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"If You See Someone Running Around and Screaming, You're Going to Run Around and Scream"

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | VR news, lawsuits, and a big splash on mobile from Nintendo mark a busy week for games in America (and for America, generally).

Starting Screen | NeoGAF's Fall is a Sign of the Times in More Ways Than One

STARTING SCREEN | On the sudden end of a long-standing gaming community.

Starting Screen | Starting Screen: Fire Emblem Heroes and the Stages of Regret

The inevitable regret that comes with spending on a free-to-play game, plus the rest of this week's game releases and news.

Design in Action | The Last Guardian: How to be Trained by Your Dragon

Or: How the players got played.

Starting Screen | Starting Screen: How the Switch Can Keep its Momentum at This Week's Event

Our new Monday column highlights this week's Switch event. Plus: Thoughts on Scalebound's reported cancellation, the NES Classic hack, and more.

Letter from the Editor: A Big Change Ahead for USgamer

Let's talk about what's in store for USG in 2017, shall we?

Let Retronauts Fill Your Ears With the Futuristic Sound of FM Synthesis

Jeremy explores one of classic gaming's most popular and iconic audio formats (as seen on TV, via SEGA Genesis!).

Thanksgiving is Over as Retronauts Explores Terrible Games of The ’80s

A look at the dicey boom-era games of ’80s Japan and the vanished studios that made them.

As Nintendo Wii Turns 10, So Too Do Retronauts' Complaints About Virtual Console

A decade of lamentations for a potentially brilliant service that never quite lived up to its promise.

Now Even the Retronauts Podcast Is Retro

Our latest classic games podcast collapses into itself in singularity of oldness.

Retronauts Gets Kooky, Spooky, Altogether Ooky

The ghost of Bob Mackey returns to tell us the haunting tale of an unbeatable (?) NES death gauntlet: Fester's Quest.

This Week in Retronauts, We Ban Your Right to Free Expression

The podcast goes deep on the controversial history of censorship in games.

This Week's Retronauts is Like Lovin' an Elevator

A look back to that brilliant but rarely seen mid-'90s arcade classic, Elevator Action II.

Retronauts Looks at Preserving Game History—Not Just Games Themselves

The founders of the Video Game History Foundation discuss the passions and challenges behind the establishment of their new non-profit organization.

Retronauts Explores the Slow-Burn Strength of Dragon Quest VII

Conventional wisdom holds that DQVII's enormous size and glacial pace undermine the experience, but is that really true?

Shriek With Childlike Delight for This N64 Episode Of Retronauts

It's like Christmas in September!

It's Another Deep Dive Into Game Boy's History in This Week's Retronauts

Featuring a look at Tetris' essential role in the system's success.

Retronauts Attempts to Make Sense of the Wonder Boy/Adventure Island Schism

The most confusing franchise in video gaming now becomes the most confusing podcast in video games.

Don't Just Stand There, Bust-a-Move With Classics & Coffee

Our Super NES anniversary stream series continues with an endless cascade of earworm music and tiny, ball-blasting dinosaurs.

Taste the 8-Bit Rainbow With This Week's Retronauts Episode

Sometimes we collect the games we love, but sometimes we just buy games because they look nice. Not the graphics — the games themselves!

Retronauts Explores Final Fantasy (the NES Game)

The adventure that kicked off the world's most popular RPG series is getting a new lease on life through the NES Classic Mini, and we give it a thorough look.

Note Block Beat Box: Listening to U.N. Owen Was Her? from Touhou Project

What do shrine maidens, classic English literature, and Ronald McDonald all have in common? Well...

Anticipation for The Elder Scrolls VI: What's Lizard Porn Got to Do With It?

Skyrim told us a million bite-sized stories, and we're starving for more. Unfortunately, The Elder Scrolls VI isn't coming any time soon.

Is Super Mario 64 Really 20 Years Old? Yep, So Watch The Archived Livestream

Embrace your mortality as Jeremy plays this landmark N64 adventure at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT.

UPDATE: Nadia is Streaming Classic Mega Man Games at 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET Instead of Mighty No. 9

In a shocking twist, Nadia can't get Mighty No. 9 to stream from her Xbox One even though the rest of her games stream fine. Let's play Mega Man instead.

Retronauts Comes Down With a Terminal Case of Pac-Man Fever

There's no cure, 'cause we're headed for the kill screen.

Gaming's Golden Hour Has Arrived

Which is not a comment on the quality of games, just on their presentation.

