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Love it or hate it, Electronic Arts’ “Battlefield” first-person shooter video game franchise has been one of the most popular entries into the genre for more than a decade. While some shooters focus on non-stop action or entertaining game play features, “Battlefield” has long placed priority…

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Despite a new quest line and some system improvements across two downloadable content packages, “Fallout 4” has yet to receive its first full-blown DLC – until now.

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The Star Fox series has seen quite a few developers over the course of its history. Nintendo developed the most well known and loved installment Star Fox 64, Rare made the unique Star Fox Adventures that mainly took place on the ground, and now 11 years since the last console Star Fox game P…

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Ten years ago, arena shooters used to reign supreme as the most played online first person shooters. Thousands of people were glued to their computers playing match after match of fast and frenetic gameplay. These games weren’t focused on levels, who had the best gear, or what gun they paid …

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When it comes to the fighting game genre, there are plenty of high quality choices for people to choose from. Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, and Super Smash Bros. are just a few of the most popular titles out there, but even with the large selection of fighting games, Pokken Tournament stand…

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Details regarding the first downloadable content expansion for Bethesda’s post-apocalyptic open world shooter, “Fallout 4” have been swirling around the internet for weeks. Last month, information regarding an upcoming change in price for the game’s DLC season pass led many to believe the fi…

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It is nearly impossible to put in to simple terms just how influential the Pokémon franchise has been over the past twenty years. The empire includes handheld games, console releases, movies, manga, television shows and clothing lines, the franchise is a general pop culture icon. The world h…

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The Fire Emblem series has slowly becoming more popular every year since the release of Fire Emblem for the Gameboy Advance. Each game released in North America has been critically acclaimed due to the fun gameplay and polished experience.

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Throughout the last few weeks of January, YouTube has been giving copyright strikes, taking away monetization, and completely deleting YouTube channels of popular content creators.

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During a recent interview with MCV, Peter O’Reilly, the senior marketing director for EA said that the company is “on a journey to regain the trust of the PC gamer” after years of disappointment and distrust expressed towards the gaming juggernaut.  Much of the complaining has been based aro…

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Valve issued a statement of apology yesterday regarding what is now being called a “configuration error” that occurred on Christmas. The error exposed allowed tens of thousands of users to view the account information belonging to someone else instead of their own when accessing their account.

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Right now until December 23, Nintendo is allowing players to download the rare psychic/ghost Pokémon Hoopa at participating McDonald’s locations. This event is the only way in which players can get this Pokémon.

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Ten years ago, “Psychonauts” was released by Double Fine Productions – the company’s very first game. The platforming classic revolved around a camp for young kids with psychic abilities, the Whispering Rock Psychic Summer Camp, which just so happened to be run by the U.S. government as a th…

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It’s hard to believe that Nintendo’s Wii U has been out for over three years already. In that time, a ton of great titles have come out for it, but nothing that has been released so far can compare to the massive world and feeling of adventure you get while playing Xenoblade Chronicles X.

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The District Court of Stockholm recently decided that Swedish internet service provider Bredbandsbolaget does not have to be forced to block notorious file-sharing website, The Pirate Bay. The decision marks a landmark victory for the long embattled website, which has faced staunch oppositio…

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Every year, game developers and publishers decide that November is the month that they want their game to come out. This allows their game to skip the Black Friday sales and is near the Holiday season when people are out buying presents. It really would be the perfect month to release a bran…

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Mark Cuban is almost as well known for his colorful use of language on live television as he is for his business decisions. As owner of the Dallas Mavericks and a savvy investor on ABC’s “Shark Tank,” Cuban has proven himself to have some substantial skill with a pocketbook.

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The 2015 Intel Extreme Masters San Jose, held tomorrow and Saturday at the SAP Center in Santa Clara, CA will be the site of the first tournament of the tenth season of the Intel Extreme Masters. The games featured will be “League of Legends” and “Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.” Players w…

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The most recent installment in the beloved “Fallout” role-playing franchise, “Fallout 4,” graced the gaming-world just over a week ago. Though a review of the game in its entirety is a task which would require hundreds of hours of dedication, enough time has passed to assess the success — an…

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The Pokémon craze is one of the most memorable parts of my childhood. My friends and I would trade cards in the bathroom at school (because they were banned), and we were constantly playing Pokémon Blue or Red on our Gameboy Colors. Everyone I knew watched the show religiously, and to this d…

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Rarely does a game make me feel happy these days. Most games are bloody, action, brown and grey shooters that have the player surrounded by constant death. That’s not to say that I don’t enjoy those types of games, but it is nice when something like Yoshi’s Woolly World comes out as a breath…

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In less than a month, Nov. 10, Fallout 4 will be released for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Fans of the series are extremely excited for its release, and the limited edition of the game sold out in a few hours.

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Go find your stash of Nuka-Cola, strap on your power armor and equip your plasma pistol, because “Fallout 4” is coming soon.  As many “Fallout” fanatics have long marked on their calendars, Nov. 10 is the set release day for the fourth main installment in the long-running post-apocalyptic sh…

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Have you ever wanted to feel what it’s like to be in the middle of one of the massive cinematic battles in the Star Wars movies? Well then you are in luck! DICE has perfectly captured that feeling with their newest upcoming game Star Wars: Battlefront.

