Black Mirror's social-media dystopia episode is now the feel-bad card game of the season

Social media is exhausting, so it was only a matter of time until someone brought it to game night, where learning the rules takes longer than the game itself. The good news is that we all already know how to conjure up a fake, more appealing existence for ourselves online, and that’s exactly the goal of a new board…

Studio behind the Super Mario movie makes absurd claim that the games have a "thin" plot

At the very beginning of this year, Nintendo confirmed that it was working with Illumination Entertainment—the animation studio responsible for Despicable Me and the Minions—to develop an animated Super Mario movie, with Illumination founder Chris Meledandri and Super Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto on board as…

The 35 greatest horror games of all time

What scares you? It’s a question you know the answer to innately and immediately, as individualized as your fingerprint. Accordingly, horror games have tried everything in the book in order to scare players: disempowerment, alienation, animatronic jump-scares, eroticism, flagrant shattering of the fourth wall, and so…

An engineer got Slack to run on a Super Nintendo, so now we never have to stop working!

If you use Slack to stay in touch with your friends or work colleagues, you most likely have the client on your computer and the app on your phone, ensuring that you’re never too far from funny gifs or check-ins from your boss to make sure you’re not just looking at funny gifs when you should be writing about pop…

Like the rest of us, John Carpenter prefers playing video games to directing movies

In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, iconic horror filmmaker John Carpenter has teased that he’d “love to direct” a new feature film at some point, but only on two conditions: He wants to make sure it’s “the right thing to do” at his age (he’s 70), and he refuses to back to the Arctic to make another Thing …

Odyssey is Assassin's Creed at its best

A lot of popular historical fiction—the type we see in games and movies and television—is full of shit. We’re so used to it being full of shit that, when Assassin’s Creed Odyssey opens during the Battle of Thermopylae, which, because it’s set in ancient Greece, is apparently obligatory, the player is mentally prepared…

Ron Perlman joins Milla Jovovich in Paul W.S. Anderson's Monster Hunter adaptation

Ron Perlman may not be Hellboy anymore, but he’s got a new way to hunt monsters now thanks to director Paul W.S. Anderson’s adaptation of Capcom’s Monster Hunter video games. The games are about methodically tracking down big, dinosaur-like beasts and using their bits to build increasingly powerful weapons and armor,…

The most emo Final Fantasy says fine, whatever, it didn't want to be on the Switch anyway

Last night, Nintendo announced that just about all of the main Final Fantasy games from the PlayStation and PS2 eras were coming to their Switch console—except one. Missing from the line-up, despite the presence of Final Fantasy VII, IX, X, X-goddamn-2, and XII, was 1999's Final Fantasy VIII, a hilarious slight to a…

For one great level, Shadow Of The Tomb Raider makes Lara Croft feel like a real person

Tomb Raider’s Lara Croft has been an iconic video game hero for decades, but all that’s ever really mattered about her character—beyond the lumpy polygons of her original model—was that she’s good at raiding tombs. Various games have indicated that she grew up in a big mansion with her father, and that he was a big…

Spider-Man’s J. Jonah Jameson finds his true calling as a blustering right-wing podcaster

Swing through the New York of Sony’s new PlayStation 4 exclusive, Marvel’s Spider-Man, and you’ll soon learn that Peter Parker is constantly being assaulted by sound. Gunshots, police sirens, voicemails from the various aunts, bosses, and exes that he periodically disappoints—Pete’s life is rarely quiet, a constant…

The creators of the Nintendo 64 GoldenEye have officially ruled: Oddjob is cheating

For a certain demographic, GoldenEye 007's multiplayer mode is imprinted on the mind. Say the word “Facility” (or, if you’re the neighborhood bozo, “Faculty”) and a flood of low-res grey and blue tiles are instantly conjured; mention “Slappers only!” and the body tenses in anticipation of a frantic, karate-chopping…

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