USstreamer: Nadia Romps Through Odin Sphere Leifthraisr at 12 PM PT / 3 PM ET [Archived on YouTube!]

Join Nadia this afternoon as she travels through a Valhalla of beautiful graphics and fast-paced action.

Note Block Beat Box: Listening to Silence of the Forest from Bravely Default and Bravely Second

Sometimes a good song is even more powerful the second time around.

Retronauts Micro Returns to Phantomile With a Look At Klonoa

We'll probably never see another entry in Namco's dreamlike platform action series, and that's a darned shame.

Mike Loves Comics 5/25/2016: DC's Rebirth and Captain America

The comic reviews get a new title as I tackle the two biggest books everyone's talking about this week.

Retronauts Asks, "Does The Legend of Zelda Remain Really Rad?"

After three decades, are Zelda for NES and its direct sequel Zelda II still worth rapping about? The podcast gang deliberates.

Note Block Beat Box: Listening to In the Castle from Super Castlevania IV

Super Castlevania IV's unique love of kettle drums is inexplicable, but by no means unwelcome.

Stream: Kat Wages Intergalactic War in Stellaris [Update: Finished]

Oh, and she'll show you how to get off to a decent start, too. Join her at 4pm PT/7pm ET.

From Us to You! Explores Civilization VI, Overwatch, and the Death of Disney Infinity

PODCAST: The USgamer crew returns to explore the news from this past week.

USGamer's RPG Podcast Explores Persona, Valkyria Chronicles, and Lost RPG Series

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD: In the wake of fresh news about Persona 5, Nadia and Kat chat about the Persona series, as well as Valkyria Chronicles and forgotten RPG series.

USgamer's One-Hit Wonders Grapple With an NES Classic

Bob, Jeremy, Kat, and Nadia swing their way toward victory with Capcom's Bionic Commando.

From Us to You! Returns in Our New Video Series and Flagship Podcast

Kat, Nadia, Bob, and Mike team up to discuss Battleborn, Pocket Card Jockey, and The Legend of Zelda Wii U in the return of From Us to You.

Note Block Beat Box: Listening to Dust Man's Theme From Mega Man 4

We spend so much time laughing at Mega Man 4's walking Dust Buster that we forget how unique his stage music is.

Retronauts Explores Little Samson, Mega Man's Hipster Cousin

Before he vanished from the public eye, Mega Man's original creator left the world with this final gift.

USgamer's RPG Podcast Explores the Best and Worst Boss Battles

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD: What are the best RPG boss fights? And what makes a good RPG boss fight in the first place? Nadia and returning guest Steve Tramer join Kat to dissect this crucial aspect of creating a good roleplaying game.

Stream: Watch Kat As She Muddles Through Dark Souls 3 [Finished]

Come hang out with Kat as she tries to beat the Cathedral of the Deep at 4pm PT/7pm ET.

One-Hit Wonders Rumbles on the Mean Streets of Metro City

The Super NES conversion of arcade brawler Final Fight plays host to the latest entry of our biweekly team challenge video series

This Week on Retronauts, We Ask: "What is A Man?"

We hope to find the answer in Castlevania's Dracula X duology, Rondo of Blood and Symphony of the Night. Are our words as empty as our souls?

USgamer's RPG Podcast Dives Into Bravely Second

Nadia joins Kat to discuss Bravely Second, the sequel to the surprise hit retro RPG. How does it stack up to its predecessor?

Stream: Kat's Favorite Levels in Star Fox Zero and a Hard Route Run in Star Fox 64

Kat shows some of her favorite levels in Star Fox Zero, then goes on a Hard route run in Star Fox 64 at 3pm PT/6pm ET.

Note Block Beat Box: Listening to Hopes and Dreams from Undertale

The score for Undertale's final encounter is perfectly engineered to stuff you full of DETERMINATION.

Retronauts Calls in the Expert Witnesses for a Master System Celebration

30 years ago, SEGA entered the U.S. console race, and we delve into the system's history.

USgamer's RPG Podcast Hosts a Dark Souls 3 Review Roundtable

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD: Kat returns to host a review roundtable with Dark Souls experts Bob Mackey and Phil Kollar of Polygon.

Blog: The Spirit of Working Designs Lives on Through Summon Night 5

Gaijinworks is seriously partying like it's 1999.

Note Block Beat Box: Listening to Through the Tower from Ragnarok Online

Traditional Chinese instruments and hype techno beats CAN get along!

