The Kind of Video Game Violence That Disturbs Me

Hatred is a game about the wanton slaughter of people fueled by nothing but pure, well, hatred. Its trailer came out this week, and many people found it to be upsetting, even deplorable. Video games, however, frequently revel in over-the-top violence. So why is everybody talking about this game in particular? » 10/18/14 2:00pm Saturday 2:00pm

A Game About Becoming A Better Person. And Claymation Birds

Not so long ago, Robin Hunicke played an instrumental role in making soothing, soulful PlayStation 3 hit Journey. Now she's heading up a new team and picking up where she left off: Luna is a game with no killing or amassing power, just human connection and learning from mistakes. » 10/17/14 7:00pm Friday 7:00pm

This weekend's League of Legends' pro mega-event will be streamed on digital network ESPN 3. As it did with DOTA 2's colossal International tournament, ESPN will be streaming LoL's finals live from Seoul, South Korea. This comes as something of a relief, given that ESPN's president recently said eSports "is not a… » 10/16/14 7:15pm Thursday 7:15pm

Of Course The New Borderlands Is Loaded With Secrets And References

Continuing in the Borderlands series' grand tradition of making sly winks at everything from Minecraft to Game of Thrones to a whole lot of Internet memes, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is littered with secrets and references—some especially elaborate. Here are all the ones we know of so far. » 10/16/14 7:00pm Thursday 7:00pm

League of Legends Tries To Clean Up Its Fake Player Problem

Mindless bots, I believe it's fair to say, are a scourge in team-based competitive games like League of Legends. Fraud is also, um, not cool. By revamping LoL's refer-a-friend program, Riot is hoping to squash both with one giant fly swatter. » 10/14/14 6:45pm 10/14/14 6:45pm

We're Finally Getting Good Games Based On Movies

Once upon a time licensed video games—ones based on movies, TV shows, or other popular series—were the domain of festering bargain bins and well-meaning grandparents who didn't know any better. Now Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor and Alien: Isolation are two of the year's most interesting games. This is a good thing. » 10/09/14 8:16pm 10/09/14 8:16pm

The Messy Story Behind YouTubers Taking Money For Game Coverage

Before Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor's release, a curious thing happened: critics on YouTube (and some in the traditional press) tried to obtain early PC copies for review, but couldn't. And yet, YouTube entertainers were able to—if they agreed to terms like, "videos will promote positive sentiment about the game." » 10/08/14 8:23pm 10/08/14 8:23pm