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Starting Screen | Starting Screen | Blaseball Just Had Its Most Bonkers Playoffs Yet

The cultural event of Blaseball only continues to escalate.

Starting Screen | No One Knows Where the Next Big Game Will Come From

Publishers, developers, journalists, influencers; we're all just guessing.

Starting Screen | Xbox Series X's Seamless Transition Shows Why Backward Compatibility Matters

Console owners will soon get a taste of what PC owners have enjoyed for a very long time now.

Starting Screen | Microsoft's Bethesda Acquisition Corners the Market on Legacy RPG Studios

ZeniMax Media, which includes Bethesda's studios, has been bought by Microsoft. What now?

Starting Screen | Super Mario 64 Remains the Best of the 3D Mario Games

An ode to Nintendo's pioneering platformer on the eve of the release of Super Mario 3D All-Stars.

Starting Screen | Activision Has Revived the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater Franchise, What's Next?

Can Activision keep up the momentum from Tony Hawk 1 + 2's positive reception?

Starting Screen | Scarlet Nexus Is An Accidental Metaphor for the Struggle of COVID-19

There's something eerily (if unintentionally) relatable about Bandai Namco's upcoming action RPG.

Starting Screen | An Improved Nintendo Switch Model Would be Right on Schedule

Another day, another report about a new and improved Switch en route.

Starting Screen | It's Time for Ubisoft to Bring the Scott Pilgrim Game Back

On Scott Pilgrim's 10th anniversary, this excellent beat 'em up should be playable by everyone.

Starting Screen | Xbox’s Confusing Names Won’t Matter in the Long Run

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.

Starting Screen | There Shouldn't be a New Call of Duty in 2020

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.

Starting Screen | StarCraft Deserves Better

On its 10th anniversary, the future of Blizzard's flagship RTS is uncertain. It shouldn't be.

Starting Screen | It's a Critical Week for the Future of Halo

Halo Infinite is finally being revealed this week. Will it be good enough to return to gaming's top echelons?

Starting Screen | A Tribute to Final Fantasy 9 on Its 20th Anniversary

Final Fantasy 9 once relied on nostalgia, and now we're all nostalgic for it itself.

Starting Screen | Remembering the Joys of Sin-Free Gaming in Summer

There ain't no gaming like summer vacation gaming.

Starting Screen | The Sloppy Stealth of The Last of Us Part 2

The Last of Us Part 2's stealth is better than before, but at what cost?

Starting Screen | The Last of Us Part 2's Overly Limiting Embargo Only Hurts Critical Discourse

An argument on Twitter throws the difficulty of having a real conversation about The Last of Us Part 2 into sharp relief.

Starting Screen | Black Work Matters

There's been an outpouring of support for black creators today, but it should always be there.

Starting Screen | Could Super Mario Galaxy 3 Ever Hope to Top the First Two Games?

As we celebrate Super Mario Galaxy 2's 10th anniversary, we reflect on how Nintendo threw everything it had into its amazing sequel.

Starting Screen | Why Grand Theft Auto 5 is Still Capable of Crashing the Epic Games Store in 2020

Rockstar's return to Los Santos is one of the most popular games ever, and it's not going away anytime soon.

Starting Screen | The PS5 Has Revealed Barely Anything Compared to Xbox Series X, And It Hardly Matters

Xbox is mostly making the right moves, but it's still playing from behind.

Starting Screen | My Morning Animal Crossing: New Horizons Routine Has Become My Mental Safety Net

Every day I follow the same route, and it has become my drip feed of normalcy.

Starting Screen | The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 Needs to Be as Weird as Majora's Mask

Majora's Mask, now 20 years old, is unforgettable. That's a lesson Breath of the Wild 2 should take.

Starting Screen | This Week We're Exploring All the Ways We Can Play Together

Join us for a week-long series in which we explore the magic of co-op, community, and more.

Starting Screen | Remakes Are for New Ideas and Rethinking Classics, Not Retreading Old Ground

Let creators see these old games through a new lens.

Starting Screen | We All Have Bad Opinions About 3D Mario Games, Especially You

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.

Starting Screen | Animal Crossing: New Horizons' Opening Weekend Was Amazingly Wholesome Fun With Friends

A wonderful weekend with Animal Crossing, the return of Half-Life, and everything else happening in a busy week for games.

Starting Screen | It's a Relief to Have Video Games Right now

With human-to-human contact discouraged, luckily online games give us the hangout spaces we need.

Starting Screen | Everyone Forgets That Final Fantasy 13 Had a Really Good Battle System

Lessons learned from Final Fantasy 13, Ori returns, and everything else that's happening this week in games.

Starting Screen | I Finally Get It

How I finally came to embrace the hype around Final Fantasy 7 Remake.

Starting Screen | Video Games Held No Meaning for Me Until Developers Gave Us Endings

If video games are a chaotic digital sea, narrative and endings are its lighthouses.

Starting Screen | Sonic Is a Success, but the Curse of Video Game Movies May Not Be Over

A few good films don't constitute a pattern, unfortunately.

Starting Screen | Paying Tribute to Fire Emblem: Three Houses' Marvelous Sh*tposting Community on the Eve of the New DLC

Part of the success of Fire Emblem: Three Houses was a passionate community plastering memes all over the internet.

Starting Screen | I Moderated a Gaming BBS in 1995, and It Was a Beautiful, Life-Changing Mess

When it comes to video game discourse, everything old is forever new.

Starting Screen | Why is Nintendo Hesitant to Remember Super Mario Bros. 2?

Super Mario Bros. 2 is a major part of Nintendo's history, but it seems scared to dish out relevant nostalgia.

