This game about watching a computer make paperclips sure beats doing actual work

Every once in a while, the impressionable, distraction-seeking denizens of the internet (i.e. all of us) fall into the unbreakable thrall of a new idle clicker game. You know the type: those digit-heavy minimalist games that are all about setting a seemingly infinitesimal process in motion so you can sit back, watch…

Sony opens up its game cabinet and grabs a Settlers Of Catan movie

Nerds are cool now, which means nerdy stuff like video games are superheroes are also cool, but there are really only so many video games and superheroes that Hollywood can turn into movies. Luckily, the back wall of the toy section in your local Target has a seemingly endless supply of sufficiently nerdy board games…

Is Cuphead really as hard as everyone is making it out to be?

Cuphead, the long-awaited action game inspired by classic animation of the early 20th Century, finally arrived last Friday, and our own Sam Barsanti dropped by to give a review this week. Sam applauded the game for its visuals and playability but wasn’t completely sold on its level of difficulty, which is pretty damn…

Check out these wonderful "American" names from a '90s Japanese video game

“All your base are belong to us” remains the gold standard for that joyous disconnect that occurs when translating a piece of art from one language to another, but it’s certainly not the only example of such comedic serendipity. Just look at this list of names that some Japanese guy conjured up when working on the…

Conan makes Kumail Nanjiani cut himself in half in the latest Clueless Gamer clip

Another high-profile video game is set to arrive in stores in a couple of days—in this case, highly anticipated sequel Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War. (You can read the start of Matt Gerardi’s coverage of the game right here). That means it’s time once again for Conan O’Brien to joke and roll his eyes through another…

Nazi-killing video game adopts controversial anti-Nazi marketing stance

It’s a weird day-and-age we’re living in right now, where “Nazis are bad” has become an actual political stance, as opposed to a bit of basic, obvious wisdom. And yet, there’s something shockingly brazen about seeing it stated so bluntly, as in a Twitter ad released tonight for upcoming Nazi-killing video game …

A brief history of Nintendo’s weird-ass commercials

Most big companies are so scared of their shareholders that their commercials tread a few comfortable lines, whether it’s having annoying people singing bad versions of popular songs or doing some variation of whatever the hell Geico’s been doing for the last gazillion years. The stakes were lower in the ’80s and…

Goofy orcs and epic battles snap Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War out of a rough start

Welcome to our Game In Progress review of Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War. Over the next two weeks, Gameological editor Matt Gerardi will be playing through this sequel to Shadow Of Mordor, the grisly Tolkien-verse game of orc stabbing and manipulation. This first installment covers everything from the beginning of the…

Netflix released a free Stranger Things mobile game, and it's surprisingly good

We’re a little more than three weeks away from being able to binge our way through Stranger Things’ second season, and Netflix just released a neat little appetizer to hold us over until the premiere. The streaming service has teamed up with a game developer called BonusXP to make a free Stranger Things mobile game,…

Cuphead's brilliant cartoon look masks a brutal, unforgiving game

There are two things that everybody should know about Cuphead before going in. First: It might not be what you expect. This is an indie game with a clever and cool art style, but unlike seemingly every other indie game from the last few decades with a clever and cool art style, it’s not a throwback to Super…

Stern Pinball teaches us how to make a pinball machine from start to finish

The A.V. Club took a trip to Chicagoland’s Stern Pinball, the “oldest and largest designer and manufacturer of arcade-quality pinball games on the planet,” according to its website. In the video above, we follow the pinball machine manufacturing process from start to finish, seeing just how much work goes into…

Nintendo to finally shut down the online Wii Shop

According to Rolling Stone, Nintendo is finally getting around to shutting down its online Wii Shop marketplace, the service that allowed Wii owners to download games, some apps, and things that seemed fun at the time like a “channel” for voting on other people’s Mii characters. The Wii Shop isn’t shutting down right…

How could the SNES Classic be anything but essential?

You do not need me to tell you this, but the SNES Classic is absolutely radical. If you want one, you should get it. If you think you want one, you should get it. If you’re on the fence, you should get off it. After playing with the system for a few days, I can offer a host of tiny qualms—the cords are again far too…

The story of Red Dead Redemption 2 comes out of hiding in a new trailer

It’s been nearly a year since Rockstar Games announced the much-anticipated sequel to its iconic Western game Red Dead Redemption, and aside from a note to let all of us know its launch had been delayed out of 2017, the famously tight-lipped developer has been on media blackout ever since. The game has finally come…

Break free from the screen: The best card and board games for your kids

Even if your grade-school-age kids don’t have phones yet, they’re likely already figuring out how to build their Minecraft estates on any devices you may have lying around (like that mini-iPad that came free with your phone), or quickly becoming addicted to Vine YouTube videos where people hurt themselves (Most…

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