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Why Are Vampires Having Such a Moment in Games Right Now?

Call in the Scoobies, the Frog Brothers, Van Helsing, whoever — vampires are everywhere in video games right now. Titles like Vampire Survivors and V Rising have been two of the biggest surprise indie hits over the past six months, and while Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines 2 is missing in action, the decades-old World of Darkness franchise is…

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Konami Embraces NFTs with Castlevania Anniversary Because Of Course

Dear Konami, I’d really like to defend you sometimes, if I’m being honest with myself. You made a lot of games that I have loved over the last three decades like Castlevania, Metal Gear Solid, Contra, and countless more. But we weren’t entirely honest about why we brought you here tonight. You’re getting…

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I Will Never Pay $15 for a 30 Year Old ROM and Neither Should You

There’s been a lot of talk about retro game pricing lately, with Nintendo’s Switch Online Expansion Pack in particular being singled out as a cash grab by a company that’s cornered the market on nostalgia and can set whatever price they want for access to their older games. But Nintendo…

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Castlevania Dreamcast Prototype Discovered

Castlevania has a long history of sudden reinvention. The series went from a linear platformer to making up one-half of an entire genre name in Metroidvania. It also, at the same time, went 3D to far less fanfare. Throughout the N64 and PS2 generations, Konami tried to do more of…

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Dracula: A Review

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7 Video Game Villains That Would Make Great Roommates

Since we’ve all been spending a lot of time stuck inside with whomever we live with lately, I’ve been contemplating what makes a good housemate. Neat, responsible, able to give others space, fun — these are good qualities for sharing a living space with other humans. I’ve also been replaying…

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The Castlevania Season 3 Guide to Being in a Healthy, Queer Polycule

If you’ve bothered keeping pace with Castlevania since its first season in 2017, you’ll have noticed the show provides raunchier fare than previous animated classics on the platform. Castlevania has never been afraid to show the adult side of Gothic romance, whether it’s murderous angst or just straight-up (or bicurious) vampire…

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In Netflix’s Castlevania, Vampires Are Scary Because They’re Smart

What makes a vampire scary? Is it that they’re immortal? Is it that they can shapeshift, physically overpower you, and drain your blood with their teeth? Is it that their undead nature might be tied to Satan himself?  Well, in Netflix’s Castlevania, vampires are scary because they’re smarter than you.…

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Alternatives to ‘Metroidvania,’ Because If I See It One More Time, I’ll Die

Metroidvania Comes from the names of two games that do a similar thing We don’t call FPS games “Doom clones” anymore Imagine if we called real-time strategy games “Warconquers” or platformers “Sonarios” Doesn’t mean anything I don’t care that it’s come into common usage Bad Stop it “Where the fuck…

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5 More Sonic-Era Games We Should Adapt Now That We’re Drunk With Power

The blue hedgehog is on his unsteady way to the silver screen, and many fans are still worried. But there’s no reason to despair. The Chronicles of Narnia, His Dark Materials and other fantasy stories were quickly, though often poorly, optioned after the world caught Hobbit Fever back in the early…

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Last Year’s Best Video Game Soundtracks On Vinyl

Death to 2018. I’m sure we’re all on the same page here; stab the concept of last year with some blade of the millennium that frees us from its cursed grasp. That aside, there were some artistic achievements last year that didn’t get the proper amount of attention. Please, dear…

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5 Other Shows That Should Turn into FMV Games

Proving once again that Hollywood is out of ideas, Netflix released an FMV game last week under the guise of “interactive film,” in the form of Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. It’s a by-the-books FMV adventure with forking paths and multiple endings, presented as though it were the ultimate culmination of storytelling…

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