A Fight Over GameStop’s Soaring Stock Turns Ugly

A Fight Over GameStop’s Soaring Stock Turns Ugly

On Tuesday, Citron Research founder Andrew Left, an activist investor and short seller, tweeted that he’d share five reasons why GameStop’s stock would plummet to $20 fast in an upcoming livestream.

Why Do Exploding Barrels Make Video Games So Much More Fun?

Why Do Exploding Barrels Make Video Games So Much More Fun?

If games are big iterations of cause and effect, then elemental reactions give very clear and logical feedback to players about exactly what their footprint on the world is.

Why TikTok (and Everyone Else) Is Singing Sea Chanteys

Why TikTok (and Everyone Else) Is Singing Sea Chanteys

The unironic embrace of something that feels old and ethereal also fits right in with the spirit of TikTok. But at the same time, collective culture consumption has been one of the hallmarks of the pandemic, from a collective obsession with Tiger King to “WAP.” Not to mention, gamers were singing chanteys while playing Sea of Thieves long before the pandemic hit.

Lucasfilm Games' New Partnerships Mean the Galaxy's the Limit

Lucasfilm Games' New Partnerships Mean the Galaxy's the Limit

The title will be developed by Ubisoft’s Massive Entertainment, marking the first time that a company outside of EA has produced a Star Wars game since Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012, ending nearly eight years of exclusivity.

How a Decade-Old Game Helped Me Cope with Seasonal Depression

How a Decade-Old Game Helped Me Cope with Seasonal Depression

Sign up for our Games newsletter and never miss our latest gaming tips, reviews, and features .Then, the unexpected happened: My husband Zach got me an Xbox One as a Christmas gift.“Y’all this winter has me depressed AF, but Zach got me an Xbox for Christmas, any suggestions on what games I should play?”.

In Minecraft’s Dream SMP, All the Server’s a Stage

In Minecraft’s Dream SMP, All the Server’s a Stage

Some of the most popular online video games have become stages for live theater, broadcast to millions over Twitch and YouTube.Dream SMP is just that: The player Dream’s survival multiplayer server, where top Minecraft celebrities have constructed an ongoing, mostly improvised narrative over dozens of combined hours of livestreaming.

Dungeons, Dragons, and Diversity

Dungeons, Dragons, and Diversity

The Dungeons & Dragons roundtables have been excellent, and they highlight the community-led efforts to make role-playing games more inclusive.

The PS5 and Xbox Series X Are Closing the PC-Console Gap

The PS5 and Xbox Series X Are Closing the PC-Console Gap

That's lower than a midrange price point, which means you could build a PC that'd beat the pants off the PS4 and Xbox One pretty affordably—indeed, many games had lower framerates, downgraded graphics, or both compared to halfway decent PCs at the time.

This Year I Found Pleasure in the Work of Looking

This Year I Found Pleasure in the Work of Looking

Today, our main access points to the people around us, and to the larger world, happen through screens—in the last 10 months, Zoom became the primary spillway for how we reconstructed IRL traditions digitally: birthdays, game nights, weddings, funerals, work meetings, therapy sessions, happy hours, group workouts, dance parties (and even sex parties ) took place through a fuzzy rectangular screen.

PlayStation 5 Tips: 15 Settings and Features You Should Try

PlayStation 5 Tips: 15 Settings and Features You Should Try

If you’re upgrading from a PS4, then you might want to transfer games, settings, and other files to your new console.When you’re done with it, you can free up almost 11 gigabytes of storage space by finding and deleting it in Settings > Storage > Console Storage > Games and Apps.

The Video Games WIRED Loved Most in 2020

The Video Games WIRED Loved Most in 2020

We want to dissociate on the couch with a free-to-play mobile game .Courtesy of Supergiant GamesI was a little late to the Hades appreciation train, but after buying it in November, I just can’t stop playing.

How to Set Up Your New Amazon Echo

How to Set Up Your New Amazon Echo

The Alexa voice assistant that lives inside will help you do all kinds of things like play games, take you through a 20-minute workout, tell you how to mix a perfect Manhattan, and of course, control any internet-connected appliances, speakers, or lighting fixtures you have around the house.

The Biggest Video Game Surprise Hits of 2020

The Biggest Video Game Surprise Hits of 2020

Sign up for our Games newsletter and never miss our latest gaming tips, reviews, and features .It’s all about tracking down spirits and bringing them under control for a parade of paid clients, whether you go in solo or with a series of friends.

Yes, Cyberpunk 2077 Is Buggy. But Mostly, It Has No Heart

Yes, Cyberpunk 2077 Is Buggy. But Mostly, It Has No Heart

My husband and I have been playing this preposterously frustrating game every evening because … well, we don’t have too much else to do right now.At its heart, it’s a Daddy Game .It’s funny that Geralt’s horse Roach keeps getting stuck in improbable places.

How Much Will Data Caps Hurt Game Streaming?

How Much Will Data Caps Hurt Game Streaming?

Put simply, will data caps kill services like Stadia and Xbox Cloud Gaming that rely on streaming huge amounts of data?Streaming video games is, without a doubt, one of the most data-heavy tasks that users can do online right now, so it’s natural to be concerned that doing so would burn through data caps.

Cyberpunk 2077 and the Meaning of Its Deadly Dildos

Cyberpunk 2077 and the Meaning of Its Deadly Dildos

“We're going to adjust them so that the dildos don't appear too out of place/context and distracting.” Meanwhile, a designer at the company who told me that he wished to remain anonymous an account of the “tumultuous PR” around the game said they’d put in all the dildos for two reasons: to be controversial, and also “to represent the cyberpunk future as sex-positive.”.

