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Charles Harte

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Charles is a writer and video editor based in Cincinnati, Ohio. His favorite games are Pokémon, Ace Attorney, and Spider-Man. He lives with his wonderful girlfriend and his cat, Lando Claw-rissian.


A Trombonist Reviews the Goofy Trombone Champ Playtest

Between middle school and high school, I spent eight full years of my life playing the trombone. I was in jazz band, concert band, marching band, the orchestra pit for Shrek: The Musical, and lots more I’m probably forgetting. When I went on to college and eventually started my internship…

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In Trombone Champ, a character stands on the right side of tyhe screen, playing the trombone. Notes fly from right to left. The word "nasty" floats in the middle of the screen, indicating that the player missed a note.

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Sorry, Minecraft: Subway Surfers is the World’s Most Popular Speedrun

As pointed out by a recent viral tweet, Subway Surfers, a mobile endless runner, has skyrocketed past Minecraft and Super Mario 64 to become the world’s most popular speedrun. On speedrun.com, it holds the number one spot in every major category: Most Active, Most Players, and Most Runs. It’s not…

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Why I’m So Excited for Tera Types in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet

In today’s Pokémon Presents showcase, Game Freak shared a ton of new information about Scarlet & Violet, this Fall’s newest entries in the Pokémon series. We saw new Pokémon, new multiplayer mechanics, and Terastallizing Pokémon, a new battling mechanic that allows Pokémon to temporarily change their type to new Tera…

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Escape Academy Guide: How to Complete The Breakout

Now that you’ve collected three badges, Headmaster Solange trusts you enough to help her with a special task: the breakout of Escape Academy legend Eel Barnes. Since this is your first experience with field work, you might need a little help. Here’s our guide on how to beat The Breakout,…

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Escape Academy Guide: How to Beat The Rival Room

Finally, it’s time for you to compete in Escape Academy’s famous Rival Room. Gillian has been talking smack since day one, and it’s finally time to put her in her place. If you need help coming out on top, here’s our guide on how to beat The Rival Room in…

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Escape Academy Guide: How to beat Under Pressure

In Under Pressure, your character gets stuck in one of Escape Academy‘s most dangerous rooms: The Thresher. Water is leaking in fast, but just because the pressure is on doesn’t mean you have to drown in confusion. Here’s a guide on how to climb to safety. First, a reminder: Escape…

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Escape Academy Guide: How to Beat The Entrance Exam

Now that you’re actually at Escape Academy, you’ll have to pass the entrance exam by figuring out the Headmaster’s real name. Be careful, though! You only have fifteen minutes to do so, so if you’re reading this guide, make sure to pause while you’re away from the game. Here’s how…

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Escape Academy Guide: How to Beat the Escape Artist Level

In Escape Academy, the appropriately named level “Escape Artist” is an early stage that might stump starting players. Shortly after you’re admitted to the titular Escape Academy, the so-called escape artist named Slip is tasks you with a rite of passage: write your name on a monument in spray paint.…

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Escape Academy Guide: How to Beat the First Level, “Introductions”

Before you can unlock the rest of the game, the first level of Escape Academy traps the player in a classic escape room. However, if you’re not familiar with this type of puzzle, this introduction might be a little confusing. Luckily, we’ve got an easy step by step guide to…

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Kirby’s Dream Buffet Looks Like a Smaller, Sweeter Fall Guys

Nintendo has released an announcement trailer for Kirby’s Dream Buffet, an eshop exclusive spin-off. The trailer includes gameplay of four different colored Kirbys rolling around a series of dessert themed obstacle courses. Along the way, they compete to collect strawberries and use food-based copy abilities to push the other players…

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Kirby sits in a mound of icing, his eyes shimmering with wonder

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Every Text-Heavy Game Should Have Auto Advance

In their June Direct a few weeks ago, Nintendo announced that Live A Live, a remake of the beloved 1994 RPG, would be receiving a free demo. When I booted it up later that day, I was delighted to see that dialogue is now not only voice acted, but that…

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Fire Emblem Three Hopes Auto Advance

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How The Viral Horror Game Choo-Choo Charles Got Its Name

This year’s Summer Game Fest was packed with an overwhelming amount of games, but only one of them featured a demon spider train. Choo-Choo Charles is an upcoming open world horror game currently being created by Gavin Eisenbeisz, who is also known on YouTube, Twitter, and Steam as Two Star…

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An image of the demon train Choo Choo Charles, but his face is replaced by Chandler from Friends.

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Reviewing 8 Video Games by How Good It Feels To Chop Down a Tree

If a video game has crafting, it’s basically guaranteed that you’re going to be chopping down trees at some point. It’s a decades old gaming ritual that’s so common you hardly even think about it. But what if we did think about it? What if we ignored graphics, story, music,…

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In minecraft, the player mines a wood block that's almost out of reach

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Gotham Knights Trailer Finally Reveals New Robin Gameplay

Fans of the Boy Wonder, rejoice! This morning, WB Montreal posted a Gotham Knights trailer showcasing new Robin costumes and gameplay. Nightwing and Red Hood got a gameplay demo as recently as May, but Robin hasn’t had the spotlight since the game’s original demo in August of 2020. While Nightwing’s…

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Gotham Knights Robin

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How to Get Food in Raft: Barrels, Islands, and Fishing

Learning how to get food is one of the first things you need to do in any survival game and Raft is no different. It’s relatively straightforward to gather plastic, planks, and palm leaves via your trusty hook. Yet food isn’t something you can just grab out the ocean. At…

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how to get food in raft

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How to Pause in Raft: Which Settings to Use & Multiplayer Restrictions

Raft has finally launched its massive 1.0 update on Steam, attracting new and returning players alike. While some players might already have a handle on things, first-time players likely have simpler questions. For one, how do you pause? While it might seem easy enough at first glance, it’s a little…

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Knights of the Old Republic 2 Bug: How to Avoid the Basilisk Crash Glitch

If you hit a Knights of the Old Republic 2 bug at the Basilisk Crash section, you’re not alone. The Nintendo Switch port of KOTOR 2 is off to a rocky start for a good number of players. Since its launch on June 8, folks have noticed a variety of…

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Mario Strikers: Battle League Doesn’t Feel Like A Complete Game

Before this week, I had never played a game in the Mario Strikers series, but now I’m a massive fan. After spending some time with the new Mario Strikers: Battle League, I’ve found it to be a solid, polished experience with surprisingly deep mechanics. It’s got a fantastic core gameplay…

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Toad prepares to headbutt the ball in Mario Strikers: Battle League

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From The Rock to Reeves: Rating E3 Celebrity Appearances

When Dawyne “The Rock” Johnson showed up during Summer Game Fest last week, I was elated. Not because I’m a big fan or anything, but because it was the return of one of my favorite E3 season traditions: cringeworthy, out of place celebrity cameos. The Rock’s appearance left such an…

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The Rock at Summer Game Fest, holding a zoa energy drink and raising an eyebrow

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Wholesome Direct 2022: 14 of the Best Games from the Showcase

Today, Wholesome Games streamed Wholesome Direct 2022 (the third of their annual showcases), which included looks at a massive slate of upcoming indie games. With over 90 games shown back to back, it might feel a little overwhelming to some viewers. If you need a focused refresher (or missed the…

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