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How Should a Game Let You Skip Content?

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Review: Resident Evil 2 2019

Article from JAX

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Review: Epic Battle Fantasy Four

Article from Zody

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Review: Return of the Obra Dinn

Article from JAX

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What Encourages Replayability?

Article from JAX

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Review: Red Dead Redemption II

Article from Gamerhow

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Life is Truly Strange

Article from Gamerhow

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Team Fortress 2: The Original Loot boxes of the Western Game Industry

Article from Zody

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Review: Battlefield and Battlefield V Beta

Article from Gamerhow

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Interview: Evergarden

Article from Giga Buri

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Review: Into the Breach

Article from JAX

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Spider-Man Sequel Suggestions

Article from JAX

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5 Overused Clichés in Video Game Writing

Article from Clarion 15

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8 Underrated Gaming Youtubers That Are Worth Watching

Article from Clarion 15

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10 Games that Deserve Remakes

Article from Clarion 15

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Assassin’s Creed Main Games, Ranked from Worst to Best

Article from Clarion 15

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Review: Xenoblade 2

Article from Clarion 15

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Review: Dream Daddy

What’s up my roundtable, my name is Excaliber596 and why am I doing this?

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Review: Sonic Mania

What’s up my roundtable, my name is Excaliber596 and I have something shameful to admit to the gaming community. I love the Sonic the Hedgehog games.

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Grab a Friend: Jackbox Party Pack 1

Do you ever wish you had more games to play with your friends when they come over? Well look no further! Grab a friend, grab an Xbox One, A PS4, a PC, an Amazon Fire TV, an Android TV, or the MAC app store, and get ready to play the first Jackbox Party Pack!

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The Breakdown: Abstract Arenas

Level design can be hard. Building a level that is fun, challenging, flows well, and fits into the context of your world can be a daunting task, especially if level design isn't really your field. This week, I hope to ease your struggles by providing a method that will help you focus your design process and make you a better designer. It's called 'abstract level design', and it stems from the days of early PC first-person arena shooters like Doom, Quake, Unreal Tournament, and Heretic.

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Totally Tubular Top Ten:
Unlockable Characters

Most video game characters are competent enough to make the character enjoy playing the game, but sometimes you just crave more. Luckily, game developers know how much you want more out of the games you love, and some give you what you crave. For this week's Totally Tubular Top 10, we look into the top 10 best unlockable characters in the world of gaming. Sometimes more is more…and just plain weird.

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The Game Plan: MLB the Show 17

MLB the Show ‘17 was released on March 28, 2017. Though it hasn’t been out long, it is quickly making its case as one of the best sports games ever created. This year’s installment has improved an already impressive Road to the Show feature and Dynasty Mode. Diamond Dynasty is still one of the best game modes in all of sports video games right now. And finally, they have added a new Retro Mode that will bring back all the nostalgia of playing baseball games when you were younger.

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Grab a Friend: Castle Crashers Remastered

Do you ever wish you had more games to play with your friends when they come over? Well look no further! Grab a friend, grab an Xbox One or PC, and get ready to play Castle Crashers!

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The Breakdown: Rhythm Games and Note Charts

Who hasn't dreamed of being a rock star? Who hasn't, at some point, daydreamed about being a famous singer or musician? While very few of us will ever actually reach that point, all of us can experience the thrill of music through rhythm games. But what makes a rhythm game good, and how can the way players interact with the music change their experience? This week, we're going to expand our scope from designing levels to designing and planning for a specific genre as a whole. We'll look at the two different types of rhythm games, how to make note charts for them, and what kind of music you should include in your game.

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The Game Plan: Mario Kart 64

Mario Kart 64 is a go-kart racing game created in 1996, and released by Nintendo in 1997. It is widely regarded as one of the best video games of all time, so it is only fair that it is regarded as one of the best sports video games of all time as well. Mario Kart 64 was created for the Nintendo 64, hence the title. Mario Kart 64 is the second of many Mario Kart games to be created and only added to the hype of all the previous Mario games in the series. The first Mario Kart game to be released was Super Mario Kart, which had good reviews, but nothing like Mario Kart 64’s. The game features all the classic Mario characters people have grown to love. There are four different game modes players can enjoy. Mario Kart 64 will forever be a fan favorite, especially because of how much fun it is to play with friends.

