

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Keeping politics in games is more important than ever

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Keeping politics in games is more important than ever

" If movies can provide a window into someone else's life, then video games have the ability to do it one better by actually putting us in their shoes.We're not just watching virtual friends interact; these are our virtual friends.

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Game tie-ins that radically changed the plots of their films

Posted 12/26 19:03 in Gaming | 0comments

Game tie-ins that radically changed the plots of their films

The owners of the 007 franchise waited 15 years to create a video game version that delivered boating lessons.The unregulated wild-west landscape of early gaming gave rise to a few skeletons that continue to haunt the video game closet.

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