The Shockmasters: 14 regrettable wrestling gimmicks and the stars behind them

One of the longest standing traditions in pro wrestling is the gimmick. The term itself is practically meaningless—a multipurpose piece of industry lingo that’s primarily used in place of the word “character”—yet a gimmick often determines a performer’s fate. A compelling gimmick can be enough to keep a mediocre…

Our favorite games of 2015, part one

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.…

Hello, Caelondia!: 9 in-game performances of original songs

On Bastion’s official soundtrack, Rucks, the carburetor-throated narrator, muses that one of the worst things about the world ending was losing music. If this was the kind of music they lost, it’s easy to understand where he’s coming from. “Build That Wall,” as performed by apocalypse-survivor Zia, is a sorrowful,…

The last licks: 14 surprising games from a console’s dying days

As Anthony John Agnello wrote about yesterday, there are a few types of games that tend to show up during a console’s dying days, the time after the system’s successor has been released and most potential players have stopped paying attention. Sometimes they’re unlikely imports. Sometimes they’re ambitious projects…

Our favorite games of 2014, part one

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.…

What’s your favorite game of the year so far?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

Ninja-demon Batman: 8 character ripoffs in ’80s Japanese games

1. Batman et al., The Revenge Of Shinobi (1989)
One of the growing pains faced by the flourishing Japanese video game industry in the 1980s was increased scrutiny of copyright and trademark issues. In their domestic market, Japanese studios might have been able to casually appropriate popular Western characters without…

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