In the first episode of Hasbro’s My Little Pony: Equestria Girls animated series, a pony who transformed into a human after passing through a dimensional portal waits in line for a new video game. What happens next challenges the notion that preordering video games is bad.
Bulletstorm and The Vanishing of Ethan Carter lead Adrian Chmielarz recently confessed that he liked the idea of survival games more than any survival games he actually played. I feel similarly, but his remark got me thinking about why that might be.
In the 15 years I worked at Toys “R” Us, I sometimes leaked information about video game sales and posted them on message boards. I even took games home early to try them and then post impressions, which was very much against the rules.
Video games are bigger than movies. Everyone's a gamer. I've devoted my life-no exaggeration-to video games for 14 years, working on titles such as Company of Heroes, a few Assassin's Creeds, and Child of Light. But everywhere I go, I meet people who don't like video games.
Among video game developers, it’s called “crunch”: a sudden spike in work hours, as many as 20 a day, that can last for days or weeks on end.
In 2008, on the eve of the release of his début video game, Jonathan Blow stood drinkless in a murky corridor at an industry party in England, performing what appeared to be Tai Chi poses in the half-dark. He was exhausted but driven to this exercise by exhilaration.
I've been threatening to write about the popping of the Indie bubble for some time. Everything has finally started to come together. It's a miserable thing to have to talk about, but the conversation is long overdue. First, a brief history of the Indie bubble.
In grade school, the most exciting days were when we were taken to the computer lab and allowed to play educational games. It might sound like an exaggeration, but I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it weren’t for those games.
It was nearing midnight when she slipped out of bed, padded across the wood floors and peered into the room across the hall. Her 15-year-old son was still awake, like she knew he would be, sitting in his bed, staring at his laptop screen.
Blizzard team shooter Overwatch is a game designed around heroic moments.
On the evening of November 9, having barely been awake to see the day, I took the subway to Sunset Park. My objective was to meet a friend at the arcade Next Level. In size, Next Level resembles a hole-in-the-wall Chinese restaurant.
Everyone makes purchases they regret. You might buy an expensive toy, binge on cartons of ice cream, get a fancy dress, or you might buy a too many copies of a Top Gun video game.
In this article we’ll cover the best Pokemon in Pokemon Go and offer a chart of various Pokemon types and their weaknesses.
We don’t always want to go fast, we don’t always want to shoot lots of zombies, and we certainly don’t always want to find ourselves stranded in space. Sometimes all we want is a video game that’ll help us chill out after a long day.
LONDON — Before his first few appearances as a teenage striker for Arsenal, Alex Iwobi used to cast his eye over the names of the opposition team, trying to identify his direct opponent. In most cases, he would find himself up against a player he had never faced.
Welcome to Prima’s feature that includes tips for playing Pokemon Go. We’ll tell you how to catch Pokemon, gain lots of experience and get more Poke Balls without spending PokeCoins. Use these tips to level up fast and fill your Pokedex.
A new, major expansion pack for Sid Meier’s Civilization V, a 2010 turn-based strategy game, has just launched. Called Gods and Kings, it adds some new facets to the game which have been seen in previous versions, including robust religions and espionage features.
Video games have a blackness problem. This has been a known thing for a while, and we do talk about it from time to time. But I'd like to keep talking about it. When they appear at all, black video game characters are often reduced to outdated, embarrassing stereotypes.
Tom Bissell was an acclaimed, prize-winning young writer. Then he started playing the video game Grand Theft Auto. For three years he has been cocaine addicted, sleep deprived and barely able to write a word. Any regrets? Absolutely none Tom Bissell was an acclaimed, prize-winning young writer.
There’s just something about video games with an isometric viewpoint, isn’t there? Something...cute about them. No matter how dark and brutal a game’s setting and art may be, tilting a camera up and around makes everything look like an action figure.
The generation that grew up playing modern video games is now making media about war that reflects those influences, including in Syria, where militias are producing sophisticated propaganda films employing tropes from Western popular culture.
The Internet Archive put nearly 2400 MS-DOS games online, and they're playable in nearly any browser. Prepare to travel back in time to when you were just a kid with a clunky computer, and kiss your free time goodbye.
Video games, like work, are basically a series of quests comprised of mundane and repetitive tasks: Receive an assignment, travel to a location, overcome some obstacles, perform some sort of search, pick up an item, and then deliver it in exchange for a reward—and, usually, another quest, which s
So Shovel Knight has been on sale in the US on Wii U/3DS and internationally on Steam (only in English) for over a month now! Pretty nuts to see our little fledgling Kickstarter all grown up and in the wild.
Grand Theft Auto, that most lavish and notorious of all modern videogames, offers countless ways for players to behave. Much of this conduct, if acted out in our reality, would be considered somewhere between impolite and morally reprehensible.
