Eric Van Allen

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Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

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Garden Story is an Adorable Sim That Combines Zelda and Talking Grapes

It's a cozy game about building communities.

Suspended Hearthstone Pro Blitzchung Doesn't Regret His Protest: "It's a Must-Do Thing"

Blitzchung reflects on the last few months, as he prepares to return to competition.

Garden Story is an Adorable Sim That Combines Zelda and Talking Grapes

It's a cozy game about building communities.

Suspended Hearthstone Pro Blitzchung Doesn't Regret His Protest: "It's a Must-Do Thing"

Blitzchung reflects on the last few months, as he prepares to return to competition.

Kojima Productions is Planning to Work on Multiple Projects, Including One "Big" Game

Yoji Shinkawa seems interested in manga, too.

Ninja Theory Teases New Game About "Mental Terror," Project: Mara

Ninja Theory is diving deeper into mental health issues and games.

California State Agencies Say Riot Games Could Owe Up to 40 Times More in Settlement

The state is trying to intervene to get more for the women of Riot.

Shenmue 3 is Finally Letting You Skip (Almost) Every Single Conversation

No more waiting on someone's initial dialogue.

You Can Play All of Clem's Journey Through The Walking Dead on Switch Today [Update]

The delisted games will also be returning to Steam this week.

NPD: Call of Duty and Rockstar Dominate the Top 10 Best-Selling Games of the Decade

Ten of the top 15 games were Call of Duty.

Cyberpunk 2077 Studio Says Multiplayer Appears Unlikely Until After 2021

The delay seems to have pushed back multiplayer development as well.

Cyberpunk 2077 Delayed to September: "There's Still Work to Be Done"

CD Projekt Red wants this game to be its "crowning achievement for this generation."

World of Horror, a One-Bit Love Letter to Junji Ito, Enters Early Access Next Month

This is it, this roguelike, it was made for me!

Fire Emblem: Three Houses Adds a Secret Fourth House in New DLC

Byleth dives deep into the Abyss for more students to teach.

Byleth is the Next Fighter Joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

And there are even more Smash DLC fighters on the way.

Shenmue 3's First DLC Will Let You Play As Someone Other Than Ryo

Some new playable characters enter the fray.

From the USG Notebook: A Farewell to the E3 Corridor of Console Rivalry

One of E3's most infamous sights seems like it might never return.

Phil Spencer Responds to PlayStation Skipping E3 2020

Without PlayStation at the show, Microsoft will have the next-gen stage to itself.

Marvel's Avengers Delayed to September

The co-op superhero experience will get an extra round of fine-tuning and polish.

PlayStation is Skipping E3 Again [Update: ESA Responds]

Sony says it does not feel the "vision of E3 2020" is the right venue for showing PS5 and other announcements.

Soccer Legend Rio Ferdinand Urges Adults to "Set Parameters" Over Money and Time Kids Spend on Video Games

The former pro footballer wants to help educate parents about loot boxes.

Skies of Arcadia Developer: "I Really, Really Want to Develop the Sequel"

Signs of life for a classic RPG?

Teen Experiencing Seizure Saved By Gaming Friend Thousands of Miles Away

Medical help was called in thanks to his friend's efforts.

Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 Isn't Shying Away From Politics: "We Need To Make Sure It Feels Like You're There"

The World of Darkness will address real-world Seattle issues like homelessness.

NPD: More Games Came to the Switch in 2019 Than PS4 and Xbox Combined

It's starting to highlight a discovery issue.

BioShock Speedrunner Pulls Fake PC Crash Prank at AGDQ

And the "crash" is only the first part.

Good News: Nier's Soundtracks Have Finally Popped Up on Spotify

We're gonna shout it loud, even if our words seem meaningless.

Resident Evil 3 Remake Will Have Fewer Endings, But Potentially More Carlos

Carlos might get a little more spotlight in the remake.

A New Fan Patch Fixes One of Street Fighter 5's Longest Standing Online Issues [Update]

But it's created a new divide in the process.

Arc System Works is Mashing Up Guilty Gear, River City, and More in Code Shifter

Sol and Dizzy can clash with Kunio and Riki.

A Teaser for Pokemon Sword and Shield's Upcoming Expansions Goes Live Today

You can catch a Galarian Slowpoke once the update is live.

Bluepoint Games is Toying With Fans Over Its Unannounced Project

They're just messing with us now.

From the USG Notebook: The PS5 is Pretty Much a No-Show at CES

Notes, quotes, and rumors from the week in gaming.

The Timing of Thursday's Pokemon Direct Raises Some Interesting Possibilities

We're getting more Pokemon news sooner than you'd expect.

Alienware's Novel New Idea: Pair the Nintendo Switch Design With a Handheld PC

The power of PC gaming and two not-Joy-Cons.

Fallout Glitches Can Get Tricky, So One Speedrunner Brought Props to AGDQ 2020

It's like physics class for video games.

The Xbox Series X May Not Have Two HDMI Ports After All [Update]

AMD's shot of the Series X had some surprising info.

Valve's Dota Underlords Has Been Having Trouble Holding Onto Players

The autobattler has been slowly bleeding players.

Doki Doki Literature Club Creator Says New Content is Coming This Year

He's also got a new original VN in the works.

PlatinumGames Developers Share Their Ambition for the New Year [Correction]

The action game dev is looking to make some announcements this year.

Awesome Games Done Quick 2020 - When, Where, and Which Speedruns You Should Watch

It's a week full of wonderful speedruns, and one mischievous goose.

Rune 2 Assets Return to Ragnarok's Hands Amid Ongoing Legal Dispute

Nothing has been resolved on the legal front, though.