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Since 2010, an organization known as Humble Bundle has been putting together bundles of PC games, selling them at a deep discount, and allowing the customer to choose how much of their money went to charities or game developers.

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The iconic gold bikini worn by Carrie Fisher while playing Princess Leia Organa in “Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi” has a new, private owner after an online auction last week.  The costume was just part of a larger group of Hollywood memorabilia sold through Profiles In History, …

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In a post-apocalyptic world, cars will become more than a method of transportation, but a means for survival. Though not a new concept, the idea of a gas and metal driven culture after the end of the world has captivated the minds of movie-goers and television audiences for decades.

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The dangerous, dinosaur-inhabited island players must navigate through while playing “ARK: Survival Evolved” just became even more treacherous. Developer Studio Wildcard added new environments to the game, bringing with it a host of new possibilities.

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Rainbow Six is a franchise that I was late coming into, but I fell in love the minute I started playing. The first game in the series that I played was Rainbow Six: Vegas. It felt unique compared to other first person shooters of its time due to unique cover based shooting mechanics and the …

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“Minecraft” isn’t far from a household name. Whether your child spends hours cooped up in their room building elaborate worlds, or from seeing the name on television and Facebook ads, the simple and addictive game has found a niche all its own in popular culture since first being released on…

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When the original Castle Crashers was first released back in 2008, it was one of the most addicting and fun beat em’ up games. Countless hours were spent with friends fighting through hordes of enemies and collecting gold.

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From Aug. 28-30, John Lester, also known as Gamester81, organized an expo for current gamers and retro enthusiasts alike called the Game On Expo. It took place at the Mesa Convention Center.  

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Blizzard’s free MOBA, multiplayer online battle arena, Heroes of the Storm is celebrating its new update by giving away the Diablo character for free to all owners of Diablo III until September 8. Other unlockable rewards these next few weeks include items for Diablo III and Heroes of the St…

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If you were ever walking down the street and in a moment of distress asked yourself, “How am I ever going to get up that slight hill over there?” The answer may have finally arrived from Japan. Engineers and developers from Tokyo-based Cocoa Motors have released a personal transportation dev…

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Blizzard Entertainment has finally announced the next chapter in the World of Warcraft series, and gamers around the world should be excited for this one. Blizzard finally announced the title, and more information regarding the most recent expansion, World of Warcraft: Legion.

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It has been five years now since the release of the last Crackdown game, and a year since the game was announced in development at E3 2014.

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The wildly successful online card game Hearthstone is coming out with a new expansion, The Grand Tournament, during the month of August. There is still no word of an exact date, but it is confirmed that it will be releasing this month.

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Blizzard Entertainment will be revealing the details of the sixth expansion of their wildly popular massively multiplayer online role playing game, World of Warcraft, during a special event live from Gamescom 2015 in Cologne, Germany.

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The now giant PC gaming platform Steam started as a small client in 2006 that people were required to install to play Counter Strike: Source or The Orange Box. It was something that most people thought was an annoyance and was another piece of software that they only used because they were f…

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Adam Sandler used to be one of the kings of comedy. His two most well-known movies Happy Gilmore and Billy Madison are comedy favorites of even some self-proclaimed movie buffs. 

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Not a lot of people have been hyped up for the greatest collection and value that will be released on August 4. The Rare Replay collection is an exclusive Xbox One title that has 30 of Rare’s most popular games. Why should everyone be excited? 

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The Xbox 360 was an extremely successful console despite the fact that the console itself had several glaring issues that plagued its entire lifespan. Its two main problems were the infamous red ring of death and scratching games. A class-action lawsuit is in process right now for scratching…

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In Rocket League, the gamer plays soccer in a rocket-powered car with a giant color changing ball. That sounds a bit ridiculous, but its ridiculousness is what adds to the game’s enormous amount of fun. 

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Nintendo’s Wii U is a console that has been suffering since launch. Its sales have had a few peaks with the launches of games like Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros., but most of the time, the system has been in the news as Nintendo’s failed experiment. The weird idea of having a screen on you…

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Satoru Iwata, 55, passed away on July 12, 2015 due to complications from a tumor. All across the world fans mourn the death of Nintendo’s President. Instead of being sad, many have chosen to instead celebrate his life.

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On July 9 a Belgian court acquitted the four founders of The Pirate Bay, Gottfrid Svartholm, Fredrik Neij, Peter Sunde and Carl Lundström of committing criminal copyright infringement and abusing electronic communications. 

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Reddit is a website with quite a mixed reputation. Structured under different, thematically-based forums called “subreddits,” the site allows users to post their own pictures, videos, and written submissions for others to see and comment on.  Many people have been put off by Reddit because o…

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Bethesda Softworks seems to have taken this year’s Electronics Entertainment Expo by storm with the announcement of the newest edition to the Fallout franchise. Fallout 4, slated for release November 10 of this year, will be the most expansive and impressive game in the franchise, if the pre…