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A Defense Of Mario Kart 8's Unpopular Battle Mode

In video game years, Mario Kart 8 is already middle-aged yet remains virile. It maintains a healthy population of online racers over fourteen months past its May 2014 launch. By most accounts, the Wii U version of the seminal kart racer is the series’ high watermark, resplendent in its HD gloss and detail-rich course… » 8/10/15 3:30pm 8/10/15 3:30pm

Why Murky Is My Favorite Heroes Of The Storm Character

If MOBA players had meetings similar to the AA, I could imagine people introducing themselves by saying, “Hi, I’m PufferMan388, I’m a toxic mid main, and I hate the cancer fish known as Fizz.” Or perhaps, “I’m DrunkmasterDave, I live in top lane, and I am on a crusade to take down the satanic menace known as Teemo.”
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The People Who Still Play World of Warcraft Like It’s 2006

We met on Tuesdays and Thursdays on the muddy shores of Lakeshire. There were 40 of us, alternatives in tow, laughing, buffing, flaunting. We exorcised our pre-raid jitters as best we could. North of Lakeshire lay the sinister Burning Steppes, home of Blackrock Mountain and home of our hopes and dreams. Blackwing Lair… » 5/14/15 12:30pm 5/14/15 12:30pm

A Scrub’s First Time With Pokémon

When it comes to Pokémon, I am a scrub. My familiarity with the series amounts to little more than “I think Digimon has the better cartoon and monster designs,” and a few hours with Fire Red half a dozen years ago. But when I recently acquired a New 3DS XL, my first Nintendo handheld, I decided to try last year’s … » 4/30/15 11:00am 4/30/15 11:00am

When Video Game Trolling Is A Good Thing

The timer ticks down toward zero. We tear across the Boneyard, one of Halo: Reach’s best multiplayer maps, my good friend Rus driving with me sitting shotgun. I’m clutching the blue flag in hands that would be sweating if they were real. We shed our red teammates like skin; they race past us going the other direction… » 4/24/15 10:40am 4/24/15 10:40am

The Most Unappreciated Platformers of the '90s

Super Mario World, Sonic The Hedgehog, Crash Bandicoot, Banjo Kazooie — the number of platforming series and characters that rose to stardom in the '90s was notably the highest in gaming history. Truly a golden age. But for every new Mario game there was always a few lesser-known titles waiting in the wings. Those… » 2/25/15 11:00am 2/25/15 11:00am