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This is a difficult topic for me because I believe that games journalism is just such a weird thing to begin with. I’ve been writing in this industry now for over 15 years professionally, as in paid to write and it’s still hard for me to even consider myself a journalist. I’ve sourced stories, been featured on TV shows as someone who predicted World of Warcraft going free-to-play and in general have spent most of my time honestly just writing guides and covering games I liked. Here’s the thing, people look at the folks writing about games who do present themselves as journalists and pass some interesting judgements good and bad about their content, but these days it’s actually really hard as a text based site to matter to the marketing companies that are hired by developers and publishers unless you’re the mainstream media. It started back when video was…

Fortnite is an example of a game that can appeal to the masses with ease. The gameplay is simple, over the shoulder FPS that’s simple to play with the only extra mechanic being building. The game updates itself roughly each quarter with some new mechanic or changes within the game and new ever existing plots and stories for players to follow. The ever snowballing amount of cosmetic choices give players the ability to be them within the game, even though millions and millions and millions worldwide are playing. In this current landscape you have two kinds of people out there. The ones who love the game and play it frequently and you have those who resent it, for a myriad of reasons that honestly don’t matter in this context. Both camps have a lot of people in them and both have excellent reasons for their opinions. Looking deeper than on…

If you want to play Outer Worlds, the new Fallout 3/4-like game by Obsidian, you have a few options. It’s on the PS4, Xbox and on PC via the Epic Games Store. However, instead of buying it full price, you can actually play it (at least for the first month for $1) and not even have to have the Epic Store installed. This “trick” isn’t a trick at all and is an intended play path by the developers. You can get the trial for Xbox Game Pass and install the PC version off of Microsoft’s website (no links – trust no links to it, go to Microsoft yourself to avoid malware). In the games included with the game pass is not only Outer Worlds but other awesome titles like the Gears of War series and Metro. That’s it, all there is to it. Now, you can also buy the game…

Disco Elysium is a true RPG and a lot of fun. It can be difficult to figure out what you’re supposed to do and when. While we have some spoiler free tips, they don’t give you the direct answer. The hard thing about a game like Disco Elysium is that you can approach it in so many ways that there isn’t a universal best way to play it, especially considering how skills impact chances of success for various quests. To that extent, we’ve put together a helpful FAQ and mini-walkthrough on the story so that you can get answers to the questions you have about the game. To help avoid spoiling too much of the game, please use the below accordion to uncover areas of the game you need help with.

Let’s face it, we all need snack ideas from time to time. Our guide to gaming snacks goes through the universal snacks which work for almost everywhere and then snacks best for gaming and for watching streams. From popcorn and ice cream to banana loaf bread, here are some ideas to enhance your culinary snacking while gaming. Nothing in this article focuses on being healthy, but at the same time we try to avoid bad ideas like sitting at the computer with an entire cake. Universal Snacks (Boring) Let’s start with the boring and uneventful snacks and move to something more exciting. Popcorn: You can’t go wrong with this iconic treat. Easy to microwave, easy to eat, just watch out for greasy controllers. Buy the popcorn without the flavorings to remove some of the grease.Potato Chips: Decent, greasy, aim for less greasy types of chips like rice crackers or baked…

Disco Elysium is a RPG with no combat. It’s like Fallout I & 2 or Arcanum but without combat. Imagine if you did all of the town exploration in Arcanum with a Phoenix Wright style exploration mechanic. You basically click on things, talk to folks and explore a world while customizing your character for how you want him to be. One of the biggest helps in understanding the game is that choices seriously matter. There are choices that will open or close various side quests and decisions have permanence. The game tracks most actions in the game and NPCs will treat you based on your current state. Understanding the Writing One of the things about Disco Elysium is that it’s not just written in a sort of artistic way. It’s written from the point of view and perspective of an amnesiac alcoholic cop on a planet that isn’t Earth. Many…

Honestly water is the best drink and I’m pretty sure every study and everything out there is going to talk peak performance on a steady diet of drinking water. Gamers though demand more than just water, obviously, preferably something with RGBs in it I’m sure. That’s where we take a look at the popular gamer drinks here in 2019. As a reminder, the FDA puts a limit on the daily consumption of caffeine at around 400mg. Drink any of the following in moderation and we’re not doctors, so make sure to read what’s in something before you drink it. Monster & Red Bull The 30 year old boomers choice, Monster and Red Bull both have caffeine and a ton of other junk in them. They taste good, although watch the calories on the non-diet versions and make sure not to drink too many. GFuel If you love Kool-Aid with the…

Borderlands 3 is the sequel to Borderlands 2 and kicks off with a new vault hunter back on Pandora taking on an epic adventure throughout the galaxy. There is a lot of the same and a lot of new things in this rendition and our review is pretty simple. If you want an FPS loot game that’s sillier than Destiny 2 and/or an improved version of Borderlands 2 then this game is a must have. The looter shooter has impressive combat, great guns and fun characters to play with some interesting and challenging encounters throughout the world. If you want a detailed story FPS game then, I’m not sure I would recommend Borderlands 3. The story, while long and very in-depth, isn’t very good. The basic premise is that there are two people who have taken over the bandits on Pandora and formed a cult. You’re basically fighting against the…

Endless World is an idle game and it has a cool feature sort of like Tap Titans 2 and other idle games where you enter into a 2 day contest to see who can get the furthest the fastest. How do you win this Sprint? Well, it’s actually not 100% pay to win. There are some strategies that you can use to take you to the top. The first strategy is to babysit the game. Especially the further you get into the game. If you run out of inventory spaces, you can’t progress for instance. So you’ll need to clear your inventory. You’ll want to cash in encounters as soon as they’re done and run the gold dungeon if it’s up for instance. Outside of that, you’ll want the game open so you’re constantly advancing. The next strategy is to avoid buying your tombstone and instead buy items from the…

Google Stadia is both the hardware and software behind the Google Stadia streaming platform. The only requirement is to have a game controller of any sort that is compatible with Google Chromecast or the supported device that you’re playing Stadia on and it works on a lot of devices. Let’s take this slow and go over everything you need to know to get started on Google Stadia. What is Google Stadia This is complicated, because the answer just isn’t “Google Stadia is a video game streaming service like PS Now” because while true, it’s more than that. Google Stadia is a video game streaming platform, where you purchase games to play on the Stadia platform with lots of additional features – like Google Assistant can fetch games for you (likely a feature of the Google Stadia controller, but also just as likely a feature anyone can use), there is crowd…