All posts by Matt Marinett

The Deceptive Marketing of Video Games

July 16, 2016, 10:34 pm | article | 2 comment(s)

Video games are often marketed through the press and through popular YouTubers and streamers, but these relationships often aren't made clear. This deception only hurts you, the video game consumer.

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Review: A Second Look at Street Fighter V

July 8, 2016, 4:12 pm | review | 1 comment(s)

Street Fighter V launched with limited content but an excellent core fighting system. After several months of updates, Street Fighter V is finally starting to feel like a complete game.

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Video Game Review Scores are a Good Thing

July 3, 2016, 4:26 pm | article | 0 comment(s)

In this second article in a two part series, we look at why video game review scores are actually a good thing for the medium.

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How Review Sites Score Games

June 28, 2016, 11:34 am | article | 0 comment(s)

In this article, we break down review scores from major review websites to see how they're used and to figure out what, in the end, they mean.

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E3 2016 Disappointing for PC Gamers?

June 16, 2016, 7:58 pm | article | 0 comment(s)

There are a lot of great games at E3 2016, but there have been few big announcements for PC gaming. Is E3 2016 disappointing for PC gamers?

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Blood and Wine: A Completionist Review

June 10, 2016, 4:39 am | review | 1 comment(s)

Blood and Wine is more lighthearted and fun than its predecessors, but it still packs a great central story, loads of new content and features, and the beautiful new realm of Toussaint to explore.

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Overwatch Review for PC

May 25, 2016, 10:50 pm | review | 0 comment(s)

With fun and fresh gameplay and excellent hero design, Overwatch is the most compelling multiplayer shooter experience in years.

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Will Battlefield 1 Rewrite The First World War?

May 17, 2016, 7:16 pm | article | 0 comment(s)

Battlefield 1's focus on individual action is a stark contrast to the popular view of the First World War as somber, hellish and pointless. And it raises the question: will Battlefield 1 try to rewrite this narrative?

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New Witcher 3: Blood and Wine Screen Shots Revealed

April 22, 2016, 6:52 pm | news | 0 comment(s)

CD Projekt Red has unveiled five colourful new screenshots from its forthcoming expansion to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, called Blood and Wine.

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The Closure of Nostalrius is a Blow to the Preservation of Online Games

April 20, 2016, 1:31 pm | article | 2 comment(s)

The forced shutdown of private WoW server Nostalrus by Blizzard represents the many barriers to keeping old online games alive.

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Blues and Bullets Episode 2: Shake the Hive Review for PC

April 10, 2016, 1:24 pm | review | 0 comment(s)

There’s brilliance in Blues and Bullets Episode 2, but it comes in momentary spurts, and it lets itself be too often interrupted by uninspired gameplay and unnecessary flashbacks.

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Should 'Hard' Games Like Dark Souls III Have Difficulty Options?

April 9, 2016, 1:13 pm | article | 3 comment(s)

Why is it that, in a modern environment where difficulty settings are the norm and most popular games are fairly straight-forward, a series like Dark Souls that bucks that trend would prove so popular?

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Street Fighter V: The Endless Beta?

April 2, 2016, 2:44 pm | article | 2 comment(s)

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Is the Lack of Fallout 4 Awards a Warning to Bethesda?

March 24, 2016, 4:08 pm | article | 2 comment(s)

Bethesda built a ton of momentum surrounding Fallout 4. It was shut out of most of the top awards in the world of video games over the past few months. We look at how the developer can learn from the failings of Fallout 4, the Elder Scrolls 6 can put Bethesda back at the top of the heap.

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VR: Changing game design as we know it?

March 22, 2016, 6:45 pm | article | 0 comment(s)

Virtual reality gaming is just about here. The technology is ready, but are the developers ready to make the most of the new hardware? We look at how VR can change game design forever.

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 Overwatch PC Beta Impressions: 50-hours later

March 9, 2016, 10:29 am | article | 0 comment(s)

Despite ongoing balance issues and a weak map pool, thanks to excellent gameplay and heroes, Overwatch is shaping up to be a terrific first-person shooter.

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Cities: Skylines Snowfall Review for PC

February 20, 2016, 10:10 pm | review | 0 comment(s)

Snowfall is another enjoyable addition to Cities: Skylines that will give you reason to build a whole new metropolis or two, although don't expect a revolutionary experience.

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Pillars of Eternity: The White March Part II Review

February 16, 2016, 4:59 pm | review | 0 comment(s)

The White March Part II is a fitting conclusion to The White March that will please fans of the series, though it under-delivers on narrative and role-playing.

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Fallout 4 DLC To be Announced Soon, Bethesda Reworking Survival Mode

February 11, 2016, 8:30 pm | news | 0 comment(s)

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The 5 Best Isometric RPGs

February 9, 2016, 9:32 pm | article | 0 comment(s)

With Pillars of Eternity's second expansion, The White March Part II coming out in just over a week, and with Torment: Tides of Numenera and Divinity: Original Sin II expected later this year, we decided to take a look at the best isometric RPGs in history.

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Check Out the New Full Length CG Trailer for Street Fighter V

February 8, 2016, 12:34 pm | news | 0 comment(s)

With Street Fighter V launching just over a week from now on February 16, Capcom has decided it's high time to show off their full-length CG trailer.

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First Rise of the Tomb Raider Patch Fixes "Critical Issues"

February 5, 2016, 4:25 pm | news | 0 comment(s)

The first patch for Rise of the Tomb Raider on PC was launched today. According to developer Nixxes Software in a post on Steam, the patch "focusses on critical issues users ran into immediately following release."

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Pillars of Eternity to Have Major Update With Release of The White March Part II

February 4, 2016, 5:59 pm | news | 0 comment(s)

The White March Part 2 launches on February 16, but even for those players that don't get the expansion, a significant update will occur for the base game, including new a new Caed Nua plotline, a new difficulty setting, revamped skills and other gameplay changes.

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Rocket League Adding New Maps Through "Rocket Labs" Test Mode

February 3, 2016, 10:36 pm | news | 0 comment(s)

Psyonix will add new Rocket League maps for players to test in a special new mode

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Hearthstone Announces Standard Format, Will Retire Old Cards

February 2, 2016, 6:47 pm | news | 0 comment(s)

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Ded Gaem: The Short Life and Long Death of the Online Game

January 25, 2016, 10:54 pm | article | 0 comment(s)

How long before a game dies online? What makes a game last generations of updates?

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Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ) Is Everything Right About Gaming

January 7, 2016, 11:24 pm | article | 0 comment(s)

The greatest virtue of AGDQ isn’t the skill on display or the money raised. It’s in bringing the community together and reminding everyone, myself included, why we fell in love with this hobby in the first place.

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Pillars of Eternity: The White March - Part II Launches February 16, 2016, Has a New Trailer

January 5, 2016, 5:55 pm | news | 0 comment(s)

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Console Exclusives Outlook: Time to Buy a Console?

December 31, 2015, 1:31 pm | article | 0 comment(s)

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2015 Was the Best Year of this Decade for Gaming; Can 2016 Possibly Top It?

December 22, 2015, 6:38 pm | article | 1 comment(s)

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