Author Archives: Eric Abent


Nintendo Switch in 2018: Shoot for the moon

Nintendo Switch in 2018: Shoot for the moon

In the gaming world, the biggest story of 2017 is unquestionably the Switch. After the Wii U, many people certainly weren't expecting a whole lot from Nintendo, so it's safe to say that the Switch surprised everyone. Its success has prompted Nintendo to revise its sales forecast for FY 2017 twice now - raising it once to 10 million units and again to 14 million.

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This SNES Classic wireless gamepad brings back the TURBO button

This SNES Classic wireless gamepad brings back the TURBO button

With an excellent library and a pretty decent price point, the SNES Classic Edition definitely has a lot going for it. Absent from that list of great things are suitably long controller cables, which was also a problem with its NES-flavored predecessor. Though you'd think Nintendo would have gotten the memo by now, it still shipped the SNES Classic Edition with controller cables that are entirely too short.

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Snapchat will be basically unavoidable with Stories Everywhere

Snapchat will be basically unavoidable with Stories Everywhere

It isn't exactly easy to be a social media network here in a crowded 2017, and that's especially true when Facebook owns the competition. Throughout the year, Facebook has been launching new features for Instagram, turning the app into its own little version of Snapchat. This, of course, is bad news for Snapchat itself, as it has been significantly lagging behind Instagram in terms of user numbers for some time now.

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds review: Broken, but beautiful

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds review: Broken, but beautiful

It isn’t very often we see a game come around and define a new genre, but after building Battle Royale mods for a handful of other games, Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene is doing just that with PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. The game has taken the world by storm this year, which is saying a lot because PUBG had to share the limelight with huge titles like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, and Horizon: Zero Dawn. Despite that, it’s managed to become a sensation and win over millions of players while still in beta. Now, 9 months after it first arrived, it has left early access and launched into version 1.0, a milestone that some early access games infamously never arrive at.

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In The Last Jedi, subtext reigns supreme

In The Last Jedi, subtext reigns supreme

The Last Jedi has been out for a little more than a week at this point, and boy have Star Wars fans been divided. Some love it, some hate it, some are confused by it. As a Star Wars movie, it certainly isn’t something we’re used to, for a number of reasons. A lot of that revolves around subtext, which this movie is dripping in. That isn’t something we Star Wars fans are used to - both the original and the prequel trilogy were pretty straightforward about what was happening, spelling most things out for us as we watched. That The Last Jedi would make such extensive use of subtext is a bit of a curveball, and it can leave some people thinking that plot holes and rash decisions exist where they really don’t.

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Steam Holiday Sale 2017: 10 great games that cost $10 or less

Steam Holiday Sale 2017: 10 great games that cost $10 or less

One of the best things about being a PC gamer is the sheer number of massive sales. We’re smack in the middle of Steam’s Holiday Sale for 2017, and whether you’ve got a stack of gift cards to burn through or you’d like the build out your library on the cheap, there are plenty of excellent deals to be had. A large number of great games have been discount to $10 or less, and what follows are 10 of the best.

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Xbox Games with Gold for January feature vampire and treasure hunters

Xbox Games with Gold for January feature vampire and treasure hunters

With the arrival of 2018 will come the year's first selection of Xbox's free Games with Gold. Microsoft today revealed a new group of games that will be available for free to anyone who is subscribed to Xbox Live Gold. Since Xbox Live Gold is a requirement if you want to play multiplayer games, we're guessing that most Xbox owners will get to partake in these freebies.

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Xbox Game Pass: 5 reasons to give it a try

Xbox Game Pass: 5 reasons to give it a try

Microsoft is rounding out the year by adding a bunch of games to Xbox Game Pass, a service that allows you on demand access to a library of titles. Though it's similar to PlayStation Now, Xbox Game Pass is still in its infancy as a service, so what's the benefit of signing up for Microsoft's service when Sony's own is available on PC and therefore doesn't require a PlayStation 4? There were already a few reasons why you might give Xbox Game Pass a shot over PlayStation Now, and Microsoft just turned it into an even more tempting proposition.

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5 must-have Switch accessories for your holiday odyssey

5 must-have Switch accessories for your holiday odyssey

For a lot of people, travel goes hand-in-hand with the holiday season. Many people will spend this weekend driving or flying to spend Christmas with family, and those trips can be packed with a lot of downtime and general boredom. Luckily for us, 2017 saw the release of the great portable console in the Switch, but if you're going to take it on the road, you need be equipped with some accessories to both protect your Switch and make sure it doesn't run out of juice.

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TIDAL free trial for Christmas needs no credit card

TIDAL free trial for Christmas needs no credit card

There are a bunch of music services out there vying for your monthly subscription, and today, TIDAL announced that it will let you try out its service with no strings attached. TIDAL has always offered a free trial before, but typically, that trial required you to provide a credit card that would then be charged for a monthly subscription if you failed to cancel before the trial was over. Beginning on Monday, December 25, you can try out TIDAL without worrying about forgetting to cancel your service.

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Zelda: Breath of the Wild is done after Champions’ Ballad DLC release

Zelda: Breath of the Wild is done after Champions’ Ballad DLC release

At this point, we can safely say that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is one of the best games of the year. Breath of the Wild has been earning a number of different Game of the Year honors as we close in on the end of 2018, so it's only natural that players would be wondering about the future of the game and whether or not we'll receive more DLC. It looks like we won't, as Breath of the Wild is now considered to be a finished product by its creators.

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Google Santa Tracker Snowball Storm game has a PUBG feel

Google Santa Tracker Snowball Storm game has a PUBG feel

Google's Santa Tracker has been up and running since the beginning of December, unlocking a new game or feature each day of the month. The advent calendar-like approach has held a few gems over the course of the month, but today's new game is something that will be instantly familiar to a lot of PC gamers. It's a new mini game called Snowball Storm, and it seems to take inspiration from one of the year's biggest games.

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