Rowan Kaiser

Rowan Kaiser is a freelance writer focused on video games, television, and general pop culture. He is currently writing a book on the Mass Effect trilogy, and has been published at The A.V. Club, The American Prospect, IGN, Ars Technica, and more. Follow him on Twitter for unimportant pop culture musings and very important cat pics.

Entertainment

Elf Cowboys on 'The Shannara Chronicles' Watch 'Star Trek' Because TV Is Insane

There was a Wild West-style, elf-bashing dance party inspired by 'Star Trek' on this week's episode. Really.

Gaming

18 Tips to Beat 'XCOM 2' and Stop the Avatar Project 

Learn how to manage the strategic map, keep your rangers alive, and blow as much up as you can!

Entertainment

'The X-Files'' "Babylon" Is a Glorious Must-See Mess

The new season of 'The X-Files' has largely been a greatest hits collection, but the fifth episode goes wild.

Culture

NBC Greenlights Variety Series With Maya Rudolph, Swears It'll Work This Time

This one totally won't crash and burn like the last Maya Rudolph variety special. Or every other in the past decade.

Entertainment

A Virus Is Coming to the CW With 'Containment.' Will It Be Any Good?

A serious drama about a mysterious outbreak from 'The Vampire Diaries'' showrunner could help the CW become even more of a geek destination.

Gaming

Kanye West Is Making a Video Game. But Why Should He Stop at One?

From 'Jesus Walking Simulator' to 'The Blame Game,' Kanye has the artistic catalog for a bunch of horrible/awesome-sounding games.

Entertainment

Holy Shit, This 'Firewatch' Game Is Goddamn Gorgeous

Campo Santo's new "walking simulator" 'Firewatch' is one of the best-looking games we've ever seen.

Entertainment
Culture

How 'Fire Emblem Fates' Is Trying to Squander Its Goodwill

'Fire Emblem Awakening' was an instant classic. Its sequel --  'Fire Emblem Fates' -- looks confusing and controversial.

Entertainment

There Won't Be a "Next 'Game of Thrones,'" But These Shows Are Still Trying

From 'Utopia' to the asteroid belt, and with a bunch of Vikings, television is trying to chase an impossible dragon.

Entertainment

USA's Alien-Fighting 'Colony' Renewed

Now will it show the actual aliens already?

Gaming

I Made the X-Men in 'XCOM 2,' and Here's How It Worked Out for Me

Adding character customization options proves a very wise move for the high-profile strategy sequel.

Entertainment

Season 1 of 'The Expanse' Ends on a Solid Note, Falls Short of Great

Unlike riskier science fiction shows that swing for the fences, 'The Expanse' is content to be solid.

Entertainment

'The Shannara Chronicles' Is the Latest Example of How Elves Got Sexy

The new MTV fantasy series is filled with hot young people in pointy ears. How did it come to this?

Mind and Body

'XCOM 2' Will Enter a Crowded Market Filled With Games Inspired by 'XCOM'

The first 'XCOM' was a shock hit for a turn-based tactical game. Now, the sequel has to compete with its children.

Gaming

Peter Molyneux's False Twitter Retirement Causes Mass Gamer Confusion

Fortunately, his Twitter account was merely hacked. Or was it?

Entertainment

Why 'Deadpool' Will Give Superhero Movies a Well-Needed Kick in the Ass

I don't even like 'Deadpool,' but the genre desperately needs him.

Entertainment

With Samantha Bee's 'Full Frontal,' TBS Feels Like a 'Daily Show' Reunion

The network may have missed the boat on acclaimed, streamable comedy. It's trying to catch up.

Entertainment

'The Expanse' Goes for Classic Sci-Fi in Setting Up Its Upcoming Climax

"Salvage" takes a break from the gritty and political in favor of a classic horror thriller episode.

Entertainment

What's Going On With 'The X-Files'' Glenn Beck Wannabe Tad O'Malley?

Two decades later, why is the classic sci-fi show suddenly picking sides?