I never knew this until just now, but Google Chrome’s no internet connection screen with the little T-Rex is actually a side scrolling endless runner.

All you have to do when the screen appears is press the space bar, then away he goes, running screen right through a minimalist desert backdrop, avoiding birds by ducking and cacti by jumping.

The game is also on the smart phone version of Chrome, but the touch screen controls are (as you’d expect) nowhere near as responsive.

Still, it’s a cute, free, offline way to pass some time in the office or when you’re out and about.

Apparently Chrome’s “Unable To Connect To The Internet” screen has featured the little dinosaur since the browsers inception in 2008, and the dinosaur game went live in 2014.

That means I could have voted for him in the Smash Ballot. What a missed opportunity.

Good luck chasing that high score.

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gblogoA Giant Bomb forum post entitled What are your biggest “I’m an idiot” revelations in games? has thrown up some of the funniest, most satisfying responses I have ever read.

It also made me feel like less of an idiot as I realized people have made the same mistakes I have.

I had to share the link, so take a look at it here– it’s so worth it.

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Cereza_Bayonetta_2_renderI just wanted to remind you that Bayonetta and some guy from Fire Emblem are downloadable from today on the Aussie eShop.

These additions of course signal the end of Smash character DLC for now.

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Here’s the best video I’ve ever seen about the early history of N64, from YouTubers TheJWittz.

There’s plenty of beta footage I’d never seen before, and I truly thought I’d seen it all.

Take a look at the video below, and don’t miss part two of this on YouTube.

 

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Big-W-LogoBig W is having a little gaming sale right now, where they’re offering up to 20% off some games.

Check out the link here, most notable they’ve got Need For Speed Rivals and Battlefield 4 at $25.

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dying lightThe best 2015 release I played last year on any platform is Dying Light on Xbox One.

It’s a post apocalyptic, zombie slaying first person shooter, and while I haven’t experienced everything the game has to offer, (meaning none of the DLC) there hasn’t been any other game released this year that’s impacted me the way Dying Light has.

It’s rare that a game can make you feel such a gamut of emotion in a single session.

From terror, sadness, to pride and relief- Dying Light’s single player campaign plays you as much as you play it.

For that, it beats Mortal Kombat X, Super Mario Maker, and Xenoblade Chronicles X to my 2015 game of the year.

Dying Light controls perfectly, looks fantastic, and most games could only dream of delivering atmosphere this immersive.

Few games have actually, truly scared me like this does and it’s not so much the content, but the fully realised atmosphere of the open world setting.

There were times when I literally had to turn the game off and go call a friend or something to calm down because it was all getting too intense.

Good times.

Plus, the game has one of the best tag lines in the history of games:

Good Night Good Luck.

So fitting.

Dying Light was released in Australia in February 2015.

Seems like longer ago than that, doesn’t it?

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chasemcLast week I was talking about Smash 4‘s impressive roster and I touched on which third party characters I thought might get a start next time.

I forgot all about Chase McCain.

He’s the man at the centre of LEGO City Undercover, a Wii U exclusive which is not only one of the best games on the system, but one of the best games of this generation full stop.

Chase McCain funny, loveable, and a trained fighter- but he was also there during the tricky, uncertain times around the start of Wii U’s life cycle.

Bayonetta might be the golden girl right now, but she, like most people, doesn’t understand that the limelight she revels in might never have even been switched on if not for the quiet achieving pioneers like Chase McCain.

He deserves a start in Smash 5 is what I’m saying here.

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Narrowing years of gaming experiences down to a favourite ten titles is something that’s taken me years to get comfortable with, but I’m finally doing it.

My number five spot goes to…

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smashlogoOnce Bayonetta and that Fire Emblem guy arrive sometime next year, Smash 4’s final roster will be set.

A fair while ago I compiled my dream roster for the (then untitled) new Super Smash Bros. game.

It turns out that of the twelve characters I detailed, four actually made it into the game(s).

That’s a pretty impressive one third of my list, even though I did initially include Mii characters as a joke.

At the time I thought it was going a step too far to allow Mii’s to be playable in a game of such distinct pedigree.

However, Sakurai and the team made it work- and work quite well, according to someone I spoke to who plays at tournament level.

I’m still bummed about Bayonetta getting a start over Travis Touchdown, and that another fire emblem character gets in over someone like Girahim- but with a line up of fighters this robust and varied, I wouldn’t dare complain.

Given the doors are well and truly open to third party characters now, I’m sure Nintendo are already taking expressions of interest for the next game.

Bayo

Rosalina can breathe easy now she’s not the biggest queue jumper in the game.

There’s a certain level of prestige connected with an appearance in Smash, especially for third party characters, so I hope Nintendo remembers to keep the club exclusive in the future.

Having said that, my money’s on Shovel Knight appearing in the next game, as well as The Player from Minecraft (who I was sure was going to win the ballot).

Nintendo will have Elma or Lin from Xenoblade Chronicles X, among others from their own stable, but I’ll tell you what:

If Wii Fit Trainer can get a start, that awesome pink rabbit from Nintendo Badge Arcade on the 3DS can too. I love that guy.

Make it happen, Nintendo.

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NFP_logo_0702_cmyk_fix_cs6_CBig W are offering 40% off selected amiibo until Wednesday, January 6.

They’re including the Super Mario Bros. series and most of the Smash Bros. line.

The offer is available online too. Here’s the link.

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