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"Stop Asking 'Is It Political?' and Start Asking Instead About the Actual Politics of Each Game"

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Also, the things studios of all sizes do to survive, and what happens when that's not enough.

Eliza Review

Zachtronics, the developers of puzzle games such as Opus Magnum and Infinifactory, have a new... visual novel?

Zachtronics' New Visual Novel Eliza Reckons With an Industry and Generation in Burnout Crisis

We talk to developer Matthew Seiji Burns about his prescient upcoming visual novel, a surprising departure for a studio known for puzzle games.

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"Stop Asking 'Is It Political?' and Start Asking Instead About the Actual Politics of Each Game"

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Also, the things studios of all sizes do to survive, and what happens when that's not enough.

Eliza Review

Zachtronics, the developers of puzzle games such as Opus Magnum and Infinifactory, have a new... visual novel?

Zachtronics' New Visual Novel Eliza Reckons With an Industry and Generation in Burnout Crisis

We talk to developer Matthew Seiji Burns about his prescient upcoming visual novel, a surprising departure for a studio known for puzzle games.

Epic Responds To "Disturbing Trend" of Misinformation and Harassment of Epic-Exclusive Developers

The publisher is supporting its partners in the wake of a harassment campaign.

Ooblets Devs Flooded With Hateful Messages Following Epic Deal

The anti-Epic vitriol train went to Ooblets this time.

Blacksad: Under the Skin Stars a Feline as a Detective, But It's No Kid-Friendly Zootopia

Blacksad: Under the Skin is like volume 2.5 in terms of when it takes place in the comic book series.

The Wii U And 3DS Both Have The Same Number Of Upcoming Games... One

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Nintendo sticks to its traditions of focusing on families and pretending its older hardware is still viable.

There's a New Turok Game, and It's... Absolutely Adorable

He's a dinos-aww hunter.

"G2A Do Not Care About the People Who Make Games"

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | It's all about indies this week as small developers have it out with G2A, discuss marketing strategies, fumble through PR gaffs, and move to the Epic Games Store.

Sea of Solitude Review

I'll send an SOS to the world.

Valve Clarifies the Rules of the Summer Sale Grand Prix as Indie Devs Face Mass Wishlist Deletions

Indie devs say Steam's new summer sale contest is hurting their games.

Outer Wilds Steam: Is Outer Wilds Releasing on Steam?

The Outer Wilds is slowly becoming the sleeper hit of 2019, but is it on its way to Steam? Let’s find out.

The E3 2019 Awards: The Best Games We Saw at This Year's Show

Here are all the best games we saw at E3 2019, including our Game of the Show!

After Six Years In Development, The Indie Timeloop Thriller 12 Minutes Is Finally Nearing Completion

A long time ago, I played a demo of 12 Minutes. At E3 2019, it surprisingly reemerged with a new publisher, Annapurna, backing it.

Xbox E3 2019 Press Conference Recap: The Next-Generation Xbox is Revealed (Sort Of), But Keanu Reeves Steals the Show

Cyberpunk 2077 and Gears 5 get release dates, Project Scarlett gets details, and Keanu Reeves drops in instead of Shigeru Miyamoto.

Slay the Spire Review

One of the best indie games on PC makes its way to Switch. Our full review.

Best Switch Games - The 25 Best Nintendo Switch Games You Can Play in 2019

Our rotating list of the best Switch games, now bigger than before!

Alt-Frequencies Review

'Unlock our frequency, find the truth.'

Vambrace: Cold Soul Review

The ice has melted, but what's underneath is still dead.

Emotive Adventure Game Sea of Solitude Is Coming Out In July

Get lost in your feelings in a flooded city this summer.

The 25 Best Steam Games: Now Updated for 2019

A rotating list of the best games on Steam may seem impossible on the surface, but against all odds, we've done it!

Observation Review

An eerie space station adventure that's derailed by some questionable design decisions.

Necrobarista is an Introspective Game About a Supernatural Coffee Shop Coming to PC This August

Spend your last day in a quaint coffee shop at the edge of mortality.

Outer Wilds Will Launch As Timed Epic Exclusive, And Backers Don't Seem Happy

The Fig-funded space exploration sim won't be coming to Steam right away.

The 25 Best PS4 Games: Now Updated for 2019

Our rotating list of the best PS4 games, now updated again for May 2019!

The 25 Best Xbox One Games

Our always rotating list of the best games on Microsoft's console, and its premium partner the Xbox One X.

Dig Dog Is A Cute Roguelike About Digging For Bones. It Was Also Developed Without Hands

How Rusty Moyher developed an entire game without using his hands.

Earthworm Jim Surprise Sequel Announced For Intellivision Console You've Never Heard Of

The original Earthworm Jim team is back for a new project.

