Further Reading Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury review: Everything old is new again Today's Dealmaster includes a number of noteworthy video game deals. Recommended titles such as Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury , Ori and the Will of the Wisps , and Disco Elysium are all discounted; other recent buzzy releases like It Takes Two , Little Nightmares II , and Nier Replicant are down to new lows; and Microsoft , Sony , and Valve have each kicked off Japan-themed "Golden Week" sales on their respective storefronts. We've picked out a few highlights from these offerings below. Beyond that, our deals roundup also has solid discounts on rechargeable batteries, USB-C chargers, wireless headphones from Sony and Beats, Logitech webcams, LG monitors, and Fitbit activity trackers. Note: Ars Technica may earn compensation for sales from links on this post through affiliate programs . Dealmaster: An Ars newsletter The Dealmaster has … [Read more...] about Today’s best deals: Lots of video games, rechargeable batteries, and more
Scoring. Passing. Defense. Rebounding. Mid-game selfies with excited young fans. LeBron James really can do it all. See also: Flashback to '95: Reliving the NBA of 20 seasons ago During a timeout mid-way through the third quarter of the Cleveland Cavaliers' preseason game against the Atlanta Hawks at Xavier University on Wednesday night, James sat himself on the scorer's table while waiting for referees to resume the action. Several young fans then "streamed down the aisle to slap hands with James," according to Cleveland.com . Then James grabbed one of their phones. Then this happened: Autographs are so 20th century. The #LeBronSelfie pic.twitter.com/W0ivwUHwLQ — Patrick Dillon (@pdillon24) October 8, 2015 That is my dad takin a picture of Lebron takin a selfie(-: pic.twitter.com/q84ljdUaAT — Kay (@kbuggywags) October 8, 2015 In all seriousness, though, what a moment for those kids. And what a beautiful gesture by the best player in the NBA … [Read more...] about LeBron James just took a selfie with young fans in the middle of an NBA game
Father Time is undefeated, and nothing can make you feel quite as aged as watching the sports idols of your youth fall unceremoniously back to Earth. Now, without further ado, here is 38-year-old Vince Carter — who was, not all that long ago, the NBA's most majestic high flier — bricking a fast-break dunk. See also: Flashback to '95: Reliving the NBA of 20 seasons ago The play comes from Tuesday night's NBA preseason game between Carter's Memphis Grizzlies and the Houston Rockets. Here it is in Vine form: As the Romanian philosopher Emile Cioran once said, "Since all life is futility, then the decision to exist must be the most irrational of all." BONUS: 25 of YouTube's Funniest Sports Fails 1. Golf Cart Fail This runaway vehicle wreaked minor on-field havoc following a high school football championship in Texas last December. But a heroic bystander hopped aboard and put on the brakes. No casualties occurred, and the clip immediately became Internet … [Read more...] about Here is Vince Carter bricking a dunk. In other news, you are old.
The History of Nintendo 1. The Crash The video game crash of the early 1980s was caused by very few controls on hardware and software and manufacturers. Designers released poor-quality games, including big-budget tie-ins like the E.T. game for Atari, which flopped so badly that all extra copies were taken to a landfill. Artwork courtesy of MBAOnline 2. Nintendo Comes to America Nintendo enjoyed some success in America due to arcade cabinets. Plus, Donkey Kong had become a huge success. After the Famicom had done well for two years in Japan, it was time to bring it to America. The Nintendo Entertainment System reached U.S. test markets in October 1985, then became widely available in 1986. 3. A Century Later... Fusajiro Yamaguchi founded Nintendo in 1889 as a playing card company. It specialized in hand-drawn cards used in popular games of the time. In Japanese, the name Nintendo means "leave luck to heaven," and relates to the card games … [Read more...] about How Nintendo Shaped 30 Years of U.S. Gaming
UPDATED: Jan. 22, 2015, 10:15 a.m. ET Deflate-gate. Ballghazi. The Deflatriots. Whatever cheeky nickname you know it by, the mysterious scandal of the New England Patriots' deflated balls in their 45-7 AFC Championship Game win over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday has dominated the Super Bowl XLIX conversation so far. See also: The 16 ballsiest reactions to #DeflateGate For casual fans who only really follow the NFL come Super Bowl time, however, the fact that 11 of 12 balls the Patriots used Sunday were reportedly significantly under-inflated likely raises many questions and causes confusion. Here are the key points, explained: What exactly are the Patriots accused of and how did this all come to light? Colts linebacker D'Qwell Jackson intercepted Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during Sunday's game, then reportedly gave the ball to a member of the Colts' equipment staff, who noticed that it was not fully inflated and reported that to Colts coach Chuck Pagano. … [Read more...] about The Patriots’ deflated balls: Sizing up a Super Bowl scandal