How Players Actually Make Progress in 'Twitch Plays Pokémon'

When more than 80,000 people band together to try to control a single Pokémon trainer via Twitch chat—and then manage to actually make progress—the question that immediately comes to mind is: just how in the world are they accomplishing it? » 2/18/14 3:32pm 2/18/14 3:32pm

The Super Bowl Ends With a Safety, Says Tecmo Super Bowl

Yesterday Madden NFL 25 gave its prediction for Super Bowl Ex El Vee Eye Eye Eye, handing it to Denver, 31-28, on a field goal in overtime. Today, the guys keeping alive 1991's Tecmo Super Bowl offered their own version of events: another OT game, with Denver winning on a goddamn safety. » 1/28/14 3:47pm 1/28/14 3:47pm

Sports Video Games in 2013: A Year in Decline

To a video gamer, the pairing was so natural that I didn't recognize how unusual it really was. On Oct. 12, ESPN broke up its top two announcing teams to put Brad Nessler and Kirk Herbstreit in the booth for the network's Texas A&M-Ole Miss nightcap. The two have, virtually anyway, worked millions of games together in… » 12/29/13 6:47pm 12/29/13 6:47pm

Clemson Marching Band's Nintendo-Themed Performance Is Amazing

Ohio State isn't the only school with a marching band that can pull off awesome themed performances. This weekend, the Clemson marching band turned its halftime show into a tribute to two classic Nintendo games. It's enough to make you want to go looking for that old NES system in your mom's attic. » 11/18/13 6:22pm 11/18/13 6:22pm

The Last Sports Stars of Video Games' Cartridge Era [Corrected]

Monday, Jason Kidd gave the NBA his retirement notice. He and Grant Hill were the only active players this year that appeared in NBA Jam: Tournament Edition from 1994. Like veterans of a long-ago war, day by day we are losing the athletes of video gaming's cartridge era. These are the last of them. » 6/05/13 6:06pm 6/05/13 6:06pm

The Wii U has Nothing to Offer a Sports Fan. Does It Even Matter Now?

If it wasn't obvious at its launch in November, then this past week should have made it clear: The Wii U is functionally irrelevant to sports video games, and there is no reason for any sports fan to buy the console. The only question now is how much that will really matter to the fate of the machine. » 5/19/13 8:08pm 5/19/13 8:08pm

The Meaning Of Convicted Rapist Mike Tyson's New Cartoon

Twenty years ago The Ring magazine asked the question, after Mike Tyson's rape conviction, "What If Mike Tyson Had Never Gone To Jail?" The cover story posed a counterfactual in which Tyson did not receive a guilty verdict on his 1991 indictment for rape, confinement and criminal deviant conduct. » 5/11/13 1:00pm 5/11/13 1:00pm

This Wu-Tang Clan Super Game Boy Commercial Was Banned For Being "Too…

In 1993, members of the Wu-Tang Clan produced a 40-second spot for Nintendo's Super Game Boy. Filmed in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in 1993, it featured a beat by Prince Paul, voice-over from RZA and ODB, and a work of graffiti from the COD Crew. A member of COD found the old video and uploaded it to Vimeo a few weeks ago. … » 3/10/11 7:45pm 3/10/11 7:45pm