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Every NES start screen. All of them.

I saw this on Wired and had to share it here. YouTube user NicksplosionFX compiled a video made up of every NES/Famicom start screen ever made. No big deal, right?

It's 2 hours, 50 minutes and 12 seconds long.

THAT's *kinda* a big deal. Can't even imagine the insane amount of time it must have taken to find all the ROMs, load them into an emulator, screen cap the title screen, rinse lather repeat, then edit it all together.

You sir, are both a gentleman and a scholar.

 

 

FTL: Advanced Edition

With all of the talk about the new PS4 and the Xbox One and all the next-gen games, there's really one one game I'm excited about. It's the new Advanced Edition of FTL: Faster Than Light.

At just $10, you'll get more replay value out of this one simple app than half of your console collection combined. I've put in many, many hours into this game and I've yet to beat it. It's hard, but in a good way. It challenges you to think, it challenges you to react and make decisions, and it will bring you to your knees every time, but you'll want to get back up off of the ground and try it again because you were “this close,” every time.

And that's just the original version.

With the Advanced Edition, they've added tons of new stuff that will only enhance the replay value, and the killer feature that will likely make them a billion bucks once the whole world catches on: They made a version for iPad.

For full information, check out the announcement post: http://www.ftlgame.com/?p=598

World of Warcrack

In yesterday's paper, there was a story about a woman in Coeur d’Alene who lost her children because she was playing World of Warcraft for “six to eight hours a day.”

In the comments, reader catchaserguns mentioned, “Thats why I call it World of Warcrack.”

It's not just one reader — a lot of people in the gaming community call it that. Note, for example, the Urban Dictionary definition for “warcrack”:

That's a sad story, but I know a lot of gamers who spend the same amount of time playing their WoW or their EVE Online (note: I was once guilty of this one) or their GTA 3/4/5. It's not just an isolated incident, it's an epidemic. At least she didn't die.

SteamOS: Worth the hype?

If you haven't heard by now, there's a new gaming system called SteamOS that is trying to bring the world of PC gaming into the console-dominated living room. A custom Linux operating system that has been optimized specifically for video games, SteamOS is causing all sorts of excitement in the gaming community.

SteamOS is really three things right now: The operating system itself, the specifications for the hardware (known as “Steam Machines“), and their new haptic feedback, dual trackpad controllers.

I asked two local gamers some questions about the new platform to see what the hype is all about.

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