The Right Way Hook Your Laptop Up to a TV

The Right Way Hook Your Laptop Up to a TV

If you have an HDMI port on your laptop, it'll be the easiest way to connect the two together, since you won't need to buy a new cable or adapter.You can just borrow the HDMI cable from your streaming box, game console, or other device for your laptop.

How Cyberpunk 2077 Sold a Promise—and Rigged the System

How Cyberpunk 2077 Sold a Promise—and Rigged the System

CD Projekt Red is a game developer, but it’s also an expectation machine.8 years of hype to launch what looks like an Early Access game.” It was not the game of the future; playing it on PC made me so nauseous that I had to Google frame rate hotfixes.

Copyright Law Is Bricking Your Game Console. Time to Fix That

Copyright Law Is Bricking Your Game Console. Time to Fix That

At Replay’d, Harwell’s Boston repair and game shop, one out of every 10 customers brings in a console with a broken optical drive.Next week, with the help of Public Knowledge and our fellow advocates for Right to Repair, iFixit will ask the US Copyright Office to make fixing consoles, along with other software-enabled devices, legal.

Super Slow Computer Programs Reveal Math's Fundamental Limits

Super Slow Computer Programs Reveal Math's Fundamental Limits

The busy beaver game asks: Given a certain number of rules, what’s the maximum number of steps that a Turing machine can take before halting.Of 6,561 possible machines with two rules, the one that runs the longest—six steps—before halting is the busy beaver.

Too Many Game Subscription Services? Here's How to Choose

Too Many Game Subscription Services? Here's How to Choose

Console gaming is starting to look more and more like Netflix: Instead of buying a disc at the store and popping it in at home, subscription services from Sony and Microsoft allow you to access tons of games for a monthly price, or even stream them without the need for a long download.

34 Best Cyber Monday Video Game Deals (2020): Switch, Xbox, PlayStation

34 Best Cyber Monday Video Game Deals (2020): Switch, Xbox, PlayStation

Well before Cyber Monday, there were tons of gaming deals swirling around the internet, like dust kicked up by the release of two new consoles: the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X .We hope our favorite Cyber Monday video game and accessory deals will help in these trying times.

88 Absolute Best Black Friday Deals Still Going (2020): Amazon, Walmart, Target, Etc.

88 Absolute Best Black Friday Deals Still Going (2020): Amazon, Walmart, Target, Etc.

Absolute Best Black Friday Deals Deals on Covid-19 Supplies Deals Under $50 TV and Soundbar Deals Laptop Deals Home Office Deals Phone and Tablet Deals Headphone and Audio Deals Home, Kitchen, and Parenting Deals Self-Care and Sex Toy Deals Fitness and Outdoors Deals Video Game Deals Mattress Deals Amazon Deals and Google Deals Eco-Friendly Deals Small Business Saturday If you buy something using links in our stories, we may earn a commission.

The Absolute Best Black Friday Deals Online This Weekend

The Absolute Best Black Friday Deals Online This Weekend

Deals Under $50 TV and Soundbar Deals Laptop and PC Deals Home Office Deals Phone and Tablet Deals Headphone and Audio Deals Home, Kitchen, and Parenting Deals Self-Care and Sex Toy Deals Fitness and Outdoors Deals Video Game Deals Mattress Deals Amazon Deals and Google Deals Eco-Friendly Deals Small Business Saturday If you buy something using links in our stories, we may earn a commission.

28 Best Black Friday Video Game Deals (2020): Switch, PlayStation, Xbox

28 Best Black Friday Video Game Deals (2020): Switch, PlayStation, Xbox

Well before Black Friday, there were tons of gaming deals swirling around the internet, like dust kicked up by the release of two new consoles: the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X .We hope our favorite Black Friday video game and accessory deals will help in these trying times.

The Last of Us Is Getting a TV Show, Which Seems Redundant

The Last of Us Is Getting a TV Show, Which Seems Redundant

That, at least, is the case for one Valve employee, who, as explained by Rock Paper Shotgun, abuseD his power over the game DOTA 2 in order to, uh, ban someone who made him mad.

The New Demon's Souls Remake Tries Too Hard to Be Realistic

The New Demon's Souls Remake Tries Too Hard to Be Realistic

In the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One era, when Shadow of the Colossus was remade, it often meant lovingly rendered wilderness, technological advances allowing game consoles to produce stunning trees, grass, and leaves.

Nintendo Has One Decent Switch Deal for Black Friday

Nintendo Has One Decent Switch Deal for Black Friday

It's on sale for $300, which is admittedly its actual retail price, but this bundle includes Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, a party game every bit as essential as Scrabble.The Nintendo Switch Mario Kart 8 Deluxe bundle costs $300 ($68 off) at Target, Walmart, Best Buy, and GameStop.

How Video Game Historians Resurrected Sega's Lost VR Headset

How Video Game Historians Resurrected Sega's Lost VR Headset

Like digital-age necromancers, Video Game History Foundation director Frank Cifaldi and head of digital conservation Rich Whitehouse resurrected Sega VR, emulating it along with the Sega VR game Nuclear Rush on a modern Vive VR headset.Frank Cifaldi, Video Game History Foundation.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Is an Uneasy Mix of Two Very Different Worlds

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Is an Uneasy Mix of Two Very Different Worlds

There’s a jarring messiness to fights in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity that undermines the satisfaction you might get out of perfectly timed combos.A little like a Soulcalibur-style fighting game, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity’s combat relies on these combos.

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