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Feb 21, 2020 at 13:00.

The Sonic movie should have had people puking in their seats

The Sonic movie should have had people puking in their seats

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?

There’s a glimpse in its opening moments at how crazy the Sonic The Hedgehog movie could have been. The camera pans across...

Feb 21, 2020 at 03:54. 1 comments

Eli Roth to direct adaptation of the Borderlands games

Eli Roth to direct adaptation of the Borderlands games

We’re all happy that Sonic finally got a reasonably good movie, but let’s hope that Hollywood doesn’t take the wrong lessons from this, like, say, that video games should be mined for potential adaptations the way comic books have been. Not every video game lends itself to a movie, as we’ve learned in the decades since video games were invented and movie studios first started trying to figure...

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Feb 17, 2020 at 02:35. 21 comments

HQ Trivia is dead, so hopefully you cashed out

HQ Trivia is dead, so hopefully you cashed out

They say that the viral sensation that burns twice as bright also burns half as long, and that was certainly the case for HQ Trivia—a relatively revolutionary mobile game crossed with a game show that was literally the only thing that the world cared about for two or three months in early 2018. As reported by CNN, the game is shutting down and its 25 full-time employees are being laid off...

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Feb 14, 2020. 8 comments

Take a look at the Final Fantasy VII remake's updated intro, big-headed versions of classic monsters

Take a look at the Final Fantasy VII remake's updated intro, big-headed versions of classic monsters

The long-awaited Final Fantasy VII remake is due out in just a few months, which means its marketing team is currently in the midst of an all-out assault on the nostalgia centers of aging brains across the world. The latest volley is a video showing the game’s introduction—which blew the minds of kids frenzied on Jolt Cola and 3D Doritos back in 1997—recreated with modern fidelity... and,...

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Feb 14, 2020. 16 comments

Nothing says “best video game buds” like being an absolute pain in the ass

Nothing says “best video game buds” like being an absolute pain in the ass

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?

I’m really starting to love how much I hate this robot. Every time I want to explore a new ruin, it’s right there in my...

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Feb 08, 2020. 4 comments

5 board games to bring a little extra life to your Oscars party

5 board games to bring a little extra life to your Oscars party

Despite being one of the entertainment industry’s biggest events, the Academy Awards are not immune to the occasional bummer or lull. For every bitingly political speech likely to get Trump tweeting on Monday, there are always a few categories that are little more than someone reading out a list of names. While you might be holding your breath to see who the winning actors are, you’re likely...

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Feb 07, 2020. 22 comments

A great double jump can help any game rise above its faults

A great double jump can help any game rise above its faults

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?

Journey To The Savage Planet is not a perfect video game. Its level design is sometimes just a bit too repetitive or obtuse;...

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Feb 01, 2020. 20 comments

What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever done in The Sims?

What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever done in The Sims?
AVQ&A Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences.

This week marks the 20th anniversary of Maxis’ beloved people simulator, The Sims, and we’re celebrating with this AVQ&A:

What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever done...

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Feb 01, 2020. 7 comments

You’re a bunch of rats casually driving a man mad in this Lovecraft video game adaptation

You’re a bunch of rats casually driving a man mad in this Lovecraft video game adaptation

It’s been a good week for games you can just casually play in your web browser and navigate away from with a quickness when your boss heads in your direction. First, there was the text-based Paul McCartney simulator , which saw you recording “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da,” playing a show with Wings, or trapped inside James Corden’s car, depending on which year you chose. Now, you can play a video...

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Jan 31, 2020. 13 comments

Kentucky Route Zero on the Switch is a beautiful, sometimes infuriating dream

Kentucky Route Zero on the Switch is a beautiful, sometimes infuriating dream

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?

For seven long years now, players living in the more text- and PC-focused rays of the gaming sphere have been periodically...

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Jan 30, 2020. 23 comments

Give yourself anxiety with the story of how Myst barely fit onto a CD-ROM

Give yourself anxiety with the story of how Myst barely fit onto a CD-ROM

When Myst came out in the early ’90s, it was a huge hit. It sold millions of copies. For almost a decade, the title, created by brothers Rand and Robyn Miller of the game company Cyan, held the record for the best-selling computer game of all time; when it was ultimately dethroned, it was The Sims that was its successor. If you were old enough to play games and either owned a computer or had...

