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HD Mode 7 Emulation Mod Brings Smooth New Life to Jagged SNES Graphics

Mode 7 graphics and steak knives no longer occupy the same branch on their family tree.

Starting Screen | Why I'm Increasingly Drawn to Single-Player Games After a Lifetime of Competitive Gaming

Kat may not have time for competitive games anymore, but her tastes haven't changed as much as you might think.

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.

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.

Dragon Quest Builders 2 Fixes My Biggest Problem With the First Game

It's easier to enjoy the fruits of your labors in the second Dragon Quest Builders.

Dreams Early Access Starts April 16, 2019

Get creating for $29.99 and then get the full PS4 game on its eventual release.

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 One S All-Digital "Maverick" Console Reportedly Releasing on May 7

Microsoft's rumored console hasn't been announced yet, but it's taking shape regardless.

Sean Murray Talks About "Drinking From the Firehose" of Criticism During No Man's Sky Launch

"For the majority of developers, release is a real low point."

Hate Spiders Like Any Sane Human? You'll Love Satisfactory's Arachnophobia Mode

That one Jak and Daxter level still haunts me.

The Paradox Way: Paradox's CEO on the Future of the Hit Strategy Publisher

At DICE Summit 2019, we catch up with Paradox Interactive CEO Ebba Ljungerud to chat about supporting games in the long term, fostering a healthy work environment, and more.

Prominent Sims 4 Player Accused of Sexually Harassing Teens, EA Apologizes for Slow Response

"We sincerely apologize for the delay in taking the right actions here," EA says.

Minecraft Coming to Xbox Game Pass in April

The hugely popular world-building and survival game will soon be part of the Xbox subscription service.

We've Played Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, and It's a Confounding and Ambitious Next Step for Niantic

We get our first look at the Pokemon Go developer's upcoming AR-enabled game.

X-Wing Alliance Came Out 20 Years Ago Today, And We've Seen Little Like It Since

Let's pour one out for the end of an era.

Stardew Valley Celebrates Anniversary With Release Date on Android

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

Pokemon Go's Snapshot Mode Isn't Pokemon Snap 2, But It's Still Very Cool

Gotta Snap 'em All! No, no, we're not talking about necks.

Shiny Meltan Now Available In Pokemon Go For a Limited Time: How to Get One

Our favorite already-shiny Pokemon is getting a Shiny version.

Farming Simulator is Now an Esport With a Big Cash Prize and Everything

Players can compete for up to €250,000 in prizes.

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.

Stardew Valley Gets a Frame Rate Fix on the Switch

Rise and shine. Time to farm.

Overcooked 2 Beat Out Pokemon for a Top Spot on Japan's Switch Digital Downloads

Ghost Town Games' kitchen sim proved to be a hit in Japan.

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.

Stardew Valley Villager Locations - Introduction Quest, Meet Everyone Explained

The first quest you are given is a tough one, but well worth doing. Here’s how to meet everyone in Stardew Valley.

Stardew Valley Marriage Guide - Gift Guide, Who Can You Romance in Stardew Valley?

Got your eye on someone special in Stardew Valley and wanna know what makes them tick. Look no further.

The Games That Are Probably Not Coming Out in 2019

Sorry to be an agent of reality checks.

Stardew Valley Multiplayer Update Finally Has a PC Release Date

Play with your friends, live your best life.

Jurassic World Evolution Review

The kingdom hasn't fallen yet, but the world could be a bit bigger.

The Sea of Thieves Beta is Having Connectivity Issues, Matey

Some players can't connect to the closed beta.

The US Government is Developing a School Shooting Survival Sim for Teachers

The US Army and Department of Homeland Security are developing a VR training simulator for teachers.

Cities Skylines Goes Green This Month in New DLC

Green Cities lets you make your cities a bit more environmentally conscious.

Minecraft Cross-Platform Play Launches, But No Switch Action Yet

The Better Together update is live in Minecraft.

Ark: Survival Evolved Review: A Rough Rodeo As a Dino Rider

Studio Wildcard's survival game is out of Early Access. Did the two years help the team build a clean, cohesive experience?

The Sims 4 Coming PS4 and Xbox One This November

Now you can usher your Sims to an untimely demise on consoles.

Kerbal Space Program Purchased By Take-Two As It Explores The Indie Landscape

Squad looks to remain independent, but with more resources.

Ace Combat 7 Pushed Back to 2018

If you were looking to get into the Danger Zone in 2017, Bandai Namco has bad news for you.

Block'hood and Birthdays the Beginning Urge the Management Sim in Thoughtful Directions

One takes us back to evolution, the other to the issues neighborhoods face today.

Minecraft: Switch Edition Review: The Best Damn Portable Version Yet

Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition is a win for Minecraft and Nintendo Switch.

