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The Soapbox: Red Dead Online is just not as fun as it should be

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A few weeks ago, I detailed my newfound adventures in the single-player title Red Dead Redemption 2. More relevant to our interests here on...
Crafthole.

First Impressions: Craftopia is an enjoyably laid-back but extremely unrefined bit of survival sandbox gaming

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You start by blowing up the world. Literally – a button is pressed and then the entire planet explodes. But that’s OK because you’re then...
Meese

Hands-on with the brand-new Razer Naga Pro: As good as it’s ever been

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I have been an advocate for the Razer Naga basically ever since it was a product that you could purchase. Why? Because it turned...

First impressions of Fallout 76 Wastelanders from a true newbie to the game

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So I did something completely unexpected: I bought Fallout 76. It wasn't my idea. A few people in my guild had been talking about...

Flameseeker Chronicles: Reviewing ArenaNet’s Complete Art of Guild Wars 20th anniversary edition book

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Talk long enough to Guild Wars fans about their favorite franchise, and chances are that sooner or later, they will start gushing about the...
Big time.

Astellia Online seems to be getting positive buzz following its Steam launch

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So Astellia Online had a bit of a problem to start its Steam launch with its buy-in being classified as a non-refundable form of...
Ancient prophecies should perhaps be heeded.

First impressions: Warcraft III Reforged is someone’s monkey’s paw wish

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Let me start with something that is, I feel, pretty indisputable: Warcraft III is a pretty great video game. Even taking away its impact on...

First impressions: Overwatch on the Switch is mostly just Overwatch Mobile

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Before Blizzard's bit of October unpleasantness, I was genuinely excited for the Switch release of Overwatch, though somewhat confused since it's clearly so late...
No, this isn't it.

Epic addresses store roadmap, privacy; Steam finally confronts review bombing

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If you've been waiting impatiently for the Epic Store to have various expected features like cloud saves and user reviews, the good news is...
Choo choo, mothertrucker.

Final Fantasy XIV’s second Encyclopedia Eorzea is even better than the first

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The second volume of Final Fantasy XIV's Encyclopedia Eorzea was the only item I wanted to get on the floor of the fan festival a...
Let the wrong ones in.

The Daily Grind: Why do you read and write MMO reviews?

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Rock Paper Shotgun has an intriguiging pair of articles out this week on video game reviews. The first covered what game developers think about...
Swanky.

Lord of the Rings Online’s Mordor soundtrack is now available

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Months following the release of Lord of the Rings Online's climactic expansion comes the soundtrack to Mordor. Composed by Chance Thomas, this 16-track score...
Big empty.

Steam changes review scores to histograms in an effort to fight review bombing

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If you've never heard of "review bombing" on Steam, we envy you. The process goes something like this: Something causes a certain group of...
lol gross

First Impressions: Splatoon 2 is a lobby shooter for socializers

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After my hands-on at E3 and experience with the first Splatfest demo, I was a little concerned about Splatoon 2. I loved Splatoon 1, but something about...

Pokemon Go’s first anniversary report card

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July 6th, 2017, marks Pokemon Go's first year anniversary. Love it or hate it, it's a game that quickly made a global impact. It's been released...
No, you can't be quite this evil.

Valve is trying to make it harder to review bomb Steam games

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Hate how Steam reviews work? Maybe you'll hate them a little less now. Valve says it's changing how review scores are calculated, so it's...

A Parent’s Guide to Video Games: Condensing ‘The Video Game Debate’

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Remember The Video Game Debate? The game research book edited by Thorsten Quandt and Rachel Kowert, the latter of whom we've been covering here since Massively-that-was? Good....
Page through.

Valve makes further tweaks to Steam’s user reviews

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Steam made something of a splash recently when the Valve declared that user reviews for games obtained via product keys rather than through Steam...

Exploring ‘The Video Game Debate’: Are MMO communities real or fake?

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We've come a long way in our discussion of Rachel Kowert and Thorsten Quandt's book The Video Game Debate: Unravelling the Physical, Social, and Psychological...

MMO Burnout: The Crew

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I broke down and bought The Crew on PC, mostly because it was briefly on sale for 13 bucks. I'd been meaning to pick up...

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