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March 16, 2018

Samurai Zombies, Birdmen, and the Other Weirdest Foes Lara Croft Has Ever Fought

Lara faces a giant samurai demon zombie, a.k.a. just another Tuesday in the life of Ms. Croft.Image: Square-Enix

Lara Croft has been raiding tombs on and off for over two decades’ worth of video games at this point, but her latest movie adventure wants to return Lara to her most basic elements in a reboot—which means some of Lara’s more bizarre opponents from the classic games are probably going to be missing.

Tomb Raider, given the nature of the treasures Lara has hunted over the years, has always had some supernatural elements to it—even the 2013 reboot of the game series, which the new movie is heavily inspired by, had some odd enemies for her to fight. Yes, [...]

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March 14, 2018

My Family Died of Dysentery in the Palm of My Hands—and I Loved Every Minute of It

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Before kids hunted for Carmen Sandiego, in a time when computers could barely muster a few on-screen colors, a game called The Oregon Trail taught students about the hardships of pioneer life. The graphics were terrible, the sound effects were awful, and more often than not, all your characters died. But it was the first video game I ever played, and I’m thrilled that Basic Fun!, which previously resurrected classic games like Simon and Pac-Man, has made a portable version of The Oregon Trail that almost perfectly recreates my grade school obsession.

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March 14, 2018

The Best Web Sites to Get Your Retro Gaming Fix

Shoot all the digital things; collect all the meat.Screenshot: David Murphy

Ready to relive some retro games directly in your web browser? If you’re bored at work and your mind suddenly drifts to those hours you spent punching a Nintendo Power Pad as a child, don’t worry. You can warp back to your youth without ever having to leave your desk. Check out some of these amazing web sites that let you play all the classics right in your browser—no emulator apps or ROMs needed.

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Taking top honors on our list is the digital library over at, which has two different sections dedicated to [...]

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March 12, 2018

The Rock Climbing Walls In Overwatch, Reviewed

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When Overwatch unveiled new map Horizon Lunar Colony last summer, players were quick to catalog its every feature and develop strategies for how best to defend or attack the moon base. There are airlocks that lead to the surface of the moon, a single mega health pack right next to the first point, stacks of hydroponic veggies, as well as crisscrossing corridors that afford decent high-ground position to attacking snipers. The general consensus in the Overwatch community, though, is that the map “sucks,” unless of course you’re a weirdo who likes turret heroes.

Horizon does feature something that no other Overwatch map has, though: bouldering. [...]

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