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Indie Innovations: Inside

Hey everyone, and welcome back to this week’s edition of Indie Innovation! This week I chose to look at developer Playdead’s newest title, Inside. Beautiful and hauntingly intriguing, Inside puts players in the shoes of a nameless young boy who must figure out what is happening to the dystopian world he inhabits.

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Grab a Friend: Gang Beasts

Do you ever wish you had more games to play with your friends when they come over? Well look no further! Grab a friend, grab a PC, and get ready to play Gang Beasts!

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The Breakdown: Making Dungeons Memorable, Part 2

Last week, we began looking at how good planning can make your dungeon really memorable. We focused on planning mechanical and structural elements of dungeons, but this week we'll be looking at how to design your dungeon from an artistic perspective, as well as some pitfalls to avoid that we didn't get to talk about last week. I'll try to be a little more concise this time, so without further delay let us continue our analysis of how to make dungeons memorable.

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Totally Tubular Top Ten:
Launch Titles

Behind every good console is a strong video game. As a gamer, nothing can get more thrilling than watching the newest and greatest video game console. However, a new video game system isn't too much to get excited about if it doesn't have an amazing game to go alongside it. For this week's Totally Tubular Top Ten, we look at the best launch titles that came out alongside a brand new video game console.

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The Game Plan: NCAA 10

NCAA Basketball 10 is a college basketball game created by EA Sports, and can be considered the basketball version of NCAA Football. This game was released in 2009, but was the last of its series due to the ongoing lawsuit against EA Sports regarding its use of sports players’ likenesses without compensation. NCAA Basketball 10 is definitely the best of the series. It was one of the most realistic and ahead-of-its-time basketball games ever at release. NCAA Basketball 10 continued on with the series’s previous game modes, instead focusing on the little things it could improve. An example of this would be its deal with 5 different TV broadcasters and a realistic looking TV broadcast. There is also an enhanced dynasty mode and more offensive and defensive playbooks to use.

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Indie Innovations: Super Meat Boy

Welcome back to Indie Innovation everyone! For this week, I will be looking at Super Meat Boy, one of the holy grails of Indie game development. Designed and developed by Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes of Team Meat, Super Meat Boy became a commercial success when released in 2010. Gaining additional recognition after the release of the documentary Indie Game: The Movie in which it was heavily featured in, Super Meat Boy paved the way for a renaissance in Indie game development.

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Grab a Friend: Ultimate Chicken Horse

Do you ever wish you had more games to play with your friends when they come over? Well look no further! Grab a friend, grab a PC, and get ready to play Ultimate Chicken Horse!

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The Breakdown: Making Dungeons Memorable, Part 1

Raise your hand if you enjoy exploring dungeons in video games. Be they the often-understated dungeons of Pokemon or the dingy halls of Legend of Grimrock, these can be the most memorable parts of video games. Even the term itself invokes a certain air and feeling that calls to mind different games for each of us. However, think of a game you played last year that had dungeons. Can you name all of the dungeons? Do you even remember what some of them looked like or how they played? Making a dungeon memorable can be pretty challenging, especially if your game has a lot of them. Fear not, for there are a few things you can do when designing your dungeons that can help them stand out not only within the context of your own game, but among others in the same genre as well. However, this is an enormous topic. I want to make sure that I cover everything I can, if only on a surface level, but it's just too much for one article. So, this week we will be looking at how to build a solid groundwork from which to launch your designs, and how you can make your dungeons memorable from a structural perspective.

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Totally Tubular Top Ten:
Silent Protagonists

Talking is so overrated. You don't need a witty catchphrase to become an iconic gaming character. It does help yes, but it isn't required. Some of the most iconic gaming characters speak about as much as a stale piece of bread. In the world of gaming you can be anybody you want. It just gets easier to put yourself in the main character’s shoes when they shut their trap. This week, we look at the Top 10 silent protagonists in gaming. Now, shut up and read this list!

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The Game Plan: NCAA 13

NCAA Football 13 is a NCAA Football game created by EA sports. It was created in 2012, and is 19th edition of the NCAA Football series. It was also the 2nd to last one created, because of legal issues. NCAA Football 13 continued the trend by bringing back their already exciting game modes and features. NCAA Football 13 was also the first NCAA Football cover to feature two players, one of them being a hall-of-fame player. This was because of an exciting new feature unveiled for this title, called Heisman Challenge which was an expansion of the Road to Glory mode. NCAA Football also made many improvements from the previous year including additions to Dynasty mode, Reaction Time, and Roster Share.