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Jan 28, 2020. 18 comments

Kind Words is the massive multiplayer game primarily about being nice to people

Kind Words is the massive multiplayer game primarily about being nice to people

The internet, and its ability to connect people across the world, is one of the most impressive marvels of human achievement. But if the equally impressive list of slurs I’ve been called by teens over Apex Legends voice chat is any indication, it’s also kind of a toxic waste dump. The online gaming community is one of the most potentially radioactive niches on the web, as anyone who spent...

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Jan 24, 2020. 24 comments

The new Dragon Ball Z game is a pitch-perfect recreation of a godawful kids’ cartoon

The new Dragon Ball Z game is a pitch-perfect recreation of a godawful kids’ cartoon

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 the forces of Sports Game Nerd and Anime Fighting Game Nerd finally come together in some dark and distant future,...

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Jan 24, 2020. 13 comments

We shan’t spoil the best part of this text-based Paul McCartney game, but know this: It rules

We shan’t spoil the best part of this text-based Paul McCartney game, but know this: It rules

There are plenty of little tiny moments of delight in The Paul McCartney Simulator, an itch.io text-based adventure game from Brooklyn comedian Ramsey Ess. But the best is one that’s such a fun, weird, perfect, and oddly relatable surprise that we’re loathe to spoil it. Perhaps you should go play it and then we can get down to business. But first, some details:

The premise of The Paul...

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Andrew Paul Andrew Paul Jan 23, 2020. 10 comments

Can you survive 62 days of corporate hell in this Oregon Trail-style text game?

Can you survive 62 days of corporate hell in this Oregon Trail-style text game?

Some days, the 9-to-5 creeps along slower than usual. If that’s the case, why not pass the time with a text-based adventure RPG that whisks you to the exotic, fantastical world of...surviving your probationary period at a new, white-collar hell office.

Last week, a new game found called Dungeons & Deadlines landed on Reddit. In the 8-bit indie title, you’re tasked with making it through a...

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Randall Colburn Randall Colburn Jan 22, 2020. 7 comments

Conner O'Malley stars in a Hudson Yards video game in brain-melting new sketch

Conner O'Malley stars in a Hudson Yards video game in brain-melting new sketch

Conner O’Malley, perhaps the comedy world’s most chaotic entity , has returned with a new nightmare that sets the absurdities of gentrification and the American Dream against the architectural eyesore that is New York City’s Hudson Yards.

It begins with a frantic, PS1-aping “video game” brought to us by “Lululemon Interactive.” O’Malley, complete with a kettlebell and a “kamboucha” meter,...

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Jan 17, 2020. 18 comments

Bless the Switch for making it so easy to play Japanese video games

Bless the Switch for making it so easy to play Japanese video games

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?

One of the things I was really excited about when the Nintendo Switch started to take off was its potential to be the new...

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Jan 16, 2020. 14 comments

Why is it so hard to make a good comedy game?

Why is it so hard to make a good comedy game?

As with so many troublesome aspects of the creative process, comedy is something that video games—currently in the “angry teenager punching walls” stage of its development as an artistic medium—is clumsily fumbling with. There have always been reliable sources for legitimately funny video games: Douglas Adams penned absurdist odysseys like 1987’s text-only change-of-address-form simulator...

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Jan 15, 2020. 7 comments

Square Enix delays its Avengers game and the Final Fantasy VII remake

Square Enix delays its Avengers game and the Final Fantasy VII remake

It’s hardly uncommon for a video game to get delayed, but it’s somewhat rare for two delays to happen at once and for both to be completely unsurprising. Today, publisher Square Enix announced that it’s pushing back its two biggest releases for the spring, and—no offense to either game—it seems like the right move for them. The first is the Final Fantasy VII remake that Square has been...

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Jan 14, 2020. 13 comments

Japan's Nintendo theme park can't possibly be as fun as it looks in this Charli XCX music video

Japan's Nintendo theme park can't possibly be as fun as it looks in this Charli XCX music video

We’ve been hearing about the Nintendo theme park that Universal is building in Japan for years, with the whole thing supposedly opening in time for the 2020 Olympics, but we’ve seen very little actual footage of what the park—Super Nintendo World—will actually be like when it’s done. Tonight, Nintendo tried to change that a little bit with an energetic new music video from Galantis and Charli...

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