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Video Game Deep Cuts: Prague, Rogue, & FiveRP

This Video Game Deep Cuts selection, picking top longform video game articles and videos of the week, looks at everything from Prague in the latest Deus Ex to Roguelike Celebration & GTA V mods. …

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PR crises and Insecure AI: This week in video game blogging

This week, guest curator Taylor Hidalgo brings together some developers’ perspectives shared in the world of games blogging. …

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Can You Understand What’s Happening In This Mario Galaxy Fan Video?

This Mario Galaxy-themed video doesn't make a lot of sense, but its visual impressive. Still, we'd just rather have a new Galaxy game.

YouTubers Corridor put together this video of a real life Mario Galaxy-inspired brawl…or something. For more real world gaming antics, check out this real-world GTA or this The Shadow Of Mordor live action short film.

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Emily And Corvo Toy With Their Enemies In Dishonored 2 Creative Kills Video

Emily and Corvo are a powerful force in Dishonored 2, capable of taking on veritable armies alone. A new video from Bethesda and Arkane Studios shows some spectacular kills and other stunts, highlighting some of the crazy things that players will be able to do with the game's impressive character skills and abilities.

The lengthy video shows a variety of ways to take on foes – including throwing them around like dolls, vaporizing them with security gates, and misdirecting their attention with clones. Players have a lot of tools at their disposal, and from the looks of this, there are a couple that look as though they almost break the game. In the most satisfying way possible, of course. 

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Dishonored 2 is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on November 11. For more information on the game, take a look at our coverage hub by clicking the banner below. – The Feed

Even Sonic Mania’s Collector’s Edition Video Is A Throwback To Classic Sonic

Last week Sega
a nostalgia-laden collector's edition for its upcoming Sonic Mania
reboot, but the company isn't done appealing to the fond childhood memories of
Sonic fans. A new mock commercial for the special edition hearkens back to a
classic Sega ad.

The new video below shows off the many bonuses of the
collector's edition, and we're not talking about the statuette or oversized
golden ring.

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While humorous in its own right, the new video apes a Sonic 2
commercial that debuted back in 1993, which arguably is even funnier than the
new one.

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The fact that the Sonic Mania collector's edition cashes in
on nostalgia shouldn't be any surprise – the entire game is a throwback to
Sonic's golden years, sporting the series' classic art style and physics. Whether
that's enough to break Sonic's long-running curse remains to be seen, but based
on our early hands-on
, the Blue Blur is on the right track.

Sonic Mania launches next spring on PS4, Xbox One, and PC

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Hedgehog Twitter
, Sonic 2 video via YouTube user wtcvidman] – The Feed

Video Game Deep Cuts: Light Guns & Myst Puzzles

A compilation of intriguing video game longreads from around the web includes the upcoming death of the ‘light gun’ game, the trickiest Myst puzzle around, & lots more. …

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RPG Grind Time – A Video Game Fan In Japan

Today's column is special, as I'm writing it while in Tokyo to cover Tokyo Game Show. I've been blessed these last few years to go to Japan for various Game Informer-related things, and it's always such an amazing experience. You need to put it on your list of things to do in your life. Part of what I love about Japan is just its enthusiasm and pride for what's created in its country. This, of course, includes video games. While things have definitely changed over the years, it's still the one place I can go where I feel my favorite series (Persona, Final Fantasy, Tales) are constantly on display. Over the years, I've tried to share as much as I can about these moments, from theme restaurants to stores dedicated to these beloved franchises. Because I find this so special and fun, I figured I'd do that once again in this column.

This year's trip has been fun because of all the games that have come out represent Japan in some way, such as Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth and Tokyo Mirage Sessions. Visiting places like Nakano Broadway and Akihabara, which are represented in these games, is a blast. Not just because I've been to them in video game form, but also because they cater to video games wonderfully. And just like in these games, convenience stores are everywhere you look, maid cafes are well-represented, ramen shops are plentiful, and you can hear booming J-pop beats as you shop and walk around streets. People really do love their anime and video games, and figure and collectible shopping is a favorite activity. There's excitement around every corner – a public declaration that these things matter and are important. 

