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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Summer Game Fest Teams With Day of the Devs For Two Showcases This Summer

The indies will get their spotlight this summer, too.

A Former My Little Pony Fighting Game's Journey From Cease and Desist to Evo Online

How a dedicated team and a series of miracles led to Them's Fightin' Herds.

Minecraft Celebrates Pac-Man's 40th By Putting Him In the Game

The round guy just got blocky.

Summer Game Fest Teams With Day of the Devs For Two Showcases This Summer

The indies will get their spotlight this summer, too.

A Former My Little Pony Fighting Game's Journey From Cease and Desist to Evo Online

How a dedicated team and a series of miracles led to Them's Fightin' Herds.

Civilization 6 Is Free on the Epic Games Store

Just one more turn, I promise.

Valorant, Riot Games' Tactical Shooter, Launches This June With a New Mode

It'll also have a new Agent, map, and cosmetic content.

Fallout 76's Season Pass Will Be Free For All, Bethesda Confirms

It might consider some Fallout 1st bonuses, but not right out of the gate.

Take-Two Plans to Release 93 Games By March 2025

That's a lot of games lined up.

USG Notebook: No E3, But No Slowdown In June Reveals

Without the tentpole show, many have risen in its place.

Sega, NIS America, Inti Creates and More Announce New Digital Games Showcase For June

June is looking pretty packed for gaming news.

Danny Trejo Will Be a Talk Show Correspondent... In Animal Crossing: New Horizons

He'll be appearing more often on the popular Animal Talking.

Gears of War 3 Footage Reportedly Running on PS3 Surfaces [Update]

The Microsoft mainstay, supposedly running on Sony's hardware.

Mafia 2 Remaster Launching Today, With a Full Remake of the Original Coming in August

The crime trilogy gets a remake, a remaster, and a re-release.

Artifact Will Start Trickling Out Invites For Its Big Overhaul Soon

The next version of Artifact isn't too far off.

Respawn Opens New Studio With Focus on Apex Legends

Vancouver will be working on the continued development of Apex.

Madden NFL 20 Champion Wins Madden Bowl Without Throwing a Single Pass

If it keeps working, keep running.

The TurboGrafx-16 Mini Should Start Arriving in North America Next Week

Finally snatch up some Snatcher.

Anthem's Overhaul Is Going Back to the Drawing Board

BioWare Austin's studio director says it will be a "longer process."

Guilty Gear Strive Pushed Back to Early 2021

Arc System Works is taking some time on the next step for Guilty Gear.

Epic Games Store Servers Are Struggling to Handle Grand Theft Auto 5 Fervor [Update]

Turns out a free Rockstar game is a popular item.

Ghost of Tsushima's Monochrome Filter Pays Homage to Classic Samurai Films

Sucker Punch goes for a throwback look.

Where to Watch Today's Ghost of Tsushima State of Play

Blades will be drawn in dramatic fashion today.

Ubisoft Plans to Launch Major Unannounced Game With Four Other Releases Before April 2021

Legion, Quarantine, Valhalla, Gods, and one unknown.

No Titanfall in Development at Respawn, But Some Surprises Might Still Be In Store

Vince Zampella isn't spoiling any surprises.

Fallout 76's Roadmap Introduces Seasons and the Brotherhood of Steel

With NPCs finally in the game, Fallout 76 is looking ahead.

Evo Online Unveiled as Series of Online Tournaments Throughout July, With a Notable Absence

Exhibitions and open online tournaments will take place across five weekends.

Paper Mario: The Origami King Will Unfold on Switch This July

Surprise: the 2D hero is back.

USG Notebook: Amid Unreal Engine Hype, Epic Pushes For Next-Gen Crossplay

Epic is breaking down the "walled garden."

Mafia: Definitive Edition Screenshots Reveal a Stunning Remake

The oldest game in the trilogy got a serious visual upgrade.

Fortnite Will Be Playable on Next-Gen Consoles at Launch

Floss on the next generation of console hardware.

Unreal Engine 5 Demo Shows Off PlayStation 5's Graphical Capabilities

Epic's new engine will go live on next-gen sometime next year.

Sony Says PlayStation 5 Is Still Aiming For Holiday 2020

The next PlayStation is on track, despite coronavirus concerns.

Valorant's Latest Patch Tones Down One of Its Top Operators

Sage's slow takes another hit.

What the Golf? Comes to Switch With New Local Party Mode

Find the meaning of golf together.

Disco Elysium's Latest Update Heavily Optimizes the Game For Low-End PCs

It'll be easier for those hard-working machines to make do.

Gravity Well Is a New Triple-A Studio From Two Former Respawn Developers

They're looking to shake up the triple-A development scene.

Rockstar Stokes Fires of GTA Online's Alien Gang War with Free Martian Bodysuits

They know what's been going on, it seems.

Ubisoft Forward is a New E3-Style Digital Showcase Set for July

Another publisher moves the summer festivities online.

Inside the Wild, Sometimes Shady World of Animal Crossing's Trading Sites

Players are chasing illustrious profits through trading sites.

Tokyo Game Show 2020 Canceled, Will Move to Digital Event Instead

TGS joins the long list of 2020 events moving online.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla Creative Director: Fans "Rightfully Expected to See More" From Today's Gameplay Reveal

One of Valhalla's leads comments on today's next-gen showcase.

Here's What the Xbox Series X Boot-Up Animation Looks Like

Yup, that's an Xbox logo.

Madden NFL 21 Revealed, Will Support Next-Gen Upgrade [Update]

Getting back on the gridiron.

Mortal Kombat 11 Aftermath Continues the Story and Adds Robocop

Shang Tsung takes the lead in the new story.

