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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Latest Articles

Apex Legends Is Matching Cheaters and Spammers With Each Other

Giving them what they deserve: each other.

It Took Several "Crappy Prototypes" For Furi Developer To Get To Haven

A change in pace was not easy, but it was much needed.

Apex Legends Is Matching Cheaters and Spammers With Each Other

Giving them what they deserve: each other.

It Took Several "Crappy Prototypes" For Furi Developer To Get To Haven

A change in pace was not easy, but it was much needed.

Borderlands 3 Won't Have Cross-Play At Launch, Randy Pitchford Confirms

But there is a new trailer today.

Popular Super Mario Maker Creator Says Inexplicable Removal Of His Level Feels Like A Gut Punch

He believes it's due to mass reporting, though he's been given little to go on from Nintendo.

Tetris Effect Is Coming to PC With VR Support Next Week, Exclusive to Epic Games Store

Bump up the resolution and slide into the beats.

FIFA 20 Won't Include Juventus License as PES Signs Exclusive Deal

This has been a very interesting offseason for virtual soccer.

Super Monkey Ball is Back, But It's A Remake Of The Wii's Banana Blitz [Update]

And the monkey's paw curls on more finger.

You'll Have To Play Cyberpunk 2077 At Least Three Times To See How Life Paths Pan Out

Where you come from will affect where you go, and how.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Breaks Series Record For Evo 2019

A huge turnout for Ultimate's debut year.

Devotion Dev Gives Re-Release Update and the News Isn't Great

A re-release isn't off the table, but probably not happening soon.

Marvel's Avengers Gameplay Will Debut at San Diego Comic-Con, But You Probably Won't be Able to See It

If you want to see it, you'll want to make it to Hall H.

You Can't Hurt Key Story Characters Or Children In Cyberpunk 2077

I really hope this isn't your dealbreaker.

Sorry, No Smoking Allowed in Gears 5

Marcus will have to put the cigar out.

Confirmed: Fire Emblem: Three Houses Has Same-Sex Romance Options

More love can bloom on the battlefield.

A Fan Is Translating A Previously Japan-Only Iwata Asks With The Crystal Bearers Producer

An untranslated interview will finally be available for those who can't read Japanese.

Will the Switch Pro be a True Upgrade? Making Sense of the Info That Has Emerged Since the Switch Lite Announcement

Even with a new Lite model out, folks are still whispering about an upgraded Switch.

Valve Introduces Experimental Features For Sifting Through Steam's Massive Storefront

It might get a little easier to find your diamond in the rough.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses Is Essentially A Spiritual Successor To A Game That Never Came West

The spirit of one of the best Fire Emblems lives on, two decades later.

The Stanley Parable Co-Developer Is Hiring For A New Game

It's probably very meta.

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Will Let You Chill In A Hot Spring With Your Cat Friends

Also, Glavenus and another familiar face are here to mess you up.

Halo Co-Creator's Studio Teases New Sci-Fi FPS, But Isn't Showing Much Right Now

A full reveal is coming at Gamescom this August.

A Strange Claymation Earthbound Was Once Considered for GameCube. Here's What It Would Have Looked Like

The director of Baten Kaitos worked up a claymation-like concept for Nintendo.

Meet the Creators Behind Awesome Overwatch Workshop Creations Like “Last Man Bouncing”

For some, the Workshop is "one of the best things to happen to Overwatch."

Nintendo Says It Will Continue To Support 3DS Despite Switch Lite

So don't dump that 3DS XL just yet.

Total War Studio Creative Assembly Could be Developing Its Own Hero Shooter

It might veer towards stealth and sci-fi as well.

Amazon Turns Its Attention to New Lord of the Rings MMO After String of Cancellations And Layoffs

The company is looking to Middle-earth and a new partnership.

Nintendo's Bowser Says Switch Users Will "Have The Ability To Transfer Between Devices"

Switch Lite adopters will be able to move their "gameplay experiences."

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Teaser Posted By Xbox Germany Was An "Internal Mistake"

This odd slip-up makes us curious about a potential new platform.

Nintendo Switch Online Is Getting A Rewind Feature This Month

If only I could turn back time.

Switch Lite Getting Pokemon Sword and Shield Edition With a Unique Color

Get in the spirit a week ahead of the new Pokemon game.

The New Mortal Kombat Movie Casts Its Sub-Zero

Joe Taslim will be keeping it frosty.

Warframe COO Says Development Is "A Marathon, Not A Sprint"

Burnout doesn't help make Warframe happen.

It'll Cost You To Play Dr. Mario World Without Metered Level Progression

It's monetized like, y'know, a mobile game.

There's a New Turok Game, and It's... Absolutely Adorable

He's a dinos-aww hunter.

A Cuphead Show Is In Production At Netflix

The game about retro cartoons is getting its own.

Destiny 2: Shadowkeep's Moon Is Looking Really Creepy

Guardian: Moon's haunted.

Blue Protocol, Bandai Namco's Online Multiplayer Action-RPG, Shows First Gameplay and Character Creator

It's looking great for whenever it comes over to the west.

Pokemon Sword and Shield Gigantamaxing Revealed in New Gameplay, Alongside Version-Exclusive Gym Leaders

There's also some new Pokemon to fill out the Galar Dex.

Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Is Getting a Complete Edition for Switch and Steam This Year

Cyber Sleuth is coming to Switch, but you'll have to wait a while.

