Jerry Lawson, a self-taught engineer, gave us video game cartridges

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Because its black history month in America i wanted to show you a man that changed the gaming industry.

If you’ve got fond memories of blowing into video game cartridges, you’ve got Gerald “Jerry” Lawson to thank. As the head of engineering and marketing for Fairchild Semiconductor’s gaming outfit in the mid-’70s, Lawson developed the first home gaming console that utilized interchangeable cartridges, the Fairchild Channel F. That system never saw the heights of popularity of consoles from Atari, Nintendo and Sega, but it was a significant step forward for the entire gaming industry. Prior to the Channel F, games like Pong were built directly into their hardware — there was no swapping them out to play something else — and few believed that you could even give a console a microprocessor of its own. Lawson, who passed away at 70 from diabetes complications in 2011, was the first major African-American figure in the game industry. And, just like the tech world today, it still isn’t as diverse as it should be.

Is this the generation of delays and let-downs?

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So far in 2015 gamers have experienced much more than their fair share of delays and let-downs, from The Witcher 3’s delay to February 24th then further delayed until May 19th as well as the disappointing release of The Order 1886, Is this generation the generation of disappointment and delay?

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Most DirectX 12 features won’t require a new graphics card

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The last few updates to Microsoft’s DirectX platform have come with the requirement that you get new hardware to enjoy the benefits, but that’s not going to be the case with DirectX 12. According to Microsoft, DirectX 12 will work with most existing gaming hardware, at least for the most part. Some DX12 features will still need updated GPUs, but all the basic features should work.

Is a live action Zelda series coming to Netflix

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The newest rumors from that streaming giant Netflix is in the process of working with gaming giant Nintendo in adapting The Legend of Zelda video game franchise into a live-action series. Neither company has publicly confirmed such a series is in the works, but fans of the fictional land of Hyrule are sure to be excited at the prospect of a live-action story set in the Zelda world. Fans of adapted media should also be excited, as a NetflixLegend of Zelda series represents a feasible rise in power for the faithfully adapted video game property.

Doom Mod Adds Instagram Filters and Selfie Stick

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A Doom modder who goes by the name Linguica has created a mod that adds Instagram filters and a selfie stick to the classic first person shooter.

InstadDoom, as it’s called, adds 37 filters you’ll recognize from the photo and video sharing social network.

Even more impressive is that the mod includes a virtual selfie stick, which lets you take pictures of your in-game character posing with hell demons on Mars, as you can see in the image above.

Smash Bros U New Features Announced

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As you may already know from my earlier article (http://setinstonegaming.com/2013/08/31/super-smash-bros-by-daniel-estephane/) I’m a massive Smash Bros fan so this is BIG news for me, and hopefully some of you out there too. 

This video shows us some of the core components of the new Smash Bros game for both Wii U and 3DS, and I have to say, they have gone all out on this one. New levels, new items, new Pokemon and character trophies. They announced changes in certain characters move sets and they also showed off some new characters too. 

Im also really excited about the new online features. Instead of limiting you to a 2 minute free for all, they’ve added matches with customs rules, online just for fun or in it for glory modes and a clever yet simple ranking system. Even the 3DS will support online features. 

All in all, I like the look of everything so far, maybe a bit fearful of what moves they may have changed but also kinda excited for it. What do you guys think? Dislike some of the changes? Wanna see more new characters? Watch the video and give us a comment below, or join the discussion on our forum.

Oh and don’t miss the bonus clip at the end of the video