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Are video games bad for health? Gaming myths debunked

“Those video games are bad for your health. Go play outside!” Any of you folks remember your granny or mom saying that? Based on the then-latest findings of medical science, and maybe also some black PR from soccer ball producers, the conviction represented by this sentence has held its position all the way to the 21st century in some regions of the world. After all, that’s what the doctors said… But wouldn’t that be nice if a doctor who is also a gamer sat down to properly evaluate the effects of video gaming on health? Well then, let’s see what we can learn as we try to bust some of the medical myths concerning video games.

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The best of crowdfunding – what's interesting on Kickstarter these days

The Golden Age of crowdfunding is probably behind us. Some infamous bad eggs may have done a great deal to spoil the whole batch, straining the trust of gamers and backers alike, but the core idea behind websites such as Kickstarter is too persistent to be killed off like that. Even now, interesting, ambitious propositions are emerging on crowdfunding sites, asking for support and backing. We’ve gathered ten such projects, either sequels to renowned franchises or simply undertakings made by trustworthy people, who are likely to make good use of the donated money. Take a look at what’s good and promising among crowdfunded games these days.

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A new coat of paint – video game remakes and remasters we badly need

It sometimes gets really frustrating when you see the same game released again with a “remaster” sticker put on it; especially if the remaster does nothing to make the game better and up to more modern standards. However, every one of us has a list of games they would like to see remade – so that we can relive the same memories but with nicer visuals. Our editorial team has shared their wishlist, feel free to share yours with us!

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Polish Witcher Trivia #5 – names of von Everec come from a historical family of monarchs

This week in Polish Witcher Trivia we go back in time to the Middle Ages… sort of. The most important character of the Hearts of Stone expansion is Olgierd von Everec, and he has two brothers – Witold and Kiejstut (who go by different names in the English version of the game). Why are they important in our series? Well, let’s just say that there was a family of monarchs that became an inspiration for our virtual heroes. Read on!

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Is Redania a witcher-image of Poland? Analysis of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt & original books

As you may already know from our Polish Witcher Trivia series, there are many things in the Witcher franchise that are shout-outs to Poland, the homeland of the Witcher writer and game devs alike. Most of them are small and subtle, though. But what if there’s something much bigger hidden in the series? What if there’s a fictional realm directly inspired by Poland? Some fans have noticed thought-provoking similarities between Poland and Redania, one of the Kingdoms of the North. Sounds interesting? Let’s take a moment to analyze this Witcher fan theory.

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Early Access' most glaring issues based on the example of Naval Action

Among the greatest changes the industry has witnessed within the last decades is without a doubt the advent and surge of independent games. This sector has grown to incredible proportions, brought a draft of fresh air to video game development and produced some outstanding titles. It has also brought some new issues of its own, because there’s nothing nature loves more than balance. In this article, we will explore the blessings and curses that come with Early Access and crowdfunding, as exemplified by one of our personal favorites – Naval Action. With great power comes great responsibility; and with open development comes a bunch of moaning malcontents. Or so it would seem.

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Roleplaying in turns – 25 best tactical RPGs

Another week, another "top 10". It's time for the best of the best among RPGs that make you devise plans and do the math to have a shot at winning, or sometimes even surviving. Tactical RPGs, or S(imulation)RPGs, as they are called in the Land of the Rising Sun, are somewhat niche in the West, their primary land of origin being Japan. That being said, the genre has a group of devoted fans all over the world, and some of its representatives, such as Fallout Tactics, Front Mission, or The Banner Saga are known to gamers, no matter the platform, in one form or another. We've assembled for you a list of top 25 games from franchises that have spawned noteworthy tactical RPG titles.

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Polish Witcher Trivia #4 – Forefather's Eve

Polish Witcher Trivia series aims at familiarizing international readers with some references and easter eggs that might be meaningful only to Polish people. This week we look at the rite of Forefather’s Eve – an ancient Slavic ritual involving spirits of the dead. To find out more about the rite and its connection to Polish culture, just read on.

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Twelve Oscars – the best video games based on movies

Remember Uwe Boll? You know, the man behind many “memorable” movie adaptations of video games? Well, things looked similar the other way around – video game adaptations of movies are almost by definition considered bad. But is the reputation completely justified? Were there really no good games based on the things created for the cinema? Wrong. We have prepared a list of twelve at least solid video games that use the license of a movie project. Among them, you will find many noteworthy titles, some of them recent, some other a bit nostalgic, but all of them memorable.

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Frostpunk – age of ice and steam from creators of This War of Mine

While there are many ways the world may end, be it bangs or whimpers, a worldwide glacial period is a rare theme to appear in video games. We’ve talked to Pawel Miechowski and Kuba Stokalski from 11 bit studios, the devs behind the highly acclaimed This War of Mine, and we've learned that their team is preparing a true snowstorm to keep us stuck at our monitors. Their latest work, Frostpunk, which draws inspiration from 19th-century industrial world, games such as Dishonored and Banished, and ambitious Polish sci-fi novel, is shaping up to be an original game that might just make you freeze to death. Check out everything we now so far about Frostpunk.

