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Leaks from Valve’s Deadlock look like a pressed sandwich of every game around

Enlarge / Valve has its own canon of games full of artifacts and concepts worth emulating, as seen in a 2018 tour of its offices. Sam Machkovech “Basically, fast-paced interesting ADHD gameplay. Combination of Dota 2, Team Fortress 2, Overwatch,…

The Apple TV is coming for the Raspberry Pi’s retro emulation box crown

Enlarge / The RetroArch app installed in tvOS. Andrew Cunningham Apple’s initial pitch for the tvOS and the Apple TV as it currently exists was centered around apps. No longer a mere streaming box, the Apple TV would also be…

Sony listing hints at native, upscaled PS2 emulation on the PS5

Enlarge / Identical cousins. Years ago, Sony started making a select handful of “PlayStation 2 Classics” available as emulated downloads on the PlayStation 4. Now, there are signs that certain PS2 games will be similarly available for native download on…

Virtual Boy: The bizarre rise and quick fall of Nintendo’s enigmatic red console

Ars Technica AI Reporter and tech historian Benj Edwards has co-written a book on the Virtual Boy with Dr. Jose Zagal. In this exclusive excerpt, Benj and Jose take you back to Nintendo of the early ’90s, where a unique…

Game dev says contract barring “subjective negative reviews” was a mistake

Enlarge / Artist’s conception of NetEase using a legal contract to try to stop a wave of negative reviews of its closed alpha. NetEase The developers of team-based shooter Marvel Rivals have apologized for a contract clause that made creators…

Warner Bros. gives Adult Swim games back to their creators rather than kill them

Enlarge / Timely art from the game Traverser, soon to be published by developer Gatling Goat Studios. Gatling Goat Studios/Adult Swim Games Warner Bros. Discovery has spent at least two months threatening more than a dozen indie games developers with…

Cryptmaster is a dark, ridiculous RPG test of your typing and guessing skills

Enlarge / Sometimes you gotta get your nose in there to remember the distinct aroma of 1980s RPG classics. Akupara Games There are people who relish the feeling of finally nailing down a cryptic clue in a crossword. There are…

Sony backs down, won’t enforce PSN accounts for Helldivers 2 PC players on Steam

Enlarge / Aiming a single rifle sight into an earth-moving explosion feels like some kind of metaphor for the Helldivers 2 delayed PSN requirement saga. PlayStation/Arrowhead Helldivers 2 PC players can continue doing their part for Super Earth, sans Sony…

Manor Lords’ medieval micromanagement means making many messes

Enlarge / This peaceful, pastoral scene actually represents a ton of hard work! Slavic Magic Do you ever look around at modern civilization and boggle at the sheer complexity of it all? Do you ever think about the generations of…

Nintendo pre-announces a Switch 2 announcement is coming… eventually

Enlarge / Nintendo will eventually gift us Switch 2 information, hopefully in time for Christmas. Aurich Lawson While the past few months have included plenty of informed speculation about the so-called Switch 2, Nintendo hasn’t given even a bare hint…