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Perler Bead DIY: Extra Lives from 'Contra'
"Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, start:" the Konami Code that many of us recognize by heart. Contra was an NES game that I loved to play as a kid, and still do as an adult. In this article, I'm going to walk everyone through how to make extra lives from this run-and-gun game. Two months ago, I wrote a DIY article about teaching everyone how to make a block from Super Mario Bros. 3. It was the first time in almost 20 years that I've done any perler bead art. To me, doing this hobby is not only therapeutic, but exciting. You can check out that article here.
Google Stadia Wows at E3
As a gamer, I'm always looking for new things to check out, explore, etc. E3 normally one of those events that pique that curiosity for me every year. There's always a presentation that just has that 'it' factor going for it, whether it's a game, or a console release, or maybe another console competitor altogether. This year, Google decided to make themselves known by unveiling a truly ambitious vision for the future of gaming with the Google Stadia reveal. Console-free, Cloud-based gaming isn't a new idea. Back in the day, a service called OnLive had essentially the same kind of dream; before Google even thought about stepping out into these cloud gaming streets, the folks at OnLive had the bright idea to stream games of all types for a subscription price. Of course, this was in the very infancy of cloud computing, so the dream of cloud gaming was still kind of like an unexplored country of sorts. OnLive's time in the spotlight was short-lived, as the company was eventually bought out by Sony entertainment, but their early foray into the promise of cloud gaming was a glimpse into a truly different direction for gaming. Fast forward to over a decade later. We're seeing a re-birth to the concept of truly console-free gaming (and some say the return of the spirit of OnLive) with Google's announcement of their ambitious vision for gaming with Google Stadia. Google had already been seriously exploring the idea of streaming and containing games within their cloud infrastructure with the beta program Google Stream prior to Stadia's introduction at E3. Check out the Connect E3 presentation below:
Top 10 Jump Scares in Video Games
We, as a species, are pretty strange. We're strange because we like being scared for the sake of being scared when experiencing a thriller flick or survival horror story. Being scared gives us that strange burning sensation in our chests, and adrenaline rush that we can't acquire from an extreme sport or cheap drug. Whether it's from watching a horror movie alone at night or playing through a survival campaign on the most intense difficulty available; fear always manages to channel its way in through the media cord and rattle our bodies to the very core.
Top 9 Triple A Games Announced at E3 2019
1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare As the sixteenth game in the Call of Duty franchise, a second remastered version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is announced, this time just being call Modern Warfare, not Modern Warfare remastered. It's a first person shooter game that has multiplayer as its main attraction. This game is developed by infinity ward and being published by Activision. It is scheduled to release on October 25, 2019. It is available to pre-order from many retailers.
Top 10 Rage Quit Moments in Video Games
We've all had it, haven't we? That clench of the collar and twitch of the neck as we feel the sudden urge to launch a controller against the drywall in resentment? That gruelling desperation to just call it quits and send our consoles through several layers of blood and bruised knuckles?
Your Brain on 'Animal Crossing'
Content Warning: Depression, anxiety, and mental health. Video games have always been under scrutiny when talking about the player's health, more specifically the mental and social "toll" of spending time in virtual worlds. Scientific research revolving around adolescents behavior while "being on Video Games" (known as IAD, Internet Addiction Disorder) started way back in the 1980s in papers such as "Media violence and the self: The impact of personalized gaming characters in aggressive video games on aggressive behavior." (Journal of Experimental Social Psychology 137)Since then, the stigma of people who enjoy passing their free time with video games has not lightened. YouTube is stuffed full of clips of aggressively toxic behavior on online platforms, even frustration with single player games that do not have social interaction. These montages are usually publicly posted in a humorous light, or to shame a player for saying things that are morally unacceptable. Granted, denying the toxicity in the gaming community is pure blissful ignorance, despite the best efforts of gaming developers. An example of a gaming company trying to force the metaphorical chill pill down its player's throats is Blizzard's Overwatch 1.25 update, which adds an endorsement system for positive interaction with teammates.
Everything You Need to Know About Building a Custom Gaming PC with Corsair
Anyone that plays video games at a somewhat-serious level knows the importance of having your own custom gaming PC. If you're someone who likes the occasional game of Madden, or simply likes to play games every once in a while, obviously a gaming computer might be a bit excessive.
How the 3dRudder Foot Motion Controller Is Changing VR Gaming
Every year, Virtual Reality tech and games edge closer and closer to widespread appeal. 2019 will bring about many new advancements in the space, like built in eye tracking, wireless headsets, and maybe even a killer app. There are still challenges yet to be solved on another front, though.
'Watch_Dogs' vs 'Watch_Dogs 2'!
I must start out by saying, it is extremely rare that I get addicted to a game. I'm the type of guy that is always on the go and working on either new poetry or a new story. So when I stumbled upon Ubisoft's Watch_Dogs for the PS4 it was love at first sight!
'The Dark Tower' and the 'Darkest Dungeon'
Now that I’m no longer in university, I am reading for fun for the first time in years. I started with The Gunslinger by Stephen King, the first book of his Dark Tower series. I’ve now read through The Drawing of Three and have begun The Wastelands. On the other hand, I have been playing Darkest Dungeon, and while both the novels and the game are great so far individually, pairing these things together has been an even greater experience.
Gaming in 2019
I love video games, they make me a very happy girl. And 2018 has been pretty good, we've had Detroit: Become Human, Red Dead Redemption, God of War, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider, to name a few. And these titles have filled my hours with intense emotion, exhilaration, and fun! And 2019 looks like it'll be just as good. These are the games that I am particularly looking forward to.
The 10 Best Nintendo Switch Games of 2018
Another year, another 365 days of amazing games for the Nintendo Switch. That's right, I'm back at it again after compiling last year's best Nintendo Switch games of 2017 list. Last year brought us fun and beautiful experiences like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, and Mario & Rabbids: Kingdom Battle. I have to admit that this year wasn't quite as good as last, but that doesn't mean there's nothing to play. In fact, some of my favorite games for the system came out this year.