There’s a new game on the horizon that is so big that, in all likelihood, it will never be fully explored. The game is No Man’s Sky, and it is literally bigger than our galaxy.

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Super Mario Maker is a hard game to evaluate because, at its core, it’s more of a tool than a game. You use it to create levels for Super Mario Bros., and then upload them to the internet for other people to play. It’s more akin to reviewing a bottle opener: without bottles to open, what good is it? But with Super Mario Maker, the actual creation of the levels is at least half of the fun.

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Now that school is starting, kids are hopefully scaling back on video games and spending some time studying. But some of my favorite games of all time I actually was exposed to through school, and were fun enough to disguise the fact that I could actually be learning through gameplay.

There’s been a lot of talk lately that 2015 is a banner year for video games, one of the best in recent history, and I tend to agree. We got the New 3DS, Splatoon, Metal Gear Solid V, Batman: Arkham Knight, and a huge slate of highly anticipated games yet to come out this year, including Star Wars Battlefront, Halo 5, Fallout 4, Super Mario Maker, and Rock Band 4.

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A few weeks ago, I heard the bad news that Satoru Iwata, the president of Nintendo, had passed away.

Iwata was interested in games from a young age, developing them on a calculator in high school. He later attended the Tokyo Institute of Technology to study computer science and formed a club with several of his friends to create games. This club eventually became HAL Laboratory, the company behind the Kirby and Smash Brothers game series.

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Sony Computer Entertainment is one of the most successful video game companies ever. The PlayStation 2 is the best-selling game system in history, and had it not been for their partnership and eventual falling out with Nintendo, the PlayStation may never have ever happened. / Flickr

Nintendo’s Wii U is a fantastic console. It plays some of my favorite recent games like Mariokart 8 and Super Smash Bros, and I’m looking forward to playing the upcoming Super Mario Maker and Star Fox Zero. But compared to other home consoles, not a whole lot of people are playing these games.

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E3 is the gaming industry’s biggest trade show of the year, and it’s where all the big developers show the press and the public what we can expect out of them for the next 12 months. This year’s announcements really caught my attention.

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Like I promised myself, I’ve gotten back together with friends for a weekly game of Dungeons and Dragons. We’re playing the new fifth edition of the game, which is the most fun I’ve ever had with D&D. The rules tend to get out of the way and allow for great roleplaying opportunities. The problem is, as fun as this can be, sometimes retelling these stories is... problematic. / Creative Commons

I’ve spent a lot of time with Bungie’s massively multiplayer first person shooter Destiny. I first talked about it on here about a year ago, and a lot has happened in the game since.