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Very Quick Tips: Shadow Warrior photo
Very Quick Tips: Shadow Warrior
by Chris Carter

Outside of a few outliers like Hard Reset and Serious Sam HD, it's tough to find real old-school shooters these days. While I'm still very much a fan of modern FPS design, playing game after game with regenerative health and linear pathways can get tiresome.

That's where Shadow Warrior (expect Andy's review coming soon!) comes in, delivering a fairly challenging experience along with some elements of '90s FPS goodness. So sit back and enjoy some tips for Lo Wang's latest adventure.

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Very Quick Tips: Volgarr the Viking photo
Very Quick Tips: Volgarr the Viking
by Chris Carter

Let's talk about fake difficulty in games. In the olden days, often times due to the limitations of the hardware, developers would create certain portions of games that forced you to resort to trial-and-error tactics, often creating cheap deaths and frustration.

But of course, to say every retro game resorted to this is a complete fallacy, as I could name a large number of great platformers that did not enforce to this limitation -- namely Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers by Capcom, which allowed for a failsafe "box shield" mechanic to avoid unnecessary cheap deaths.

Volgarr the Viking is another fair game that can be described more as "challenging" than cheap. So to help you out a bit with the challenging part, I've created a small list of tips to nudge you to the finish line.

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Very Quick Tips: Grand Theft Auto V photo
Very Quick Tips: Grand Theft Auto V
by Chris Carter

Are you playing Grand Theft Auto V now that it's finally out? So am I! Actually, I've been playing it for a little while now, and I've gathered some of the things I've learned throughout my travels and put them into one quick video.

One of the biggest things I can suggest is to switch between all three playable characters if you've saturated all your mission icons, as it can be a bit puzzling sometimes to find out where to go next without a contextual action springing up. As always, feel free to share any tips you're uncovering throughout your own gameplay sessions in the comments.

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Very Quick Tips: The Wonderful 101 photo
Very Quick Tips: The Wonderful 101
by Chris Carter

The Wonderful 101 is finally here, and behind the cute Super Sentai veneer is a moderately technical action game. At first, 101 can seem incredibly complicated, foreign, and overwhelming.

But once you start learning how to combo, dodge, and block (the latter two abilities need to be purchased first, funnily enough!), it's not so bad. Just pull yourself together, unite up, and consult the following tips!

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Very Quick Tips: A Disney Infinity Guide photo
Very Quick Tips: A Disney Infinity Guide
by Chris Carter

It's been a few weeks since Disney Infinity was released, and I've scoured every inch of content there is to offer. Since there's a ton of confusion as to what exactly needs to be purchased to unlock what piece of content, I decided to create a comprehensive overview of pretty much everything you'll need.

I'm covering Series 1 here (the first five Play Sets), and if there's enough content to warrant it, I'll cover Series 2 and 3 in a similar fashion down the road. Expect impressions of the two Series 1 Play Sets that are sold separately very soon.

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How to survive PAX photo
How to survive PAX
by Mr Andy Dixon

[Pictured: a poor soul who barely made it out alive, holding the avatars of those who couldn't make it at all.]

PAX is wonderful. But it's also a downright daunting experience for newcomers and veterans alike. I don't know a single person who just "goes to PAX." It requires planning. It causes stress. For example, I got my haircut last week, and the haircut lady told me I should look into special shampoo for thinning hair. Because of PAX!

OK, so maybe that's just because I'm 31 and almost dead, but still. This shit is stressful. Luckily, I've been through this a couple times now, and I've got a couple quick tips for getting the most bang for your buck.

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Very quick tips: Killer is Dead photo
Very quick tips: Killer is Dead
by Chris Carter

Killer is Dead's hero Mondo Zappa has a pretty hard life! In-between traveling the world in search of love, he has to kill countless creatures, humans, and even face his own nightmares on a regular basis.

As such, it can be pretty helpful to have a few allies outside of the Bryan Execution Firm, so here are some basic tips to get your started.

