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Will the Metaverse Live Up to the Hype? Game Developers Aren’t Impressed

The perfect version of the metaverse, to hear tech heads like Mark Zuckerberg tell it, marries social media, entertainment, and—most exciting of all—meetings in one pristine virtual space. Long ago foretold…

What It Takes to Build a Game in a War Zone

The offices of GSC Game World smelled like a gas station. The Kyiv-based studio, responsible for the cult-classic immersive sim S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl and its hotly anticipated direct sequel S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2, had…

Toxicity in Gaming Is Rampant. This Nonprofit Is Fighting Back

“It’s dangerous to go alone! Take this,” says the famous quote from the iconic game The Legend of Zelda. In life, it is dangerous to go it alone—and having a supportive…

‘The Last of Us’ Does What No Show Has Done Before

Turning action into drama also helped flesh out some of the game’s more derivative aspects. There’s no getting around the similarities to Station Eleven, The Walking Dead, Children of Men, I Am Legend,…

A 3D Printing Renaissance Is Coming for Tabletop Games

Both Wilson and Ziff highlighted several sour debates over 3D printing in the subculture. “3D printing can sometimes be a dirty word,” Ziff says. “There’s some dissent about the quality…

Sony Releases Its First Accessible Controller

“Our aim for Project Leonardo is that it enables many more players to enjoy the remarkable games that PlayStation Studios and our development community are creating for PS5,” Ryan says.…

6 Best Gaming Laptops (2022): From Cheap to High End

The Dell XPS 15 is a great laptop for those who want to do a bit of everything. Gaming is likely not your priority if you’re buying this machine, but…

I Threw a Holiday Party in Horizon Worlds. It Didn’t Go Well

Reasonable people can debate whether or not a social VR application is meaningfully different enough from, say, a video game to earn an entirely new moniker. What reasonable people cannot…

Video Games Need Better Dinosaurs. Paleontologists Can Help

The most marine-centered event at GSA was also one of the loudest voices in the chorus for pro-ammonite games. The final night of the conference, I stumbled up to a…

How to Build a Huge PC Game Library for Free

The Covid-19 pandemic’s lockdown and lingering effects, plus the sudden drop in price of powerful PC graphics cards this year, led to an unexpected renaissance in computer gaming.  The argument against PC gaming…

The 10 Best and Cruelest Games of 2022

In Blue Twelve Studios’ postapocalypse, humans are gone and cats are left to roam the neon-lit ruins. Stray, a puzzle platformer where players control an orange tabby traversing a cyberpunk world,…

Machine Learning Could Create the Perfect Game Bosses

Camping at the location of orbs is a solid strategy: The player must pick up orbs to win (imagine if Pac-Man’s ghosts merely lingered near the entrances to each corner…

How Indie Studios Are Pioneering Accessible Game Design

The creation of No Fail Mode did not detract from a central mechanic of Tunic: exploration. Players are actively encouraged to seek out the unknown and regularly return to visited areas…

Three Music Legends Collaborated on One Nintendo Game. Sparks Flew

The positive reception to Kingdom Battle meant that Brillaud, Soliani, and Kirkhope were soon discussing plans for the sequel. Soliani wanted to do what Nintendo does with all of its sequels:…

7 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Elgato Stream Deck (2022)

Even better, the software includes a Hotkey Switch function that will alternate between two shortcuts. Press it once, it sends one command, press it again and it sends the other,…

25 Best Online Co-Op Games (2022): Playstation, Xbox, PC, Switch

It’s not always possible to round up your friends to play couch coop games, but there are a ton of titles that let you keep the fun going from afar.…

35 Best Couch Co-Op Games (2022): PS4/5, Xbox, PC, Switch

If you’ve tried everything above and can’t get enough couch co-op fun, you might consider one of these games. Dysmantle for $20 (PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, PC): Enlist a friend to…

The Metaverse Doesn’t Have a Leg to Stand On

Except, of course, it can’t. Virtual reality has been hovering on the cusp of success for decades now, never quite able to attract the masses. In an essay written for…

9 Best Retro Game Consoles (2022): Evercade, Polymega, Analogue Pocket, and Controllers

Do you remember the alluring 8-bit music, flashing screens, and excitement of the arcades? Maybe you spent happy hours in front of an early home computer or game console. Or…

Analogue Pocket Review: The Best Way to Play Old Game Boy Cartridges

I’ll admit it: I’m a skeptic, and a grouchy one at that. I rarely let fun or interesting new products go by without a “harumph” or a “humbug.” That’s why…

‘Lemon Cake’ Is the Perfect Recipe for Casual Gamers

I can’t remember the last time I finished a video game. I’ve had my Nintendo Switch Lite for two years now, and it’s riddled with a number of titles I’ve…

With ‘Ragnarök,’ ‘God of War’ Keeps Growing Up

Before the long-running God of War series was reestablished with a 2018 entry that moved the story from a mythological ancient Greece to a mythological ancient Scandinavia, its protagonist, Kratos, was an unparalleled jerk.…

10 Best Xbox Series X/S Games You Can Play Now (2022)

The Xbox Series X is a big console, and it’s chock-full of powerful next-gen hardware. However, it can be tricky to find games that really make the most of all…

The Best Meta Quest 2 Games You Can Play Right Now (2022)

Before you can actually play, there are a few things you need to do. Here are some tips for getting everything set up because the Quest 2 interface is not…

Evercade EXP Review: Vertical Scrolling, Sub-Par Build

While this latter cohort is mainly focused on the Mega Man series, right down to the famously awful “realistic” US cover art for the games being used to highlight them…