Experience the ecstasy of a man finally beating a Mario Maker level after 400 hours of trying

When you’re a kid, nothing is more frustrating than playing the same video game level over and over, only to watch your character die at the exact same point every time. More than a few game-controller-sized holes have been put into walls over just such frustrations. But, as we grow older, we start to realize that…

What’s your 2015 pop-culture gift to the world?

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…

Our favorite games of 2015, part one

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.…

Super Mario Maker wisely takes its time to coax players’ creative spirits

With all the Legos imaginable laid out before you, it can be hard to focus on building something simple and functional. More often, the thought process jumps straight to, “I’m going to build a whole city! Underwater! With dragons!” Before long, all sorts of pieces that don’t necessarily mesh are being mashed together,…