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Static: The Family BBQ Static: The Family BBQ

Man… Sid Shuman… Sid Shuman… The folks are in town, I gotta spent as much time as I can with them, but I took this writing challenge. Today was father’s Day, my parent’s wedding anniversary, and BBQ day so now it’s 10PM and I got nothing. Well until now that is. Time to dust off the ol’ static, and no, it has nothing…

A Payday Style Shadowrun Game can Work A Payday Style Shadowrun Game can Work

Payday 2, a mission based online co-op game, and Shadowrun, a universe where mega-corporations run a world and hired teams do dangerous jobs for and against them. A game that combines the two could be a match made in heaven.

Thoughts on Super Smash Bros Ultimate Thoughts on Super Smash Bros Ultimate

If you haven’t heard yet, the next Super Smash Bros game is coming out this December and man I can’t wait for it. The level of fanservice and love that Nintendo has put into this iteration of Smash is staggering. Bringing back every single character from every game no matter their form or function was so awesome. I…

Will I Watch Smash Ultimate Tournaments? Will I Watch Smash Ultimate Tournaments?

I’ve been really getting into esports for two years or so. One of my favorites is super smash bros Melee. After watching the E3 invitational of the upcoming super smash bros Ultimate, I’m not sure if I’ll watch more competitions.

Bethesda Doesn't Really 'Get' Fallout Bethesda Doesn't Really 'Get' Fallout

Fallout 76 is an interesting concept. One that I remember many people were interested in ever since Morrowind. Using Fallout as the franchise to explore this concept however, brought with it an element that may go against Fallout’s philosophy.

All You Had to do was not call it that, EA! All You Had to do was not call it that, EA!

As I was watching Electronic Arts’ E3 press conference, I was wondering the same things everyone else was. Why are they using so much time on this mobile game? Then they mentioned the name of the game and it drew a heavy sigh.

Would you play with Yourself? Would you play with Yourself?

The only online, team based, competitive game that I play every so often is Battlefield 4. Almost every time I play I can’t help but feel resentful towards my less skilled teammates. I often end up wondering what it would be like to play with 31 clones of myself.

Rey Might be the most Dangerous Character in Star Wars Rey Might be the most Dangerous Character in Star Wars

For those of you familiar with my content, specifically my Kreia’s Conundrums articles, you may have read the title and already deduced the reason behind the statement. I’m well aware of how controversial the new Star Wars canon is, especially after the Last Jedi. It realy should have been Admiral Ahkbar who took…

What Deus Ex Human Revolution has in common with Dragon Age 2 What Deus Ex Human Revolution has in common with Dragon Age 2

Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Dragon Age 2 are two very different games. But within the stories they tell, both present it in a very similar fashion. Both made a social commentary on how people debate issues, and forced the player into experiencing different perspectives.

What Deus Ex: Human Revolution has in Common with Mass Effect 3 What Deus Ex: Human Revolution has in Common with Mass Effect 3

A segment of its player base were upset with Deus Ex: Human Revolution’s ending. More precisely they were upset at how the endings are reached. While it was clear that people were revolting against buttons, I discovered something much more fascinating. Something Mass Effect 3 would try and replicate, but ultimately…

The One Thing Deus Ex: Human Revolution Needed The One Thing Deus Ex: Human Revolution Needed

The year was 2011 and the Deux Ex franchise is being rebooted with Human Revolution. By 2012 I would proclaim it as my favorite game of 2011, a solid 9 out of 10 game. Before I jump into Mankind Divided, I’d like to reminisce on Human Revolution and talk about the one thing that could have made it a 10 out of 10 for…

Other Players Are The Best and Worst Part of Sea of Thieves Other Players Are The Best and Worst Part of Sea of Thieves

Sea of Thieves recently updated with The Hungering Deep, a questline that required players to team up to fight a giant shark boss to get cool new swag. I wrote that the mandatory cooperation had made the game much more friendly and peaceful. Well...it didn’t last long. A good number of players have back to blasting…

Battlefield V Reveal: An Equal and Opposite Overreaction Battlefield V Reveal: An Equal and Opposite Overreaction

Every time I visit my brother, I utter something along the lines of: “Guess what gamers are pissed off about now.” Because there’s always something. This hobby seems to be rife with controversy in the modern day.

Videogame Movies: Edge of Tomorrow Videogame Movies: Edge of Tomorrow

You have a mission. You try to fulfill it, but then you die. You then try again, and you die again. You try and try until you finally succeed, because you have learned from your previous mistakes, and you knew how things were going to play.

On A Psychological Basis For The Human Side Of The Console Wars On A Psychological Basis For The Human Side Of The Console Wars

What is the core of the Console Wars? Comparing one console with another, and determine a “winner”, right?

Valve Has A Serious Curation Problem, And It Could Ruin Steam For Everyone Valve Has A Serious Curation Problem, And It Could Ruin Steam For Everyone

Steam, Valve’s PC games distribution platform, was created in 2002 to sell Valve products while streamlining the process to make it more convenient for gamers. Today, Steam leads a large part of the industry, controlling the majority of PC sales and influencing gaming as a whole. Sixteen years later, Steam is starting…

5 Things I'd Like to See Added to Sea of Thieves 5 Things I'd Like to See Added to Sea of Thieves

If there is one thing most people agree on, it’s that Sea of Thieves doesn’t have a lot of Content™ and that there aren’t enough Things To Do®. The good news is that Rare recently announced its plans to update the game with new stuff. And while that’s good news, I’d like to throw my pirate hat into the ring and…

Stop Using "It'll Take Over Your Life" as a Selling Point Stop Using "It'll Take Over Your Life" as a Selling Point

The room was dark, the screen was bright, and once more, Al Michaels crooned excitedly. “Aaaaaaand he’s in there for the touchdown.” I had heard it endlessly during my 120-point Madden 2005 rampage. As my players ran through one of the ten or so touchdown celebrations on the disk, I noticed the sun peeking through my…

Storytelling Versus Making Your Own Adventure Storytelling Versus Making Your Own Adventure

As I was listening to the SplitScreen Podcast, they brought up a concept that shaped the games that I choose to play. That concept was storytelling in games. What kind of story player/gamer was I? What kind of story gamer are you?

In Praise of the Monopoly Supermarket Sweepstakes' Official Smartphone App In Praise of the Monopoly Supermarket Sweepstakes' Official Smartphone App

It’s the first few months of the year, and that means a whole swath of grocery stores—over here in New Jersey, ours is Acme—are once again in the middle of a Monopoly-themed promotion. This time, however, has been much improved over past years, thanks to an intelligent use of technology.

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