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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

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The Story Behind the People Trying to Save Titanfall

We interviewed the people behind the "Save Titanfall" project, a group that aims to raise awareness about DDOS attacks and hackers in the Titanfall games.

July 14, 2021 | 11:00 EDT

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Death and the Moogle: Dying in Final Fantasy X

Death is common in most games and it takes a front seat in the Final Fantasy series. However, Final Fantasy X took it a different direction and made it more complex. With the anniversary this year, we thought we would examine the mechanics of death in Spira.

July 12, 2021 | 11:00 EDT

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Claire Couldn't Have Been Sidelined Harder In Resident Evil Infinite Darkness If They Tried

Resident Evil Infinite Darkness released on Netflix, and while being a show with Leon and Claire headlining, Claire gets none of the action.

July 9, 2021 | 11:00 EDT

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Change is Hard in Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart explores some heavy themes through its leading characters and its own place as the latest in a long-running franchise.

July 8, 2021 | 01:00 EDT

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Doki Doki Literature Club Plus! & Loneliness in a Post-Pandemic Society

Doki Doki Literature Club Plus! may be a modern horror classic, but it's also a good reminder to check on your friends after a harrowing year.

July 8, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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World of Warcraft Patch 9.1 and the Unreliable Narrator of Azeroth

World of Warcraft patch 9.1 is challenging even the most hardcore lore aficionados with a classic literary tool: the unreliable narrator.

July 7, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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A Plague Tale: Innocence - The Next-Gen Difference on Xbox

The A Plague Tale: Innocence next-gen patch is a curiosity. It no doubt feels better to play thanks to the 60 fps target. But there's more to it than that.

July 7, 2021 | 11:00 EDT

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Weird Last-Minute Gems For Steam Summer Sale

Well-loved, obscure, and sometimes just plain weird, there are some hidden gems in the Steam Summer Sale to look into as it winds down.

July 7, 2021 | 10:30 EDT

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Building The Last City In Project Haven With Code 351

So many post-apocalypse games take place in wastelands and junk towns. But what if one took place in the only futuristic metropolis left? Welcome to Project Haven, where the last city on Earth is anything but safe.

July 5, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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Games With Classic Disney Characters We Want to See In The Future

We break down some Disney games we'd like to see in the future.

July 2, 2021 | 11:00 EDT

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Bugsnax is the LGBTQ-Positive Game I Didn’t Expect

Bugsnax advertised itself as a silly, unique game in which you capture and consume the titular Bugsnax. What I didn't expect was how Bugsnax is an LGBTQ-positive game with healthy same-sex relationships.

June 29, 2021 | 01:00 EDT

Pride Month 2021

Celebrating LGBTQ+ Identities in Video Games

To celebrate pride, our staff members who identify as LGBTQ+ reflect on what proper representation means to them in video games.

June 28, 2021 | 11:00 EDT

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8 Games That Fairly Portray LGBTQ Characters

Pride is a month full of festivities, love, and acceptance. It's come a long way and the LGBTQ+ continues to grow across the world and in media. There are so many identities across the spectrum with a number of characters representing different ones.

June 25, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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What Metroid Dread Could Mean For The Metroid Timeline

At E3 2021, Yoshio Sakamoto said that Metroid Dread will be the end of the Metroid story arc, but what does that mean for the Metroid timeline and for Samus Aran?

June 24, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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30 Years On, Sonic The Hedgehog Should Abandon 3D Gameplay

Sonic the Hedgehog is turning 30 years old, and at this late stage in the character's life, it might be time to give up on that precious 3rd dimension.

June 23, 2021 | 11:00 EDT

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Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance Party Members Meet and Greet

You might be excited for a trip to Icewind Dale as part of Dungeons and Dragons Dark Alliance, but aren't too familiar with the literary history of heroes like Drizzt, Catti-brie, and Wulfgar. We take some time to give you a bit of info on who these characters are and how they met one another.

June 21, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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This Week in Valheim: Hanoks and Handy Mods

This Week in Valheim, we explore some extra handy mods, a group of surprisingly deadly bees, and a touching tribute to Berserk author Kentaro Miura.

June 19, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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All the Games like Dark Souls at E3 2021

E3 2021 really came through for those that enjoy taking on challenging games like Dark Souls and dying over and over until they succeed.

