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Metal Gear Rising 2 Teased At Taipei Game Show

It's a blink-and-you-miss-it tease, but it looks like Metal Gear Rising 2 may be in development for PlayStation 4.

Appearing during part of Taipei Game Show's live stream (not to be confused with Tokyo Game Show, which shares the same acronym), the image you see above flashed quickly during a montage of upcoming PlayStation games. During an The Order: 1886 clip where the team is counting down for a payload drop, during the number two, a number two with the Metal Gear Rising font flashed on screen.

You can see the tease yourself by checking out the stream here and jumping to around the 2:46 mark. For our review of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, head here.

[Source: TGS Live on Twitch, via NeoGAF, vg247]

Thanks to Aaron Quixote for the news tip!

 

Our Take
This certainly feels like a Hideo Kojima-flavored tease. I can't think of much else it could possible be. Maybe we will find out more at E3.

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See The Outtakes From Conan, Gronk, And Marshawn Lynch’s Mortal Kombat X Experience

Conan O'Brien recently played a few rounds of Mortal Kombat X with the New England Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski and the Seattle Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch, and more footage has surfaced from the meeting.

Below you will find more clips of Conan and pals playing Mortal Kombat X as the typically quiet Marshawn Lynch offers up his unique commentary. To watch the video on Conan's site, head here. Not that there is some questionable language in this extended cut. To see the original Clueless Gamer segment, head here.

For more Clueless Gamer, check out Conan playing Super Smash Bros.horror gamesWWE 2K14, and Minecraft.

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Fan Made Portal 2 Mod Looks Good Enough To Be From Valve

Playing the mod might offer a different conclusion, but in trailer form at least, Portal Stories: Mel looks like it could have come straight from Valve.

You can check out the trailer below (which is available in 60FPS if you're on a Chrome browser). The mod, which will be free, tells the story of Mel who interacts with new personality cores against a new enemy across 20 different puzzle maps. Based on the video, it looks like it takes place during the early days of Aperture’s testing initiatives.

You can find more about the mod on its Steam page here.

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Another recent Portal mod that became popular, Aperture Tag, was a Portal game without portals, and instead gave players a special gun that could shoot the blue and orange gel seen in Portal 2. For more on that mod, head here.

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Nintendo Predicts Seattle Win For Super Bowl XLIX With Mario Kart And Toad

Nintendo is rooting for its home team, and it has made that clear with a Mario Kart 8 gif starring the New England Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski and the Seattle Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch's alter ego – Toad.

Lynch's love of Toad was shared during a recent episode of Conan O'Brien's Clueless Gamer series. Lynch, when asked by Conan what he likes to play, replied, "Mario Kart," to which Conan followed-up by asking, "What do you like about Mario Kart?" and Lynch said, "Toad. And I like driving." So, in the gif, you will see Toad taking out what appears to a Mii version of Rob Gronkowski.

Nintendo is based in Seattle and clearly has a love for local professional sports as it is the majority owner of the Seattle Mariners Major League Baseball team.

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Here’s A Sleep-Inducing Lullaby Take On The Original Super Mario Bros. Theme

From the folks who brought us a collection of lullabies based off of Mega Man tunes, and a broad 8-bit album comes a new lullaby rendition of the original Super Mario Bros. theme.

The track comes from Mark Polydoris who has turned creating lullaby takes on video game music into something of a specialty.

You can find the latest theme (as well as other albums and tracks from Polydoris) on Spotify, Soundcloud, and iTunes.

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Here Is A Huge List Of #IDARB’s Game Affecting Hashtag Bombs

One of It Draws a Red Box’s (#IDARB) most innovative features is the ability to interact with games you are spectating. By tweeting the keycode that appears in the bottom left corner of a game you are watching along with any of the hashtags seen below to @idarbwire, you can make things happen in the game.

