The time has come for Nintendo’s strange, glorious Miiverse to die

What happens when a social network is sentenced to death? For Vine, it was wild outrage followed by mummification. The platform’s death was announced in October of last year, and in January, it was gone. Today, Vine is Vine Camera, an app that takes six-second videos for you to then post elsewhere, and Vine.com is…

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What's your favorite Mario Kart track?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

Hideo Kojima wrote an essay on the similarities between Dunkirk and Death Stranding

Hideo Kojima is the legendary game designer who created the long-running and absolutely insane Metal Gear series. He’s also a cinephile who loves to talk about his favorite movies and the ones that influenced his iconic game series. It seems he’s found another film to add to that list of essentials, Christopher…

This short story is probably the closest we'll get to learning the plot of Half-Life 3

It’s been nearly 10 years since Half-Life 2: Episode 2 was released and the long, fruitless wait for the series’ once promised conclusion began. Episode 3 (or just Half-Life 3 or whatever the hell it would’ve been called) has become one of gaming’s biggest mythological projects, a sequel to a beloved series that, last…

Can a video game fan who knows nothing about football learn to love Madden? 

Descent Into Maddeness is a mini-series that follows football neophyte William Hughes as he attempts to understand the video game institution of Madden NFL. Every other week, William will dig into a different mode from the series’ latest iteration, Madden NFL 18, all in an effort to appreciate this chart-topping…

UPDATE: Republicans try comparing Zelda to the American tax code, fail miserably

In a bold attempt to speak to America’s youths, the Republican Party has apparently thrown itself into the world of video game criticism. For its first foray into this famously lucrative industry, the website of the House GOP published an incredibly insightful thinkpiece entitled “What Do the The Legend of Zelda and…

Choosing the impossible: Did BioShock define the last 10 years of video games?

Ten years ago today, Irrational Games’ sci-fi first-person shooter BioShock was released, and its story of a ruined undersea city and the brutal objectivist that led it to its doom was instantly canonized as one of the medium’s strongest artistic statements. The art-deco-adorned city of Rapture was realized with a…

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