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Switched's Comprehensive Guide to Video Game Emulators

The video game emulator -- the bit of software that allows nostalgic button-mashers to mount an NES on their PCs in order to relive halcyon "HADOUKEN!" days -- is one of the most misunderstood elements of modern computing. But we're here to tell you exactly what they are, how they work, and even offer a comprehensive directory of the best ones for your favorite platform. Read on for our...

Nintendo 3DS: Not a Gaming Revolution, Still Makes Hands Happy

The best way for me to start off my hands-on with the Nintendo 3DS is to be completely honest about my relationship with the Nintendo DS; I love the little split-screened device. I have a white Lite from 2007, and have never found the need to upgrade. That was until the E3 Expo last year, when Nintendo trotted out these little guys to a crowd practically electrified with excitement. But the 3-D...

SXSW Dispatch: Gamasutra's James Portnow on the Hidden Politics of Games at SXSW

Interactivity is a much better way to learn than passive reception. Studies have shown that. But knowing that, we must also be wary. In games, it is very easy to hide our own perspectives. It is very easy to incentivize people for agreeing with us. There is a danger to us all when we make propaganda, instead of actual proper experiences. At a South By Southwest panel on using games as agents...

Sifteo Hands-On: We're In Love With These Little Interactive Gaming Blocks

We had the chance to do a hands-on with one of the most innovative gadgets we've seen this year: Sifteo's modular, digital gaming blocks. These tiny cubes sport touchscreen LCD displays, along with three-axis accelerometers, neighbor-sensing technology and wireless networking, to create a hybrid physical and digital gaming experience that was difficult to put down. While we've seen some concepts...

Best Nintendo DS and DSi Games of 2010, From Alice to Ace

A monumental year for console gamers, 2010 brought such brilliant efforts as 'Red Dead Redemption,' 'Mass Effect 2,' 'Alan Wake' and 'God of War 3.' With such an abundance of riches to be had on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, it can be easy to overlook the diminutive Nintendo DS. This would be a huge mistake; 2010 ushered in a plethora of games for the system that rivaled many console blockbusters....

11 Video Games We Can't Wait for in 2011

Gamers and industry analysts categorically envisioned 2010 as a monumental year for video games. The slew of anticipated blockbusters certainly failed to disappoint, as consumers and critics celebrated numerous releases, including 'Mass Effect 2,' 'Heavy Rain' and 'StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty.' But, despite 2010's resounding successes, gamers definitely shouldn't expect a 2011 letdown. The...

Timewaster 'Black & White' Sends Two Opposing Forces To Bend Your Brain

No, your monitor isn't broken. While this week's crop of games have been drained of color, they're just as ingenious as their more vibrant brethren. Inspired by doodles, noir cinema and silent films, this batch's stark graphics present curious mechanics and clever adventures. Their addictiveness is as simple as black and white. Controlling one character in a game can be tricky, but as we've...

Netflix on PS3: Disc-Free Instant Streaming's Pros and Cons

Hey PlayStation3 owners: aside from having the coolest gaming system around, now you don't have to whip your disc out every time you want to watch Netflix. The Red Envelope has gone even more virtual, finally switching to a downloadable program for optimal movie and show viewing. Previously, PS3 users (along with Wii owners) had to pop in a Netflix-supplied DVD to stream. Now, movie fans can just...

Maker Faire Interview: DIY-King Ben Heck Talks Bill Paxton, Xbox Modding

Ben Heck is an all star in the field of DIY and modding. The man who has turned almost every game console under the sun into a portable system (be it handheld or laptop) now has his own show dedicated to making his fans' DIY dreams into reality. Mr. Heckendorn took time out of his hectic schedule of soldering and ripping things apart to chat with us at Maker Faire this weekend. Read on after the...

'Awesome Solitaire' Makes Lonesome Card Playing Full of Glitter and Glam

Solitaire is one of the few computer games not to have seen much in the way of improvement or innovation. In fact, since it became the world's most popular timewaster with the release of Windows 3.1, electronic versions of solitaire have become pretty much indistinguishable from one another (outside of the occasional fresh coat of paint). 'Awesome Solitaire' for the iPhone doesn't mess with the...

Hands On With OnLive: On-Demand Gaming Scores, but Still Clouded With Issues

Although, for a time, the video game industry valiantly staved off the recession while other enterprises suffered, console game sales did eventually stagnate before precipitously dropping. Online gaming currently thrives, though, particularly with enormously popular titles like Zynga's 'FarmVille' and 'Mafia Wars.' Other services like Xbox Live, which reportedly generates billions in revenue,...

EA at E3: 'Need For Speed' Zooms but 'Madden' Fumbles

Crowded in the hot but majestic Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, we awaited the first major software announcements of the Electronics Entertainment Expo, known to diehards and casual gamers alike as E3. With our pens and cameras in hand, we got a front-row (well, almost) glimpse at the anticipated upcoming Electronic Arts titles. EA is a pretty serious publisher, responsible for sports greats...

Games on the Go: Darkly Adorable Puzzlers to Play Now

Indie game designers are a dark bunch. Trapped in a world where most consumers want Sonic and Mario, Snake and Katamari, they are faced with thankless, unpopular and unpaid work. On top of that, they deliver their content for free. So its no wonder that the games they produce are often in macabre worlds, set amongst winding, puzzling environments, faced with insurmountable challenges. The...

Video Game Movies Don't Work: A History, From Raul Julia to a Not-So-Persian Prince

Share Producers and directors, take note: the video game movie -- and the inevitable franchise that follows it -- will never succeed as a film. Sure, that may sound hyperbolic, especially since movies like 'Tombraider' and 'Pokémon' have had significant box office success, but the formula, as it is, it will never work. At Switched, we are the video game generation. We grew up with...

Games You Can Play Now: 'The Humble Indie Bundle' Reviewed

Yes, the purpose of our Friday roundups of free Flash games games is to get you through your final weekday. Till now (and after now, too), that's been our tenet, but we are cheating a bit this week. See, five indie designers got together and packaged a charmingly titled "Humble Indie Bundle," which works on PCs, Macs and Linux-based computers. Since they are independent designers (not a big...