Wargroove Essential Tips - Beginner's Guide, How to Skip Battle Animations

This is our Wargroove beginner's guide, including all the essential Wargroove tips you need, as well as how to skip battle animations.

Developer "Deeply Regret" Easter Egg That Resulted in Their Switch Game Getting Pulled

An easter egg meant to encourage creativity has backfired.

Igarashi Explains Bloodstained Switch Demo's Poor Performance at PAX

We also get confirmation Bloodstained Switch will launch with a 30 FPS frame rate.

Dreams Wants to Make Game Developers of Us All, And I'm Convinced It's Working

Dreams has scope unlike any other creation-focused game before it.

Respawn Co-Founder Now Working for Epic Games

Jason West is working on unknown projects within Epic.

How Sokpop Collective Found a Way to Make Small Games for a Living With Patreon

Meeting the "Game Dev Boy Band" who have rewritten the rules of sustainable indie game development.

Why the Epic Games Store Gets a Lot of Hate and Whether It's Deserved

People are really angry about Epic Games' foray into digital storefronts.

The Devs Heard You: You Can Now Pet the Dog In Enter the Gungeon

Enter the Gungeon is finally feature complete with its final update.

The 10 Best Indie Games of PAX East 2019

Indies are where the ideas are, so here are some of the best and most unique titles of PAX East 2019.

In No Man's Sky VR, No One Can Hear You Puke From Spinning Your Ship Out on Accident

We get hands-on time with No Man's Sky's upcoming VR update.

"Apple Arcade Games Will Be Great for Families, Respect User Privacy and Will Not Have Ads or Require Any Additional Purchases"

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | EA lays off 350, Sony CEO Kaz Hirai fully retires, and a number of developers reflect on various GDC announcements and events.

Her Story Creator's New Game, Telling Lies, Has a Teaser Trailer

Find the first details for Sam Barlow's Telling Lies here.

What We Like and Don't Like About Apple Arcade

Our thoughts on Apple's new gaming subscription service.

Overland Feels Right at Home on Switch, and Nine Other Indie Games We Loved at GDC 2019

Another GDC, another year of great indies.

Xbox Will Begin Showcasing Indie Games on Nindies-Style ID@Xbox Game Pass

Microsoft wants to show off its indie catalog.

Spring 2019 Nindies Showcase is Full of Surprises and Cool Games

A showcase bookended with two unique reveals. See all the trailers here.

Watch the Nintendo Spring 2019 Nindies Showcase Right Here [Done!]

There are more indies coming to the Switch!

Nintendo Will Be Showing More Nintendo Switch Indies Via Stream on Wednesday

The new home for indies gets a bit bigger this week.

"BadLand has Literally Stolen Money From a Disabled Toddler"

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Investors ponder an exclusive Grand Theft Auto, BadLand Publishing is accused of stealing from a disabled toddler, and EA has an up-and-down week with influencers.

Stardew Valley Celebrates Anniversary With Release Date on Android

All that's missing at this point is a version for your microwave.

Former Uncharted Director Amy Hennig Talks About Life After Star Wars, Decries Gaming Elitism

During an on-stage talk with Tim Schafer at DICE Summit 2019, Amy Hennig divulged what's been interesting her as of late.

Nintendo's Indie Showcase Reveals Multiple 2019 Games, and Goat Simulator is Out Now

The Switch looks like it will continue being a great place for indie games in 2019.

SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech is Coming First to Nintendo Switch in 2019

A deckbuilding, monster slaying, fantasy RPG.

A Nintendo Indie Games Video Showcase is Coming Tomorrow

It's not a Direct, but there's sure to be some cool Switch games.

Unturned Cheats - Item IDs for Weapons, Animals, How Do You Enable Cheats?

Unturned is much more fun with cheats turned on. Here’s our Unturned Item IDs List and info on how to use cheats.

The Best Mobile Games for iOS and Android

From smartphones to tablets, these are the best games you can get on your iOS and Android devices.

Stardew Valley Guide - Essential Tips to Help You Become the Ultimate Farmer

Everything you need to know to go from rags to riches in Stardew Valley.

The Only Tool You'll Use In This Open-World Adventure Game is a Paint Brush

Eastshade is an upcoming painter sim.

Play a New Free Game Every Day This Year With Meditations

A new initiative through a new launcher.

The 20 Best Games You Probably Missed in 2018

Spotlighting the unsung heroes of the year, from a parenting sim to card adventure games, and beyond.

Gris Review

Grand visuals belie a competent but unexciting platformer.

Return of the Obra Dinn's Mysteries Are So Deep That You Need an Actual Pen and Paper to Solve Them

In the follow-up to Papers, Please, a mystery on a ghost ship has turned me into a paranoid truth hunter.

