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The Wii U's Pro Controller already does a great 360 pad impersonation, but just in case you wanted/needed it to be more like Microsoft's input device, here's a mod that shows you how to drop a pair of Xbox 360 thumbsticks inside the casing of a Wii U Pro Controller.



It's of course not going to happen easily, as you'll need to take the pad open and unscrew and move around some stuff, but hey, the effect might well be worth it for some.



Even though I had no interest in doing this myself, I watched the whole damn video, because you get to see extensive footage of both controllers being taken apart, something I'm developing a strange fetish for.



Wii U Pro / Xbox 360 Controller Mod [Gametista, via Go Nintendo]


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The supremely-talented Dave Rapoza has an original comic coming out called Skull and Shark. To advertise it, he's whipped up a trailer (featuring the music of Lazerhawk) that turns the comic into an old-school beat-em-up.



Seeing it presented like that, it would totally work as an old-school beat-em-up. Fingers crossed something like that, you know, actually happens. Especially since it's something that's actually being looked into.



The trailer is above, but you can see a few pieces of art in the gallery that follows.



Dave Rapoza [Official Site]



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A Long, Fascinating History of Video Game Samples in Rap SongsContinuing on from a list they put together in October, Spin magazine has built a video showing you a whole bunch of video game samples used in hip-hop tracks.



It runs in gaming's chronological order, so while the music may be all over the place, the games at least will be in order.



In case you couldn't guess in advance, there's a lot of Street Fighter II in this video.



Watch the History of Video Games, Soundtracked by the Rap Songs That Sample Them [Spin]












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Eerily Accurate BioShock Infinte Cosplayer Gets Job Appearing on Actual BioShock Infinite StuffTurns out we weren't the only ones impressed by the "lifelike" imitation Russian cosplayer Anna Moleva could do of BioShock Infinite's Elizabeth. The game's creators, Irrational, were too.



So impressed, in fact, they offered her a job, which means she'll be appearing on stuff like BioShock Infinite's marketing art, TV ads (so there's a live-action trailer coming, I guess) and even the back of the game's box.



Anna will also be turning up to shows and events in costume.



It's a big deal for a cosplayer, and a smart move on the part of Irrational, but it's not the first time this has happened. Cosplayer Crystal Graziano did something similar with PC shooter Firefall last year, earning a 12-month sponsored contract that's only just wound down.



We love our BioShock cosplayers so much we hired one! [Irrational]


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Eerily Accurate BioShock Infinite Cosplayer Gets Job Appearing on Actual BioShock Infinite StuffTurns out we weren't the only ones impressed by the "lifelike" imitation Russian cosplayer Anna Moleva could do of BioShock Infinite's Elizabeth. The game's creators, Irrational, were too.



So impressed, in fact, they offered her a job, which means she'll be appearing on stuff like BioShock Infinite's marketing art, TV ads (so there's a live-action trailer coming, I guess) and even the back of the game's box.



Anna will also be turning up to shows and events in costume.



It's a big deal for a cosplayer, and a smart move on the part of Irrational, but it's not the first time this has happened. Cosplayer Crystal Graziano did something similar with PC shooter Firefall last year, earning a 12-month sponsored contract that's only just wound down.



We love our BioShock cosplayers so much we hired one! [Irrational]


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I wake up on Monday morning, I check my email and Twitter, and I see some normally-calm friends freaking out over this clip for a game called STEALER, by tiny Russian indie dev Winged Doom.



It's not even a game. Well, not really. It's just a pitch trailer, something put together for mood, to reflect a game that's in the very earliest stages on a drawing board. So what you see above might not ever turn into a thing you can play.



Which would be a crime. Because what's above looks incredible. It's got that rough, raw style you'd expect from a game that's doing the whole cyberpunk thing, taking things back to the 1980s, when games were crunchier and the genre was actually relevant.



You can check out the trailer above, while you can scroll through for some screenshots.



STEALER Teaser [Winged Doom]



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The Lich...Queen? Sephiroth Swimsuit Shots? It Can Only Be a Cosplay RoundupThis week's roundup of the best in cosplay features the two images listed in that headline. Both of them as amazing as they are unlikely.



But they're far from the only standout shots. There's some amazing Zelda cosplay that looks like it was actually shot in a dungeon. A Warhammer 40K couple. Even some Fate/Extra! cosplay, which you don't exactly see every day. Or any day, aside from this one.



The Lich...Queen? Sephiroth Swimsuit Shots? It Can Only Be a Cosplay RoundupAs seen on Starlightslk.

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The Lich...Queen? Sephiroth Swimsuit Shots? It Can Only Be a Cosplay RoundupAs seen on Nyxiie.

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The Lich...Queen? Sephiroth Swimsuit Shots? It Can Only Be a Cosplay RoundupAs seen on Kelume.

