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Giovanni Colantonio
Giovanni Colantonio
Section Editor, Gaming

Giovanni is a writer and video producer focusing on happenings in the video game industry. He has contributed stories to Inverse, Fanbyte, The Inventory, and more. He was previously a segment producer on Polygon's daily gaming show Speedrun and he currently hosts the Left Trigger Right Trigger podcast. Four Tetris 99 wins, and counting.

Sanrio characters hang out on a beach in Hello Kitty: Island Adventure.

Hello Kitty: Island Adventure should be your next mobile game obsession

Hello Kitty: Island Adventure is an adorable riff on Animal Crossing, even if it doesn't come with all the same hooks.
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You have to see the original Twisted Metal’s lost live-action endings

The new Twisted Metal show isn't the series' first foray into live-action. Feast your eyes on the PS1 original's bizarre lost endings.
A Pikachu sleeps on a bed.

Pokémon Sleep shows the power and pitfalls of a gamified health app

One adorable week with Pokémon Sleep left me with some complicated questions about gamification in health apps.
An Xbox home screen shows Starfield.

All Xbox home screens are getting a PS5-style makeover starting today

All Xbox consoles are getting a fresh face-lift, with a home screen redesign reminiscent of the PS5's interface.
Mimi paddles down a river in a kayak in Dordogne.

5 underrated Xbox Game Pass games you should play while you still can

Xbox Game Pass is loaded with hidden gems that are easy to miss. Here's 5 games that you should add to your backlog.
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This forgotten 1983 vinyl made Mario history, but it could never be created today

Before Mario even had his own game, four moonlighting musicians gave him a voice on an offbeat album from Nintendo’s wildest era.
Honor and Miss Terri stand back to back in Murder by Numbers.

Don’t miss this free Epic Games Store gem from the creators of Fall Guys

Epic Games Store latest freebie is a 90s murder mystery puzzle game that you need to try.
A fire enemy attacks a red Pikmin in Pikmin 4.

Pikmin 4: how long does it take to beat the main story and postgame

Pikmin 4 is the longest game in the series to date, with tons of extra content to dig into. Here's how long it'll take to see it all.
Pikmin run from a giant spider in Pikmin 4.

Pikmin 4 tips that newcomers and series veterans need to know before starting

Whether you're brand new to Pikmin or a series veteran, here are a few tips you'll want to know before starting Pikmin 4.
An illustration of a Snorlax and other Pokémon napping from the Pokémon Sleep trailer.

Pokémon Sleep is here and it features some surprising microtransactions

Pokémon Sleep is out now and free to download, but you can spend quite a bit of money on it due to its microtransactions.
A group of players fights a T-Rex in Exoprimal.

Exoprimal review: Capcom’s dinosaur shooter is ridiculous in all the right ways

Exoprimal is a gleefully fun dinosaur shooter that gets more innovative the more rounds you play.
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Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard acquisition is going to take even longer

Microsoft and Activision Blizzard have agreed to move the deadline for its impending merger, narrowly avoiding yesterday's cutoff.
The player stands with Oatchi and some Red Pikmin in Pikmin 4.

Pikmin 4 review: standout Switch exclusive is a master of multitasking

Pikmin 4 trades in stress and chaos for a rewarding strategy-puzzle hybrid that puts players' multitasking skills to the test.
Leviathan traps a player in Exoprimal.

I hope every multiplayer game copies Exoprimal’s best feature

Exoprimal features a smart approach to storytelling in an online multiplayer game that games like Overwatch could learn from.
Characters pose outside of a kingdom in Let's Revoltion.

This fantasy Minesweeper roguelite is my new Steam Deck buddy

Let's! Revolution! is an ingenious little puzzler that turns Minesweeper into a short, but sweet roguelite.
A pot full of ingredients appears in Venba.

Venba celebrates South Indian culture through more meaningful video game cooking

Set to launch later this month, Venba aims to make the cooking video game genre more meaningful.
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Viewfinder review: mind-bending PS5 puzzler is a celebration of human ingenuity

Viewfinder is one of gaming's great magic tricks thanks to a mind-bending puzzle hook that wows from start to finish.
The GameCube startup screen appears mid animation.

