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Ultima: The Rise and Fall of an RPG Giant

Ultima is a name you may have heard of, but you're probably not too familiar with the tragic backstory to one of gaming's oldest franchises.

June 4, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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Kingdom Hearts UX Ending Reveals and Questions for the Future

Kingdom Hearts UX has ended, and there's been a lot to process. Just as you'd expect though it throws more about the future of Kingdom Hearts into question.

June 4, 2021 | 11:00 EDT

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Building Characters in Skyrim's Ordinator Mod

Ordinator is one of the most popular perk mods for Skyrim Special Edition. With so many new, suddenly viable character concepts and builds, it can be a bit overwhelming. Here are four fleshed-out ideas.

May 31, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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This Week in Valheim: Real Mead and Running Gauntlets

This Week in Valheim, we cover a deadly gauntlet that defends your base, a real Tasty Mead recipe, and the epic conclusion of a months-long fanart project!

May 29, 2021 | 11:00 EDT

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How the Fallout Games Saved My Life

In the darkest time of my life, Fallout gave me something to reach for. This is a story of how this game series saved me from myself, and helped me discover how strong I really am.

May 27, 2021 | 11:00 EDT

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The Appeal of Escapism in Gaming

This past year has felt like a whirlwind. How do we cope with things unraveling beyond our control? Our grief?

May 26, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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A Brief History of Dragon Quest

Approaching its 35th anniversary, Dragon Quest remains as one of the most influential, if not often overlooked, franchises in the history of video games.

May 26, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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Where Does Resident Evil Go from Village?

Resident Evil Village may be the latest entry in the survival horror franchise, but what’s to come next? We look at the Resident Evil Village ending and see what the next entry may be.

May 24, 2021 | 01:00 EDT

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This Week in Valheim: Big Bucks and Happy Little Trees

This week in Valheim, we check out some happy little trees, a lesson on dealing with Stone Golems, and the addition of a rather suspicious new plant!

May 22, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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In Praise of Mass Effect's Aliens

Mass Effect has some solid alien designs, even though, upon first glance, they are all pretty standard. The question is why is this the case? It ultimately has less to do with their physical designs, and more so how they are used to avert standard sci-fi tropes.

May 20, 2021 | 01:00 EDT

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Video Games: Therapeutic Benefits of Fictional Worlds

It’s no secret that video games have therapeutic benefits, but we wanted to learn more. We spoke with Dr. Anthony Bean, a clinical depth psychologist and video game researcher.

May 20, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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5 Valheim Buildings That Put Form Over Function

Looking for some cool Valheim building ideas? Check out these 5 Valheim buildings that are less about practicality and more about looking cool.

May 19, 2021 | 11:00 EDT

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Mass Effect Legendary Edition's Only Notable Flaw

In the process of tweaking gameplay based on feedback, BioWare's stellar remaster goes a few steps too far in messing with the original Mass Effect's intent.

May 19, 2021 | 11:00 EDT

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8 Games That Highlight Mental Health

Mental health is an important and sensitive topic. Luckily, there are plenty of games that depict these struggles and help shine a light on the matter.

May 18, 2021 | 11:00 EDT

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New Pokemon Snap: The Difference 22 Years Makes

New Pokemon Snap changes a lot from the original game 22 years ago, but a lot of its loveable essence remains intact on the Switch.

May 17, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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This Week in Valheim: Spirited Away, Big Boats, and Heavy Metal!

We're back with This Week in Valheim! Come check out a cool build from Spirited Away, some pretty cool mods, and more in this week's edition!

May 15, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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6 Essential Valheim Buildings Everyone Should Have

There are countless images of Valheim buildings out there in the world. Here are some that are essential to your survival.

May 15, 2021 | 11:00 EDT

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How Football Manager Helped Me Get Through the Pandemic

The pandemic hasn't been easy for sports fans, but thanks to the Football Manager franchise, one fan found a way to cope in the lockdown.

May 14, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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Understanding NieR Replicant and Yoko Taro

After spending several weeks in NieR Replicant I had a recurring thought. Did any of these new additions matter? The answer? It's complicated.

May 12, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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The 5 Best RPGs on Xbox Game Pass

From Kingdom Hearts to Skyrim, Xbox Game Pass is host to a haven for some of the best RPGs in gaming. Here are a few you should check out if you haven't already.

May 10, 2021 | 11:00 EDT

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This Week in Valheim: Massive Mountains and Happy Bees

This week in Valheim, we check out some pretty big player builds, a cool new mod that adds a drawbridge, a shout-out to the happiest bees, and so much more!

May 8, 2021 | 11:00 EDT

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The Steady Decline of Google Stadia

It's been over a year after Stadia's launch, and the platform's had a wild ride.

May 7, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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Resident Evil Timeline: Chris Redfield's Journey to Village

Chris Redfield's had a long and arduous journey since his humble beginnings that fateful July evening. What's he been doing in the canon, anyway?

May 7, 2021 | 11:30 EDT

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Itching to Play: Sizeable

Sometimes we wanna feel smart but we don't want to exert ourselves or stress out. Here comes Sizeable, a relaxing and pleasant puzzle game to go through when you need a break or simple escape.

May 6, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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9.6 Reasons We Want Lady Dimitrescu From Resident Evil Village to Step on Us

We all want the tall vampire lady from Resident Evil Village to step on us—but why?

May 5, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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Xbox Live Arcade: The Precursor to Game Pass

Xbox’s push for something different started with Xbox Live Arcade, but it remains strong and has been even more effective with Xbox Game Pass.

