It's time to retire the old argument that violent entertainment causes violent behavior 

We’ll give Donald Trump this: At least he hasn’t had the absolute worst response to the student movement for ending gun violence that has emerged in the wake of the murder of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, last week. (See: Dinesh D’Souza and fired GOP lawmaker’s aide Benjamin…

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Celebrating the Game Boy Camera, one of Nintendo’s weirdest, most ingenious inventions

After an incredible year that saw the successful launch of its latest console, the Switch, and the release of two great, transformative games in its most most beloved series, The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild and Super Mario Odyssey, it’s only reasonable that everyone was foaming at the mouth to hear what…

Nature is Monster Hunter: World’s most beautiful, terrifying weapon

Monster Hunter: World opens like a lot of games: A world-shattering event derails your freshly created character’s life, and they’re thrown directly into a massive fantastical action scene. In this case, the migration of a mountain-sized dragon disrupts your newbie’s pleasant boat ride to an unexplored continent. Your…

Spyro The Dragon might be the next PlayStation classic to get a remake

Proving once again that nostalgia is a hell of a force, Activision scored a surprise hit last year with the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, a compilation of the first three Crash Bandicoot games remade from the ground up for modern consoles. Now, according to a story from Kotaku UK, the publisher is looking to cash…

Sicario 2's Stefano Sollima respawns into the Call Of Duty movie

According to Variety, Sicario 2 director Stefano Sollima is currently customizing his loadout, checking his weapon attachments, and talking about strategies with his squad as he prepares to take over the Call Of Duty movie. Sollima is reportedly “in negotiations” with Activision Blizzard about directing the video game…

Sex, Pong, And Pioneers: What Atari Was Really Like, According To Women Who Were There

Back in 1973, Steve Miller Band’s “The Joker” was blaring from the PA in a California warehouse as two dozen women in flared jeans assembled Pong circuit boards. The smell of corned beef and marijuana wafted down the manufacturing line. Orders for Atari’s landmark table tennis video game were still pouring in on the…

Chris Columbus to get spooky with robots for a Five Nights At Freddy's movie

The animated Angry Birds movie came out quite a few years after the mobile games had become giant hits, sapping it of some of its pig-killing thrills, and now touchscreen horror series Five Nights At Freddy’s is getting a similar treatment—though hopefully it’ll work out better than The Angry Birds Movie did. …

Live the cursed life of a retail mall manager in this video game powerlessness fantasy

Shopping malls are a great place to go if you want to feel very depressed. Made obsolete by online giants like Amazon, most malls are dying, if not already dead. Wandering around a mostly empty mall can feel like walking through a ghost town. If you listen close you can hear the wailing specters of Brookstone massage…

An ancient video-gaming mystery has been solved, thanks to a Twitter bot

Bots have gotten a bad rap lately. Fanboys use them to flood Rotten Tomatoes with negative reviews. Thirsty celebs use them to boost their social media followings. World governments use them to sway presidential elections. But those persistent lines of code can actually bring a little beauty into the world, whether…

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Neil Cicierega made a weird-as-hell video game you can play in your browser

Ever wanted to know what a Terminator crossed with a dinosaur sounds like, but were too afraid to ask? Well, now you can find out for yourself with the simple yet addictive new game Monster Breeder, which comes to us from musician, animator, and creator of popular internet things Neil Cicierega. Like everything else…

Dragon Ball FighterZ harnesses the power of anime for a fighting game like no other

A single match of Dragon Ball FighterZ lasts for just a few minutes, but it packs an entire Dragon Ball Z story arc’s worth of over-the-top action into that time. Brutal combos take unlucky combatants zig-zagging across the screen and careening into the dirt. Fireballs and lasers fly like mad, exploding as they…

Super Mario Odyssey producer confirms that Toad's head is not a hat 

The Super Mario universe is full of mysteries, like why Mario and Donkey Kong are friends now, whether or not their names are really Mario Mario and Luigi Mario, and why some of the characters from Super Mario Bros. 2 can pop up in other games if that whole adventure was a dream, but one mystery has divided the entire…

Hot sauce king Billy Mitchell is in danger of having his Donkey Kong records stripped away

A scandal has rocked the very niche (but very intense) world of competitive arcade gaming today, as hot sauce magnate Billy Mitchell—the big-haired, smiling “heel” of Seth Gordon’s 2007 documentary hit The King Of Kong—has had several of his records on the Nintendo classic Donkey Kong called into question. As reported…