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Dan Rockwood

Staff Writer

About Dan Rockwood

Dan is a Boston-based writer who has been with TechRaptor since the end of 2020. He has been working in the online writing, editing and SEO space for nearly a decade, always looking out for where the next great story will come from. At his core, Dan is a storyteller, and loves to both expand on the stories that are told within games, as well as speak with the developers and creative minds behind some of the most beloved interactive tales there are. Though video games are more widely played and understood better than they have ever been, it is Dan's goal to continue to push the importance of gaming and how it relates to mental health, personal fulfillment, and individual creativity.

When not writing about games, Dan loves watching movies with his wife and cats, taking hikes, listening to an assortment of video game podcasts, and spending time with his friends, whether that be online in a game or in real life.

Articles by Dan Rockwood

Total Articles: 142

Resident Evil Village Azure Eye Puzzle

Resident Evil Village Azure Eye Guide

The Azure Eye is one of many Resident Evil Village treasures. See how to solve the Azure Eye puzzle and where to find this valuable collectable.

May 8, 2021 | 01:15 EDT

Resident Evil Village Courtyard

Resident Evil Village Courtyard Items Guide

If you’re having trouble clearing the Resident Evil Village courtyard of all items, check out this guide.

May 7, 2021 | 07:21 EDT

Castle Dimitrescu in Resident Evil Village

Resident Evil Village Rooftop Items Guide

Having trouble collecting all the items on the Castle Dimitrescu rooftop? Check out our handy guide.

May 7, 2021 | 06:56 EDT

Resident Evil Village piano puzzle

Resident Evil Village Piano Puzzle Guide

Solve the Resident Evil Village piano puzzle and get the Iron Insignia Key.

May 7, 2021 | 06:48 EDT

Sunset in Campo Santo's Firewatch

How Firewatch Helped Me Reconnect With the Outdoors

Firewatch helped me reconnect with the wilderness and acknowledge my own grief and loss. This game tackles mental health issues head-on, and tells a brilliant story set in the backdrop of 1989 Wyoming.

May 6, 2021 | 11:00 EDT

Sweltering Sands in Pokemon Snap

New Pokemon Snap Sweltering Sands Pokemon Guide

Check out our list of Pokemon you can photograph in Sweltering Sands!

May 2, 2021 | 06:50 EDT

Age of Empires IV

Has the Age of RTS Gone By?

There was a time when real-time strategy games seemed to rule supreme in the PC realm. Now, companies aren’t committing as many resources to RTS development. Are we past the age of RTS?

April 26, 2021 | 11:00 EDT

Aurora borealis in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

How Animal Crossing Ushered in the Age of Endless Games

Animal Crossing has been delighting players for 20 years now, so we took a look at how this series helped define a genre and ushered in an era of endless games.

April 14, 2021 | 11:30 EDT

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2

Does the Tony Hawk DualSense Upgrade Go Far Enough?

The Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 next-gen upgrade release date is finally here, and many fans are enjoying the graphical and performance upgrades that are available. Does the Tony Hawk DualSense™ capabilities make this a compelling buy for PS5?

March 30, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

Leon Kennedy in Resident Evil 2

How Resident Evil Gets Remakes Right

This month, Capcom is celebrating the Resident Evil 25th anniversary. We also want to celebrate 25 years of Resident Evil by taking a look at some of the most iconic games in the series, and how Capcon improved upon and changed things with the variety of Resident Evil remakes we’ve gotten over the past several years.

March 29, 2021 | 11:00 EDT

In Sound Mind Lighthouse

In Sound Mind Strikingly Manifests Mental-Health Struggles

In Sound Mind places you directly into surreal mindscapes of mental health struggles, helping you both understand characters in the game while uncovering mystery after mystery. See why you should pick up this survival horror experience from developer We Create Stuff.

March 24, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

Uncharted 2 train hanging off a cliff

Top 10 Video Game Trains

Who doesn’t love trains? They can be a reminder of a by-gone era of the mighty locomotive, as well as a glimpse of a hopeful future filled with high-speed travel by rail. Whenever a game introduces a train, it’s easy to get excited over the design and challenges this level may bring. Whether it’s an aesthetic set piece or a labyrinth of cars to make your way through, here’s our list of our top ten favorite trains in video games.

March 24, 2021 | 11:00 EDT

Link in the King of Red Lions in Wind WAker

Nintendo Announced Skyward Sword HD. What’s Next?

What could Nintendo have in store for a Legend of Zelda 3D Collection? We take a look at what a Zelda 3D collection could (and should) look like.

March 2, 2021 | 11:30 EST

Tetris and other things on display at the Strong National Museum of Play

How a Game Preservation Museum Is Keeping Your Favorite Games Alive

The Strong National Museum of Play celebrates games and play of all kinds. See how the Strong Museum in Rochester, NY, supports video-game preservation.

February 19, 2021 | 11:00 EST

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Gets Update

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Expansion Pass Announced

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is getting a series of updates that will start this May and roll into November.

February 17, 2021 | 06:16 EST

Link and Zelda with Loftwing

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Comes to Nintendo Switch

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD is coming to Nintendo Switch July 16, 2021.

February 17, 2021 | 05:59 EST

Super Mario 3D All Stars featuring three classic Mario games

The Super Mario 3D All Stars Limited-Release Window Closes Soon. What’s Next?

Should Nintendo put N64, GameCube and other titles on Switch? We interviewed game preservationists about limited-run titles like Super Mario 3D All Stars.

January 25, 2021 | 12:00 EST

Resident Evil: Village villain

8 Things We Noticed in the Resident Evil Village Demo

Last week's Resident Evil showcase gave us more details about the upcoming Resident Evil Village. Here are eight details we noticed while playing through The Maiden demo.

January 25, 2021 | 11:00 EST

Everspace 2 Spaceship flying in front of a sun

Is Everspace 2 the Beautifully Designed Spaceship Sim You've Been Waiting For?

Everspace 2 is a fast-paced, action-packed spaceship RPG that allows you to explore a vast galaxy while customizing your ship. This Everspace sequel is gorgeously designed and offers plenty for you to explore and do as you battle outlaw spacecraft and mine distant asteroids. The Everspace 2 release date will be available soon, in the meantime take a look at our thoughts on the Everspace 2 gameplay and customization options.

January 18, 2021 | 11:00 EST

Miles Morales in the snow

10 Snowy Video Game Wonderlands to Get Lost In This Winter

Discover the best winter settings in video games. These winter video game locales from God of War to Horizon: Zero Dawn are fun to explore from home!

January 8, 2021 | 11:00 EST

Don't Be Afraid logo with creatures peering through the darkness

Don't Be Afraid Review

January 1, 2021 | 11:00 EST

Happy Mask Salesman in Majora's Mask

20 Games That Turned 20 In 2020

December 31, 2020 | 01:00 EST