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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Open-World Detective RPG Disco Elysium Launches Next Month

Become the next Sherlock. Or maybe Moriarty.

Zombies May Be Appearing in Red Dead Online, If It's Not a Glitch

Undead nightmare part two, or just another quirky bug?

Reggie Fils-Aimé's Been Up To a Lot Since His Retirement From Nintendo

The former Nintendo of America president has been pretty active.

Open-World Detective RPG Disco Elysium Launches Next Month

Become the next Sherlock. Or maybe Moriarty.

Zombies May Be Appearing in Red Dead Online, If It's Not a Glitch

Undead nightmare part two, or just another quirky bug?

Reggie Fils-Aimé's Been Up To a Lot Since His Retirement From Nintendo

The former Nintendo of America president has been pretty active.

The Next Total War Saga Heads to Mythological Troy

The land of gods and monsters seems to be the next saga locale.

Pokemon Sword and Shield Trailer Unveils Sirfetch'd, the Galarian Evolution of Farfetch'd

The Sword-exclusive duck knight is stoic and perfect.

Overwatch's Bastion Gets an Adorable Lego Skin for New Event

Just be careful you don't step on him.

Anthem Transitions to Seasonal Updates as Future Looks Murky

A new update from BioWare makes Anthem's future seem up in the air.

GreedFall Review

And I'm greed, greedfallin'.

E3 May Soon be Seeing Some Big Changes [Update]

A pitch reportedly suggests pivoting to a "fan, media, and influencer festival."

Sega Sends Out Mini Genesis Towers of Power, Teases More to Come

A once-glorious hardware tower, now in adorable pint-sized form.

Hearthstone Pro Flubs League Match Because He's Playing Auto Chess at Same Time

Not quite the Bobby Fischer of Auto Chess.

George Miller Once Called Death Stranding "Mathematically Correct," Hideo Kojima Says

The Fury Road director seems to like what Kojima's going for.

Thinbloods and the Politics of Living Forever: An Interview with Bloodlines 2 Writer Cara Ellison

We talked love, loss, and lots of blood with one of Bloodlines 2's writers.

Tales of Arise's TGS Trailer Teases a Potential New Party Member

And it looks like they have a pet, too.

Haven is an RPG Where You Control Two Star-Crossed Lovers at the Same Time

It's a wonderfully fresh take on video game romance.

Why Astral Chain Might Be the Year's Biggest Surprise for the Nintendo Switch

In a year of Fire Emblem and Pokemon, PlatinumGames has found success on the Switch.

NPD: Five of August's Top 10 Best-Selling Games Were Nintendo Switch Exclusives

Astral Chain makes a surprisingly strong debut.

Here's the Roadmap for Destiny 2: Shadowkeep's Launch

Everything from the launch of Shadowkeep through the raid and seasonal pass.

New Guilty Gear Trailer Brings Back a Familiar Face: It's Gonna Be May

Slightly older May, still toting a massive anchor.

Anthem Slides Into the EA Access Vault Less Than a Year Post-Launch

The loot-shooter is looking for an influx of players.

Death Stranding's New Gameplay Demo Seems to Confirm Theory About Sam's Blood and Other Fluids

The unexpected, unofficial Bloodborne follow-up.

A UK Ministry Just Recommended Heavy Loot Box Regulation. Here's Why This Matters

It's another step in an ongoing escalation of regulatory involvement in games.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon Gets New Story Trailer, Coming West in 2020

Yakuza 7 is now Like a Dragon.

Netflix Might Have Leaked The Witcher Series' Premiere Date

Celebrate the holidays with monsters and magic.

Street Fighter 5 and Rocket League Lead Next Step Towards Olympic Esports

The IOC is getting involved in this lead-up to Tokyo 2020.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses Patch Replaces Former Voice Actor of Male Byleth

Zach Aguilar is taking on Byleth duties now.

Bayonetta 1 and 2 Confirmed to be Leaving the North American Wii U eShop Next Week [Update]

The stylish witch will stay with the Switch.

Nioh 2 Announces Early 2020 Release with New Character Trailer

Get in the Yokai spirit.

GameStop Will Close Up to 200 Stores Globally By End of Fiscal Year

The video game retailer is targeting "under-performing" stores.

Control DLC Roadmap Teases an Alan Wake Expansion

Bah gawd King, that's Alan Wake's art!

#FixNBA2K20 Hashtag Trends as NBA 2K20 Players Express Grievances

2K players don't seem too happy with this year's installment.

Apple Arcade Stealthily Announces Octopath Traveler Devs' Successor, New ChuChu Rocket

And it somehow barely appeared during the actual keynote.

Apple Arcade, The Company's Gaming Subscription Service, Launches Next Week

Play on your iPhone for just $5 a month.

Nintendo Switch Update Will Let You Invite Online Friends to Play

That is, once software supports it.

GreedFall Is a Slow but Satisfying Burn for Fans of Old BioWare: Review Impressions

Spiders' tale of colonial tension is, so far, compelling.

Yoshi's Island's Hidden Multiplayer is Still In the SNES Online Switch Version

You can still spit seeds at your friends.

Ghost Recon Breakpoint's Loot Mechanics Are Every Bit as Controversial as Expected

The "shlooter" approach isn't going over well.

Nintendo Teases Spiritual Successor To Wii Fit... We Think?

Get fit with a Switch band?

Samurai Gunn 2 is Looking For Its Street Fighter 2 Moment

The local competitive darling is ready for its big break.

Ikumi Nakamura, the Cheery Director From E3 2019, Leaves GhostWire: Tokyo Studio

The creative director is leaving the new Shinji Mikami project behind.

Everything From Today's Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Update, Including Sans?!

