Our favorite games of 2016, part 1

Every December, instead of searching for a group consensus, Gameological looks back at the year in games through individual perspectives. These are the staffers’ personal takes on a few games that have stuck in their minds for whatever reason—big or small—and does not represent any sort of institutional expression.…

How a forgotten ’80s gem created the formula for video game horror

Imagine an alternate timeline where Zelda: Ocarina Of Time, instead of riding the wave of critical praise and commercial success that enabled it to become a template for so many modern games, had faded into obscurity. Unable to capitalize on a handful of enthusiastic reviews and dragged down by a platform that’s fast…

Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 doesn’t understand the series’ timeless appeal

Unrepentant retrophiles may scream bloody murder, but to everyone else it should be a truth self-evident: Games are getting better. Pac-Man Championship Edition and its various micro-iterations could never hope to define an industry like the original did, but it managed to provide the most succinct realization of its…

14 video game sports that would make great Olympic events

Every two years, you hear the same refrain over and over again: The Olympics are boring. Maybe it says more about us as a viewing culture, but whether it’s thanks to the events themselves or their much-maligned TV coverage, the games never garner as much excitement as a global gathering and competition of the world’s…

The best games of 2016 so far: A Gameological catch-up guide

Nobody has the time to play all the great video games that hit the market. Between the increasingly even distribution of big-budget releases throughout the year and Steam’s ever-flooding selection, exemplary or intriguing games pop up on a constant basis. So with the year half over and the busiest video game season…

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