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  • Sony reveals 30 million PS4 sales since launch
    Sony reveals 30 million PS4 sales since launch Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    Sony has passed another sales milestone, today announcing 30 million PlayStation 4 sales worldwide since launch. That brings sales this year up to 9.5 million, meaning Sony will most likely surpass its 12-month sales average by the end of the year. The PS4 has been the leader in the console war since the start, and has double the amount of sales compared to Microsoft’s Xbox One. The software giant confirmed it would stop revealing sales numbers for the Xbox One earlier this year, but according to VGChartz, Microsoft has sold 15.6 million units since launch. Related: Sony confirms PlayStation 2 emulation coming to PS4 Total sales this year are less than half of Sony’s 9.5 million for Microsoft, currently at 4.6 million. Both are doing better than Nintendo’s Wii U, which has sold 10.6 million since launch and a dismal 1.9 million units this year. Globally, Sony is seeing much more success in Japan and Europe than Microsoft. Even in North America, Sony surpasses Microsoft in console sales, leading to a resounding lead of 2:1 sales. Call of Duty: Black Ops III is the hot new game for console, and VGChartz claims over 3.7 million PS4 copies have been sold on the opening week, compared to 2.2 million on Xbox One. Need for Speed (2015) is another better seller on the PS4, with 470,000 copies sold compared to 135,000 on Xbox One. Sony still has an issue launching interesting exclusives, with no exclusive games reaching the top 10 in November. Microsoft on the other hand sold 1.7 million copies of Halo 5: Guardians in two weeks — reaching sixth in the charts on the second week. That is at least some comfort for Microsoft. The next month and a half should be huge for Sony and Microsoft, as the holiday season starts to kick into gear. The two console manufacturers are launching Black Friday deals for video games, and we expect both will offer cheap bundles that include the console to beef sales figures before the end of year. More »

  • iPad Pro gets 3D Touch functionality with Apple Pencil using hacked iOS 9 s …
    iPad Pro gets 3D Touch functionality with Apple Pencil using hacked iOS 9 s … Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    Apple iPad Pro users can now enjoy the highly-desirable 3D Touch functionality with Apple Pencil, thanks to the hacked iOS 9 software released by renowned iOS developer, Hamza Sood. The lack of the 3D Touch functionality on iPad Pro has not deterred the intuitive capabilities of Apple Pencil, as the developer has successfully linked the relevant bits of jailbroken iOS 9 to transform the pressure data from Apple Pencil and correlate it into 3D Touch responses. More »

  • The top 10 audiobooks on Tue, Nov 24, 2015 best-sellers for week ending Nov. 20, 2015: Fiction 1.Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling, narrated by Jim Dale (Pottermore from J.K. Rowling) 2. The Guilty by David Baldacci, ... More »

  • Have you tried turning it off and on again? Former Nintendo call center counselors …
    Have you tried turning it off and on again? Former Nintendo call center counselors … Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    Ever wonder what life was like for Nintendo’s “Game Play Counselors,” who fielded requests for in-game help during the 8-bit and 16-bit eras? The A.V. Club has published an interview with several former Counselors, giving rare insight into the history of Nintendo’s corporate culture. Among other revelations, the feature explains how a group of call center employees transformed into an army of Nintendo experts who were familiar with a majority of popular video games released throughout the ’80s and ’90s. Related: Nintendo brings back the Nintendo World Championships for E3 2015 “It was all bare wood, banquet tables lined up with little 13-inch Sonys and NES [consoles], which all eventually ended up on our desk,” former Nintendo Game Play Counselor Greg Lowder recalls. “NESes laid out, just strung all over. By the way, there was no testing for getting [the job]. It was just literally, ‘You can do this. You know how to play video games. You can walk and chew gum at the same time. Boom, you’re hired.’ For me, at least.” Though the barrier for entry was low, Game Play Counselors were forced to learn the ins-and-outs of the Nintendo Entertainment System’s library quickly. After training for the position, Counselors would spend their shifts fielding calls from players who found themselves stuck in one of Nintendo’s notoriously difficult 8-bit titles. “Back then, there was no computers,” former Counselor Caesar Filori said. “We didn’t have our database called the ELMO, which was our crappy 1990 database thing that would have answers to a ton of questions. We had these manuals that were mostly incomplete, so you had all your own notes you were like rifling through to get the answers. And when you’re early on, you don’t know what all the answers are. Eventually, you realize you get all the same questions. There were only 50 or 60 games.” The A.V. Club’s group of veteran Game Play Counselors cited open-ended adventure games like The Goonies II and Legacy of the Wizard as being particularly difficult to assist players with over the phone. “We had maps of [ Legacy of the Wizard], like screenshot maps, and we could see the whole entire game,” former Counselor Shaun Bloom stated. “It was basically a side shot. But how many rooms were in that? Like 100 rooms?” Bloom estimates that The Legend of Zelda was “probably our number one call” during the NES era. Players also frequently requested tips for the original Super Mario Bros and Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out, among other games that are now considered classics. Also watch: Asus ROG GX700 Hands On Please enable Javascript to watch this video More »

  • Gal Gadot posted the first image from the Wonder Woman solo movie
    Gal Gadot posted the first image from the Wonder Woman solo movie Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    Filming has begun on the  Wonder Woman solo movie, and star Gal Gadot recently posted the very first photo from the upcoming film featuring DC Comics’ famous superheroine. The photo features a cloaked Gadot in the role of Diana Prince, the powerful heroine better known as Wonder Woman. Gadot posted the photo on Twitter over the weekend with the caption, “Almost 75 years in the making… #WonderWoman is underway.” Almost 75 years in the making… #WonderWoman is underway. — Gal Gadot (@GalGadot) November 21, 2015 Related: Nicole Kidman might have a role in the Wonder Woman movie Directed by  Monster and  The Killing director Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman stars Gadot as the eponymous heroine, but much of the film’s plot remains a tightly guarded secret at this point. Early reports suggested that the film could be a prequel-style origin story set in Wonder Woman’s early years as a superhero. Along with Gadot as Wonder Woman, the film’s supporting cast includes  Star Trek actor Chris Pine as Captain Steve Trevor, as well as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and  House of Cards actress Robin Wright, Danny Huston ( Clash of the Titans, X-Men Origins: Wolverine), David Thewlis ( The Theory of Everything), Ewen Bremner ( Snowpiercer), Saïd Taghmaoui ( American Hustle), Elena Anaya ( The Skin I Live In), and Lucy Davis ( Shaun of the Dead). Earlier this month, an unconfirmed report suggested that Nicole Kidman was also in talks for a featured role in the film — possibly that of the lead villain (rumored to be the sorceress Circe) or Diana’s mother, Queen Hippolyta. Gadot will make her big-screen debut as Wonder Woman in next year’s  Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice before headlining her own solo film the following year. Filming on  Wonder Woman is scheduled to occur over the next few months in the U.K., France, and Italy. Wonder Woman will hit theaters June 23, 2017. It will be followed a few months later by  Justice League Part One, the first installment of a two-part team-up movie. More »

