BGN Film: ‘Pokemon’s Detective Pikachu’ Trailer Debut

We finally get to see the film that so many of us had such a hard time imagining. Pokemon's Detective Pikachu is a noir live-action Pokemon film that features a talking Pikachu — with Ryan Reynolds' voice! Let that sink in for a moment. Warner Bros. Studios and the Pokemon Company worked closely together to bring the famous game...

‘Marvel Battle Lines’ is Mobile Tic-Tac-Toe — With a Twist!

By Ashley Turner Marvel is a multi-million dollar franchise with numerous films, TV shows, comic books, and games. So it makes sense that the lucrative lure of mobile gaming would come calling. That’s why Nexon and Marvel have released Marvel Battle Lines, an online strategy card battle game. It features every Marvel hero you could...

Black Girl Gaming: #BlackGirlMagic in ‘Broken Age’

By Ashley Turner @AsheDT It’s no secret that a significant portion of gamers are Black even if that reality is not always reflected in the gaming itself. In an industry dominated by white men, trying to find positive examples of diversity and representation feels like an arduous task. That is no truer than with the absence...

BGN Gaming: ‘The Ultimate Clap Back”–Sometimes You Gotta Cuss

By EpicLalaGirl I had the honor of meeting MaryMartha Ford-Dieng, the sole creator of the game The Ultimate Clap Back at PAX East, 2018.  I loved the game and was even happier to learn that the first expansion pack to The Ultimate Clap Back was available to support through Kickstarter. I was happy to be...

The Gaming Landscape Is Changing

We've always played games. Not just since we were children but throughout history. Remember those games around when you were a kid? Card games like Top Trumps and Go Fish, board games like Snakes and Ladders and Checkers. While you might have thought that all those old games that you and your friends used to play are...

#BGNPAXEast: Return to The Abyss in ‘Underworld Ascendant’

One of PAX East's most interesting surprises wasn't actually on the show floor, but shuttered away in a meeting room of the Westin Waterfront hotel. 505 Games hosted two structured demos in this room, the multiplayer crafting/building/shooting sym Memories of Mars, and the long-awaited Underworld Ascendant. Warren Spector's name and past projects are well known...

#BGNPAXEast: Introduction to the Brilliant VR Mindf–k ‘Pixel Ripped 1989’

Pixel Ripped 1989 is my definite pick for PAX East's game of show, full stop. Hot off the heels of a lauded appearance at GDC, the upcoming independently-developed experimental VR game presented a beautiful and energetic booth at the farther edge of Boston's expo floor, replete with 80s artifacts like slap bracelets, VHS tapes,...

#BGNPAXEast: What, Exactly, Is ‘SCUM’?

Devolver's newest, most mysterious outing has to be the Croatian-developed multiplayer shooter SCUM. And yet, "shooter" may be a misnomer; SCUM seeks to be a creatively unique twist on the persistently multiplayer battle-royale genre, a strange amalgamation of single-player RPG-sims and survival aspects with the trapped-on-an-island, king-of-the-hill shooters du jour like Player Unknown's Battlegrounds and Fortnite. Just...

#BGNPAXEast: ‘EarthNight’

The apocalypse has arrived and dragons have brought it about, surrounding their ravaged quarry like roving, satisfied tendrils. Meanwhile, the wrecked Earth's former inhabitants have found shaky shelter in spaceships, retrieving their planet's various junk, objects, and water sources left behind swirling in the stratosphere after the fracas, chunks of evidence clotted above dragonflesh,...

BGN Video Game Review: ‘Minit’

New year, new miniature Devolver game. Following the irreverent and gleefully, dayglofully violent High Hell, the newly-minted Minit arrives with a decidedly different tone and sense of atmosphere. With a tight team of four developers, headed by JW (a/k/a Jan Willem Nijman of Vlambeer fame) and Kitty Calis, Minit is an experimental little monochromatic adventure game with a strangely...
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