Interesting Gaming Stories

Stardew Valley Anniversary Feature

Spring of Year 5: Reflecting on Stardew Valley with Eric "ConcernedApe" Barone

Five years following the release of farming simulator Stardew Valley, creator Eric "ConcernedApe" Barone talks the past, the future, his fans, and more.
Tetris and other things on display at the Strong National Museum of Play

How a Game Preservation Museum Is Keeping Your Favorite Games Alive

The Strong National Museum of Play celebrates games and play of all kinds. See how the Strong Museum in Rochester, NY, supports video-game preservation.
Legend of Zelda 35th Anniversary

From Damsel to Defender: Princess Zelda's 35-Year Journey

To celebrate The Legend of Zelda 35th Anniversary, let's take a look at the titular character's depictions through her various incarnation.
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What Makes a Good Endgame? From Destiny to WoW and the Future

Games commonly feature endgame loops designed to keep you playing, but how does it work?
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How The Medium Treats Trauma

How well does Bloober Team's The Medium treat trauma, abuse, and the portrayal of evil?
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Links to the Past: The Development Timeline of Ocarina of Time, Part 1

We take a deep dive into the entire development history of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, looking at interviews, pre-release builds, art assets, and ROM dumps to catalog one of the greatest games of all times development.
Super Mario 3D All Stars featuring three classic Mario games

The Super Mario 3D All Stars Limited-Release Window Closes Soon. What’s Next?

Should Nintendo put N64, GameCube and other titles on Switch? We interviewed game preservationists about limited-run titles like Super Mario 3D All Stars.
Evelyn Parker in Cyberpunk 2077

Where Cyberpunk 2077 Succeeds: Giving Sex Workers A Story

This article contains spoilers for Cyberpunk 2077, and discussions of sexual assault, suicide, and self-harm.
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The Best Game Music of 2020 - Ghost of Tsushima

The games industry owes a lot to what the film industry has done in the past century.
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The Best Game Music of 2020 - Final Fantasy VII Remake

2020, despite all its heart-wrenching challenges, has been a fantastic year for original soundtracks in video games.
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Hades: The Myths Behind the Weapons

Every good hero needs his or her arsenal of weapons, and Zagreus in Supergiant Games’ Hades
Jin preparing for a duel with a Mongol Warlord, the game's title in the center.

The Historical Truths of Ghost of Tsushima

For the past week I have been playing Ghost of Tsushima, and it is amazing.
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If You're Ready to Attack and Dethrone God, Here's Some Video Games Where You Can

"Do you think God stays in heaven because he too, lives in fear of what he's created here on Earth?" - Steve Buscemi, Spy Kids 2
Cost of Gaming

The Cost of Gaming Since the 1970s

Video games are an expensive hobby.
Pyramid Head - The iconic monster that debuted in Silent Hill 2.

What Makes a Monster? Fears Made Manifest in Word, Image, and Play

For much of its history, horror has been brushed aside as a trivial genre unworthy of serious artistic consideration.
Nostalgia and games

Buying Happiness: Why Nostalgia In Games Is So Effective

Nostalgia is a powerful drug, and when games like Final Fantasy 7 Remake
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Toge Productions on the End of Flash Gaming

Flash is dying. For many gamers who grew up with flash games, this is sad news.
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The 100 Best Games of the 2010s

Looking at any ten year period in gaming's history, you're going to find a ton of really great games, but the 2010s were more than that.
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How Some of Vanilla WoW's Most Popular Dungeons Were Made

Molten Core. Blackrock Spire. Ahn'Qiraj.

Surviving EverQuest's Hard-as-nails Classic Servers

World of Warcraft: Classic hit just before some
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What is Cyberpunk?

In 1984, William Gibson’s novel Neuromancer was released.
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Localizing Judgment: Go Big or Go Home

Tomorrow, Westerners will finally get their hands on Judgment<
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How the Mistborn Adventure Game Caters to Sanderson Fans and New Tabletop Players

I admit, I'm not great at tabletop roleplaying games.

Character Select: Vivi

We often go on a journey of excitement with larger-than-life characters in video games.
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A World Of Demons - Demon's Souls' Unique Approach to Online Multiplayer

It's been ten years since the release of Demon's Souls, the
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Queer Characters in Gaming - A Brief History

Gaming has grown extensively beyond the stereotyped perceptions of the medium in decades past.
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Where's Wario? - The Unrealized Potential of Wario Land

Playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate last year, I selected Wario. It was just once, I think—maybe twice.
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Erich Schaefer On Starblo - Blizzard's Unreleased Sci-Fi ARPG

Starblo is the name of a game that you likely haven't heard of before, but you certainly know the company who worked on it: Blizzard Enter