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Conquering the Backlog Part 7: I got the Joy-Con blues

Conquering the Backlog Part 7: I got the Joy-Con blues

Another week has passed, which means it’s time for a new update on my quest to complete as many games in my backlog as possible in 2020. After adding a new game to the list last week - thatgamecompany’s Flower - this is another week where there isn’t a new addition. I have a good excuse this time around (I promise), and even though there isn’t a new entry on the list, progress has been made in a number of games.

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The Apple ARM move demands a classic Mac reboot

The Apple ARM move demands a classic Mac reboot

The dawn of Apple's switch of macOS to run on Arm processors is finally almost here, at least if the leaks are correct, and I'm hoping it gives one misunderstood Mac product another chance to prove its merit. Rumored for years, it's a blow to Intel and potentially some work for developers between WWDC 2020 and the arrival of the first hardware come 2021.

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Conquering the Backlog Part 6: Video game choice paralysis

Conquering the Backlog Part 6: Video game choice paralysis

One thing I often struggle with when it comes to gaming is choice paralysis. I’ll know I want to play something, but when you’ve got an extensive backlog of games to choose from, deciding on what to play can be a tricky thing. The same concept applies to all forms of entertainment, whether you’re deciding on the TV show or movie to watch next or you’re trying to pick a book out of the pile of unread tomes that sits in front of you.

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Conquering the Backlog Part 5: Retro gaming failures

Conquering the Backlog Part 5: Retro gaming failures

I’m finishing week five of my challenge to complete as many games in my backlog as possible throughout the rest of the year, and like the last few weeks, I haven’t made a ton of progress toward that goal. Some of that is down to Terraria, which I’m slowly working my way through with friends after the Journey’s End update earlier this month, but Terraria isn’t the entire reason. I’ve also been on something of a retro gaming kick this week, and that presents its own challenges when it comes to actually completing games.

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The 8 best game controllers of all time – ranked!

The 8 best game controllers of all time – ranked!

If you’re a gamer, there’s a good chance that you have a favorite game controller. Even PC die-hards like me can’t deny that some games are simply better with a controller, which means that many of us have our favorites too. There have been plenty of game controllers throughout the years; some of them certainly better than others. Here’s SlashGear’s ranking of the best of the best.

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Conquering the Backlog Part 4: I’m addicted to Terraria again

Conquering the Backlog Part 4: I’m addicted to Terraria again

Around this time last week, I was writing about how the release of Terraria: Journey's End threatened to derail my quest to complete as many games in my backlog as possible. Terraria is one of my favorite games, and with each major update, it seems I can't resist the urge to dive back in for another several hundred hours. Past Eric, however, was optimistic that even though this Terraria update looked like the most exciting one yet, he'd be able to at least keep some focus on his immediate goal of completing Ori and the Will of the Wisps.

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Conquering the Backlog Part 3: Terraria Journey’s End messed up all my plans

Conquering the Backlog Part 3: Terraria Journey’s End messed up all my plans

Another week is in the bag, which means it's time for another progress report on my New Year's resolution of working through my extensive backlog of games. I haven't had as much free to time to play games this past week, but when I have had the time, I've been chipping away at Ori and the Will of the Wisps. I'm fairly deep into that game now, but unfortunately, there's something that threatens to sideline Ori for the foreseeable future: Terraria.

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Improvements we hope to see in the Final Fantasy 7 Remake sequel

Improvements we hope to see in the Final Fantasy 7 Remake sequel

Final Fantasy 7 Remake is a thrilling and mesmerizing revisit to the world of Midgar. The characters we had to imagine in the past are now fully realized. Battles fought back in 1997 are overhauled with breath-taking creativity. The remake is sure to overwhelm returning fans with nostalgia with its lovingly reimagined world. For newcomers, it introduces you to a cast of endearing characters you’ll wish you could more time knowing beyond the roughly 25- to 30-hour playtime.

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Conquering the Backlog Part 2: Journey, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, Just Shapes and Beats

Conquering the Backlog Part 2: Journey, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, Just Shapes and Beats

Last week, I kicked off a new series called "Conquering the Backlog," in which I decided - in the middle of the year, no less - to finally begin sticking to my New Year's resolution of working my way through my backlog of games. Like many of you, I have a deep, ever-growing backlog, particularly on PC, and the rate at which I was completing these games was vastly outpaced by the rate at which I was acquiring new ones. We have World of Warcraft Classic to thank for that, and WoW Classic ruining my plans is going to be a running theme throughout this entire series.

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Microsoft and I clearly have very different definitions of the word ‘gameplay’

Microsoft and I clearly have very different definitions of the word ‘gameplay’

Microsoft has a lot riding on the release of the Xbox Series X, because to say it fumbled the reveal and launch of the Xbox One is severely understating the matter. The good news for the company is that so far, it's been knocking it out of the park when it comes to building hype for the Xbox Series X, at least in comparison to Sony and the PlayStation 5. While Sony has been doing strange things like hosting technical deep dives into some of the PS5's hardware without actually revealing the console or talking games, so far Microsoft has been giving fans mostly what they want.

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The 13-inch MacBook Pro exposes the hole in Apple’s display range

The 13-inch MacBook Pro exposes the hole in Apple’s display range

Apple's new 13-inch MacBook Pro is the Magic Keyboard upgrade that many would-be buyers have been waiting for, but with those controversial keys out of the way, the wish-list moves on to another gap in the range. Unlike with the 16-inch MacBook Pro launched late last year, 2020's entry-level MacBook Pro didn't step up a screen size. That means many people will be wanting to plug in an external display.

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Conquering the Backlog Part 1: Gaming my way through quarantine

Conquering the Backlog Part 1: Gaming my way through quarantine

Today is the first day of May, which means that 2020 is officially a third of the way over. It's hard to believe, given all that's happened this year, that we're only four months into 2020. It's a good time to look back at those New Year's resolutions and take stock of your progress, but unfortunately for me, my progress on one of my resolutions has been absolutely abysmal.

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