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Indie Innovations: Spelunky

Hello everyone and welcome back to Indie Innovation. This week, I will be taking a look at Spelunky, and indie platformer from Mossmouth, LLC, based out of San Francisco. Originally starting off as an open source freeware game, Spelunky grew in fame when it’s procedurally generated dungeons made their way onto Xbox and Playstation consoles. Having roguelike characteristics such as permanent character deaths, Spelunky has grown in fame to become the Dark Souls equivalent of platformers.

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Grab a Friend: Paperbound

Do you ever wish you had more games to play with your friends when they come over? Well look no further! Grab a friend, grab a PS4 or PC, and get ready to play Paperbound!

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The Breakdown: Hub Worlds

A warm bed, a home-cooked meal, a roof over your head: these are all things we associate with home. While hub worlds may not provide those things, they provide a similar feeling for the player. They're the place the player returns to after completing levels or challenges, and they often act as excellent exit points for the player. Today, we are going to look at what makes a hub world good. Full disclosure, we're going to be talking about a lot of Nintendo games today, simply because they tend to use hub worlds very effectively. Let's start with what is perhaps the most important aspect of a hub world.

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Totally Tubular Top Ten:
Couch co-op Multiplayer Games

Gaming has brought the world closer together. We can now marvel in awe at the thought of playing with other gamers from across the world. However, nothing will compare to sitting down on the couch with a couple friends and playing for hours on end. Friendships will be put to the test, and buttons will be mashed. In this week's Totally Tubular Top 10, we look at the top couch co-op multiplayer games. How else can you consider someone your true friend if you can't trust them not to screen cheat?

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The Game Plan: NBA 2k11

This week on The Game Plan I will be highlighting one of the best sports video games ever: NBA 2K11. This game has also been regarded by many as the best basketball game. The different features of this game are plenty and exciting. This generation of 2K put a lot of focus on Michael Jordan; He was the cover athlete for that year. There is even a feature where you get to play as Michael Jordan, and tackle all the challenges he faced in the NBA. The “Be a Legend” mode was the first of its kind and “Blacktop” features all the players you could ever want, including a bunch of celebrities. Lastly, the graphics were way ahead of their time, and the soundtrack stands as one of the best of any sports game out there.

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Indie Innovations: Stardew Valley

Hello everyone and welcome back to this week’s edition of Indie Innovation! This week, I’ll be looking at the critically acclaimed “Enter the Gungeon”, a bullet hell roguelike game by Washington D.C.-based developer Dodge Roll. Merging two genres is always a very risky endeavor, and, more often than not, it doesn’t deliver. Enter the Gungeon is thankfully not one of those examples, seamlessly blending a bullet hell arcade shooter with the consequences and difficulty of a roguelike, creating an engaging experience you’ll want to jump back into after every death.

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Grab a Friend: Trials Fusion

Do you ever wish you had more games to play with your friends when they come over? Well look no further! Grab a friend, grab a PS4, PC, or an Xbox One and get ready to play Trials: Fusion!

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The Breakdown: Procedural Generation

Procedural generation is an incredible, powerful, and versatile tool for game developers. Since its inception in the games Beneath Apple Manor and Rogue, procedural generation has made a place in the gaming industry as a somewhat unique case. Rarely is a mechanic used to sell a game; typically, a game is sold on its premise, genre, or visuals, but many players will jump at games that feature procedural generation. Today, we will take a look at the rogue-like genre and procedural generation to develop a better understanding of when and how to use procedural generation in your games.

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Totally Tubular Top Ten: Music Games

Nothing is more tubular than blasting some totally tubular top tunes. Music makes everyone feel happy, just like video games. Marrying the two together helps to create a new hybrid that casts pitch black shadows over other famous combinations like peanut butter and chocolate. In the music genre, music games must be at the top of their game to win over the crowd. Pun intended. In this week's Totally Tubular Top Ten, we look at the headliners of the music game genre. What does it take to be more than a one hit wonder? Read on to find out.

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The Game Plan:
NFL Street 3

NFL Street 3 is a fast-paced, fun, arcade-style football game created by EA Sports. It was released in 2006 and is the third addition to the NFL Street series. It can be played on either PlayStation 2 or PSP. NFL Street 3 has a lot of the same features as the previous title while also adding many more. NFL Street is played in a 7 vs. 7 format in 4 quarters. Just like in the NBA Street series, NFL Street 3 features a gamebreaker mode players can unlock to do awesome moves. NFL Street 3 also features many fun game features that will keep people playing for hours. The different moves you can use in this version of NFL Street 3 also make the game very enjoyable. There are all new juke moves, barrels, and boxes you can use to shake off your opponent, as well. Lastly, the new fields are fun to play on.

