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Champion of Hyrule, defender of space, bane of demons, savior of light, and occasional pizza eater.

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Video game conventions are places of magic. An entire community worth of people gathering together over a single hobby is exhilarating. People dress up in full cosplay, some of your favorite game celebrities are there, and it’s a chance to play new games before they are released to the public.

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Professional gaming is becoming less of a pipe dream and an actual, possible career for gamers everywhere. Even just a few years ago, being a pro gamer was reserved for only very specific games and only a few places, like South Korea and Starcraft. But now, eSports is huge, and

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While not the “future of gaming” we all thought it would be, VR gaming is still an interesting and fun part of the hobby. The experiences it provides are unlike anything you can get staring at a flat screen. If you want to be fully immersed in a world, you

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“Fallout 76 will not be launching on Steam.” The entire PC gaming community gasped. Not putting your game on Steam is one of the biggest cardinal sins you can make! Many cried out, wanting to know why Bethesda would do this, why they would cripple their game before it even

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Artificial intelligence is making huge waves in the world, and every industry is looking at ways to utilize it. The gaming industry is no different. While it might sound a little like science fiction, AI is going to play a major part in how we build and play video games.

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Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) classified video game addiction as a mental health condition. Combine that with many parents concerned about their child’s obsession with Fortnite, and once again video games are under the microscope. Questions once put to rest years ago are coming back up, like “Do video

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For all the kids who had to play the “Battletoads” infamous speeder bike level with the judgemental eyes of siblings watching them, or had to stop their game mid-level because their parents wanted to watch the news, or experience the tragic death of Aerith in “FFVII” with their Mom chatting

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For the world of business, disruption has become synonymous with success. Uber and Lyft have disrupted transportation, AirBnB has changed how we travel, and music services like Pandora and Spotify have fundamentally changed how people listen to music. Creating a sharing economy is one major way disruptive businesses can make

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It has been a long time in the making, but the government might force their way into regulating video games. With a string of controversies stemming from loot boxes in games and whether they are actually a form of gambling, and many people blaming violent video games and media for

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Gaming is one of the ultimate hobbies. It can be fun, relaxing, stressful, emotional, competitive, frightening, empowering, and more. You can play by yourself, with friends, or complete strangers. There are even mental health benefits from playing games, like faster reflexes and quicker decision making abilities. Yet, video gaming can

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Emulators have a sort of negative reputation in the world of gaming. Game companies and people have learned to associate the term “emulator” with piracy of older games. Yet this isn’t the truth. Emulators aren’t good or evil, they are simply a tool to accomplish a goal. That goal could

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2017 has been a pretty wild year for the video game industry. Tons of amazing games have been released, we’ve gotten the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One X, and we watched the rise of new genres and advances on current ones. Yet, alongside all of these amazing gifts, we also

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Video games stand alone as the only type of art and entertainment that blocks people from enjoying it’s content based on skill. If you aren’t good enough at the game, you cannot progress. That means not being able to finish the story, see the rest of the artwork, and enjoy

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Coming out on October 10th, 2017, Middle Earth: Shadow of War is the big follow-up sequel to Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, one of the most beloved and successful Lord of the Rings video games to date. This is thanks to the Nemesis system that helped the player create unique

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Netflix has changed how people watched television. Over 89 million people are active subscribers to the service, with about 7 million people joining every quarter. The subscription model for businesses are becoming more and more popular. Music has Spotify, TV has Netflix and Hulu, books have Audible, but so far

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Resources are often a key element in video games. They might come in the form of money, wood, space crystals, manpower, or even the player’s time. Managing those resources correctly might be the difference between winning and losing the game. Now, not every game has a resource system that requires

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