You Died: The Dark Souls Companion is one of the great gaming books of the last few years - it's passionate, perceptive and wonderfully partisan. (We should also mention that it's the work of two friends of Eurogamer, Keza MacDonald and Jason Killingsworth.) Killingsworth is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to produce a beautiful hardback version of the book, which will include a new chapter. He's kindly allowed us to publish this extract as a taster. Dark Souls' most obvious trait also happens to be its least interesting; fixating on 'gosh, this game's hard' seems a bit obvious when we could be talking about its themes, its lore, its fascinating game design. Dark Souls is more than a Tough Mudder challenge for the couch-bound. But Dark Souls' difficulty is also inescapable and, rightly or wrongly, it's what the game is most famous for. Ask players for their recollections, and they will tell you the moments that made them cry, the moments when they felt physically and … [Read more...] about Tough Love: On Dark Souls’ Difficulty
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THE PCG Q&AFind all previous editions of the PCG Q&A here. Some highlights:Has Half-Life: Alyx made you want to buy a VR headset?What's the best prison escape in a game?Has a game ever made you rethink your moral code?There are plenty of examples of government sims that turn politics into game mechanics—Democracy, Crusader Kings 2, whichever one of the Tropico series is the good one. If you want to govern, games have you covered.Politics is about who has power, and how much, and over who. So politics in games can go beyond the simulation of diplomacy and decision-making to also investigate how the balance of power affects the lives of our characters in other genres, whether it's imaginary factions they choose to support or their communities telling them how to live.From Fallout: New Vegas to Life is Strange, the fingerprints of politics are all over games. Which brings us to our weekend question: What's a game that handles politics well? Here are some of our … [Read more...] about What’s a game that handles politics well?
By Ryan Droste - December 7, 2019 09:50 am EST Share 0 Comments 0 Ahead of their big MMA fight tonight at Combate Americas Winner Take All PPV event in Hidalgo, Texas, Tito Ortiz and Alberto El Patron (formerly Alberto Del Rio) reflected on their careers which have both crossed between the real world fighting of MMA and the worked version of fighting in professional wrestling. Ortiz experience in pro wrestling is far less than El Patron, though he did have two notable run with TNA Impact Wrestling in 2005 and 2013. “I understood it because I was able to shoot some movies, having to be able to throw the punches as a visual for the camera, and make it look like you hit the guy,” Ortiz told Tony Maglio of The Wrap. “When I did TNA (Total Nonstop Impact wrestling)… I punched Jeff Jarrett and I actually punched him — on accident. But I really did punch him. I gave him a fat lip, and he was like, ‘You son of a bitch’ — … [Read more...] about Tito Ortiz, Alberto El Patron Reflect On Wrestling vs. MMA as They Prepare For Fight
By Jamie Lovett - December 7, 2019 10:26 am EST Share 0 Comments 0 The only thing juicier than all that good vampire blood is the fan fiction about @iansomerhalder, so naturally, we had to show him some. #VWars pic.twitter.com/Cbeh6XSP8h — NX (@NXOnNetflix) December 6, 2019 Ian Somerhalder stars in Netflix’s new sci-fi horror series V Wars, based on Jonathan Maberry’s IDW Publishing comic book series. Somerhalder plays a scientist who finds himself at the forefront of a vampire outbreak. Bu before playing a scientist fighting vampires, Somerhalder played a vampire. He was Damon Salvatore on The CW’s The Vampire Diaries. As a supernatural teen drama, that series had a lot of pent up energy that fans helped release in the form of fan fiction. To promote his return to the world of vampires, Somerhalder read some of that fan fiction in a new video that Netflix released online. Be warned, this material is not for children, as Somerhalder … [Read more...] about V Wars Star Ian Somerhalder Reads Fan Fiction About Himself
By Jamie Lovett - June 4, 2018 10:49 am EDT Share 0 Comments 0 Star Trek icon William Shatner stopped by HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver to share a very important warning: hippos are killing machines. Actually, Shatner was one of several senior citizen celebrities who shot a package for Last Week Tonight to end Oliver’s segment on senior guardianship, but Shatner and the rest may have gotten a little off topic. In the video above, Shatner talks about how supple his cheeks are thanks to the kind of skin care that is only available to celebrities as well as about the dangers of hippos, saying “they kill hundreds of people each year” and “Hippos are terrible.” Eventually, the 87-year-old Shatner and other celebrities including Rita Moreno, Fred Willard, Cloris Leachman, and Lily Tomlin do get back on topic to discuss the importance of setting up proper senior guardianship so that you aren’t taken advantage of during … [Read more...] about ‘Star Trek’ Icon William Shatner Talks Senior Guardianship, Hippo Attacks on ‘Last Week Tonight’