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Indie Innovations: Enter the Gungeon

Hello everyone and welcome back to this week’s edition of Indie Innovation! This week, I’ll be looking at the critically acclaimed “Enter the Gungeon”, a bullet hell roguelike game by Washington D.C.-based developer Dodge Roll. Merging two genres is always a very risky endeavor, and, more often than not, it doesn’t deliver. Enter the Gungeon is thankfully not one of those examples, seamlessly blending a bullet hell arcade shooter with the consequences and difficulty of a roguelike, creating an engaging experience you’ll want to jump back into after every death.

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Grab a Friend: Thief Town

Do you ever wish you had more games to play with your friends when they come over? Well look no further! Grab a friend, grab a PS4, Xbox One, PC, or even a phone, and get ready to play Thief Town!

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The Breakdown: Overwatch

Overwatch is a game that hardly needs introduction. Since its official release in May of 2016, Blizzard's hero shooter has taken the world by storm. There are tons of people not only playing Overwatch, but also talking about and analyzing it. With that in mind, it may feel a little redundant to continue talking about it at such length, but there is much that has yet to be discussed. For instance, why are the maps designed the way they are? This may seem like a silly question, but understanding the whys of Overwatch's map design can help you create new strategies and ways of looking at your environment. Today, we will be focusing on the newest set of control point maps: Oasis. I won't be going into too many specifics about particular character strategies or team compositions (we'd be here all day), but rather, I'll be looking at the overarching ideas behind the set of maps as a whole and try to help you understand the general strategy for this map set.

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Totally Tubular Top Ten:
Romances in Video Games

Love is in the air. Well, so is sulfur dioxide, lead, and stratospheric ozone depleters, but for the moment, let’s focus on love. Gamers have always loved to have a digital companion that they can come home to and turn on with the press of a button. Nothing says love like sitting alone in your room in the dark with your joystick in your hand. Looks like cupid's arrow got stuck in the disc tray as we look at the totally tubular top 10 romances in video games.

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The Game Plan: NBA Street Vol. 2

NBA Street Vol. 2 is a fun NBA arcade game that features many popular players and teams. NBA Street Vol. 2 was created by EA Sports BIG, and is the second volume of the game to come out after NBA Street. It is playable on PS2, XBOX, and GameCube. It was released in Spring of 2003, and is loved by many sports gamers around the world. NBA Street Vol. 2 follows a 3 on 3 format of games to 21. It can be played in either single or multiplayer.

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Indie Innovation: Crypt of the NecroDancer

Hey everyone! Welcome to this week’s edition of Indie Innovation. For this week, I decided to take a look at Crypt of the NecroDancer, a roguelike exploration game. Developed and published by Brace Yourself Games, with the infectious soundtrack written by Danny Baranowsky, Crypt of the NecroDancer mixes various genres of games to create a rhythm-based dungeon crawler that is just as infectious to play as it is to listen to.

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Grab a Friend: Towerfall Ascension

Do you ever wish you had more games to play with your friends when they come over? Well look no further! Grab a friend, grab a PS4 or PC, and get ready to play Towerfall Ascension!

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The Breakdown: Blazing Battlefields

Since its debut in 1990, Fire Emblem has been at the top of many people's favorite tactical RPG lists for nearly 27 years. Though its popularity was delayed in the West, not receiving a proper overseas release until 2003, recent releases have cemented it as a permanent member of Nintendo's roster. Suffice it to say, Fire Emblem and its colorful cast of characters aren't going anywhere. But it's not just the characters and story that make the series what it is, it's that, combined with the excellent battlefields upon which wars are fought. That being said, there are a fair number of stinkers, particularly with recent installments in the series. Today we will be looking at some maps from the Fire Emblem series and examining what makes them (and by extension, other tactical RPG maps) good.

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Totally Tubular Top Ten:
Resident Evil

To commemorate the release of the newest entry in the long-running horror franchise, let’s take a look back at the best of the best in the world of Resident Evil. Although hitting an occasional snag in the road, this series has been known to pump out some of the best survival horror titles in the genre. The Resident Evil series is also the inspiration for the billion-dollar movie franchise. Here we will explore why RE has been able to scare gamers for 20 years.