Way back in 2010, I wrote an article suggesting some books about gaming that I felt every gamer should read. After all, as I often say on Podcast Beyond, the stories behind the games we play and enjoy are often just as fascinating -- if not moreso -- than the actual games themselves.
The Video Game History Foundation officially launched today. A non-profit dedicated to the preservation of video games and video game materials, the foundation is already working on special projects to help keep gaming history alive.
Do you have the need for speed, but would rather not dole out the cash to get it? We get it - cars are expensive, and why pay for a game when you don’t have to? We’ve combed through Google Play for some of the best-looking white-knuckled racing games on Android that are completely fr
People who played action video games that involve first-person shooters, such as Call of Duty and Medal of Honor, experienced shrinkage in a brain region called the hippocampus, according to a study published Tuesday in Molecular Psychiatry.
Growing up sucks. Jungle gyms are replaced by cubicles and healthy almonds replace gobs of Gushers. Or something like that. One of the worst things about growing up is that you never seem to have any time left over for yourself. For anything.
Everybody's Golf is out on PlayStation 4 now. Prior to release, Colin and Owen had a few days to play the game, though not nearly enough time to unlock all its courses or get into the nitty-gritty of online multiplayer contests.
The world has no shortage of video game emulators, but many can be painful to use — many reflect their hacker origins with equally hacky interfaces, and you'd need a vast collection of different emulators to properly relive your childhood. By contrast, OpenEmu is a breath of fresh air.
Have you ever dreamed of making your own video game, but gotten stuck with every tool you’ve looked at? Here are five you can start with that aim to make the process as simple as possible – no programming necessary.
That’s the question I’ve received the most as a video game critic. Of course, no video game critic hates games. If not for a love of games, a bottomless, nagging, nonnegotiable sort of love, no one would become a professional video game critic — or any critic, for that matter.
You're either a video game person, or you aren't. They either bring joy to your life while silently sucking it away, or you just kind of shrug your shoulders and wonder what the big deal is.
Bugs in Fallout: New Vegas might have eaten your save file. Maybe they took away a few hours of progress, or forced you to reset a couple of quests. Maybe game-crashing bugs pissed you off to the point where you wished you could get your $60 back.
Now this...this is how you make a dramatic video game trailer. Pretty glorious, right? For those of you that are confused: this is the launch trailer for Goat Simulator, a game in which you can cause all sorts of chaos as a goat.
A previous version of this article incorrectly characterized Danny Izquierdo's education. The post has been updated to specify he has an associate degree. Danny Izquierdo, a 22-year-old who lives with his parents in Silver Spring, Md.
So, you finally realized that you can't stand to part ways with your games, guides, and various gaming memorabilia. Don't worry, you're not a hoarder, you're a collector! Unless you can't sleep because your bed is covered in stacks of Electronic Gaming Monthly... then you might be a hoarder.
In this lesson, we’ll continue our tour of Gmail interface by covering the Gmail app, specifically the Android version. Then we’ll finally get to the good stuff by showing you how to compose messages and how you can easily follow your messages with Gmail’s unique conversation view.
JRPGs are games designed to use a bunch of talking and combat as an excuse to blast killer soundtracks at you for hours and hours on end. Which...might explain why this list of best soundtracks also looks a lot like a list of the best JRPGs.
Xbox One and PC owners can now get their hands on Bethesda's all-new Skyrim, Fallout and Doom... themed pinball machines. Available today as DLC for the free game Pinball FX 2, Microsoft gamers can trial these new tables for a limited time at no extra cost.
Listen-up, Pokemon Go fans! You’re going to want to listen, and listen good! PokeAdvisor, the very popular app that was used to track all kinds of Pokemon Go-related things such as number of Poke Balls thrown, their overall catch rate, number of Pokemon encounters, IV calculator, and more, ha
Chris Baker worked on five Spider-Man video games in his career as the manager of licensed games for Marvel from 2007 to 2014, so the guy knows a little bit about turning a huge franchise into a game.
The American confectionery company Victoria Sweets claims to have invented the candy cigarette. A thin stick of chocolate, wrapped in edible paper and designed to impersonate a roll-up, it debuted in 1915 and soon became the accessory of choice for children keen to play grown-up.
Saints Row 2 is the greatest sandbox game of all time. Grand Theft Auto 5 has a bigger budget, Saints Row IV gives you superpowers, The Witcher 3 has a better story, and Assassin’s Creed II takes you to far more exotic locales, but Saints Row 2 holds a special place in my heart.
I'm the programmer at AlPixel Games (currently developing "A Place for the Unwilling"). We have been working hard for more than a year on this project, and I thought it would be a cool idea to share part of the technical process we have gone through.