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When it comes to microtransactions, the question of intervention must be answered: is the regulating hand of the government really what we want?

Belgium Declares: Lootboxes Are Gambling

So the big question is what does this mean for loot boxes in the future? If Belgium does manage to get the EU to ban loot boxes in games it's unlikely the practice would continue, as it'd be a hard sell to convince North Americans gamers to continue using them when they know EU gamers don't have to.

What Makes ‘Metroid Fusion’ So Fantastic?

Metroid Fusion is a conceptually dark game, especially for a mainline Nintendo release.

Does Pokémon Need Third Installments to Each Generation?

Do the third installments for each Pokémon generation offer value for money, or would they be best sold is a DLC?

The Fans Strike Back – EA Forced to Remove Microtransactions After Internet Outrage

After a developer response regarding the microtransaction scheme went viral by becoming the most downvoted post in reddit history, and an AMA so catastrophic that super weapons as of yet unbuilt were already blowing up, it became obvious to even the most disinterested observer that the company had to back down.

‘The Punisher’ is a Rare, Twisted but Intelligent Gem

The Punisher is a terrible fit for the Marvel Cinematic Universe and its Netflix branch. As a result, it’s, to date, the best show put out under that banner.
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Watch A Fan-Made ‘Cuphead’ Cartoon

There is much more to admire about Cuphead, from the swinging jazz soundtrack to the tough boss battles to the game’s eccentric pair of stars, but without a doubt, the game’s animation is its most immediately distinctive characteristic

New ‘Bloodborne’ Enemy Discovered Nearly 3 Years After Release

You might recall Bloodborne as a critical darling of 2015, and one of the first real reasons for consumers to go out and grab themselves a PS4.

Rare’s Releasing Three Classic Soundtracks On Vinyl

When we first launched this website, I released a mixtape sampling my favourite soundtracks from some of my favourite video games developed by Rare in...

‘Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story’ Presents Us With the Actress and Inventor’s Unreal Life

Overall, 'Bombshell' is a conventional doc with a misguided thesis, saved by Lamarr’s exceptional life.

10 Years Later: ‘Mass Effect’ Deserves Better

No matter what your particular gaming vice, throughout the last generation there was an innovation there for you to pick up and sink your teeth into. For fans of the RPG, Mass Effect was certainly one of those games.

Déjà Vu in ‘Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon’

Whilst Pokémon Sun and Moon were brilliant at shaking up a previously rigid formula, Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon haven’t alleviated much from the story already told.

Game Boys, Ep. 84: ‘Star Wars’ Baffling-Front

This episode of Game Boys is dark...Dark Side that is.  In this week's Game Boys Alex, Ryan, and Tim discuss Dice's Star Wars Battlefront II, a game taking more of a beating lately than Luke fighting Vader on Bespin. 

‘Slay the Spire’ – Get Good or Have Fun Dying

Slay the Spire’ is an addictively challenging game that combines the best of deckbuilding and roguelike into one tight package.

Seattle’s Indie Devs Gather to Show and Tell

Hosted by Seattle Indies, "Show and Tell" is a laidback event that exemplifies Seattle as a microcosm of indie talent and creativity.
The combination of Lego incarnations of some of the most notable characters in comic book history and the creative potential of everyone's favorite construction toy is a serendipitous merger that taps into the very essence of play.

Happy 10th Birthday ‘Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune’

Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune might be the weakest title in the series, but it is nonetheless a fantastic game in its own right, with its immersive story, wonderful cast, and astounding last-gen visuals.

‘Super Mario Odyssey’ Level by Level: Sand Kingdom

As I already have with Super Mario 64, I will examine each of Super Mario Odyssey’s kingdoms in an attempt to glean insight into their stumbles and successes. In this entry, I will be taking a look at the game’s third course -- Sand Kingdom.
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AFI Fest 2017: Michael Haneke’s Shtick Wears Thin in ‘Happy End’

'Happy End' is a film that wants to be a Michael Haneke greatest hits album, but instead is merely a compilation of B-sides.