How GIFs Have Changed Gaming

We chat with the developers behind Rain World, What the Golf?, Consume Me, and more about the prominence of GIFs in the video game world.

Blendo Games' Next Project Is Skin Deep, an Absurdist First-Person Shooter With a Sneeze Meter

And you can pull glass out of your feet too.

VA-11 Hall-A Developers Announce Surprise Sequel to Cyberpunk Bartending Action Game

Androids like it shaken, not stirred.

The Backbone of the 1-Bit World of Horror is a Card Game

The Junji Ito-inspired World of Horror may not seem like a card game, but beneath the surface it is.

Gone Home on Switch Delayed to September

Can't go home yet.

Why Gone Home Still Resonates With Gamers and Developers Alike After Five Years

Remembering the influential indie on its fifth anniversary.

Gris is a Gorgeous Looking Platformer Coming to Switch and PC This December

We still don't know much about this game, but it sure looks pretty.

Nintendo Looking to Release 20 to 30 Indie Games on Switch Per Week

Nintendo wants even more indie games on its platform.

Amidst a Bleak Year, Yoku's Island Express Rolled its Way Into My Heart

Sometimes, you don't need a harsh difficulty and dark vibe to make a great metroidvania game.

The 20 Best Trailers You Probably Missed from E3 2018

From cruising the sands of Sable to an unexpected return of Metal Wolf Chaos, here are the trailers that may have passed you by from E3 2018.

Knights and Bikes, the Kickstarter Success Story with Double Fine’s Backing

The developers behind Knights and Bikes have some words of wisdom from going through Kickstarter.

Twitch Prime's Free Games for April Include Cult Hits Like SteamWorld Dig 2 and Tokyo 42

More free games for players who love subscription plans.

The Messenger Could be the Next Shovel Knight: Switch Indies to Watch

Why this mind-bending retro tribute impresses on the Nintendo Switch.

Hyper Light Drifter, Nidhogg 2, Bad North, and More Coming to Nintendo Switch

The Switch indie train just keeps on going.

USgamer Lunch Hour: Watch Kat Stream Into the Breach [Watch it Here!]

STREAM | We play the indie darling from the creators of FTL at 2pm ET/11am PT.

Where The Water Tastes Like Wine Review

With every step you take, every move you make, a Sting-voiced Wolf will be watching you.

Into the Breach Brilliantly Melds FTL and Front Mission Into One of the Best Games of the Year

Subset Games manages to better FTL with an impressive tactics game.

Celeste Review: Mountains May Depart

In the new platformer from the creator of Towerfall, it's just you, a mountain, and a heap of anxiety.

Downwell Creator Joins Nintendo

A new well.

Darkest Dungeon is a Must-Own for Nintendo Switch RPG Fans

Red Hook's excellent RPG is in great form on Nintendo's console.

USgamer Lunch Hour: Kat Kicks Off the Cosmic Star Heroine Report

STREAM | Join Kat as she jumps into the latest Axe of the Blood God Report.

Stardew Valley Multiplayer Mode Previewed in New Tweet From Creator

Here's a look at the multiplayer mode for Stardew Valley.

Over a Decade Later, Yume Nikki Wakes Up on Steam

Yume Nikki has made its debut on the Steam store, so we look back on what made the freeware game such a cult hit.

The Indie Games You Should Be Looking Out For in 2018

We're only skimming the year's bountiful harvest for independently developed games, but these are some of the most exciting that we know of so far.

Tiny Metal Director Regrets Publicly Accusing Ex-Employee of Sexual Harassment

Hiroaki Yura says the information should have remained private, says he didn't scam backers. "[I]f I wanted to scam [backers], I wouldn't be here. It's very easy for me to disappear."

Limited Run Will Begin Producing Collectible Physical Releases of Nintendo Switch Games in 2018

The producers of collectible physical releases will begin releasing Switch games.

New Trailer for The Good Life, SWERY's New Game About Murder, Alcohol, and Cats

Described as a mystery in the style of "Raymond Chandler or Conan Doyle."

Indie Devs Release Free Torrent of Their Horror Game, Darkwood, to Combat Key Resellers

Acid Wizard Studio also wants to help players who can't afford the game.

Darkest Dungeon Developers Give a "Vaguely Affirming" Response to Whether There Will be a Switch Version

A response equivalent to a shrug emoji mixed with a winking emoji.

Fig Also Promises To Help Indies With Steam Direct

Fig's Finishing Fund offers $500,000 to help with Steam Direct submissions and marketing.

Why is Everyone So Excited About Frog Fractions 2? A Quick Explainer

A look at the game that everyone has been talking about over the holidays.

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