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‘Journey’ Made a Convincing Case That Video Games Could Be Art

Ten years ago, ‘Journey’ helped crystallize a new goal for video games: to evoke meaningful emotion through interactivity

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The Steam Deck Is an Open-Ended Question About the Future of PC Gaming

Valve’s new handheld console is a game-changing proposition. It’s also a bit of a dare.

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‘Mass Effect 3’ Foreshadowed Fandom’s Divided Decade

How backlash to the original ending presaged an era of fans tweeting, petitioning, and campaigning for changes when their favorite games and movies let them down

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The Beauty and Terror of Exploring ‘Elden Ring’

FromSoftware’s new, open-world masterpiece makes ‘Dark Souls’ seem small

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How ‘Batman: Arkham’ Revolutionized the Superhero Video Game Genre

The action-adventure series proved that IP-based games didn’t simply have to mirror the story lines of movies or comics, with developers instead building out more realized worlds with their own pocket realities and discrete stakes

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‘Jeen-yuhs,’ ‘Demon Slayer,’ and ‘Elden Ring’

Justin and Micah share their thoughts on the Kanye West documentary

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Prepare for the Prestige Video Game Adaptation

‘Uncharted’ isn’t quite that, but its quality relative to its predecessors—along with the influx of new movies and TV shows coming—signals we may be on the verge of game adaptations that aspire not only to satisfy fans and make money, but to be award bait

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Reviewing ‘Horizon Forbidden West’

Micah and Justin also discuss the differences between ‘Horizon Forbidden West’ and ‘Horizon Zero Dawn’ and which game they prefer

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What ‘Uncharted’ Loses in the Transition From Video Game to Film

With its unique interactivity, the franchise’s comparisons to ‘Indiana Jones’ are that much more glaring

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The Fulfilling Frustration of ‘Sifu’

The kung fu brawler from the makers of ‘Absolver’ has a high barrier to entry, but its demanding beat-’em-up gameplay is a punishing pleasure

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The Key to Adapting Video Games Is to Make Them Into Television

The early subpar reviews of ‘Uncharted’ are a reminder that video games aren’t stories so much as they’re environments. You settle into them. Which is why a quiet redemption for video games is unfolding not in cinema, but in streaming television.

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‘Horizon Forbidden West’ Is a Massive and Masterful Sequel

The bigger, better follow-up to ‘Horizon Zero Dawn’ cements the series’ status as an open-world wonder and PlayStation system-seller

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‘Sifu’ and ‘Attack on Titan’

Justin and Micah do a crash course on the new game ‘Sifu’ and also break down the final season of ‘Attack on Titan’

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The Profound Legacy of ‘Final Fantasy VII,’ 25 Years Later

Twenty-five years ago to this day, a man named Cloud began appearing on TV screens in Japan and helped popularize one of the most influential video games of all time

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Bobby Lashley on Brock’s Knock-Knock Jokes. Plus, Sam Roberts Shares Royal Rumble Picks.

The crew also discuss ‘WWE 2K22’ and GCW

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What Exactly Does the “Metaverse” Have to Do With the Microsoft-Activision Deal?

Microsoft develops the Xbox and has been a major player in PC and console gaming for more than 20 years. The company isn’t betting $70 billion on the buzzword of the week.

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Michael Vick Talks NFL Playoffs, the Evolution of the QB, and His Youth Baseball Career

Ryan and CC also share their NFL playoff picks for the upcoming weekend of games

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Microsoft’s Purchase of Activision Blizzard Encapsulates an Industry in a Single Deal

The deal, announced Tuesday and expected to close in 2023, touches on every hot-button gaming-industry issue, from consolidation to workplace reform to Netflix-style libraries to speculation around the "metaverse"

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Good Teams, Bad Results in Week 15, Jon Vilma on the Saints Frustrating Brady, Plus a ‘Call of Duty’ Observation

Ryen and Jon talk about Bucs-Saints, Bills-Panthers, and much more

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‘Halo Infinite’ Is the Open-World Wonder ‘Halo’ Always Wanted to Be

After more than a year of delays, the flagship Xbox franchise has arrived on Series X consoles with a new title that’s every bit as gripping as its influential predecessors

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What Was the Culture This Year? 

Justin and Micah talk about what music, TV, movies, anime, and video games they liked this year

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Nintendo’s Sega Emulator Concludes the Console War That Never Was

How did we get to a point when Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis games are available on the same console?

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Welcome to ‘GTA’ Day

To commemorate the release of ‘Grand Theft Auto III’ 20 years ago, The Ringer is reflecting on the game’s legacy, imitators, and cultural impact

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How ‘Grand Theft Auto III’ Became Ground Zero for a Moral Panic

Twenty years later, is a similar backlash against a video game even possible?

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After ‘Grand Theft Auto III,’ Open-World Games Were Never (and Always) the Same

Twenty years ago, ‘Grand Theft Auto III’ set a new standard for open-world video games. The titles it inspired have grown bigger and busier, but it takes more than massive maps to give gamers the freedom they felt on their first trip to 3-D Liberty City.

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Every 3-D ‘Grand Theft Auto’ Game, Ranked

In honor of the 20th anniversary of ‘Grand Theft Auto III,’ our staff ranks the 10 3-D ‘GTA’ games—and offers a few suggestions for the long-awaited ‘GTA VI.’

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How Does ‘Grand Theft Auto III’ Hold Up in 2021?

Twenty years after the release of ‘Grand Theft Auto III,’ an intrepid player travels back in time to experience Rockstar’s open-world opus for the first time

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The Greatest Hoops Video Game of All Time: The Complete History of ‘NBA Street Vol. 2’

J. Kyle Mann breaks down the game’s legacy through extensive interviews and historical research

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Reviewing ‘Deathloop’ and Looking Ahead to Episode 100

Micah and Justin give their early thoughts on ‘Deathloop’ before looking ahead to Episode 100 of ‘Sound Only’

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Is Marvel’s Video Game Takeover Inevitable?

With upcoming titles such as ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ ‘Midnight Suns,’ ‘Spider-Man 2,’ and ‘Wolverine,’ Marvel is aiming to improve upon its spotty track record in video games. But will gaming ever become a cornerstone of the MCU?

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Video Games’ Sensory Revolution: How Haptics Reinvented the Controller

The next generation of consoles has further evolved a once-basic necessity to an immersive tool for physical connection. But do developers—and gamers—actually want that?

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The Winding Path to ‘Psychonauts 2’ Was Well Worth the Wait

The sequel to the acclaimed 2005 third-person platformer has finally arrived after years of fan campaigns, crowdfunding, and delays. It’s an experience that will linger with you long after you’re done playing.