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GameStop Sold NFT Games Without 'Consent,' Dev Claims


GameStop has once again proven with their NFT shenanigans that an unregulated market built on planet-destroying technology is, and this may shock you, not a terribly great idea. In a thorough report from Ars Technica, the GameStop NFT marketplace is yet again the topic of controversy as an...

Pokémon Presents Big Info Dump Announced Amid Alleged Leaks


The Pokémon Company announced its next Pokémon Presents livestream will take place on August 3. The upcoming info dump on Pokémon Scarlet and Violet and other Pokémon games comes just in time as fans, desperate for new details, pour over a recent flood of alleged leaks for the earlier than expected...

The World’s Most Popular Social VR Game Is In Turmoil


VRChat’s had a hell of a week. On Monday, the wildly popular virtual reality social game announced that its next update would implement Epic Games’ Easy Anti-Cheat (EAC) technology, prompting immediate outrage from a large portion of its playerbase. That update landed Tuesday, and since then...

Riot Suspends Valorant Pros Over Teabagging Controversy


Two days ago, Riot Games suspended two competitive Valorant players after a public disagreement about teabagging. Dawn “Dawn” Park and Vivian “Risorah” Dela Cruz are now banned from official Riot competitions for three months and nine months respectively. Read more

Valorant Pro Accused Of Letting Boyfriend Take Over During Women-Only Match


On July 24, the mysterious Twitter account @nicekeybinds posted a comprehensive Google Doc accusing MarsArxa, a member of the all-women Valorant esports team Fallacy, and her boyfriend Nate ‘Payen’ Lopez of cheating during a tournament organized by Galorants, a Valorant community space for female...

Someone Beat Stray Without The Cute Cat Taking Any Damage


Stray has completely taken over the internet, with seemingly everyone on my timeline currently playing the futuristic feline adventure. But one YouTuber has taken what is, to most folks at least, a fairly chill cat game and made it much harder by figuring out a way to beat the entire game without...

Stray Falls Into The Usual Orientalism Pitfalls Of The Cyberpunk Genre


If you’ve felt uncomfortable about the rice paddy hats in Stray, you aren’t the only one. Stray lifts Asian aesthetics to evoke exoticism and danger, but it doesn’t engage with the history of the city it appropriates. This is especially problematic because its real-world setting carries painful...

This Colorful Soulslike Is As Surreal And Funny As It Is Sadistic


Soulslike games are generally about death and dying, but Pain Party, which is in Steam Early Access, understands that horror runs deeper than that. This Soulslike platformer, which you can play either solo or against other players, throws you into a bizarre hell where everything can kill you in...

Take-Two Going After Another GTA Modder


Another day, another DMCA takedown notice sent to a Grand Theft Auto modder. This time, it’s virtual reality modder Luke Ross who says that Take-Two has issued him a DMCA claim over his VR mods even though he argues that his work contains no copyrighted code or material. It’s just the latest in...

Fantasy Battle Royale Spellbreak Shutting Down, Studio Absorbed By Blizzard


Spellbreak, the magic-based battle royale, is spellbroken, shutting down early next year, developer Proletariat announced in a blog post. Also, the whole studio is getting absorbed by Blizzard, the result of a recent acquisition intended to beef up development on World of Warcraft.Read more

Xbox Head Defends Bethesda In Wake Of Crunch Allegations


At an all-hands meeting on Thursday, Xbox addressed the growing employee concerns about labor conditions at Bethesda Game Studios and its parent company, ZeniMax. Matt Booty, head of Xbox Game Studios, said he was “confident” that the studio was not crunching, and that it was “unfair” to attribute...

Despite Historic Crashes, Video Games Aren’t Over NFTs Just Yet


We were so close. As the NFT market suffered one meteoric crash after another, and as some crypto-based games lost money by the hundreds of millions, it seemed for a second there that the gaming industry might come to its senses. But no. This week alone saw two major parties unveiling a commitment...

$15,000 Later, Diablo Immortal Player Finally Has His Legendary Gem


The last time we checked in on streamer Quin and his attempts to buy his way to glory in Diablo Immortal, he had spent $6600 and not attained a single 5-star Legendary Gem. I am happy (?) to report that, after more than doubling his investment, he finally has his loot.Read more

Devs Share The Wild, Secret Hacks Your Favorite Games Rely On


Did you know all the horses in Assassin’s Creed 1 are built using really fucked up human skeletons? Or that Titan Quest used invisible squirrels as in-game timers? All of this is true and is more proof that games are mostly wild collections of code and hope that have more in common with miracles...

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