Gaming Features

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The Obstacles to Animal Motion Capture in Video Game Development

As cute as it might be to put a dog in a spandex suit and ask it to perform tricks, animal motion capture in video game development comes with a lot of hurdles. We discuss everything from outfitting animals to syncing up their movement with human characters.

October 25, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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The Link Between the Best Mods and the Fanfiction Community

Mods and fanfiction alike are popular because they're made by fans for fans, which creates a community of shared desires.

October 22, 2021 | 01:00 EDT

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The First Nintendo Direct Aired 10 Years Ago Today

The first Nintendo Direct was released 10 years ago. See what's changed in the decade since Nintendo Directs started, and how other competitors have adopted the Direct style to push out their own updates.

October 21, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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Why Sora in Smash Bros. is More Important than You Think

Sora finally meets Mario in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but it turns out, these two already have a little history together, or at least their respective franchises do.

October 21, 2021 | 11:30 EDT

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Game Preservation: What it Means to Protect the Past

Today were going to take a look at some of the myths of what Game Preservation is, and how it is important for the industry as a whole.

October 18, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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Metroid Dread: How Nintendo Gets Horror Right

Metroid Dread is a great example of how Nintendo can effectively do horror games. See what makes the Nintendo Switch Metroid game so terrifying.

October 18, 2021 | 11:30 EDT

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5 Spooky, Supernatural Super Mario Moments

Super Mario games are known for being family-friendly, but every once in a while something truly spooky will sneak into the otherwise colorful franchise. Check out our favorite Super Mario supernatural moments.

October 15, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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Adi Shankar talks Future Projects and Mental Health

Netflix's Castlevania creator Adi Shankar talks candidly with TechRaptor about his new projects and mental health.

October 13, 2021 | 08:00 EDT

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Here's What a Great Ace Attorney Investigations Spin-off Could Look Like

It's too soon to move on from The Great Ace Attorney and Capcom has everything it needs to create the perfect spin-off.

October 12, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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Retro Graphics and Horror are a Match Made in Heaven

Indie games such as World of Horror, VEILED, and The Well showcase the fascinating and unsettling world of horror using 1 and 2-bit retro graphics.

October 11, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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God of War (2018) Retroactively Improved the Series

In the three years since God of War's latest release, the newest title in the series has given new meaning to the power fantasies from the previous eras.

October 6, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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6 Quality-of-Life Improvements We Still Need in Pokemon Games

We've gotten a lot of quality-of-life improvements in mainline Pokemon games, like renaming traded Pokemon and seeing how effective moves are during battle. Here are six things they could add to future Pokemon games to make them even better.

October 2, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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Tales of Arise Is Built on the Back of Star Ocean

Tales of Arise continues the long-running JRPG franchise, but it also takes liberal inspiration from another prominent series, Star Ocean.

October 1, 2021 | 11:30 EDT

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What is Up with Life is Strange: True Colors' Performance?

Life is Strange: True Colors is a great narrative experience with an unusual performance profile that deserves to be addressed.

September 24, 2021 | 01:00 EDT

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Ten Years Later, Dark Souls' First Half Is Still Unmatched

Love it or loathe it (and there are plenty who do), Dark Souls is undeniably one of the most influential games of the last decade.

September 22, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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How Life is Strange: True Colors Gets Asian-American Representation Right

The down-to-earth sensibilities in Life is Strange: True Colors help ground Alex Chen as one of the most relatable Asian Americans in video games.

September 21, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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Why Alan Wake Has Endured

With the announcement of Alan Wake Remastered, we look back at the development history of the original game and how it endures as a cult classic.

September 20, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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Destroy All Humans! 2 Reprobed is as Weird as You Think

Destroy All Humans! 2 Reprobed showed us some of its wackiest inventions and some brand new toys. It was about as weird as you might expect

September 17, 2021 | 03:30 EDT

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Death's Gambit: Afterlife Preview

Death's Gambit: Afterlife will address player feedback in the free update slated for later this year. Afterlife will overhaul many different aspects of the game to create a more enjoyable experience while blending together Igavanias and Souls-likes.

September 16, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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The Ascent Dev Neon Giant Discuss How One of 2021's Coolest Worlds Was Born

Toting some of gaming's most incredible visuals and densely packed with so much detail and lore, The Ascent was an undertaking to create.

September 14, 2021 | 11:30 EDT

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Tribes Of Midgard's Take on Ragnarok and Norse Mythology

The game market is almost overflowing with games about Norse Mythology, but how faithful are they to the stories they're based on? We take a look at this by examining the mythological accuracy of the title Tribes Of Midgard.

September 13, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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How Indie Tabletop Devs Are Adjusting to the Pandemic

We spoke with indie tabletop developers (along with devs in the escape room and arcade spaces) about how the ongoing pandemic has affected their business.

September 10, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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PAX West 2021 Felt Quiet — And That’s OK

For its return in the midst of a difficult pandemic, PAX West 2021 was still a kind, warm, fun event for Memorial Day weekend.

September 10, 2021 | 11:00 EDT

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Talking about 'Coding History: 3D from Mode7 to DOOM' with Emma 'Eniko' Maassen

We had a chance to talk with Emma "Eniko" Maassen about her Kickstarter project Coding History: 3D from Mode7 to DOOM discussing her history, passion, and plans for this video series.

September 8, 2021 | 01:00 EDT

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Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous Nails that Modern CRPG Feeling

Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous is now available and feels like one of the most modern CRPGs thanks to a simple tweak to a very mundane game mechanic.

