The Game Genie was originally meant to do much more than help you beat Battletoads

For a kid in the early ‘90s, knowing somebody with a Game Genie was tantamount to knowing a character from the movie Hackers. Somehow, this awkward-looking chunk of plastic billed as a “video game enhancer” could give you infinite lives, better weapons, or let you skip levels altogether. It was essentially magic, and…

Leisure Suit Larry once almost brought down a global banking system

If you’re a gamer of a certain age, the name “Leisure Suit Larry” probably still strikes you as scandalous. Before sex became more or less commonplace in gaming blockbusters, the idea that there was a game out there built around the pursuit of sex was a blush-worthy one. As MEL Magazine puts it in a new breakdown of

Super Smash Bros. for Switch will feature every Smash character ever

Earlier today, Nintendo devoted 25 whole minutes of its E3 Nintendo Direct news blast to introducing the new Super Smash Bros. for the Switch. The game was teased earlier this year, without so much as even a name reveal, and the company made up for those few months of silence by dropping as many details as the human…

Death Stranding's first gameplay footage somehow makes the game seem even weirder

We’ve spent years trying to figure out what Death Stranding is, beyond it being the new game from Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima and his new Kojima Productions studio, but Sony’s bizarre E3 press conference/performance art presentation finally gave us our best look yet. As it turns out, Death Stranding is a game…

Hell has broken loose in Doom Eternal, the sequel to 2016’s killer Doom reboot

The first big surprise of Bethesda’s E3 2018 showcase is Doom Eternal, a newly announced sequel to 2016’s reboot of the classic series. Just as Doom II: Hell On Earth did back when it built off the original genre-defining shooter, Doom Eternal will be taking the Doom Slayer back to Earth in the wake of a massive…

Here are all the games Microsoft showed off at its jam-packed E3 conference

Microsoft just wrapped up its E3 2018 conference, making a bunch of big announcements and showing off a ton of games that’ll be making their way to Xboxes and PCs in the coming months. We got the standard Microsoft trifecta: a new Halo, a new Forza (Forza Horizon 4, which is set in Britain), and a new Gears Of War

The developers of The Witcher finally unveiled their next game, Cyberpunk 2077

Acclaimed Polish game developer CD Projekt Red teased its next RPG, Cyberpunk 2077, way back in 2012 and has remained almost completely silent about the project ever since. With The Witcher III now fully out of its system, the studio is finally returning to its ambitious sci-fi outing. Microsoft’s E3 2018 showcase…

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Microsoft announces 3 Gears Of War games, including some Funko Pop nonsense 

Microsoft kicked off its E3 presentation with the announcement of a new Halo game, and since the company only has one other series on a similar level as that one, it meant there was a very good chance we’d be seeing Gears Of War by the time the show wrapped up. Sure enough, near the end of the presentation, we got…

FromSoftware announces violent samurai game Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice 

Microsoft has had an issue courting third-party developers recently, with most of the good stuff landing exclusively on PlayStation 4 instead of appearing on Xbox, but during its E3 presentation Microsoft revealed a new trailer from a studio that’s synonymous with “good stuff.” We’re referring to FromSoftware, the

Rest your weary soul with this collection of the safest places in video games

You do not need us to tell you that Twitter is bad. Nor do you need us to tell you that video games are, by and large, good. Both are compulsive time-sucks, one giving us naught but tension and a vague sense of apocalyptic introversion and the other one giving us big, interesting places to explore and mechanized…