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Joseph Allen

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About Joseph Allen

Joe has been writing for TechRaptor for several years, and in those years has learned a lot about the gaming industry and its foibles. He’s originally an English Literature graduate, and although that might not be akin to a journalism qualification, he’s still thrilled to be able to use those skills for something worthwhile.

Joe’s time writing for TechRaptor began way back in the mists of 2017. Since then, he’s interviewed notable industry figures like XCOM’s Julian Gollop and Bossa Studios’ Henrique Olifiers, been sent up in a model skyship to cover a game launch, and had the privilege of reviewing some of the best (and some of the most mediocre) games of the last half-decade. You won’t find his writing anywhere else; he’s a verified TechRaptor exclusive.

Outside of writing, Joe’s passions lie mostly in music. He’s an avid guitarist and drummer, and he’s also been known to sing occasionally, much to the chagrin of his longtime partner. He’s also an avid walker, taking regular strolls in the city every day. If he’s not hammering away at the keyboard to write another story, you’ll find him playing his guitar, wandering down the High Street (unwisely unaccompanied by an adult), or trying his hand at some cooking.

Articles by Joseph Allen

Total Articles: 4251

A helicopter flying over London in Microsoft Flight Simulator World Update 17

Microsoft Flight Simulator World Update 17 Takes You to the UK and Ireland

A new Microsoft Flight Simulator World Update is here, and it's bringing new UK and Ireland locations to enjoy, plus more.

July 23, 2024 | 11:53 EDT

Blocks falling in artwork for a Ubisoft Tetris game, representing the signed copy of the NES version being auctioned off for charity

Original Signed NES Tetris Copy to be Auctioned Off for Charity

An original signed copy of an NES Tetris cartridge is to be auctioned off in order to support a trans charity next month.

July 23, 2024 | 11:12 EDT

Helldivers standing heroically in artwork for the new Helldivers 2 Escalation of Freedom update

New Helldivers 2 Difficulty Level and More Arriving in August

Arrowhead and Sony have announced a significant Helldivers 2 update for August, and it's bringing a new difficulty level and more.

July 23, 2024 | 10:36 EDT

A close-up of Yasuke's face in Assassin's Creed Shadows

Ubisoft Addresses Assassin's Creed Shadows Yasuke Controversy

Ubisoft has taken to social media in order to address the controversy surrounding the inclusion of historical figure Yasuke in Assassin's Creed Shadows.

July 23, 2024 | 10:00 EDT

A player running around the docks in ConcernedApe's Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley Creator Pledges No Paid DLC In His Games

Stardew Valley creator ConcernedApe, also known as Eric Barone, has pledged never to include paid DLC or paid updates in his games.

July 22, 2024 | 12:09 EDT

The Nintendo World Championships cartridge being auctioned off on Goldin

Super Rare Gold NES Cartridge Up for $10k at Auction

A super-rare gold NES cartridge, of which only thirteen apparently exist in the world, is being put up for auction later today for a whopping price.

July 22, 2024 | 11:21 EDT

The two Xbox Series models and many characters from games that are available via Xbox Game Pass

(Updated) FTC Slams New Xbox Game Pass Tier as "Degraded Product" After Changes

The FTC has described Microsoft's new Xbox Game Pass Standard tier as a "degraded product", decrying its lack of day-one releases.

July 22, 2024 | 10:08 EDT

A shot of Heihachi looking maniacal in Tekken 8

Heihachi Mishima Comes to Tekken 8 as DLC This Fall

Bandai Namco has revealed Tekken 8's third DLC character, and if you've been following the Mishima saga closely, this one may come as a shock.

July 22, 2024 | 10:04 EDT

A crowd cheering at Gamescom

It's Not Cheap To Showcase At Geoff Keighley's Gamescom ONL

It turns out that if you want to showcase your game during Gamescom Opening Night Live, you're going to be paying a lot for the privilege.

July 22, 2024 | 09:32 EDT

Artwork for Hunt: Showdown, depicting several characters engaged in battle both with each other and with monsters

Hunt: Showdown Sequel Possibly Leaked via ESRB Rating

A new ESRB rating for a game called Hunt: Showdown 1896 has appeared, seemingly teasing a sequel to the popular PvPvE shooter.

July 19, 2024 | 11:04 EDT

Yunli and March 7th in artwork for Honkai: Star Rail Version 2.4

Honkai: Star Rail Version 2.4 Release Date and New Content Revealed

HoYoverse has revealed the release date for Honkai: Star Rail Version 2.4, and the turn-based gacha RPG's latest update is coming your way later this month.

