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E3 2019 Cringest Moments

The E3 is rather... idiosyncratic. It's the single most important event in the industry worth billions of dollars, yet everyone goes about it as if it was some goofy party hosted by your rich high-school friend, whom they don't even really like. They go there cause it's fashionable, but they act as if they knew that you know. And I can't complain – at least it's entertaining, and pretty funny to see what we nerds can do if given too big a stage.

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E3's 24 Years of Highs and Lows

I would like to take a more personal venture into the world of E3. There are those expos I do not remember at all because of lack of any good games or hardware, but there are also those I remember until this day because of the promises the developers made on stage. Did they keep their word? Were the games they had presented successful, or quite the other way around? Bear with me here on this to find out yourself!

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Why Cyberpunk 2077 Needs Solarpunk

The developers of The Witcher series create a game about the dark future of our world, in which large corporations rule the masses of degraded people. Should the Polish studio use its gigantic influence to show millions of players a better future? Nowadays, just few people know what solarpunk is, but CD Projekt RED may change it!

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From Pizza Joint to Cosplay God – Interview with Tom DePetrillo of Extreme Costumes

During my recent visit to Pyrkon fantasy convention, I had the pleasure of inviting Extreme Costumes' Tom DePetrillo for an interview about the ins and outs of his work. Our conversation resulted in a fascinating insight into the past, present, and future of his company, which, although very popular and sporting great rep in the cosplaying community, had very humble beginnings. Hop in to learn the inspiring story of Thomas DePetrillo and Extreme Costumes.

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Everything We Know About PS5 – Release Date, Price and Specs

We finally have some solid info, on which to base some initial predictions about PlayStation 5. If we add to it the numerous leaks, which sound credible for the most part, we can pretty much draw a complete picture of the new Sony console. Will PlayStation 5 support ray tracking? What will be the specs be? Is PS5 going to be backward compatible? How much will it cost? When is it going to be released? And, of course, what games will be play at launch day? We answer all these questions in this overview of PlayStation 5.

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Top 10 Visual Novels for (Adult) Bookworms

Have you ever wanted to read a good video game? Sounds strange, I know. But consider this: here are some classy titles to start with, straight from the Land of the Rising Sun. We have fantasy, philosophy, mechas, action, love, drama, mystery, suspense, samurai – there’s something up everyone’s alley. Here’s top ten best visual novels.

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Multigenre Fan Convention Pyrkon 2019 Field Report

This year's Pyrkon was as awesome as ever. The convention grew exponentially over the past two decades, having shifted from an intimate event held in a school to a full-fledged convention attended by thousands. It was brimming with cosplayers, abundant with table-top matches, and allowed you to bump into some of this community's most notable figures. It certainly is a thrilling experience – especially if your one-year-old daughter's with you the entire time.

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Happy Easter Eggs

Easter has just ended but you still may have a lot of Easter eggs to find. Video games have dozens of hidden features and secrets to reveal. In this article, we encourage you to become a real true detective of paranormal phenomena in video games.

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Books that Should Become Video Games

The world of video games is full of characters and settings brought from other works of arts - books, movies, comics, and so on. While most of these adaptations were usually disappointing, there were also instances, when the final product turned out unique, novel, and playable as hell, such as the Arkham, Metro, or STALKER series, and some of Ubisoft's Tom Clancy games. Today, we will explore the world of literature, searching for other books that should be brought to our computer and TV screens.

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Best Sims 4 Mods 2019

The Sims is one of the most phenomenal series of video games, especially if you consider that it's been around for nearly two decades. The latest installment, The Sims 4, is sure a fun game, but you can make it even better with our selection of mods! This comprehensive list includes gameplay tweaks, minor gameplay additions, as well as larger mods that introduce some totally new, sometimes rather crazy elements!