No Terry Bogard, I am not okay.

Terry Bogard is the Next Fighter Coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

He just wants to know if you're okay.

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE is Finally Coming to the Nintendo Switch

My skin is clear, my crops are flourishing, and my prayers are answered.

Overwatch is Coming to the Nintendo Switch Next Month

The rumors were true, and the cavalry's here.

How to Watch Today's 2019-Centric Nintendo Direct

It's looking like a packed 40 minutes or so.

Valve is Overhauling the Steam Library

Some extra help is coming for those sifting through massive backlogs.

Halo Co-Creator's New Game Disintegration Also Started Life as a Strategy Game

Turning strategy into shooter seems like a talent of his.

River City Girls Wants to "Beat You Over the Head" With Character

Style, expression, and presentation are key to the girls' romp through River City.

In the Pokemon-Style Combat of Bravery Network Online, Words Hurt Just as Much as a Claymore

The Gloam Collective is changing up turn-based team combat.

Come Take the 2019 USgamer Readership Survey

We want to get to know you better.

One Developer Coming Forward Over Alleged Abuse Sparks Industry Movement

Allegations of abuse have risen this week against Skyrim composer Jeremy Soule, Night in the Woods co-creator Alec Holowka, and more.

NBA 2K20's MyTeam Trailer Looks Like a Casino

Spin to win player cards.

Nintendo Producers and Voice Actor Union Reach Agreement Over Dragalia Lost

After a number of workers broke union lines, producers have reached an agreement with union actors.

Telltale Games is Coming Back, But It's Not Quite Whole

Some of the properties, and employees who made them possible, are returning.

World of Warcraft Game Director Explains the Long Queue Times for WoW Classic

More realms are coming, but gradually.

Overwatch Could be Coming to Nintendo Switch, If This Suspicious Amazon Listing is Anything to Go By

The living, fleeting embodiment of the :eyes: emoji.

10 Years Ago, Batman: Arkham Asylum Showed Us That Superhero Games Could Be More

Nothing before could capture the Dark Knight quite like Arkham.

3D Realms Disavows Jokes About Marginalized People, Still Backs Ion Fury Dev

The devs will still donate to charity, but keep one joke in.

Maxis Appears to be Working on a New Game Unrelated to The Sims

Something new is on the horizon for the sim developer.

Ion Fury Developer Walks Back Apology and Won't Remove Controversial Content [Update]

Update: Some content will stay, some will go.

Cyberpunk 2077 Might Be Smaller, But Denser, Than The Witcher 3

It's like smushing all the Witcher's cities together.

Remnant: From the Ashes is Quickly Becoming 2019's Breakout Hit

A multiplayer Souls-shooter is picking up steam.

Former Artifact Designer Says Expansions Were in the Works Prior to His Departure

He hopes the maligned card game can still find an audience.

Dragon Quest Builders Director Departs Square Enix Citing Burnout and Desire for Different Development Cycle

One of the builders of Builders is ready for something new.

Riot Games Agrees to Settlement in Class Action Lawsuit For Gender Discrimination

The suit will now go to court approval.

The Uncharted Movie Loses Director Number Five

We're getting close to more directors than Uncharted games.

Destiny 2's Console Players Are Having a Fun, Disastrous Time Switching to PC

Turns out there are some differences between the platforms.

One of Epic's Flagship Exclusives is Coming to Steam

Supergiant's Hades aiming for v1.0 sometime next year.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses Hackers Find Secret Blue Lions Conversations Only Accessible Through Mods

The Blue Lions route was going to be even more heartbreaking.

Microsoft Contractors Reportedly Heard You Talking to Your Kinect

The listen-ins were apparently meant to improve the service.

As Next-Gen Approaches, Ubisoft Feels It's a "Good Moment" to Invest in New IP

Time to find what will define the next gen.

Witchbrook Dev Tweets Design Docs Revealing New Details on the Charming Magical School Sim

A rare look into the internal process of development as it happens.

Pokemon Go Gets Its First Gen 5 Pokemon Next Month

Here comes the Unova region.

Yu Suzuki Seems Interested in Returning to Virtua Fighter and Out Run

He hints there "might be something."

Gears 5's Monetization is "Ahead of the Industry," Dev Says

The Coalition was reading the tea leaves.

Dragon Quest 11's Switch Demo is Live, and Your Progress Carries Over

Get started on your journey today.

Over 120 GameStop Corporate Employees Laid Off to "Reduce Costs"

This includes a number from games publication Game Informer.

Dota Underlords Is Getting Duos

Auto chess in pairs.

Microsoft Says It Has "No Further Plans" to Bring Exclusives to Other Consoles

The recent Ori announcement was honoring prior commitments.

Yakuza 3 Remastered is Out Now, 4 and 5 Are On The Way

One collection gathers all three games and puts them on PS4.

Check Out the Full 18 Minutes of Marvel's Avengers Gameplay

The frequently leaked footage is now complete and official.

Final Fantasy 8 Remastered is Releasing a Lot Sooner Than Expected

In just two weeks, Squall will be on the Switch.

Ion Fury Developer Donates $10,000 to Charity After Furor Over Transphobic Comments

The studio is apologizing for comments both in and out of the game.

Disintegration, Halo Co-Creator's New Sci-Fi FPS, Gets Its First Gameplay Trailer

Squad-based sci-fi tactics seems just about right.

Sony Acquires Ratchet and Clank, Spider-Man Dev Insomniac Games

The longtime partner of Sony's is jumping aboard.

Gears 5's Campaign Will Bring Back Some Familiar Faces

The boys are back in town.

Google Stadia Connect: All the Games and Trailers Shown for the August Event

It was "all about the games," though it didn't bring many.

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