Time Travel in Video Games Isn’t Really Cheating

Animal Crossing, like other games of its Nintendo Switch ilk, is meant to be grazed upon. It’s designed for short bursts rather than binge sessions. There’s only so much you can do in one day of play—hit your rocks, pick your fruit, check in at the shops to see what’s new—then it’s done. It’s a…

A Firmware Issue Threatens to Make PS4 Games Unplayable

Unless something changes, an issue lurking in older PlayStations’ internal timing systems threatens to eventually make every PS4 game and all downloaded PS3 games unplayable on current hardware. Right now, it’s not a matter of if but when this problem will occur.This ticking firmware time bomb has been known in certain PlayStation preservation and hacking…

The 14 Best Weekend Deals on Games, Tablets, and More

the best part of the weekend is the freedom. Two blissful days, full of potential. Will you run errands? Do some spring cleaning? Dive headfirst into a new video game, only resurfacing for snacks? No matter what your plans are, our hebdomadal deals roundup (aka the second-best part of the weekend) will help. Special offer…

Oh Great, Now Investors Are Buying Shares of Video Games

Gamestop. AMC. Dogecoin. NFTs. And now, some investors hope, Pokémon and Mario. For investors willing to make risky bets, the next big “Gamestonk” could be a vintage copy of Pokémon Yellow. Companies like Rally and Otis (founded in 2016 and 2018, respectively) allow their customers to buy shares of these niche assets, which have been…

The Developers Keeping Hong Kong’s Spirit Alive Through Games

The year is 2029, and you wake up one morning living in a community called Hope, a dystopian dictatorship. “Everyone here wears the same outfit, lives the same repetitive routine, and is happy … For many, Hope is their entire universe. They are uninterested in the outside world. However, you are different—you have the ability…

Why Retro-Looking Games Get So Much Love

As a young and fair-weather gamer, I loved playing Super Mario Brothers because it was my older brother’s favorite game, and I wanted to be just like him. I can still hear the 8-bit theme song in my head, and I’m guessing you can too, if you played Mario as a kid. “Bah dat dat doo…

What’s the Best Way to Play Retro Games?

The PS5 and Xbox Series X may be the newest consoles on the block, but retro gaming has made its own comeback in recent years—from re-imaginings of classic Mario to replicas of the consoles themselves, games from the 80s and 90s are getting love from new and returning audiences alike. Even Plex, the streaming service…

The Rise of Unapologetically Erotic LGBTQ+ Games

Video game characters do not have great sex lives. The sex in Cyberpunk 2077, one of the biggest releases of the decade, was lambasted by PC Gamer as “horrifying” and “truly awful” for its weak writing and general clunkiness; character models designed to run and shoot just look strange when made to contort in moments…