  • Black Friday 2015: Best smartphones deals and discounts
    Black Friday 2015: Best smartphones deals and discounts Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    With significant savings on both monthly contracts and SIM-free handsets, smartphones are among the most popular purchases to make on Black Friday. For 2015, many networks and retailers have opted to offer Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals for several days, instead of over one 24-hour period. As a result, we're able to bring you some of the hottest smartphone deals already, four days before Black Friday itself. More »

  • Black Friday 2015: Best Nintendo Wii U and 3DS deals from Amazon, Game, Tesco …
    Black Friday 2015: Best Nintendo Wii U and 3DS deals from Amazon, Game, Tesco … Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    The Xbox One and PS4 are sure to dominate this Black Friday period but Nintendo's Wii U may represent the best value for money. Nintendo has been pushing a bundle that includes both Mario Kart 8 and surprise hit Splatoon, and that would be an excellent place to start. Likewise, the Nintendo 3DS handheld is coming to the end of its lifespan and has an amazing catalogue of games. More »

  • From fake guitars to collectible toys, gifts for any gamer
    From fake guitars to collectible toys, gifts for any gamer Fri, Nov 20, 2015

    Video-game players aren't that difficult to shop for. Let's face it: It's an expensive hobby, and most gamers have something on their list that they've set aside in the hopes that Santa might deliver. More »

  • RPG-brawler Dragon Quest Heroes coming to Steam in December
    RPG-brawler Dragon Quest Heroes coming to Steam in December Thu, Nov 19, 2015

    Square Enix’s RPG-inspired beat-’em-up Dragon Quest Heroes is coming to PC platforms via Steam by the end of the year, and players eager to join the brawl can purchase the game prior to its release at a discount for a limited time. The bonus-bundled Slime Edition of Dragon Quest Heroes is currently up for pre-order via Steam for $54. Related:  Dragon Quest Builders embarks on a Minecraft-inspired journey in January Featuring an array of characters and creatures from Square Enix’s long-running Dragon Quest series, Dragon Quest Heroes opts out of the traditional turn-based gameplay of its ancestors and places players in the middle of sprawling battlefields filled with hundreds of enemy characters. Players head into battle alongside AI-controlled partner characters in a bid to capture enemy outposts and clear out invading armies. Dragon Quest Heroes is developed by Omega Force, creator of the popular brawlers Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors. The company has produced multiple beat-’em-ups based on licensed properties in recent years, including Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage and One Piece: Pirate Warriors. Omega Force recently partnered with Nintendo in developing Hyrule Warriors, an over-the-top Wii U brawler inspired by the Legend of Zelda franchise. Dragon Quest Heroes follows suit with settings and narrative content adapted from Square Enix’s RPG series. The Steam version of Dragon Quest Heroes includes eleven Slime Weapons previously released as DLC for the PlayStation 4 edition. Also included are two bonus maps not featured in the game’s original console release. Dragon Quest Heroes promises strategy-oriented gameplay in addition to its brawling mechanics, allowing players to level up their party members to earn new combat skills. Monsters defeated in battle can also be enlisted and deployed to fight alongside the player, expanding the game’s tactical options. Dragon Quest Heroes will launch digitally via Steam for Windows PCs on December 3rd. Also watch: Asus ROG GX700 Hands On Please enable Javascript to watch this video More »

  • Create works of Pokemon artistry in upcoming Pokemon Picross for 3DS
    Create works of Pokemon artistry in upcoming Pokemon Picross for 3DS Mon, Nov 16, 2015

    Nintendo revealed that its next published release for the 3DS is Pokemon Picross, a free-to-download puzzler featuring hundreds of Pokemon characters. Due for a digital release next month, Pokemon Picross challenges players to strategically break blocks in order to reveal character portraits, using logic and mathematic principles in order to determine their next move across a numbered grid. Related: Original Game Boy Pokemon games return for 3DS eShop in February Pokemon Picross is Nintendo’s latest “free-to-start” release, giving players a taste of its gameplay during a limited trial period before requiring a purchase for continued play. Other recent free-to-start Nintendo 3DS releases include fellow Pokemon puzzler Pokemon Shuffle and the Home screen customization app Nintendo Badge Arcade. Unlike similar free-to-play mobile games that base their gameplay around timers or in-game currency, Nintendo’s free games often feature very limited functionality until players spend real-world cash in order to unlock additional modes or levels. Last year’s Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball introduced a haggling mechanic, making microtransaction purchases, discounts, and coupons part of its core gameplay. Pokemon Picross is the latest in a string of digital Picross games released for the 3DS in recent years. Six games in Nintendo’s “Picross e” series premiered between 2013 and 2015, and the eShop also hosts a Virtual Console version of the monochrome Game Boy puzzler Mario’s Picross. Nintendo took the series into the third dimension in 2010 with Picross 3D for the Nintendo DS. Switching out 2D nonograms for 3D slates, Picross 3D required players to chisel away extraneous puzzle blocks within each level in order to reveal a figure hidden underneath. A sequel, Katachi Shinhakken! Rittai Picross 2, was released for the 3DS in Japan in October. A North American release date for Picross 3D 2 is not yet known. Pokemon Picross will launch digitally via the 3DS eShop in North America and Europe in December. More »

