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In an interview, Ben Esposito talks about some of the decisions behind Neon White, his latest game that blends a bunch of different genres into a speedrunning FPS hit. I don’t think I’ve ever played something that blends genres quite like Neon White. Let me try to summarize the game: you play as a demon hunter who destroys baddies in heaven by using cards that serve as either guns or special movement

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Meet the modder making $20,000 a month bringing the biggest games to VR

Luke Ross, the modder who brought Grand Theft Auto V, Elden Ring, and Red Dead Redemption 2 to VR, speaks to The Verge about the experimental business that’s made him an estimated $150,000 so far. Luke Ross* has a hard time telling friends what he does for a living. He can’t quite believe it himself. “I’m a kid with a fake steering wheel in the backseat who pretends to know where they’re going,” he tells The Verge. In 2020, he

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Sonic Frontiers developer says it isn’t an open-world game

Sonic Frontiers producer Takashi Iizuka talks about the design process behind the new game and how the game improves the 3D Sonic formula. When Sonic Frontiers debuted the first little bits of gameplay, fans immediately drew comparisons to Breath of the Wild. It wasn’t hard to do. We were shown Sonic racing through realistic, natural-looking environments, exploring great stone

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Epic monster battles will be at the heart of Final Fantasy XVI

Final Fantasy XVI director Naoki Yoshida talks about his work on the latest entry in Square Enix’s Final Fantasy series The thing Naoki Yoshida is most excited about in Final Fantasy XVI is the eikon battles. In speaking to The Verge, Yoshida, the game’s director, talked about how earth-shattering, knock-down, drag-out fights between some of the franchise’s most

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Geoff Keighley isn’t worried about E3 making a comeback

Geoff Keighley, host of The Game Awards and Summer Game Fest, talks about how the uncertain prospect of E3’s return does not bother him and his past statements on Activision Blizzard. Geoff Keighley isn’t sure what E3 is anymore. Even before COVID forced the cancellation of the in-person version of the giant video game commercial masquerading as an industry trade show three years running now, the event was already a pale,

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Lego’s new $400 Lion Knights’ Castle is a love letter to my childhood

For Lego’s 90th anniversary, it’s reviving its classic Castle theme with the $400 Lion Knights’ Castle set coming this August. At 4,514 pieces, it’s the toymaker’s most intricate Castle set yet. Last January, Lego promised its 90th anniversary would be one to remember: the company agreed to revive one of its classic Lego themes (like Space, Castle, and Pirates) with a new, adult-grade Lego set. But it turns out we’re not just getting

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Lego’s original spaceship, the Galaxy Explorer, is back and better than ever

In 1979, Lego introduced its iconic spaceship, the LL928 Galaxy Explorer. Now, the ship that launched a thousand Lego spaceships (and parts of The Lego Movie) is coming back on a whole new scale for $100 this August. Last January, Lego promised its 90th anniversary would be one to remember: the company agreed to revive one of its classic Lego themes (like Space, Castle, and Pirates) with a new, adult-grade Lego set. But it turns out we’re not just getting

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The Callisto Protocol’s director on his return to horror: ‘I don’t know what too scary is’

During Summer Game Fest, The Callisto Protocol director Glen Schofield talks about his new sci-fi horror game and how the genre has changed since the original Dead Space. When Glen Schofield left Call of Duty developer Sledgehammer Games back in 2018, he needed a break. The game designer, best known as the creator of the seminal sci-fi horror series Dead Space, decided to head out to the desert in Arizona for a

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How fandom built the internet as we know it, with Kaitlyn Tiffany

Her new book on the long history of fans from the Beatles and Grateful Dead to One Direction, Justin Bieber, and K-Pop Every now and again, I’m asked to describe what The Verge is or do a mission statement or something like that. What I always come back to is that The Verge is about how technology makes us feel. Our screens and our systems aren’t inert or

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Sony had to make a PC gaming monitor because the PS5 isn’t enough

The announcement of Sony’s InZone M9 monitor proves that the company knows that it needs to appeal to more than just PS5 owners to move forward. It’s an exciting device, but the work to reach more gamers is far from over. It’s no mystery why Sony made a PC gaming monitor that can also work well with the PS5. The PC gaming business is simply too big to ignore, and it’s just money on the table that’s otherwise up for grabs by other monitor makers. Sony didn’t

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I’ve been getting tons of ‘wrong number’ spam texts, and I don’t hate it?

I’ve been getting a lot of "wrong number" spam texts that are oddly literary and intriguing. But the reality is a little grimmer, as it usually is. The text that arrived at 3:51PM on Monday, March 28th, seemed innocent at first. “Mr. Steven,” it read, “I am very sorry, after our communication and understanding during this period of time, I feel that we are not suitable in some ways.”

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