University announces Fortnite scholarship, gives teens convenient excuse for playing in class

While all us hoity-toity critic folks were tripping over ourselves to talk about the majestic naturalism of Monster Hunter: World and the political cowardice of Far Cry 5, a goofy online shooter called Fortnite: Battle Royale went and became the hottest game on the planet. It checked all the right boxes for blowing…

Beloved early-internet game Neopets was actually run by Scientologists

As if there weren’t enough reasons to hate the scourge on society that is Scientology—a “religion” known as much for its history of torturing members, denying the ill life-saving medicine, demonizing homosexuality, stalking their enemies, and covering up sexual assault as it is for its looney intergalactic origin story

In South Korea, Gamers Stage An Inquisition Against Feminists

On March 26, a top game development studio in Korea released an unusual statement about one of its employees: “The woman was mistaken in retweeting a tweet with the word ‘hannam,’” derogatory Korean slang for “disgusting men.” It continued, “In the aftermath of this incident, I promise that we will create preventative…

The key to writing an iconic video game theme is nailing those first few seconds

Nobody buys a video game for its soundtrack, but, as the Game Boy’s Robocop made achingly clear, sometimes that soundtrack ends up being the most memorable part of the game. The rush of nostalgia that accompanies the pixelated tunes playing beneath The Legend of Zelda or Super Mario Bros. is enough to summon any…

King Of Kong's Billy Mitchell has been stripped of all his high scores, banned from competitive gaming

We can now add The King Of Kong: A Fistful Of Quarters to the list of documentaries that have affected real-world change. Sure, it didn’t get anyone released from prison or anything, but now, more than a decade after director Seth Gordon introduced the world to modest underdog Steve Wiebe and flashy arcade-game…

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10 years later, Braid remains the definitive indie game

If you haven’t played Braid before, here’s what happens when you turn it on: It looks like Mario, but something is wrong. You’re a red-headed guy wearing a suit, for one, and the music is not the old Mario song; it is, in fact, quite sad. You run to the right, just like Mario would, hopping on enemies and over…