When Good Games Make Bad Decisions About How to End

Not every game needs a final boss battle. In fact, forcing one into the story might very well ruin it.
Patrick Klepek

How 'Virginia' Found a Voice Without Dialogue

Variable State's new game, <em>Virginia</em>, is a mystery inspired by <em>Twin Peaks</em> and <em>The X-Files</em>. But unlike those shows known for their banter, the characters in <em>Virginia</em> don't say a word.
Lewis Gordon
Mario Maker

A Terrible 'Mario Maker' Clone on Steam Actually Has a Few Good Ideas

If Nintendo won't release its games on PC, opportunistic developers are prepared to release basically the same thing.
Patrick Klepek
no man's sky

Inside the Nasty Backlash Against 'No Man's Sky'

After years of hype and anticipation, the reality of No Man's Sky has fractured fans, developers, and gaming communities.
Patrick Klepek
no man's sky

Postcards from the Edge of the Universe: A ‘No Man’s Sky’ Gallery

Everyone's experience of <em>No Man's Sky</em> is going to be different, and yet, some of these sights are sure to remind you of worlds you've visited.
Sam White
Everybody's Gone to the Rapture

The Makers of ‘Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture’ Reflect on Happiness and Horrors

The Chinese Room founders Jessica Curry and Dan Pinchbeck look back, a year later, at what their multi-award-winning game taught them for the future.
Lewis Gordon
no man's sky

People Are Using 'No Man’s Sky' to Memorialize Lost Relatives

For some, a game about wonder and discovery has become a quiet place to remember the dead.
Patrick Klepek
no man's sky

What Does a Former NASA Employee Think of 'No Man's Sky'?

We went and asked one, to see if the imminent space-faring epic from Hello Games could encourage a new era of interstellar exploration.
Alex Tisdale
In My Opinion

These Are Probably the Seven Best Video Games of 2016 So Far

The year's been okay for new video games so far, right? Right.
Mike Diver

Meeting the Man Who Made ‘Wander,’ the Worst Video Game of This Generation

It's not really worked out, yet, for the ambitious non-combat MMO, as developer Loki Davison explains.
Danny Wadeson

Watching as Detectives: The Truth Behind ‘Her Story’

We spoke to designer Sam Barlow about his divisive and vital new indie game.
Matt Porter

Why I Love, and Sometimes Hate, PC Gaming

It's the most exciting platform to play games on—when it's not dicking you around.
Andy Kelly