Shannon Liao

Shannon Liao is the Deputy Gaming Editor at Inverse.

She previously ran her own gaming newsletter, Updater, and was a staff writer at The Washington Post, breaking industry scoops around business and tech, and contributing the occasional article to other sections. She has also been a tech and culture reporter at CNN and The Verge, and has moderated panels across the country at events like SXSW, Adweek, GDC, the Game Devs of Color Expo, and more.

A native New Yorker, Liao is a regular contributor to The New York Times' video game section and has appeared on cable networks including CNN, CNBC, Cheddar, CGTN, and Al Jazeera.

Gaming News

Life is Strange: Double Exposure Brings Back the Series’ Favorite Protagonist and New Time-Bending Powers

Gaming from a bygone era.

ByShannon Liao
Preview

The Latest Star Wars Game Feels Like Playing Overwatch at Galaxy’s Edge

“The maps are like Disneyland,” art director Dominic Estephane tells Inverse.

ByShannon Liao and Trone Dowd
Opinion

Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door Feels Like We Only Go Backwards

Like stepping into a video game time machine.

ByShannon Liao
Preview

Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance Is the Persona 5 Fix You’ve Been Looking For

Become the god of high school.

ByShannon Liao
Preview

'Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door' Is a Gut-Punch of Nostalgia

Return to Rogueport.

ByShannon Liao
Inverse Interview

Google Never Left Video Games

Google Cloud director of games Jack Buser reveals how the company plans to win gaming with cloud servers and AI.

ByShannon Liao
Preview

Dead Cells’ Developers Are Applying the Same Early Access Formula to a New Zelda-Inspired Roguelite

A work in progress.

ByShannon Liao
The Inverse Interview

Why Call of Duty: Warzone Mobile Doesn’t Do Cross Play

Activision exec Chris Plummer talks AI, mobile gaming, and sniping in Verdansk.

ByShannon Liao
Gaming

2024’s Video Games, Ranked From Worst to Best

It’s already been a big year for gaming. Here’s every title Inverse has reviewed so far.

ByRobin Bea, Hayes Madsen, Shannon Liao, Kai Tatsumoto, Diego Arguello, Josh Broadwell, Willa Rowe and Kazuma Hashimoto
Exclusive

25 Years Later, Neopets Is Finally Going Back to Basics

Inverse speaks to the team behind the Neopets renaissance — and reveals some exciting details about the game’s upcoming 2024 plot and new features.

ByShannon Liao
Hands-On

The Doki Doki Literature Club Company is Back with Another Instant Classic

Your cow has died. Wait, you had a cow?

ByShannon Liao
Hands-On

I Told an AI-Powered NPC to Poison All the Other NPCs

“I’m overworked and exhausted but I would never stoop to such extremes.”

ByShannon Liao
Preview

Dragon's Dogma 2 Is Smart to Lean into Wacky Slapstick Absurdism

Total eclipse of the camp.

ByShannon Liao
Review

The PlayStation Pulse Elite Is the Most Average PS5 Headset I’ve Ever Used

You’re a real gamer now.

ByShannon Liao
Game Guides

FF7 Rebirth Piano Sheet Music Locations: Where to Find All 8

Even Sephiroth has a theme.

ByShannon Liao
Game Guides

FF7 Rebirth Queen’s Blood Guide: The Best Cards, Decks, and Strategies to Win the Tournament

The heart of the cards.

ByShannon Liao
Inverse Recommends

Y’all Slept on 'Pentiment' But Now You Have No Excuse

Yes, you can pet the cat.

ByShannon Liao
Preview

Princess Peach: Showtime! Puts a Damsel in Distress Center Stage as the Leading Lady

Thespians should delight.

ByShannon Liao
Exclusive

Why Did Xbox Show Palworld On “Every Screen” At A Company Meeting?

Inverse spoke to multiple Microsoft employees who attended a virtual town hall with Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer and Xbox President Sarah Bond last week.

ByShannon Liao
Review

Mario vs. Donkey Kong Review: I Wish These Little Guys Would Wise Up

“Let’s go, little guys!”

ByShannon Liao