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The Game Plan: SSX3

SSX 3 is an adventurous snowboarding game created by EA Sports Big. It is available on Gamecube, XBOX, PS2, and Gameboy Advance. SSX 3 lets riders do out of this world tricks and race down crazy courses and is a sequel to SSX and SSX Tricky. SSX 3 is different than the previous games because it’s located on just one mountain, and your character does not have assigned attributes. SSX 3 really showed the greatest development in the SSX video game series. This is due in part to some new, exciting additions. The new additions make this game loads of fun to play, and set it apart from its predecessors.

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Indie Innovation: Transistor

Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s Indie Innovation. This week I will be taking look at Transistor, an action-RPG set in a cyberpunk-fantasy world. With a focus on real time and turn based combat, beautiful artwork, and an outstanding soundtrack, Transistor seems to be the perfect sophomore outing for San Francisco-based Supergiant Games. Seamlessly blending all of these elements into a cohesive six hour journey, Transistor seems to cement its place among some of the best indie games available this decade.

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Grab a Friend: Starwhal

Do you ever wish you had more games to play with your friends when they come over? Well look no further! Grab a friend, grab a PS4, Xbox One, WiiU, or PC, and get ready to play Starwhal!

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The Breakdown: Maximum Overdrift

You know the feeling. The feeling of your knuckles turning white as you grip the steering wheel and rip the smoothest drift around that tight corner, the nose of your car just barely missing the guard rail as you pull out of that turn. That's right, it's a perfect drift.

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The Double Jump Writing Team of 2017

Hello my fellow video game enthusiasts, and welcome to Double Jump Gaming News! With the launch of our new site, formerly Gamezombie.tv, we have a new batch of writers itching to share their thoughts on the ever expanding world of gaming. Over the next few months, our five writers will cover individual themes, exploring various aspects of video games. A new article will be posted daily, so be sure to check back often for updates from your favorite writers!

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Levels of Horror: Soma

welcome to a game that will make you think a lot about humanity and life. This game is called SOMA; a psychological horror, sci-fi, and first person computer game. It was made by Frictional Games, the creators of Amnesia: The Dark Descent.

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Look at how far you've come, Final Fantasy 13

Final Fantasy XIII was released December 17, 2009, and marked the start of the Final Fantasy XIII series. The game was developed and published by Square Enix. Final Fantasy is a roleplaying game, meaning you take the role of the characters as you play through the game.

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Levels of Horror: Emily wants to play

Hey-o to my readers! Welcome to my next article, in which I talk about the survival horror game Emily Wants to Play, which was released on December 10th, 2015. This game is very similar to Five Night at Freddy's, as they both use time as a way to increase the difficulty.

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The Beauty in Games: Broforce

Hey, Bros! This is the most Bro game any Bro can ever play! You can even play with another Bro (friend) while being one of the Bros! I am, of course, talking about the game Broforce.

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Weekly Roundup: 3/21/2016

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… gaming news? Welcome to the Weekly Roundup!

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Look how far you've come, Age of Empires

Age of Empires was a historical real-time strategy game released on October 26, 1997. In this game, you are given the choice between 12 different civilizations that begin in the Stone Age, each of which develops into the Iron Age as you play.

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Levels of Horror: Five nights at Freddy's 3

The 3rd game of the FNAF series is a single player indie horror game that was released on March 2nd 2015. These games explore more of the story from the first two games, as we learn more about the monsters and the story itself as you try to survive the night.

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The beauty in games: Bioshock-would you kindly?

Bioshock has a depth to it that takes more than just a single moment of thought, but will keep you hooked during the entire playthrough.

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Weekly Roundup: 3/13/2016

Many worlds to wonder and even more news to plunder! Welcome to the Weekly Roundup!

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Look how far you've come, Mario Kart

Mario Kart made its debut on August 27, 1992, with a game known as Super Mario Kart. This game featured eight characters from the Mario world that you could race as: Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, Bowser, DK Jr., Koopa Troopa, and Toad. These races took place on 20 different tracks, all of which were 5 laps long.

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Levels of Horror: Layers of Fear

Heyo to my readers! Welcome to my next article, in which I will be talking about the psychedelic horror game, Layers of Fear. This game has very beautiful graphics and music which amazed me when I saw someone playing the demo (which was released August 27th, 2015). The game had its full release this past month, February 15th to be exact. It is available through Steam for a variety of systems including both Windows and Apple platforms, but it is sadly not available on Xbox or PlayStation systems.