Mechanically speaking, these hashtag bombs function similarly to items in Super Smash Bros. as they shift the fight somewhat creating chaos not necessarily benefiting or hindering players. Also, some of the bombs are just weird. You won’t find a full list of hashtag bombs in the game’s instructions or menus (outside of the few referenced in the explanation of what hashtag bombs are), but you can find a huge list below.

Even if you’re not playing #IDARB yourself, you can use these to affect the games of others – which you should.

#achievement – Calls the Achievement Bot
#anytime – Get to the choppa!
#barrel – The play field performs a barrel roll
#block – Blocks the openings to each goal
#boat – The play field rocks like a boat
#bomb – turns the ball into a bomb. The scoring is increased when the bomb is active.
#boo – Spooks the players
#cake – Adds portals to the play field
#chum – Sharks hunt the players
#clown – Everyone's a clown
#decoy – Adds multiple decoy balls to the play field
#dopples – Creates copies of each character on the field
#error – Error message displays
#fireworks - Light up the sky with this beautiful display
#fizz – Everyone gets fizzed
#flood – Water fills the play field
#freedom – Opens the penalty box
#freeze – Freezeball activates locking the player in place
#fullmoon – There is a full moon
#fungus – Camouflage covers the field
#genesis – Idarb in Sega format
#langzone – A tribute to world famous flash developer, Dave Lang
#lasers – Lasers appear which can put you in the penalty box if touched
#light – Turns out the lights
#llama – An ode to Jeff Minter
#love – Everyone gets hearts. It's all you need.
#minecraft – Play field is now 100% more mine craft
#moonwalk - Everyone moonwalks
#octoberfest - Beer everywhere!
#phil – A visit from an African Grey parrot.
#rainbows – Players get a trail of color behind them
#redbox – Everyone draws a red box
#reverse – Players get dizzy and the controls are reversed
#ricky – Never gonna give you up
#smash – Platforms get smashed to bits
#snow – Winter wonderland
#spikes – Spike the field
#tiny – The board zooms in and out
#toasty – Toasty!

For our review of #IDARB, head here. For our #IDARB Test Chamber head here, or just check out the video below.

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Add Team Game Informer Characters, Flags, And Music To Your #IDARB Game

Before you get your hopes too high, this is not a complete list of Game Informer editors, but you will find enough to add some GI flavor to your #IDARB games.

To redeem these items for your game, you should see a "scan" option in the creation screens. Once you open that up, all you have to do is scan the QR codes below using your Kinect. You should be able to hold your phone up to the camera, but you will likely need to turn down the brightness on your phone so the Kinect can pick it up.

First up is myself, which you can find below. It may look like another template character that I simply added some glasses to, and you would be right – that's exactly what I did. I assure you it's me, though.

Jeff Cork got a little more creative and actually made an avatar of himself from scratch. It looks exactly like him, complete with a beard and everything.

Jeff Cork also made this guy. He isn't anyone in particular, but I promised I would include him in this feature. I think Cork is proud of him. It might be Ben Hanson.

Next up is the Team Game Informer flag. You're welcome in advance, because I realize this would basically be impossible to make on your own.

Finally, I have a song that I made. It is a general approximation of the season two Replay theme. And by general, I mean very, very general. Some would argue it's a radical remix, and I wouldn't disagree with them.

There you go! Now you can add myself, Jeff Cork, a Lego minifig (I think), a Game Informer flag, and an amazing Game Informer theme song to your team.

For more on #IDARB, head here for a big list of ways to manipulate the games you are watching. You can also check out our review of #IDARB by heading here. For our #IDARB Test Chamber head here.

If you're up to the task of making more Game Informer editors or characters from Super Replay, etc., with #IDARB's creation tools, send them to me! You can either e-mail them to me, or tweet them to me at @kylemhilliard and I will add them to this feature!

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Mike Suszek (@mikesuszek) talks with Reviews Content Director Richard Mitchell (@TheRichardM) about the years Richard spent watching Joystiq grow. He reminisces about his Xbox 360 Fanboy days as well as the time he accepted a job at Joystiq.

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