Last weekend, a user calling themselves yellows8, posted an intriguing discovery to SwitchBrew.org, a site dedicated to finding ways to hack the Nintendo Switch. Hidden on every Switch console is a mysterious game called Flog, which turns out to be an emulated version of the 1984 NES game Golf upgraded with motion controls. An even bigger mystery was finding a way to actually play the game, and it turns out it's far from easy.
Like most of Trump's cabinet, Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke is uniquely unqualified for his job. He doesn't really give a shit about conserving federal lands -- his primary mission. And today he demonstrated his own weird internal logic by installing Big Buck Hunter, an arcade game where you're given plastic shotguns to blast computer-generated animals, in the employee lunchroom as a touching tribute to hunting.
Star Trek: Discovery is set 10 years before the events of the original Star Trek, but that wasn't always going to be the case. It was almost an anthology show that was going to take fans from the pre-Kirk Federation into Star Trek's future. If you're disappointed Discovery is solely stuck in the past instead, you really should play Star Trek Online.
If you don't have the budget for a $700 Oculus Rift headset and a $1000 VR-ready gaming PC, here's a far cheaper solution. A die-hard Commodore 64 fan created a pair of virtual reality goggles for the classic 8-bit computer that can be easily found for just a few bucks at thrift shops around the country.
EVE Online is infamous for its scammers, pirates, and ne'er-do-wells, but this week all their scams were put to shame. A member of the game's Council of Stellar Management and head diplomat of the Circle of Two alliance named The Judge stole all of the holdings of the 4,000-person alliance for himself.
He took their money, took their ships, and sold their Death Star-esque space citadel to their most hated enemies.
Today, gamers are blessed with a wealth of choices when it comes to buying games. There's storefronts for new games, old games, indie games, imported games. Choice is everywhere.
But that wasn't always the case. At the turn of the millennium, if you couldn't find a game in a local retailer, it basically didn't exist. So if a game went off sale, or you lived in a rural area, or it simply wasn't popular, then you were out of luck.
And that's where abandonware came in - and one of the biggest and most important sites around was Home of the Underdogs.
"This needs to be, first and foremost, a good bar."
Out of everything I spoke to Lachlan McAllister and Jamie Skella, two of the founders behind the GGEZ esports bar (short for Good Game Easy) opening in Melbourne this week, that stuck with me the most.
Being Australia's first esports bar is important. But not as important as being a good bar.
When was the last time you mailed a letter? I think I've used a post office once in the last 12 months - and it looks like the next time may be for the postal survey to allow same sex marriage in Australia.
So, just for people like me, these folks made a video game to remind us how to send correspondence just like a Baby Boomer.
Coming in September for consoles and October for PC, Destiny 2 is the sequel to Bungie's multiplatform, life-eating, scifi video game. As sometimes happens, it's being heralded with a splashy teaser starring actually living, breathing human beings. This one was helmed by ascendant Hollywood talent Jordan Vogt-Roberts, the director behind Kong: Skull Island, and it's pretty great.