Video Games


Russell Westbrook Game Boy Air Jordan

Photo credit: Recon Beat Lab
First, there were these Super Soaker sneakers, and now, Recon Beat Lab has unveiled a pair of Russell Westbook Game Boy-themed Jordans. These Why Not Zer0.2s sneakers, Westbrook’s signature shoe, sports a Game Boy-inspired color scheme, complete with a Game Boy cartridge hang-tag and even a Game Boy box that looks like a giant version of the classic portable game console. Read more for additional pictures and information.

Amazon New World

Amazon’s New World is a massively multiplayer online sandbox game with a supernatural colonial America theme, in which players can form settlements, fight each other, or fight monsters out in the world. You can venture out alone or join other players to create a thriving civilization, complete with dynamic seasons and weather. Read more for a hands-on video preview and additional information.

Angry Birds VR

Angry Birds fans rejoice! Isle of Pigs is the first time fans will be able to slingshot the likes of Red, Chuck, Bomb and the Blues within the fully immersive environment of VR. It will launch with more than 50 levels of gameplay where players travel around a remote island that the infamous green pigs often vacation. HTC Vive as well as Oculus Rift users can bombard the island’s exotic beaches, steep cliffs, snowy slopes and party city to take on the green pigs, destroy their structures and retrieve the stolen eggs. Just like the mobile versions, these levels can be approached from different angles for the best accuracy, while players leverage classic gameplay elements to progress or strive for three stars on all rounds. Read more for a hands-on video review and additional information.

Resident Evil 2 First Person

This creative mod transforms the recently released Resident Evil 2 remake into a first-person, survival horror game, abandoning the “over-the-shoulder” third-person perspective. Created by modder “praydog,” players can easily switch between first-person and third-person using the in-game menu. Unlike the 1998 original, this remake features Leon without large shoulder pads, which were added to distinguish his original, low-polygon model, while preserving the claustrophobic feel. Read more for two additional videos and the download link to anyone with the PC version.

Microsoft Xbox Live Nintendo Switch
Playing games between the Xbox, Nintendo Switch, iOS and Android players may soon expand beyond “Fortnite,” “Minecraft” and “Rocket League,” as Microsoft plans to release a new cross-platform developer kit that will bring its Xbox Live functionality from 400 million gaming devices and over 68 million active players to “over 2B devices.” The company is “looking to plan a multi-platform strategy that brings the most active, engaged players into a community where they can watch, buy, play, pause, and continue their games from one device to the next on top of the most reliable social and multiplayer network in the world.” Read more for a video and additional information.

Google Chinese New Year Shadow Play
Google officially announced Monday that it would welcome the Year of the Pig with an artificial intelligence experiment using shadow art. This shadow play game of sorts utilizes front-facing cameras and users are taught how to create images of their Chinese zodiac sign using shadow puppetry. The Mountain View, California-based internet giant is betting on AI and machine learning-driven services in hopes of making such technologies ubiquitous, helpful and intuitive. Read more to see it in-action and for a link to try it out yourself.

Street Fighter II: The World Warrior RepliCade
Photo credit: Arcade-Museum
There are arcade machines, and then Street Fighter II x RepliCade, a palm-sized miniature replica of the original arcade game machine, scaled down to just one-sixth of the original size. Standing 12-inches tall, it features a 3.5-inch LCD screen, has fully playable controls, and is officially licensed by Capcom. It includes “Street Fighter II: Champion Edition” and “Super Street Fighter II Turbo”, with both allowing for one or two players to play using the USB mini fight stick, or by plugging in a USB game controller. Plus, the cabinet includes a small storage spot in the back for the fight stick. Read more for a hands-on video, additional pictures and information.

Fortnite Marshmello Concert

Electronic DJ Marshemllo performed a live concert in Fortnite: Battle Royale this weekend, or to be more specific, 2PM ET, at Pleasant Park, but for those who missed the event, there are already replay videos available for you to watch. Previous events lasted only a few minutes, but as you an see, this one definitely carried on for much longer, complete with giant smiley emoji balloons for the players to interact with. Read more to watch a 2.5-hour replay and reaction of the event.

Kholat Survival Horror Steam

Looking for something to do this weekend and love survival horror games? Steam is offering a free game to download through its client, the 2015 indie survival horror hit Kholat from Polish studio IMGN.PRO, complete with narration by actor Sean Bean. It’s available now on the Steam Store through February 4 at 9 AM PT. For those who don’t already know, the title is based on the Dyatlov Pass incident, a true event that involved ten Russian students, nine of which went missing on Kholat Syakhl, with the tenth student who walked back earlier due to illness, being the only survivor. Read more for a full video playthrough of the game.

Xbox Adaptive Controller Microsoft Super Bowl

Microsoft has just revealed its Super Bowl 2019 commercial, and it showcases the inspirational stories of children who play Xbox games with help from their friends, family and the innovative Xbox Adaptive Controller. The face of this special controller has two large, domed buttons that can be mapped to any function using the Xbox Accessories app. It also sports a large d-pad, menu button, view button, and the Xbox home button found on the standard Xbox One controller. “The story illustrates Microsoft’s commitment to building accessible technology that levels the playing field and creates opportunity for all of us,” said the company. Read more to watch the Super Bowl spot.