Starting Screen | 2020 Will Be One of the Most Consequential Years in Gaming History

This will be the year that all of the major promises of the past decade finally come true.

Starting Screen | Xbox Series X Has PC Vibes, And That Might Be the Key to Its Success

Project Scarlett has not just a name now, but a shape too.

Starting Screen | Tyrants, Dollhouses, and Rude Geese: Looking Back on 2019's Great Gaming Moments

There were some great moments in video games this year. Let's look back on some of our favorites.

Starting Screen | Why 2019 Is the Year I Decided To Stop Rushing Through Games

Some of us have been playing Death Stranding slowly, and it's far better for it.

Starting Screen | Five Games I Missed That I'm Planning to Play Now That the Holidays Are Here

A look at the games I want to play before 2019 is officially finished.

Starting Screen | Google Stadia is Gaming for No One

Google's first foray into the console space manages to alienate both causal and hardcore gamers alike.

Starting Screen | I Love Death Stranding's Ridiculous Product Placement

Chugging Monster until it kills me.

Starting Screen | Blizzard Had a Terrible Weekend, But At Least Warcraft 3: Reforged is Good

Maybe Blizzard's best days really are behind it.

Starting Screen | Three Classic Letters That Show How Much Easier It Is to Be a Video Game Fan in 2019

The gaming community knew nothing in the '90s, and frankly, neither did a lot of publishers.

Starting Screen | Please Stop Putting Big Spiders In Video Games

I'm tired of it, and I don't have a good reason for it!

Starting Screen | Blizzard's Troubled 2019 Finds the Once Invincible Studio at a Crossroads

This past year has found Blizzard embroiled in one controversy after another. What does it say about its future?

Starting Screen | A Great Port Is Always Worth the Wait

Whatever time it takes to make a game feel just right on a new system is well-spent.

Starting Screen | Destiny Has Defined This Generation, For Better or Worse

Please enjoy your regular helping of content.

Starting Screen | Sayonara Wild Hearts is a Bright, Loud Game That Tells a Sweet, Subtle Story

Video games are still learning the art of subtle storytelling, but a game about neon biker gals at war somehow nails it.

Starting Screen | Games are Running Worse Than Ever on the Base PS4 and Xbox One. Is There a Solution?

Owners of the base consoles are increasingly saddled with long load times when playing games like Borderlands 3.

Starting Screen | Why I Ignored the Dreamcast 20 Years Ago

I was a teenage Debby Dreamcast Downer.

Starting Screen | Control's Creepy Memos and Unsettling Book Clubs Make Its Collectibles Actually Worth Collecting

The information buried in the collectibles is far more sinister than it lets on.

Starting Screen | EarthBound’s 25th Anniversary Makes us Pine for Classic Instruction Books

Earthbound's player guide is a great example of the effort publishers expended trying to make the West fall in love with RPGs.

Starting Screen | Sony's Insomniac Acquisition is Its First Major Salvo in the PS5 Generation

Exclusives matter more than ever... or do they?

Starting Screen | Can Sports Games be Fixed?

No one seems happy with otherwise popular games like Madden and FIFA. What's going wrong?

Starting Screen | The ESA Leak Puts the Future of E3 In Question

Things are about to get pretty rough for the industry's number-one trade show.

Starting Screen | Wolfenstein: Youngblood's Frustrating Finale Begs the Question: What Makes a Good Final Boss Fight?

Let's talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly of final bosses in games.

Starting Screen | It's Time for Nintendo Switch Games to Have a Better Handheld Experience

It's no longer a good idea to relegate the Switch's portable mode to second class.

Starting Screen | A Reminder for Fans Raging About Pokemon Sword and Shield: Every New Entry is Somebody's First

In this exciting issue: I recall dismissing Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire as "lazy" back in 2002.

Starting Screen | It's Becoming Impossible To Keep Up With More Than A Couple "Forever" Games

Apex Legends, Final Fantasy 14, World of Warcraft, and more are seeing huge updates. Will we ever rest?

Starting Screen | Super Mario Maker 2 Wants To Make You A Better Level Designer

Super Mario Maker 2 teaches you to respect your players, not frustrate them.

Starting Screen | Auto Chess is the Latest Gaming Industry Gold Rush, Like MOBA and Battle Royale Before It

In such a short period of time, there's been an explosion in the autobattler genre.

Starting Screen | How the Second Half of 2019 is Shaping Up for Video Games Now That E3 is Over

We take a look at the upcoming release schedule and identify one potential juggernaut.

Starting Screen | Microsoft's Dud of an E3 2019 Press Conference Makes Sony Look Smart for Skipping the Show

Sony got more out of a Wired interview than Microsoft did in an entire press conference.

Starting Screen | E3 2019 May Be the Beginning of the End of Old Console Wars as We Know Them

As platforms give way to services, Microsoft is going back to its roots amid its new console reveal.

Starting Screen | Want Your Multiplayer Game to Succeed? Summer Could be the Key

Fortnite, Rocket League, and Overwatch have all found success by owning the summer. Is Dauntless next? Or will Apex Legends make a comeback?

Starting Screen | Why 2019 Has Thus Far Been an Underwhelming Year for Games

After being spoiled for two solid years, we've hit a major lull. Will it get better in the second half?

Starting Screen | Final Fantasy 7 Remake's Decision to Drop Its Turn-Based RPG Combat is Sadly Ironic

The much-anticipated remake sacrifices a part of its history.

Starting Screen | How Resident Evil 2's Second Playthrough Manages to Still Be Surprising

How one of the year's best games makes its corridors worth revisiting immediately.

Starting Screen | The Game Boy Was the Only Console I Needed Growing Up

On the Game Boy's 30th anniversary, how Nintendo's first true portable console defined a generation of gamers.

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.

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