How We Learned to Stop Searching for Couch Co-op Games and Love Gamesharing

Console games used to be designed for friends and families to play together in their living rooms. Split-screen functionality, with as many as four players using the same screen, was a standard feature. XBox Live launched in 2002, and games haven’t been the same since. Online party joining and voice chat freed game developers from …

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We’re Hating on Stadia: Google Turns a Blind Eye to Bandwidth Caps and U.S. Internet Infrastructure

Stadia bandwidth

This is the year 2019. We stream movies and TV shows in 4k, back up photographs to the cloud, take part in video conferences when we work from home, and live-stream video updates about our lives. Oh, and we play video games. We play them online with the help of clunky antiquated hardware—an Xbox, a …

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Fear and Loathing in Tamriel: Elder Scrolls Online Review

ESO Review

It’s hard to believe that many gamers today—especially console gamers—have never experienced a massively multiplayer online roleplaying game. The labyrinthine systems and infinite grind at the core of The Elder Scrolls Online are familiar to anyone who cruised the pixelated forests of Everquest or World of Warcraft on a PC. These and other MMORPG arrangements—the …

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Fortnite: Save the World Review

Fortnite: Save the World is the PvE component of the cultural phenomenon known as Fortnite. As adults in our 30s, jaded and out of the loop, we wanted nothing to do with a game beloved by children and millennials. We’re all familiar with (and sick of hearing about) Fortnite’s slick building interface, addictive pickaxe-looting playstyle, …

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Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker Review

In Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker, teams of four fight to the death or in missions involving the manga’s villains, heroes, and lovable tailed beasts. Ninjas jump and dodge through the air across sandy cliffs and cloud-drenched towers. They unleash fireballs, lightning attacks, and devastating special ninjutsu skills in conjunction with triangle-square weapon combos. The game …

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ARK: Survival Evolved Review

Ark Survival Evolved Review

ARK: Survival Evolved is an open-world sandbox survival game that can be played solo, privately with friends, or on public dedicated servers. It has an enormous die-hard fan base who have sunk thousands of hours into the game on every platform available. When a game has an army of supporters that outnumbers the North Korean …

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Five Things We Want For Borderlands 3

Borderlands 2 was the first co-op game we played together. Before we set up two Playstations and gamesharing, the Borderlands franchise offered a split-screen sanctuary to co-op gamers such as ourselves. We enjoyed Borderlands 2 so much that we played Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel and paid for Playstation Now to play the original Borderlands. The original …

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