I always visit Nakano Broadway (pictured above) when I come to Japan. It's a fun place filled with various shops, but it also has tons of little stores dedicated to figures and other memorabilia from Japan. As you can see in the below picture, TOYS! TOYS! TOYS!. Mandarake is known as a figure and otaku shop and it has multiple chains all over, from Nakano to Akihabara. 

Another big part of the experience is arcades. While arcades aren't that alive in North America, in Japan people love to go blow off steam in them after work or school. I always get sucked in by the crane machines; I have loved them ever since I was a child. I love to strategize on how to get the adorable plushie in front of me. In Japan, they have really cool prizes (much better than anything I've seen in the U.S.), but they're much harder to get. I wouldn't go as far to say rigged, but…Anyway, here's a picture of some cool Dragon Quest headphones you can win. Gotta represent my DQ love!

I soon was distracted by this Kirby crane game. Kirby's Adventure for NES is one of my favorite games, and I loved trying to pick up the giant Kirby from the crane game in it for extra lives. Seeing this machine instantly brought me back to my childhood. I knew what I had to do. This was my proving ground. 

I want to preface this by saying for years I have wasted money in these Japanese crane machines. I'm pretty good at them in the U.S., but these are on a whole other level. I never win, but the Kirby machine lured me in, and on my first try I picked up Waddle Dee. The crane picked it up as it always does, moved a little bit and dropped it as it always does, but this time it tumbled into the winner's slot. I WON. I'm sharing this feat with you because besting one of these machines has been years in the making for me. Isn't he adorable? I will cherish him forever. Mainly because he's my trophy for overcoming the crane game.

I wanted to share a photo of this cute cafe in Nakano Broadway, because if you played Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth, you'll remember coming to it quite a bit for side quests and to buy items. Yes, it's real! Also, if you haven't played Cyber Sleuth, get on it. It's not perfect, but I had a lot of fun with it.

Of course, I also know what really matters: the purchases. I never leave these places empty handed. So without further ado, I bought an import game that's going to make Falcom fans jealous. Maybe I'll save this for some impressions for a later column.

I also left Nakano Broadway with some new friends. Ace Attorney fan for life! Sadly, I couldn't get Edgeworth to smile…

Click on page two to see Akihabara and Persona 5 love… – The Feed

Human Teaches Dog To Throw Hadouken For National Video Games Day

For #NationalVideoGamesDay, Jess Bell decided to teach their dog how to throw a fireball in Street Fighter V. They Succeeded.

(Warning: strong language.)

In the video (shown below), the dog in question uses a Tournament Edition MadCatz arcade stick to perform the famous quarter-circle forward motion, as well as the press the buttons necessary for the fireball. The training mode screen shows the inputs on-screen, showing the motion being done live.

Although there's a suspicious clicking noise in the video, Bell assures the viewer it's actually the sound clicker used to train dogs. "You can see it in my right hand in the video. The only controller connected to the system is the arcade stick!"

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I have a few pointers for this amazing canine. First, the execution leaves something to be desired, as the imprecision of the inputs actually produced an EX fireball. Second, you're going to want to work on your speed, as other fighting game-playing dogs won't give you so much time to input the motion. Third, were you aware you are a good dog? – The Feed

New Dishonored 2 Gameplay Video Shows The World Through Corvo’s Mask

Corvo's world is torn apart in Dishonored 2. His daughter, Empress Emily Kaldwin, has been removed from the throne by Delilah, and he has to work to defeat the diabolical villain. Bethesda and Arkane Studios have released a new gameplay trailer that shows off the conflict, and plenty of action.

Corvo is the star of this video, but players will also be able to experience the story as Emily. Either way, you'll need to take advantage of your powers and the environments to defeat Delilah and her cronies. Whether you do so quietly or doing in knives out is up to you.


Dishonored 2 is set to launch November 11 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. For more information on the game, take a look at our hub. – The Feed

Video: How Obsidian made South Park: The Stick of Truth sound like the TV show

Come on down to South Park and learn how Obsidian made its 2014 RPG sound exactly like the hit Comedy Central show. …

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