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.

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
Inverse Recommends

The Best Video Games to Play After a Breakup

Now the video game backlog is sitting there, gleaming with potential.

ByRobin Bea, Shannon Liao and Hayes Madsen
Gaming News

Disney Buys A $1.5 Billion Stake in 'Fortnite' Maker, Plans for New Game Universes

Disney wants to meet Gen Alpha in video games.

ByShannon Liao
Preview

Mario vs. Donkey Kong Brings Cinematic Graphics to a Forgotten Game Boy Classic

Let’sa-go, little guys!

ByShannon Liao
Game Guides

Here’s Exactly When You Can Finally Play Tekken 8

Tekken 8 is the latest fighting game to punch and kick its way onto consoles and PC.

ByShannon Liao
Gaming

The 13 Most Exciting Video Games Coming Out In 2024

Could this year be even grander than 2023?

ByHayes Madsen, Willa Rowe, Robin Bea and Shannon Liao
The Inverse Interview

Baldur’s Gate 3 Writers Break Down the Craft of Video Game Sex and Romance

“There are no limits as to what a game can address. If it feels emotionally powerful, we’re gonna go there.”

ByShannon Liao and Robin Bea
The Inverse Awards

'Baldur’s Gate 3' Is the Best Game of the Year

And it could change the industry forever.

ByShannon Liao
News

Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick to Step Down

End of an era.

ByShannon Liao
The Inverse Awards

The 10 Best Video Games of 2023, Ranked

One for the history books.

ByHayes Madsen and Shannon Liao
Geeking Out

Geeking Out: Gaten Matarazzo

The Stranger Things actor sits down to chat about Nintendo.

ByShannon Liao
The Inverse Interview

Lies of P Developer Want Timothée Chalamet For the Movie Adaptation

Neowiz studio head Jason Park talks about making Soulslike games (slightly) easier, his plans for a Lies of P sequel, and more.

ByShannon Liao
Jobs

The Best Dystopian Simulator Game Just Got an Amazing Cyber Monday Discount

The job market may suck, but at least we can laugh about robots.

ByShannon Liao
The Inverse Interview

The Queen of Twitch Speaks Out

Pokimane on social media burnout, the struggles of being a female influencer, and cookies.

ByShannon Liao
Review

PlayStation Portal Is Like a Nintendo Switch — But You’re Chained To Your Desk

An awkward way to game.

ByShannon Liao
Exclusive

Take-Two CEO Reveals How AI Can Make GTA 6 Even Better

A decade after Rockstar released its last Grand Theft Auto game, anticipation for GTA 6 has reached a fevered pitch. But on the eve of a major earnings call from parent company Take-Two, CEO Strauss Zelnick revealed new details about the upcoming game — and how the rise of generative AI could make the next Grand Theft Auto even better.

ByShannon Liao