Is “Blinky” the horrible reality of a robotic future?

Although Hollywood films warn of sentient artificial intelligence looking to overthrow and exterminate its human creators, they’re mostly a reason for their big-name stars to jump through the air in slow-motion while dual-wielding rocket-propelled grenade launchers while a hovership explodes behind them. Blinky, on the other hand, paints a much more likely reality of the dangers we may soon face as intelligent robotics become as commonplace as smartphones and voice-activated assistants like Siri.

Awesome art: Disney princesses reimagined in Final Fantasy X-2’s dresspheres (gallery)

Talented Deviant artist xskirtzx has posted a Final Fantasy/Disney princess mash-up gallery. She’s assigned a unique dressphere (character class) from Final Fantasy X-2 to each of the princesses,  and the results are very imaginative. Above is a White Mage Rapunzel, and in the gallery below you’ll see the reimagined Ariel, Mulan, and many others, as well as the original characters from Final Fantasy X-2 that inspired the artist.

Rock Band Blitz developer discusses dropping the plastic instruments

Returning to your roots is a common tactic in the music industry. You start out indie, get your first big hit, and before you know it, you’ve done so much boozing and whoring and selling-out-ing that even Gene “Angry Birds” Simmons ignores you in rehab. Then, years later, it’s all about the music again. So you round up the old crew, hug out your petty differences, find a new drummer, and “return to your roots.”

My Wife is Retarded producer working on Electronic Arts movie

Electronic Arts is reportedly working toward a Hollywood adaptation of its long-running Need for Speed franchise. Brothers John Gatins (a writer of Real Steel) and George Gatins (producer of She’s Out of My League and My Wife is Retarded) have been attached and are allegedly helping EA to shop a script around. Thus far, Warner Bros., Sony, and Paramount are said to be interested — presumably hoping to create a rival to Universal’s blockbuster The Fast and the Furious franchise, which currently has its sixth installment in pre-production.

Nintendo and Hasbro unveil “Super Smash Bronies” game (exclusive)

This month’s Game Informer cover (scanned in and sent to GamesBeat by a reader) is for Nintendo and Hasbro’s oft-rumored crossover spectacular, Super Smash Bronies. It may seem a little odd at first, but Nintendo of Africa vice president Larry Herb explains the process that led to the new game in a recent tweet: “Once a month the Nintendo crew has a conference where we read through 4Chan to get a feel for what our fans are up to. What kind of things are they interested in? How old are they? Where do they live? Do their apartment complexes have security at night? That’s how we discovered the exciting world of bronies.”

The 6 best game endings of all-time (and how BioWare would ruin them)

Video game endings tend to feel a lot like an afterthought. Whereas a bad movie only ever consumes two hours of your life, games can have you playing upwards of 100+ hours before reaching the finale, and quite often that payoff is woefully underwhelming. Two big-names examples in just the past few weeks include Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, where the conclusion was given about as much attention as bug-testing in a Bethesda game, and Asura’s Wrath, which has a “true” ending that acts as nothing more than a gateway for “closure DLC.”

Order your lottery tickets online for tomorrow’s record-breaking $500M jackpot

With out-of-state hopefuls flocking to California to purchase tickets for tomorrow’s half-a-billion MEGA Millions Lottery Jackpot, lines have been building up throughout the week. Some shops have reported wait times of over three hours. However, California residents looking to throw their name in the hat for the record-breaking jackpot won’t even need to leave the comfort of their home thanks to LottoGopher.com. LottoGopher is the only legal and secure online site that handles ticket orders, even offering services for office pools, where friends and co-workers can combine forces to increase their chances of winning the largest MEGA Millions jackpot in the history of the universe (that we know of).

Mass Effect 3: Character deaths

Now that Mass Effect 3 has been out for nearly a month, GamesBeat thought you might be interested to see what would have happened if Commander Shepard went right instead of left, zigged instead of zagged.
Below you’ll find all the various death scenes in the game (for characters that mattered, anyway).

Mass Effect 3: Romances

Now that Mass Effect 3 has been out for nearly a month, GamesBeat thought you might be interested to see what would have happened if Commander Shepard went right instead of left, zigged instead of zagged.
Inside you’ll find videos of all the different romance options. FemShep scenes are on the second page.

Mass Effect 3: Endings, analyses, and theories

Now that Mass Effect 3 has been out for nearly a month, GamesBeat thought you might be interested to see what would have happened if Commander Shepard went right instead of left, zigged instead of zagged.
Inside, you’ll find all three possible endings, as well as some extras discussing the endings and a popular theory among fans as to what really happened. It’s admittedly pretty interesting, even if it ends up not being true.

One gamer’s heartfelt letter on why Mass Effect 3’s ending ruined everything

The Mass Effect 3 ending controversy has spread far and wide since the game’s March 6 release. The reaction has polarized the entire gaming industry, but despite being berated by the hivemind-like mantra of “gamer entitlement” by journalists, fans who pushed for more closure (and eventually got it) have been surprisingly collected and well-spoken.

Mega Man would make a good War Asset (Mass Effect 3)

Mass Effect 3 is more or less about finding people and “space stuff” to help build a powerful final offensive against the Reapers. Everything from former comrades to Jessica Chobot count towards your total War Assets, but art blog Drawed Goods felt they could contribute a little more to Commander Shepard’s last hurrah. I’d rather take Mega Man into battle over Freddie Prinze, Jr. any day.

GamesBeat humbly joins the ranks of Metacritic

For better and for worse, Metacritic and its aggregate review scoring system have become the established measurement of success within the gaming industry. That single all-powerful number attributed to any product represents the culmination of countless thousands of words by dozens of unique writers. Those digits can magically summon angry emails from PR representatives, determine salaries, sway the business practices of entire corporations, or bring them to their knees and shutter their doors.

GamesBeat Giveaways: 100 beta codes for TERA (PC)

GamesBeat is proud to announce that we’ve secured 100 beta codes for TERA, the upcoming MMO from En Masse Entertainment. Rivaling the visuals and production values of the Lineage series and anything put out by NCSoft, TERA has been a long time coming. Now’s your chance to play the game before it releases in May.