Austin Walker

​Austin Walker is Editor-in-Chief of Waypoint and an erstwhile academic. He writes about the intersection of games, culture, labor, and community.​

Games Features

Behind the Scenes on 'Session,' the Game Picking up the 'Skate 4' Torch

VICE Games chats with the developers of Session, the would-be heir of EA's Skate franchise, about difficulty, realism and skating history.
Austin Walker
4 days ago
Games Podcasts

Xbox Is Building the Netflix of Games. Is That a Good Thing?

Waypoint Radio breaks down all of the news from Microsoft and Bethesda's press conferences.
Austin Walker
6.11.19
Games Features

'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare' Can't Decide Whether War Is Bad or Badass

The reboot of the series is going for emotional storytelling, but all the gun fetishisation might just get in the way.
Austin Walker
5.31.19
Gaming

Why VICE Gaming Is Now Waypoint

Waypoint Editor-in-Chief Austin Walker explains how 2012's 'Dragon's Dogma' helped to inspire the name of VICE's new gaming site.
Austin Walker
10.20.16
Gaming

How 'Mafia III' Intends to Make Players Confront Racism

We spoke with Charles Webb, the Senior Writer of Mafia III, about how the game leverages history, race, and politics while remaining a pulpy crime story.
Austin Walker
9.30.16
Gaming

Why 'Mafia III' Should Tackle Race Head On

'Mafia III' has all the sights and sounds of the 60s, but are they more than just window dressing?
Austin Walker
8.23.16
Gaming

'No Man's Sky' Is the Stress Reliever I Didn't Know I Needed

Because the game is massive in scope, the editors of VICE Gaming are starting a week-long series of dispatches sharing our first impressions of what it's like to play the game.
Austin Walker
8.9.16
Gaming

'Journey Live' Combines the Best Parts of Video Games and Musical Theatre

The live show by the Fifth House Ensemble and Austin Wintory combines musical performance and "let's play".
Austin Walker
8.4.16
Gaming

​‘No Man’s Sky’ Isn’t Out Until Next Week, But This Guy May Have Already 'Finished' It

A player with a leaked copy of 'No Man's Sky' reached the center of the galaxy in 30 hours. But why are we so obsessed with the game's length?
Austin Walker
8.1.16
Gaming

Don't Miss These Lesser Known Fighting Games from Evo 2016

'Street Fighter' and 'Mortal Kombat' weren't the only games at last weekend's massive Evo fighting game tournament. These smaller games are well worth your attention, too.
Austin Walker
7.21.16
Gaming

The Newest 'Overwatch' Character Is a Sniper Mum

Ana Amari, the latest addition to the cast of Blizzard's hit FPS, is the game's first female character who actually looks like she's been in combat.
Austin Walker
7.14.16
Gaming

The FTC Says Warner Bros. Hid Its Sponsorship of YouTube 'Shadow of Mordor' Videos

According to the FTC, Warner Bros. failed to ensure that influencers and video makers would "clearly and conspicuously" disclose that videos they made were actually paid advertisements.
Austin Walker
7.14.16
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