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Nov 25
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<i>Tomb Raider: Chronicles</i> pays tribute to the original Lara Croft, gaming’s abandoned superhero

In 1996, Toby Gard introduced the world of video gaming to one of its new icons: Lara Croft, The Tomb Raider. Gard and the rest of his team at Core Designs took the risk of featuring a female protagonist in their new archeological adventure game—a risk that paid off with a franchise that now carries 17 games (and

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Nov 19
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<i>Demon</i>’<i>s Souls </i>on the PS5 is an unlikely love letter to brilliant, broken things

From Software’s Souls games are all about the tragic pursuit of doomed, nigh-impossible goals. Slay gods immune to the very concept of death. Reverse the apocalypse when it’s already 99 percent of the way complete. Stay sane in a world that demands madness. Stay alive. So we’d like to offer a toast to remakers

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Nov 10
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An ode to load screens—just in time for the Xbox Series X and PS5 to render them obsolete

In 1998, video game company Namco was granted a patent on technology allowing a small “auxiliary game program code” to run alongside the “main-game program code” to avoid an “unnecessary wastage of time.” In more human terms, this meant Namco—and only Namco—could put minigames on its loading screens, which usually

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Nov 5
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The Xbox Series X is the ultimate Xbox, but that might not be enough right now

Video game console generations used to represent massive leaps forward in technology. The NES had 8-bits. The Super Nintendo had 16-bits. It didn’t matter what a “bit” even was, the important thing was that one system was a regular Nintendo and the other system was a super Nintendo. Or take the Xbox 360, which made

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Can <i>The A.V. Club</i>’s writers beat the Blair Witch—or at least their own loneliness—at its own game?
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William Hughes: It was apparent early on that Halloween 2020 was going to be a weird one; as hopes of a solution to the COVID-19 crisis arriving by October evaporated, mental calculations around the country started running, hoping to figure out the logistics of how to do candy, costumes, and all the other important

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