Electronic Arts Adds Mystery Sports Game to Usual NHL, FIFA, and Madden Slate

EA is ramping up the sports production.

A New Last of Us Part 2 Trailer Arrives Tomorrow

Another look at what's left for The Last of Us.

Mysterious Mortal Kombat 11 Trailer Teases DLC Reveal Tomorrow

Even Raiden didn't see this coming.

Xbox Will Reveal New First-Party Series X Games in July

Monthly updates are on the way for the next generation of Xbox.

Bloodstained Adds a New Character and Randomizer Mode, But Switch Players Have to Wait

Nintendo players will have to wait a little longer for the update.

A New Super Mario 64 PC Port Lets You Play the N64's Classic Platformer in 4K

Bob-omb Battlefield at 4K resolution.

Electronic Arts Announces Digital EA Play For June

EA is the latest to take things online.

Wii Source Code Reportedly Revealed Through Nintendo Leaks

Design docs and more have appeared on online forums.

Evo 2020 Has Been Canceled, Moving Online Like Everything Else

The wi-fi warriors will finally have their day.

Sony Says It Has Identified the Last of Us Part 2 Leaker

And they're not affiliated with Sony or Naughty Dog.

Dota 2's International Delayed Due to COVID-19 Concerns

The Battle Pass is still on, though.

Geoff Keighley Announces Summer Game Fest, a Four-Month Long Season of Gaming News and Demos

Demos and digital events are on the way to fill your summer.

GTA Online's Alien Gang War Is Rapidly Escalating

Everyone's either green, purple, or caught in the crossfire.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla Will Support Smart Delivery for Xbox Owners

Retailer listings point to the ability to get next-gen upgrade for Valhalla.

The Wonderful 101: Remastered's Physical Version Has Been Delayed

It won't hit store shelves until the end of June.

An Xbox Series X Games Showcase Is Happening Next Week

Get a first look at some of Xbox's next-gen lineup.

Viking Monster Game Darkborn's Development Halted, As Studio Moves On to New Project

The anti-viking rampage has been put on ice.

Mario Tennis Charity Tournament Recruits Celebrities Including Seal and the Williams Sisters

I compare you to a kiss from a Fire Flower on the grave.

USG Notebook: We're Still Not Certain Why The Last of Us 2 Story Was Leaked

There's been a lot of speculation but little confirmation.

Streets of Rage 4 Review: Streets Ahead

A glorious revival for the venerated beat 'em up.

Cris Tales Is a JRPG Homage With a Time-Bending Twist

Seeing into past, present, and future without a time machine.

Star Wars Battlefront 2's Next Big Content Update Will Be Its Last

"The vision for Star Wars Battlefront 2 is now complete."

Google Stadia Picks Up More Games, Including Octopath Traveler and PUBG

Eight friends gather in the cloud.

How Fan Feedback Inspired and Helped Build Command & Conquer's Remastered Collection

It was "almost more like a Kickstarter campaign than something from a major publisher."

Naughty Dog Asks People to Keep The Last of Us Part 2 Spoilers to Themselves

If you've seen them, please don't share them.

Sony Announces New Release Dates for The Last of Us Part 2 and Ghost of Tsushima

PlayStation's summer blockbusters set some revised launch dates.

2K Announces WWE 2K Battlegrounds, an Arcade-Style Wrestler From Studio Behind NBA Playgrounds

It also sheds some more light on what's happening with WWE 2K proper.

Horizon Zero Dawn Sequel Is Reportedly Part of a Planned Trilogy

More confirmation of Guerrilla's next-gen plans.

Total War and Pac-Man Offered as Free Games to Play While Staying Indoors

A little help for making those social distancing hours go by.

Nintendo Confirms Up to 160,000 Accounts Were Accessed in Recent Breach

It recommends users turn on two-factor authentication, if you haven't already.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Player Opens Up Island For Turnip Sales, Elijah Wood Shows Up

And he teaches us all a lesson in proper island etiquette.

Paradise Killer Is an Open-World Murder Mystery With Serious Danganronpa Vibes

The subject of your inquiries is up to you, though.

Xbox Head Says It Won't Be "Too Much of a Wait" For More Series X Game Reveals

It won't be long until we see more Xbox Series X games.

Super Mega Baseball 3 Release Pushed Back to May

The virtual boys of summer move the season's start back just a bit.

Ubisoft Is Prepared to Delay Games If Next-Gen Consoles Miss Launch Window, Says CEO

One major publisher is prepared to shift dates if the need arises.

USG Notebook: GameStop Pushes to Reopen Stores Closed Due to COVID-19

Some are voicing fears that stores are reopening too soon.

Why Video Game Rivalries Can be Beautiful

How a rivalry cemented my love of fighting games, and a friendship as well.

Trackmania Nations Remake Has Been Delayed To This July

Drivers, cool your engines for a second.

Super Mario Maker 2's Final Update Snuck in a Few Quality-of-Life Fixes

Some new tags and course options are neat little additions.

Nintendo Says It's Investigating Recent Reports of Account Breaches

It's a good idea to enable two-factor.

Super Mario Maker 2 Gets World Maker Mode in Final Major Update

The Mario Maker sequel is going out with one last hurrah.

Fire Emblem Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary On a High Note

Three decades later, Fire Emblem's enjoying its resurgence.

Remember When... NBA Jam Played Favorites in the Bulls vs. Pistons Rivalry?

There was a reason those buzzer-beaters bricked, it seems.

This Death Stranding Jacket Cost Nearly $2,000, and It's Already Sold Out

There goes my Sam "Porter" Bridges cosplay.

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