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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Death Stranding on PC Won't Be an Epic Exclusive

And everyone breathed a short sigh of relief.

We Need a Mass Effect Remaster for More Important Reasons Than Nostalgia

Shepard's legacy should outlive their consoles.

Death Stranding on PC Won't Be an Epic Exclusive

And everyone breathed a short sigh of relief.

We Need a Mass Effect Remaster for More Important Reasons Than Nostalgia

Shepard's legacy should outlive their consoles.

Anyone Who Wanted Kingdom Hearts 3 Seems to Have Bought it at Launch

Final Fantasy 14 and mobile games carry Square Enix through a quiet year.

Switch Lite Sales Haven't Detracted From Original Nintendo Switch, Bowser Says

The Switch Lite has been "additive."

The Last of Us Part 2 Won't Be On PlayStation Now So Its Launch Can Be "Clean and Pure"

PlayStation Now will still lag behind Sony's first-party rollout.

Guerilla Games Co-Founder Takes Over PlayStation Worldwide Studios

Shuhei Yoshida will meanwhile be heading up a new indie-focused initiative.

Death Stranding's Stealth Gameplay Has Shades of Metal Gear Solid, But Not the Whole Picture

Sam's sneaking missions can still be fun, even if they don't quite measure up.

Bungie is Dropping Some Cryptic Teasers for Destiny 2

Turns out hitting level 999 was just the tip of the iceberg.

The Best Moments From Sakurai's Big Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tribute to King of Fighters

Terry's entrance into Smash Bros. came with a lot of fanfare.

Remember Deep Down? So Does Capcom, Apparently

Or at least, it's kept the trademark around.

No, Playtonic Isn't Working on a New Banjo-Kazooie

"At first, we found it amusing that Ed Bryan's bag is being used as serious 'evidence.'"

Terry Bogard and Kirby Bogard Arrive in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Today

Sakurai really, really likes Fatal Fury.

Just Dance 2020 Boogies Its Way to Being the Wii's Swan Song

This dance might be the Wii's last, ever.

On Its 10th Anniversary, Dragon Age: Origins is Better Than You Remember

Dragon Age: Origins was willing to eschew Mass Effect's infamous moral binary for something deeper.

A Thank You From USgamer For Extra Life 2019

We beat our goal, and it's thanks to all of you.

Trump, Brexit, and Movies: Hideo Kojima's Death Stranding Media Tour Has Been a Fun Ride So Far

Pre-launch coverage of Death Stranding has been suitably bizarre.

Guilty Gear 2020's First Gameplay is Receiving Mixed Reactions

It looks stunning, but system changes have some feeling wary.

Hearthstone Battlegrounds is Blizzard's Puzzling Reaction to Auto Chess

Its autobattling, but also very much Hearthstone.

Blizzard President Apologizes for Hearthstone Controversy, Doesn't Change Ruling

Brack apologized, but didn't change the company's stance despite protest.

Here's a Translation of the Full Short Story Behind Death Stranding's Opening Quote

Kotaku's Tim Rogers transcribed the whole of "Nawa" to English.

Another Anthem Lead Leaves BioWare

The head of live service is headed off to new pastures.

Bluepoint Games Is Teasing Something, Your Guess As to What

The studio tweeted out a cavalcade of spooky references.

BlizzCon 2019 is Blizzard's Most Crucial Show in Years

The wayward company has a chance to set its tone for the future, for better or worse.

Wrestler Kenny Omega Enters the Ring as Sans From Undertale

Ditching the one-winged angel for the one-eyed skullkid.

Reggie Fils-Aimé: The Wii Was Nintendo's Response to a "Stagnant" Market

Including Wii Sports was a "key decision."

A New Bloodlines Prequel Mod Makes You Play as a Puny Mortal

Experience the lead-in to Bloodlines in this fan-made prelude.

Nioh 2 Charges Headfirst Into a Packed Spring 2020

Nioh 2 joins a long list of spring blockbusters.

Please Just Let Us Date the Persona 5 Guys

A new update to P5 Royal either indicates hope or rubs salt in the wound.

Dragon Age 4 Won't Be Out For Quite a While

It looks like BioWare's next big RPG is still a ways off.

EA Just Canceled NBA Live Again

The series will ride the bench onto next-gen platforms, it seems.

The Making of Afterparty, the Indie From Hell

We talk with one of Night School's co-founders about life, drinking, and whether the devil has Wi-Fi.

