Reminder: Kickstarter Still Has Cool Stuff

If you've been shying away from backing Kickstarters for the past few weeks, I don't blame you. Between the half-a-million-dollar Yogventures fiasco and Areal's increasingly confusing saga, I've been hesitant to commit coins to my daily coffee without concrete proof I'll get a finished product. That said, Kickstarter… » 7/23/14 6:30pm Yesterday 6:30pm

'Quake Is Good For You'

Nowadays many video game ads are loud, in-your-face, and teeth-grittingly serious. Back in the day, though, developer id Software made the original Quake—an unabashedly gore-spattered first-person shooter—look like the perfect Christmas present for grandma and the whole (weirdly creepy) family. » 7/23/14 3:30pm Yesterday 3:30pm

The Best Non-Violent Moments In Video Games

Violence in games can be great—not to mention really powerful, as we recently discussed. What about the other side of the coin, though? The moments (or even entire games) when bloodshed stops and everyone shows their true colors? Let's sit back, get all deep, and talk about those. » 6/30/14 9:00pm 6/30/14 9:00pm

The Best Violent Moments In Video Games

There's really no getting around it: many, many games are about violence, and sometimes it can be a bit much. Kill this, kill that, kill this until it all feels the same, like mowing a lawn or stomping an anthill. We've written a ton about it. But violence can also be incredibly powerful and interesting. Let's talk… » 6/27/14 10:04pm 6/27/14 10:04pm

The Witcher 3 Guys Promise They'll Do DLC Right

Downloadable content (DLC) is often a sore subject, with some gamers feeling shortchanged by map and weapon packs that cost too much, DLC that was originally meant to be main game content, and things of the like. The Witcher 3 developer CD Projekt doesn't think it needs to be that way. They want to show everybody how… » 6/25/14 7:45pm 6/25/14 7:45pm

Why 2014's Battlefield Is 'Just Avoiding' Uncomfortable Topics

Adding police to a series about large-scale warfare can create some... odd scenes. At the E3 demo for EA's mega-budget cops and robbers game Battlefield Hardline, we saw action more commonly relegated to a warzone. Countless explosions and military-grade weaponry in the streets to stop a... truck robbery. » 6/19/14 8:30pm 6/19/14 8:30pm

I Think I'm Getting Bored Of Virtual Reality

I strap on an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset to try out Lucky's Tale, the candy colored platformer that had Kirk in love at first hop. It's nice, pleasant, and I do enjoying leaning and looking around the environment. But before long I realize something: I'm kinda bored. » 6/17/14 8:20pm 6/17/14 8:20pm

Ubisoft Refused To Talk To Me About Women

It was a simple enough question, I thought. "If you had been able to work with a playable woman character in Far Cry 4, what would you have done? It sounds like you were in the planning phases of it, at least." The response from the game's narrative director? Total silence. » 6/13/14 9:05pm 6/13/14 9:05pm

Thank Goodness There's Finally A Real Threat To Steam

I use Steam all the time. You use Steam all the time. It's our warm, safe PC gaming tree fort, the place where we gather to play with new toys and roughhouse online with all our friends. It's also changing big-time, and we desperately need an alternative. Here's hoping the recently announced GOG Galaxy can finally… » 6/06/14 1:45pm 6/06/14 1:45pm