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N.Y. Museum Announces Creation Of World Video Game Hall Of Fame

Why should traditional toys have all the accolades? Not content to keep all the honors for toy soldiers and board games, the upstate New York museum that runs the National Toy Hall of Fame is adding a new attraction to its rolls with a new World Video Game Hall of Fame. [More]

Video Game Simulates The Singular Thrill Of Assembling IKEA Furniture

Video Game Simulates The Singular Thrill Of Assembling IKEA Furniture

Unlike many of my friends, I enjoy assembling IKEA furniture — to a point. I have been known to utter a few Scandinavian profanities after a few days of shredding my fingers with an allen wrench. Now a video game will apparently allow me to enjoy that unique thrill of putting together a nonsense-named end table without enduring any physical or spiritual injuries. [More]

Flappy Bird Is Now A Real-Life Arcade Game

Flappy Bird Is Now A Real-Life Arcade Game

We’re fascinated with the saga of “Flappy Bird” here at Consumerist, mostly because of the creator’s reaction to the success of his infuriatingly simple game. He yanked it from app marketplaces even though it was raking in ad money, then put it back after the fad had faded a bit. Wouldn’t you rather pump quarters into a dedicated Flappy Bird game cabinet? [More]

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GameStop: Industry Needs Market For Used Downloads If It Wants To Keep Charging $60

While GameStop brazenly believes it can weather competition in the used game business from bigger retail competition like Walmart, the company faces a more deadly foe in a future marketplace where most games are downloaded. Currently, there are no industry-supported methods for reselling digital games, but GameStop says it will have to happen — not just for its bottom line, but so that game publishers can continue charging top dollar. [More]

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The Oregon Trail Lives Again In Browsers As The Internet Archive Adds 2,400 MS-DOS Games

You’ve been missing it for so long, you didn’t even know it until now, when the sweet feelings of relief are about to wash over you: You can play The Oregon Trail again in most Internet browsers, no MS-DOS needed, thanks to its addition along with around 2,400 titles to The Internet Archive this week. [More]

Sony’s PlayStation Now Netflix-Style Game Streaming Rental Subscription Service To Launch Jan. 13

Sony’s PlayStation Now Netflix-Style Game Streaming Rental Subscription Service To Launch Jan. 13

It’s been a full year since Sony announced their Playstation Now streaming game service at last year’s CES. The streaming, cloud-based, Netflix-style solution to keeping old video games available on newer hardware seemed like a great idea, but details (and access) were slow to materialize. [More]

Sony’s PlayStation Now Coming To Samsung Smart TVs

Sony’s PlayStation Now Coming To Samsung Smart TVs

Nearly a year ago at CES 2014, Sony CEO Kaz Hirai announced PlayStation Now, a cloud-based gaming service that would lets users access PlayStation 3 games without requiring a PS3. The service has thus far been available only on Sony devices, but the company confirmed today that it will bring PS Now to Samsung Smart TVs at some point in 2015. [More]

Assassin’s Creed Season Pass Owners Who Take Free Game Offer Give Up Right To Sue Ubisoft

Assassin’s Creed Season Pass Owners Who Take Free Game Offer Give Up Right To Sue Ubisoft

Right before Thanksgiving, Ubisoft acknowledged that it botched the launch of the much-anticipated game Assassin’s Creed: Unity, and that people who bought the title early would be offered make-goods of free content. Now that the first of those freebies has gone live, users are realizing it comes with a catch — give up your right to sue. [More]

GameStop CFO Says Company Will Weather Walmart, But Hints At Continued Store Closures

GameStop CFO Says Company Will Weather Walmart, But Hints At Continued Store Closures

There are currently around 6,000 GameStop locations, meaning most people don’t have to drive very far to trade in a used game. But how will the company weather the two storm fronts of increased competition from major retailers and the shift toward digital downloads of games? [More]

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EA Decides Maybe Buying Every Gaming Studio On Earth Isn’t Path To Success After All

Video game company EA got left in the dust on the road to this year’s not-so-coveted golden poo. In previous years, though, Consumerist readers decided they were the worst company in America not just once, but twice. Since then, new leadership has vowed to turn the company around. And one step in that process seems to be pressing pause on an old, not-very-effective strategy of buying every other studio under the sun. [More]

