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Dark Souls PC Servers are Finally Coming Back Online

After a security exploit forced publisher Bandai Namco to shut down online PC Dark Souls servers for almost five months, FromSoftware confirms they’re working on a fix to bring Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition, Dark Souls 2, Dark Souls 3, and Dark Souls Remastered all back online as soon…

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The Dark Souls RCE Exploit Was Years in the Making

On January 22, reports alleging that a Dark Souls 3 vulnerability was exposing PC players to remote code execution (RCE) threats — a security vulnerability allowing cyber attackers to run any command on a target’s PC — began to surface. The day after, publisher Bandai Namco took down PVP servers…

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Towards a New Theory of Video Game Genre

Video game genre terms have been with us for decades now, and while language has shifted over time, many of them remain woefully undescriptive. What, precisely, is an “action” game, and why is an FPS considered distinct? How does “adventure” encompass both point-and-click narrative games and Zelda titles? And what does Metroidvania…

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Kentaro Miura Influenced More Video Games Than You Realize

Berserk, a long-running manga that began in 1989, will never be completed. Kentaro Miura wrote and illustrated the manga from its first issue until his death on May 6 at the age of 54 due to acute aortic dissection, as announced by publisher Young Animal Comics last night. The action…

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The Top 7 Crossovers I Want to See in Monster Hunter Rise

Monster Hunter is no stranger to crossovers. World featured costumes from Capcom games like Street Fighter, Mega Man, and Devil May Cry, but also more elaborate tie-ins with other properties — Geralt from The Witcher falls through a portal and hangs out with the hunters for a while, and a Final Fantasy XIV boss features as a high-level…

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Snake Eaters, Sound Therapy, and Gentle Love: Norihiko Hibino’s Second Verse

In 2008, celebrated Japanese composer Norihiko Hibino found himself growing increasingly dissatisfied and disinterested in his work. Having composed music for popular titles such as Metal Gear Solid 3, Zone of the Enders, and Yakuza 2, he found himself sought after for more and more violent video game projects. Uneasy at…

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What the Video Game Monster Girl of Your Dreams Says About You

Monstrous women are nothing new to video games, and neither is being madly in love with them. I mean, come on! What’s not to love? There really is a ghoulish girl out there for everyone these days. But what’s yet to be explored is how that love reflects on who…

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I Was a Dark Souls Griefer

The first time I was invaded in Dark Souls was right before my third boss. Fog walls appeared closing off the route back to safety, and then a message notified me that a dark spirit had invaded. I couldn’t see anyone, but soon after I heard a quiet, muffled voice: …

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Scientifically Determining the Favorite Games of 7 Famous Dead Authors

You might think you’re decent at video games, but there’s a case to be made for how some of the most prestigious authors of all time would probably beat you at Overwatch if the PS4 existed in 1853. After all, they’re highly intellectual creative geniuses who would likely revel in…

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A New Bloodborne & 4 Other Titles From Software Should Announce Next

After years of making action and mech games, From Software created Demon’s Souls: its punishing-yet-intricate twisted, fantasy opus. Instead of releasing a sequel, however, the studio made Dark Souls. That game imbued the concepts of Demon’s Souls into a darker, medieval setting. Bloodborne came soon after, ratcheting up the Souls games’ rhythms to fit into…

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The Science of Difficulty with Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

FromSoftware has produced some of the most difficult games of recent memory and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is no exception. The discourse surrounding accessibility and difficulty is a vital one. The right answer here, of course, is accessibility is good. Period. That said, video producer Frank has put together this fascinating…

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3 Reasons I Bounced Off Soulsborne and How Sekiro Flips the Script

I’m a serial bouncer-offer of FromSoftware’s Dark Souls and Bloodborne games. I adore how bizarre these games are. I love this stuff. I don’t love playing these games, though, which is why I was pleasantly surprised when I picked up Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and didn’t put it down a couple hours later with…

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Weapons Even Worse Than the Mozambique

It’s old news that Apex Legends‘ Mozambique shotgun is basically useless. What’s new news is there are weapons in video gamedom that are even worse than the Mozambique. Video producer Ben takes us down a path of ruin as he explores weapons that are slow, silly, ineffective messes. This four minute…

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A Brief History of Romance in Dark Souls

Bioware fans had a bit of a shock when it turned out that there was no romance in Anthem. With games like Mass Effect and Dragon Age featuring a whole host of arresting companions, it seemed odd that the studio would eschew one of the things that has become a…

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5 Games That Need Dating Sim Spin-Offs as Soon as Humanly Possible

I think every games journalist can agree: we all have one video game character that we seriously need to smooch. Sure, classic visual novels like Clannad and Katawa Shoujo — even kinkier stuff like Christine Love’s Ladykiller in a Bind — scratch that itch to go on a date with somebody. But now more than ever, it feels…

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5 Other Collaborations for the Mountain Goats to Consider

Today the Mountain Goats announced a new concept album in partnership with Wizards of the Coast, makers of Dungeons and Dragons and Magic: The Gathering. The album, In League with Dragons, comes out April 26 and you can listen to the first single here. Spoilers: It’s real good. A Mountain…

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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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The Deeper Meaning of ‘Fashion Souls’ in Dark Souls and Bloodborne

Grimes’ gaming-inspired outfits are a familiar sight to her fans by now. In a recent Instagram post, the pop star and tastemaker wore a bulky pauldron strapped to one shoulder, molded into the shape of two grotesque faces. She wore vambraces made of clear plastic with golden filigree on her arms and a little black…

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Every Dark Souls Boss, Ranked By Kissability

There are plenty of guides out there to tell you how to beat the many bosses of Dark Souls in the most efficient way possible, and everybody has an opinion about which one of those fights is the hardest, so we’re not going to bother covering those angles. Instead, let’s…

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