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Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is as subtle as punching a Nazi in the face

Welcome to our Game In Progress review of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. Over the next two weeks, William Hughes will be playing through this over-the-top, overtly political follow-up to 2014's Wolfenstein: The New Order, working his way through a Nazi-dominated America full of crazy superscience, foul-mouthed…

Super Mario Odyssey is the game Nintendo has been building to for decades

Welcome to part one of our Super Mario Odyssey Game In Progress review. This first of two installments covers the entirety of the game’s main storyline, but avoids details about specific surprises and late game levels. Part two will cover the huge amount of game that’s left explore after the credits roll.

Oh, hell yeah: Nintendo announces its first Animal Crossing mobile game

Tonight, in “Shut Up And Take Our Money”: Nintendo has finally bit the bell and announced that it’ll soon be releasing its first Animal Crossing mobile game. Titled Pocket Camp, the game will, unsurprisingly, take place in a summer camp, complete with the series’ usual assortment of hapless animals, ever-abundant…

Stern Pinball’s Gary Stern on the evolution of pinball since the 1930s

Chicagoland’s Stern Pinball says that it’s the “oldest and largest designer and manufacturer of arcade-quality pinball games on the planet.” The A.V. Club took a trip to the company’s headquarters in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, and interviewed owner and president Gary Stern about the creation of pinball and how it…

Punch-Out!! will always be the most timeless of Nintendo’s NES classics

Punch-Out!! was, in part, literally born from the detritus of Nintendo’s bigger successes. The idea for this cartoon boxing game goes way back to 1983 and Nintendo’s arcade era. With hits like Donkey Kong under its belt, the company was buying tons of televisions to use in its arcade machines and was eventually stuck…

Madden may not help you love football, but it can help you destroy it

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…

Is your D&D character as rare or unique as you'd like to think?

Everybody wants to be special, a desire that’s only exacerbated when people start sitting around a table, rolling dice, and coming up with brand new, potentially interesting folks to be. (Usually with some kind of magical powers or pointy ears attached.) But is your Dungeons & Dragons character actually as unique or…

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Russia used Pokémon Go and Black Lives Matter to meddle in the election 

At this point, it’s abundantly clear that Russia—or at least people in Russia—organized an endlessly elaborate scheme to influence the presidential election, partly by purchasing misleading and manipulative ads on Facebook and Google. Now, a report from CNN has revealed that the endlessly elaborate scheme was somehow…

Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War can’t decide if it thinks orcs are people too

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 second installment covers everything through the end of Act II…