TikTok’s ‘NPC In Real Life’ Trend Comes From Gen Z’s Worst Side

Image: Rockstar North I’ve been seeing these videos for at least a year, what I’d call the “NPC in real life” trend on TikTok, videos which involve harassing, embarrassing, or frightening people in public. Harassment is a staple of online life, something I placidly accept from YouTube “prank” channelsniche celebrity drama, and my Twitter reply … Read more

‘Trombone Champ’ and 13 More of the Most Absurd, Ridiculous Games Ever Made

Screenshot: Holy Wow Studios I’m a big fan of “elevated” video games designed with serious intent—think Papers, Please or This War of Mine—but sometimes I want the opposite. Sometimes I want to play a game that is as dumb as possible, a game so funny and ridiculous, it becomes literally impossible to think about anything … Read more

River City Girls Zero’s Fresh Coat Of Paint Isn’t Quite Enough

Images taken moments before disaster. Image: WayForward / Arc System Works We might have to wait a little while longer before we can oh oh oh oh our way into River City Girls 2but beat ’em up fans can satiate their hunger by time-warping into the rerelease of a much older game from the ’90s, … Read more

You can’t go home again—but you can Return To Monkey Island

Image: Devolver Digital Every Friday, AV Club staffers kick off our weekly open thread for the discussion of gaming plans and recent gaming glories, but of course, the real action is down in the comments, where we invite you to answer our eternal question: What Are You Playing This Weekend? I end up writing about … Read more

Destiny 2 Nixes Season 18 Challenge Because It Took Too Long

Image: Bungie Destiny 2‘s Season of Plunder has been a surprisingly enjoyable romp through space pirate fantasy so far, but it hasn’t been without its issues. The biggest one yet materialized this week when a new story quest required players to kill 50 champions before they could progress. Bungie decided to auto-complete the challenge for … Read more

GTA 6’s Vice City Is Already Being Mapped Out By Fans

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Definitive EditionImage: Rockstar Games / Kotaku / Peter Bardocz (Shutterstock) Previously this week, early development footage of the next Grand Theft Auto game, assumed to be Grand Theft Auto VI, leaked all over the internet. You probably already know about all that. Since then, it’s become harder to find the … Read more

Splatoon 3’s Katana Turns My Squid Into A Ninja, And It Rules

Strike a pose before painting foes.Image: Nintendo Splatoon 3 is filled with an assortment of colorful weaponry. From guns that look like pencil sharpeners that paint buckets in the shape of bathtubs, Nintendo’s ink ’em up has no shortage of personality, especially when it comes to your choice of paint-splattering equipment. But despite all the … Read more

Lightfall’s Exotic Rifle Worth The $100 Premium?

Quicksilver Storm is an exotic auto rifle available to certain Lightfall pre-orders.Image: Bungie Bungie’s loot-shooter Destiny 2 will grow once more come February 28, the day its anticipated new Lightfall expansion is slated to launch. But with the “Deluxe” edition launching at the heady price of $100, one naturally wonders if any of the bundled … Read more

Lightfall’s Exotic Rifle Worth The $100 Premium?

Quicksilver Storm is an exotic auto rifle available to certain Lightfall pre-orders.Image: Bungie Bungie’s loot-shooter Destiny 2 will grow once more come February 28, the day its anticipated new Lightfall expansion is slated to launch. But with the “Deluxe” edition launching at the heady price of $100, one naturally wonders if any of the bundled … Read more

45 Minutes Of New Gameplay Footage

Illustration: Activision Blizzard It was quite the weekend for major game leaks. As well as the first ever footage from a very unfinished GTA 6 being plastered all across the internet midway through September, Sunday the 18th also saw a full 43 minutes of the unfinished Diablo IV get uploaded. Footage from the ongoing friends … Read more