EA Games Are Coming to Steam, Starting with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

EA has altered the deal. Pray it alters it further?

Valve Disables Counter-Strike Key Trading Because "Nearly All" Trades Were Used for Money Laundering

"Worldwide fraud networks have recently shifted to using CS:GO keys to liquidate their gains."

Why Tekken 7 Players Are Divided Over Paid Frame Data DLC

Some great features are coming to Tekken, but one's price tag is drawing ire.

Overwatch 2 is Set to Premiere at BlizzCon 2019 - Report

It'll have hero talents and an actual story.

Death Stranding is Confirmed for PC in 2020

Kojima's next game isn't Sony exclusive.

Four Months Later, Auto Chess' Successors Are Rewriting the Genre

Teamfight Tactics and Dota Underlords are trying to ensure auto chess isn't a flash in the pan.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's Biggest Day One Problems Seem to be Lighting and Map Size

Players are enjoying the game, but not the brisk jog to get to it.

Payday 2 Resumes Development, Scraps Forever-Free DLC Amid Starbreeze Woes

"To get it out of the door immediately; yes, I know we’re breaking a promise."

Street Fighter 4 Producer Yoshinori Ono Once Considered Making It Turn-Based

The higher-ups were initially "99.9 percent" against what became Street Fighter's revival.

Ubisoft's Yves Guillemot Addresses Myriad of Concerns Over Breakpoint's Lackluster Launch

"While the change of formula has been very well received by some players [...] it has also been strongly rejected by a significant portion of the community."

Ubisoft Delays Three Games, Including Watch Dogs Legion, to Beyond March 2020

The publisher attributes it to how this year's games panned out.

Today in Death Stranding Weirdness: Conan O’Brien in an Otter Hat

The Clueless Gamer will make a cameo appearance.

Report: The Last of Us Part 2 is Delayed to Spring 2020 [Update]

Reports are indicating the anticipated sequel has been pushed back.

Command & Conquer Remasters Will Let You Rapidly Swap Resolutions At The Push of a Button

Go retro or modern with a single keystroke.

WWE 2K20: How It Went So Wrong

A longtime developer's departure might have been the writing on the wall.

The Final Fantasy 15 Novel Collecting Canceled DLC Has Been Delayed for English Readers

The break of dawn has been pushed back a bit for English audiences.

Fallout 76 is Getting a Premium Subscription Model For Private Worlds

It's almost more per month than the actual game costs.

Suda and Swery Host Strange Reveal Event for New Horror Game Collaboration

Welcome to the Hotel Barcelona.

Sony Won't Sell Digital Copies of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare in Russia

It's not fully clear as to why, though.

DJ Jazzy Jeff Was Reportedly Surprised to Find Out He Was in NBA Jam

The Fresh Prince collaborator was dazzled by his in-game cameo.

Suda and Swery Set to Reveal "Secret" Joint Project Tomorrow

Two well-known creators are going to collaborate, it seems.

WWE 2K20's Launch is Riddled With Bugs, Glitchy Animations, and Body Horror

It's an absolute wreck, but really hard to look away from.

Pokemon Go is Finally Getting Online Matchmaking in 2020

You'll still have to walk to go online though.

Interview: We Ask Atari's CEO About Lingering Questions Surrounding Its Retro Linux Box

The VCS is more like an "open PC," but recent controversies and delays paint a grim picture. We ask Atari's head where it's headed.

Destiny 2's Exotic Telesto is Disabled After a New Exploit Emerges

Getting a Super shouldn't be too easy.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Is Scrapping a System Its Namesake Pioneered Over a Decade Ago

Instead of prestige, you'll rank up with the seasons.

AOC, Rubio, and Other Legislators Pen Letter to Activision Blizzard CEO Over Hearthstone Player's Suspension

A bipartisan letter from U.S. lawmakers urges Blizzard to correct course.

How a Rookie Speedrunner Revitalized Dragon Age: Inquisition by Beating It in Under 30 Minutes

One discovery changed the run entirely, and revitalized the scene along with it.

Okami Sequel Teased By Noted Twitter Troll Hideki Kamiya

I mean, it'd be nice if it were true.

The Witcher 3 Modders Manage to Hit 60 FPS on the Nintendo Switch

It'll just really heat your Switch up in the process.

Medieval Succession Simulator Crusader Kings 2 is Currently Free to Play

Get to work building your empire.