July 19, 2024 | 10:24 EDT

A character walking towards the camera in the first .45 Parabellum Bloodhound trailer

First .45 Parabellum Bloodhound Trailer Shows Off VA-11 Hall-A Dev's New Game

Sukeban Games has released the first .45 Parabellum Bloodhound trailer, and the "Active Time Action" game is filled with blissful PS1-era nostalgia.

July 19, 2024 | 09:45 EDT

Artwork of the Squid Sisters, Deep Cut, and Off the Hook in Splatoon 3's Grand Festival

Splatoon 3 Grand Festival Could Be the Game's Last Big Event

Nintendo has announced the Splatoon 3 Grand Festival, a major new Splatfest that pits the forces of Past, Present, and Future against each other.

July 19, 2024 | 09:20 EDT

Three characters in armor in the Halo series, which has been canceled after two seasons

Paramount Cancels Halo Series After Just Two Seasons

Paramount has canceled the Halo TV series after just two seasons, but it seems the show's producers may be determined to carry on regardless.

July 19, 2024 | 08:20 EDT

A shot of Fujin and two other characters in the NetherRealm game Mortal Kombat Mobile

Mortal Kombat: Onslaught to Shut Down Amid NetherRealm Mobile Layoffs

It looks like Mortal Kombat developer NetherRealm has been hit by the layoff wave, with the studio's mobile division reportedly closing down.

July 19, 2024 | 07:47 EDT

An anthropomorphic crocodile character with a hat on in Amber Isle

(Updated) Amber Isle Release Date Promises Dino Shop Shenanigans in October

Team17 and developer Ambertail Games have announced the Amber Isle release date, with the prehistoric shop management sim launching in October.

July 18, 2024 | 11:28 EDT

An Ork racing through a wasteland in Warhammer 40k: Speed Freeks

Warhammer 40k: Speed Freeks Release Date Brings Madcap Ork Racin' in August

Plaion and developer Caged Element have revealed the Warhammer 40k: Speed Freeks release date, so get ready to join the WAAAGH! later this summer.

July 18, 2024 | 11:26 EDT

A house with a pyramid-style roof in House Flipper 2

House Flipper 2 Roadmap Promises Summer Joy, Spooky Fun, and More

PlayWay and Frozen District have released the latest House Flipper 2 roadmap, which promises seasonal content galore between now and winter.

July 18, 2024 | 11:01 EDT

A car getting ready to drive out of a garage in Pacific Drive

Pacific Drive Sales Top 600k as Devs Celebrate with New Update

Ironwood Studios has revealed that Pacific Drive sales have topped 600k since the game launched back in February, and there's a new free update too.

July 18, 2024 | 10:26 EDT

A player firing weapons through a portal in Splitgate 2

Splitgate 2 Brings Back Chaotic Portal-Based Arena Shooting Next Year

1047 Games has officially announced Splitgate 2, the sequel to 2021's fast-paced arena shooter Splitgate, and it's heading your way next year.

July 18, 2024 | 09:34 EDT

Artwork for Orcs Must Die! Deathtrap, depicting various characters standing around an explosion

Orcs Must Die! Deathtrap Catapults Onto PC and Xbox Series X|S Next Year

Robot Entertainment has announced Orcs Must Die! Deathtrap, a brand new entry in the series that's hitting PC and Xbox Series X|S next year.

July 17, 2024 | 11:05 EDT

Three characters and a man with a bag on his head in artwork for Emio - The Smiling Man: Famicom Detective Club

Nintendo's Emio Is the First New Famicom Detective Club Game in 35 Years

The mysterious Emio trailer uploaded to Nintendo's YouTube channel last week has officially been confirmed as a new game in a long-dormant franchise.

July 17, 2024 | 10:33 EDT

The player looking out over a sky filled with floating islands in the No Man's Sky Worlds Part I update

No Man's Sky Worlds Part I Update Brings "Richer, Wilder, More Varied" Universe

asdHello Games has released the No Man's Sky Worlds Part I update, bringing a huge visual overhaul to the game, plus lots more.

July 17, 2024 | 09:35 EDT

Key art for Wartales, depicting soldiers screaming against the backdrop of a battlefield

New Wartales Roadmap Promises Drop-In, Drop-Out Co-Op and More

Shiro Games has released a brand new Wartales roadmap, showing off what's coming to the gritty RPG in the next few months.

July 17, 2024 | 08:47 EDT