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Jun 12, 2020. 18 comments

The meme-makers have already worked their dark magic on the PS5

The meme-makers have already worked their dark magic on the PS5

Sony finally

showed off the PlayStation 5 today , introducing its bright and cheerful new child to an internet that promptly did what the internet does “best”: Ripped it to shreds with a glee that only occasionally bordered on the province of “good-natured.” To be fair, it’s kind of what you get when you release a brand new console design that looks like an internet router ripped out of the...

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Jun 12, 2020. 15 comments

Sony reveals the extremely wavy PlayStation 5 and a bunch of games—including a new Spider-Man

Sony reveals the extremely wavy PlayStation 5 and a bunch of games—including a new Spider-Man

About a month ago , Microsoft showed off some of the new alien wall penises you can expect to see on the Xbox Series X (and also some more traditional video games without any wall penises), and today Sony decided to finally give the upcoming PlayStation 5 a proper showcase. The 80-minute online event had a ton of new games worth talking about, but it ended with an actual look at the console...

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Jun 10, 2020. 11 comments

The Katamari games helped me roll with my clinical anxiety

The Katamari games helped me roll with my clinical anxiety

My relationship with games is heavily marked by two starkly different experiences. The first took place in the modest college apartment that my then-fiancé and I shared just after graduation. I was saddled with a dead-end degree, a mildly abusive office job, and virtually no options to improve my circumstances. Further exacerbating matters was my freshly diagnosed clinical anxiety, which to...

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Jun 05, 2020. 22 comments

Why stop at RoboCop? 6 more characters who should join the Mortal Kombat

Why stop at RoboCop? 6 more characters who should join the Mortal Kombat

Every Friday, A.V. Club staffers kick off our weekly open thread for the discussion of gaming plans and recent gaming glories, but of course, the real action is down in the comments, where we invite you to answer our eternal question: What Are You Playing This Weekend?

A few weeks ago, NetherRealm released Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath, an expansion to its very good fighting game from last year...

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May 08, 2020. 15 comments

Microsoft shows off new Xbox Series X games, including a terrifying H.R. Giger-style nightmare

Microsoft shows off new Xbox Series X games, including a terrifying H.R. Giger-style nightmare

If you’ve followed video game news for, oh, six months, you should pretty much know what to expect when a console-maker (non-Nintendo) announces that it’s going to show off a handful of the first new games for its new system. It’s going to be the meat and potatoes stuff, like the shooters, the Madden sequel, the Japanese role-playing game that doesn’t offer many details beyond the main hero’s...

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May 01, 2020. 14 comments

A quick and dirty guide to playing games—any games—online with your friends

A quick and dirty guide to playing games—any games—online with your friends

Every Friday, A.V. Club staffers kick off our weekly open thread for the discussion of gaming plans and recent gaming glories, but of course, the real action is down in the comments, where we invite you to answer our eternal question: What Are You Playing This Weekend?

If there’s ever been a time when the trivial has been more important than it is now, we’re too stressed to think of it; with...

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Apr 30, 2020. 5 comments

Assassin's Creed Valhalla trailer is pleased to report that, yes, Vikings can have wrist-blades, too

Assassin's Creed Valhalla trailer is pleased to report that, yes, Vikings can have wrist-blades, too

Having found ways to demonstrate the global ubiquity of hoods and wrist-mounted hidden daggers across eras ranging from

Ptolemaic Egypt and Classical Greece to 15th Century Italy and 18th Century America, Assassin’s Creed has set its stabby, sometimes-stealthy sights on the late Viking Age for its next entry, the predictably-named Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.

The game’s announcement...

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Apr 29, 2020. 1 comments

Queer Eye's Bobby Berk will now help improve your Animal Crossing houses, too

Queer Eye's Bobby Berk will now help improve your Animal Crossing houses, too

Many consider Animal Crossing: New Horizons—the latest entry to Nintendo’s series of pleasant, rural lifestyle simulations games—an escape from reality. Spending hours catching fish, strolling along the beach, and building little houses in a fantastic world where none of this requires taking leave from work (

or going into actual lifelong debt ) only takes the dedicated player so far, though....

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Apr 25, 2020. 11 comments

Elijah Wood is a very polite Animal Crossing guest

Elijah Wood is a very polite Animal Crossing guest

Nintendo’s recent “Let’s all chill on a cool island

run by ruthless capitalist raccoons” simulator,  Animal Crossing: New Horizons , arrived at essentially the perfect moment in the ongoing zeit-shit, offering a cheerful and relaxing respite from the outside world for the millions of people who’ve been playing it. It even offers the chance to connect with other folks playing the game, helping...

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Apr 25, 2020. 3 comments

Candy Crush to enable all of us by offering free infinity games next week

Candy Crush to enable all of us by offering free infinity games next week

Now that we’re all sheltering-in-place, many of us are reacquainting ourselves with the games on our phones we used to only use while waiting in line at the post office or when bored on the bus ride home. How many Words With Friends games or Gardenscapes can one person juggle at once? Now seems like the perfect time to find out.

Apparently sensing our desperation, the geniuses behind the...