We ranked all the best (and worst) video game system startup sounds

From the PlayStation to the Steam Deck, plenty of game systems have given us memorable startup sounds. But which one is the best?
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The Playdate’s best game is coming to Nintendo Switch and PC this month

You'll soon be able to play one of the Playdate's best games on Nintendo Switch and PC.
A Macho Man statue stands tall in WrestleQuest.

WrestleQuest turns your WWF nostalgia into a turn-based RPG, and it works

If you grew up smashing your Macho Man and Jake the Snake action figures together, WrestleQuest might be the RPG for you.
A triangular portal opens up in Oxenfree II: Lost Signals.

Oxenfree II: Lost Signals review: eerie sequel is a must-play for Netflix subscribers

Netflix's gaming efforts pay off with Oxenfree II: Lost Signals, an eerie, introspective sequel that's a must-play for subscribers.
Cloud, Zack, and Sephiroth stand back to back in Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion.

Follow up Final Fantasy XVI with these 6 Square Enix game deals this Prime Day

If you're looking for something to play after Final Fantasy XVI, several Square Enix games are currently on sale for Prime Day.
Characters shooting in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

Microsoft wins FTC case, removing Xbox’s biggest Activision Blizzard acquisition hurdle

Microsoft has won its war with the FTC, paving the way for the company to close its troubled Activision Blizzard acquisition.
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Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis isn’t the faithful remake you’re expecting

Despite being positioned as a more faithful remake, Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis leaves a lot of story gaps in between aggressive gacha hooks.
Mario, Link, Isabelle, and a Squid Kid race down the track in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Nintendo Switch.

8 classic courses we want to see in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’s final DLC wave

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will get its final wave of DLC later this year. These are the classic courses we're hoping make the cut.
An orb sits in an alien desert in Exo One.

Try these 2 indie greats before they leave Xbox Game Pass next week

Xbox Game Pass is losing three games on July 15, and two of those in particular are worth playing before they're gone.
A tv shows the new Xbox Game Pass that comes to Samsung Gaming Hub soon.

You can get a month of Xbox Game Pass for $1 right now

If you've yet to subscribe to Xbox Game Pass, you can get your first month for $1 right now.
Dave dives underwater in Dave the Diver.

This ‘overwhelmingly positive’ Steam indie is this summer’s smash hit

An indie scuba diving game is currently blowing up on Steam, with a concurrent player count on par with Call of Duty. Here's what makes it so special.
Rain stands next to Sektor in Mortal Kombat 1.

Bloody new Mortal Kombat 1 trailer brings back 2 classic fighters

Mortal Kombat 1 just got a bloody new gameplay trailer filled with plenty of familiar faces (and cyborgs).
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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’s next booster pass brings Wii and GameCube nostalgia next week

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe's next Booster Course Pass wave drops next week and it's bringing Daisy Cruiser just in time for summer.
Living room with Microsoft Xbox Series X (L) and Sony PlayStation 5 home video game consoles alongside a television and soundbar.

How we test video game consoles

With the gaming hardware landscape more complicated than ever, our approach to video game console reviews has modernized. Here's how we test gaming devices.
A man drives away in a boat with stolen money in Grand Theft Auto 5 art.

Grand Theft Auto V makes its surprise return to Xbox Game Pass today

After a two-year absence, Grand Theft Auto V makes its return to Xbox Game Pass today.
Link holding the master sword in the clouds.

The best games of 2023 so far: Tears of the Kingdom, Resident Evil 4, and more

The first half of 2023 was loaded with heavy hitters and emotional indies. Here are 10 games you shouldn't miss from the last six months.
Players inflate balloons in Everybody 1-2-Switch!

Everybody 1-2-Switch! review: Nintendo’s party game is only as fun as your friends

Everybody 1-2-Switch! can be a lot of fun with the right friends, but the uneven minigame collection gets old fast.