THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | As Google streaming service preps for a bare bones launch, Microsoft positions Project xCloud as a compelling alternative
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 | On the sudden end of a long-standing gaming community.
The inevitable regret that comes with spending on a free-to-play game, plus the rest of this week's game releases and news.
Or: How the players got played.
Our new Monday column highlights this week's Switch event. Plus: Thoughts on Scalebound's reported cancellation, the NES Classic hack, and more.
Let's talk about what's in store for USG in 2017, shall we?
Jeremy explores one of classic gaming's most popular and iconic audio formats (as seen on TV, via SEGA Genesis!).
A look at the dicey boom-era games of ’80s Japan and the vanished studios that made them.
A decade of lamentations for a potentially brilliant service that never quite lived up to its promise.
Our latest classic games podcast collapses into itself in singularity of oldness.
The ghost of Bob Mackey returns to tell us the haunting tale of an unbeatable (?) NES death gauntlet: Fester's Quest.
The podcast goes deep on the controversial history of censorship in games.
A look back to that brilliant but rarely seen mid-'90s arcade classic, Elevator Action II.
The founders of the Video Game History Foundation discuss the passions and challenges behind the establishment of their new non-profit organization.
Conventional wisdom holds that DQVII's enormous size and glacial pace undermine the experience, but is that really true?
Featuring a look at Tetris' essential role in the system's success.
The most confusing franchise in video gaming now becomes the most confusing podcast in video games.
Our Super NES anniversary stream series continues with an endless cascade of earworm music and tiny, ball-blasting dinosaurs.
Sometimes we collect the games we love, but sometimes we just buy games because they look nice. Not the graphics — the games themselves!
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.
What do shrine maidens, classic English literature, and Ronald McDonald all have in common? Well...
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.
Embrace your mortality as Jeremy plays this landmark N64 adventure at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT.
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.
There's no cure, 'cause we're headed for the kill screen.
Which is not a comment on the quality of games, just on their presentation.
Join Nadia this afternoon as she travels through a Valhalla of beautiful graphics and fast-paced action.
Sometimes a good song is even more powerful the second time around.
We'll probably never see another entry in Namco's dreamlike platform action series, and that's a darned shame.
The comic reviews get a new title as I tackle the two biggest books everyone's talking about this week.
After three decades, are Zelda for NES and its direct sequel Zelda II still worth rapping about? The podcast gang deliberates.
Super Castlevania IV's unique love of kettle drums is inexplicable, but by no means unwelcome.
Oh, and she'll show you how to get off to a decent start, too. Join her at 4pm PT/7pm ET.
PODCAST: The USgamer crew returns to explore the news from this past week.
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.
Bob, Jeremy, Kat, and Nadia swing their way toward victory with Capcom's Bionic Commando.
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.
We spend so much time laughing at Mega Man 4's walking Dust Buster that we forget how unique his stage music is.
Before he vanished from the public eye, Mega Man's original creator left the world with this final gift.
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.
Come hang out with Kat as she tries to beat the Cathedral of the Deep at 4pm PT/7pm ET.
The Super NES conversion of arcade brawler Final Fight plays host to the latest entry of our biweekly team challenge video series
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?
Nadia joins Kat to discuss Bravely Second, the sequel to the surprise hit retro RPG. How does it stack up to its predecessor?
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.
The score for Undertale's final encounter is perfectly engineered to stuff you full of DETERMINATION.
30 years ago, SEGA entered the U.S. console race, and we delve into the system's history.
AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD: Kat returns to host a review roundtable with Dark Souls experts Bob Mackey and Phil Kollar of Polygon.
Gaijinworks is seriously partying like it's 1999.
Traditional Chinese instruments and hype techno beats CAN get along!
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.
"What do you say to a man who's seen too much?"
Nadia gives you a taste of the farming life at 4 PM PT / 7 PM ET
We invert the natural order of things as this Micro episode focuses on gravity-flipping NES classic Metal Storm.
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.
Sony's oft-overlooked Western RPG samples a famous movie theme, then turns it into a lovely creature with its own sound.
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.
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.
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.
The team attempts to put Nintendo's legion of 8-bit boxers against the ropes without taking a tumble themselves. Can they succeed?
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.
Watch as Kat tries to best her colleagues in our latest One Hit Wonders challenge.
Jake Marshall is a lonesome patrol officer with a secret and a theme that says "Mind your own business, bambina."
Miles Morales just wants to be Spider-Man, SHIELD is screwing up, and Superman's people are unleashed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Link's soothing ballad transcends races, death, and even timelines to heal the soul of whomever hears it.
The Retronauts podcast gets musical this week with a survey of Uematsu's career and classic compositions.
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.
This elusive Quintet RPG uses its remarkable music to deliver its themes of mystery and unease.
What do Tom Cruise, Tim Curry, the '80s, and the N64 all have in common?
Deadpool is out in theatres this week, but who needs movies when you have comics?
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.
But who can get the furthest without losing a life? Therein lies the rub!
This dire song seemingly foretold the fate of Final Fantasy XIV long before its fiery end.
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.
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!
I can bear-ly believe it’s over!
There's a professional artist behind this iconic Sonic song, but it's not Michael Jackson.
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!
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.
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!
We pay proper tribute to Nintendo's late leader by digging into the history of the first company he helped build: Developer HAL Laboratory.
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.
How far can we make it into classic games without taking damage? Join us and find out!
Elliot Gay joins Kat to talk about Odin Sphere, SMT x Fire Emblem, and more.
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.
AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD: From Torment: Tides of Numenera to Persona 5, we examine the most intriguing RPGs of the new year.
Take an in-depth look back at Squaresoft's innovative, cinematic, horror RPG, Parasite Eve.
The podcast returns at last to the topic that launched its inaugural episode nearly 10 years ago: Nintendo's Metroid series.
AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD: What are our favorite RPGs of 2015? Kat, Bob, Mike, and Nadia explore a packed year in roleplaying games.
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