  • Fallout 4 sells 1.87 million copies digitally in three days generating $100 …
    Fallout 4 sells 1.87 million copies digitally in three days generating $100 … Mon, Nov 16, 2015

    Fallout 4 sold 1.87 million copies digitally during just its first three days on sale, a figure which amounts to $100m (£66m) in revenue and points to even wider success when it comes to physical sales. Games media market data analysts SuperData revealed the digital sales figures (via for just those first three days, reporting a split of 1.2 million and 650,000 sales between the PC version and those sold on PS4 and Xbox One. Last week developer and publisher Bethesda sent out a press release celebrating the game's launch, for which they shipped 12 million units to retailers to meet demand. More »

  • Fallout 4 PC player loses head in Deathclaw attack but glitch keeps him ali …
    Fallout 4 PC player loses head in Deathclaw attack but glitch keeps him ali … Mon, Nov 16, 2015

    A lot of the discussion around Fallout 4 this past week has centred on its many bugs and glitches, and whether or not they really matter when measured against the ambition and undoubted qualities of Bethesda's RPG. More »

  • The best subreddits to browse on Reddit
    The best subreddits to browse on Reddit Sun, Nov 15, 2015

    Reddit advertises itself as the front page of the Internet, and honestly, it’s not hard to see why. With more than 70 billion pageviews, Reddit is big business, and has been a major source of good will (they operate the world’s largest secret Santa program) and controversy (for example, the site’s general hands off approach to policing subreddits has made the site a haven for racists, misogynists, and other unsavory sorts.) Related: Reddit 101: A beginner’s guide to the front page of the Internet As probably the biggest content aggregate online, Reddit is a sort of massive forum divided into thousands of smaller subforums — colloquially called “subreddits” — where people can share links and have discussions. Warts and all, Reddit is still a great place to kill time and even have some enlightening conversation. New users might feel overwhelmed with the sheer amount of subreddits, though. Below are some of the better ones spanning a breadth of topics, off the beaten path. Choose your category: Educational Arts and Culture Games and Hobbies Lifestyle and Fashion Educational r/askhistorians History can be a daunting subject. Not only is the body of knowledge vast, but history seems more prone to misinformation and political agendas than most subjects. Thankfully, AskHistorians enforces rigorous standards to ensure that any discussions are civil and intellectual. Many of their frequent contributors are verified historians from a wide range of backgrounds, so whether you want to know how the trade routes of the Silk Road were organized or read about the origins of Roman muscle armor, someone on r/AskHistorians will have a solid answer. r/badhistory There are a lot of misconceptions about historical events. Sometimes they are minor (it turns out George Washington Carver did not invent peanut butter) sometimes they are ridiculous (aliens building the pyramids.) A sort of comical companion to AskHistorians, Badhistory showcases some of the most ludicrous examples of historical errors. Like AskHistorians, they have firm standards for posts, requiring thorough explanations for why something is incorrect. So sit back, have a laugh at people who think Edison assassinated Tesla, and maybe even learn a little in the process. r/askscience Like history, science can be a difficult subject to study on your own. As such, why not seek the wisdom of experts? Answers on r/AskScience are backed up by peer-reviewed sources, ensuring they will be trustworthy, and the rules stifle any attempts to take things off-topic or spread misinformation. Whether you have questions on physics, biology, or any other aspect of the natural world, there is likely someone on this subreddit willing to provide an informed answer. A knowledgeable community and strict rules also help keep AskScience one of the most informative, civil forums on Reddit. r/IAmA Probably the most famous subreddit, r/IAmA is a place for people from all walks of life to do informal Q&A sessions. AMAs — short for “ask me anything” — attract all sorts of characters, and are great way to get firsthand knowledge about what it’s like to be a firefighter, a corporate whistleblower, a NASA scientists, etc. In recent years, the subreddit has become famous for celebrity AMAs (shorthand for “ask me anything”). If you want to hear Jeff Bridges’ advice on how to make a marriage last, or for some reason want to ask Patrick Stewart whether he’d prefer to fight a horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses, those are opportunities you’ll find on r/IAmA. r/futurology Plenty of cool advances in tech happen every day, but why care about the present when you can obsess over the future? Futurology is the study of what could happen in the future, looking at current trends and developments in science, engineering, and politics. This eponymous subreddit is a great place to read articles about the latest advances in technology and what they could mean for the future of humanity. Sources are graded based on trustworthiness, so it’s unlikely you’ll be led astray by shoddy reporting. If cutting-edge projects such as NASA’s EmDrive or the wondrous material graphene interest you, r/Futurology is a great hub for the latest discussions. r/DataIsBeautiful Visualization is a big part of conveying statistics to an audience of laymen. Data sets can be difficult to parse if one is not trained in statistical analysis, but a pie chart or line graph can communicate information about trends quickly and easily. For people who are enthusiastic about statistics — those few, those happy few — or those who like to be able to grasp information at a glance, r/DataIsBeautiful is a subreddit to subscribe to. Charts and graphs are usually high quality, both aesthetically and methodologically. The subreddit rules also require that visualizations must link to data sources, so it’s easy to scrutinize the methodology behind the stats. The subject matter covers a wide array of interests, including everything from charts of climate trends to statistical breakdowns of the latest television shows. Next Page: Arts and Culture Choose your category: Educational Arts and Culture Games and Hobbies Lifestyle and Fashion Arts and Culture r/listentothis The internet has enabled a greater proliferation of music than ever before. From pop icons to obscure mongolian throat-singers, it’s all theoretically just a few clicks away. With so much information flowing, however, the signal-to-noise ratio can be horrendous. How can one find musical pearls without wading through so much more muck? Audiophiles looking for music off the beaten path will find themselves at home on r/listentothis, a community for sharing esoteric songs and artists. Posts are categorized in a variety of genres, some of which can be quite odd indeed. If terms like “jazzcore” and “djent” intrigue you, dive down the rabbit hole of r/listentothis. r/Books If you don’t belong to a local book club, it can be difficult to find things to read. On r/Books, you can find the latest information on popular books and authors, as well as discussions on literature from Homer to Jonathan Franzen. The subreddit regularly features Q&A sessions with notable authors including Jon Ronson, Gillian Flynn, and Patrick Rothfuss. Perhaps most importantly, r/Books follows the Sage’s Rule of Reddit, banning memes and other low-effort posts and requiring that comments maintain a basic level of human decency. Bookworms with an Internet connection will find few online communities as nice as r/Books to satisfy their literary needs. r/Truefilm Seven Samurai There are a lot of places on the Internet to get movie news, but far fewer are the places to talk in-depth about filmmaking. Fortunately, the TrueFilm subreddit provides a venue for discussion of films and the fundamental principles of the medium. The use of color in 500 Days of Summer, Kurosawa’s command of motion, whether Christopher Nolan is the next Kubrick; if these are the types of conversations you enjoy, the small but passionate community of TrueFilm is a great