What happens when you don’t let players pick their race?

What happens when you don't let players pick their race?

Plenty of people play games to escape their real lives, and the character creators some games offer let us imagine ourselves in whatever image we'd like: realistic or idealized, some version of ourselves. Or someone entirely other — not just a chance to invent your very own fantasy character, but to live as them, in a sense. I know a couple where one partner always builds one edition of the other in any game they play that allows for character selection. Isn't that romantic?

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You can now play Super Mario 64 in your browser

You can now play Super Mario 64 in your browser

Super Mario 64 is still an amazing game, but nearly 20 years after it first launched on the Nintendo 64, it looks pretty dated. But with a little love, it can look amazing. Computer science student Erik Roystan Ross recently decided to remake the first level of the game while experimenting with the Unity game engine, and the results are impressive — the game looks almost as good as more recent games in the series, like Super Mario 3D World on the Wii U.

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13-year-old Minecraft player confesses to swatting, police say

13-year-old Minecraft player confesses to swatting, police say

A 13-year-old Southern California boy has confessed to three different swattings, one in which he threatened to blow up a house with hostages in a suburban neighborhood, police said Friday. "The Camarillo incident there were 20-plus officers there. I was at that call. We basically surrounded the house. The caller reported there were 10 hostages in the house and demanded $30,000 in cash or he would blow up the house," Det. Gene Martinez of the Ventura County Sheriff's Department said…

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If you’ve ever used Twitch, your logins could be compromised

If you've ever used Twitch, your logins could be compromised

Twitch, the game streaming website, has been hacked and users’ details have been compromised. Users’ accounts have been reset and it does not seem that any credit card or other financial information has been made available. But passwords do appear to have been leaked and the company recommends that users reset their details on any site where they use the same password.

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Why don’t we feel guilty in video games?

Why don't we feel guilty in video games?

Guilt and remorse are near-universal human emotions, but their role in narrative games is minimal. Isn’t it time this changed? Lady Macbeth was a gamer. She saw in the feudal chaos of Glamis and its environs a chance to play the system and win. Her mission objective was to eliminate King Duncan and take his power, and with her husband she succeeded. But this game of thrones hid from her a terrible mechanic. Guilt.

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Video games beat interviews to recruit the very best

Video games beat interviews to recruit the very best

Forget interviews. Being good at special video games could land you that plum job – and help make recruitment a fairer process. HATE writing covering letters? Fall to pieces in interviews? Not to worry. Soon the top candidates for a job will be chosen by how well they play video games. Last week a company called Starfighter was launched. Its aim is to create games you can only master if you have a talent for programming, although those with a natural aptitude can learn as…

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