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Polish Witcher Trivia #3 – Alceas and their role in Poland's rural landscape

In the third part of Polish Witcher Trivia it’s time to leave literature behind and instead move to painting… or rather a certain element of every old Polish village. Basically, this week it’s all about flowers. If you want to find out what an alcea is and realize that you actually pass it by every few minutes in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – read on.

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Polish Witcher Trivia #2 – Hearts of Stone and its plot built around a Polish legend

Today we dive once again into the world of The Witcher. My main goal is to familiarize the international audience with Easter eggs that are tailored specifically for Polish players. Two weeks ago I focused on Brunwich and its relation to Polish literature. This time around we’ll take a look at the first expansion, Hearts of Stone, and analyze how its main plot theme is built around a character taken straight from a Polish legend. Enjoy the second part of our Polish Witcher Trivia series.

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Gamedev in the time of revolution – how Euromaidan changed the Ukrainian gaming industry

The Ukrainian Revolution of 2014 was an event of significant political consequences, among them the following unrest in Eastern Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea. Among the many people and organizations affected were the Ukrainian video game developers. They witnessed the revolution, often participated in it, and later, long after the dust had settled in Kiev, had to face the new economic realities – lost business contracts, lack of investors’ trust, and various other impediments. And yet they kept on working. We’ve talked to several Ukrainian devs, listening to their experiences and hopes, and learning about the current state of the gaming industry in the country that gave us Metro, Cossacks, and S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

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Polish Witcher Trivia #1 – Brunwich and its significance for Polish literature

It’s been almost two years since The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt came into our gaming lives and took them by storm. CD Projekt Red put a lot of thought into the game, taking inspiration from the original books by Andrzej Sapkowski and introducing their own ideas for Geralt’s adventures. However, since this is a Polish creation, there are some bits and pieces in the game that only the Poles will be able to notice and appreciate. Through our Polish Witcher Trivia series of articles, we’ll present some of these references and Easter eggs, so that you too might enjoy the game to the fullest.

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Unfinished stories in The Witcher series – loose ends swept under the rug

The Witcher 3 was released almost two years ago. I actually find this hard to believe – because it’s such a vast game and because it received such good support throughout the subsequent twenty months after its release, including two enormous expansions. The whole Witcher series, however, leaves a gap in the gaming world. In this article, we explore the unresolved threads and characters who never got any closure, and the possible reasons behinds the devs’ decisions not to pick them up in the final installment.

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War without victors – Pirates vs Denuvo

The history of anti-piracy software is long and turbulent, especially so in the video game industry. The ongoing war between publishers and warez groups and pirates, like any other conflict, often leads to situations in which bystanders get hurt. We’re taking a look at Denuvo – the most effective anti-piracy safeguard that supposedly wrecks your PC. But does it really?

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Diablo III 2.5.0 – colossus still waiting for revival

Maybe we are too quick to herald Diablo III’s demise, but there’s something uncanny going on. Subsequent updates fail to introduce any concrete changes, the conspicuous problems remain largely unsolved, and the monotony of the game is increasingly omnipresent. While the 2.5.0 update does introduce some rather major upgrades, it still doesn’t look like a game-changing patch. What’s even worse, some of the solutions introduced there don’t seem to work the way we (or at least I) have imagined.

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The end of MMORPG? – we analyze the current and future condition of online RPGs

One swallow does not make a summer. What’s the biggest MMORPG right now? World of Warcraft, of course. Well, that’s our swallow right there. Name five more prominent Western MMORPGs. You’ve got two? Nice. In the meantime Asia has churned out dozens of titles. The current condition of Western online RPGs is bad and the market, being the market, prefers the cheaper option. That’s why instead of investing in new IPs, Western publishers tend to import games from the prolific Asian segment. Is that the best they can do? Let’s take a look at how it all began, and why Korea and China are successfully invading the Western market.

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Gothic Sequel – the add-on that never was. A cancelled expansion for the iconic RPG

Unreleased games. I suppose we’ve all heard of at least one such case that made us feel genuinely sorry that it didn’t happen. Not often, however, is such a project revealed after having spent years on a shelf, somewhere deep in the devs’ HQ. Gothic Sequel was to become an expansion for the successful RPG from Piranha Bytes. It didn’t. It was left to rot in limbo and cannibalized, providing plots, mechanics, and names for many of Piranha’s subsequent games, mainly the full-fledged sequel Gothic II and its expansion. How much did it provide? Enough for us to say that had it been released as intended, the history of the Gothic series would have taken a different turn. Let’s take a closer look at Gothic’s lost expansion.