September 3, 2021 | 01:00 EDT

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The Best of Play NYC 2021

Every year, we pick out the coolest new and upcoming games we saw at Playcrafting's convention in NYC — these games are The Best of Play NYC 2021.

September 2, 2021 | 01:00 EDT

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The Shady Side of Adult Games on Steam

Valve has opened the floodgates on shovelware content, allowing all sorts of Steam Adult Games to exist, but some of seem questionable at best.

September 2, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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Destiny 2 Season of the Lost First Impressions

Destiny 2 continues with Season of the Lost, a six-month stretch of content leading to its next premium expansion. Here are our first impressions.

September 1, 2021 | 11:00 EDT

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Get a Clue: The Evolution of Mystery Games

Murder mystery, despite the trappings of its genre, has come a long way since its inception in the 1800s as a source of parlor entertainment.

August 31, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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The Worst Eighth-Gen Remasters

In an industry that grows increasingly reliant on remasters, few were worth complaining about, making the original versions preferable in most respects.

August 27, 2021 | 01:00 EDT

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Tontachi Takes Virtual Pet Games to the Next Level

Urban Electronic Games' upcoming title "Tontachi" uses augmented reality and the Ethereum blockchain to take virtual pet games to the next level.

August 27, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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Every Game We Have Awarded A 10/10

We're all so lucky to be able to enjoy such a wide variety of games encompassing every genre, and we've collected our list of games that TechRaptor reviewers feel earned a perfect score.

August 25, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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Play NYC 2021 Graffiti Games Bring Us Back Together

There were some nice surprises in the Play NYC 2021 Graffiti Games, a special group of custom games created for the Play NYC gaming convention every year.

August 20, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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Staff Poll: What Boyfriend Dungeon Weapon Would You Be?

We turn the lens on our TechRaptor staff to see what weapons our writers would be if they stepped into the world of Boyfriend Dungeon.

August 19, 2021 | 01:00 EDT

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Game Grooves: Dissociating to the Silent Hill Vinyl

In Game grooves, we analyze a physical music release to tell you what makes them special. Here, we talk about the Silent Hill vinyl.

August 18, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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Psychonauts Helped Fulfill My Childhood Dreams

The original Psychonauts helped me fulfill my childhood dream of enjoying summer camp after many failed real-world attempts.

August 17, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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The State of Destiny 2: Season of the Splicer

Destiny 2 has wrapped up Season of the Splicer with one final story mission. Now we look back over the season: the good, the bad, and the future.

August 13, 2021 | 11:00 EDT

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Lawn Mowing Simulator Is Actually An Open-World RPG

Lawn Mowing Simulator is masquerading as just another sim game, but it's actually an open-world RPG ready to take players on a heroic adventure.

August 11, 2021 | 01:00 EDT

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Play NYC 2021 Recap – Reviving the Indie Spirit

After a yearlong absence, gaming convention Play NYC 2021 returned to the Metropolitan Pavilion — albeit with some changes to keep everyone safe.

August 10, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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Why Do People Hunt for Shiny Pokemon?

Have you ever wondered why some players spend hundreds of hours hunting Shiny Pokemon? We've interviewed three experienced hunters on why they hunt Shinies.

August 6, 2021 | 01:00 EDT

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Metro 2033 and STALKER Fans Should Give Chernobylite a Shot

If you're a fan of the Stalker or Metro 2033 games, Chernobylite is absolutely an experience that you don't want to miss out on.

August 6, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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Play NYC Aims to Bring Back the Fun of Gaming Conventions

We spoke with Playcrafting CEO Dan Butchko about how Play NYC 2021 is returning as an in-person gaming event with a number of new safety measures in place.

August 5, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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The Forgotten City Redefines the Video Game Moral Compass

The Forgotten City may seem like an interesting mystery game on its surface, but it's the surprisingly deep philosophical questions that keep us thinking.

August 4, 2021 | 11:00 EDT

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The Sims 4 Has Made Big Strides in Community Involvement, and We Love to See It

The Sims 4 is the longest-running installment in the franchise, but it's not going anywhere, especially with the new standard of community involvement.

August 3, 2021 | 01:00 EDT

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How Pokemon Unite Compares to Other MOBAs

Pokemon Unite is the newest MOBA on the market based on one of the most popular IP to ever exist. How does it compare to the other MOBAs?

July 24, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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7 Characters We Want in Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl

Everyone might have their picks, but here are the 7 Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl characters we want to see in the final game.

July 21, 2021 | 11:00 EDT

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Is Patch 9.1 Changing World of Warcraft for the Better?

World of Warcraft Patch 9.1 has been slowly releasing content throughout the weeks, but how is it faring against WoW Classic and The Burning Crusade?

July 20, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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Exploring Transgender Identity Through Video Games

Video games can help trans people discover their true selves in a variety of ways, including through character creators and stories.

July 17, 2021 | 11:00 EDT

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The Best Civilization VI Mods

TechRaptor looks at the best Civilization VI mods and helps you find the way to best modify your Civilization 6 game.

July 16, 2021 | 11:00 EDT

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The Valve Steam Deck Might Be the Perfect Budget Gaming PC

The Valve Steam Deck reveal was certainly a surprise, but what's even more surprising is that it looks like it could be a really good budget gaming PC.

July 15, 2021 | 04:55 EDT

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7 of the Rarest, Most Expensive Video Games

There are a lot of expensive video games out there, but which ones are also the rarest and most obscure? Here is a list celebrating seven such games.

July 14, 2021 | 12:00 EDT