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The National Video Game Museum Opens In Texas Next Month

The traveling Video Game History Museum exhibit has finally found a permanent home inside the Frisco Discovery Center in Frisco, Texas. The National Video Game Museum opens its doors there this winter, and boasts an immense collection chronicling the history of interactive entertainment.

The museum showcases over 100,000 games, consoles, and artifacts. Rare items include the only Sega Neptune prototype, the 1990 Nintendo World Championships cartridge, and an Atari Mindlink controller –one of only two in existence. 

Visitors will be treated to more than 20 installations. Among them are the Pixel Dreams 1980's style arcade filled with classic cabinets. A physical console timeline provides a visual representation of the evolution of game consoles. More unique attractions include a 15-foot working Pong console, and even an exhibit of Gearbox founder Randy Pitchford’s actual office. STEM classes educate visitors on the values of science, technology, engineering, and math. 

The National Video Game Museum opens this December. For more details on events and admissions, visit the museum's website

Our Take:
As the video game industry matures, preserving its history becomes ever more vital. It’s great to see another museum dedicated to interactive entertainment. NVM sounds like a blast for anyone with even a marginal interest in gaming or video game history – The Feed

Learn To Master Mech Battles In This New Xenoblade Chronicles X Video

Nintendo released another installment in its series of survival guide videos for Xenoblade Chronicles X. The latest guide dives into managing your squad of robotic suits.

Skells, the towering mechs designed as powerful exoskeleton combat suits, can bring devastating force to a battle with wildlife found on the planet Mira. Like any demanding tool, though, they require constant upkeep. Level up your Skell high enough and you’ll unlock the ability to fly around the map.

Check out the video below for a full guide on the Skell’s upkeep and combat systems.

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You can also read our interview with Xenoblade Chronicles X director Tetsuya Takahashi here. – The Feed

Video games don’t divide us, they unite us

“We spent four years next to organizations as diverse as the city of Oakland itself. And yet, no matter the cause, we found common ground with them and the people they helped through the played game.” …

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Video: How to design the best camera for your side-scrolling game

At GDC 2015 Mushroom 11 creator Itay Keren explores the theory and science of designing great camera systems for side-scrolling games, and how you can apply it to your own projects. …

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Texas’ new video game history museum prepares to open next month

The National Videogame Museum expects to open its doors next month in Frisco, Texas, more than a year after the traveling video game history exhibition said it would settle down permanently. …

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The Video Game Reboot Report Card

Over the past several years, reboot fever has hit the entertainment industry. Whether you're talking about film reboots like Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy or J.J. Abrams' Star Trek films, there's no denying that Hollywood has been riding this wave to the fullest. The video game industry has also decided to use the idea of rebooting a franchise to reinvigorate some of its most well-known properties that have run a little dry. Sometimes, it's little more than a marketing term, as we saw with this year's Need for Speed "reboot." Other times, however, it means an exciting new direction for a franchise that has either run out of ideas or has found itself left behind by modern industry trends. Unfortunately, for every Dark Knight trilogy, there's at least one Fantastic Four equivalent in gaming.

Check out how some of the various reboots of the game industry have fared over the years and let us know which ones you loved and hated the most.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow
After several awful 3D releases in the classic gothic action franchise, Konami, Mercury Steam, and Kojima Productions nailed it with Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. Superb action, strong platforming, and innovative boss fights deliver an awesome experience for both fans of the classic games as well as newcomers to the franchise. Unfortunately, the sequel failed to carry that momentum.

Reboot Success: High | Our Review

Bomberman: Act Zero
Konami and Hudson Soft tried to go for a much darker take on the Bomberman franchise, but it unfortunately blew up in their faces. The resulting game was a technical disaster that did away with much of what made the Bomberman series so much fun in the first place. Add in some long load times, a poor soundtrack, and a stupidly-named "First-Person Mode" in which you play in third-person view, and you have a game that is just plain bad.

Reboot Success: Low

The leap from strategy game to first-person shooter was jarring for fans of the much-loved strategy series, but those who gave it a shot found a competent shooter that features a decently long single-player campaign, as well as a separate co-op campaign. Unfortunately, predictable mission structure prevented this game from being anything too special, but it was an interesting attempt to branch out the Syndicate series to a whole new genre.

