The 'Sonic Adventure 2' Soundtrack Was Era-Defining and Awesome

Between its awkward hip-hop and national-anthem worthy pop-punk, it introduced a generation of kids to new genres. And "Escape from the City" still rips.


‘Eternal Champions’ Is the Game That Quenched a Teenage Thirst for Gore

It was more messily slapstick than outright offensive, but Sega's fighter took a look at Mortal Kombat's fatalities and said: we can do better.


How the Blue Skies of ‘Forza Horizon 3’ Got Me Thinking About ‘OutRun 2’ and Gaming Preservation

Playing one made me want to play the other—but how few of us can still enjoy games a decade and more old?


An Arbitrary Top Ten of the Best Sonic the Hedgehog Games

I've played a lot of Sonic games, and what with the blue critter turning 25, and 'Sonic Mania' lighting up the internet, here's a bunch of the best.


Exploring the Strange World of ‘Shenmue’ Fandom

The Shenmue community is one of the greatest in gaming, trading comedy memes, supporting their favourite series anyway they can, and writing rock opera records. Obviously.


I’ll Never Love a Console Like I Loved the SEGA Dreamcast

SEGA's swansong console was ahead of its time, but its amazing games were eclipsed by the super hyped PlayStation 2.


Video Games Are Better Than Ever So Why Are We Trying to Revisit the Past?

The Vega+ and Commodore PET phone show us that some gaming memories are better off as, well, memories.


The ‘Streets of Rage 2’ Soundtrack Still Sounds Amazing Decades Later

We grabbed a staff writer for Noisey and Thump and had him listen to Yuzo Koshiro's 1992 soundtrack for 'SoR2.' Spoiler: he was impressed.


The Nintendo 3DS Is the Greatest Handheld Console of All Time

Having sold tens of millions since 2011, Nintendo's portable console is a commercial hit. But it's also an essential window onto video gaming history.


The Conspiracy Theory About Michael Jackson Composing Music for 'Sonic 3' Is Actually Probably True

The King of Pop actually wrote the soundtrack to the 1994 Sega Genesis game according to a Huffington Post feature.


‘Yakuza 5’ Is the Reason to Turn Your PlayStation 3 On Again

The latest installment in the Yakuza franchise features familiar faces and new friends, and will surely satisfy fans of the series.


‘Ecco the Dolphin’ Is the Most Terrifying Game I've Ever Played

It's not the most likely candidate for scariest game ever, but SEGA's 1992 game did mess some of its players up.