What VICE Gaming’s Been Playing: September 2016

The games that kept us occupied last month, from big-budget shooters to indie FMV titles, via one of the prettiest-looking "racers" ever.
Mike Diver and Patrick Klepek

When Good Games Make Bad Decisions About How to End

Not every game needs a final boss battle. In fact, forcing one into the story might very well ruin it.
Patrick Klepek

The Politics of ‘BioShock Infinite’ Are All the Worse When Revisited in a Heated Election Year

But while its narrative is politically pessimistic, Irrational's shooter was, and remains, very positive about video games as a form.
Ed Smith

There’s Always a Man: BioShock’s Jordan Thomas Discusses the Acclaimed Trilogy

An essential member of the teams behind BioShock and its sequels, Thomas tells us about aiming for Aliens but producing Pitch Black.
Ed Smith

This is What Video Gaming Narratives Need to Do to Be Taken Seriously

Interactive stories that play out through our consoles can be riveting; but the gaming medium is still seen as "weaker" than novels and movies. How do we change that?
Mike Diver

The Greatest Moments of BioShock

Just some of the scenes that stand out from 2K's celebrated shooter series.
Mike Diver
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‘The Witcher 3’ Is the One Game of 2015 That Really Understands Family Matters

Through Geralt, we feel what it's like to direct a child's development, and also to understand the damage done in other families.
Jason Williamson
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I’ll Never Love Another Console Like I Loved the PlayStation 3

The games of the PS3 era were special in many ways, but also showcased a lot of the medium's shortcomings, ones that gaming is only beginning to deal with.
Ed Smith
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Here’s a Dozen Xbox 360 Games That Definitely Don’t Suck in 2015

With the Xbox One promising more backwards compatibility, and the Xbox 360 turning ten, here's 12 games that you need to play, today.
Mike Diver
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Outer Space and Underwater: On the Dark Worlds of ‘System Shock 2’ and ‘BioShock’

Irrational Games' sci-fi shocker of 1999 and its spiritual sequel nail their atmospheres perfectly – and the blackness that surrounds them is a vital ingredient.
Ewan Wilson
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‘Bloodborne’ Is Merely the Latest Example of Humanity’s Habit of Sucking at Life

Here we are, with this amazing planet, and all we're doing is screwing it – a habit reflected in the video games we play.
Dave Cook
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What Video Game Morality Says About You

Is it OK to be the bad guy when you're not really a bad guy? Or does playing evil reveal a dark side that you never recognised before?
Kirk Mckeand