Missed Messages is a powerful romance / horror game about communicating

Angela He It can be difficult to find time to finish a video game, especially if you only have a few hours a week to play. In our biweekly column Short Play we suggest video games that can be started and finished in a weekend. Shorter games are often able to tackle themes and ideas that would be more challenging in a big, blockbuster production. That’s one of the main reasons I decided to start this column: to highlight those smaller experiences that offer something new, inventive, or experimental. Missed Messages, from solo developer Angela He, is the perfect encapsulation of this. In Missed Messages, you play as a college-aged girl living in one of her school’s dormitories with her roommate May. It’s a visual novel, like Butterfly Soup or One… Read the full article…

WWE: Becky Lynch Celebrates Her “Manniversary,” Looking Back at the Biggest Year of Her Career

While promoting WWE 2K20, as the game’s (first female) cover star, WWE RAW Women’s Champion Becky Lynch took some time to reflect on the past year, which has been the biggest of her career. After all, this week did mark her “Manniversary.” That’s right, it was this time last year when Lynch started referring to herself as “The Man.” Since then, she’s flown off on a meteoric rise that saw her capture both the RAW and SmackDown Women’s Championships as part of the first-ever female main event of WrestleMania. Speaking to me, Lynch said “Wow, yes, it would have been around this time that I started it. Whoa. Either time is flying or, I don’t know, maybe it even feels shorter than a year. It’s been crazy. It’s been go go go go. So many things have happened that it’s sometimes hard to sit back and realize ‘Well, this has Read the full article…

Q&A: Ex-Bungie CEO Harold Ryan reveals his latest project as a ‘new category of gaming company’

Harold Ryan, CEO of ProbablyMonsters and former Bungie CEO. (ProbablyMonsters Photo) Harold Ryan has had a long career in the video game industry. His first job was as a tester for the 1996 Windows game Hellbender. From there, he worked his way up to eventually become the CEO of Bungie, the development studio behind the hit Halo and Destiny franchises. Ryan stepped down as Bungie’s CEO in early 2016, after a 16-year run that saw it develop from the weird little indie video game company that made the Marathon games for the Macintosh to a major global independent production studio. In late 2016, Ryan went on to found a new company called ProbablyMonsters, headquartered in Issaquah, Wash., which subsequently went dark for almost three years. But earlier this week, it put out a press release as a mission statement, saying that it was “a new category of game company for Read the full article…

Get These Fortnite Halloween Costumes Before it’s Too Late

Fortnite season 11 is so close it’s infuriating. While rumors fly about giant map changes, don’t forget that another important event is happening at the end of this month: Halloween. Don’t celebrate your Fortnitemare without some style, though. We’ve rounded up the best officially licensed Fortnite costumes for kids and adults. All of these are from Amazon, but through Spirit Halloween, the longtime holiday shop you may recognize from your local mall. Check out our favorite Fortnite Halloween costumes below. Fortnite Halloween Costumes for Kids Read the full article…

Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered Review

Back in 2009 Ghostbusters: The Video Game established itself as a rare exception. It was a movie tie-in of uncommon quality; an earnest and affectionately assembled love letter to fans of the legendary film series instead of a low-effort license slap. A decade on, Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered is still a wonderfully authentic trip back to early ’90s New York and the haunted heyday of these professional paranormal eliminators, but the list of improvements really begins and ends with a few visual tweaks and a resolution bump. The flaws of the original still cursed my playthrough, which meant that while it’s a joy to let its authentic slime wash over me again this remaster feels like a missed opportunity. Read the full article…

Blizzard breaks its silence on controversial suspension of pro Hong Kong Hearthstone player

Photo by Maik Boenisch/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images Video game developer Blizzard Entertainment has finally broken its silence after banning a professional player of popular virtual card game Hearthstone for voicing support for the Hong Kong protests. In a lengthy statement, the company says it will reduce the one-year suspension of player Ng “Blitzchung” Wai Chung to a six-month one, and it will restore the prize money it withheld from him. Blizzard claims that its initial decision was not influenced by its relationship with China. “The specific views expressed by blitzchung were not a factor in the decision we made. I want to be clear: our relationships in China had no influence on our decision,” writes J. Allen Brack, the president of Blizzard Entertainment. “We have these rules to… Read the full article…

Riot doesn’t want League of Legends broadcasters discussing ‘sensitive topics’ on the air

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge On Friday, Riot Games said that League of Legends broadcasters should “refrain” from discussing “sensitive topics” on the air, following a controversial move from Blizzard to ban a Hearthstone player who voiced support for the Hong Kong protesters over the weekend. “As a general rule, we want to keep our broadcasts focused on the game, the sport, and the players,” John Needham, the global head of League of Legends e-sports said in a statement. “We serve fans from many different countries and cultures, and we believe this opportunity comes with a responsibility to keep personal views on sensitives issues (political, religious, or otherwise) separate.” As of 2015, Riot Games is entirely owned by the Chinese tech giant Tencent. A… Read the full article…

Both of Mixer’s founders have left the company

Mixer co-founders Matt Salsamendi and James J. Boehm both left the live-streaming company over the past two weeks, at a time when the service is undergoing some of its biggest changes to date. Boehm announced his departure from Mixer on October 2nd, and Salsamendi announced that he was leaving on October 10th. The pair launched Mixer, initially known as Beam, in January 2016. Microsoft acquired the company in August 2016. It was renamed Mixer in 2017. While Boehm didn’t announce what his next steps were, Salsamendi used his farewell letter on Twitter to talk about his next journey — in “lasers.” “For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated with the idea of using light to represent music,” Salsamendi wrote. “Growing up I dreamed… Read the full article…

Blizzard Officially Responds to blitzchung Controversy

Blizzard has responded to the controversy regarding Ng Wai “blitzchung” Chung, stating that it will give blitzchung his prize money and will lower his ban from professional Hearthstone play from one year to six months. However, it does not offer an apology or remove all punishments against blitzchung following his support of Hong Kong’s liberation movement. J. Allen Brack, president of Blizzard Entertainment, wrote a letter to Blizzard’s community to address the event that occurred at last week’s Hearthstone Grandmasters tournament, saying that even though Blizzard will reduce the punishment, “there is a consequence for taking the conversation away from the purpose of the event and disrupting or derailing the broadcast.” Read the full article…