Reboot Success: Medium | Our Review

Blitz: The League
After losing the NFL license to EA's exclusivity deal with the NFL, Midway and Point of View decided to try and stick it to the man with this over-the-top reinvention of the already bombastic sports franchise. Blitz: The League upped the brutality of the play and tried to shine a light on the darker side of professional football. Have a star player get hurt in the middle of a big game? Take him to the sideline and inject him with steroids to get him back out there! Blitz: The League was also full of explicit language and nicknames that poke fun at NFL players' less marketable sides (Ron Mexico, anyone?), giving it an "M for Mature" rating from the ESRB. While this game was a satisfyingly brutal arcade football experience, the sequel was less enjoyable and didn't do well enough to keep the series going.

Reboot Success: Medium

Up next: Devils, princes, and aliens. We look at more attempts to revitalize long-running franchises on the next page. – The Feed

Lara Explores Deadly Tombs In Final Woman Vs. Wild Video

One of the major criticism levied against the 2013 Tomb Raider reboot was that it was missing something important to the franchise. Sure, there were tiny rooms called “tombs,” but they weren’t quite what fans were hoping for.

Rise of the Tomb Raider restores the franchise’s legacy of exploration and mystery. As I discussed in my hands-on preview, the translation system is a clever and thematic McGuffin that helps sell the atmosphere. Lara will learn new languages by finding different pieces of text around the environment.

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The video also covers the more complex puzzles that Lara will find in challenge tombs. Finding these will be worth your time, as solving them unlocks ancient knowledge manifesting as new skills.

Rise of the Tomb Raider will be out on November 10 for Xbox One and Xbox 360. A PC version is scheduled for early 2016. A PlayStation 4 iteration will be out during holiday 2016.

You can watch the first two Woman vs. Wild videos on environmental dangers and armed enemies for more. – The Feed

2016 Video Game Release Schedule

We've pulled together everything we know about 2016's video game releases in one handy location. This rundown of gaming goodness is a living, breathing list, and should help you plan out your gaming calendar for the next few months and beyond.

We promise you won't be sorry for bookmarking this and coming back to find out when your most anticipated games are scheduled to land on your PC, console, handheld, or mobile device. If you see anything we’ve missed, please let us know in the comments. Please note that games will not get assigned to a month until they have confirmed release dates. Prior to that, they will appear in the bottom grouping (confirmed, but undated).

Darkest Dungeon (PC) – January 19
Resident Evil Origins Collection (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – January 19
Lego Marvel’s Avengers (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, Wii U, 3DS, Vita, PC) – January 26
The Witness (PS4, PC) – January 26
This War of Mine (PS4, Xbox One) – January 29

Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth (PS4, Vita) – February 2
Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – February 4
XCOM 2 (PC) – February 5
Arslan: The Warriors of Legend (Xbox One, PS4, PS3) – February 9
Battleborn (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – February 9
Firewatch (PS4, PC, Mac, Linux) – February 9
Gravity Rush Remastered (PS4) – February 9
Mighty No. 9 (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, Wii U, 3DS, Vita, PC, Mac, Linux) – February 9
Project X-Zone 2 (3DS) – February 16
Street Fighter V (PS4, PC) – February 16
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – February 23
Far Cry Primal (Xbox One, PS4) – February 23

The Witch and the Hundred Knight: Revival Edition (PS4) – March 1
The Division (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – March 8
Hitman (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – March 11
Samurai Warriors 4 Empires (PS4, PS3, Vita) – March 15
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (PS4) – March 18
Nights of Azure (PS4) – March 29