May 3, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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This Week in Valheim: Better Building and Furious Fulings

This week in Valheim, we explore a better way to build, a furious charge of angry Fulings, and what may be the worst storage system design we've ever seen.

May 1, 2021 | 11:30 EDT

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Nier Replicant's Technical Shortcomings

Nier Replicant Ver. 1.22 fixes some of the original's faults while radically overhauling its visuals. Despite the massive upgrade, it still doesn't look great, which is to be expected for a project of this scope. This makes its rendering setup on consoles and poor PC performance all the more confusing.

April 30, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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Is The New Mortal Kombat A Good Film Adaptation?

The new Mortal Kombat movie came out this past weekend, which means we need to figure out if it fell to the video game movie curse.

April 29, 2021 | 11:30 EDT


What We Hope To See In The KOTOR Remake

With KOTOR reportedly getting the remake that it deserves, there are a few additions or changes that we think could really bring the game into the modern era.

April 26, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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This Week in Valheim: Trolls, Skull Thrones, and a Drivable Car!

This week in Valheim, we check out some cool 3D-printed creations, some good news from the devs, and one of the most awful mods we've seen to date.

April 24, 2021 | 11:30 EDT

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Friday Night Funkin’s Kickstarter Going Strong

Raising over $1.2 million over the course of a few days, the Friday Night Funkin' Kickstarter is still striving towards its highest tiers of stretch goals.

April 24, 2021 | 11:00 EDT

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Game Grooves: Exploring the Untitled Goose Game Vinyl

In Game Grooves, we explore physical gaming soundtracks to tell you what makes them special. Today, we look at the Untitled Goose Game Vinyl.

April 22, 2021 | 01:00 EDT


Vokabulantis and the Language Barrier: How It Broke Through

Although language is incredibly important to the foundation of Vokabulantis, it appears to be a smokescreen for something more intentional, something more tender.

April 19, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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This Week in Valheim: Ninja Warriors and VR Waifus

This week in Valheim, we explore a Ninja Warrior obstacle course, VR waifus, and what happens when you let your Stamina run out at the wrong time.

April 17, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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Portal 2: A Tale of Two Female Icons

10 years have passed since Portal 2 launched, and Chell and GLaDOS are still excellent examples of how to depict a hero and a villain.

April 16, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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The Vale Brings Action and Adventure to Visually Impaired and Sighted Gamers Alike

We spoke to Falling Squirrel Studios about The Vale, an entirely audio-based game with a driving narrative, combat, exploration, and top-notch voice acting.

April 16, 2021 | 11:00 EDT

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Seeking Out Dread X Collection: The Hunt

Dread X Collection: The Hunt is finally here and it's time to bust down some doors with 7 brand-new horror-themed shooter games from great indie developers.

April 15, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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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

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The Troubled Release of Cooking Mama: Cookstar

Cooking Mama Cookstar has miraculously appeared on the PlayStation Store. After a lot of floating around and delays in its release last year, there was a lot of controversy surrounding why. With this re-emergence, we decided to revisit it and reflect.

April 14, 2021 | 11:00 EDT

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Second Sight is Back and You Need to Play It

Second Sight has been gone for so long, but it's back, and now everyone should really think about giving the game a chance to blow their minds.

April 12, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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Behind the Mudokon: All About Abe

The trend of remaking and remastering classics is alive and well if Oddworld's any argument. First it was New 'N' Tasty, and now Soulstorm. But first, let's find out more about Abe, the guy we're following in.

April 12, 2021 | 11:00 EDT

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This Week in Valheim: Runescape, Macs, and More Ways to Build!

This Week in Valheim, we explore cool community creations from Game of Thrones and Runescape, some great new building mods, Mac support, and more!

April 10, 2021 | 11:00 EDT

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Best Cherry Blossom Views in Video Games

With the ongoing pandemic shutting down many IRL cherry blossom viewing parties, here are some games where you can still enjoy some beautiful spring sakura scenes

April 9, 2021 | 01:00 EDT

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What Nintendo 99 Game Do We Want To Play Next?

With Pac-Man 99 Nintendo seems to be starting a trend of Nintendo 99 games. We postulate what new Battle Royale game we'd like to see in the future.

April 8, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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Genesis Noir is Proof That Games Are Still Innovating

Many complain that game development has become stagnant over the last two generations, but if you look past AAA games to lesser-known indies, you'll find that's simply not the case.

April 6, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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This Week in Valheim – Classes, Castles, and a Playable Game Boy!

This Week in Valheim, we explore a super-fast way to drop down a tower, a playable Game Boy mod (no, really!), and so much more!

April 3, 2021 | 11:00 EDT

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A Brief History of Monster Hunter

Monster Hunter has come a long way since 2004, only rising in popularity. Here's how Monster Hunter went from a phenomenon to Capcom's juggernaut.

April 2, 2021 | 01:00 EDT

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Great Friday Night Funkin Mods To Check Out

You can, in fact, get even freakier on your Friday nights thanks to the modding community of Friday Night Funkin'.

April 2, 2021 | 11:00 EDT

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Games From The Haunted PS1 Demo Disc 2021 To Watch Out For

The Haunted PS1 Demo Disc 2021 is one of the best collections of retro-style horror demos you'll find anywhere online, and here are the most interesting picks.

March 31, 2021 | 01:00 EDT

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"Just Remember That You've Made It This Far": The Story Behind Disco Elysium

Disco Elysium is a game about acknowledging mistakes and dealing with them. This sincerity helped make Disco Elysium the self-aware, smart game it is today.

March 31, 2021 | 12:00 EDT