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Welcome to Goomba Stomp, a stomping ground for video game enthusiasts and the pop-culture obsessed.We provide smart readers with sharp, entertaining writing on a wide range of topics in pop culture, offering an escape from the usual hype and gossip. Unlike most websites that offer the brief review format, Goomba Stomp features long-form, in-depth coverage, and lengthy, well-researched articles alongside several award-winning podcasts. We believe that within today’s click bait-info-entertainment landscape there is still plenty of room to rigorously discuss the video game industry so that it can continue to flourish and remain an important voice of cultural and artistic expression.
June 25, 2018

Hottest Hero Happenings: The End Of An Era

As My Hero Academia's third Season reaches its halfway point, the quality continues as consistently stellar.
June 25, 2018
Ocarina of Time

‘Ocarina of Time’ Dungeon by Dungeon: Spirit Temple

This continuing series will take a look back at the entry that established the 3D dungeon template, in turn altering dungeon design in ways that would dominate and define the series for nearly twenty years. In this entry, I will be examining the eighth dungeon, the Spirit Temple.
June 24, 2018
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Devolves Into Mediocrity

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Directed by J.A. Bayona Written By Derek Connolly & Colin Trevorrow 2018/USA A sentence I never imagined I would utter: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom helped me to better appreciate Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World (2015). That’s not something I would have believed possible only a few days […]
June 24, 2018

This Week in Gaming News: Minecraft Joins in with the Sony Bashing

I’m baaaack! I’m sure, were E3 not taking up the collective consciousness of every serious gamer on the planet, that you’d have really missed not reading this article last week, but Goomba Stomp absolutely smashed its E3 coverage, so I’m certain you were all more than catered for. I wholeheartedly […]
June 24, 2018
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The Hyrule Fantasy: Freedom at all Costs in ‘The Legend of Zelda’

If there’s one element that defines the original Legend of Zelda, it’s freedom.
June 23, 2018

‘Far Cry 5: Hours of Darkness’ – I Love the Smell of DLC in the Morning

Hours of Darkness may not be anything particularly special, but like all DLC it did exactly what it needed to do. It brought people back to the game, kept them talking about it, and more importantly kept them playing it. Could it have been better? Yes, but at a price that would likely have been too damned high in both developer time investment and consumer financial outlay. As it stands, it works and it's good enough to more than justify the purchase.
June 22, 2018
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Top 5 Switch eShop Improvements We Need to See in 2018

The Nintendo Switch's eShop is perfectly functional, but it could be leagues better. Here are just some of the improvements we're hoping for.
June 22, 2018
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Counter Attack #5: Should Everyone Else Just Copy Nintendo’s Direct?

Today we'll be asking whether everyone should just give up on conferences and rip-off the Nintendo Direct formula?
June 22, 2018

‘Octopath Traveler’ Brings it Back to JRPG Basics

In a small three hour demo, Octopath Traveler has done an incredible job at showing all that it has to offer. It's a game that respects the ones to come before. It embraces what made them great while recognizing their flaws.
June 21, 2018
Kingdom Hearts III

E3 2018 Hands On: ‘Kingdom Hearts III’ Carries The Heavy Weight of Expectation

The immensely anticipated sequel was playable to the public for the first time at E3 2018, and, after some time with the two offered demos, it's difficult to say whether Kingdom Hearts III will be able to support the impossible weight of fan expectation being placed upon it before it's finally released next year.
June 21, 2018

Cinema’s Ultimate Jerks #21: Brick Top (Snatch)

This week we're talking about Brick Top, this is your spoiler warning for the 2000 movie, Snatch.
June 21, 2018

Warp Pipe, Ep. 1: ‘Final Fantasy VIII’

Join your jolly and whimsical hosts Mike and Mitch as they look into the behind the scenes development of Final Fantasy VIII, what inspired it, why it broke so heavily from its predecessor, and how well the changes worked. They'll also delve into what they personally liked about the game, sharing personal experiences and opinions on it.
June 20, 2018

E3 2018 Hands-on: ‘Rage 2’ is Good, but Ice Cream is Better

Melted faces or melted dessert? The Rage 2 hands-on demo takes all comers at E3 2018.
June 20, 2018
Mario Tennis Aces

‘Mario Tennis Aces’ – Hitting the Sweet Spot with a Good Serve

This is one of the best installments in the Mario Tennis series if only for the amount of content it offers. It doesn’t get everything right but regardless, it makes a great addition to the Switch library.
June 20, 2018

‘Detroit: Become Human’ – A Game That Knows Exactly What It Is

What does it mean to be human? A question that philosophers, artists, and scientists have attempted to answer since the dawn of recorded history. Why was humanity, of all the species on this green earth, selected to bear the singular burden of conscious thought? Unfortunately such questions have no universally accepted answers. At least none that we are currently capable of providing. That doesn't stop David Cage from attempting his own exploration of such ephemeral conundrums in his latest magnum opus, Detroit: Become Human.
June 20, 2018

Game Boys, Ep. 108: E3 2018 Episode

The Game Boys had a wonderful trip to L.A. where they got to cover E3 2018.  Now, they’re back and they brought back impressions of all the co-op and multiplayer the Electronic Entertainment Expo had to offer!  And that is definitely some games, though not from Sony because they were […]
June 19, 2018

The Gamer’s Guide to the World Cup – Group H

With their finest hour in the late 70s and early 80s, both Pac-Man and Poland used to be a big deal in their respective fields. Largely middling for long periods of time, both have had impressive showings in recent years, with Pac-Man Championship Edition completely revitalizing the pill-munching ghost-dodger, and Lewnadowski’s golden generation giving Poland their best chance in 34 years of making an impact on the world stage.
June 19, 2018
Anticipated Games

Most Anticipated Games from E3 2018

E3 might be over but we still have loads of coverage on the way. The Goomba Stomp crew is back from Los Angeles and we will be publishing many more articles with impressions of all the games we played at this year’s convention. In the meantime, we have compiled a list […]
June 18, 2018
history of E3

The History of E3: Looking Back on Gaming’s Biggest Event

Over the past twenty-three years, E3 has evolved and adapted to fit the ever-changing landscape of the video game industry and culture surrounding it.
June 18, 2018

The Gamer’s Guide to the World Cup – Group G

With soccer’s biggest tournament started this week, the world is watching. But what happens if you want to follow the action and know nothing about the “beautiful game” because you spend all your time playing video games? Worry not, because Goomba Stomp’s resident footy-mad, cynical England supporter is here to give you some key info on this year’s contesting teams and how they theoretically relate to the gaming world. We’ll be doing one group every few days, so keep it here and you’ll be come a World Cup expert in no time!
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