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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.

Starting Screen | PAX East 2019 Wrap-Up: From Borderlands 3 to Cyber Shadow, It Was a Busy Weekend for Games

The USG team hit the showfloor of PAX East 2019 to bring you the latest and greatest in gaming.

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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.

Starting Screen | PAX East 2019 Wrap-Up: From Borderlands 3 to Cyber Shadow, It Was a Busy Weekend for Games

The USG team hit the showfloor of PAX East 2019 to bring you the latest and greatest in gaming.

Starting Screen | What We Want From the New Nintendo Switch Models Rumored to Be Coming in 2019

New Switch SKUs are inevitable, but let's hope they learn from the past.

Starting Screen | What the Google GDC Keynote Could Mean for the Next Generation of Games

Speculating on the potential ramifications of tomorrow's Google GDC announcement.

Starting Screen | Devil May Cry 5 is Proof That We're in an Action Game Renaissance

From Bloodborne to God of War, it truly is a great time to be an action game fan.

Starting Screen | Games Have Never "Just Worked," but They Were Better Than This

There's no reason major titles should be bricking consoles.

Starting Screen | The Steady Decline of BioWare

Charting BioWare's decline from hits like Knights of the Old Republic to disappointments like Anthem.

Starting Screen | How Anthem's Terrible Loading Times Let You Appreciate BioWare

Use that dead time to look back at the good years full of great games and fun times.

Starting Screen | E3 Needs to be More Than PAX Lite

The industry and community has changed around E3. Can E3 remain relevant in the modern day?

Starting Screen | EA's Bad Reputation Hangs Over Apex Legends' Surprise Launch

Apex Legends has to do its best to outrun the perception of Electronic Arts.

Starting Screen | Resident Evil 2 is Another Win for a Resurgent Capcom

Capcom is rebounding after a tough generation, Kingdom Hearts 3 is almost here, and more on this week's Starting Screen.

Starting Screen | How Ace Combat 7's Dog.jpg Brought Joy to a Turbulent January in the Games Industry

Sensing the need for some good old-fashioned dog-based hilarity, Bandai Namco delivered the good boy.

Starting Screen | The Emerging War Between the Epic Games Store and Steam is Just the Beginning

The digital ecosystem is undergoing its biggest shakeup since 2005.

Starting Screen | Why 2019 Will Be a Quieter Year for Games Compared to 2017 and 2018

As developers gear up for the next generation, 2019 looks slimmer than recent years.

Starting Screen | 2018 in Video Games: Less Innovation, More Iteration

STARTING SCREEN | 2018 was a year of big games with a lot of caveats, making this year's end of the year deliberations more varied than ever.

Starting Screen | The Horrifying Live-Action Movie Sonic Should Have Taken a Few Lessons From Detective Pikachu

STARTING SCREEN | It doesn't take a detective to figure out why the Sonic the Hedgehog movie poster isn't a hit.

Starting Screen | 2018's Impossible Task: Living Up to the Standard Set by 2017

STARTING SCREEN | How does 2018 measure up among the best years of this console generation?

Starting Screen | Fallout 76 Should be a Cautionary Tale for Publishers

STARTING SCREEN | Online service games can generous outrageous profits, but their potential for disaster is often high.

Starting Screen | Fallout 76's Reception Has Been Worse Than Anyone Could Have Imagined. Can Bethesda Right the Ship?

STARTING SCREEN | Opinion on Fallout 76 was mixed from the start, but no one could have predicted that it would stumble this badly out of the gate.

Starting Screen | The Detective Pikachu Trailer is a Work of Evil Genius

STARTING SCREEN | The Pokemon marketing machine takes a risk and scores another huge win.

Starting Screen | It's Okay to Feel Disappointed Over Diablo Immortal

STARTING SCREEN | To be disappointed is human, but to keep that disappointment in perspective is divine.

Starting Screen | The PlayStation Classic's Game Lineup Misses Out on Capturing What Made PS1 So Great

STARTING SCREEN | Licensing issues and questionable choices keep PS1 from reaching its potential.

Starting Screen | Can Red Dead Redemption 2 Avoid the Pitfalls of Being a Prequel?

STARTING SCREEN | Red Dead Redemption 2 will undoubtedly be an amazing looking game. But there are some potential drawbacks to being a prequel.

Starting Screen | Red Dead Redemption 2's 100-Hour Weeks Are Nothing New for Rockstar

STARTING SCREEN | Rockstar has been dealing with these issues for a long time now.

Starting Screen | Fallout 76 Can't Help Losing One Part of What Makes the Core Games So Memorable

STARTING SCREEN | Fallout 76's storytelling is receiving plenty of positive mention, but it still loses a crucial aspect of the core games.

