A History of Hup, the Jump Sound in Every Video Game
You can hear it in your head: the grunt your character makes when hopping a fence or leaping into battle. Its sonic roots trace all the way back to 1973.
Ghostwire: Tokyo Brings Japanese Folklore to the Masses
The new action-thriller from Tango Gameworks uncovers universal themes by embracing cultural specificity.
Reviews and Impressions
Jackbox's 8th Party Pack Is Worth It For Drawful: Animate Alone
Which is good, because the rest of the pack is uneven and, at times, downright confusing.
Culture and Criticism
We Need to Talk About That Character in Horizon Forbidden West
The “heart and soul” of the game has been under wraps. Let's unwrap it.
Not Everyone Wants NFTs to Be the Future of Gaming
Tim Morten, cofounder of Frost Giant Studios and formerly production director on StarCraft II, doesn't see the same dollar signs some studios do.
Gear & Tips
How to Find Games That Are Compatible With the Steam Deck
Not all games available on Steam play perfectly on Valve’s new console. Here’s how to tell which ones will work, and how well.
The 7 Best Gaming Controller for Every Kind of Player
A great gamepad instantly levels up your play. These are our top picks for Switch, Xbox, PS4, PS5, and PC.
Halo Is Another Carcass on the Heap of Bad Video Game Adaptations
The new Paramount+ series underestimates gamer audiences and falls into the “content-delivery” trap, losing the excitement of gameplay along the way.
In Life, as in Wordle, Success Often Depends on Where You Start
We all have to start somewhere, but some of us have a leg up over others—even when it comes to simple games.
This Is What an RPG for Indie Movie Heroines Would Look Like
Press A to cry in your overpriced apartment, press B to run toward the sunset.
This Massive Game Bundle Costs $10 and Benefits Ukraine Charities
The collection spans hundreds of games, and donations go straight to organizations assisting Ukraine.
Elden Ring Isn’t Made for All Gamers. I Wish It Were
The celebrated game has no difficulty modes, guaranteeing it will alienate some players.
The Benefits of Gaming As a Couple—or Even With Your Kid
Playing It Takes Two with my partner was challenging, eye-opening, and also proved that playing games cooperatively is good for all relationships.
Games for All
VR Is Here to Stay. It's Time to Make It Accessible
The platform is relatively new—which means now is the opportunity to advocate for all players.
The Best Mouse (and Mousepads) for Every Kind of Gamer
Whether you're into esports or casual fragging, these are the greatest gaming mice we’ve tested.
Tabletop Game Companies Are Rushing to Snatch Up Hollywood Names
Free League Publishing has been transforming vast worlds into games: Alien, Lord of the Rings, and now Blade Runner. How does it work behind the scenes?
15 Great Deals on Gaming Gear, Headphones, and Accessories
The weather is getting warmer, but you can still stay in and play Elden Ring all weekend.
Valve’s Steam Deck Is a Glitchy but Promising Portable Gaming PC
This new handheld console has a lot of flaws out of the gate, but that could change over time.
From BioWare to Beer: How Greg Zeschuk Makes Dreams Come True
The studio cofounder isn't in the gaming industry anymore, but he's still building new things—and still playing games.
Google Stadia Is a Failure. The Company Should Kill It
The tech giant's cloud gaming platform faces a slew of tough questions—and few prospects of success.