Have you ever been a jerk or cheated in Counter-Strike? No? What about in other Steam games? Now, that might come back to bite you, thanks to CSGO’s “Trust Factor” matchmaking system.
Last week, I wrote about popular streamers rage-quitting Getting Over It, a game about climbing a junk mountain that represents digital content and probably also Hell. Now for the flipside of that coin: people being extremely good at the game... being watched by people who are extremely bad at it.
Call of Duty: WWII’s release on November 3 marked a welcome return from outer space and back to classic historical warfare, but the joy of returning to the trenches has been marred by a boatload of issues.
As the seconds counted down in a round of the unusual game The Darwin Project this past weekend, I was aware of three other players still involved in the match. One was my opponent, who, like me, had managed to outlast eight other players in this mix of cold-weather survival and competitive murder. Another was the…
Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus is about injury. From crippled heroes to resistance leaders grappling with PTSD, the game’s cast of heroes bears deep wounds that recall the all-too-real injuries of war veterans, victims, and those who would ignore them.
Mariano “Squishy” “SquishyMuffinz” Arruda’s Cloud9 team only finished third at this past weekend’s Rocket League season four finals in Washington, D.C., so Mr. Muffinz will have to settle for what might be the best single shot ever made in competitive Rocket League history.
Call of Duty has returned to World War II. It wasn’t so long ago that Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare saved us from drowning in World War II games. Unfortunately, its success meant we spent the next several years drowning in modern military shooters instead, and when we got tired of that, game devs gave us near-future…
A mountain or two can be a nice bonus for a Civilization V spawn point, but XtraFalcon’s start here is something else.
Cuphead is a beautiful looking game with tight controls and grueling combat that culminates in game unlike many others. But as a throwback to the animation of the early 20th century, it finds its muse in a troubling past it never gets around to actually confronting.
Getting Over It’s Steam description is brief. “A game I made for a certain kind of person,” it reads. “To hurt them.” Having watched multiple streamers howl in despair and rage-quit right at the end of it, I think it’s safe to declare the game an unmitigated success.
Decksplash, the game whose future was riding on its ability to get 100,000 players during a free week, has been canceled. In the end, it managed to kickflip (and also paint, I guess?) its way past the halfway point, but still fell short. Despite disappointment, the Decksplash team is happy they tried. “Should we have…
There was a lot of winking and nudging when the MMO Final Fantasy XIV introduced three new poses for dozing a year ago. And behind the closed doors of virtual houses and apartments, much more went on after that.
Superflight is a PC game I’ve been having a lot of fun with this week. To get an idea of what it’s like, imagine if Tony Hawk could fly.
Battle Chef Brigade hits Switch and PC on November 20. Like Iron Chef if it were animated by Studio Ghibli, the it’s a match-three game where you flavor profiles (i.e. colors) to cook the perfect dish. But there’s also a side-scrolling action part where you collect your ingredients. It’s pretty wild looking.
Jake “ChocoTaco” Throop was making a decent living as an educator in Chicago, but he’s decided to leave it all behind for a career streaming PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds on Twitch.
In the alternate universe of Wolfenstein, William Joseph Blazkowicz is a name that strikes fear in Nazis the world over. After suffering a horrendous injury during World War II, Blazkowicz awakens from a vegetative state 14 years later to find the world dominated by the Germans and their super-science fueled armies.…
Nioh takes a lot of liberty with its historical setting but still maintains a large cast of famous warlords, samurai, explorers, and ninja. Every one of them has a story. Here’s a quick primer on what history tells us about these individuals.
The isometric stealth-shooter just got an expansion called Smaceshi’s Castles that adds new missions providing players like me the perfect excuse to return to its dazzling, minimalist worlds.
Sonic Forces is a fever dream of fan-fiction that is awkward to play but still manages to be trashy fun.
What do you call it when a video game is full of items or services that you can buy with real money? Is it “games as a service”? “Recurrent consumer spending opportunities”? Or maybe PRI (Player Recurring Investment)?