Ubisoft Admits Assassin’s Creed Is Broken, Offers Free Stuff To Apologize

Ubisoft Admits Assassin’s Creed Is Broken, Offers Free Stuff To Apologize

As I argued a couple weeks back in the wake of the botched release of Assassin’s Creed Unity, video game publishers need to stop treating their biggest customers as guinea pigs on which to unleash broken games that will eventually be fixed via multiple patches weeks after release — or at the very least acknowledge this treatment and give these customers an incentive (lower price, free stuff, etc.) that doesn’t make them immediately regret spending $60 on a new game. And while it’s too late to undo all the damage done, Ubisoft is now attempting to make nice with these users by offering them free content as an apology. [More]

The initial warning message sent out by Machinima to users alerting them to increased vigilance on Activision's part. (Photo: @BroTeamPill)

Activision Going After YouTubers Who Post Call Of Duty Glitch, Exploit Videos

Video Game clips make up a sizable chunk of the most popular content on YouTube, and its becoming easier and easier for gamers to share short videos online, and game publishers rarely try to flex their copyright muscle to get clips taken down because they know it’s good publicity. Someone failed to tell this to Activision, which has been flagging Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare videos, but only those that highlight that the game has flaws. [More]

Copies Of ‘E.T.’ From The Atari Graveyard Sold For Up To $1,500

Copies Of ‘E.T.’ From The Atari Graveyard Sold For Up To $1,500

Last week, we shared the exciting news that a local historical society would auction a bunch of trash on eBay. Well, okay, that “trash” was really some of the millions of unsold Atari cartridges that were crushed, covered with cement, and left in the desert for three decades. They were left in the desert because nobody wanted them in 1983, but cartridges sold for as much as $1,537 on eBay, with auctions concluding this week. [More]

If Video Game Publishers Want To Release Broken Games, They Should Discount Pre-Orders

If Video Game Publishers Want To Release Broken Games, They Should Discount Pre-Orders

You wouldn’t go to Spring Training and expect to pay regular season prices to see a sluggish baseball team play a half-assed game. If you go to a preview of a new musical — where they might not be in full costume or have to stop and start a song halfway through — you don’t pay the same as someone going to the theater after opening night. And there’s a reason why the “dinged and discounted” section of the furniture store isn’t asking for the full sticker price. But when it comes to video games, consumers are increasingly paying a premium to be de facto beta testers for unfinished and broken games that aren’t ready for the market. [More]

3 Reasons Why Video Game Review Embargoes Are Particularly Anti-Consumer

3 Reasons Why Video Game Review Embargoes Are Particularly Anti-Consumer

One of the perks of my former life in the entertainment news business was getting early access to everything from books to movies to music to video games. On the down side, that early access often comes with the stipulation that you can’t say anything about what you’ve seen, read, played, or heard until the publisher says so. It’s an annoyance for all reviewers, especially when they want to tell the public that something is so bad they should stay away, but it’s particularly harmful in the video game business. [More]

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Atari Games Recovered From New Mexico Dump Now Available On eBay

Depending on your point of view, a selection of vintage game cartridges recently listed on eBay are either priceless pieces of video game history and lore, or just a bunch of trash that someone is trying to hawk on the Internet. Both of these perspectives are true: it’s the cartridges’ status as trash that makes them so valuable and interesting in the first place. [More]

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Walmart Officially Begins Reselling All Those Video Games You Traded In For Groceries

Back in March Walmart launched a program that allows customers to trade in their used video games for store gift cards, you know to buy milk, bread, sweatpants. Now that the mega-retailer likely has a hefty stockpile of said used games it’s ready to resell them, completing its transformation into a bonafide video game reseller. [More]

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Tetris Is Being Made Into A Live-Action Movie For Some Reason

Perhaps in a quest to ensure that a new generation of people will go to sleep every night with shapes floating behind their eyelids, someone is making a full-length live-action movie of the popular 1980s video game, Tetris. Aaaaaaaand cue that song that never fails to get in your head. [More]