Gaming

PAX West 2018 showcased hordes of new games and pixelated adventures. However, one that was quietly unique was a graphic novel game focused on queer teens and mental health: Burn Ban. While hardly a perfect game or story, the game highlighted aspects of youth culture and mental illness that are often glossed over until it’s too late. Talking to one of the devs, it was a passion project for the team, however they also wanted to combat the toxic versions of mental health from stories like 13 Reasons Why.

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One of the most unique genres currently in the American gaming world is one the average gamer may never expect: the dating sim. With huge RPG titles dominating video game culture, dating sims are a dark horse exploding with creativity. From serious dramas, to horror, to comedy, every dating sim seems to have an individual flavor permeating their game. But some might think, really? Dating sims?

Those who have played them would respond with: of course dating sims.

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While X-Box players can only pout and play other games while pretending they don’t dare, PS4 players are spending their weekend playing the new Spider-Man game from Insomniac Games. Filled with Easter eggs, spidey-suits and plenty of wall-crawling action, Spider-Man on PS4 has captured the hearts of Spidey fans the world over. The game features voices from fan favorites and motion capture from the industry’s finest. What suits can you expect? What Easter eggs might you come across? Well, they say a picture is worth a thousand words, so fans took to Twitter with Spider-Man’s photo and selfie modes. Here’s what you can expect.

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This past Labor Day Weekend, PAX West was in full force, sharing demos for new games to dazzle video game fans from around the country. With over 100 games on display, its a pixelated wonderland. Yet amidst all the fantastic games with so much work put into them, there were a few that curated the most buzz.

Here are 12 highlight games from PAX West.

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Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft hides a multitude of pop culture Easter eggs all throughout their game, and with their new expansion Battle for Azeroth, nothing has changed in that respect. Both Horde and Alliance will stumble across NPCs, names items, usable items, and even scenes staged as homage and reference to popular literary, film, tv, and even other video games. While you could devote an entire website to just listing all the Easter eggs, here’s a list of 9 of the best Easter eggs you don’t want to miss taking screenshots of your characters with from Battle of Azeroth.

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5 Of The Best Reveals From Gamescom

Gamescom 2018 gave us lots of new footage, reveals an announcement on some of our favorite gaming titles. Cosplayers were in attendance with amazing costumes that were absolutely jaw-dropping. There was so much coming out of Gamescom that it was hard to keep track of it all. With all the info speeding across social media from this year’s Gamescom, here’s 5 reveals from upcoming games that you don’t want to miss out on.

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Competitive online gaming isn’t new. But this last year gave birth to a new league of competitive gaming for a new game. Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch spawned numerous teams with fervent fan followings, giving players one more reason to shoot the red team wearing team colors. The first season ended with a lot of fans surprised at the outcome, considering the way certain teams played leading up to the finals. Which teams won out? Who was suspected to win early on? And where does the league find itself now, looking to the future?

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The genre of Cyberpunk is not a new one. The genre pulls from the Punk subculture and early Hacker culture, while usually exploring the not-so-distant dystopian future of humanity. In film, it started with Blade Runner. The pencil and paper RPG Shadowrun has found success for years. Numerous films, tv shows, video games and nearly every other medium has dipped its toes into the Cyberpunk genre. While the genre seemed to hit its peak in the 90s, there’s been a solid resurgence in the interest of the genre. What cyberpunk-y goodness lies out there for fans to consume? Jack-in, Chummer.

 

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Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft is about to begin its 7th expansion. “WoW killers” came and went, and while it’s numbers aren’t what they once were, Warcraft remains the top MMORPG, with millions subscribed monthly. While you can now purchase game time with (hundreds of thousands) of in-game gold, most still opt to pay their monthly fee. So what does the near future hold for the game? How is Blizzard gearing players up during War of Thorns, their pre-patch event?

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It’s almost too easy at this point to make a joke about Ubisoft and the mess it’s made with the Assassin’s Creed series. Once one of the most anticipated and hyped franchises in the gaming industry, rushed releases, botched, convoluted storylines, and low innovation quickly dropped the series towards critical panning. Its seemed the games have turned into endless meme fodder.  (more…)