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The Beauty Of Street Fighter's Parry

Hadouken, Shoryuken, Sonic Boom… Street Fighter‘s moves are as iconic as the characters that wield them, but one move in particular has had a greater impact on both the Street Fighter series and its competitive gaming history than any of those — the parry.


Why Super Smash Bros. Wii U Deserves To Dethrone Melee

Super Smash Bros. is not a traditional fighting series. There are no health bars, no walled-in arenas, and no fatalities. But there are millions of fans. And while dozens of fighting franchises have a fanbase, there’s none quite like the competitive Smash community.


The Dota 2 Pro Who Wins In The Most Unlikely Way

The Mirana arrow is an impossibly difficult shot to land. It never saw play in competitive Dota 2 because it was based off prediction. WehSing “SingSing” Yuen didn’t just change the game by using it, he dominated.


JRPGs, You're Better Than This

64 hours. 23 hours. 42 hours. 28 hours. Somewhere on a grassy plain trying to figure out if I should spend my days hunting down one of many pending side quests. Somewhere deep in the ocean chasing mermaids. Somewhere making preparations for my next strategic battle. These are all the places I’m willing to leave behind — unexplored and unresolved — because I’m wondering if I give a damn about JRPGs anymore.


GTA IV's Story Is Better Than GTA V's

The Grand Theft Auto series is the ultimate commentary on modern America. Greed, lust, money and crime are wrapped together into a Las Vegas buffet of a game that is entertaining, insightful and overwhelming in its sheer variety.


When Death Loses Meaning In A Video Game

It used to be that a player’s ‘extra lives’ were an immediate, ever-present concern. It’s a staple from the arcade era; there had to be a “Game Over” so that someone else could play, and also so people could keep sticking quarters into the machines. And so, when video games made their way over to the home consoles, the lives system followed with it.


The Most Unappreciated Platformers Of The '90s

Super Mario World, Sonic The Hedgehog, Crash Bandicoot, Banjo Kazooie — the number of platforming series and characters that rose to stardom in the ’90s was notably the highest in gaming history. Truly a golden age. But for every new Mario game there was always a few lesser-known titles waiting in the wings. Those titles deserve some recognition.


The NES Game That Inspired Resident Evil

One of the best horror games ever developed came out for the Famicom in 1989 from Capcom. It was a rare, licence game that was somehow better than its source material.


12 Reasons To Play The Legend Of Zelda: Majora's Mask 

February will bring the remake of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask where Link must save the world over a three day cycle that loops in a terrifying fashion, each cycle bringing life in the hopes of changing a doomed, stagnant world.


Classic Board Games That Are Better As Video Games

On the sliding continuum of ‘gaming as a worthy pursuit,’ board games are respected more than video games.