World Of Warcraft players find new, freshly depressing ways to sexually harass and attack each other

People play video games; people like sex. It’s a confluence of interests that’s alternatively skeeved out or titillated followers of the medium for decades, dating back to consensual fun times on old MUDs and message boards on the one hand, to the cavalcade of offensive stereotypes, actions, and ideas embedded in the…

Steve Bannon used to be CEO of a World Of Warcraft gold-farming company

Steve Bannon’s past careers continue to be the gift that keeps on giving; we’ve previously reported on the top presidential adviser and Darth Vader fanboy’s attempts to break into the world of rap musicals and heavy-handed science fiction. Now, Boing Boing has dug up a Wired article from last year, revealing that one…

The Real Ghostbusters and cheap Vans: 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…

Don’t hold your unconvincing CGI breath for a director’s cut of Warcraft

It doesn’t seem like anyone was happy with Warcraft, one of this summer’s many box office disappointments that took the immersive fantasy world of Azeroth and added the even larger fantasy that such a misbegotten movie would be a blockbuster franchise starter. But, as with other gargantuan misfires like Kingdom Of…

Listen to Chesney Hawkes’ Warcraft-inspired “One And Only”

Director Duncan Jones’ Warcraft was mildly received by critics and audiences (except for China) who found spectacle in the film but some problems with the story. And while it has its share of supporters and fans, including a devout Jamie Lee Curtis, and is technically the highest grossing video game adaptation of all…

Celebrate Leeroy Jenkins Day by reliving one of the internet’s finest videos

It’s hard to remember, but there was a time when the name “Leeroy Jenkins” didn’t elicit knowing nods and sage murmurs among every living human on the planet. But it’s true: It was 13 years ago today that an impetuous World Of Warcraft player was caught on camera bellowing his name, storming into battle, and getting…

How World Of Warcraft lets players put a price on their time

In Azeroth, the setting of Blizzard’s World Of Warcraft, goblins are the ugly face of capitalism. They’re willing to take any gambit if it’ll make a profit with little regard for their own survival and about as much consideration of the environment as a Captain Planet villain. Spend any time interacting with them at…

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…

Hello, Caelondia!: 9 in-game performances of original songs

On Bastion’s official soundtrack, Rucks, the carburetor-throated narrator, muses that one of the worst things about the world ending was losing music. If this was the kind of music they lost, it’s easy to understand where he’s coming from. “Build That Wall,” as performed by apocalypse-survivor Zia, is a sorrowful,…

Our favorite games of 2014, part two

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.…

What are your favorite games to play over the holidays?

Welcome back to AVQ&A (Gameological edition), 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…

Readers debate the importance (or irrelevance) of choice in Telltale games

This week, Drew Toal reviewed the series premiere of Telltale’s Game Of Thrones. From the sound of it, it’s exactly what we’d expect: all the fantasy-world intrigue of Thrones squeezed into the Telltale mold created with The Walking Dead. One part of the formula that got commenters talking was the sense that the…

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