Pokemon Red Recreated Inside Minecraft

Some people are just better than the rest of us. I am shamed into not being better.

No Man's Sky's Path Finder Update Offers New Vehicle Soon

Hello Games continues to improve and polish No Man's Sky.

Why We Won't Be at Sean Murray's First Major Appearance Since No Man's Sky

When a trade show is better treated as a trade show.

ARK: Survival Evolved Sells 1 Million Copies on PS4

The survival adventure game was the best-selling game on PlayStation Network in January.

Cities: Skylines Coming to Xbox One This Spring

The heir to SimCity will be coming to consoles for the first time.

RimWorld's Wanderlust Update Makes the World Go Round

Alpha 16 of the indie hit RimWorld redefines a harsh, unforgiving planet.

Rust Dev Wants Bored Players to "Just Stop Playing"

Rust developer Garry Newman wants to break of the cycle of boredom and complaint.

Stardew Valley Coming to PS4 and Xbox One Soon, Nintendo Switch Someday

Concerned Ape is ready for the Valley to come to consoles.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf Amiibo Update Goes Live

Today's Nintendo Direct was all about inviting Amiibo to your Animal Crossing town.

Check Out 10 Minutes of the New Harvest Moon, Courtesy of Natsume

Get a sneak preview of Skytree Village before it launches for the 3DS on November 8th.

Star Citizen Single-Player Will Miss 2016

The entire game is still coming along and Squadron 42 needs more time.

More No Man's Sky Drama: Community Subreddit Briefly Shuts Down

Temporary closure highlights a frustrated community.

Stardew Valley Massively Updated with Version 1.1

New farm options, new marriage choices, and more are a part of Stardew Valley's new update.

Birthdays the Beginning Brings Harvest Moon's Creator to a New Frontier

Yasuhiro Wada's upcoming sim fully embraces the "god game" genre.

Halcyon 6: Starbase Commander PC Review: A Flawed But Promising Space Sim

Halcyon 6 doesn't quite live up to its immense promise out of the gate, but it's on its way.

EVE Online Offers Free-to-Play Tier With Clone States This November

For the first time since launch, CCP's EVE Online is letting new and returning players play for free.

Telltale Games Publishes Mr. Robot for iOS and Android

The adventure game studio collaborates with Universal and Night School Studio on a Mr. Robot title.

Now on PC, the Obscure Wii Gem Little King's Story is a Must-Play

Marvelous' brilliant mix of Pikmin, SimCity, and Zelda shouldn't be missed.

Retronauts Delves Into SimCity's History

On this week's episode of USgamer's classic gaming podcast, learn about the urban planning series that made us all mayor for a day.

Yakuza 0 Revisits Kazuma Kiryu's Karaoke Past on Jan 24, 2017

Sega has a release date for the Yakuza prequel in North America and Europe.

No Man's Sky Doesn't Require PlayStation Plus, PC Version Delayed

No Man's Sky is coming soon, but PC players will have to wait just a little longer.

Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector Gets Update, is Temporarily Pulled From the App Store [UPDATE: iOS Version Fixed!]

Neko Atsume got a content update, but then the iOS version of the game broke. Presumably the cats knocked it down just to watch it fall.

Warhammer is the Breath of Fresh Air that Total War Needs

Plus other observations on Total War: Warhammer.

Time, and a Word About Animal Crossing

As a new season descends upon the world of New Leaf, the sounds and sights of summer stir powerful memories.

Tomodachi Life 3DS Review: Conversation Piece

Your appreciation for Nintendo's weird new life sim hinges entirely on how much amusement you derive from caricatures of your friends spouting bizarre nonsense.

The Quiet Revolution: How Animal Crossing has Embraced the Future

We speak with Katsuya Eguchi and Aya Kyogoku to learn how Nintendo's most good-natured franchise is pointing the way to company-wide change.

2013 in Review: How I Built a Life Worth Returning to in Animal Crossing: New Leaf

For a game about nothing in particular, Animal Crossing: New Leaf manages to create a remarkably engrossing world -- one that remains inviting half a year later.

Why Does Everyone Keep Playing Animal Crossing?

New Leaf has been out for months. Why do so many gamers keep coming back?

Local Color: An Animal Crossing New Leaf Interview

There's far more to localizing Animal Crossing for America than simply changing Japanese words into English.

Metatext: Separating the Player from the Character

Ever get the feeling your video games are talking to you? You may not be crazy after all....

In Animal Crossing's World, I'm the Veal Calf

The town of Telebuni has me penned in tightly, waiting for the slaughter.

Why Play Animal Crossing, Anyway? (A Primer)

Curious what the big deal is about Nintendo's quirky attempt at the simulation genre?

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