Grand Theft Auto 5 Comes to Xbox Game Pass Today

But only for console owners.

Respawn's Vince Zampella Wants to Give DICE LA a "New Image"

The Respawn CEO is helping DICE LA step out of Stockholm's shadow.

The Uncharted Movie Just Lost Its Sixth Director

But don't worry, seven is a lucky number.

Leaked Final Fantasy 7 Remake Demo Files Hint at a PC Port

The new Midgar might be headed for home computers (eventually).

Eric Van Allen's Top 10 Games of 2019: The Head and the Heart

Murder Hogwarts, class of 2019.

Stardew Valley is Coming to Tesla Cars

Elon Musk says its coming in the holiday update.

CD Projekt and Witcher Author Andrzej Sapkowski Bury the Hatchet With New Agreement

Terms for "future cooperation" between the two have been set.

A UK Charity is the Latest Group to Join the Call for Loot Box Regulation

Pressure is mounting for government regulation of loot boxes.

Microsoft Has Told We Happy Few Dev to "Keep Making Really Weird" Games

There's no mandate from on-high to stick to a status quo.

2019 Was the Year of Auto Chess Fever

It's far from a flash in the pan, though.

New Dangen CEO Says All Developers Are "Free to Reconsider Contracts" In Wake of Publisher Controversy

The indie publisher is offering an out for those who want it.

Google Stadia Acquires Studio Behind the Upcoming Journey to the Savage Planet

Google makes its first big studio grab for Stadia.

Rainbow Six Siege Changes Core Dev Team, as Former Leads Move to New Projects

The leads behind Ubisoft's wall-smashing success story are moving on.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's Multiplayer Has More Launch Players Than Any Other COD This Generation

Going back to Modern Warfare seems to have worked out.

How Westwood's Long-Lost Blade Runner Adventure Game Landed on GOG [Update]

It took years of searching and Scumm work.

Nintendo Knows What You Played the Most in 2019, and Now You Can Find Out Too

See just how much time Fire Emblem and Pokemon ate up.

Warcraft 3: Reforged Arrives Next Month with a Rebuilt World Editor

Meet me in the Life of a Peasant lobbies.

"We Had to Make the Chicken and the Egg at the Same Time:" A We Happy Few Postmortem

How Compulsion Games found itself in stormy weather.

Xbox Series X Will Let You Pick Up Games Right Where You Left Off on Xbox One

Xbox wants game saves to make the jump to next-gen.

The Next Generation of Xbox is Actually Just Called Xbox

"Series" is a designation, leaving the door open for more models to come.

New Final Fantasy 7 Remake Screens Hearken Back to Its Early Promo Art

An old snapshot of Tifa gets the Remake treatment.

No Man's Sky Adds a Whole Dang Audio Production Suite for the Holidays

Fill your space base with chippy cheer.

Street Fighter Boss Seth is Coming to Street Fighter 5 to Steal Your Moves

Seth is back with a brand new body.

The Fast and Furious Family Goes Digital For Crossroads

Life in the fast lane.

Gears Tactics is Taking a Turn At Fighting the Locust Horde Next April

Don't worry, there are still chainsaws on the Lancers.

Here's a Trailer For Something By PlayerUnknown Called Prologue

It's a new project from the maker of PUBG.

Gearbox Reveals Its First PS5 Console Exclusive—A Next-Gen "Looter Slasher" Called Godfall

Not to be confused with GreedFall or Godspell.

NPD: Death Stranding's Sales Do Fine in Light of Stiff Competition

There is some silver lining to 7th place.

Telltale's Batman Gets a Noir Makeover For Shadows Edition

Bats is back with a brand new look.

Half-Life: Alyx Won't Be at The Game Awards 2019 After All

The VR-exclusive Half-Life won't share more info as part of tonight's festivities after all.

New Mortal Kombat 11 Update Will Add Krossplay For PS4 and Xbox One [Update]

The Kombat arena seems to be expanding.

The Game Awards 2019 Air Tonight: Where to Watch and What to Expect

Ghosts, games, and Grimes are all set to show up at some point.

Resident Evil's Newest Survivor is a Living Homage to "Jill Sandwich"

Martin should probably stay away from small rooms with descending ceilings.

The New Battle Royale on the Streets is Forza Horizon 4's Eliminator

72 Mini Coopers drop somewhere in the UK.

The Game Awards is Launching a New Initiative Featuring Limited-Time Demos of Upcoming Games

Over a dozen games will have demos available for a limited time.

For Axiom Verge's Creator, the Switch Was a "Natural Platform" For the Sequel

Thomas Happ answers our most pressing questions about today's announcement.

Golf Story is Getting a Sequel Called Sports Story—And Yes, It Has Even More Sports

Tennis, baseball, even volleyball and soccer.

The Choose Your Own Adventure Publisher is Going After Indie Developers Who Use Its Trademark Phrase

Takedown notices going out to small-scale devs on Itch.io.

Resident Evil 3 Remake is Coming Next April. Check Out the First Trailer.

It'll be the campaign of the previously announced survival co-op game.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Could Be Headed to Other Consoles in 2021

New box art details indicate the remake might be a timed exclusive.

PUBG's Experimental Camper Solution: Put a Circle in the Circle

PUBG heard you like circles.

Tekken Wasn't Supposed to Be a Fighting Game, But 25 Years Later It Stands Tall

Devs recall how a tech test and late nights led to the king of 3D fighters.

You Can Own Vanquish and Bayonetta Together in One Handsome Steelbook Next Year

Relive Platinum Games history in 4K.

Danganronpa Creator Announces New Full-Motion Video Game

The creator of the killing games turns to FMV.

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