Nintendo Switch's North American Sales Have Surpassed the Wii U's Global Lifetime Sales

The Switch has solidly outsold its console predecessor.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is Distancing Itself From Supply Drops and Loot Boxes

The Modern Warfare devs are ensuring you won't have to buy any weapons or attachments.

Over 4000 Games Are Already Compatible With Steam's Upcoming Online "Local" Co-Op Feature

I can finally school my online pals in Pyre.

Pokemon Sword and Shield Will Let You Wander Into Supremely Overlevelled Pokemon

You ventured into the wrong patch of tall grass, Trainer.

Manifold Garden Launches This Friday After Seven Years of Development

The mind-warping puzzler is finally finished.

Grindstone Update Finally Lets You Listen to Whatever You Want While You Hack and Slash Away

Like the #1 RPG podcast in the land, Axe of the Blood God.

Blizzard Bans Collegiate Hearthstone Players for Six Months Over Protest Sign [Update]

American University's players have received some late judgment.

Paradox Pulls Stellaris Mobile After Stolen Halo Art Discovered In-Game

That's a uh... that's a UNSC logo.

Fat Pikachu and Long Meowth Lead New Batch of Gigantamax Pokemon in Sword and Shield

Don't talk to me or my large son ever again.

League of Legends is Coming to Mobile and Consoles Next Year

League is going mobile over the next year with the slightly different League of Legends: Wild Rift.

Blizzard's Overwatch Team Says the Nintendo Switch Port Has Been "Eye-Opening"

Bringing the hero shooter to Switch took more than just a visual overhaul.

Google Sets Stadia's Official Launch Date and Shows Off Its UI

Games are coming to Google pretty soon.

Blizzard Cancels Overwatch Switch Launch Event Amid Ongoing Public Backlash

The Nintendo New York event has been abruptly cancelled.

Check Out Sega's Surprise Remix of a Classic Sonic Adventure Tune

Maybe don't get your hopes too high that this means anything, though.

Here's Your First Glimpse of Fortnite Chapter 2, Thanks to This Leaked Trailer

Fortnite is looking surprisingly nautical.

Suspended Hearthstone Player Says He Accepts Blizzard's New Ruling

Blitzchung does wish Blizzard would reconsider its position on the casters, however.

Fortnite Probably Isn't Dead, But Players Can't Help But Wonder What's Next

After a massive explosion, Fortnite users are left with only an eerie void and theories.

Blizzard Reduces Suspension of Hearthstone Player and Casters Following Community Outcry

Both Blitzchung and the two commentators have had their suspension halved.

Ghost Recon Breakpoint Players Are Doing "Actual Recon" on the Upcoming Raid's Island

There's a shiny tank and more on the island already.

Pokemon Go Players Will Soon Be Able to Nominate and Evaluate Their Local Stops With a New Tool

Niantic's Wayfarer looks to curate your local PokeStop offerings.

Five More Games Arrive on Apple Arcade, Including Pixel Horror and Mobile RTS

Apple's service looks to keep subscribers interested beyond the free trial.

Watch Dogs, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, and More Set to Get Animated Series

They'll be a little more family-friendly, though.

Steam Will Soon Let You Play Local Multiplayer Online Via Remote Play Together

One may no longer be the loneliest number.

Hitman Developer IO Interactive Confirms a New Game is in the Works

Warner Bros. will be backing IO's next project, whatever it may be.

Blizzard "Assessing the Situation" Amid Fracas Over Hearthstone Suspension

Protests against Blizzard's ruling might have the company rethinking its stance.

Sony Europe Reportedly Lays Off Dozens of Employees Amid Restructuring

The same day as the PlayStation 5, restructuring hit SIEE.

Google Stadia Might Predict Your Button Presses to Deal with Input Delay

It knows what move you wanna make.

Overwatch's Mei Becomes Symbol of Protest Following Hearthstone Player's Suspension

Supporters are making fan art of Mei supporting the ongoing protests in Hong Kong.

Collegiate Hearthstone Players Hold Up 'Free Hong Kong Boycott Blizzard' Sign During Match [Update]

The community response to yesterday's suspension is growing.

New Report Paints Fuzzy Picture for the Future of Atari's Throwback Box, Though Atari Disagrees

New reports don't seem keen on the Ataribox's future.

Blizzard Employees Silently Protest While Hearthstone Players Call for Boycotts Over Player's Suspension

After suspending a player for pro-Hong Kong statements made on-air, Blizzard is under noticeable scrutiny.

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