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Danielle Riendeau

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Danielle is the Editor-in-Chief of this delightful website, as well as a part time game design and film professor, volunteer EMT, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Blue Belt (really working for purple one day), and a hobbysist game developer and screenwriter. She has two kitties and a puppy, all of whom are obscenely cute.


Fortnite’s Ripsaw Launcher Week and Flare Gun Update Have Arrived

In today’s Battle Royale v21.10 June 28 hotfix, players will be able to find Ripsaw Launchers in more areas, and shoot fireworks at enemies with the remixed Flare Gun. According to Fortnite’s official site, Ripsaw Launchers will be in much mightier supply all week: Been causing destruction with Ripsaw Launchers?…

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NEWS

I’m Glad Fortnite is So Chill in 2022

Last week, I decided to download Fortnite on my Switch and make it a regular game in my rotation. I’ve been playing during the work day, jumping into a match between meetings and other tasks, and I’m delighted to say, it fits my schedule (and my mood) like a glove.…

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Paul Thomas Anderson, WTF is The Master?

This week on You Love To See It (Fanbyte’s movie rewatch podcast!), we closed out Join Us June with a viewing of The Master, Paul Thomas Anderson’s beautifully acted 2012 drama about a charismatic cult leader. With incredible performances by dearly departed Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix, and gorgeous…

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Into the Breach Free Update Announced, Mobile Version Coming to Netflix

Today, via the studio’s official twitter, Subset games made a series of big announcements for their tactical mech masterpiece, Into the Breach — including a huge free update for all versions and a mobile version of the game via Netflix. All of it is slated to launch on July 19th.…

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NEWS

Returning to Fortnite on Switch Can Indeed Be a Vibe

Yesterday, after about four years sans Fortnite (the last time I really played much was during the “Fortnight of Fortnite” over at Waypoint), I decided to download the game on my Switch and jump back in. I was immediately greeted by a cutscene that included, among other things, Darth Vader…

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Creative Assembly Announce Hyenas, A Multiplayer FPS Set in Space

I am one of earth’s biggest fans of Alien Isolation, one of Creative Assembly’s only non-strategy titles (they are well known for the Total War series and even Halo Wars 2). Today, Sega and the team announced its latest game Hyenas, a colorful multiplayer FPS set in a sci-fi universe…

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NEWS

In the Mouth of Madness Creeps Into the Cult of Personality

This week on You Love To See It (our movie podcast!), Fernanda and I re-watched In the Mouth of Madness, John Carpenter’s final installment of his “apocalypse trilogy,” as a new twist on “Join us June,” our monthly theme. As we’re watching movies about cults, we thought we’d look at…

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PODCASTS

In Players, Coach Braxton is the Reason to Stick with the Series

Mild spoilers through episode 4 of Players ahead: I didn’t expect it, but I really fell into Players, Paramount Plus’ mockumentary series about a floundering League of Legends esports team. I’m not a League player, I’ve never been particularly interested in esports (beyond speedrunning, if that counts!) and mockumentaries have…

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How, Exactly, Does One Beat Elden Ring in Under 23 Minutes?

There will be a few spoilers for Elden Ring in the following piece. I have something like 200 hours in Elden Ring (and I’ve still not completed the game.) Many of my colleagues have similar playtimes, as it is an impressively huge and multifaceted world. Its wide-open design means I…

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FEATURES

The Top 10 Cat Behaviors My Kitties and I Want From the Upcoming Stray

Like my colleague Funk-e, I seriously cannot wait for Stray, the cat-adventure game that’s steadily climbed the Steam charts (not unlike a curious feline!). The game’s Steam page offers a lot of promise: “Stray is a third-person cat adventure game set amidst the detailed, neon-lit alleys of a decaying cybercity…

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FEATURES

Freshly Frosted is the Soothing, Cerebral Puzzle Game I Need Right Now

I saw many games I wanted to play at last weekend’s Wholesome Direct event, but one piqued my interest so much that I wrote a short preview blog about it. It’s called Freshly Frosted, and it actually arrived just before the show started. I’ve only just had the chance to…

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FEATURES

In Defense of Redfall’s Blood Graffiti

I’m very excited for Redfall, because of course I am. It’s the next immersive sim — ok, multiplayer FPS, they have to actually sell the thing — from Arkane, purveyors of some of my favorite games of all time, like Prey and the Dishonored series. But the goofy bit of…

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FEATURES

Revisiting Midsommar in 2022: Still a Folk Horror Masterpiece

We were honored this week by the presence of Stacie Ponder (aka Finalgrrl!) — co-host of the Gaylords of Darkness podcast — for our discussion of Midsommar. We are doing “Join Us June” all month on You Love to See It (our movie podcast!), watching movies about cults in some…

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Hideo Kojima Partnering with Xbox Games Studios for “Brand New Game”

Today at the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase for 2022, Game Director Hideo Kojima (famous for the Metal Gear Solid series, Death Stranding, and P.T. — yes, I’m putting P.T. in there) announced a partnership with Microsoft Game Studios. The director is going to work with the company on an…

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NEWS

Delicious Puzzler Freshly Frosted is Out Now, Has Chu Chu Rocket and Cosmic Express Vibes

Watching the Wholesome Direct today has been an especially pastel-hued feast for the eyes, but one game that stuck out for me immediately was Freshly Frosted, a puzzle game from the folks at The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild (who are actually responsible for publishing my beloved Cozy Grove). I’ve been watching…

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The Dark Souls Toilet from Madison: A Review

I’ve been enjoying the horror games segment of today’s Guerrilla Collective showcase. My favorite part, easily, (at least so far) is the extended segment from MADiSON, featuring a straight-up Dark Souls/portal to hell/truly haunted toilet. The MADiSON toilet in question has a cursed “DO NOT USE” written on a massive…

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Aliens: Fireteam Elite Pathogen Could be the 10th Anniversary Prometheus Game David Deserves

The IGN Summer Games Expo started with a gameplay teaser for Aliens: Fireteam Elite: Pathogen, the most Prometheus-ass video game trailer I’ve ever seen. It’s an expansion for Aliens: Fireteam Elite, and the exclusive trailer was bolstered by a written IGN piece with a few details: “Pathogen will see Aliens:…

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Escape Academy Has Excellent Psychonauts and Portal Vibes

Day of the Devs is always a fun E3/Hot Game Summer/Not-E3 mainstay for indie game announcements, and today’s show has delivered — at least for me. One of the titles that immediately caught my eye was Escape Academy, an escape room video game modeled after real-world escape room events, designed…

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NEWS

Cozy Grove 2 Announced, Will Launch in 2023

As a giant fan of Cozy Grove (a daily Grover, you could say), I was ecstatic to learn today that developer Spry Fox is working on a proper sequel. The team announced Cozy Grove 2 via the studio blog, stating that, with copious updates (things like seasonal festivals and the…

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NEWS

Kristen Stewart is Casting A “Super Gay Ghost Hunting Adventure,” We’ve Played Enough Phasmophobia to Apply

I was perusing gay instagram this evening (that is, my Instagram account), and one of my favorite handles, godimsuchadyke, featured a post by Kristen Stewart that I simply had to share with Fanbyte readers. In the video (which, People and queer site Autostraddle report was originally posted to stylist CJ…

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