Quantum Break (Xbox One)  - April 5
Total War: Warhammer (PC) – April 28

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – May 24


Confirmed for 2016, But Undated
Adr1ft (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Amplitude (PS4, PS3)
Assault Android Cactus (PS4, Vita, Wii U)
Battlefleet Gothic: Armada (PC)
Battlezone (PSVR)
Boundless (PS4)
Bravely Second: End Layer (3DS)
Castles (Xbox One, PS4, Wii U)
Cobalt (PC)
Coffin Dodgers (Xbox One, PS4)
Crackdown 3 (Xbox One)
Cryptark (PS4, PC)
Dark Souls III (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Darkest Dungeon (PS4, Vita)
Dead Secret (PS4, PS3, PC)
Dino Dini’s Kick Off Revival (PS4, Vita)
Dishonored 2 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Dreadnought (PC)
Doom (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
DriveDriveDrive (PS4, Vita)
Dusty Raging Fist (Xbox One, PS4, PC, Mac)
Dying Light: The Following Expansion (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Everspace (Xbox One, PC)
Far Cry Primal (PC)
Final Fantasy XV (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright (3DS)
Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest (3DS)
Furi (PS4, PC)
Gears of War 4 (Xbox One)
Gran Turismo Sport (PS4, PSVR)
Gravity Rush 2 (PS4)
Halo Wars 2 (Xbox One, PC)
Homefront: The Revolution (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Horizon: Zero Dawn (PS4)
Hyper Light Drifter (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Hyrule Warriors Legends (3DS)
Kingdom (Xbox One)
Kona: Day One (PC, Mac, Linux)
The Last Door – Season 2 (PC)
The Last Guardian (PS4)
Little King’s Story (PC)
Lost in Harmony (iOS, Android)
Lumo (Xbox One, PS4, Vita, PC, Mac, Linux)
Mafia III (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam (3DS)
Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Wii U, 3DS)
Masquerada (Xbox One, PS4, PC, Mac)
Matterfall (PS4)
Megadimension Neptunia (PS4)
Metroid Prime: Federation Force (3DS)
Need for Speed (PC)
Nier: Automata (PS4)
No Man’s Sky (PS4, PC)
Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir (PS4)
Outlast 2 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Quattro Gear (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
P.A.M.E.L.A. (PC)
Persona 5 (PS4, PS3)
Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Pokken Tournament (Wii U)
Police Tactics: Imperio (PC, Mac)
Ratchet & Clank (PS4)
Resident Evil 0 HD  (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC)
Rise of the Tomb Raider (PS4, PC)
Robinson: The Journey (PSVR)
Scalebound (Xbox One)
Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus (PC)
Shadow Warrior 2 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem (Wii U)
Skylanders Battlecast (iOS, Android)
The Solus Project (Xbox One, PC)
Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice (3DS)
Star Fox Zero (Wii U)
Star Ocean V: Integrity and Faithlessness (PS4)
Styx: Shards of Darkness (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Sword Coast Legends (Xbox One, PS4)
Tacoma (Xbox One, PC)
Torment: Tides of Numenera (PC)
Tricky Towers (PS4)
Trillion: God of Destruction (Vita)
Umbrella Corps (PS4, PC)
Until Dawn: Rush of Blood (PSVR)
Unravel (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Vector (PS4)
Xanadu Next (PC)
Warhammer:  The End Times – Vermintide (Xbox One, PS4)
Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Martyr
What Remains of Edith Finch (PS4)
Wild (PS4)
The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
World of Final Fantasy (PS4, Vita)
Zero Escape 3: Zero Time Dilemma (3DS, Vita) – The Feed

Reader Discussion: Do You Like Live Action Video Game Commercials?

Video game commercials often go the live action route these days. Do you like it? Or would rather see gameplay, or something pre-rendered?

Personally, I don't like the live action trend. I understand the argument that pre-rendered commercials have the capability to trick consumers into a false set of expectations for how a game will look, but they look closer, at least, than live action does. There is too much of a disconnect between live action and video game visuals for my taste. Plus, it makes my parents think all video games looks like generic action for fantasy films. My favorite is definitely when pure gameplay can be used in a commercial, but that's pretty rare these days.

What about you? Do you like live action video game commercials? Or do you prefer something different? – The Feed

Troy Baker Runs Through Nearly All His Voices (And Others) In A Single Video

If you ever wanted to hear Troy Baker do a solid Christopher Walken and a spot-on Nolan North, now is your chance.

Troy Baker has performed nearly every major video game character of the last few years, including Joel from The Last of Us, Booker DeWitt from Bioshock Infinite, Ocelot from Metal Gear Solid V, and many, many others. In a recent video from PlayStation's official Access YouTube channel, Baker is asked to perform as his assorted characters in uncharacteristic situations effectively showing off his impressive range. He also does a few characters and voices that don't belong to him, including Christoper Walken and a pretty great Nolan North (as Nathan Drake), which North is on hand to critique.

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As part of our coverage of Uncharted 4 when it appeared on our cover back in January, we recorded an interview with Nolan North and Troy Baker about working together and being the golden children of the world of video game voice actors. You can find that interview here. – The Feed