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Six Midway franchises Warner Bros. should revive

Since bagging what remained of Midway in 2009, Warner Bros. hasn’t done a great deal with Midway’s assets. They published the Mortal Kombat game NetherRealm were working on at the time, there have been a couple of half-baked retro collections – one for consoles, and one for iOS...

How to fix gaming’s most abused licenses

In a time when review scores matter more than ever, most publishers and developers are putting some long overdue attention into their licensed games. A few duffers do still slip out though, in hope that people will buy them based on name alone. We’ve put our thinking caps...

A year of PlayStation Vita

We almost didn’t notice, but it turns out the PS Vita is one year old this weekend. Being the modest little handheld that it is, we thought we’d bake it a cake and surprise it with the birthday bumps! When the PS Vita was first announced in January...

The evolution – or not – of the DualShock

As you may have noticed from the flood of coverage online this week, Sony have unveiled the PlayStation 4. Or haven’t, in that we didn’t get to see the box itself. But we could argue over semantics all day. (We won’t.) They did show the new DualShock 4...

Fill that lunchtime void with free games

Most web-based mini-games are designed with one goal in mind: to promote full price titles. A lot of them are terrible, but there are a few exceptions perfectly suited for a quick play during a lunch break. Here’s a quick recap of the freebies found on Sony’s and...

How Aliens helped to form today’s shooters

If we were asked to name the movie series which has had the greatest influence over videogames as a whole, we wouldn’t hesitate to answer with the original Star Wars trilogy. Probe us a bit more and ask what film has had the greatest influence over the FPS...

Dodgy devices and hideous handhelds

There’s a Hong Kong-based online retailer where, hidden away from the official console bundles and realms of third party peripherals, there’s a peculiar section titled “Other videogame consoles”. Here you’ll find a variety of dubious looking handhelds of all shapes and sizes, pre-loaded with hacks of NES games...

The 50 best selling XBLA games of all time

Not only does Microsoft have a list of the best selling XBLA games of all time on Xbox.com, but they also keep it updated daily. We doubt it changes dramatically on a day to day basis, but it’s a touch that we didn’t expect to see. Speaking of...

2012: Metacritic’s worst rated console games

Metacritic has been on the receiving end of some right old douchebaggery this year. Rest assured though that the scores below aren’t based on the site’s infamous user reviews. If that was the case then you would be seeing the likes of Mass Effect 3, Diablo 3 and...

Christmas day celebrated via videogames

Usually around this time of year we take a look back at a Christmas themed game. There’s no retro look-back this year though – we’ve gone with something a bit different, like Channel 4 broadcasting an Alternative Queen’s Message on Christmas Day. We think they still do that,...

2012: This year’s biggest surprises

Whether it’s a refund from the tax man or one of those elusive Kit-Kats that’s accidentally had the wafer left out, we all like a nice surprise. Here are eight games from 2012 that exceeded all expectations: Binary Domain – PS3, 360 When Sega’s Japan-developed shooter was first...