Watching Someone Beat a Mario Game Without Pressing Right Is F'ing Wild

'New Super Mario Bros. U,' like most Mario games, asks you to move right to win. But what if you don't want to? That's where it gets tricky.
Patrick Klepek

A Good Let's Play Is More Than Just a Video of Your Favorite Game

Whether humorous or explanatory in nature, it takes a lot of hard work to make a good LP.
Cameron Kunzelman

"Streamer" Modes Are Usually Gimmicky BS, But in 'Dead Cells,' It's Magic

I finally beat 'Dead Cells' last week, but it didn't happen the way I expected. It happened with a community who was helping (and hurting) me the whole time.
Patrick Klepek

One of Counter-Strike’s Leading Analysts Wants You to Know Alex Jones Rules

Duncan "Thorin" Shields has a long history of racist jokes, among other things. But next month's big tournament in New York, he'll be on stage, talking about Counter-Strike.
Patrick Klepek
Dark Souls

Sometimes, Fighting Depression Means Beating 'Dark Souls' Using Dance Pads

Louis "ATwerking Yoshi" Hamilton hasn't had an easy life, but overcoming ridiculous challenges, sometimes involving bananas, has helped.
Patrick Klepek
Dark Souls

Four Years In, the Quest to Uncover the "Real" Version of 'Dark Souls II'

When FromSoftware admitted to rebooting 'Dark Souls II' midway through development, it sent some players on a journey that still continues.
Patrick Klepek

One of Zelda's Greatest Speedrunners Was Just Banned From Twitch

Narcissa Wright, who's largely moved away from speedrunning due to health issues, isn't sure why Twitch decided to kick her off.
Patrick Klepek

When This Streamer Tried to Make Going Viral His Job It Went Horribly Wrong

A 'World of Warcraft' joke pushed Ian Xplosion into the spotlight, and he decided to make the most of it. Then, he got evicted.
Patrick Klepek
far cry

This Video Explains Why 'Far Cry 2' Is Great Without Saying A Word

From the destructible cover to the lighting to the fire, it's all in the details (that 'Far Cry 5' unfortunately doesn't have).
Austin Walker

I Played A Favorite Game Long Enough to Start Hating It. This Sucks.

Once upon a time, I adored the Baldur's Gate series. After hundreds of hours of play and analysis, I can't stand it any more.
Cameron Kunzelman
open thread

The Algorithms Will Not Save Us

What a website puts on its front door says something about its values, whether it's a conspiracy video or a video game.
Patrick Klepek
Social Media

My Job Doesn't Exist Without the Support of Fans. How Much Do I Owe Them?

As a public figure, my personal life has become part of my career. The line between disclosure, transparency, and gossip isn’t clear anymore.
Patrick Klepek