Android panic in Detroit: 8 new games to play in May, plus a bunch of old ones

With new games of all sizes filling real and digital shelves every week, it can be near impossible for anyone to keep up. So during the first week of every month, we’ll be here to help with a curated selection of new, notable games we think should be on everyone’s radar for the month ahead.

Hot sauce king Billy Mitchell is in danger of having his Donkey Kong records stripped away

A scandal has rocked the very niche (but very intense) world of competitive arcade gaming today, as hot sauce magnate Billy Mitchell—the big-haired, smiling “heel” of Seth Gordon’s 2007 documentary hit The King Of Kong—has had several of his records on the Nintendo classic Donkey Kong called into question. As reported…

The psychology behind some of video gaming’s most iconic sounds

Video games these days are more or less interactive movies—the breadth of the story is cinematic, as is the quality of the acting and the intricacies of the sound design. Programmers of yore would laugh at a phrase such as “intricacies” in terms of video game sound design, as what they had to work with in the early…

Donkey Kong, Street Fighter II, and Pokémon inducted into Video Game Hall Of Fame

Last week, the World Video Game Hall Of Fame at the Strong Museum Of Play announced its 2017 inductees, and though they don’t get a star-studded ceremony like the inductees at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame do, that doesn’t necessarily mean that this batch of historically important video games are any less worthy of…

Defeat the Donald and make video games great again with Trumptendo

Some of us are still holding out, but the writing’s on the wall. Donald Trump is going to be our next president (at least until he assumes the title of “Generalissimo Para La Vida”). That means that we could soon be getting tax breaks for ordering Trump Steaks. The Donald’s megalomaniacal vision and over-the-top…

Go ape for Donkey Kong’s birthday with this stop-motion homage

It’s hard to believe that Donkey Kong turns 34 today, considering he’s still throwing barrels with the same verve he did in 1981. Back then, Nintendo’s American headquarters was operating out of a warehouse owned by Mario Segale, who became the namesake for Donkey Kong’s nemesis (originally known as “Jumpman.”)

Clever hackers put Doom and Donkey Kong where they don’t belong

It’s already a banner week in the (apparently extant?) field of running games on things they weren’t meant to run on. First, security researcher Michael Jordon has successfully run Doom on a Canon Pixma printer. Jordon worked for months on the port to expose a security flaw in Canon’s line of printers. He explains,…

Ninja-demon Batman: 8 character ripoffs in ’80s Japanese games

1. Batman et al., The Revenge Of Shinobi (1989)
One of the growing pains faced by the flourishing Japanese video game industry in the 1980s was increased scrutiny of copyright and trademark issues. In their domestic market, Japanese studios might have been able to casually appropriate popular Western characters without…