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It’s not ‘X’, it’s ‘Cross’ – the PlayStation joypad revelation that’s caused an outrage



Sony has confirmed ‘X’ button on Dualshock controller should be called ‘Cross’ and players are freaking outIn a week filled with furore and controversy in British politics, do not make the mistake of thinking you can escape to video games for respite. …

Spaceships, spooks and shoot ’em ups: the best video games of the autumn



From ultra-violent alien hunts to a honking, flapping goose simulator, here are our video game highlights for the seasonThe third title in the comic book-inspired sci-fi looter-shooter series takes its familiar cast of antiheroes on another hyperactive…

From Weird Dreams to Granny’s Garden: a brief history of cursed video games



They were weird and obscure and no one else remembers them – here are the old computer games that still give us the chillsIt was Caverns of Khafka for me. Discovered one rainy afternoon in a Debenhams bargain bin, this weird Commodore 64 dungeon explor…

Sega Genesis at 30: the console that made the modern games industry



In 1989, the machine the rest of the world called the Mega Drive was launched in the US with a new name and a bold new idea: that gaming could be coolThe US launch of the Sega Genesis, on 14 August 1989, probably didn’t seem like a huge deal outside th…

Power Stone: the Dreamcast brawler that foresaw Fortnite and Overwatch



Capcom’s joyful, rule-breaking gameplay laid the groundwork for today’s multiplayer shooters. Its producer and designer tell us how they did itFrom the very beginning, developers saw the Dreamcast console as a place to experiment. Sega set the tone wit…

Video games do not cause violence – but makers do need to think about it



There is no compelling evidence that games cause real-life bloodshed, but the industry must address its attitude to guns and conflict, or risk being drowned out by fearmongersIt was not a surprise to see Donald Trump and a cabal of other Republican pol…

Not one of the Fortnite World Cup’s 100 finalists was a woman. Why? | Keith Stuart



The esports industry must attract female pro players to avoid replicating the sexism that blights other sports This weekend the best Fortnite players in the world gathered at Flushing Meadows in New York to compete in the game’s first ever World Cup Fi…