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Let’s Pop: Behind the Bubblegum Dream of Sayonara Wild Hearts

Video games and music go hand-in-hand. It’s hard to imagine Mario Bros. without its iconic soundtrack or a Final Fantasy game without the series’ beloved victory fanfare. Still, many developers seem unsure how to approach the music in their games. A project that leans too heavily on music typically becomes a rhythm game, defined almost solely by its audio. Don’t focus on it enough, though, and a great score can simply fade into the background, woefully underutilized. Equilibrium has rarely been

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Review

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch arrives on Switch, bringing its magical, colorful adventure to life on the console. Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is a colorful storybook adventure that first debuted in 2013 on PlayStation 3 from Level-5 as a collaboration with legendary animation outfit Studio Ghibli. It found success (and later spawned a sequel), but Switch owners had been without a way to experience the tale – until now. The original game (not the remastered versions that also hit

Nintendo 'Ring Fit Adventure' Is the Coolest Way to Get in Shape Yet

What exactly is Nintendo Ring Fit Adventure? The Ring-Con itself is a curious circular resistance band with a place to drop in your Joy-Con controller inside of it. If you use two bands, you can drop both controllers from either side of your Switch system in each. It's meant to be used in tandem with a leg band you place on your thigh, and the game translates your movements into controls in-game. Thus, Ring Fit Adventure is played as you exercise your way through an expansive landscape.

Sega Genesis Mini Review: The Genesis of Excellent Miniature Consoles

Ever since Nintendo debuted its , multiple video game companies have jumped on the nostalgia bandwagon with miniature consoles of their own. And why wouldn’t they? Those things ⁠—anyone would want to replicate their success, especially as they vanished from stores left and right. From the PlayStation Classic to the upcoming diminutive TurboGrafx-16 Mini, these tiny versions of popular systems are all the rage.

Hallmark Channel's Cameron Mathison Reveals He'll Undergo Surgery for Kidney Cancer This Week

Former All My Children star and Hallmark Channel staple Cameron Mathison announced via social media that he’s been diagnosed with renal cancer. On Monday (September 9), the 50-year-old star opened up about his diagnosis of renal cell carcinoma, colloquially known as kidney cancer, noting that while it can be an aggressive type of cancer, that does not appear to be the case for him. Following his initial announcement, he went into further detail about the “positive thinking” he had been engaged

Blair Witch review: Dog-gone tiring

I used to be able to count on Bloober Team for quality games, or at least I thought I could. Layers of Fear was enticing, and Observer quickly transformed into one of my favorite games of all time. Around its release, I believed I had found a new favorite developer, and I was eagerly awaiting to play whatever came next from them. Then I suffered through the dismal Layers of Fear 2, and it felt like all the magic had been lost. When Blair Witch was announced at Microsoft's E3 2019 conference, I

Meet Kate Kane, the Batwoman we deserve and the hero we need

The CW’s Batwoman looks to be a faithful adaptation and Kate Kane’s arrival into the Arrowverse will champion queerness in a big way. The live-action adaptation of the trials and tribulations of Gotham’s seemingly fearless caped crusader Katherine “Kate” Kane is coming to primetime on Oct. 6. If it sticks closely to its comic book origins, we’re going to see a nuanced take on a heroine who’s finally able to embrace her sexuality after a tumultuous childhood — all while defending Gotham from its

NBA 2K20 offers some of the best virtual basketball you'll ever play

When it comes to virtual basketball, there aren't many choices — it's either NBA Live or NBA 2K. Both can typically be relied on for some serious action, though as any Madden fan can attest, yearly releases often yield few updates or improvements on a familiar formula. Luckily, this time around, 2K Games' NBA 2K franchise returns with a slam dunk of an installment, just in time for the upcoming season. For $59.99, you get NBA 2K20, the latest iteration of one of the most popular sports games on

Apple confirms Apple Arcade release date and pricing structure

Apple is preparing to launch its new video game subscription service, and revealed several new details about the service today during its annual "Special Event" presentation at the Steve Jobs theater in Cupertino, CA. Today the company announced that its "Netflix for games" service is set to debut on September 19 for $4.99 a month. Subscribers will have access to a library of over 100 games, including titles that will remain exclusive to the platform. The games will be available to play across

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Review

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne is a massive undertaking that feels as fresh and expansive as a brand new game. Monster Hunter World: Iceborne is a complete, paid expansion for Capcom's massively popular Monster Hunter World series. Developed and published by Capcom on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, it's a full-fledged companion to the already lengthy action RPG/monster hunting extravaganza. It's meant to build on nearly every aspect of the base game, beginning with an all-new story that picks
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