Month: March 2020

Why Half of-Life’s Metropolis 17 modified into as soon as pivotal to gaming’s post-Soviet obsession

Why Half of-Life’s Metropolis 17 modified into as soon as pivotal to gaming’s post-Soviet obsession

The underground labs of the original Half-Life were set somewhere among New Mexico’s towering desert canyons. It wasn’t your prototypical blockbuster locale, but it was still Hollywood-esque, reminiscent of Cold War-era sci-fi films like Them!, where US Army men battled against giant irradiated ants below a blistering American sun. The setting of Half-Life’s sequel, on…

Half of-Life: Alyx is a satisfying return to Metropolis 17

Half of-Life: Alyx is a satisfying return to Metropolis 17

Half-Life: Alyx is definitely not Half-Life 3. It is a full-fledged game that expands the Half-Life universe. And City 17’s exploding barrel industry is still going strong. These are answers to some big questions Valve Software raised last year when it announced the first new Half-Life game since 2007 — but exclusively for virtual reality.…

enhance your discipline’s Wi-Fi

enhance your discipline’s Wi-Fi

If you’re now working at home due to the COVID-19 outbreak, you may have a moment when you realize that your Wi-Fi just isn’t cutting it anymore — it could be a frozen video feed, a rainbow spinner on your screen, or a cry from your kids when their favorite game doesn’t load. Here are…

Ashly Burch saves video video games by making fun of them

Ashly Burch saves video video games by making fun of them

Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet isn’t just a great comedy about video games, but a strand connecting an older, weirder era of its culture to the more mainstream world of workplace comedies. Few people on the show exemplify this more than Ashly Burch, a writer on Mythic Quest who also plays Rachel, a wide-eyed game tester…

The upward thrust of impossibly beautiful and wholesome video games

The upward thrust of impossibly beautiful and wholesome video games

“hello im a detective i solve every mystery” reads the Twitter bio of the Frog Detective, who’s widely known as the second-best detective in the fictional universe of his very own adventure game. As a whodunnit, The Haunted Island, a Frog Detective Game follows the plucky, amphibious investigator as he gets to the bottom of…

Warren Ellis wrote Castlevania season Three in a ‘rapture of infected energy’

Warren Ellis wrote Castlevania season Three in a ‘rapture of infected energy’

Netflix’s Castlevania is the rare video game adaptation that’s actually worth watching. Executive produced by Adi Shankar and written by prolific comics author Warren Ellis, it remixes the classic gothic series into a bloody anime-influenced adventure featuring some of the games’ biggest characters. Yesterday, Netflix released a third season that’s longer, weirder, and more ambitious…

Granblue Delusion Versus is an unlimited first combating sport

Granblue Delusion Versus is an unlimited first combating sport

Fighting games are different than other types of video games. A lot of titles — think action games like Control or Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order — are about giving you the feeling of becoming more powerful over the course of the game, or just being powerful from the get-go. However, fighting games and other…