Gaming

Video games are often unfairly stigmatized. Their origins and the demographic which they appeal to most, has historically meant that for people who take themselves ‘seriously’ they are an occasional indulgence at the very most. Luckily, that unfair stigma is changing, as the games industry proves just how incredibly innovative and appealing it can be. In fact, as people have started to take it more seriously, there are actually new ways constantly being found in which video games can help people. If this seems like an outlandish idea to you, here are 5 useful skills that video games can help you develop.  (more…)


The Elder Scrolls fan Ben Toth takes us on a look back at the world of Tamriel as The Elder Scrolls world reaches it’s 25th anniversary.

“Wake up, We’re here. Why are you shaking?”, these words were my introduction to the world of Tamriel and The Elder Scrolls. It was 25 years ago that the first game, Arena, was released by Bethesda, but I didn’t play until the third game in the series, 2002’s Morrowind.
Morrowind was, for me, a formative game. Along with Ultima it set my taste in games, gave me my love of RPGs. Its deep world, expansive lore, and, frankly, a convoluted storyline with no clear sense of who’s telling the truth was, and is, deeply compelling. The game drops you into it right from the start and lets you be the fish out of water your character is, and it works wonders.

 

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Nothing can remain secret in the entertainment industry anymore. Seems more and more people are paying attention to trademark registrations at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Seems Blizzard Entertainment has registered a “goods and service” trademark for a popular game that could send fans into a frenzy. For years fans have clamored for Blizzard to get into making their own CGI animation. Love or hate the games, there’s no denying that their CGI is top-notch and their shorts and trailers are nothing short of jaw-dropping in terms of quality and storytelling. But will this next endeavor endear fans or ruffle feathers?

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PaxEast gave us a lot of really cool news, but the Borderlands 3 announcement arguably dominated over everything else. But even as they got excited, fans questioned why Gearbox wanted to wait a week before announcing the pre-order and launch information. Then, as the info dropped they slowly became aware. There was a not-so-small caveat to the PC version’s launch that could have gotten Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchard booed off stage. What announcement could incur the wrath of fans so eager for the new game? What decision could’ve been made with the PC launch that Gearbox feared to announce it live and ruining the momentum of their announcement?

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The Borderlands franchise by developer Gearbox is one of the most beloved First-Person Shooters (FPS) in history. Spawning 3 full games, numerous DLC, an iOS games, and an episode game, a comic series, novels, a new card game, and plans for a movie still in development. PAXEast saw the announcement of the much-anticipated Borderlands 3. Fans were treated to a trailer of the new game at the end of the Gearbox panel as well as a quick rundown by Gearbox leader Randy Pitchford. Did it live up to expectations? If the way fans defended the game from the less-than stellar review by website Polygon, the answer is an enthusiastic “yes!”

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Esports has been a growing industry for years. An industry that’s largely been limited to FPS (first-person shooters like Call of Duty and Overwatch) and MOBAs (multiplayer online battle areas like League of Legends and Heroes of the Storm) gets a new gaming style in the near future. Competitive simulated farming. Instead of headshots and strategy plays, players go steel-toed-boot-to-steel-toed-boot in plowing fields, harvesting crops, bailing hay and stacking bails. In GIANTS Software’s surprising announcement of their €250,000 esports league, Farming Simulator joins video game titans in the realm of competitive gaming.

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Blizzard hosts one of the biggest gaming conventions every year with their annual Blizzcon. Blizzcon gives us updates and sneak peeks into some of the nerdoms favorite titles; World of Warcraft, Overwatch, Diablo III, Starcraft, Heroes of the Storm and Hearthstone. There’s many panels, games, merch, and it’s all a bit dizzying for even the most hardcore fan. What’s new? What’s next? What’s good and what’s a letdown? NerdBastards is here to break down the 5 biggest announcements from Blizzcon 2018 and give you insight into what to expect from the future of Blizzard Entertainment.

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Since the Nintendo Switch release in early 2017, more and more creative, colorful games have been developed to fit the console. While many of these games also have PC releases, they complement perfectly the whimsical and fun aesthetic of the Switch. One of those games in Wandersong, a unique puzzle platformer with one hell of a musical heart. (more…)

As the month of Halloween nears, the creepy and horrific only becomes more and more exciting. In the world of video games, almost nothing is more bloody and exhilarating than Dead by Daylight, the best multiplayer game where you can happily kill your friends.

Dead By Daylight is an asymmetric survival game that was released in the summer of 2016. Players can either be survivors working in teams of four to escape a killer’s murder arena, or as the killer hunting down the survivors. The base game came with 5 different survivor options and 4 killers. In the past two years, that has expanded to 14 survivors and 13 killers. Some have been added to the game for free, but others exist as low-cost DLCs.

The game came out amidst a few others similar to it, but its largest competitor, Friday The 13th, ended its updates earlier this year because of decreased sales. Right now, Dead By Daylight is the king of its fun, niche genre.

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Gaming companies come and go. But few downfalls come as much of a shock to fans as learning on the demise of Telltale Games. With big name titles under their belt, more titles announced for the next year, and hiring as recent as a month ago, fans and employees alike were caught off guard by the announcement that Telltale would be closing its doors. The downfall of Telltale is a cautionary warning to those who work in the gaming industry and a sign that the way the industry does business needs to change. What led to Telltale’s closing, what does it mean for its employees and future games? As fans and industry pros let it all sink in, here’s a list of 5 games you probably didn’t know Telltale created.

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