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    Reviews Need to Change

    The scoring system in reviews has become an arbitrary system that has become less about the games and more about personal beliefs and self-interests. They’ve also caused countless arguments between gamers because of the discrepancies of what a game is given sometimes versus what it’s perceived to deserve. Social media is littered with arguments that…

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    Phantasy Star Online 2: Eight Years Too Late

    At E3 2019, during the Xbox E3 Briefing, Microsoft and Sega made the rather surprising announcement that Phantasy Star Online 2 would be releasing on the Xbox One and Windows PC in Spring of 2020. Some fans of the Phantasy Star Online series rejoiced at this sudden announcement. Others, like myself, feel that this announcement…

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    I Reinstalled The Witcher 3 And I Regret Nothing

    It’s an unfortunate reality that over-saturation is a very real thing. We sometimes pour ourselves into our hobbies, and can quickly find ourselves up to our necks in questlines, missions, material grinding, and more. It’s this onslaught of opportunity that leads to a player “burning out” in a game, despite going in with the goal…

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    5 of Gaming’s Darkest Futures

    Games are many things. They are excellent tools of escapism, they are allegories for issues we face in the world, they are even explorations of what could have been and what could still be. Sometimes explorations of our future lead us to deep, dark pits. They show the apocalypse, demonic invasions, galactic societies on the…

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    Gaming: a Mental Health Disorder

    The World Health Organization has added a new disorder to its list, and it’s gaming. That’s right—gaming can now be considered a mental health disorder. The symptoms of this disease are an inability to stop oneself from gaming, to be so completely consumed into gaming that all other aspects of your life descend into chaos….

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    Who Needs a Gamepad? We Have the Best of PC Platformers

    The console is, justifiably so, the home of the 2D platformer, largely thanks to its native control scheme, the gamepad. It’s no surprise that the genre has always flourished on consoles, particularly in the early to mid-1990s. But with the total dominance of Sonic and Mario, it’s easy to forget the huge influence that the…

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    Analyzing EA’s Move From Single-Player to Multi-Player

    In 2017, EA made the decision to pull their resources away from single-player games and focus more heavily into multiplayer and games as a service experience. They used Mass Effect Andromeda’s poor sales and consumer reaction as an example, cancelled their linear-looking Star Wars game that at one point had Uncharted series creator Amy Hennig…

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    Axiom Verge: An Unintended Switch Masterpiece

    The Metroidvania genre has been explored quite thoroughly across the years, with new games being released at a near constant pace, all fighting to be the Metroidvania game of the moment. We’ve had exceptional examples of Metroidvania done right, like Hollow Knight, Guacamelee 1 & 2, Steamworld Dig 1 & 2, the list goes on…