Digital Storm's Latest Gaming PCs Are Almost As Cheap As DIY

Every time I post a review of a boutique gaming PC, someone in the comments has to mention that they could build a similar machine themselves for less money. That's still true for Digital Storm's newly-launched Vanquish line of gaming PCs, but it's a narrow truth — we're talking $20 to $60 narrow. » 4/24/13 12:00pm 4/24/13 12:00pm

Japanese Video Games Where You Can Play As A Badass American

The influence of American action movies in Japan has been huge. Shortly after the success of all the 1980s Hollywood action flicks with dudes like Schwarzenegger, Stallone and Chuck Norris, Japanese gaming created an entire library of different action titles with one common feature: Kill everything on the screen. Oh,… » 3/27/13 8:08am 3/27/13 8:08am

Most Popular Video Games Are Dumb. Can We Stop Apologizing for Them…

A few weeks ago, the Atlantic magazine published a profile I wrote of the developer Jonathan Blow, a man known in gaming circles as much for his criticism of the mainstream game industry's intellectual shortcomings as he is for Braid, the outstanding game he created. » 5/01/12 10:00am 5/01/12 10:00am

Review: Vanquish

It's hard to know whether the makers of Vanquish take their game, a brash, testosterone-gushing space fight against hundreds of mindless Russian robots, seriously. Straight-faced or not, Platinum Games' Vanquish is seriously entertaining. » 10/20/10 4:00am 10/20/10 4:00am