John Learned

Nioh 2's Beta is a Brutal Brick Wall of Difficulty

Like its predecessor, Nioh 2 cranks its difficulty amp way up.

How a Parry Saved Street Fighter: 20 Years of 3rd Strike

Everyone loves a comeback.

Dark Souls Needs to Die: My Complicated Relationship With the Series That Helped Me Beat Cancer

How a quest to master Dark Souls and cope with cancer became a personal curse.

We Were Madmen: A Diary of Demon's Souls' Final Days

From the beginning of the final month to the last moment, we take a tour through the end of From Software’s seminal action-RPG.

"Make it Biblical:" How Vagrant Story Changed Game Localization

INTERVIEW: Alexander O. Smith and Rich Amtower go in-depth on the game that helped elevate localization into an artform.

The Oral History of EVO: The Story of the World's Largest Fighting Game Tournament

The history of the Evolution Championship Series as told by the people who have been there from the beginning.

Nioh DLC Dragon of the North is Less New Places and More Swords to Faces

While some might balk at the lack of new locations, Nioh’s first DLC falls back on what it does best: fighting.

Let's Talk About Nioh's Difficulty

Now that it’s out in the wild, we talk about where the line really is

A Voice for Ivalice: The Localization and Voice Acting of Final Fantasy XII

Now almost ten years removed, the localization team and voice actors look back on a magnificent work of game translation.

Street Fighter V Stress Test: Notes from the Underground

This past weekend, the Street Fighter V beta lurched back to life. Here's what we found.

Zen and the Art of the Art Book: The Close Relationship Between Udon and the Video Game Industry

How Udon Entertainment gives the super fan insight into a game’s production.

Street Fighter Beta Diary: Day One (And Maybe Only)

There, there. Shhh. I know.

Street Fighter V Beta: Day 0: What We Know So Far

What better way to prepare for tonight’s beta than to get everyone on the same page?

Getting Strong Now: The Pros Share Their Training Tips for EVO

Daigo, Combofiend, and Seth Killian on how they prep for the fight game community's most prestigious tournament.

A Fighting Chance to Live: The Story of FightCade

How FightCade saved an online classic gaming community from the brink of doom.

Reproduction Cartridges and Elegant Piracy

How a byproduct of emulation became gaming’s Cuban Cigar.

Dragon Age: Inquisition and the Mysteries of Faith

Dragon Age writer David Gaider reflects on how BioWare's RPG tackles the seen and unseen.

For Whom the Fight Bell Trolls

How the fighting game community's most notorious villain barely lifts a finger.