forum to check out. r/cooking In a world in which speed and convenience reign supreme, people have lost touch with skills their ancestors would be expected to master. Among these is the art of cooking, driven into the realm of hobbyists by fast food and microwaves. There is a a wholesomeness to preparing your own food, however, and forums such as r/cooking are a great way to start learning. With recipes, infographics, discussions, and rules designed to keep the memes away, it’s a great tool to bring your cooking to another level. r/FoodPorn, etc. Don’t let the awkward naming scheme — who really wants a phrase like “AnimalPorn” in their browser history? — scare you off. These subreddits provide high-quality photographs covering a variety of subjects. Abandoned buildings, wildlife, machinery, and of course, food; there are subs for all these and more. Whether you’re a photography enthusiast or simply someone who wants some nice backgrounds for their desktop, these subreddits are a treasure trove. Next Page: Games and Hobbies Choose your category: Educational Arts and Culture Games and Hobbies Lifestyle and Fashion Games and Hobbies r/buildapc Building a PC is becoming more popular these days. After all, who wants to pay a lot for a factory-assembled box when they can select the parts themselves? Of course, building a PC requires a lot of knowledge, whether it be about parts, how they interact, or where to get them at the best price. We have our own guide to building a modern PC, but if you want to chat with other people about the hobby, solicit advice, or share specs, r/BuildAPC is a great resource. r/nba Of all the major sports, basketball seems most in tune with the social media revolution. The NBA has embraced streaming to a great degree, players are as famous for their vines as for their stat lines, and the rise of analytics has given even casual fans the tools to evaluate teams. It should come as no surprise then that r/NBA is one of the best subreddits for sports discussion. Podcasts, articles, shooting charts, and more are all linked and discussed. And, of course, the occasional Nick Young vine, if you’re into that sort of thing. Savvy basketball personalities, including big-name writers such as Bill Simmons, often hold AMAs, so it’s a great place to communicate with some of the NBA’s biggest names. Annoying trends will occasionally emerge (Clippers fans should be prepared for scorn), but r/NBA remains a well-moderated, informative place to discuss one of the world’s greatest games. Related: How to stream NBA games online r/battlestations For some people, building a PC stops at the case. They assemble the parts into a working box and leave it at that. Others go further, however, making their PC setups into art installations that essentially function as features of the house. For the ultimate collection of lavish home offices, r/Battlestations is the place to go. They have computers built into desks, computers built into walls, and home offices that make Googleplex seem impoverished. Posts generally include breakdowns of all the items involved, and the photography is often top notch. r/audiophile Rich Shibley/Digital Trends Music is one of the oldest art forms. Present in all known cultures, predating the written word, music has been a part of life for nearly every human who has ever lived. For many people today, listening to music is a matter of opening Spotify and playing some songs over their built-in Mac speakers. For some, however, music is more than something to put on in the background at a party or something to make a daily commute less tedious. For some, the act of listening to music is a religious experience, a communion at altars of vinyl and black walnut. For those who want to hear all the highs and lows of their music, who appreciate the warmth of a vinyl record, there is r/Audiophile. With guides on how to buy the best audio equipment for your buck, equipment reviews, and no shortage of jokes for the initiated, this subreddit is a great resource for music lovers hoping to attain aural nirvana. So go, put on your crowns of Sennheisers, fill your hard drives with FLAC files, and become one with the vibrations. r/Games Although not as popular as r/Gaming, r/Games is a far better place to go if you want discussion about video games. This is largely due to the strong moderation. They use perhaps the most important rule for maintaining quality on Reddit, banning memes and other low-effort posts in order to increase the quality of the content. The result is a forum primarily composed of articles and discussions about the gaming industry and the technical aspects of the medium. Like many video game communities, r/Games can be prone to occasional bouts of mass hysteria, but strict rules and moderation keep things civil overall. r/Boardgames Board games have gone through a bit of a renaissance in the last decade or so. Gone are the days when board games were looked at as children’s toys, relegated to the occasional infuriating family game night spent huddled around the Monopoly board. Today, board games such as Catan can be found in dorm rooms and apartments across America. For those who want to get into board games as a hobby, or current enthusiasts who want to broaden their horizons, r/BoardGames is a great resource for reviews and discussions of games, design, and how to have the best board game gatherings. Next Page: Lifestyle and Fashion Choose your category: Educational Arts and Culture Games and Hobbies Lifestyle and Fashion Lifestyle and fashion r/malefashionadvice & r/femalefashionadvice Clothes make the man. Whether you’re going to a job interview, a nice dinner, or simply out for a walk, it never hurts to look good. Assembling a great wardrobe can be difficult, however, especially when it comes to pairing colors, making sure a piece of clothing is sized correctly, and knowing what’s acceptable for certain occasions. There is a lot to consider, and the slightest error can mean the difference between looking like Don Draper or an awkward teen on prom night. Moreover, it can be expensive. Don’t throw money away experimenting with various ill-fitting blazers. The sartorial zealots at the fashion advice subreddits provide a great community for learning about the principles of fashion while issuing advice on how to build the perfect wardrobe. r/whiskey The drink of choice for luminaries from Mark Twain to Stravinsky, whiskey has always been as much a hobby as a beverage. Given the rising tide of whiskey around the world — last year a Japanese whiskey, the Yamazaki, was awarded the title of Best in the World — there has never been a better time to take up whiskey drinking. Given the melange of varieties and brands of whiskey available, and the sometimes staggering costs, it can be helpful to talk with other enthusiasts about which whiskeys to try and which to avoid. For news and reviews, as well as discussion about the whiskey industry, r/whiskey is the best community on Reddit. r/wicked_edge Spurred by icons of old-school masculinity like James Bond, straight razors seem to be making a comeback. It’s easy to see why. Sleek, built to last, and giving the closest shave possible, straight razors are a classy alternative to the disposable imitators you find lining the supermarket shelves. Of course, straight razors require a bit more finesse, and the hobby can be intimidating for newcomers. Thankfully, the folks at r/wicked-edge, Reddit’s shaving community, are happy to welcome new members. A great place to get advice on what to look for in a starter kit, as well as a forum for old hands to show off their gear, r/wicked_edge is a great place to go if you want to look sharp. r/campingandhiking If Tinder is any indication of the popular mood, everybody loves hiking and camping these days. And what’s not to love? Like Thoreau wandering Concord as he wrote Walden, anyone can find transcendental beauty in the midst of nature. Of course, venturing out beyond the realm of civilization can be stressful and even dangerous. One should always consult experienced veterans before journeying into nature, and communities like the CampingAndHiking subreddit are a great resource. Whether you need advice on what gear to bring, or simply want to check out photos from other explorers, this subreddit is a lovely place to visit. More »

