An earnest wish after a difficult year.
Thank you, USgamer, for giving my stupid words a home.
It's hard to make a list when so many games are in flux.
This terrible, historic year has also seen an uptick in interest around gaming. That's exactly when our best writers should follow their instincts.
These little bots make for one heck of a pack-in.
The future of Mass Effect shouldn't jet away from the Andromeda galaxy just yet.
It's certainly going to be a week.
If Facebook wants to become a serious gaming fixture, the least it could do is not squander its VR credibility.
The cultural event of Blaseball only continues to escalate.
Publishers, developers, journalists, influencers; we're all just guessing.
Console owners will soon get a taste of what PC owners have enjoyed for a very long time now.
ZeniMax Media, which includes Bethesda's studios, has been bought by Microsoft. What now?
An ode to Nintendo's pioneering platformer on the eve of the release of Super Mario 3D All-Stars.
Can Activision keep up the momentum from Tony Hawk 1 + 2's positive reception?
There's something eerily (if unintentionally) relatable about Bandai Namco's upcoming action RPG.
Another day, another report about a new and improved Switch en route.
On Scott Pilgrim's 10th anniversary, this excellent beat 'em up should be playable by everyone.
If you're worried about customers dealing with Xbox One X, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S, don't worry. They're already clueless.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone is getting its new season this week, but all eyes are on what's next for the series.
On its 10th anniversary, the future of Blizzard's flagship RTS is uncertain. It shouldn't be.
Halo Infinite is finally being revealed this week. Will it be good enough to return to gaming's top echelons?
Final Fantasy 9 once relied on nostalgia, and now we're all nostalgic for it itself.
There ain't no gaming like summer vacation gaming.
The Last of Us Part 2's stealth is better than before, but at what cost?
An argument on Twitter throws the difficulty of having a real conversation about The Last of Us Part 2 into sharp relief.
The floodgates of not-E3 are about to open.
There's been an outpouring of support for black creators today, but it should always be there.
As we celebrate Super Mario Galaxy 2's 10th anniversary, we reflect on how Nintendo threw everything it had into its amazing sequel.
Rockstar's return to Los Santos is one of the most popular games ever, and it's not going away anytime soon.
Xbox is mostly making the right moves, but it's still playing from behind.
Every day I follow the same route, and it has become my drip feed of normalcy.
Majora's Mask, now 20 years old, is unforgettable. That's a lesson Breath of the Wild 2 should take.
Join us for a week-long series in which we explore the magic of co-op, community, and more.
I feel like I'm betraying Tifa.
Let creators see these old games through a new lens.
You're wrong about Super Mario 64, you're wrong about Super Mario 3D World, but most of all, you're wrong about Super Mario Sunshine.
A wonderful weekend with Animal Crossing, the return of Half-Life, and everything else happening in a busy week for games.
With human-to-human contact discouraged, luckily online games give us the hangout spaces we need.
Lessons learned from Final Fantasy 13, Ori returns, and everything else that's happening this week in games.
How I finally came to embrace the hype around Final Fantasy 7 Remake.
If video games are a chaotic digital sea, narrative and endings are its lighthouses.
A few good films don't constitute a pattern, unfortunately.
Part of the success of Fire Emblem: Three Houses was a passionate community plastering memes all over the internet.
When it comes to video game discourse, everything old is forever new.
Super Mario Bros. 2 is a major part of Nintendo's history, but it seems scared to dish out relevant nostalgia.
This will be the year that all of the major promises of the past decade finally come true.
Project Scarlett has not just a name now, but a shape too.
There were some great moments in video games this year. Let's look back on some of our favorites.
Some of us have been playing Death Stranding slowly, and it's far better for it.
A look at the games I want to play before 2019 is officially finished.
Google's first foray into the console space manages to alienate both causal and hardcore gamers alike.
Chugging Monster until it kills me.
Maybe Blizzard's best days really are behind it.
The gaming community knew nothing in the '90s, and frankly, neither did a lot of publishers.
I'm tired of it, and I don't have a good reason for it!
This past year has found Blizzard embroiled in one controversy after another. What does it say about its future?
Whatever time it takes to make a game feel just right on a new system is well-spent.
Please enjoy your regular helping of content.
Video games are still learning the art of subtle storytelling, but a game about neon biker gals at war somehow nails it.
Owners of the base consoles are increasingly saddled with long load times when playing games like Borderlands 3.
The information buried in the collectibles is far more sinister than it lets on.
Earthbound's player guide is a great example of the effort publishers expended trying to make the West fall in love with RPGs.
Exclusives matter more than ever... or do they?
No one seems happy with otherwise popular games like Madden and FIFA. What's going wrong?
Things are about to get pretty rough for the industry's number-one trade show.
Let's talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly of final bosses in games.
It's no longer a good idea to relegate the Switch's portable mode to second class.
In this exciting issue: I recall dismissing Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire as "lazy" back in 2002.
Apex Legends, Final Fantasy 14, World of Warcraft, and more are seeing huge updates. Will we ever rest?
Super Mario Maker 2 teaches you to respect your players, not frustrate them.
In such a short period of time, there's been an explosion in the autobattler genre.
We take a look at the upcoming release schedule and identify one potential juggernaut.
Sony got more out of a Wired interview than Microsoft did in an entire press conference.
As platforms give way to services, Microsoft is going back to its roots amid its new console reveal.
Fortnite, Rocket League, and Overwatch have all found success by owning the summer. Is Dauntless next? Or will Apex Legends make a comeback?
After being spoiled for two solid years, we've hit a major lull. Will it get better in the second half?
The much-anticipated remake sacrifices a part of its history.
Why video game movies will always be at a disadvantage.
How one of the year's best games makes its corridors worth revisiting immediately.
On the Game Boy's 30th anniversary, how Nintendo's first true portable console defined a generation of gamers.
Kat may not have time for competitive games anymore, but her tastes haven't changed as much as you might think.
The USG team hit the showfloor of PAX East 2019 to bring you the latest and greatest in gaming.
New Switch SKUs are inevitable, but let's hope they learn from the past.
Speculating on the potential ramifications of tomorrow's Google GDC announcement.
From Bloodborne to God of War, it truly is a great time to be an action game fan.
There's no reason major titles should be bricking consoles.
Charting BioWare's decline from hits like Knights of the Old Republic to disappointments like Anthem.
Use that dead time to look back at the good years full of great games and fun times.
The industry and community has changed around E3. Can E3 remain relevant in the modern day?
Apex Legends has to do its best to outrun the perception of Electronic Arts.
Capcom is rebounding after a tough generation, Kingdom Hearts 3 is almost here, and more on this week's Starting Screen.
Sensing the need for some good old-fashioned dog-based hilarity, Bandai Namco delivered the good boy.
The digital ecosystem is undergoing its biggest shakeup since 2005.
As developers gear up for the next generation, 2019 looks slimmer than recent years.
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