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The Survivalist is a feature column all about the biggest and best survival sandboxes; it is helmed by MJ Guthrie. [Follow this column’s RSS feed]

The Survivalist: Four hopes for the future of ARK Survival Evolved

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As we explored last week, game development isn't always an upward trajectory. Some things soar, and some things crash. Our last Survivalist conversation was about...

The Survivalist: ARK Survival Evolved’s early early access vs. launch

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When a game is being created, you usually expect that development to move the title in a positive direction and make it better, right?...

The Survivalist: A tale of two early accesses (and why Conan Exiles comes out on top)

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It was the best of early access, it was the worst of early access. We needn't even stop there: It was the age of...

The Survivalist: ARK’s latest exploit highlights how cheaters ruin official servers

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Let's talk exploits. And no, this is definitely not a how-to guide! For shame! If you are a person who exploits, a pox on...

The Survivalist: The downside of hosting custom servers for survival games (and why we don’t do it)

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After the latest guide introduced even more possible games to sink our survival teeth into, it is understandable that the question cropped up again...

The Survivalist: Another year, another Survival Game guide

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A new year, a new batch of survival games! Yes, the genre has become so popular that one guide, no not even two guides...

The Survivalist: ARK Survival Evolved’s sequel tease is an insult to its fans

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You know that moment when you just can't take it anymore? I am there, right on the cusp. I know many folks have gotten...

The Survivalist: ARK Aberration has already been delayed, but here’s what to expect

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Surprise! ARK: Aberration, the survival sandbox's next expansion that was slated to launch this month, is delayed. Shocking, I know. Actually, if any fans...

The Survivalist: How procedurally generated maps stretch the life of survival MMOs

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It's no secret that I love to explore. And exploring the dangerous new worlds of survival games has been something I have really been...

PAX West 2017: ARK Survival Evolved on optimization, the Aberration expansion, and future development

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This past summer, ARK: Survival Evolved finally officially launched, ending its stint as an early access game just three days before PAX West, then promptly announced...

The Survivalist: Osiris New Dawn is doing early access right even amid disappointments

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A couple of weeks ago, when Osiris: New Dawn introduced new classes, I'd delved back into the sci-fi survival sandbox after a bit of...

The Survivalist: ARK Survival Evolved discusses early access, launch, and wipes

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Could ARK: Survival Evolved finally be launching? That's a question many survivors would love to see answered soon. Unfortunately, we can't provide you with...

The Survivalist: Is gaming’s early access the new launch?

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Previously, while discussing ARK: Survival Evolved’s big bird nerf, I touched on the subject of the early access model. My focus then was on...

The Survivalist: Massively OP’s guide to survival games, single-player and beyond

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As Massively OP is centered on the "massively" part of gaming, it makes sense that my first guide to survival games was focused on...

The Survivalist: ARK’s big bird nerf

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I know I said part two of the survival guide, containing a host of single-player survival games, would be the next entry in this...

The Survivalist: Massively OP’s guide to multiplayer survival sandboxes

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Welcome to The Survivalist! Ya'll might have noticed that I have gravitated a bit from my happy home of deep, immersive virtual worlds (possible...

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