  • How to install NDS4iOS Nintendo Emulator on iOS 9 without jailbreaking
    How to install NDS4iOS Nintendo Emulator on iOS 9 without jailbreaking Sun, Nov 15, 2015

    Avid fans of console games are in for some good news as it is now possible to install emulators for PlayStation, N64 and Nintendo DS based games on iOS 9 without actually jailbreaking the device. The only caveat for running these games is that your iOS device must be pre-installed with iOS 9.0 through iOS 9.1 or 9.2. More »

  • Bowie unveils creepy new promo for his latest video, ahead of new LP
    Bowie unveils creepy new promo for his latest video, ahead of new LP Sat, Nov 14, 2015

    David Bowie has a new single out, and because it’s Bowie, the single is officially represented as such: ★ (previously called Blackstar). The song is featured on his new LP coming January 8, and the legendary glam rocker has announced a short film of the same name to promote the whole enchilada. Today, Bowie unveiled a 30 second promo for the film ★, a selection of close-up shots that get progressively creepier: beginning with a sunlit scene of a plant blowing in the wind, we also see ancient-looking ruins, a skull adorned with jewelry, three people being hung on crosses, and Bowie proudly standing holding a star-covered book. Johan Renck, who directed the film, recently directed The Last Panthers which uses the uses the upcoming single ★ as its theme song. (The six part crime series, which premiered this fall in Europe, will air on SundanceTV in the U.S. in spring 2016.) Related: David Bowie will never tour again, says prominent promoter In a statement earlier this month via Rolling Stone, Renck explained that he showed Bowie the first two episodes of the show, while still in production, and told him about underlying themes of the show like guilt, personality flaws, and the “biblical aspects” of human nature. “He asked if there was anything else to see, so I showed him the first concept board I had just made for the title sequence — images from the show laced with chimaeras and demons from the worlds of Bosch and Grunewald,” said Renck. “That’s when he said go — it all fits. Then he played me his new song Blackstar.” While the music video for ★ isn’t directly associated with The Last Panthers, it seems to have similarly dark themes. The video will premiere in Brooklyn, New York on November 19, the day before the album’s title track is released in full. Also upcoming for Bowie is an unrelated musical theater project, called  Lazarus, opening in New York next month. More »

  • Final Fantasy’s Cloud Strife is coming to Super Smash Bros.
    Final Fantasy’s Cloud Strife is coming to Super Smash Bros. Fri, Nov 13, 2015

    Everyone’s favorite Buster Sword jockey is joining the brawl in the latest installment of  Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS. Cloud Strife, whose fame has extended far beyond his 1997 introduction in Final Fantasy VII, was revealed in a trailer from Nintendo. He will be available as a DLC character. The Japanese language clip is the final segment in a 45-minute Nintendo Direct update. The new challenger approaches with a range of moves and swordplay that includes Limit Breaks and an Omnislash Final Smash. Cloud also brings along a change of clothes from his Advent Children days, and more costumes are expected to be added. No word on whether or not players will have the option to dress Cloud in drag. The summons make an appearance here as part of Cloud’s move set. We spotted Odin, Leviathan, Ramuh, Ifrit, and Bahamut. With these powers, Cloud can literally tear a stage in half. Did you catch the Aerith reference in the clip? Hint: it involves a famous young lady from another series. Related: Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow available on Nintendo 3DS eShop The city of Midgar is being added as a new stage, complete with original soundtrack and Mako reactor. The designers really captured the somber tone of the original world here. The end of the trailer reveals a set of Mii Fighter costumes inspired by the Final Fantasy series’ Chocobos. Cloud is the first character to be revealed since Ryu  of  Street Fighter fame was announced in April. Cloud’s appearance is unexpected, as  Final Fantasy VII was never officially released on any Nintendo systems. Cloud himself has appeared before in the Theatrhythm and Kingdom Hearts series. We expect that the Amiibo tradition will continue, complete with a a hysterical scramble to obtain a Cloud figure. Nintendo posted that the next update for Smash Bros. will be revealed in December. More »

  • Original Game Boy Pokemon games return for 3DS eShop in February
    Original Game Boy Pokemon games return for 3DS eShop in February Fri, Nov 13, 2015

    Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow are due to hit the Nintendo 3DS eShop as Virtual Console titles in commemoration of the franchise’s 20th anniversary, Nintendo confirmed this week. Despite the decades-spanning shift in hardware, the eShop versions of the original Game Boy Pokemon games will retain their distinctive trading and battling features when they arrive for the 3DS in 2016. Related: Pokemon brawler Pokken Tournament heads to Wii U in 2016 Nintendo’s Pokemon series launched in 1996 with the release of Pokemon Red and Pokemon Blue for the monochrome Game Boy. Pairing deceptively complex RPG mechanics with addictive monster-catching gameplay hooks, the original Pokemon games were tremendously popular worldwide, and helped to revitalize Nintendo’s aging Game Boy hardware. In the original Pokemon games, players journey across the Kanto region in search of creatures that can be captured and collected for use in battle against other Pokemon. There are 151 Pokemon between Pokemon Red and Blue, and each edition boasts its own exclusive collection of creatures. In order to collect all 151 Pokemon, players must trade creatures with friends using the Game Boy’s Link Cable peripheral. The Link Cable also allows players to battle their collected creatures head-to-head. The upcoming 3DS versions of Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow simulate Link Cable functionality by using a wireless connection to link multiple 3DS units. In 1999, Nintendo followed up on Pokemon Red and Blue with Pokemon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition. Featuring updated graphics and minor changes to series-standard gameplay mechanics, Pokemon Yellow Version starts players out with a Pikachu pal that follows them throughout the adventure. Pokemon Yellow Version is otherwise largely identical to the previous Red and Blue games, and still requires players to link up with other versions in order to collect all 151 Pokemon. Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow will hit the 3DS eShop in North America on February 27, 2016. Also watch: Asus ROG GX700 Hands On Please enable Javascript to watch this video More »

  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess remake launching for Wii U in 2016
    The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess remake launching for Wii U in 2016 Fri, Nov 13, 2015

    Nintendo will launch a visually updated version of its Wii launch title The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess for the Wii U next year, the company confirmed during its Nintendo Direct presentation event this week. Co-developed in a collaboration with Deus Ex: Human Revolution Wii U porting studio Tantalus Media, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD will reproduce Link’s 2006 adventure in full while introducing support for Nintendo’s amiibo figurines. Related: The Legend of Zelda for Wii U delayed until 2016, and won’t be at E3 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess features a storyline in which players explore the Realm of Twilight, an alternate dimension wherein hero Link transforms into a wolf. Link is assisted by the imp Midna, and must explore a vast in-game world in order to break his curse and save Hyrule. Originally slated to launch exclusively for Nintendo’s GameCube console, Twilight Princess was subsequently delayed and retooled in order to launch alongside the Nintendo Wii in 2006. The Wii edition introduced motion-controlled gameplay that mapped Link’s sword slices to Wii Remote movements. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD appears to be based on the GameCube version of Twilight Princess, which launched after the initial Wii release. While the Wii edition mirrored its gameplay in order to make Link right-handed for the sake of Wii Remote controls, the upcoming Wii U remake will make Link a lefty once more. Tantalus’ remake of Twilight Princess will also feature button controls for Link’s attacks, addressing criticism commonly aimed at the Wii release’s reliance on motion controls. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD will hit retail as both a standalone package and in a limited edition that includes a copy of the game, a soundtrack CD, and an amiibo figure featuring Link’s wolf form. Twilight Princess HD is compatible with the Wolf Link amiibo and five previously released amiibo figurines featuring Zelda series characters, though the purpose they serve in-game is not yet known. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD launches for the Wii U in North America on March 16, 2016. More »

  • Nintendo Unveils Female Version Of One Of Its Most Famous Characters
    Nintendo Unveils Female Version Of One Of Its Most Famous Characters Fri, Nov 13, 2015

    Games giant Nintendo has unveiled a female version of Link - one of its most popular characters. Named Linkle, the new character will make her debut in the Hyrule Warriors Legends game, which will launch on the Nintendo 3DS in 2016. The long-rumoured character sports two crossbows and is described as being “from a small village filled with Cuccos”. More »

  • Super Smash Bros adds Final Fantasy 7's Cloud to roster
    Super Smash Bros adds Final Fantasy 7's Cloud to roster Thu, Nov 12, 2015

    Nintendo ended its latest online broadcast with the shock announcement that Final Fantasy 7 protagonist Cloud Strife will be joining the roster of Super Smash Bros on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. The addition of the character was likely born out of the Smash Ballot fan survey held earlier this year. The iconic hero from Square Enix's celebrated 1997 PlayStation RPG will be fighting against a raft of iconic characters including Mario, Sonic, Pac-Man and Street Fighter's Ryu, not to mention Nintendo icons Link, Luigi, Donkey Kong and Pikachu. More »

  • Pokémon Red, Blue and Yellow coming to Nintendo 3DS in original form
    Pokémon Red, Blue and Yellow coming to Nintendo 3DS in original form Thu, Nov 12, 2015

    To help celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Pokémon franchise Nintendo will be releasing the original generation of games - Red, Blue and Yellow - in their original form for Nintendo 3DS, via the eShop. The game's will support wireless connectivity due to the 3DS lack of link cable (and lack of need for one). All three games will be available to download on 27 February 2016, twenty years to the day since the initial Japanese release of Pokémon Red and Blue (Green in Japan). More »

  • Hyrule Warriors Legends: Female Link included in Nintendo 3DS title
    Hyrule Warriors Legends: Female Link included in Nintendo 3DS title Thu, Nov 12, 2015

    Nintendo has revealed that 3DS game Hyrule Warriors Legends will include a female version of The Legend of Zelda series' iconic protagonist Link as an additional playable character. Hyrule Warriors Legends is a port of 2013 Wii U title Hyrule Legends, a spin-off off the Dynasty Warriors series utilising the characters and settings of Nintendo's Legend of Zelda adventuring franchise. Earlier this year the female version of Link - called Linkle - was revealed in an art book (via Kotaku) for the original Hyrule Warriors. More »

  • System Shock’s new owner discusses remake, possible sequel
    System Shock’s new owner discusses remake, possible sequel Thu, Nov 12, 2015