Nintendo Switch Online Has Over 10 Million Accounts

That's a lot of Mario makers.

The Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town Remake Is Plowing Westward

Time to woo some lads and lasses. And farm, I guess.

Nintendo President: "We Don't Expect All Games To Become Cloud Games Any Time Soon"

But they are keeping an eye on how it progresses.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses' Scale "Simply Wouldn't Have Been Possible" Without Koei Tecmo, Says Devs

They needed a hand making battles even bigger, so they went to the masters.

Zachtronics Is Offering Its Catalog of Games For Free To Public and Nonprofit Schools

So kids can also experience frustration over an alchemical formula gone haywire.

Pokemon Go Teases Team Rocket With a Hot Air Balloon At European Go Fest

And it seems like there's more on the way, too.

You'll Be Able To Reload While Aiming Down Sights in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

So you can better track your target while reloading.

Beat Up Baddies And Rescue Your Boyfriends In River City Girls This September

The boys are in trouble, and the girls are here to bail them out.

CD Projekt's Next Big Project Could Be Set In Cyberpunk Universe [Update: CD Projekt Responds]

Though three studios are all on 2077, no comment on further-out projects.

Classic Strategy RPGs Langrisser 1 and 2 Are Getting Remakes Early Next Year

Relive the glory days, now on the go.

Stranger Things Portals Are Popping Up In Fortnite

Hopefully no demogorgons came with them.

PES 2020 Signs On Manchester United

The club is getting scanned into virtual soccer-land.

Apex Legends' New Ranked League Carries Penalties For Abandoning Matches

No more bouncing out when you can still get picked up.

Cyberpunk 2077 Has Three Different Starting Prologues To Choose From

Your origin will change where you start the game, among other things.

Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course Bumped Back To 2020 Alongside New Trailer

You'll need to wait to savor the final sip.

Sony Replaces PES With Detroit: Become Human In July's PlayStation Plus Lineup

It also includes Heavy Rain, which is nice.

Spider-Man PS4 Gets Two Far From Home Suits Today

The Marvel movie crosses over into the Marvel game.

Refunds Are Being Offered To Shenmue 3 Kickstarter Backers Who Don't Want To Wait A Year For Steam

They're also scrapping one stretch goal in favor of some others.

Some Of The Best Runs From SGDQ's Record-Breaking 2019 Marathon

A few personal picks from a phenomenal week of charity fundraising.

NBA 2K20 Reveals Both Its Cover Athletes and a New Platform

Stream the NBA right to your Stadia.

Paradox Chairman Says Platform Holders Are "Taking Too Much Money"

The 70/30 split is "outrageous," says Fredrik Wester.

Alan Wake On PlayStation Could Happen, As Rights Revert Back To Remedy

The developer teased the multiplatform potential, though they're focused on another game for now.

Sony Considering New Studio Acquisitions Ahead of PS5 Launch

SIE CEO Jim Ryan says content is "more important than ever before."

Pokemon Sword and Shield Producer Again Responds To Backlash Over Not Every Pokemon Making The Pokedex

"This was a very difficult decision for me," says Junichi Masuda.

Super Mario Maker 2 Seems to Have a 32-Course Upload Limit

Maybe aim for quality over quantity, makers.

Final Fantasy 14 Servers Go Down Due To DDoS Attack Amid Shadowbringers Early Access

Because some folks just wanna ruin everyone's good time, I guess.

Tequila Works' New Game Gylt Might Come To Other Platforms Too

Stadia might not be the only outlet for Gylt-y pleasures.

Games Won't Be Any Cheaper on the Google Stadia

Just because it's in the cloud doesn't mean you'll pay any less.

Dota Underlords Battle Pass Is "In The Works," Says Valve Dev

Not surprising, given Dota's history with passes.

EVE Online Players Are Under Siege From A Massive NPC Armada

Alliances are putting campaigns on hold to respond to an unexpected invasion of NPC forces.

Bandai Namco's Blue Protocol is an Upcoming Online Action-RPG Built With Unreal Engine 4

It could be a bid for the West, similar to the new Tales game.

Game-Freezing Yoshi Bug Returns in Super Mario Maker 2

If you see a Yoshi and a Fire Flower, drop whatever you're holding.

Samurai Shodown Review

The venerated fighting game series is back.

Bernie Sanders Has A Twitch Channel Now, Because It's 2019

It doesn't look like video games are on the agenda, though.

Bethesda Was Never Going to Give Up on Fallout 76

Pete Hines says it wasn't just about the brand, but pride.

Xbox's Phil Spencer Says He's Giving Teams The Time They Need To Build Their Games

It's about getting things right, rather than getting things out.

Teamfight Tactics, Riot's Popular New Take On Auto Chess, Launches For All This Week

And look at the adorable little legends you can play as!

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order's Full E3 Demo Released, Shows Exploration and Crew Interactions

The longer cut gives a glimpse at how you'll tackle the story at large.

Hearthstone Swaps Around Classic Set, But Initial Reactions Seem Mixed

The new cards are getting a lukewarm reaction online.

Mario Royale Becomes "DMCA Royale" To Avoid Copyright Issues

Now starring Infringio and his brother, Copyright Infringio.

The Dream of a New Ape Escape Game Might Not Be Dead

A 20th anniversary celebration seems to be teasing something more on the horizon.

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