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Have you ever heard an idea that you knew just couldn’t fail? Something so spectacular and creative, and yet so blatantly obvious, that there would be no way it could possibly end up as anything other than an absolute t...   read
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  Watch Video A grown man probably shouldn't be so interested in a game where all you do is play with toy trains, but I never had a wooden train set growing up. We skipped over that staple of childhood in favor of Hot Wheels tracks. At the...   read
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  Watch Video With so many popular video game franchises staying true to course, it's refreshing to see when a publisher lets a developer go wild with their ideas. The Yakuza series is long known for its brawler gameplay, but in Like ...   read

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  Watch Video When Ice Cube rapped about having a good day, he must have been looking into the future to today, November 23, 2020. Because this was the day Square Enix, after years of teasing fans, finally confirmed the DS classic The Worl...   read

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  Watch Video With game prices going up in the new generation of consoles, it makes more sense than ever before to check out the various gaming subscription services available. Both Sony and Microsoft have their own, and no matter which on...   read

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  Watch Video I uninstalled Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp from my phone well before New Horizons hit the Switch, and I really haven't seen any reason to go back to it. It's still the cute game I remember from when it launched...   read

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  Watch Video [Update: The free winter update for Animal Crossing: New Horizons is now available. Download it today to start hoarding more junk in your storage!] Having always lived in areas of the United States that didn't see a...   read

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Review: Bugsnax

  Watch Video Playing Bugsnax while starting a diet is probably not the ideal way to enjoy the game. I'm sitting here doing my best to not think about food and the Grumpuses of this island keep asking me to chase down grinders with googly eyes or cinnamon roll snails. Or fiery bowls of ramen. Or Bungers. God I could go for a Bunger right now.   read
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  Watch Video We're on the cusp of a new generation of consoles, and Ubisoft has three(!) massive open-world games coming over the span of just a few weeks. And while the environments the developers there create just keep getting better, t...   read

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  Watch Video Having a decent set of earphones isn't really something I've ever considered to be important to gaming. When I have played my Switch, 3DS, Vita, or smartphone on the go, I'd just use whatever set I had lying around. Usually, ...   read
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  Watch Video As of this week, I'm officially living in a three-console household. With the arrival of my Xbox Series S, I'm about to expand my gaming horizons and experience those treasures I've missed for the last two decades. Or I'll ju...   read
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  Watch Video I've really dropped the ball covering games for Apple Arcade this year, even though its selection of titles has only improved in recent weeks and months. It's really living up to its expectations, bringing subscribers fun, ad...   read

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  Watch Video There are many great autumn traditions we celebrate in this country. Pumpkin-spiced everything, Thanksgiving, radio stations playing Christmas music way too damn early, but my favorite tradition is taking time to watch the ne...   read

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  Watch Video Any game releasing next week that isn't a part of the big, shiny, new console generation faces the possibility of being forgotten as the industry focuses on the next-gen tech that everyone will be talking about. It would almo...   read
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  Watch Video Despite some earlier attempts at the hobby, I've come to accept that I am not a game collector. I don't have it in me to buy a game with the intention of keeping it forever. I'd rather play it and trade it than keep it on a s...   read
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  Watch Video The most frequent I've asked in my various talks with the developers of Digital Extremes is, "Do you have any information on the next-gen versions of Warframe for me?" As the world crept closer to the launch of the PlayStatio...   read

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While there are still many questions as to why Nintendo would limit the availability of Super Mario 3D All-Stars to just six months, there's no denying it's been an effective sales tactic. After seeing big preorders...   read

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  Watch Video Even though I was rarely good at them, one of the great joys of going to the arcade back in the '90s was taking a seat in one of the many racing games and putting the pedal to the metal. Games like Crusin' USA, Daytona USA, a...   read
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  Watch Video We're just weeks away from a new console generation and with it will come more beautifully imagined and realized worlds that will only be possible with better hardware. But as we've seen over the past few years, our current c...   read

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Seriously, look how big his head is there. That thing is huge. Is this a bad photoshop, or is his head four feet closer to the camera than the rest of his body? Sorry, this has been the only thing on my mind since yesterday w...   read

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  Watch Video There was a brief time in my childhood where I was obsessed with the Iditarod. The allure of that type of competition, just a guy and his dogs traveling the snowy wilds of Alaska, was enticing to a more youthful version of me...   read
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  Watch Video It's no secret that Marvel's Avengers isn't in the best of places right now. Yes, it sold big in September, enough to top Super Mario 3D All-Stars as the month's top title on the NPD charts, but it's struggling, and...   read

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Dragon Quest of the Stars hit North America at just the wrong time earlier in 2020. Arriving almost five years after its initial release in Japan, the free-to-play, gacha RPG reached our shores right around the same time...   read
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When we look back at the launch of the Nintendo Wii, there are a few titles that immediately come to mind. They're the ones that would go on to define the console throughout its lifespan. There’s Wii Sports, obviously, ...   read
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  Watch Video The Outer Worlds on Switch prompted a lot of conversation about if some sacrifices are worth making when porting a game to weaker hardware. For those who played it on PC, PS4, or Xbox One, it was a noticeable downgrade f...   read

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  Watch Video Fighting game rosters are always fascinating to me. For an industry where fans are always demanding "new, new, new," it's the one genre where old is good. Old characters, old stages, people just want to see everything they're...   read

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  Watch Video We are less than a month away from the launch of the Xbox Series X/S, and while Microsoft might not have the big, tentpole releases its competition will have, that doesn't mean early adopters will be left with nothing to play...   read

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There are two things I know to be true about the Atelier franchise. First, the series is getting more popular outside of Japan, with Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout selling more copies than any previous e...   read

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  Watch Video October is here and that can only mean one thing: terrible novelty songs on the radio. There are several Halloween songs out there, but obviously, the most well-known is "Monster Mash" by Bobby Pickett. But is the song "Monst...   read

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Back in 2016, Amazon Game Studios made a big deal about breaking into the industry when it announced three huge projects that would release over the coming years. Breakaway, Crucible, and New World were all ambitious tit...   read

 

About CJ Andriessenone of us since 6:56 PM on 10.14.2014

Just what the internet needs: yet another white guy writing about video games.
 
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