The best lawn games to make your 4th of July cookout a success

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Everyone loves the 4th of July, it’s a great time for food, fireworks, friends…and games! This weekend won’t be complete unless you add a few competitive lawn activities into the mix. Because everyone loves to see Uncle Jim try to play corn hole when he’s drunk. Head below for our top picks for some added fun this weekend, of course you’ll want to make sure you order quickly to ensure delivery by Friday.  Read more

Nintendo E3 2015: huge Super Smash Bros. updates, Star Fox barrel rolls onto Wii U + make your own Mario levels

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Nintendo kicked off its E3 announcements with a huge content update for Super Smash Bros. and then dove into some gigantic game announcements including Star Fox Zero, Super Mario Maker, Yoshi’s Woolly World, The Legend of Zelda Tri Force Heroes and more.

Wii U and the new 3DS handheld are rocking right now thanks to some major releases over the past year. Nintendo’s E3 announcements only upped the ante for these consoles and set the stage for a strong 2015/2016 showing. Head below for the most important news that Nintendo dropped on us so far this week: Read more

New story-based adventure game from former BioShock devs puts players in the shoes of a blind protagonist

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While we don’t tend to cover the wealth of games that take to Kickstarter for funding, this one caught our eye. Perception is an upcoming narrative-driven horror adventure game with elements of stealth and mystery created by former BioShock developers.

We have seen what feels like a countless number of first person, story-driven horror games pop-up across the indie game development world over the past few years. But you’d be wrong to put Perception in the same category once you take control of the blind protagonist Cassie: Read more

A one man Swedish design studio made a retro style arcade cabinet that looks like it belongs in an art museum

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In my house video games are required, per my fiancé’s request (obviously), to be in the basement and out of sight. I’m sure my love for Mortal Kombat’s skull shattering gore doesn’t help my cause, but it’s more than that. She also hates the ugly boxes and nests of wires that come along with gaming consoles.

Now, if I had the Love Hultén PIXELKABINETT 42 I have a feeling things would be pretty different. This full-size coin-operated arcade cabinet looks like a priceless piece of fine art and supports hundreds of classic games… Read more

Call of Duty Strike Team for iOS/Android drops to its lowest price yet: $2 (Reg. $7)

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Initially launching back in September of 2013, Activision’s Call of Duty: Strike Team for iOS has hit its lowest price ever today on the App Store. Regularly listed at $7, you can grab the first/third person hybrid shooter for just $1.99 today. The Apple Editor’s Choice game has a 4 star rating from 7,079 reviewers.

Android gamers will also find the title on sale over at Google Play for $1.99 as well. Head below for more detials: Read more

2K’s best iOS games are on sale from $3 ea: BioShock, XCOM, Civilization Revolution 2, NBA 2K15, more

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2K has now kicked off its Mobile Spring Sale from now through Friday April 3rd, offering some of its most popular titles starting as low as $2.99. All of the apps in the sale, which regularly go for as much as $14.99 each, are either matching or beating the lowest prices we’ve seen on the App Store.

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BioShock for iOS regularly sells for $11, and this is the first time we have seen the title go down as low as $2.99 since release. Here are the rest of the Spring Sale deals:

Stay tuned as your complete list of today’s iOS price drops is on the way, in the mean time you can check out yesterday’s offerings or head over to the iTunes Free App of the Week.

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Gaming For Couples: The best Wii U bundle, games, demos and accessories

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Nintendo’s Wii U will likely be remembered as the most misunderstood major game console ever released. As the sequel to Wii – which sold over 100 million consoles – the Wii U is a true 1080p HD console, plays all of the Wii’s games, and even includes a screen on its packed-in controller. It’s also the best current-generation console for couples and families, hands-down. But it had a slow start due to weak early software support, only getting mega-hit games in mid-2014, and many people didn’t realize that it was actually an all-new console.

 

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Today, a bunch of great Nintendo exclusives are available, and more are on the way – it’s finally a great time to buy a Wii U. That’s what we just did, so for this week’s edition of Gaming For Couples, we’re going to walk you through the best titles, accessories, and deals we’ve found, helping you to do the same.

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Valiant Hearts: The Great War is IGN’s free iOS game of the month ($4.99 value)

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IGN has just announced that Valiant Hearts: The Great War for iOS is its free iOS game for the month of January. Typically priced at $4.99, Ubisoft’s interactive comic book iPad/iPhone game is “a mix of exploration, action and puzzles.” Its deep story was inspired by letters from World War 1. Thousands of App Store users rate it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Note: you must go through IGN’s special promo page to unlock your free download. If you go directly to the App Store you’ll see the retail price of $5.

Full game info/trailer/screenshots follow… Read more

New features, low prices make these PlayStation 4, Xbox One + Wii U games worth second looks

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Early adopters get bragging points for being first to own new game consoles, but they’re only a small fraction of the consoles’ eventual user bases. That’s why game developers save their biggest titles until consoles’ second or third years – there are a lot more potential customers to buy their games. But there are always a few “killer” or “almost killer” games that show up just a little too early, only to get forgotten when the consoles hit their stride. There are also great games that get released with major, show-stopping bugs, then fixed and discounted heavily to bring gamers back. Since the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Wii U consoles all had pretty incredible uptake due to Black Friday sales, we’re looking at some of their best forgotten or fixed games today. And they’re all being discounted, some enough to be impulse purchases.

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Microsoft announces $50 price drop coming to Xbox One consoles next week

Update (10/30 12:25pm): Best Buy has now dropped $50 off the special edition COD and Assassin’s Creed bundles (w/ Kinect version) to match Amazon ahead of the official November 2nd drop date as well.

Update (10/28 7:55am): It looks as though the $50 price drop is now live on Amazon for the Xbox One Limited Edition Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Bundle ($449) shipped and the Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Unity Bundle without Kinect ($349) shipped. This is the lowest price we’ve seen on either bundle and nearly a week ahead of the scheduled price drop.

Update (10/27 4:45pm): Microsoft is offering an additional 5% off any purchase from the Microsoft Store when you text Play to 29502 from your mobile device, simply enter the promo code that you receive via text during checkout. We have not seen any limitations or exclusions for this deal and assume that it will work once the $50 discounts for Xbox One begin.

The crazy deal season is just around the corner now, with Black Friday like discounts starting as early as the beginning of next month from what we are hearing at this point. Microsoft looks as though it will be one of the first major manufacturers to announce deep sale pricing with its latest home console dropping $50 across the board.

You can see all the details below:  Read more

Amazing Games Mac App Store sale: BioShock $10, Rayman Origins $5, GRID $10, Batman Arkham Asylum $10, more

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Apple is currently running a special promotion for select Mac App Store apps called “Amazing Games – Amazing Prices.” This promo includes limited time pricing on some of the most popular Mac games. Our favorite titles include:

Check out the rest of today’s app/game deals in our morning roundup.
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