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Digimon Fans Still Exist—and They’re the Keepers of Its Future

In an era when everyone wants to peek behind the scenes at the development of their favorite games, it’s harder than ever to separate the final product from the news…

The Best Video Game Deals (September 2022): Xbox, PC, Switch, PlayStation

Forget worn-out WASD keys. The true hallmark of being a gamer is a never-ending list of games you want to play. Working through a wish list can get expensive, but…

‘Splatoon 3’ Takes Shooting Games a Little Less Seriously

In Splatoon 3, the latest in Nintendo’s shooter series, pitched battles are fought with all the gravity of water gun fights between children. Big-eyed cartoon kids in colorful streetwear run…

A Steam Deck Reignited My Love for Homebrew PCs

Building your own PC comes with unique thrills. Sure, it can be frustrating as all hell—there’s a reason it’s a lot easier to buy a fully cooked PC than go…

The Duality of Being Black in Gaming Spaces

Evan Narcisse, Black Panther author and narrative design consultant with a resume that boasts hits like Spider-Man: Miles Morales and the War for Wakanda DLC for Marvel’s Avengers, continues to…

Games, Mysteries, and the Lure of QAnon

QAnon is so sprawling, it’s hard to know where people join. One week, it’s the false rumor that 5G cell towers spread disease, another week it’s Wayfair.com trafficking children inside…

The Real Impact of the ‘Grand Theft Auto’ and ‘Diablo’ Leaks

On September 17, a user called teapotuberhacker went to a Grand Theft Auto forum with what they claimed were 90 clips from Rockstar Games’ next big presumed hit, Grand Theft…

10 Best Gaming Headsets for Switch, PC, Xbox, PS5, and PS4 (2022)

Whether charging your new phone or slipping on a pair of earbuds for your morning commute, most of us use wireless gadgets. But you might want to think twice when…

One of Gaming’s Greatest Writers Is Busy Crafting Romance Novels

Do you still play games on your own for fun? I haven’t, the last few years. That side of my brain—I’ve always been a person who had to have something…

Sony PSVR2 First Look: Details, Specs, Impressions

Sony introduced its first virtual reality PlayStation headset way back in 2016. It was the Before Times, a simpler, pandemic-less age of 1080p graphics and only a hint of real-world…

A Steam Deck Helped Me Endure Artemis 1’s Failure to Launch

When I tell people part of my job is covering rocket launches, it makes my work seem glamorous. And sure, it’s amazing to see one in person—I can’t describe the…

The Future of ‘Fortnite’ Is in the Hands of Its Players

“We ended up playing pretty much every night. Never had more than 4 versus 4 for the first month or so, and slowly the word kind of spread and I…

A Bouncer’s Take on the Best Street Brawler Games

As a licensed bouncer and lifelong gamer, I can tell you that none of the fights you see onscreen in video games match the ones you may encounter in real…

PlayStation Studios Is Getting Into Mobile Games

After nearly three decades of focusing on console gaming—both set-top and handheld—Sony PlayStation is taking aim at mobile phones. This week, PlayStation Studios head Hermen Hulst announced in a post…

Anyone Can Be a VTuber. Here’s How to Get Started

Kizuna AI plays games, cooks, and even answers her viewers’ questions. She sings, too, moonlighting as a pop star with millions of views on her music video. Kizuna AI is…

‘The Last of Us Part One’ Is a Good Time to Reconsider Remakes

I spent most of my summer staring at Joel Miller’s goatee. Naughty Dog, as it often does in the off years between major releases, unveiled its latest back-catalog remaster during…

The Best Time to Upgrade Your Graphics Card Is Right Now

Gamers and other users of high-end PC graphics cards (crypto miners, video editors) are experiencing an unusual kind of sticker shock lately: Prices on the hardware have dropped so low,…

Playing Old Favorites on a Handheld Is an Entirely New Experience

If you’ve felt like there are just no new video games to play, you’re not alone. Covid-19 hit the video game industry hard, and the delays continue to mount. The…

The Joy of Playing the Same ‘Sims’ Family for Years

One day in 2014, 32-year-old musician AJ Luca texted her friend with some sad and shocking news. “Gina Marie’s mom,” the message began, “just died on the kitchen floor.” Immediately,…

The Fate of Video Game Preservation Is in Your Hands

Niklas Nylund tells me this could become the norm for many institutions as we consider the ecological implications of ad hoc, mass digital storage. “In a world where the environmental…

Final Fantasy Is ‘Struggling.’ Where Does the Series Go From Here?

At the height of its popularity, Final Fantasy was the JRPG franchise, a must-have that sold PlayStation consoles through the ’90s and beyond. But the cornerstones that defined the Final…

The Freedom of Playing a Very Un-Catlike Cat in Stray

Set in a far future, robot-filled take on Kowloon Walled City, Stray presents a world that’s tried to move on without human rule—but one that can’t escape the long shadow…

Gabrielle Zevin Believes Games Show People Who They Really Are

That was the thing I wanted to explore with Solution. Also just thinking: What could an enterprising undergraduate in 1995 make? What’s the other aspect of that game? The tech…

How to Play Netflix Games

Do you subscribe to Netflix and own a smartphone? The streaming company offers a small selection of mobile games to all subscribers at no additional cost, but you essentially have…

Nobody Is Playing Netflix’s Games

It’s been nearly two years since Netflix began its big push into gaming, and the streaming giant’s presence as a household name isn’t quite translating. According to recent findings from…