Is Fortnite Special?
The game has captured the imagination and free time of teens, rap stars, and magazine writers. It’s huge—but it’s not a phenomenon.
Farewell to Runescape Classic, the Rudimentary RPG Where I Learned Important Life Lessons by Selling Apple Pies to Strangers
Super Mario Odyssey Embraces the Essential Weirdness of MarioThe new game for Nintendo Switch is not as groundbreaking as Super Mario Bros. or Mario 64, but it still equals and sometimes surpasses them.
Annapurna’s First Video Game Plays Like a Short-Story Collection The ambitious company behind The Master and Her is doing for video games what it’s done for the movies.
Who Says Games Need to Be Fair?They don’t—and that’s why Zach Gage’s Really Bad Chess, featuring randomly placed pieces, is so illuminating.
Shorter Isn’t BetterThe Wall Street Journal says Nigerian players have developed an amazing new Scrabble strategy. Don’t believe the hype.
Playing With WordsThe remarkable Firewatch is part of a new generation of games taking cues from the text adventures of the 1980s.
The Fun of Betraying Your FriendsWe’re in a golden age of board games. Betrayal at House on the Hill is one of the best.
Choose Your Old AdventureCrowdfunding was supposed to transport video games to strange and exciting places. Instead it took them back in time.
Video Game Club 2014Entry 11: Why should I devote 70 hours to a game that can’t even bother to design decent menus?
Video Game Club 2014Entry 9: One of my favorite video games of 2014 doesn’t even have any video—you don’t even need a screen.
Video Games Aren’t to Blame for Gun Violence, but They Do Prop Up Gun CultureAnd the industry might finally be interested in changing that.
ATEMOYA to CUSHATS to SCIRRHITwo of the world’s greatest Scrabble players break down the best game at the North American championship.
50.Qh6+!!Magnus Carlsen retained his world title with one of the most beautiful, stunning moves in the history of the World Chess Championship.
One of the Most Important Crosswords in New York Times HistoryThe story behind a very special puzzle.
You Are Now a Guardian of LibertyUnnerving new surveillance games give players the chance to see something and say something.
Can a First-Person Shooter Be Nice?Games like Call of Duty feel like toxic cesspools. How does Overwatch manage to feel so cheerful, welcoming, and fun?
Paint. Learn Piano. Build Mario Levels!Super Mario Maker isn’t just about creating your own video game. It’s about deepening your love of an art form.
Life as a TargetThis War of Mine shifts the focus of war games from the shooters to the civilians caught in the crossfire.
Video Game Club 2014Entry 10: Defeating zombies by dancing? Crypt of the Necrodancer felt like the coolest game of 2014.