Among Us: the video game that has shot 100 million players into outer space | Games

If “sus” and “vent” mean nothing to you, then you’ve somehow missed out on the smash-hit multiplayer game Among Us. But with numbers playing the online game heading towards 100 million, maybe you’ll find out before Christmas how good you are at being an “impostor” . For the uninitiated, Among Continue Reading

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity review – a blast in the past | Games

Nintendo’s 2020 flagship is Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity – a Dynasty Warriors and Legend of Zelda crossover that’s a sort-of-prequel to 2016’s phenomenal Breath of the Wild, despite the drastically different style of play. There is no climbing or exploration, no communion with magic and nature. Instead, it’s all Continue Reading

Once more with feelings: How Yakuza: Like a Dragon reinvents middle-aged men in video games | Games

It sounds like the set-up for a violent revenge movie. Low-ranking yakuza Ichiban Kasuga takes the blame for an inter-clan assassination and does 18 years in prison to protect the organisation’s patriarch. But, on his release, the gang disowns him and the boss, who he considers a father figure, shoots Continue Reading

Video games can improve mental health. Let’s stop seeing them as a guilty pleasure | Games

After an Oxford study this week showed that people who play more video games report greater wellbeing, the headlines reflected a sense of stunned incredulity. “Playing video games BENEFITS mental health,” exclaimed MailOnline, while Business Insider went with “Video games might actually be good for you.” My dad sent me Continue Reading

Playstation 5 consoles replaced with cat food or grain, Amazon customers say | Games

Amazon has said it is investigating reports that new PlayStation 5 consoles have been stolen in transit, as customers have complained of missing deliveries, and bags of grain or tins of cat food delivered instead of the electronics. Supply shortages have left the new games console even more desirable than Continue Reading

PlayStation 5 launch overwhelms outlets and courier firms | Business

Games retailers have been overwhelmed by demand for PlayStation’s latest console, which launched in the UK on Thursday. Web pages dedicated to the launch of the PlayStation 5 at John Lewis, Tesco and Game had all crashed on Thursday morning. Currys had introduced a queuing system that had tens of Continue Reading

Fortnite maker Epic Games sues Apple in Australia for App Store ban | Technology

The company behind the popular online video game Fortnite is suing Apple in Australia for allegedly misusing its market power by taking a slice of all revenue earned by apps on iPhones, iPads and Macs. Fortnite is a big money maker for Epic, with millions of daily users logging billions Continue Reading

‘I wanted to discover the starting point of video games’: Edward Ross on new book Gamish | Games

Video game histories tend to follow an achingly familiar structure. They start with Pong and the Atari years; they do the console wars between Nintendo and Sega; they cover the success of the PlayStation and the dawn of 3D visuals. All the technological waypoints are slavishly ticked off, but rarely Continue Reading

Fun guy: is that Toad from Mario’s head or is he wearing a hat? | Games

In the Guide’s weekly Solved! column, we look into a crucial pop-culture question you’ve been burning to know the answer to – and settle it, once and for all Over the course of almost three decades playing video games and 15 years writing about them, I have seen a few Continue Reading

Video gaming can benefit mental health, find Oxford academics | Games

Playing video games can be good for your mental health, a study from Oxford University has suggested, following a breakthrough collaboration in which academics at the university worked with actual gameplay data for the first time. The study, which focused on players of Nintendo’s springtime craze Animal Crossing, as well Continue Reading