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Apr 24, 2020. 10 comments

Let your inner bad guy out of the box with our guide to Disney’s Villainous board game

Let your inner bad guy out of the box with our guide to Disney’s Villainous board game

Every Friday, A.V. Club staffers kick off our weekly open thread for the discussion of gaming plans and recent gaming glories, but of course, the real action is down in the comments, where we invite you to answer our eternal question: What Are You Playing This Weekend?

Kids might love Disney princesses, but it’s often the villains that really stand out in the company’s roster of animated...

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Apr 24, 2020. 7 comments

Against all odds, Travis Scott's Fortnite event was actually pretty amazing

Against all odds, Travis Scott's Fortnite event was actually pretty amazing

Epic Games, the company that owns and publishes online money printer

Fortnite , has long harbored some interesting ambitions for its massively popular internet shooter. (Ambitions beyond “Have all the money,” which it’s pretty much handily done.) With regular seasonal events tying in to popular movies, musical acts, and also Weezer, Fortnite has done its best to carve a space for itself out,...

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Apr 23, 2020. 11 comments

How a Harry Potter mobile game teaches us to cope with death

How a Harry Potter mobile game teaches us to cope with death

Warning: February and March 2020 chapters of Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery are discussed ahead.

Entertainment rarely punches you in the gut harder than when your favorite character dies on your favorite show. For years, they join us on the couch for an hour a week, or spend the weekend in bed with us as we binge an entire season, and then they’re gone. These shows become a...

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Apr 22, 2020. 18 comments

We need to talk about the ending of the Final Fantasy VII Remake

We need to talk about the ending of the Final Fantasy VII Remake

Note: This article contains extensive spoilers for both Final Fantasy VII Remake and the original Final Fantasy VII.

The first hint that there’s something strange going on with the story of the

Final Fantasy VII Remake —that there is, in fact, quite a bit more than “remaking” afoot—are the dementors. They’re not called dementors, of course. When the game finally, formally introduces them, some...

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Apr 22, 2020.

How well does Hot Ones host Sean Evans know his spicy sauces?

How well does Hot Ones host Sean Evans know his spicy sauces?

Over the course of its 11-season run, Hot Ones has spicily bamboozled everyone from DJ Khaled to “Weird Al” Yankovic as it challenges its celebrity guests to answer interview questions while eating increasingly spicy wings. The show, which is ably hosted by Sean Evans, has even spawned its own line of spicy sauces courtesy of Heatonist. Now, with the

Hot Ones game show airing on Tru TV , the...
Apr 21, 2020. 6 comments

Schitt's Creek inspires a surprisingly difficult Tamagotchi simulator computer game

Schitt's Creek inspires a surprisingly difficult Tamagotchi simulator computer game

If you ever had a

Tamagotchi in the ’90s, you likely recall the addictive yet infuriating experience of keeping those damn little blobs alive. You’d spend months feeding them, playing with them, cleaning up their poop, only to forget it at home one day and it would die. Those chirps. Those cursed chirp!

Well, if you want to relive that euphoric stress, you’re in luck. Game designer Joe...

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Apr 17, 2020. 20 comments

Ghost Recon Breakpoint has become an excellent no-stakes distraction game

Ghost Recon Breakpoint has become an excellent no-stakes distraction game

Every Friday, A.V. Club staffers kick off our weekly open thread for the discussion of gaming plans and recent gaming glories, but of course, the real action is down in the comments, where we invite you to answer our eternal question: What Are You Playing This Weekend?

Ghost Recon Breakpoint didn’t get

an especially positive reception when it launched last year, with fans of the previous game...

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Apr 16, 2020. 8 comments

X-Men: First Class writer to try and make sense out of the Myst TV show

X-Men: First Class writer to try and make sense out of the Myst TV show

Despite how unlikely it seemed

last summer , Village Roadshow’s universe of Myst content—inspired and adapted from the iconic computer game of the same name—is actually moving forward (just very slowly, almost as if it’s going through one static image at a time and then randomly clicking on things until something works). According to Deadline, the studio has hired X-Men: First Class writer and...

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Apr 14, 2020.

R.I.P. Rick May, video game voice actor from Star Fox and Team Fortress 2

R.I.P. Rick May, video game voice actor from Star Fox and Team Fortress 2

As reported by Rekindle art school in Seattle (

via Kotaku ), acting teacher and video game voice actor Rick May—best known for playing Peppy Hare in Nintendo’s Star Fox games and the Soldier in Valve’s Team Fortress 2—has died. May had a stroke earlier this year and had been rehabilitating at a nursing home, but while there he caught the coronavirus and was moved to the Swedish Medical Center...
Apr 10, 2020. 5 comments

The Final Fantasy VII Remake’s storytelling blows the original away

The Final Fantasy VII Remake’s storytelling blows the original away

Every Friday, A.V. Club staffers kick off our weekly open thread for the discussion of gaming plans and recent gaming glories, but of course, the real action is down in the comments, where we invite you to answer our eternal question: What Are You Playing This Weekend?

When Final Fantasy VII came out back in 1997, storytelling in video games was just barely shaking off the vestiges of its...

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