The Lich...Queen? Sephiroth Swimsuit Shots? It Can Only Be a Cosplay RoundupAs seen on alberti.


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How To Fix Female Comic Characters: Turn Them All Into HawkeyeYou probably don't even need to read comics to know that, even to this day, many big-label artists and series still put their female characters in physically impossible poses, all in the name of making them look sexy.



In an attempt to fix this, artists worldwide are teaming up for a top-secret initiative. And by that I mean a Tumblr blog. Where people take ridiculous portrayals of female comic characters and... replace them with a sketch of Hawkeye, from the Avengers, doing the same thing.



The results are... well, take a look for yourself. I don't know whether to be terrified or turned-on, so I'm just going to go ahead and see where both get me.



The Hawkeye Initiative [Tumblr]



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Game Falls $28 Short Of $50,000 Kickstarter GoalThis has got to be agonizing. DreamQuest games wasn't looking for an insane amount of money when they put their planned game, Alpha Colony up on Kickstarter. All they wanted was $50,000 to develop the exploration, building and trading simulation for PCs and mobile devices. The detailed explanation, with screenshots, and a playable browser-based demo suggested that if it wasn't a good game, it was at least a serious project undertaken by people with industry experience.



And it came in $28 short of the goal.



"Kickstarter is very strict about their terms and our project will not be funded," said a statement, which appears to have been written by lead programmer Christopher Williamson, on the game's Facebook page. "Obviously, we are very disappointed. We have invested 10 months and over $60,000 of our own money into this project. It is so frustrating to come so close, but clearly there simply isn't that much interest in building the kind of game I envisioned.



"I have already invested everything I have getting my dream this far (twice!) and now I must feed my family and focus on projects that will pay the bills," he added. "I have been trying to build this game for almost 14 years so I doubt this is the end for Alpha Colony, but I do have to be responsible business owner and father and accept the reality of where we are at the moment and what the world wants."



Some jerk then left a really nasty comment. "Obviously it's not that important to you if 14 years of your life isn't worth a lousy $28," he said. Someone else said something along the same lines but had the courtesy to delete it later.



Still, Williamson addressed why he or someone else didn't just PayPal a quick $28 to secure the funding. "We did put quite a bit of our own money into the project as well as the Kickstarter campaign," he wrote. "We just had some bad luck on the timing of things. All I can say is the Universe is trying to tell us something here. ... We could very well have lost even MORE money building this game and delivering the rewards. $50,000 is still an absurdly small amount of money to develop a modern 3D game on 3 platforms."



Alpha Colony [Kickstarter]



Alpha Colony [Official Site]


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Sunday Comics Needs New Strips. Give Us the Names of Some Good Prospects.It's been a year since we added a new comic to our Sunday Comics lineup, and as we are down to nine features, when we usually published 10, and some others have been updating inconsistently, it's as good a time as any to roll out the Sunday Comics Deathmatch overhaul that we last ran in 2010.



Everyone loves the funnies and everyone loves complaining about the funnies, so this is going to be a no-holds barred up-or-down vote on everything we have—existing strips, plus any new prospects. Before we do that, we need to hear suggestions from you for what should be on this page. If you read one elsewhere that you think should go here, now is your chance. We'd like to hear it in the comments. Going back to 2010's overhaul, I'm repeating the qualities, in order of importance, that we're looking for in good comic strips.



1) The strip must be gaming-focused even if every single strip is not about a gaming subject. Everyone is permitted to go off-topic once in a while. We need something that, again, is generally about video gaming and gamer culture. But a comic strip that mentions video games, even frequently, when its subject is something else or more broad (for example, if Foxtrot was a web comic) is not viable.



2) The strip is currently publishing and regularly updated. Regularly means at least one strip a week. This can't be stressed enough. Some artists may skip weeks here or there, and that's fine. But we need to see one with a demonstrably consistent publishing history. One published every other whenever-I-feel-like-it is not going to work.



3) It's gotta be drawn well. We can't have MS Paint-looking web comics. If it's done in a deliberately minimalist visual style (for example, the excellent XKCD) then it must be an exceptionally well written comic (for example, the excellent XKCD. Which is a comic about a thousand things, one of them occasionally games.)



With these in mind, when you post a suggestion, please post the URL where the web comic lives. Suggestions with links are going to get looked at first. Suggestions that need a Google search stand less of a chance of success. Suggestions that are "Oh man, you should totally get that strip that had the joke about the game and the guy in it," are kinda worthless.



Of course, publication in Sunday Comics depends upon the permission of the artist, which we'll be working to get. We're also going to evaluate things editorially before putting up the final candidate pool next week. But I'm certain we'll get more than enough worthwhile nominations here, enough that we can have a robust comic strip deathmatch voteoff and give you the Sunday Comics you want.



With that in mind, let's hear what you've got in mind.


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