Ryan Houlihan

Ryan Houlihan is a writer, editor, comedian, video producer, and former member of The Spice Girls who has worked at Teen Vogue, MTV, The Financial Diet, and The Outline. His television resume includes shows like Billy on the Street and Difficult People and he has produced podcasts such as Tomorrow with Joshua Topolsky, The Lost Episode, and How Was Your Week with Julie Klausner. He regularly plays Bethenny Frankel in live performances of The Real Housewives and can be find galavanting around New York City's many gay bars.
How to build the ultimate Sega Dreamcast
Ryan Houlihan
The Sega Dreamcast was the swan song for the game company with attitude — and what a song it was. The Dreamcast may be the quirkiest, most offbeat system ever released by a major company, with titles like Shenmue, Rez, and Crazy Taxi which never would have seen the light of day at any other company. If you’re looking to explore all the console has to offer, here’s the best way to do it.
Sega Week
How to build the ultimate Sega Genesis
Ryan Houlihan
The Sega Genesis (called the Mega Drive outside the U.S.) rocketed Sega from a nothing outfit to, for a time, the largest video game company in the world. Its games are classics that still cherished by fans all over the world today. Here’s the best way to experience it.
Sega Week
How to build the ultimate Sega Master System
Ryan Houlihan
The Sega Master System is under-appreciated for two reasons: the Genesis and the NES. It never really rose to a place of true competition for the NES, despite having many incredible games on offer. And, since the Genesis was such a massive hit, it became synonymous with Sega. Today, let’s change that.
Sega Week
How to build the ultimate Sega Nomad
Ryan Houlihan
Leave your friends and family saying "Switch who?"
Sega Week
How to build the ultimate Sega Game Gear
Ryan Houlihan
Everything you need to build a killer Game Boy killer.
Sega Week
Zuckerberg thinks Twitter should allow disinformation like Facebook does
Ryan Houlihan
The Facebook CEO really, really wants politicians to be able to spread lies. Jack Dorsey disagrees.
Culture
How to build the ultimate Sega Saturn
Ryan Houlihan
After its botched release 26 years ago, Sega’s Saturn is finally having something of a moment.
Sega Week
Sega Week: Celebrating 60 years of the greatest game company ever*
Ryan Houlihan
*Author's opinion. Not based on facts. Actually, they mess up a lot.
Sega Week
The Astrohaus Freewrite is the e-paper typewriter of my quarantine dreams
Ryan Houlihan
Finally, a way to write in direct sunlight.
This Thing Rules
Rejoice Master Chief: Fans are resurrecting OG Xbox Live
Ryan Houlihan
Grab your Duke and some Mountain Dew.
Gaming
Dear Fran Drescher, 5G is not causing cancer or 'corona'
Ryan Houlihan
The flashy girl from Flushing is sharing conspiracy theories and I hate it.
Culture
The full Mother/EarthBound series is getting an English translation
Ryan Houlihan
But we still don't know if the games will ever actually be released.
Gaming
Fans are bringing this '90s Sailor Moon game to a whole new audience
Ryan Houlihan
By the power of the moon, a new fan translation!
Gaming
Animal Crossing sold more digital copies in a month than any console game in history
Ryan Houlihan
At 5 million units sold digitally, Nintendo is raking in the bells.
Gaming
Genius gamer builds a Nintendo Switch from scratch to battle price gougers
Ryan Houlihan
A different kind of Mario Odyssey.
Gaming
The best video games you can finish in a day
Ryan Houlihan
Mark the passage of time by tearing through a backlog.
Gaming
The best video games you can play forever
Ryan Houlihan
How to lose years of your life to a single purchase.
Gaming
Sony reveals DualSense, the new controller for the PlayStation 5
Joshua Topolsky and Ryan Houlihan
A surprise reveal of a whole new kind of controller.
Breaking News
The ionizing air purifier you should buy (instead of an ozone generator)
Ryan Houlihan
You're spending a lot of time at home. It's gonna get stuffy.
This Thing Rules
You're bored: Here's how to play any old-school video game you want
Ryan Houlihan
Use this guide to emulate SNES, N64, Dreamcast, PlayStation, arcade games, and more on any PC, Mac, or Android device. Your brain will thank you.
Guides