Play-to-earn video games like Axie Infinity promised a lot but have failed to deliver

For a brief, heady moment during the pandemic, people in some parts of the world, especially the Philippines, were turning to video games for work rather than pleasure. The “work” was flexible, could be done remotely on a smartphone, and appeared at a time when COVID-19 was devastating people’s lives and incomes. These were not professional … Read more

Automata’s Anime Series Gets a First Look

Image: A-1 Pictures PlatinumGames’ Nier: Automata is considered one of the best games of the 2010s, and in the last five years, the love for it has grown as it’s been replayed and expanded to other platforms. (Recent Secret doors also helped.) While it’s not clear if there’ll be a follow up to the game, … Read more

How Bungie’s 15 Year Old Shooter Defined Triple-A Games

Image: Microsoft/Bungie These days, the Blockbuster Game, a release from a major publisher that’s hoping to be an Event that occupies everyone’s attention and Game of the Year discussions, is an institution. It’s easy to tell what such a game is in its current state, as it’s typically about fathers trying to connect with their … Read more

Sony’s Sly Cooper Franchise Deserves to Have a Comeback

Image: Sucker Punch Productions/PlayStation Studios Earlier in the summer, PlayStation developer Sucker Punch revealed that despite months of rumors saying otherwise, no one—not themselves or another developer—were working on a follow up to either the Sly Cooper or Infamous franchises. With the studio now focused on what’s most likely a Ghost of Tsushima sequel, the … Read more

‘Trombone Champ’ and 13 More of the Most Absurd, Ridiculous Games Ever Made

Screenshot: Holy Wow Studios I’m a big fan of “elevated” video games designed with serious intent—think Papers, Please or This War of Mine—but sometimes I want the opposite. Sometimes I want to play a game that is as dumb as possible, a game so funny and ridiculous, it becomes literally impossible to think about anything … Read more

17-Year-Old Suspected GTA 6 Leaker Has Been Arrested

Image: Rockstar Games Today, London City Police announced they had arrested a 17-year-old from Oxfordshire Thursday evening. While the police have yet to confirm why, it’s been reported that the teen was arrested in connection with the recent Uber and Grand Theft Auto VI leaks. The suspect remains in City Police custody at this time. … Read more

Edgerunners Mods Are Really Popular Right Now

“Looks like a prison from here, a cage of light.”Image: CD Projekt Red / UJB Cyberpunk 2077 might be getting its first major expansion next year, but that hasn’t stopped fans from creating their own mods for the game so they can finally have Netflix’s popular anime series, Cyberpunk: Edgerunners, in the game for realsies. … Read more

TikTok’s ‘NPC In Real Life’ Trend Comes From Gen Z’s Worst Side

Image: Rockstar North I’ve been seeing these videos for at least a year, what I’d call the “NPC in real life” trend on TikTok, videos which involve harassing, embarrassing, or frightening people in public. Harassment is a staple of online life, something I placidly accept from YouTube “prank” channels, niche celebrity drama, and my Twitter … Read more

River City Girls Zero’s Fresh Coat Of Paint Isn’t Quite Enough

Images taken moments before disaster. Image: WayForward / Arc System Works We might have to wait a little while longer before we can ora ora ora our way into River City Girls 2, but beat ‘em up fans can satiate their hunger by time-warping into the rerelease of a much older game from the ‘90s, … Read more

Apex Legends Devs Are Sick Of Players Harassing Them

Respawn Entertainment took to Twitter this week with a statement condemning the “increased harassment” its employees have faced over the variety of issues plaguing the popular battle royale shooter Apex Legends. In the statement, Respawn said that while it “loves hearing feedback” from the community, attacking developers isn’t healthy constructive criticism. The studio continued, saying … Read more