    After recently purchasing the rights to the franchise, publisher Night Dive Studios is now discussing a remake and sequel for the cult classic PC game System Shock. Night Dive’s forthcoming remake of System Shock will mark the game’s console debut, as the original version was exclusive to PC platforms. Related:  Deus Ex fans release graphically overhauled edition for free on Steam Released in 1994, System Shock is a first-person action-RPG notable for its nuanced gameplay and futuristic storyline, which casts players in the role of a hacker tormented by a dangerous rogue AI. Creator Looking Glass Studios followed up on System Shock with a sequel in 1999, and members of its development team went on to create influential games like Deus Ex and BioShock. After acquiring the rights to the System Shock trademark and franchise in 2013, Night Dive Studios released an Enhanced Edition via Steam that increases the game’s resolution, adds mouselook support, and fixes bugs present in the original release. Night Dive also distributes the original System Shock games via Steam and, and spearheaded re-releases for classic PC titles like The 7th Guest, The 11th Hour, and I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream. Night Dive is now working on a full remake of System Shock for consoles and PCs. The project has entered pre-production, and Night Dive has enlisted System Shock‘s original concept artist Robert Waters to produce new designs. “Seeing the difference between his artistic abilities back then compared to now, and his ability to reinterpret those ideas, it’s just been really exciting for us,” Night Dive Studios CEO Stephen Kick said in an interview with Fast Company. While Night Dive is legally cleared to produce a sequel in the System Shock franchise, company head of business development Larry Kuperman admits that “It’s really not our core business,” and explains that “To really do another game in that series is going to take resources and time and commitment that we don’t have.” Also watch: Asus ROG GX700 Hands On Please enable Javascript to watch this video More »

  • Nintendo announces Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD for Wii U: Release …
    Nintendo announces Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD for Wii U: Release … Thu, Nov 12, 2015

    Nintendo has announced a remaster of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess coming to Wii U in early 2016. The announcement was the first of the company's latest Nintendo Direct online broadcast, the first since the passing of late president Satoru Iwata. Rumoured a while back, Twilight Princess is the latest Zelda title to get the remaster treatment. More »

  • Xbox One backwards compatibility now available: List of 104 Xbox 360 games you …
    Xbox One backwards compatibility now available: List of 104 Xbox 360 games you … Thu, Nov 12, 2015

    Xbox One users will be able to play 104 Xbox 360 games (assuming they already own them) from 8pm tonight (12 November) as Microsoft rolls out the new, Windows 10-powered Xbox One dashboard globally. More »

  • Nintendo Direct 12 November 2015: Wii U, 3DS, Legend of Zelda predictions and …
    Nintendo Direct 12 November 2015: Wii U, 3DS, Legend of Zelda predictions and … Thu, Nov 12, 2015

    This evening (12 November) Nintendo will broadcast its first Nintendo Direct since the passing of its company president Satoru Iwata in July. The gaming giant is promising Wii U and 3DS news, but no news regarding mobile gaming or their next device, codenamed NX. It all begins at 10pm GMT (11pm CET, 5PM EST, 2pm PST) and can be watched either through Nintendo's website or via Twitch. More »

  • Rainbow Six Siege: Tougher difficulty, matchmaking and other changes made after …
    Rainbow Six Siege: Tougher difficulty, matchmaking and other changes made after … Thu, Nov 12, 2015

    Ubisoft has revealed the changes it has made to tactical shooter Rainbow Six Siege following the closed beta that ran from late September to early October. On matchmaking they wrote: "Thanks to all the data gathered during the Closed Beta, we have decided to remove some unnecessary complexities of the underlying matchmaking systems, while preserving our core values of matching players based on (not sorted by priority) their skill, account level, network performance and geographical location. When the operator is holding up the shield, they fire a pistol from the hip, so Ubisoft has reduced the efficiency of that. More »

  • Sociable Soccer Kickstarter: Sensible Soccer successor for PC, PS4 and Xbox …
    Sociable Soccer Kickstarter: Sensible Soccer successor for PC, PS4 and Xbox … Thu, Nov 12, 2015

    Jon Hare, co-founder of Sensible Software and a designer behind seminal sports title Sensible Soccer is looking to crowd-fund a successor called Sociable Soccer for release on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in 2016. The Kickstarter campaign launched this morning (12 November) and is hoping to raise £300,000. Sociable Soccer will be crafted with the same meticulous attention to detail as the very finest Sensible Software titles, to deliver a peerless gameplay experience across all platforms," reads the project description. More »

  • Star Wars Battlefront EA Access 10 hour full-game preview available now on Xbox …
    Star Wars Battlefront EA Access 10 hour full-game preview available now on Xbox … Thu, Nov 12, 2015

    EA Access subscribers on Xbox One can download and play Star Wars Battlefront right now for up to ten hours before the game's release date next week. Better still, once the preview period is over all progress and unlocks will transfer over to the full game, which will be available at a 10% discount through EA Access if bought digitally. EA Access is available for £3.99 a month or £19.99 for a 12 month subscription. More »

  • Officially licensed Friday the 13th game clears Kickstarter goal
    Officially licensed Friday the 13th game clears Kickstarter goal Wed, Nov 11, 2015

    Gun Media has reached its Kickstarter goal for Friday the 13th: The Game, ensuring a release next year for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PCs. In Friday the 13th: The Game, players can assume the role of a Crystal Lake camp counselor stalked by slasher movie icon Jason Voorhees. In a unique twist, the game also allows players to control Jason himself as he attempts to track down his victims. Related: New ‘Friday the 13th’ game aims to redeem the 1989 NES blunder Friday the 13th: The Game is an asymmetrical multiplayer game in which up to eight players try to survive a night at Friday the 13th film series setting Camp Crystal Lake. Seven players control counselors, while the eighth player controls Jason in an open-world killing spree. Presenting its gameplay from a third-person perspective over the course of a single night, Friday the 13th: The Game opts out of the psychological approach adopted by many survival horror games, and instead places its focus on stealth-driven gameplay in which players will likely meet a quick and brutal demise. “It’s a classic horror fan’s dream, no shaky cam, no found footage,” Gun Media assures. “We want you to know we’re revitalizing the golden era of slashers, and putting you at the controls of each horrific, blood-splattered moment.” Gun Media doesn’t have a high bar to clear when it comes to licensed games based on Friday the 13th. An 8-bit adaptation for the Nintendo Entertainment System published by LJN is widely regarded as one of the platform’s worst games, and a 1985 Commodore 64 version didn’t fare much better. “The biggest challenge is not screwing this up,” the team admits. “Too many times we’ve seen gaming and movie franchises jump the shark or take a beloved character and throw them through the mud. We’re working on a game that demands a lot of horror and tension, but we’re giving players the control to create those scenarios. That’s a lot of balancing, that’s a lot of testing and that’s a lot of immersion and depth. The biggest challenge is that we do it right and that we deliver a title that lives up to the expectations of all fans.” Friday the 13th: The Game has met its initial funding goal of $700,000, and will launch next October for consoles and PCs. More »