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Very quick tips for Saints Row IV photo
Very quick tips for Saints Row IV
by Chris Carter

Saints Row IV is the wackiest game yet. Just when you thought hitting people with giant dildo bats was crazy, how about smacking aliens with giant dildo bats while running 100 miles per hour, leaping 100 feet in the air -- as the President of the United States!

Yep, Saints Row IV features super powers, and a giant, sprawling city to play around in. With great super powers comes great responsibility, so read on for some tips to help quell the Zin menace.

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Spelunky Mega Guide: Everything you need to know (part 2) photo
Spelunky Mega Guide: Everything you need to know (part 2)
by Corduroy Turtle

[Here's Part 2 of Dtoid community blogger Corduroy Turtle's Spelunky Mega Guide. Click here for Part 1! --Mr Andy Dixon]

Spelunky is an absolutely fantastic game, but it's not particularly friendly to newcomers. I won't name names but I have people on my friends list who've never made it out of the Mines. That makes me sad. In an effort to help along new players (and because I'm hopelessly addicted) I decided to share some of the knowledge I've acquired after dying somewhere in the neighborhood of 2,500 times. Why so many deaths? Because my hunger for this game would not cease until I had seen everything this game had to offer, and that included earning every Achievement. Turns out, this thing is so freaking good, I'm still playing it.

Before you start reading, I'd like to emphasize that, beyond the high scores and loot, Spelunky is a game about discovery and challenging yourself. It can be brutal at times (read: always), but you'll come to find that it's also extremely fair and immensely satisfying, if you're willing to put in the effort. There are so many secrets, hidden areas and advanced techniques built into this game, it's absolutely staggering. If the Internet didn't exist, some of this stuff would only be spoken of in hushed whispers behind locked doors.

Though I purposefully left certain pieces of information out of this guide to keep some of the mysteries alive, I still pull the curtain way back. Stuff is explained in great detail, and therefore spoiled. If you haven't played much Spelunky or don't know much about it, I encourage you not to read this from top to bottom. I can tell you first hand, discovering this stuff for yourself is magical, and far more exciting than simply reading my descriptions. That being said, buckle up. This thing is huge.

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Spelunky Mega Guide: Everything you need to know photo
Spelunky Mega Guide: Everything you need to know
by Corduroy Turtle

[Just in time for last week's Steam release, Dtoid community blogger Corduroy Turtle shares this MASSIVE guide for Spelunky. And that's no exaggeration. This thing was so big, we literally had to split it in half because it wouldn't fit on the front page all at once! Stay tuned for Part 2 tomorrow. --Mr Andy Dixon]

Spelunky is an absolutely fantastic game, but it's not particularly friendly to newcomers. I won't name names but I have people on my friends list who've never made it out of the Mines. That makes me sad. In an effort to help along new players (and because I'm hopelessly addicted) I decided to share some of the knowledge I've acquired after dying somewhere in the neighborhood of 2,500 times. Why so many deaths? Because my hunger would not cease until I had seen everything this game had to offer, and that included earning every Achievement. Turns out, this thing is so freaking good, I'm still playing it.

Before you start reading, I'd like to emphasize that, beyond the high scores and loot, Spelunky is a game about discovery and challenging yourself. It can be brutal at times (read: always), but you'll come to find that it's also extremely fair and immensely satisfying... if you're willing to put in the effort. There are so many secrets, hidden areas and advanced techniques built into this game, it's absolutely staggering. If the Internet didn't exist, some of this stuff would only be spoken of in hushed whispers behind locked doors.

Though I purposefully left certain pieces of information out of this guide to keep some of the mysteries alive, I still pull the curtain way back. Stuff is explained in great detail, and therefore spoiled. If you haven't played much Spelunky or don't know much about it, I encourage you not to read this from top to bottom. I can tell you first hand, discovering this stuff for yourself is magical, and far more exciting than simply reading my descriptions. That being said, buckle up. This thing is huge.

