7 games that pushed accessibility forward in 2021

With each year that inclusive gaming becomes a stronger focus for studios, we see incredible and creative innovations that push what’s possible in accessible gaming. While 2021 got off to a lackluster start in this regard, the industry more than made up for that disappointment with a swath of accessible...

John Madden, the namesake of video game football, dies at 85

John Madden, the Super Bowl champion football coach and Hall of Fame broadcaster, and namesake of EA Sports’ cornerstone video game franchise for more than 30 years, died on Tuesday. He was 85. Madden, whose .759 winning percentage is the highest among coaches in professional football’s modern era, is widely...

Placement games were 2021’s most calming trend

A lot of games get sold on their pulse-pounding action or their deep, lush stories. This year, we guided Master Chief around yet another Halo and took on evil Nazis in Call of Duty: Vanguard. However, underneath those big, bold, brassy games and their dozens of hyped-up brethren, was another,...

Why are New Year’s Eve movies such a thing?

A cork pops. A ball drops. Fireworks paint the night sky. Another new year is about to begin, and for a moment, at least, New Year’s Eve represents all the new year’s potential for hope, love, and even despair. Because of the heightened emotions of the transition between one year...

The GTA Trilogy remaster is flawed, but so much more accessible

The release of Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy — The Definitive Edition was, to put it lightly, a shitstorm. The remastered classics were replete with graphical issues and gameplay bugs, vestigial code, and missing songs. To pour salt on the wound, the original PC versions were delisted from digital storefronts...

PlayStation Plus offers Persona 5 Strikers, Dirt 5 in January

PlayStation Plus subscribers will get free access to three games in January: Deep Rock Galactic (for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5), Dirt 5 (PS4, PS5), and Persona 5 Strikers (PS4). All three games will be available for download via PS Plus starting Jan. 4. Deep Rock Galactic, from Ghost Ship...

Fortnite is offline, but Epic says it’s working on it

Fortnite’s servers are currently offline, but Epic says that it’s investigating the problem and working toward a solution. Fortnite servers went down on Wednesday afternoon, and there’s no word yet on when the game will be back online. Fortnite’s issues started with a series of login and matchmaking errors. Epic’s...

Riot Games will pay $100M in gender discrimination settlement

Riot Games, the video games developer behind League of Legends, will pay $100 million to settle a class-action gender-discrimination lawsuit, the company announced Monday. The settlement is 10 times what the company originally agreed to pay. Riot was originally ordered in 2019 to pay $10 million to the thousands of...

Control developer Remedy is making a free-to-play shooter with Tencent

Remedy has revealed the first new details on its upcoming multiplayer shooter. The game, which is currently codenamed Vanguard, will be a free-to-play shooter and will be published in partnership with Tencent. Vanguard will be a co-op PvE shooter that “combines Remedy’s narrative expertise and action gameplay into an immersive...