No The Multiplayer Column Today: Sorry folks, I (Patricia) was caught up in Crimson Dragon/Xbox One stuff this weekend, leaving me little time for today's column. But feel free to talk about anything multiplayer related here—we'll be back next week! » 11/18/13 6:01pm 11/18/13 6:01pm

A Next-Gen Fighting Game For Everyone

Undoubtedly, there are fans who are ecstatic to hear that Killer Instinct, the classic fighting game that came in a snazzy black cartridge back in the early 90's, is going to come back. But when the game was announced earlier this year, there also seemed to be an air of bewilderment about its revival—loved as it may… » 11/11/13 6:00pm 11/11/13 6:00pm

How The Xbox One And PlayStation 4 Are Changing Multiplayer Games

What does being a next-gen game or hardware mean, exactly? While the answer is kind of murky—in some ways, the coming generation doesn't feel like a huge departure from our current generation of hardware —one of the places we can see concrete changes is when it comes to multiplayer games. » 10/21/13 6:00pm 10/21/13 6:00pm

The Closest Thing We Have To An Official Pokémon MMO So Far

If a developer announces that a loved franchise is suddenly turning into an MMO/multiplayer/MOBA title, the initial public response can look like disappointment. Those aren't the types of genre shifts that people typically clamor for...unless the game in question is Pokemon. » 10/14/13 8:30pm 10/14/13 8:30pm

Five Next-Gen Multiplayer Games You Should Keep An Eye On

While we're still a month away from shifting into new consoles, already we can tell a few key things about what next gen will be all about. There will, for example, be lots of pretty weather effects. We will probably shoot lots of people in the face. Oh, and we'll probably play a ton games with and against each other,… » 10/07/13 6:15pm 10/07/13 6:15pm

Our Favorite Jerk Moves In Games

Yes, being mean or trolling someone isn't exactly recommendable or even particularly empathetic, but that doesn't mean both are completely off the table all the time. Not if you're playing a game, anyway. » 9/30/13 6:00pm 9/30/13 6:00pm

Pokemon Bank Is Exciting. Here's Why.

At first glance, having the ability to store Pokemon in the cloud doesn't seem like a big deal. It's just storage, you know? A place to put Pokemon in. Uh, okay. Neat for the collectors and obsessive Pokemon breeders, sure, but what does it mean for everyone else? » 9/09/13 6:00pm 9/09/13 6:00pm

Show Us Your Favorite Fighting Game Ultras and Supers

One thing I can't help but admire about fighting games is how well the genre uses moves and kinetics for characterization: sure, not every game has a fantastic story attached to it, but that doesn't mean a fighting game can't have well-defined, unique characters, you know? » 8/26/13 6:00pm 8/26/13 6:00pm

No Multiplayer column today, folks! Patricia is working on her Payday 2 review, which goes live tonight. In the meantime, you should read Samantha Allen's piece at Paste about why she loves tacked-on multiplayer. » 8/12/13 6:00pm 8/12/13 6:00pm

Seven Types of People You Never Want On Your Team

Wouldn't it be nice to hop online and be consistently teamed up with pleasant teammates? You know, the kind of people that like working together and going for the objective? Ah, if only. » 8/05/13 6:00pm 8/05/13 6:00pm

The Problem With Revisiting Games

There are two situations that make it it painful to go back to an older game: when it's something you only liked because you were a kid and didn't know any better, and when you play a highly praised game. » 7/29/13 6:00pm 7/29/13 6:00pm

When Games Make Break-Ups Even More Difficult

Having an ex in the age of Facebook is no easy thing. Between social networks and texting, it's difficult to feel as if you can completely cut ties with someone. » 7/22/13 6:00pm 7/22/13 6:00pm

Street Fighter Player Wins Great Match at EVO With Unpopular Character

In a sea of Akumas and fireballs during this year's EVO, any change-up in character selection was welcome. Even so, you don't expect one of the "worst" characters on the Street Fighter roster to suddenly make an appearance in a top 8 match. Thank god it did, because Infiltration pulling out Hakan to go up against PR… » 7/15/13 6:00pm 7/15/13 6:00pm

The Problem With Trash Talk

Regardless of what you think about Justin Carter's current situation in jail, and regardless of whether or not he was serious, one thing is clear: the comments he made on Facebook, where he said he would "shoot up a school full of kids and eat their still, beating hearts" are messed up. » 7/08/13 6:00pm 7/08/13 6:00pm

The Many Ways You Can Pay To Be “Good” At A Game

How badly do you want to win? Enough that you'd pay to strap on a gaming headset that shocks your brain? Maybe that sounds insane, but then again, many of the things people do to gain an edge in multiplayer games are ridiculous. » 7/01/13 6:00pm 7/01/13 6:00pm

Sorry, Team Deathmatch. You're Not As Good As Other Modes.

Slayer. Deathmatch. Arena. Free-for-all. The mode has many names, but your aim stays the same: kill everyone, as many times as possible. Maybe there's a time limit or a kill limit, but it usually comes down to some variation of "the person or team with the most kills wins." Simple, seductive...and kind of mindless. » 6/24/13 6:00pm 6/24/13 6:00pm

The One Thing Old Pokemon Games Do Better Than New Ones

After sitting through the Nintendo developer roundtable at E3, which featured Tsunekazu Ishihara and Junichi Masuda of The Pokemon Company and Game Freak respectively, it struck me: much has changed since the Pokemon: Red and Blue days. I'm not just talking about how there's a new fairy type now, either. » 6/17/13 6:00pm 6/17/13 6:00pm

Why People Rage Quit Games

Last night, after a grueling episode of Game of Thrones, a good number of people swore they would never watch the show again. Take a look at the retweets on this Twitter account, which chronicles the extreme reaction to the Rains of Castamere episode, to see what I mean. (Don't visit the link if you're trying to… » 6/03/13 6:00pm 6/03/13 6:00pm