Starting Screen | Games Are Longer Than Ever, and That's Perfectly Fine

STARTING SCREEN | Games like Assassin's Creed Odyssey are longer than ever. And you know what? That's fine.

Starting Screen | It's Pokemon Red and Blue's 20th Anniversary in North America, and We're Celebrating With USG Pokemon Week!

STARTING SCREEN | Pokemon launched in North America 20 years ago this week, and the sensation still hasn't ended.

Starting Screen | Nintendo Switch Online Hasn't Even Launched Yet, and It Already Has Major Problems

STARTING SCREEN | Nintendo Switch Online launches tomorrow, and details are annoyingly scarce.

Starting Screen | At EA's Jacksonville Tribute: Tears and the First Step Toward Healing

STARTING SCREEN | A community picks up the pieces after an unspeakable tragedy.

Starting Screen | Tragedy Strikes the Madden Community

STARTING SCREEN | A mass shooting casts a pall over the Madden competitive community, and over gaming as a whole.

Starting Screen | ROMs Play a Vital Role in Filling in the Gaps of RPG History

STARTING SCREEN | No ROMs means no way to play a lot of classic RPGs that still don't have legitimate releases (and probably never will).

Starting Screen | The IGN Plagiarism Incident Once Again Highlights the Strange Place Occupied by Game Reviews

STARTING SCREEN | The IGN plagiarism incident spotlights the odd role played by game reviews.

Starting Screen | Metroidvanias Are Having a Moment

STARTING SCREEN | Hollow Knight leads a fantastically strong crop of recent metroidvanias.

Starting Screen | 2018 is the Year for Games We Nearly Forgot Finally Seeing the Light of Day

STARTING SCREEN | Chasm, La-Mulana 2, and Iconoclasts almost felt like mythical games, and in 2018, they're finally here.

Starting Screen | Mega Man: Fully Charged Looks Weird and Different and Long-Time Mega Man Fans Will Have to Deal With It

STARTING SCREEN | Weirdly, part of being an adult is realizing stuff for kids isn't meant for you.

Starting Screen | Why I Got Back Into Pokemon Go

STARTING SCREEN | I tried to escape, but Niantic keeps dragging me back in.

Starting Screen | When I Played Pokemon on IRC and Still More Summer Gaming Memories

STARTING SCREEN | We have more summer gaming memories, look ahead to Octopath Traveler, and more.

Starting Screen | The Crew 2's Cross-Country Sandbox is One American Experiment That Should Probably End

STARTING SCREEN | Why Ubisoft's new racer is hampered by its premise, and all the rest of the week's headlines.

Starting Screen | The Vita Deserves to be Remembered as More Than a Failure

STARTING SCREEN | An ode to Sony's handheld, this week's releases, and more.

Starting Screen | Xbox Ticked the Right Boxes, But Shadows Die Twice is E3's Best Reveal So Far

STARTING SCREEN | The nightmare that is February 2019, Square Enix Avengers is a no-show so far, and more.

Starting Screen | A Wii Tale of E3 2006: The Year Nintendo Shone on Stage and Sony Flopped Hard

STARTING SCREEN | E3 2006 is still an infamous show, and I was there. It was something.

Starting Screen | Is a Sequel More than a Name: The Curious Case of Rage 2

STARTING SCREEN | If an IP dies in the woods, should a publisher still slap a 2 on it?

Starting Screen | Happy Anniversary to Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, the Best Successor to Symphony of the Night

STARTING SCREEN | The humble Game Boy Advance follow-up to Symphony of the Night managed to live up to its predecessor—and even exceed it in some ways.

Starting Screen | Happy Anniversary to Persona 3 FES, Which Needs a Remaster More Than Ever

STARTING SCREEN | Kick off your week with Persona, Knuckle Sandwich's free demo, and Avengers: Infinity War.

Starting Screen | Shenmue Remains a Cult Classic and a Cautionary Tale

STARTING SCREEN | Shenmue's dueling identities, Rampage, and more.

Starting Screen | Persona 5: The Animation Has a Chance to Right the Wrongs of its Predecessors

STARTING SCREEN | The Persona series is one that's built on deep character development, which is not a short-term anime series' strong suit.

Starting Screen | Happy Anniversary to Final Fantasy VI, Square Enix's First RPG for Adults

STARTING SCREEN | The older you get, the easier it is to appreciate Square Enix's 16-bit RPG masterpiece.

Starting Screen | Fortnite Battle Royale Won by Capturing the Minecraft Generation

STARTING SCREEN | Tomb Raider's ongoing success in the movie theaters, Ni No Kuni 2's excellent soundtrack, and more.

Starting Screen | Finding Value in Supposedly Outdated Games

STARTING SCREEN | On what we can learn from Age of Empire's new release, Ni No Kuni 2, and more.

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