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The Best Upcoming Superhero Games 2019

Superhero games are a peculiar lot. Some of them seem to prove the point that franchises belonging to one medium are happiest within it, and converting books to movies and movies to games is a rather futile endeavor. And then come titles like the Arkham series, or the recent Marvel's Spider-Man, and we go racking our brains, trying to come up with a reason why all these games aren't that good. One way or another, there's sure plenty of publishers, who'd love to capitalize on the popular superheroes in the coming months, and in this article, we look at the most interesting upcoming games based on superhero franchises.

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The Best Android Games 2019 – Free-to-Play Choices

It might be difficult to choose the right game for you, especially on mobile. The stores are full of all sorts of games, and – unfortunately – it's quite easy to run into a rather crappy title. We decided to lend you a hand and try to indicate some of the more worthwhile games available for free on Android. Here's part one of Android's best free-to-play games.

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Analysis: What End-User Agreements Say About Ownership

Digital distribution changed the video game market forever in a number of ways, most of which are greatly positive. It brought some obvious benefits for the customers, developers, and the environment. But if you thought that the only thing that changed was the way in which games are distributed, then think again, because by far the most significant difference is also the least apparent, and lies hidden in the EULAs that we mostly don't bother reading. Fortunately, we read them for you, and asked our friendly gamer lawyer for his opinion – here's what we found.

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Evolution of 3-D Open World Games – 1996-2007

An open world – a virtual environment that enables us to explore freely and without constraints – is not a new concept in video games. Looking back at some of the older titles, you will find that the first attempts of creating an open world can be traced back to Sega’s Jet Rocket simulation, developed in 1970. The first, fully scalable open-world games were 1984’s Courageous Perseus and Hydlide. The first bolder attempts were made in the 90s, and the formula established back then remains widely popular until this very day. Now, let’s take a short trip down the memory lane, and take a look at this concise overview of open-world games created between 1996 to 2007.

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I Suck At Battle Royale, and Apex Legends is My Favorite Game

I have never liked battle royale games very much. Mostly because I suck at them. Big time. So why did I decide to write about Apex Legends? Is there really anything that wasn’t already said about games such as PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite? Is the game truly as unique as many players claim? And, if it is, what makes it so? I’ll try to answer these and other questions below, as I unravel my own adventure with Apex Legends.

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2019 Top Unexpected Video Game Hits

Anyone can easily answer the question of "what games are you looking forward to playing in 2019." No biggie, right? But how many among these would be AAA titles? Half, maybe three quarters? Perhaps the biggest hustle of making small and independent games is promoting them without the budget that the biggest titles can enjoy. If the game turns out to be exceptionally good, it can achieve good sales by the word of mouth alon, but otherwise, many titles go by unnoticed. We buck the trend and give you a list of 2019's dark horses.

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Eight Things Apex Legends Does Better Than PUBG and Fortnite

Apex Legends is a rare phenomenon. The game wasn't advertised at all, it wasn't even really announced before it was released. Yet it managed to win over tens of millions of players, which is all the more impressive if you recognize that the sector of battle royales was largely dominated by truly gigantic games. What sort of sorcery have the devs from Respawn used to make it possible? We've pin-pointed at least eight.

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Netflix US Release Schedule – Q1 2019

Grab some popcorn and make sure to chill (...out) as the list of goodies coming to Netflix this quarter is about to get unraveled.

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Half-Life 3 Won't Save Steam. Valve's Secret Weapon Went Rusty

Where are the Gordon Freemans of yesteryear? I can still vividly remember, when on cold and bleak November nights, when nothing seemed to give hope any more, I would let my mind drift away to the never-ever land, where Gordon waited for me; offering a firm handshake, he would say “How nice to see you. Come on, I’ve got something I want to show you.” And follow him I have, and he showed me miracles. And the greatest among them, was Half-Life 3. Today, when I try to get to the same place again, my brain goes “Meh,” and I go playing Minecraft.

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Video Games' Stories Suck and it's Our Fault

No matter which video game you think had the best story, chances are it… sucked. Compared to ambitious TV series, movies, and books, video games offer plots that barely hold water most of the time, even in the cases of the critically acclaimed titles. And while they compensate with numerous other elements, it can be difficult to understand – why do we settle for mediocrity?

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