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Starting Screen | EarthBound’s 25th Anniversary Makes us Pine for Classic Instruction Books

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Starting Screen | Can Sports Games be Fixed?

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Starting Screen | The ESA Leak Puts the Future of E3 In Question

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Starting Screen | Wolfenstein: Youngblood's Frustrating Finale Begs the Question: What Makes a Good Final Boss Fight?

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Starting Screen | It's Time for Nintendo Switch Games to Have a Better Handheld Experience

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Starting Screen | A Reminder for Fans Raging About Pokemon Sword and Shield: Every New Entry is Somebody's First

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Starting Screen | It's Becoming Impossible To Keep Up With More Than A Couple "Forever" Games

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Starting Screen | Super Mario Maker 2 Wants To Make You A Better Level Designer

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Starting Screen | Auto Chess is the Latest Gaming Industry Gold Rush, Like MOBA and Battle Royale Before It

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Starting Screen | How the Second Half of 2019 is Shaping Up for Video Games Now That E3 is Over

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Starting Screen | Microsoft's Dud of an E3 2019 Press Conference Makes Sony Look Smart for Skipping the Show

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Starting Screen | E3 2019 May Be the Beginning of the End of Old Console Wars as We Know Them

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Starting Screen | Want Your Multiplayer Game to Succeed? Summer Could be the Key

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