Fumito Ueda's greatest creation is the creature Trico, not the bog-standard adventure it stars in.
Short answer: Because you love them. Long answer? Well, it's complicated.
If one video game can teach us about finding bright lights in dark places, it's Final Fantasy VII.
Who could have guessed a week ago how precious the dream of civil civic government would become?
Classic games have been a key component of Nintendo's console strategy for a decade, but will that remain true for its new system?
So, you fell in love with a game that everyone hates. Does that mean you're broken and empty inside?
It's just that your idea of a third-party Nintendo probably doesn't match up with the company's own vision.
Seriously, is a Metal Gear Solid V spin-off really that offensive?
These trite, tacky tokens of geekdom need to be stopped.
Video games can and should attempt to make a statement, but Deus Ex: Mankind Divided needs to take a few level-ups in subtlety.
Please tell me the answer, is fate unchangeable?
Things look pretty dark for gaming's most venerable first party. But then, when don't they?
A sensible and non-reactionary take on how we as a species just might be too stupid for VR.
Are reviews for FromSoftware's latest RPG not taking into account those who might not be on board with its wicked ways? Maybe it's not that simple...
Why an old technology is getting a new lease on life.
...At the end of the day, it's still just another awards show.
News of a possible extension, and a playable PS4 prototype, help push the promising but lagging project closer to reality.
People talk about franchise fatigue, but Mike doesn't think that's the problem with Assassin's Creed.
Uncharted Collection offered Mike a feature he didn't know he needed, but now he wants it in everything.
Tri Force Heroes is merely the latest example of Nintendo responding to cultural criticism in a simple, direct, and decidedly undramatic fashion.
When gaming's most conservative RPG series changes its console-exclusive ways, the end truly has arrived.
Jaz spent this morning at the Oculus Rift event. He came away impressed, but not fully convinced. Here's why.
While Happy Madison's latest effort seems more inspired than their usual dreck, Sandler's lowest-common-denominator approach still applies.
Is there something Nintendo of America isn't telling us about Level-5's hit monster-hoarding RPG?
Giving your money to a developer early isn't always the best idea.
Times may be tough for the games biz, but last night's Grammy Awards offered a glimpse of how much worse it could be.
After putting thousands of hours into World of Warcraft, Jaz muses on walking away from a game that's become a cornerstone of his gaming life.
If first-party exclusive funding is what it takes to keep classic franchises alive, we'd like to nominate these seven forgotten candidates.
Games live in that hazy area between works of art and products to be sold. What happens to creativity in that gray area?
If the point of a demo is to turn doubters into customers, the new Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire sampler is doing something right.
Destiny has a lot in common with Star Wars... but maybe not the Star Wars you'd hope for.
Let's discuss the mess that the gaming community finds itself embroiled in.
Services like Virtual Console and PS Classics provide a valuable service, archiving gaming's history. So why won't anyone talk about it?
Attacks are inevitable, but there are steps publishers can take to ensure that their customers aren't the ones suffering.
The long-overdue HD port of REmake raises an important question: Will Capcom ever be able to regain the series' former glory?
The legendary animation studio reorganizes in the wake of its leader's retirement.
Nintendo's Animal Crossing team speaks about the drive for diversity in its games — even if the company falls short of its goals from time to time.
The Gundam Versus games are far and away the best Gundam games ever made. So why isn't Namco Bandai releasing them in the west?
Tons of cheap games versus a handful of free ones — which is the better system?
Translating the classic gaming experience to our modern age requires a careful mix of old and new elements -- so why did DuckTales Remastered falter where Shovel Knight exceeded expectations?
After all the money and the hype, Microsoft finds themselves stuck with a peripheral no one seems to like very much.
This year may be a bummer for releases, but what's in store for 2015 could put the current console generation right on track with the last gen.
USG's resident senior writer digs for the hidden gems that wait to be unearthed in the not-too-distant future.
Cheerful and fun, miserably grim and post-apocalyptic, button-mashingly bonkers, brutally vicious, and perhaps too good to be true. These are Jaz Rignall's Best of E3 picks.
The best chart, the worst booth, and the rest of Kat's picks from E3 2014.
Now that the show is over, we sort out our favorites. First up, editor Jeremy Parish weighs in on his picks of the show.
Want to find a game that dares to be different? Look for the ones that place a woman in the lead role.
Despite cheerful lipservice, Sony is one step away from sticking Vita in a boat and setting fire to it at this point. But it doesn't have to be like that.
There's more Halo on the way, but does the franchise still have legs enough to justify it all?
Tom Cruise's Edge of Tomorrow finds its roots in video games and video game culture.
We'd like to think Nintendo's latest classic reissues are a sign of great things to come, but history tells us not to get our hopes up.
Thief's troubled reboot manages to rise above reproach in at least one area: The intricately crafted three-dimensional puzzle that is the City.
Whether deliberate or not, the divisive new Final Fantasy sequel does a curiously good job of dabbling in religious symbolism.
"Free" games like Tales of Phantasia for mobile are damaging a monetization formula that, believe it or not, actually has some value.
There's more than just Final Fantasy nostalgia at work in Square's extraordinary new 3DS RPG.
With Wii U on the ropes mere months after its debut and no relief in sight, we can't help but wonder how Nintendo will handle the console's troubled future.
How A Link Between Worlds defines Zelda's future by revisiting (and rewriting) its past.
Sony can take pride in the opening-day success of PlayStation 4, but the next gen has a long way to go before it proves itself.
After a somewhat tumultuous weekend in the games industry, can't we do better in the ways we interact with one another?