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How to watch Valve's 'The International' Dota2 tournament photo
How to watch Valve's 'The International' Dota2 tournament
by Patrick Hancock

Though it may sound silly, it's not easy to understand all there is to Valve's "The International." It's even hard to understand just what the hell is happening on screen while watching a Dota 2 match. That's why I've put together this guide: to hopefully ease new players and spectators into the world of competitive Dota 2. Even if you have no interest whatsoever in the game, it's hard not to get caught up in the excitement.

You thought EVO was full of hype? Get ready for The International.

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Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons Achievement Guide photo
Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons Achievement Guide
by Brett Makedonski

Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons is an anomaly when it comes to Achievements. Not a single one will be unlocked through normal gameplay. However, every last one takes only seconds to get and isn't dependent on anything other than traveling a bit off the beaten path.

No, there's nothing strenuous about this list, but most of the Achievements are pretty cryptic in their description. If you're stuck on some or simply want to take all of the mystery out of it, I've put together a guide to unlocking all of them in the order that they appear. I've tried to keep it as spoiler-free as possible, but you probably shouldn't check it out if you want the purest experience possible.

That being said, 400/400 Gamerscore is right around the corner!

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Dragon's Crown guide: very quick tips photo
Dragon's Crown guide: very quick tips
by Chris Carter

Dragon's Crown can be a pretty tough game. On top of some devilishly difficult boss fights, you need to fulfill your role, as well as practice good party synergy to really best some of the hardest encounters.

Odds are if you have a technical question about Dragon's Crown, I answered it in this article here in the comment section. But for everything gameplay related, you'll find it here.

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Very quick tips for Pikmin 3 photo
Very quick tips for Pikmin 3
by Chris Carter

Miyamoto may have created Pikmin to be a "carefree experience," but that doesn't mean it lacks depth. With the addition of a particularly creative set of local multiplayer modes, Pikmin 3 has a ton of gameplay related nuances that may be lost to the void if you aren't careful.

Here are some tips to help you acclimate yourself to the wonderful, cute world of Pikmin.

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Rogue Legacy: Family survival guide photo
Rogue Legacy: Family survival guide
by Nic Rowen

[Dtoid community blogger Wrenchfarm shares an incredibly comprehensive guide for anyone interested in tackling the awesome "rogue-lite" game, Rogue Legacy. Want to see your own words appear on the front page? Go write something! --Mr Andy Dixon]

Rogue Legacy can be nasty. But I suppose that's to be expected. This is a game that takes its cues from roguelikes and celebrates a long trail of dead grandpappys and gam-gams as one of its main selling points.

The developers, Cellar Door Games, have dubbed the genealogical mis-adventures of the Rogue family a "rogue-lite." Similar to other recent roguelike games such as Binding of Isaac and Spelunky, Rogue Legacy features an ever changing dungeon filled to the brim with ridiculously lethal monsters and flagrantly unfair traps, all presented with a perversely masochistic glee. Where it differs from its sadistic peers is its sense of continuance.

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How I became obsessed with Steam Trading Cards photo
How I became obsessed with Steam Trading Cards
by Jordan Devore

Only a few short weeks ago, I spent approximately four seconds looking at this whole Steam Trading Card scheme and decided that it was dumb. Oh, what a fool I was! The system isn't exactly new -- it's been out of beta since the end of June -- but now that Valve has tied it in with the Steam summer sale and more developers are on board every day, it's finally clicked with me. I'm hooked.

Before we get any further, yes, virtual cards are a bit silly. I'll be among the last to argue in their favor from that standpoint. What's not so silly -- actually, it totally is, but in a good way -- is the ability to essentially earn free money that can then be reinvested in game purchases or, if you're like me, in the acquisition of further cards because you've lost control of your life.

After spending my weekend downloading a bunch of games I already owned just to run them, minimized, for a chance at earning virtual cards that could then be sold for less than a quarter each, I have some tips to share. But before that, it's come to my attention that some of you have no idea what Steam Trading Cards are all about. Let's get you up to speed.

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