E3 2017: BORED NERDIST BEST OF E3 AWARDS

There are only three certainties in life: death, taxes, and the full-body hangover that comes from spending countless hours on the E3 show floor. The biggest event in video gaming got even bigger this year as it opened to the public for the first time, allowing 15,000 lucky fans to purchase passes to the previously exclusive, industry-only event. The 68,400 attendees were able to test out more than 2,000 products showcased by 293 exhibitors, and

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Best of E3 2017

Boy howdy are we exhausted from the weeklong schlep of E3, but it was totally worth it. Essentially since all the major players emerged with news that made us want to sock away cash so we can splurge when everything comes out—we’re especially looking at you Nintendo. If you’ve been following all of our E3 coverage, I bet you’ve probably asking yourself, “I wonder what that Nerdist News Talks Back crew thought about all of the developments

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CALL OF DUTY: WWII MARKS A GRITTY RETURN TO THE SERIES’ ROOTS (E3 2017 PREVIEW)

The Call of Duty franchise has been around for nearly 17 years, and in that time, players have hit the battlefield during World War II, modern day, and far into the future. Though the last three titles in Activision’s annual cycle, which went the futuristic route, were great in their own right, fans have been thirsting for a return to the series’ roots. The time has finally come, as we saw when we went hands-on with Call

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Spiderman Goes After Mister Negative and Introduces [SPOILER] in E3 Trailer

Last year, Sony unveiled a new Playstation 4 Spider-Man title from Insomniac Games that left a big impression on the E3 crowd. At Sony’s E3 2017 presentation, Insomniac showed off an extended look at the gameplay and some very familiar faces from Marvel’s comic book universe. In the nearly nine minute video, gamers had the chance to see Spidey in action against two New York-based criminal organizations: the men loyal to Wilson Fisk, and the

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STAR WARS: BATTLEFRONT II TRAILER SENDS DARTH MAUL, REY, AND MORE INTO WAR AND IT IS AMAZING

EA is giving E3 an early start today with its live-stream presentation, and fans who were waiting for the next glimpse of Star Wars: Battlefront II were not disappointed. The new trailer has been revealed, and it depicts an epic battle on Theed, the capitol city of Naboo. Star Wars: Battlefront II‘s “Assault on Theed” mission does evoke the prequel films, but it doesn’t stop there. In the latest footage, the Clone Army attempts to retake

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MARIO RUNS THROUGH UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN’S SUPER NINTENDO WORLD IN NEW TRAILER

Despite operating under the iron fist of a tyrannical tortoise with an ostensible bone to pick with all things mammalian, the world of Super Mario and company has always seemed like a nice place to visit. Sure, tourists would be charged with dodging the odd spiked beetle, braving some of the harshest imaginable climates, and occasionally swimming vast distances without so much as a breath of oxygen. But think of the exotic fauna–and, often just as

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FUNKO’S FIVE NIGHT’S AT FREDDYS TOYS GET SOME SISTER LOCATION LOVE

The world cannot get enough of Freddy Fazbear and friends, and the merchandise keeps coming to meet demand. In this case, though, it’s a whole new angle: while the first four Five Nights at Freddy‘s games stuck to a reasonably similar formula (keep shining lights and looking into dark spaces in the room you’re in to keep the creepy animatronics at bay), Sister Location took it to a whole new level. Not only could you

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A PLAYABLE NES-STYLE ZELDA: BREATH OF THE WILD PROTOTYPE LOOKS INCREDIBLE

Nintendo was very transparent about the development of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, so much so that they revealed a bunch of the game’s inspirations, early ideas, and concept art in a series of documentary videos. The most interesting bits of information included in these videos was footage of the game’s 2D prototype, which looked a lot like a NES version of the game. It looks like we’ll never get to play

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5 VIDEO GAME SCHOOLS THAT WE WISH EXISTED IN REAL LIFE

Before I started playing Dungeons & Dragons every week, I thought the tabletop game would be too nerdy for my tastes. Just hearing the name conjured images of players wearing black hooded robes, gathered around a circular table tucked away in the basement to spend hours hunched over miniature figurines and toss dice around. It turns out that I was wrong about D&D, because there are activities far geekier that don’t involve character sheets, like

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THIS WORKING PLAYSTATION 4 CONTROLLER IS ALMOST AS BIG AS YOU ARE

The DualShock 4 Playstation 4 controller is an outstanding peripheral because of how ergonomic it is and how practical and easy it is to use. It has a good weight and for most players, it’s the exact right size to fit comfortably in your hands. However, if you run into a gamer that’s forty feet tall, this giant, functioning PS4 controller might be ideal for them. The mega controller is currently on display at the

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Top 10 Most Outlandish Video Game Mechanics

Games used to be so simple. Get the high score. Eat all the pellets. Just run to the right until the level ended. Simple. Those days are long gone, replaced instead with game mechanics that go beyond anything you would likely imagine. Don’t believe it? Well, would you have ever thought there would be a game that tasked you with pressing a button for four whole hours to save a cardboard cutout of a baby?

