Inspirational modder remakes the entire Friends set, then walks around punching people in it

What good is technology if we don’t use it to better ourselves as a species? That was likely the question running through the mind of Reddit user duncsmaps while they spent an untold amount of time recreating the entire apartment set from Friends using the Far Cry 5 engine. Upon completion of their masterwork,…

Amusing ourselves to death: 12 theme parks where the danger is real

Summer is close to its halfway point, which if you’re responsible in any way for a school-aged child, means you’ve probably spent at least one hot, sticky afternoon waiting in interminable lines and wincing at the price of Dippin’ Dots already this year. (The goths, meanwhile, have been banished from Disneyland and…

Leisure Suit Larry once almost brought down a global banking system

If you’re a gamer of a certain age, the name “Leisure Suit Larry” probably still strikes you as scandalous. Before sex became more or less commonplace in gaming blockbusters, the idea that there was a game out there built around the pursuit of sex was a blush-worthy one. As MEL Magazine puts it in a new breakdown of …

This history of video game advertisements proves that video games are hard to advertise

Video game commercials are a strange, squirming beast. Where ads for TV shows and films are dependent on conveying the general story and selling the star power of its cast, video games have a harder sell. Games are about selling the world and flaunting its gameplay, but even that’s not enough. Game commercials have…

Some maniac fused Super Mario 64 and Ocarina Of Time into a single, coherent video game

Though your parents, yanking the power cord from the Nintendo 64 until you’d “finish your damn homework,” couldn’t tell the difference between Super Mario 64 and The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time, everyone with an ounce of goddamn sense in their heads knows there’s no comparison between the two video games. In one,…

Live the cursed life of a retail mall manager in this video game powerlessness fantasy

Shopping malls are a great place to go if you want to feel very depressed. Made obsolete by online giants like Amazon, most malls are dying, if not already dead. Wandering around a mostly empty mall can feel like walking through a ghost town. If you listen close you can hear the wailing specters of Brookstone massage…

Meet the man behind the some of the worst, most inexplicably successful video games ever made

So-bad-they’re-good video games haven’t quite achieved the cultural cachet of movies like The Room or Troll 2, in part because games are an active experience rather than a passive one. It’s a lot easier to sit back and watch a trainwreck than it is to understand its inner mechanics and slog through them. Credit goes,…

Lithuanian barbers are out here recreating Grand Theft Auto missions

Next time you’re traveling through Lithuania and find yourself needing a haircut, we’d recommend stopping by Red Light Barbers in Vilnius. Not only can they do a mean fade, but they also offer a special service where they make shot-for-shot remakes of classic mid-2000s video games. Or maybe they just do that for their…

The enduring appeal of Robocop for Game Boy’s sad, shimmering theme song

Rarely can a film’s video game adaptation say it improved upon the film from which it drew inspiration, but the 1989 Game Boy version of Robocop, Paul Verhoeven’s ultra-violent genre classic, has at least one thing on its source material: An unforgettable theme song. No shade to Basil Poledouris’ score, but the game’s…

Check out these wonderful "American" names from a '90s Japanese video game

“All your base are belong to us” remains the gold standard for that joyous disconnect that occurs when translating a piece of art from one language to another, but it’s certainly not the only example of such comedic serendipity. Just look at this list of names that some Japanese guy conjured up when working on the…

A brief history of Nintendo’s weird-ass commercials

Most big companies are so scared of their shareholders that their commercials tread a few comfortable lines, whether it’s having annoying people singing bad versions of popular songs or doing some variation of whatever the hell Geico’s been doing for the last gazillion years. The stakes were lower in the ’80s and…