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Games Reporter — Mashable
As seen in:  Mashable
Covers:  video games, nintendo, playstation, xbox, gaming, mobile games, indie games
Doesn't Cover: gamification, apps

@Mashable's Games Editor | @Studio20NYU Alum | Geek Extraordinaire

You'll want a shower after 14 minutes of 'Mortal Kombat X' fatalities — Warning: The above video is gross and excessively violent. Proceed with extreme caution I mean, what did you expect? It's Mortal Kombat. The gorefest fighting title is out Tuesday, and YouTube user TheRadBrad has already compiled almost all the fatalities into one stomach-churning clip. We pulled our five favorites into GIF form.

'Guitar Hero' is coming back to life, with some new tricks up its sleeve — Get your fingers ready and practice your best rock stance. Guitar Hero is back. Activision is resurrecting the music franchise with a new entry, Guitar Hero Live, for consoles and mobile later this year. The revamped title brings a brand new guitar controller and new mechanics to the franchise, which has been dormant since 2011.

Vote for the most impactful video game in the Games for Change awards — It's no longer a surprise that video games can convey powerful emotions. Like film and television, games can be nuanced pieces that share ideas and new experiences, allowing players to inhabit someone else's world, learn something new or appreciate something from a different angle.

Finish him! 'Mortal Kombat X' is the bloody next chapter fans deserve — It took just four button taps to squeeze a man's guts out, like a tube of toothpaste. Except you wouldn't brush your teeth with shimmering, red entrails. Five minutes later, a few more button taps left my victim's skull bisected. Her brain rolled out and her tongue lolled outside of a face without a jaw.

No trolling allowed: How thousands of Redditors collaborated to build a video game — When you're creating something really complicated - a piece of software, a work of art or a video game - logic dictates you wouldn't ask every single person to come down to your office to take part in the process. Or invite the anonymous, potentially strange power of the Internet in either.

Try not to flinch during the 'Mortal Kombat X' launch trailer — Mortal Kombat X is pulling no punches. The launch trailer for the next entry to the series, out next week, shows every crunchy hit, every excruciating stab and even some stuff we can't unsee. The whole medley of pain is set to early-aughts metal gem "Toxicity" by System of a Down.

A technical screw-up changed the fate of a huge Street Fighter tournament — Imagine if an NBA game was stopped just a few minutes before halftime because the refs noticed the baskets weren't regulation height. And then the players were forced to repeat the whole game. The equivalent of that situation took place Sunday night at the North California Regionals, a professional fighting game tournament, during the Ultra Street Fighter IV championship brackets.

Finding the most impactful video games with a higher calling — In front of a smartphone, two players meet. They each grab half the device, preparing to play. But instead of a competitive matchup, they begin to rock and spin the phone, each holding their end of the phone tightly. In a few moments, through awkward giggles, they are twisting and spinning; the game forces them into a clumsy dance.

Sony to snap up OnLive's assets as the streaming platform shuts down — Sony is acquiring the assets and patents of game streaming platform OnLive to bolster its own streaming efforts on the PlayStation console family, OnLive announced Thursday afternoon. That means April 30 will be the final curtain call for OnLive, which has had a troubled history and tried to restart its services in 2014.

Strong Bad is just as disgusted with April Fools' Day as you are — Look, April Fools' Day is played out. You know it. I know it. Even characters from decades-old flash cartoons know it. Sure, hating on April 1, a.k.a. the worst day on the Internet, is just as passé as coordinating fake launches of goofy products, but at least lovable grump Strong Bad can lampoon the holiday in just the right way.
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Apr 17, 2015

I am really sad to be working from home for @drelly's last day. Mashable wouldn't be the way it was without her.

Apr 17, 2015

Very excited for how amazing Star Wars Battlefront looks. Out 11.17…

Apr 16, 2015

@aNuChallenger I don't think anyone can do it. If they can, they are definitely an alien

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