USgamer's RPG Podcast is Shocked Final Fantasy XV is Actually Coming Out (Probably)

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD: Nadia joins Kat to discuss Final Fantasy XV's release date, the Brotherhood anime, and the Platinum Demo. Is this real life? Or is this just fantasy? We'll know soon enough. Plus: Stardew Valley.

Note Block Beat Box: Listening to Setting Sail, Coming Home from Bastion

"What do you say to a man who's seen too much?"

Tuesday Stream: Visit Beautiful Stardew Valley

Nadia gives you a taste of the farming life at 4 PM PT / 7 PM ET

Turn Your World Upside-Down With This Week's Retronauts

We invert the natural order of things as this Micro episode focuses on gravity-flipping NES classic Metal Storm.

USgamer's RPG Podcast Welcomes Tyranny Director Brian Heins and Delves into Salt and Sanctuary

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD: Nadia and guest John Learned join Kat to discuss Salt & Sanctuary from the point of a view of both a Dark Souls fan and a non-fan. Then director Brian Heins answers questions about Obsidian's new RPG.

Note Block Beat Box: Listening to Wild ARMs' Overworld Theme

Sony's oft-overlooked Western RPG samples a famous movie theme, then turns it into a lovely creature with its own sound.

Stream: Kat Takes On Batman for the NES

With Batman v Superman out this week, Kat revisits the game that was part of the original comic book movie craze at 4pm PT/7pm ET.

The Machines Win on This Week's Episode of Retronauts

It's not quite The Terminator, but the quest to find the best possible presentation for classic games turns us into slaves to the machines regardless.

USgamer's RPG Podcast Delves into I Am Setsuna, Tyranny, and The Year of VR

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD: Steve Tramer returns for a special GDC episode in which he and Kat discuss Square Enix's I Am Setuna, the newly-revealed Tyranny, XCOM 2, and the pros and cons of VR as it relates to RPGs.

Can USgamer's One-Hit Wonders Best Mike Tyson?

The team attempts to put Nintendo's legion of 8-bit boxers against the ropes without taking a tumble themselves. Can they succeed?

USgamer's RPG Podcast Shares Our Favorite Zelda Games

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD: Nadia and Bob join Kat to discuss our recent Legend of Zelda rankings and share their favorite games in the series. Plus, we delve once again into the Odin's Sphere remake, Pokken Tournament, and the news that another Pokémon mobile game is on the way.

One Hit Wonders Live: Kat Streams Her Punch-Out!! Run at 3pm PT/6pm ET

Watch as Kat tries to best her colleagues in our latest One Hit Wonders challenge.

Note Block Beat Box: Listening to Jake Marshall's Theme from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

Jake Marshall is a lonesome patrol officer with a secret and a theme that says "Mind your own business, bambina."

Comics Shotglass Reviews for 03/02/2016: Spider-Man Represent!

Miles Morales just wants to be Spider-Man, SHIELD is screwing up, and Superman's people are unleashed.

USgamer's RPG Podcast Welcomes Obsidian's Josh Sawyer

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD: Obsidian's Josh Sawyer joins Kat to reflect on Pillars of Eternity a year later, explain his approach to RPG design, discuss the development of the expansions, and talk about what's next for Obsidan.

Note Block Beat Box: Listening to Warriors from League of Legends

When a very big band makes a song for a very big game, you get something that's a little weird, a little over-earnest, and thoroughly enjoyable.

USgamer's RPG Podcast Celebrates Pokémon's 20th Anniversary

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD: Kat and Nadia discuss how Pokémon got them into anime, recall the Pokémon Black and Lavender Town creepypastas, and talk about the Pokémon Sun/Moon announcement.

Stream: On the Cusp of Pokémon's 7th Generation, Kat Kicks Off a Nuzlocke Run

It looks like Nintendo is on the verge of announcing Generation 7, but Kat is too busy playing Pokémon Red/Blue. Join her at 3pm PT/6pm ET.

Note Block Beat Box: Listening to The Song of Healing from The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

Link's soothing ballad transcends races, death, and even timelines to heal the soul of whomever hears it.

A Music-Laced Look Back at the Career of Final Fantasy Composer Nobuo Uematsu

The Retronauts podcast gets musical this week with a survey of Uematsu's career and classic compositions.

USgamer's RPG Podcast Explores Fire Emblem Fates and Project X Zone 2

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD: Kat and Mike wonder how anyone could side with crazy King Garon, then Nadia explains why Project X Zone 2 ultimately won her over.

