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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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Metroid Dread Announced for Switch

During today’s Nintendo Direct, the publisher revealed a new 2D Metroid game from MercurySteam titled Metroid Dread. The title Metroid Dread references an old E3 leak in a magazine that listed a game titled Metroid Dread for the Nintendo DS. The Wii game Metroid Prime 3 even makes a joke about the title within its…

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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 Classic Video Game Hazards, Psychoanalyzed

Editor’s Note: This piece originally appeared at Dorkly.com in January 2018. As long as there have been video games, there have been protagonists. And yet, these heroes cannot stand alone: without the obstacles which define them, they are little more than collections of pixels, imbued with neither bravery nor resolve.…

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Top 5 Game Boy Games I Found While Moving

As part of the jet-setting, thrill-a-minute life of a games journalist, I’ve just moved back in with my parents while I’m between leases. Aside from getting to spend plenty of time with my family during the holidays, I also had the good fortune of finding all my Game Boy stuff…

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