9 Things I Learned About Gaming With Disabilities from the Ablegamers Foundation and My Son

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 6:00 am


Visiting Katsucon two years ago, I was introduced to the Ablegamers Foundation, a group dedicated to bring gaming to people with disabilities through custom controllers and interfaces. Thanks to my son Connor, I immediately felt a personal connection to their mission, and hoped that in the future, there might be something they could do to make video games more accessible to him. Later, an invite appeared in my e-mail inbox, letting me know about Ablegamer's open house on July 5th, where they would open their doors to gamers with disabilities, help evaluate them for custom interfaces, and even go so far as to help them apply for grants to pay for what could be potentially expensive equipment. I decided this would be the perfect time to take Connor out to their headquarters near Washington D.C. and see what options were available to make his gaming experience more fun and rewarding.

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FIRST LOOK: Screenshots From the Upcoming Sharknado iOS Game

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 11:30 am


There's no real equivalent in video games for "so bad it's good." Yes, many have campy subjects, but you never hear game players going "Ha ha! I just totally botched that move because the controls on this game are so crappy! That's hilarious!"

What I'm saying is that the Sharknado game needs to be a whole lot (objectively) better than the movie it's based on. Will it? Let's see and speculate...

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The 20 Best Cosplays We Saw at Anime Expo 2014

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 6:00 am


By Saturday, Anime Expo had sold out Los Angeles Convention Center, bringing in about 85,000 people. The tightly packed quarters, long lines and July heat didn't deter cosplayers: they made it through the holiday weekend in armor, super high heels, body paint and oversized wigs. They stood for long stretches of time as attendees rushed towards them with camera flashes blazing. Honestly, I don't know how cosplayers hang in there for four days.

With so many people at AX, the cosplayers were a diverse lot. Many chose to represent recent anime series like Kill la Kill and Attack on Titan. Some of the old hits faded away this year, though; I can't remember seeing anyone wearing a Bleach costume and those used to be ubiquitous at anime events. Sailor Moon had a big resurgence, thanks in part to Sailor Moon Crystal, which premiered this weekend. Video games like League of Legends and Assassin's Creed were popular choices. Alternate versions of established characters from anime, U.S. comics and video games were popular too. Here's a rundown of the 20 coolest cosplays we saw at the convention this year.

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Robotic Gaming Monthly #2 - Splatoon, Sunset Overdrive and Shoveling Up The Past

Monday, July 7, 2014 at 8:00 am


Welcome back to Robotic Gaming Monthly, TR's monthly column focusing on the latest happening in the video game world and then some! Thanks for the kind reception with our debut last time, by the way, even if your enthusiastic efforts to help promote this column wound up with us getting posted on a blog for nudists and swingers. Still, if any of them were gamers as well...

So what do we have for you this go around? Loads and loads of insanity, mud, steampunk, cartoons, Diamond Dogs, and a trip into sheer hell populated entire by loathsome beings that must be destroyed. Fun, fun, fun! Also, come see our column's new video game reviews and one of the very first incarnations of Topless Robot from the '90s (sort of)!

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Anime Expo 2014: 7 Highlights, Lowlights, and a Tour of the Dealer's Room!

Monday, July 7, 2014 at 6:00 am


Once again, the Los Angeles Convention Center in the heart of downtown LA was turned into a cornucopia of mass Japanese Otaku nerdery, and much like last year, I was around to see and hear it all.
Rather than rehash last year's theme, I thought I'd share a little bit more of the specifics that make this particular different than your Comic-Cons and other general-interest conventions. Anime Expo has its own specific vibe; part trade-show for the Anime industry, part Japanese pop-culture convention, Anime Expo is a very much like a niche version of San Diego Comic-Con, except it's actually possible to attend it without either a) spending a million dollars a year in advance, or b) representing some million-dollar movie franchise.

So, let's begin! Here's a look at some of the best, worst and weirdest moments from Anime Expo 2014!

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No Time for Mushrooms When You're Breaking the Super Mario Bros. Speed Record

Friday, June 27, 2014 at 2:45 pm

I like to imagine speedrunner Blubbler had a buddy by this side during this performance, dabbing the sweat from his brow and shoving Cheetos into his mouth. He beat the previous record of 4:58:09 by four/tenths of a second.

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Monty Python's The Ministry of Silly Walks -- The Video Game!

Friday, June 27, 2014 at 8:00 am

A video game devoted to Forrest Gump running? That sounds like the most boring thing ever. But a video game based on the Ministry of Silly Walks, one of the greatest Monty Python sketches of all time? Now you're onto something!

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Run Forrest Run: Gump Finally Gets the Endless Runner Game You've Been Joking About for Years

Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 11:00 am

Forrest Gump has finally scored his own endless runner game, officially released in New Zealand for iPhone and iPad. What took so long? Were they fighting a war or something?

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Portal Gets An Honest Games Trailer

Monday, June 23, 2014 at 3:00 pm


For those of you who are either new to this planet or just awaking from a coma, Honest Trailers are a series of web videos created by Screen Junkies that set their comedic sights on popular TV series and films and then proceed to eviscerate them by telling some often harsh truths about characters, plotting, etc. They are glorious. Smosh Games decided the concept would work equally well with video games, and thus more Internet magic was born. Smosh's latest release is the above clip that examines the Portal franchise and hoo boy is it a doozy. And let's hear it for voiceover Jon Bailey, especially his solemn pronunciation of the words "smurf jiz."

Truly we live in an age of wonder. Hit the jump to check it out.

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The Lesbian Kiss That Saved The Sims

Friday, June 20, 2014 at 10:00 am

In 1999 the prospects for The Sims were not looking good. E.A. had already abandoned the project a few times, and the company hid the game at E3, denying it space up on the big screen.

"We all knew that if we couldn't generate any interest at E3 that year, then the game would be cancelled for good," Patrick J. Barrett III, one of the game's programmers, told The New Yorker recently. "E.A. did nothing to help us. They hid us away."

But everything changed when two Sim women kissed in front of a bunch of reporters.

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