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New Novel By One Guy Behind Dishonored Is Dark, But Not How You Expect

Harvey Smith — who you probably know as a chief architect of Deus Ex and of last year’s hit stealth/action hybrid Dishonored — has made games about secret alien UFO labs and supernatural steampunk assassins. So you might expect a novel from the co-founder of Arkane Studios to be heavy with genre trappings and filled with fantastical imaginings.


If It Weren't For This Book, Professor Layton Wouldn't Exist

The Professor Layton series is one of the staples of the Nintendo DS and its successor, the 3DS. The series has sold over 13 million copies across the world and has spawned spinoff games, novels, a manga, and a feature film. And what is the inspiration for all this? A book series that series creator Akihiro Hino read as a child.


The Most Amazing Collection Of Marvel Vs. Capcom Art The World Has Ever Seen

Just in time for next month’s San Diego Comic-Con, UDON presents Marvel vs. Capcom: Official Complete Works, 192 pages of art from every collaboration between the comics company and the Street Fighter people, from the Punisher arcade game to Marvel Vs. Capcom 3.


This Isn't Gun Porn. It's LEGO Gun Porn You Can Make.

As a kid, I’d often snap LEGO bricks together and make crude pistols. They didn’t shoot anything, so for added realism, I would go “pow”. Like I said, crude.


The Worst Book Covers Of All Time Have Destroyed My Faith In Humanity

The worst album covers of all time made me miss the good old times of record shops. These books, however, just scare me. They scare me because, with the advent of personal digital book publishing, things are probably going to get even worse.


Manga Girls Show Improper Gun And Knife Use

Leave it to Japan to explain correct weapon use in manga form. A new book, Drawing! Gun and Knife Combat Pose Style Graphics, claims to do just that.


From Yale To Persia: Private Diaries Of Gaming's Renaissance Man

In 1985 Jordon Mechner was a student at Yale riding high on a mix of euphoria over the surprise success of his first video game, Karateka, and trepidation over the idea of turning that success into a career.


How Virtual Cog-Driven Machines Made Game Of Thrones Awesome

Inspired by ancient self-operating machines and driven by clever computer animation, the opening credits for HBO’s Game of Thrones is packed with easter eggs and miniature marvels.


Rage The Book Hits In August

Del Rey and Bethesda Softworks have teamed up to publish a novel based on id’s upcoming Rage game.


Playing To Wiin Offers More Than Wii Puns

Nintendo is gaming’s comeback kid. Just when everybody counted them out with the GameCube, the Kyoto-based game maker fired back with the hugely successful Nintendo DS and the Wii. But there’s more to the Cinderella story than that.