June 19, 2021 | 11:00 EDT

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All the Games like Left 4 Dead at E3 2021

There were a host of multiplayer PvE games at E3 2021. Many of them look like Left 4 Dead, and most of those are coming to Xbox Game Pass.

June 18, 2021 | 05:00 EDT

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Exploring Ruin Raiders With One Of The Artists

Ruin Raiders combines turn-based combat with roguelike RNG, all while sending you and your animal squad into the depths of maze-like ruins with robots!

June 17, 2021 | 11:00 EDT

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10 Great Games You May Have Missed This E3

Across the over dozen streams during E3, hundreds of games get shown off or receive new trailers. Chances are you may have missed some great games. Here's a few that caught our eye.

June 16, 2021 | 01:37 EDT

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Creating Hokko Life: Building 'Something From Nothing'

Simulation games offer us a relaxing and active escape from our current setting. Hokko Life aims to capture that and its creator Robert Tatnell talks about how it came to be.

June 16, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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Too Quick To Judge: Final Fantasy Origin Is A Lot Of Fun

After a false start the demo for Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin is now available on PlayStation 5. If you were turned off by the trailer it's definitely worth checking out the demo, the game has a lot more going for it than expected

June 15, 2021 | 01:22 EDT

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6 Terrible Games That Can Join Plumbers Don't Wear Ties

Plumbers Don't Wear Ties is getting a re-release. For some reason. I don't get it either, but here is an excuse to mention six terrible games in a list.

June 15, 2021 | 10:30 EDT

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All the Games Like The Sims at E3 2021

Looking for new games like The Sims? Some interesting life simulation games were highlighted during E3 2021, and some of them look promising.

June 14, 2021 | 06:43 EDT

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Some of the Highlights of the Wholesome Direct 2021

Looking for some Wholesome games to play? Here are some of the top picks from the 2021 Wholesome Games direct.

June 12, 2021 | 03:01 EDT

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E3 2021: Three Cool Sci-Fi Games Releasing this Year

Set for release by the end of 2021, Hooded Horse showcased three sci-fi games at E3 2021: Terra Invicta, Alliance of the Sacred Suns, and Falling Frontier. See our thoughts from the Hooded Horses press event.

June 12, 2021 | 10:30 EDT

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This Week in Valheim: Lit Loxes and Developer AMA Recap

This week in Valheim, we watch Loxes burn, recap a recent developer AMA from Reddit, and detail the sad news about the Hearth & Home Update being delayed.

June 12, 2021 | 10:00 EDT

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Toy Soldiers HD Brings Little Figures and Big Ambitions

Toy Soldiers HD, an upcoming port and enhanced edition of a 2010 XBLA title, is months away. TechRaptor had a chance to sit down and chat with Brett Gow, EP for Toy Soldiers HD, about what changes can be expected.

June 11, 2021 | 01:00 EDT

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No More Heroes 1 and 2 Are Incredibly Basic on PC

No More Heroes 1 and 2's recent PC ports are certainly functional, but lack a lot of common PC features that many will find disappointing.

June 9, 2021 | 01:00 EDT

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Going Medieval's Save System is One of the Best I've Ever Seen

Going Medieval's save system makes managing your playthroughs a breeze—a must for colony sims and other games in challenging genres.

June 9, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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Indie Bundle for Palestinian Aid - Our Top Picks

We break down some of our recommended picks from the Indie Bundle for Palestinian Aid, currently on

June 8, 2021 | 01:00 EDT

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Xbox Series X: 20 FPS Boost Games With Lackluster Upgrades

Xbox Series X's FPS Boost is game-changing when it works and disappointing when it doesn't. While frame rates are often consistent, many titles make concerning sacrifices. This lost compiles 20 FPS Boost games that make major sacrifices, detailing their drawbacks.

June 8, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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How a Charity Bundle for Palestinian Aid Raised $350,000 in a Weekend

We spoke with Alanna Linayre about how she assembled a Palestinian aid charity bundle on that blew up overnight, containing over 1,000 items and raising over $350,000 in a weekend.

June 7, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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This Week in Valheim: Dying for Dioramas

This Week In Valheim, we explore a mod that lets you enter a new realm, some cool dioramas, and an easy way to kill Deathsquitos!

June 5, 2021 | 11:00 EDT

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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