Science Finds Once Again That Violent Video Games Don’t Turn People Into Rage Monsters

A new study published this week in Nature journal Molecular Psychology provides a well-timed rebuttal to the weary trope—occasionally alluded to by President Trump and others in the wake of mass shootings—that violent video games are causing real-life mayhem. Read More >>

These Cute, Pixelated Puppers Will Devour You in This Wolfenstein 3D Mod

You might love Wolfenstein, but I’m not one who can stomach much violence, even when it’s in service of destroying Nazis in all their forms. As a result, I’ve never played more than a few minutes of any Wolfenstein game. That’s why Return to Castle Woofenstein (aka Woof3d), a mod that turns every enemy Nazi into a lovable doggo, is right up my alley. Read More >>

Clever Hacker Got His Nintendo Switch to Work On an 80s Sony Watchman Without Any Wires

Before the Nintendo Switch, iPhone, and even the Game Boy, the 1986 Sony Watchman was my first gadget obsession. When the digital TV switchover happened a few years ago, my handheld TV was relegated to a drawer as there’s now nothing to watch on it. But that’s why I’m super excited to see that someone has figured out how to get their Switch running on its tiny, black-and-white screen. Read More >>

This Cheap, Playable Smartphone Case Is Triggering my Eternal Love For the Game Boy

As an avid portable gamer, you might assume smartphones, and their app stores filled with million of titles, would be my ideal device. But part of me still yearns for physical buttons to mash, like my beloved Game Boy had. That’s probably why I find this case that puts a bunch of basic video games on the back of a smartphone so appealing. Read More >>

Facebook Pulls Oculus Rift Shooter Bullet Train From Conference Amid Gun Violence Controversy

Facebook has pulled a demo of Oculus Rift’s VR shooter “Bullet Train” from the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland amid concerns over gun violence, Variety reported Saturday morning. Read More >>

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A Giant Version of Pong Played With Feet Should Be the Next Olympic Sport

The most entertaining part of watching the modern Olympics is hoping you catch some kind of drama, scandal, or debacle. And while the IOC has hoped that the addition of new sports like mixed doubles curling will breathe new life into the games, the Olympics should instead introduce sports like mixed doubles interactive Pong—now that I’d stay up late to watch. Read More >>

This Upgraded Super Nintendo Clone Rekindled My Love of 16-Bit Gaming

A couple of years ago we reviewed a souped-up NES clone called the Analogue Nt with a prohibitively expensive, £380 aluminium housing. It was a beautiful piece of hardware, but ultimately it only served to remind my coworker Adam Clark Estes of just how basic and boring 8-bit NES games are. Nostalgia really needs a ‘your results may vary’ warning, because my trip down memory lane with the Super Nt, a souped up $190/£137 SNES clone that works on modern HD TVs, instead reminded me how much I still love 16-bit gaming. Read More >>

Does Razer Know It Posted a Racist Meme?

There’s being into video gaming and there’s identifying as a hardcore gamer. Both are fine! But the latter group has developed a well-earned reputation for being rife with bigoted jerks, from the whole mess over Gamergate to more recent instances like PewDiePie’s repeated instances of racism. It’s also not a coincidence that hardware manufacturers have long learned to appeal to hardcore gamers with branding exercises that could be described as Mountain Dew with an extra spoonful of cringe. Read More >>

Two Additional Gamers Named in Fatal US ‘Swatting’ Death

Two additional gamers have been named in a court case involving a Los Angeles man who allegedly phoned in a hoax emergency call over a Call of Duty friendly-fire dispute, resulting in a Wichita, Kansas police sniper shooting and killing an innocent man. Read More >>

Guy Accidentally Sets a New Tetris Record

The NES version of Tetris debuted in 1989, but its popularity remains steadfast in the competitive scene nearly 30 years later. Almost every record currently available on Speedrun for Tetris is months, if not days old, with experts practicing to continually hone their craft and dethrone competitors. Read More >>

Is Video Game Addiction Unscientific Bullshit?

The World Health Organization is on the verge of officially recognising a phenomenon that researchers have been studying since the Super Nintendo era: video game addiction. Scientists and public health advocates who back the move say that compulsive video-game playing is a discrete disorder that can seriously damage a person’s mental and physical health. But other experts say that classifying a common behaviour like gaming as a potential disease is scientifically unsound and might even repopularise an old stigma against gamers. Read More >>

No, Science Did Not Just Prove Playing Super Mario 64 Prevents Dementia

For almost anyone who grew up playing video games in the 90s, Super Mario 64 was a blocky rite of passage. But it’s not just gamers who have taken to the mustachioed hero lately. More recently, scientists have to begun to test whether games like Super Mario 64 could be used to keep people mentally in shape, thanks to its colourful landscapes, simple-yet-addictive puzzles, and open-world freedom. To that end, a study published last week in PLOS One suggested that elderly people who keep up a daily regimen of Super Mario 64 can increase the amount of grey matter in their brain, and even improve their short-term memory. Read More >>

Some Twitch Users Are Getting Angry About So-Called ‘Booby Streamers’

For years, has been the web’s go-to for gaming live streams, crowd-sourced experiments like Pokémon playthroughs and commenter-controlled investment portfolios, and other bits of acceptably time-killing content. Unfortunately, this droll peace is being threatened by the internet equivalent of the dumb controversy surrounding desnudas in Times Square. Read More >>

If You Love Retro Gaming, the SN30 Pro Is the Only Gamepad You’ll Ever Need

Nintendo has promised that the Switch’s upcoming online service will include a library of classic games that will help turn the portable console into an epic—but not perfect—retro gaming machine. The one thing the Switch is missing is a genuine, four-way D-pad, but that can be easily remedied with 8Bitdo’s new SN30 Pro gamepad—a clever hybrid of both classic and modern controllers. Read More >>

Belgian Gaming Commission Decides Battlefront II-Style Loot Boxes Are Gambling, Wants Them Banned

Electronic Art’s Star Wars Battlefront II, one of the biggest video game titles of the year, debuted to disaster in recent weeks after both consumers and the gaming press revolted against the full-priced game’s reliance on microtransaction-fuelled, pay-to-win loot boxes. At launch, the title prevented players from accessing key features of the game like playing as Luke Skywalker or Darth Vader without either gruelling grinds or shelling out extra cash to help bypass its confusing internal economy. Read More >>