With the release of a new "reel" Blizzard announces the arrival of the Necromancer for next week. You can find more details in the link below. It appears that we still have a week before we can purchase the DLC. I was kind of surprised that it only costs $15. I was expecting maybe double that and I probably would have been happy to pay it. New Challenge Rifts are being added as well.

I've been looking forward to this since it's initial announcement. Since I've played through the campaign twice with each class, once for each gender, I feel some hesitation on starting a new champaign. But, of course there are new cinematics and voices, so I plan to start a new... Read All

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As the smoke clears from E3 a few games I missed are becoming a bit more visible and I learned about one today from Klei Entertainment. Griftlands is a beautiful 2D RPG that looks to blend up elements of Borderlands, Banner Saga and old school RPG's like Final Fantasy to build an interesting.. rogue-like? I can't tell entirely if the game is a rogue-like or it's a standard story based RPG where you can choose a different starting character like Dragon Age: Origins.

Jim Guthrie is doing the music for Griftlands kicking my interest in it up a notch or two. Speaking of the music if Jim... if you are a fan and interested in getting more of his music in a nifty... Read All

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The planet from the original Metroid is spelled "Zebes" yet some people pronounce it differently. Is it pronounced "Zeebz", "Zeebees", "Zehbiss" or "Zebeth?" Personally I grew up pronouncing it "Zeebs" but I've heard it said a couple different ways. Gaming Linguistics offers a nice discussion of the original Metroid games and then digs in to the official word on how Zebes is pronounced. The answer he comes to may surprise you! Just kidding, it's not that surprising but it's a fun journey and I want to try my hand at more clickbait-like phrases to see if it causes more discussion. Spoiler alert, it doesn't seem to at all!

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I really enjoy Cygnus Destroyers Innocent Until Proven Guilty series and he has recently updated the format to include reviews of video game films. The first video game films he reviewed is Mortal Kombat Annihilation and you need to watch it to see if it's found guilty of being.... ok, like who am I kidding the movie is terrible and he finds it guilty. I wonder if he will review a terribly panned video game movie and give it the not guilty verdict? Who knows, but I do know that I like that he is reviewing video game movies... now if he can get around to reviewing the Street Fighter movie?

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If you have an old 486 PC sitting around the house and you wanted to connect it to a modern BBS, Lazy Game Reviews has an amazing guide on how to do that. Apparently someone has created a Wifi card that translates a wifi signal to a Hayes compatible modem which allows you to connect to modern BBS's that people run online to play games like Legend of the Red Dragon and Tradewars! Optionally you can just head over to the BBS Guide and use your modern computer to relive those magical moments too but this seems way more amazing.

http://telnetbbsguide.com/

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Mikey Newmann is the creator behind the YouTube Series "Movies With Mikey" and is/was one of the leader writers working for 2K Games on the Borderlands series. Recently he stepped away from 2K and is focusing on his YouTube channel full time and one awesome benefit of that is that the show PortCenter is back!

In this episode Ben Paddon talks about the two Doom ports on the GBA for Doom and Doom 2. He dives in to what versions of the game they are based on and that Doom II wasn't based on the original Doom II source at all. I didn't know Doom was ported to the GBA, but it makes sense it was as it's been ported to nearly everything.

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I recently stumbled upon The Great Tournament when looking for a new time waster (mobile game). It turned out to be a really fun experience! I'd call it a Choose Your Own Adventure book with RPG stats. The writing is tropey (you're a young villager who serendipitously ends up on adventures) and sometimes a bit lazy (a lot of names and places seem to be outright stolen from other books/games), but it was a lot of fun. You start like an RPG, rolling 5 stat points into 6 or so categories, and as you play your actions influence how your stats grow. It looks like a shallow game, but feels like there's a deep game underneath. I enjoyed it enough to pay the $5 for... Read All

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Throw your hat, land it on someone/something else, become that person/thing.

This is an insane new mechanic. I'd love to find out more about this story line. Has Mario been a zombie of the hat through all the past games?!?

The music sounds incredible. I'm hoping the actual game has a soundtrack like this!

Anyone else completely confused by this trailer?

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Nintendo announced a new 3DS Metroid game remake of the classic Gameboy game called Metroid: Samus Returns today at E3. Samus Returns aims to bring the 3DS remake treatment to Metroid II: The Return of Samus and I'm really happy to see Nintendo do this. I picked up the original Metroid II on Gameboy last year and had a lot of fun replaying it. That said, Metroid II suffers from the same problems I had with the original NES game in that if you don't bomb every wall and the like it's really hard to figure out how to progress. I didn't have that same problem with Super Metroid, which was the first Metroid game I actually ever completed. One of my hopes for... Read All

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Fallout Shelter is one of the better freemium mobile games i've played. Bethesda has done a great job supporting it and after launch they added a ton of standout content such as quests. After hanging up Hearthstone a while ago I realized I wanted to play something else and an out of country vacation a couple months ago made me consider playing Fallout Shelter again. One of my goals, besides to play a fun game and try out the new stuff, was to get to the endgame get a 100 dwellers in the vault so I could build a Nuka Cola Bottling Plant.

It's the last thing you can build so it must be awesome right? Recently I hit 100 vault dwellers and was able to build a... Read All

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UbiSoft is working with South Park Studios to release two new South Park games this year. South Park: The Fractured But Whole(say it a couple times to let that sink in... cough) and the newly announced mobile title South Park: Phone Destroyer. Phone Destroyer will be a totally free to play South Park game that competes with other card battle games like Hearthstone, Faeria and Gwent. It will be totally free to play and according to the FAQ on the official website:

"Everything can be earned in the game without paying, but you can choose to spend real world money if you wish. The game is designed so that nothing is ever locked behind a paywall."

I'm interested... Read All

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Ark: Survival Evolved has been in Early access for two years now. Since then I've put in 2,270 hours, which speaks for itself, I obviously love this game! The second anniversary recently arrived and I was thinking of writing a post, explaining my story with Ark. I've played mostly in single player, but I did join a group on an official server and enjoyed that as well as I made new friends.

Ark is being released on 8/8/17. There's a special edition coming out that I'd really love to have. The only problem is that I already spent
The game now contains over 1,000 characters and official maps. The default map (referred to as The Island), Scorched Earth, The... Read All

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It's satire. And then starts things off with the conference presenter firing a gun in a crowded theater. Then they show a new game called Ruiner that looks neat. Then they show off a special innovation they are brining to gaming allowing people to throw money directly at the screen so they can take it. Then a guys arm is taken off and blood squirts everywhere and then things... devolve... to get even more weird. Which is great because this "press conference" is some A+ satire that I found both entertaining and also quite disturbing.

But you know, don't take my word for it, click to watch because I assure you that it amps up from there and the ending is quite... Read All

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Age of Empires is a classic RTS that helped bring in a new wave of multiplayer gaming that later blew up with Age of Empires 2 and StarCraft. If you play the original Age of Empires now, besides not possibly not running at all on Windows 10, it suffers from low screen resolutions that make it practically unplayable on a modern monitor. That said, some modern port projects such as the "UPatch Age of Empires Rise of Rome Unofficial Patch" seem to fix many of those problems giving the original Age of Empires the same treatment as Age of Empires II HD on Steam. In fact, i've installed the UPatch and it's a solid community patch making giving my original Age of... Read All

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YouTuber SuperDoTheGames has an interesting 5 part video series called "Life in Hearthstone." It's hard to describe but it's something like a "hand drawn personal hearthstone poetry reading" but... stranger and more honest. At least it seems like these videos are a somewhat autobiographical process for the creator or just some really dark satire. Maybe both.

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