Note Block Beat Box: Listening to Underworld from Terranigma

This elusive Quintet RPG uses its remarkable music to deliver its themes of mystery and unease.

The Zelda of Legend: How Director Ridley Scott Might Have Influenced Ocarina of Time

What do Tom Cruise, Tim Curry, the '80s, and the N64 all have in common?

Comics Shotglass Reviews for 02/10/2016: Into The Unknown

Deadpool is out in theatres this week, but who needs movies when you have comics?

USgamer's RPG Podcast Examines Breath of Fire 3 and Final Fantasy IX

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD: Can Final Fantasy IX work on mobile? Is Breath of Fire 3 worth revisiting? Kat and Nadia explore these questions and more in the latest RPG podcast.

One-Hit Wonders Returns as We Take on Life Force

But who can get the furthest without losing a life? Therein lies the rub!

Note Block Beat Box: Listening to Answers from Final Fantasy XIV

This dire song seemingly foretold the fate of Final Fantasy XIV long before its fiery end.

Community Hangout: Join Kat on Twitch While She Plays Fire Emblem Fates

Discuss the latest in gaming with the USG staff, get a tour of Fire Emblem, and win a copy of Final Fantasy Explorers at 4pm PT/7pm ET.

Comics Shotglass Reviews for 02/03/2016: Rebirth

Mike reboots the comic reviews for 2016.

USgamer's RPG Podcast Explores What Makes a Good RPG Story

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD: What makes a good RPG story, and what are some of our favorites? Steve Tramer and Kat Bailey go in-depth on an integral part of the RPG experience. Plus: A possible Mother 3 localization!

Note Block Beat Box: Listening to Ice Cap Zone from Sonic the Hedgehog 3

There's a professional artist behind this iconic Sonic song, but it's not Michael Jackson.

Explore a Groundbreaking Music Game in the Latest Retronauts Micro Video

Look back with us to Otocky, a game that brilliantly combined shooting, rhythm, and music more than a decade before Rez was even an inkling of an idea!

USgamer Takes on Ninja Gaiden in the Second Episode of One-Hit Wonders

We challenge one of the most notoriously difficult NES games ever in this contest to see who can make it the furthest without a single mistake.

USgamer's RPG Podcast Delves Into Final Fantasy Explorers and Mario and Luigi: Paper Jam

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD: Does Final Fantasy Explorers live up to the franchise's name? Is Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam worth checking out? We share our thoughts!

Video Game Cheats 'n Beatums #48: Leave it to Someone Else

Now put this lag to sleep, will ya.

Retronauts Explores HAL and Satoru Iwata's Legacy

We pay proper tribute to Nintendo's late leader by digging into the history of the first company he helped build: Developer HAL Laboratory.

USgamer's RPG Podcast Explores the Darkest Dungeon with Red Hook's Tyler Sigman

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD: Darkest Dungeon's designer shares his thoughts on character balance, the leap from Apprentice to Veteran-level dungeons, and eldritch horrors in this unique RPG.

Witness the USgamer Team Tackle a New Challenge with "One-Hit Wonders"

How far can we make it into classic games without taking damage? Join us and find out!

USgamer's RPG Podcast Examines the RPGs that are Hot in Japan in 2016

Elliot Gay joins Kat to talk about Odin Sphere, SMT x Fire Emblem, and more.

Video Game Cheats 'n Beatums #47: Shadow of Open Door (Policy)

Tales from the water cooler.

Why St. Louis Rams Fans Should Hold on to Their Copy of Madden NFL 16

With the Rams on their way to L.A., old versions of Madden will be a window into the past for the fans left behind.

USgamer's RPG Podcast Counts Down the Most Intriguing RPGs of 2016

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD: From Torment: Tides of Numenera to Persona 5, we examine the most intriguing RPGs of the new year.

Retronauts Wishes You a Belated Merry Christmas 1997

Take an in-depth look back at Squaresoft's innovative, cinematic, horror RPG, Parasite Eve.

Retronauts Prays for a True Peace In Space

The podcast returns at last to the topic that launched its inaugural episode nearly 10 years ago: Nintendo's Metroid series.

USgamer's RPG Podcast Explores the Best RPGs of 2015

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD: What are our favorite RPGs of 2015? Kat, Bob, Mike, and Nadia explore a packed year in roleplaying games.

Video Game Cheats 'n Beatums #45: Phoenix is Never Wrong

I am always Wright and here’s why.

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