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Why Square Enix may have actually pulled the plug on Deus Ex

The Deus Ex series might be in jeopardy. Gaming websites report that further development of the cyberpunk franchise has allegedly been suspended due to poor sales of last year’s Mankind Divided. Honestly, even before Eurogamer and Kotaku published news on the topic, I had thought that Mankind Divided wasn’t doing very well…

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The best mods for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – January 2017 Edition

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt might not be the first game that comes to mind when we try to think of a super enthusiastic modder community, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing cool to find there. Check out our list if you’re interested in making the witcher look more, well, witcher-y, seeing him polish his sword (no funny business!) or wear some fancy armor from the second installment in the series. Or perhaps you’d like another batch of quests, more books to read, or a less frustrating experience with the map? Whatever you’re looking for, you might find it in one of the mods!

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World of Warcraft vanilla – was it really better? A story about Nostalrius and deceptive nostalgia

Twelve years in video game industry is an eternity. Word is that it’s almost enough time to develop a sequel to Duke Nukem. But amidst the stampede of new franchises and sequels, there’s at least one place where we can find refuge. And that would be the servers of World of Warcraft. The game has been continuously running for twelve years now, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to retire anytime soon. Still, it wouldn’t be possible without changing the concept every now and then – which seemingly isn’t in line with some players’ ideas. Let’s see how World of Warcraft has changed since its vanilla version launched in 2005.

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This week, we are trying to believe

Starring this week: The Sims Online, The Sims Online’s free version called FreeSO, The Sims 4, Vampires, January, Husk, Days of War, Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord, Fallout 4, and who could forget – Mr. Bubbles! But the best… you’ll have to wait for. And it’s not Nintendo Switch.

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The best Fallout 4 mods – Volume 2 (January 2017)

Well, I’ll be… there’s even more good Fallout 4 mods out there. So much more, in fact, that it calls for a new selection of what’s best among them. That’s the second time we’re doing this, so let’s not waste any space on needless introductions. Today’s menu: companions, settlements, ponytails, and music – here’s a dozen new interesting mods for Bethesda’s latest work.

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This week, I won't mention Mass Effect: Andromeda

Oh, so you came here to read about Mass Effect: Andromeda – its brand new gameplay trailer, the release dates, and the impression all this information made on me? If so, retreat – I’m not covering any of it, end of story. If, on the other hand, you’re interested in CES 2017 and what it brought to the tech table, or Arkane’s promises on Prey’s optimization, then read on.

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The most anticipated games of 2017 – Gamepressure picks

2017 – here we go! In our recent articles we’ve shared with you some thoughts on the releases and disasters of 2016, and now the time has come to leave the past behind and look into the (hopefully) bright future. The upcoming twelve months are shaping up to be quite interesting. We’ve got some highly anticipated RPGs vying for our attention as well as remakes of classics awaited by the fans, some sequels, and – of course – a couple of fresh, original productions. Without further ado, check out the top picks of our editorial team that are going to invade our computers and consoles in 2017.

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Top 20 games of 2016 you might have missed

Some games don’t need an introduction or even too much of a marketing effort – they fare well on their own. But among the flashy franchises and smash hits productions get overlooked that are worthy of our attention, many of them inventive and fresh, luring us with great atmosphere or a movie-like soundtrack. Here’s the catch, though: we must know first that they even exist. To make your lives easier we’ve prepared a list of 20 games of 2016 that for some reason might have missed your radars. Our picks include various genres and bigger titles as well as niche indie gems. We hope you’ll find something to your liking!

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9 browser games to brighten your gloomy, winter evenings

Browser games don’t have a good reputation among “real” gamers. The shaming label of the realm of casual players is often enough to discourage us from even checking out what’s out there. And by doing so, we miss out on a lot of good stuff! True, many of the popular browser games are generic MMORPGs, but in fact there’s something for everyone. We’ve got complex strategies, hack’n’slash action RPGs, and tycoons. And the themes? Vikings, time travel and… fish. Check out our list of interesting browser games and stop hiding the fact that you enjoy them too every now and then.

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Fails of 2016 – let's get ready to grumble

The end of December is always full of different summaries, analyses, reminiscing and resolutions. We’d like to contribute by bringing you a collection of the biggest flops the industry has seen this year – we’re not trying to spread defeatism, nor do we think that this year was exceptionally horrible, but there are certain mistakes that we should all remember not to repeat (No Man’s Sky, *cough*). We won’t be talking about failed games only, as we witnessed scandals and controversial practices as well. Not to mention empty promises, gambling, money laundering, stacks of glitches, hype and lies. Brace yourselves – here’s our list of awards for fails of the year 2016.

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Criticized yet adored – games that lost to the critics but won the hearts of gamers

Video games, as any other area of entertainment out there, are a matter of taste. That said, most of them can be reliably rated, as some things, such as the presence of bugs or low-res textures, are visible to anyone. Several reasons are behind the discrepancies of ratings given by critics and gamers: maybe there’s something unique in a game, which only some can see, maybe the game was perfected in time, maybe the game hits the sweet spot for some people while rubbing some others the wrong way. There are plenty of games in the history of the industry that sparked a debate on who was right in the end – the critics or the gamers. Here are some of the examples.

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