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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 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
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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
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‘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
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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!
June 18, 2018
Vanishing Point

‘Westworld’ Ep.2.09: “Vanishing Point” Delivers Shocks in an Unshocking Fashion

Westworld, Season 2, Episode 9: “Vanishing Point” Written by Roberto Patino Directed by Stephen Williams Airs Sundays at 9 pm ET on HBO After thrillingly branching out into previously untold parts of the park last episode, Westworld returns to familiar ground in “Vanishing Point.” Focusing on the backstory of William, […]
June 18, 2018
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The Top 5 Announcements from Microsoft’s E3 Presentation

Now that E3 has come and gone, it’s time to talk about what was (arguably) the best conference this year: Microsoft. Team Xbox came out guns blazing this year, with game after game for an hour and 45 minutes straight. It was honestly hard to keep track of it all, […]
June 18, 2018

‘Sushi Striker’ Review: Sushi is Love, Sushi is Life

Are you looking for an addicting, deep puzzle game that you can really invest some time into? Here's why you should check out Sushi Striker.
June 17, 2018
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NXpress Nintendo Podcast 136: Our Crazy E3 Trip and the Nintendo Direct

Ricky D, Tim Maison, Patrick Murphy, and Ryan Kapioski are all back from their E3 2018 trip and yes, they have lots of stories to share! This may not have been the most exciting E3 for Nintendo fans (or really anyone at all), but whenever the mass of an entire […]
June 17, 2018
Starlink

E3 2018 Hands-On: ‘Starlink: Battle for Atlas’ Shows Surface Potential Despite the Empty Space

'Starlink: Battle for Atlas' sets the stage for space exploration. But is there anything out there to find?
June 17, 2018

The Gamer’s Guide to the World Cup – GROUP F

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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