James Troughton-Cross-Department Editor

James Troughton

Cross-Department Editor

About James Troughton

James is a zoomer from Newcastle who didn't learn what a GameCube was until they were 18. They have bylines at IGN, VG247, and NME, and you can contact them at They/Them.

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Nintendo Switch
No, Nintendo's New Console Doesn't Need Achievements

Nintendo is the one console that doesn't gamify profiles, and the Switch successor shouldn't change that.

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The Dark Souls Anime Should Be An Anthology

Dark Souls has a rich history that would make for a great story, but I'd much rather unpack the stories nestled within obscure item descriptions.

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Next-Gen Nintendo Console Reportedly Launching 2024, Dev Kits Already Sent Out

The next Nintendo console is finally here, for real this time.

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After 17 Years, Sony Finally Removes That PlayStation Start Up Beep

Pour one out for the beep, you will be missed (read: deservedly muted).

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Baldur's Gate 3 Lead Says Xbox Series S Isn't Holding Back Current-Gen

Swen Vincke likened developing for the Xbox Series S to minimum spec PCs and the Nintendo Switch.

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Nick Brawl 2 Has All The Signs Of Being A Rushed Product

Two years isn't enough for a platform fighter of this scope.

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Elden Ring's Random Ruins Are Actually From Crumbling Farum Azula

Crumbling Farum Azula has been right in front of our eyes since we first stepped foot into The Lands Between.

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Barbenheimer's Legacy Will Be Diluted Franchises And Trend-Chasing

Mattel has at least 45 films in development while Saw X moves to coincide with Paw Patrol--everyone is missing the point of Barbenheimer.

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Tears Of The Kingdom Player Builds Majora's Mask-Inspired UFO

Forget driving up walls or taking down enemy camps with an orbital canon, now you can abduct cows.

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All I Want From Lorcana Is The Eighth Doctor

Forget Pixar and Star Wars, let's get Doctor Who in Lorcana.

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Rockstar Website Update Adds Evidence For Red Dead Redemption Remaster

Rockstar's website update includes a reference to "Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar Presents Ver)".

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Xbox Players Aren't Happy About New UI

With unavoidable Game Pass tabs, reduced customisation, and limits on groups, the new Xbox UI isn't going down well.

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Sega Trademarks Sonic And Friends, Nobody Knows What It Is

TikTok shorts series, or Sonic Shuffle sequel?

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Activision Sues TikTok Creator After Using Viral Clip In Crash Bandicoot Ad

Anthony Fantano allegedly demanded a six-figure sum after Activision used his "It's enough slices" audio in a Crash Bandicoot sneakers TikTok.

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Star Wars Outlaws Won't Be A "300-Hour Epic Unfinishable RPG"

Luckily, we don't have another Assassin's Creed Valhalla on our hands.

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Game Lady Dolls Is Selling Anatomically Correct Life-Sized Adult Witcher Triss Toy For $3,000

The site sells adult toys based on the likeness of gaming characters, but also real actors without their consent and underage girls.

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Half-Life's Einstein Scientist Is Actually Based On George Washington

Gordon Freeman designer Chuck Jones tells us that the 'Einstein' scientist was actually inspired by President George Washington.

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Report: Zenimax Is Doing "Nothing" To Combat Anti-LGBTQ+ Bigotry In ESO

“We need to feel safe and a lot of us in the ESO community do not feel safe."

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Mortal Kombat 1 Brings Back Mini-Games With Destructible Decapitated Heads

Test Your Strike might be making a comeback.

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