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The Angry Video Game Nerd does his best to be empathetic, especially compared to his successors. In this world of near-constant Youtuber and Twitch personality scandals, James seems like a downright sweetheart most of the tim...   read

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[Fan Art by Metroid McKay] The upcoming June issue of Nintendo Force (available in print for as low as $4.99 until June 23rd) features an interview with Maja, Chad, and Jared Moldenhauer, the "heads" of Studio MDHR, developer...   read

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  Watch Video When I was a kid I used to lie around in the grass and ask myself questions like "What makes a Sega game special?"Of course, the answer to that question depends on what era of Sega you're talking about. When they started in w...   read

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  Watch Video 1001 Spikes is one of my favorite games and I think you'd like it too if you gave it a try. At one point, I even joking-not-jokingly said it's better than Game of Thrones. Given how people turned on that show in its last seas...   read

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[Editor's Note: One thing that has been made quite evident over the past several weeks is Hollywood has no problem weaponizing the audience's fear of spoilers to their advantage. The urgency to avoid all spoilers and see ...   read
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  Watch Video [Image from a 1982 issue of The Philadelphia Inquirer found by Cat DeSipra] Another year, another round of headlines about the World Health Organization's take on gaming addiction disorder. I can't blame people for continuin...   read

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  Watch Video [Image from Your Wife, Last Night] Para-social relationships have become a daily part of many people's lives. Listening to the same personalities on a monthly, weekly, or even daily basis can light up the brain in the s...   read

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  Watch Video It wasn't long ago that I was researching how many videogames Winona Rider Ryder has been in. The number was surprisingly low. From the looks of it, the same is true for her ex-boyfriend Keanu Reeves. Other than a few g...   read

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  Watch Video If reading the words "Titanfall-likes"made you frown, I hear you, but with the Titanfall series on indefinite hold, my guess is there are a lot of people out there who have a giant robot shaped hole in their videogame hopes a...   read

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  Watch Video Just yesterday I saw a Cuphead plushie for sale at Target next to the Game of Thrones and Stranger Thing merchandise. The game's brand is bigger than the game itself, largely because of ease of availability. Being published b...   read
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  Watch Video Nintendo just released a new thirty-second ad for Smash Bros. Ultimate and it's one for the books. On the surface, it looks like it was designed to sell lanky pre-teens on a special brand of self-esteem that only comes ...   read

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  Watch Video Limbo features a lot of deaths, but as many have written about before, these deaths can be interpreted as a protest to the lax attitude most games take towards violence. Back in the old days, if a parent caught one of their c...   read

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  Watch Video Gears of War, God of War, World of Warcraft. The Darkness. Dark Void. Dark. You ten-year-olds raised on Fortnite out in the audience may not believe this, but these are all the names of popular videogames from ten-or-so ...   read
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  Watch Video Last week at PAX East, I ended up on a panel with the developers of Soda Drinker Pro, one of the producers of Home Movies, and a talented stand-up comedian. The panel was moderated by a Max Headroom-style virtual host n...   read

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  Watch Video Yacht Club Games, the developers of Shovel Knight, had a historic showing at PAX East this year. Six years ago, Shovel Knight made its playable debut there. Now it's coming to a close there as well, with Shovel Knight: King ...   read
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  Watch Video When it comes to niche genres, they don't get much smaller than the "games featuring Winona Ryder" subsection of your local mom-and-pop video store. Other than a few small roles in various Beetlejuice games from the 1990s, sh...   read

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  Watch Video The first thing I did at PAX East yesterday was hit up Matt Papa and Takuya Aizu of Inti Creates about a question I've had on my mind ever since they shadow-dropped Blaster Master Zero 2 last week: Will the game get char...   read

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As of this very moment, Peter Glagowski, Rich Meister, Caitlin Cooke and myself are entering the Boston Convention Center to get a load of PAX East 2019. We'll be playing and previewing a bunch of games, so keep your eyes pee...   read

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I've been waiting for this moment for a long time. In fact, I think it was over five years ago that I first started ranting about it. By granting the Zelda license to Brace Yourself Games, Nintendo has signaled to the world t...   read
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  Watch Video Last week, with no warning, Tetris 99 was unleashed upon the world, and puzzle games will never be the same. Infusing the "me against the world" psychology of the battle royale genre and applying it to the highly accessible, ...   read
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  Watch Video [Image by Fred Wood] Compared to the Wii U, the Switch is doing fantastic, with the fastest selling Smash game of all time, plenty of broad-appeal 1st party hits, and 3rd party support the likes of which Nintendo hasn't seen ...   read
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  Watch Video [Art by Jorge M Velez] Not a lot is known about the now-scrapped game that was once called Metroid Prime 4. Some rumors say it was being worked on by multiple teams across the globe, with Nintendo directing them towards a uni...   read
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  Watch Video With Super Mario Odyssey, Nintendo came close to maxing out on the concept of being anyone you want to be. While that made for a one-of-a-kind experience within the Mario universe, there were actually a few other games that u...   read
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  Watch Video Writing "Best of the Year" lists makes me feel pretentious and self-aggrandizing. That's probably because these lists operate under the pretense that the writer is able to both assess an entire year's worth of games and make ...   read
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  Watch Video Nic Rowen's review of Rain World seemed sympathetic but sad, which makes sense given that the game does a lot to invoke those two feelings. The bad news is, he was also feeling pretty disappointed when he said "I fe...   read

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Shovel Knight turned five this year, and it shows no signs of slowing down. He's sold over three million copies and counting. There are not one, not two, but six different books that tell his story in one way o...   read

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  Watch Video I love Smash Bros. I love it when it's fair and I love it when it's tragic. I love the way it sounds and I love the way it feels. I love the way it transforms non-stop carnage into a silly, joyous romp. I love how it invites ...   read
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  Watch Video Screencheat has fared very well on non-Nintendo systems since it was first released in 2014, but now that it's on the Switch, it feels truly at home. Four-player competitive gaming really came into its own on consoles w...   read

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  Watch Video We live in a time when most people forty years old and younger were brought up adoring media that was designed to function as toy commercials, childhood companions, and near-religious texts at the same time. When I saw Michae...   read

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  Watch Video I don't know what's going on with the Neo Geo Mini. Shortly after I got my hands on one, SNK announced that an upgraded Holiday version of the hardware would be going up for pre-order in the coming days. That's not a good sig...   read
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About Jonathan Holmesone of us since 4:12 PM on 12.04.2007

"Where do dreams end and reality begin? Videogames, I suppose."- Gainax, FLCL Vol. 1

"The beach, the trees, even the clouds in the sky... everything is build from little tiny pieces of stuff. Just like in a Gameboy game... a nice tight little world... and all its inhabitants... made out of little building blocks... Why can't these little pixels be the building blocks for love..? For loss... for understanding"- James Kochalka, Reinventing Everything part 1

"I wonder if James Kolchalka has played Mother 3 yet?" Jonathan Holmes



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