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The 25 greatest video game trailers of all time (photo)

The 25 greatest video game trailers of all time

As video games increasingly matched movies in their use of sweeping cinematics, it was only a matter of time until the gaming industry began taking its marketing cues from Hollywood as well. It’s been no surprise then that video game trailers have increasingly become a key promotional medium beyond the standard commercial. And like its […]

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“Left 4 Dead” fan film puts Valve’s frantic foursome in real-world peril

One of the things that made Valve’s two “Left 4 Dead” games so immediately accessible was how they referred to zombie tropes established through films. So, the ideas of sticking together, safehouses and rescue by the military all seemed familiar even as you played through a series of unfamiliar dangers. A new fan-made clip brings […]

Machinima Masters Rooster Teeth Cook Up A Real-World Zombie Apocalypse (photo)

Machinima Masters Rooster Teeth Cook Up A Real-World Zombie Apocalypse

When it comes to Internet success stories, the gaming comedy collective known as Rooster Teeth helped carve out the mold of what it looks like when a bunch of normal guys effing around manage to grow an actual phenomenon. They helped popularize machinima, the practice of using already extant game engines to make all-new content. […]

The Sandbox: That Old Creeping Feeling (photo)

The Sandbox: That Old Creeping Feeling

Nearly a decade after “The Blair Witch Project” brought camcorder shakiness to the masses, first-person horror once again took center screen in 2008 courtesy of three releases, two of them zombified: January’s monster mash “Cloverfield,” February’s George A. Romero’s installment “Diary of the Dead” and October’s rabies-crazy “Quarantine.” Given our Youtubing, cell phone-vid culture, it’s […]