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STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT II TELLS THE STORY OF THE HEROES OF THE EMPIRE

Sometimes, sequels don’t quite live up to the hype of the original, but fortunately for fans of 2015’s Star Wars Battlefront, the upcoming follow-up looks to be bigger, better and badder than ever before. Prior to the game’s official panel at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando this afternoon, Nerdist had the opportunity to get a sneak peek and go over some of the inner workings of Star Wars Battlefront II. In attendance were EA Star Wars community manager

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A nostalgic ranking of the best video games from your childhood (12 Photos)

1 I can remember going to my babysitter’s house after elementary school and lying to the sitter about not having homework so I can play video games. I loved video games, I played until I beat the game or until I got so frustrated about not being able to pass a certain level. Usually took me a night to think about it before I eventually did pass that daunting boss. But one of my favorite

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These are your 2017 Video Game Hall of fame nominees (13 Photos

1 The World Video Game Hall of Fame in Rochester NY announced the new nominees for 2017 induction. The list includes stalwarts like Halo and Mortal Kombat as well as more eye-raising inclusions like Wii Sports. All of the nominees (full list below) have had an “undeniable impact on the world of gaming and popular culture,” The HoF said in a statement. Some of 2017’s nominees are 2016 contenders that did not make the cut,

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Consoles and games with the highest sales in history (13 Photos)

1 sourceNintendo GameCube Manufactured by: Nintendo Released: 2001 Sales: $21.74 million Highest selling game: Super Smash Bros. Melee: 7.09 million copies. 2 sourceXbox Manufactured by: Microsoft Released: 2001 Sales: $24 million Highest selling game: Halo 2 : 8.49 million copies. 3 N64 Manufactured by: Nintendo Released: 1996 Sales: $32.93 million Highest selling game: Super Mario 64: 11.89 million copies. 4 sourcePlayStation 4 Manufactured by: Sony Released: 2013 Sales: $37.7 million Highest selling game: Uncharted 4:

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EASTER EGG ESTABLISHES MASS EFFECT’S SPACEFARING STORY STARTED WITH SPACEX

Despite setbacks, rigorous competition, and political turmoil, it’s an exciting time for space travel. Flexing against the yolk of Earth’s gravity is no longer the prerogative of governments alone. Private companies like Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic, and SpaceX are making tantalizing advancements with the goal of turning humanity into a multi-planet species. We’ve reached a point where we can actually look forward to getting civilians to Mars within our lifetimes–an invigorating enough prospect that the recent sci-fi

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YOU CAN NOW PLAY GAME BOY GAMES ON YOUR APPLE WATCH

The 10-year-old version of me would be amazed at how many ways I can play Game Boy games today. I won’t link to anything here because game emulation is a legal gray area, but I can easily play every Game Boy game that has ever been released on my laptop, my phone, and basically anything I own that has a screen. I don’t own an Apple Watch, but if I did, I’d be able to

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MASS EFFECT: ANDROMEDA IS PHENOMENALLY FUN, BUT FLAWED (REVIEW)

You awaken in a new galaxy, expecting to find a lush, verdant paradise after spending 600 years in cryogenic slumber. However, what awaits is death, destruction, disappointment, and quite possibly the adventure of lifetime. That is both the narrative of Mass Effect: Andromeda and an apt description of what it has felt like playing the game. Five years after Mass Effect 3, BioWare has assembled a new entry in its mega-popular action RPG series, and it feels like a labor

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Everything we know so far about Star Wars Battlefront 2 including release date, setting and single-player

EA Games has already confirmed it is making a sequel to 2015’s Star Wars Battlefront, and over the past few months more and more details about the project emerged like teeny Jawas from the dunes of Tatooine. We’re massive Star Wars fans at Digital Spy, so we’ll be collating everything we know about Star Wars Battlefront 2 here as and when we hear it. How many Star Wars games are we really getting? ©  EA

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