They killed Bugs Bunny, man

I am going to spoil the end of Space Jam: A New Legacy. I’m very sorry. Space Jam, as a franchise, is known for its intricate plotting that heavily foreshadows carefully constructed climaxes, as the Jungian archetype that each Looney Tunes character represents plays off the more Freudian psychology of...

Honey Heist and the legacy of the one-page RPG

There is a bear near the top of Itch.io’s list of physical games. Roughly penned in black ink, it wears a small bowler hat and hides in some too-short grass. Its coal-lump eyes are dark with a deep hunger and an animal’s cunning, at odds with its posh headwear. Since...

Xbox Game Pass is about to have an unbelievably good month

A bumper release schedule shows how good this service has become, and that’s without AAA.Watch on YouTubeI’ve said it before, and will no doubt say it again in the future, but Game Pass is a bit good, isn’t it? The line-up of games coming to the service, especially on console,...

A copy of Super Mario 64 sold for $1.5M, raising eyebrows

Last week, a game cartridge of The Legend of Zelda sold for $870,000, the highest price ever paid for a video game at auction. But The Legend of Zelda only held that record for a few days before it was figuratively butt-stomped into second place. Over the weekend, a sealed...

Why are modders restoring the look and feel of Cyberpunk 2018?

“This city’s always got a promise for you,” V monologued in the very first Cyberpunk 2077 trailer. “It might be a lie, an illusion, but it’s there, just around the corner. And it keeps you going.”In the years before Cyberpunk’s release, would-be players subsisted on a similar sense of promise....

Bo Burnham’s Inside is Neon Genesis Evangelion for the real world

One of the things that comes with a childhood in Florida is a working knowledge of the mechanics of hurricanes. The simple version I learned as a kid is almost mundane: the temperature over the ocean rises enough (80 degrees Fahrenheit) for an accumulation of warm air to rise as...

Ranking the high and low notes of every modern movie musical

In 2002, a bewigged Catherine Zeta-Jones stepped into the spotlight, her character Velma Kelly having just murdered her husband, and belted out “All That Jazz.” No one could resist the rendition; on a wave of critical and commercial success, Chicago picked up the Oscar for Best Picture (the first movie...