Dwayne Johnson's Rampage love affair is breaking the Doom movie's heart

The video game movie “curse” is a well-established phenomenon at this point; when the most successful films your particular sub-genre of cinema has to offer are the lackluster Tomb Raider movies and the fun-but-forgettable Prince Of Persia, it’s hard not to think any endeavor in the direction of console-to-screen…

We played Doom on the Nintendo Switch, and it was fine—mostly

Bethesda’s fall preview tour reached New York yesterday, and while it boasted new looks at the publisher’s VR experiments and big holiday-season releases, I was most curious to check out a game I already played to death when it came out last year: Id Software’s excellent Doom reboot. This wasn’t just any version of …

It’ll be fine: 15 revamps that turned out better than expected

There is nothing more galling to loyal fans, more creatively bankrupt, more wholly unnecessary than the “revamp”—taking a beloved property and giving it a splashy makeover that renders it nigh-unrecognizable, all in the patently desperate hope to appeal to a new audience and extend its lifespan. Except maybe,…

Our favorite games of 2016, part 1

Every December, instead of searching for a group consensus, Gameological looks back at the year in games through individual perspectives. These are the staffers’ personal takes on a few games that have stuck in their minds for whatever reason—big or small—and does not represent any sort of institutional expression.…

Finally, a reason for the MacBook Touch Bar: running an awful version of Doom

Among hackers, coders, and whoever it actually is that comprises the class of people who self-identify as “makers,” there’s something of a parlor game of rigging weird shit up to run Doom. The 1993 game is the Platonic ideal of a shooter, wired into the primordial goop of late-millennial gamers’ brains. Getting it up…

Corduroy and a Jon Snow Funko Pop: Here’s what’s on sale on Amazon today

In an effort to both serve our readers and help support The A.V. Club, we are going to post daily links to deals and interesting items that we find over on Amazon. If you use these links to click through and buy something—not just the thing you clicked—on Amazon, we will see a portion of that income. You don’t have to…

The best games of 2016 so far: A Gameological catch-up guide

Nobody has the time to play all the great video games that hit the market. Between the increasingly even distribution of big-budget releases throughout the year and Steam’s ever-flooding selection, exemplary or intriguing games pop up on a constant basis. So with the year half over and the busiest video game season…

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What’s your favorite example of lampshading in pop culture?

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, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

First inductees into the Video Game Hall Of Fame include Super Mario, Doom, and Tetris

If passing fads like rock and roll or baseball can have halls of fame, then why have video games been ignored by the hall of fame community? Well, the answer to that question doesn’t matter, because The Strong Museum in Rochester, New York—home of the National Toy Hall Of Fame—has now established the World Video Game…