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Starting Screen | The Emerging War Between the Epic Games Store and Steam is Just the Beginning

STARTING SCREEN | The digital ecosystem is undergoing its biggest shakeup since 2005.

Starting Screen | Why 2019 Will Be a Quieter Year for Games Compared to 2017 and 2018

STARTING SCREEN | As developers gear up for the next generation, 2019 looks slimmer than recent years.

Starting Screen | 2018 in Video Games: Less Innovation, More Iteration

STARTING SCREEN | 2018 was a year of big games with a lot of caveats, making this year's end of the year deliberations more varied than ever.

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We Revisit the Greatest Dragon Quest of Them All on This Week's RPG Podcast

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | Dragon Quest 5, Destiny, and Tales of Vesperia headline this week's episode of Blood God.

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Gearbox, Unity, and Fortnite Highlight Week of Business Drama

THIS WEEK IN THE BUSINESS | Last week's chaos spills into this week as Improbable and Unity resolve their dispute, Gearbox enters legal battle with former lawyer, and more Fortnite dance lawsuits emerge.

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Roguelikes: How a Niche PC RPG Genre Went Mainstream

HISTORY OF RPGS | Mystery Dungeon tackled the daunting task of making roguelikes friendly.

The Top 25 RPGs of All Time #8: Dragon Quest 5

An RPG about personal tragedy, growth, and infusing your limited vocabulary with tremendous weight.

Dataminers Uncover SNES Game Data on Nintendo Switch Online, Including a Lost Classic

If your 3D racing game doesn't feature cars with eyes for headlights, don't even talk to me.

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