  • Nintendo Badge Arcade released for free on 3DS
    Nintendo Badge Arcade released for free on 3DS Wed, Nov 11, 2015

    Nintendo announced that it has released Nintendo Badge Arcade for the Nintendo 3DS, a microtransaction-driven app that allows players to outfit their system themes with unique customization items earned via gameplay. In Nintendo Badge Arcade players pay a small fee to access a claw machine-like minigame that awards digital badges, which can be pasted and arranged on the 3DS’s Home screen for uniquely customizable themes. Related: Officially licensed Pokemon puzzler to hit iOS, Android this year Nintendo Badge Arcade currently features several crane games that offer badges inspired by Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros, The Legend of Zelda, and Animal Crossing franchises. With skilled play, users can unlock multiple badges with a single attempt, upping the stakes for purchased credits. Collected badges can be combined with Nintendo 3DS system themes in order to create lively and colorful home screen backdrops. An in-game example notes that players can paste Mario Kart 8-themed badges atop a raceway backdrop, simulating the look and feel of the Mario Kart series. Nintendo Badge Arcade is the latest in a series of free-to-download Nintendo 3DS games to feature content unlocked via micro-transactions. Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball, released in 2014, was among the first 3DS games to divide up its content among several possible in-game purchases. Real Deal Baseball also tied its narrative content to player purchases, progressing its storyline only when additional transactions were logged. Nintendo followed up on Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball in February with Pokemon Shuffle, a free-to-play puzzler in which players can purchase additional plays via micro-transactions. A mobile adaptation for iOS and Android platforms was released in August. Nintendo Badge Arcade is available as a free download via the 3DS eShop. Players are given a limited number of free attempts the first time the app is launched, and five additional plays can be purchased for $1. More »

  • Fallout 4's rushed pre-apocalypse opening sequence is a wasted opportun …
    Fallout 4's rushed pre-apocalypse opening sequence is a wasted opportun … Wed, Nov 11, 2015

    With seconds to spare, the family makes it below the surface, where they are unwillingly cryogenically frozen as part an experiment. Two hundred years pass, but in game time it's just fifteen minutes before the protagonist emerges from the vault – their family and the life they knew long gone. It is such a wasted opportunity. More »

  • DeNA details Nintendo partnership: Plans to release five free-to-play mobile …
    DeNA details Nintendo partnership: Plans to release five free-to-play mobile … Wed, Nov 11, 2015

    Mobile app giant DeNA has detailed an overview of its partnership with Nintendo, revealing it plans to release five free-to-play mobile games supported by microtransactions by the end of the next financial year in March 2017. The Wall Street Journal's Takashi Mochizuki tweeted pictures of the documents, which also reveal DeNA and Nintendo's first game, Miitomo, was delayed to "ensure quality and optimal launch timing". The final statement reveals premium titles are not in Nintendo's immediate mobile future. More »

  • Mario fan fully recreates a series obscurity in Super Mario Maker
    Mario fan fully recreates a series obscurity in Super Mario Maker Tue, Nov 10, 2015

    Nintendo fan “Forteblast” has fully recreated one of the most obscure entries in Nintendo’s flagship Super Mario franchise using the Wii U game design toolkit Super Mario Maker, making the little-seen spinoff accessible to a broad player base for the first time in nearly 20 years. Thanks to Forteblast’s efforts, every level originally featured in the Hudson-developed Super Mario Bros. Special is now playable in Super Mario Maker, offering a unique look at a game originally exclusive to the NEC PC-8801 and Sharp X1 home computers in Japan. Related: Super Mario Maker fans recreate lost GBA e-Reader levels Released in 1986, Super Mario Bros. Special is an officially licensed Mario series spinoff that adapts Nintendo’s landmark platformer to Japanese home computers. While the game is visually similar to its NES inspiration, Super Mario Bros. Special uses unique level layouts, and features enemies and items not seen in Nintendo-developed Mario games. Developer Hudson needed to make a number of concessions in order to account for the shift in hardware, however, and Super Mario Bros. Special features a distinctly garish, flickery presentation. Notably, Super Mario Bros. Special does not feature smoothly scrolling backdrops, instead presenting its gameplay across a series of interconnected still screens. The game’s technical shortcomings have earned it notoriety among series fans, who consider Super Mario Bros. Special to be one of the most difficult entries in the series. The lack of scrolling makes it especially challenging for players accustomed to traditional Mario series mechanics. Forteblast’s adaptation adds scrolling backdrops to these levels for the first time, arguably improving on their original design and making Super Mario Bros. Special‘s challenges more accessible for casual players. “I’ve needed to make some minor changes in the levels,” Forteblast explains. “One-way blocks to represent the inability to backtrack for mazes, switched out stalactites for spinies, no pulley platforms, no special Hudson powerups or enemies, had to shorten a couple of levels left-to-right because of the level size limit, etc. But I’ve done the best I could.” Forteblast’s recreated Super Mario Bros. Special levels can be accessed in Super Mario Maker starting at world 1-1 by entering the level ID 359D-0000-0080-762B. Also watch: Asus ROG GX700 Hands On Please enable Javascript to watch this video More »

  • Nintendo Direct returns on 12 November with Wii U and 3DS news
    Nintendo Direct returns on 12 November with Wii U and 3DS news Tue, Nov 10, 2015

    Nintendo has announced that it will host its first Nintendo Direct online broadcast since the passing of company president Satoru Iwata in July. No details were offered regarding what to expect beyond the obvious: that updates will be shared regarding future Wii U and 3DS titles. The Nintendo Direct will take place at 10pm GMT (11pm CET, 5PM EST, 2pm PST) on 12 November, with the European broadcast to be hosted by Nintendo of Europe president Satoru Shibata. More »