Madden gives the "no politics, just sports" crowd its platonic ideal of football

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…

Dishonored’s anti-establishment rage finally boils over in Death Of The Outsider

The stories of both main Dishonored games have always functioned on an uncomfortable thematic contradiction. These are pulpy revenge tales where massive kingdom-shaking coups are made into intensely personal vendettas, where members of the nobility are cast into hiding and seek to regain power by slitting the throats,…

The A.V. Club unboxes the new SNES Classic

The SNES Classic comes out September 29, and it’s looking to be another white-hot item more likely to be found on eBay than store shelves. Nintendo was nice enough to send a unit for The A.V. Club to test drive. Staffers Clayton Purdom and Kevin Pang sat down this week to play with the SNES Classic, and ho boy, is it…

Destiny 2 still awkwardly demands that you become a "gamer"

Welcome to the second installment of our Game In Progress review for Destiny 2. Over the next several weeks, internet culture editor Clayton Purdom will be shooting his way through Bungie’s massive sequel and sharing his impressions. As always, we invite you to play and comment along as he makes his way toward the…

Learn the fascinating history of speed-runners destroying your favorite video games

Speed-runners inhabit a unique segment of video game culture. They take something that most people think of as a leisure activity and turn it into an adrenaline-fueled, flop-sweat-inducing test of physical and mental abilities. They push themselves to the brink of insanity all in the name of shaving a few seconds off…

What artist would you bet on continuing to be great?

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…

Jack Danger gives us some tips to elevate our pinball game

Chicagoland’s Stern Pinball is the “oldest and largest designer and manufacturer of arcade-quality pinball games on the planet,” according to its website. While on a tour of the arcade, Jack Danger, pinball extraordinaire and host of the Twitch show Dead Flip, gave us a few tips to elevate one’s pinball skills.

We played Doom on the Nintendo Switch, and it was fine—mostly

Bethesda’s fall preview tour reached New York yesterday, and while it boasted new looks at the publisher’s VR experiments and big holiday-season releases, I was most curious to check out a game I already played to death when it came out last year: Id Software’s excellent Doom reboot. This wasn’t just any version of …

Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite epitomizes the simple pleasure of pushing buttons

No matter how good games get at telling poignant stories or expressing eye-opening personal experiences, there’s a more primal underlying truth from which they’ll always benefit: It’s really fucking fun to push buttons and make cool stuff happen on a TV screen. Few series exemplify that simple axiom like Marvel Vs.…

Department Of Interior employees now hunting big (video) game during lunch 

Under the Trump administration, the Department Of The Interior has declared open season on national monuments and wildlife refuges, with Secretary Ryan Zinke recently signing an order that gives hunters more access to public lands. This comes after Trump asked Zinke to review the 27 national monuments that were…

Read This: Hackers may have found a tribute to Nintendo's former president hidden in the Switch

Back in July, a poster on a forum dedicated to hacking and homebrewing Nintendo hardware reported something weird happening with their Switch: they set the game console down, and when they returned to it, it was running the old Nintendo Entertainment System game Golf. They apparently played the game for a bit, then…

Grand Theft Auto V’s new online mode is Battlegrounds but with way more mayhem

Every Friday, A.V. Club staffers kick off our weekly open thread for the discussion of gaming plans and recent gaming glories, but of course, the real action is down in the comments, where we invite you to answer our eternal question: What Are You Playing This Weekend?

Gaze upon Dunston Fucks Good and a bunch of other Sega CD games we wish existed

During the heyday of their 16-bit console the Genesis, Sega famously ran advertisements that claimed “the Genesis does what Ninetendon’t.” Not only was it a sick burn on their biggest competitor at the time, but it was also right in line with Sega’s cocky-confident branding. They wanted kids to know that they did…

Rejoice: Here are Mario's nipples, glistening in the sun as God intended

The upcoming Super Mario Odyssey looks dazzling, transplanting Nintendo’s beloved ex-plumber into a modern open-world setting that retains the series’ typically surrealist touchpoints while also expanding on them in ways that have been delightfully discomfiting. People are still getting used to the idea of doughy…

The Last Of Us and Uncharted 4 co-director departs Naughty Dog

Bruce Straley, co-director of The Last Of Us and multiple Uncharted games, is stepping away from Naughty Dog. The 18-year Naughty Dog vet broke the news via a heartfelt post on the developer’s website today, saying that “after heading up three extremely demanding projects, and taking some extended time away from the…

Destiny 2 is a small, cynical sequel—and better for it

Welcome to the first installment of our Game In Progress review for Destiny 2. Over the next several weeks, internet culture editor Clayton Purdom will be shooting his way through Bungie’s massive sequel and sharing his impressions. As always, we invite you to play and comment along as he makes his way toward the…