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Elise Favis

Elise is Fanbyte’s features and trending editor. She previously worked at The Washington Post and Game Informer.


Ranking the Most Ludicrous Deaths in The Sims

As someone who grew up playing The Sims, I loved how this bizarre world had so many possibilities. It’s the ultimate storytelling tool, and there’s no denying it, I love horror — so why wouldn’t I try to kill these little digital fools as often as I could? I can’t…

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Phasmophobia Apocalypse Update Brings In-Depth Custom Difficulty, New Map Variants

A host of big changes are coming to the ghost hunting co-op game Phasmophobia this month — so much that it’s turning out to be one of the biggest and most exciting updates yet. With the ‘Apocalypse’ update, you can expect: in-depth custom difficulty settings, new map variants, a new main menu,…

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Enjoy The Sims? Here Are Five Upcoming Games Just Like It

One of the best things about The Sims 4 is that you can keep coming back to it, again and again, and mold new parameters for your unknowing victims (sorry, uh, Sims) every time. Seriously. I’ve sunk in over 1,000 hours in the last few years alone, and rather than my experience…

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Best Sims 4 High School Years Mods For Your Back to School List

The Sims 4 High School Years is the franchise’s first-ever foray into the teenage high school experience, where you get to tag along with your Sims to experience the highs and lows of the most awkward, but also occasionally the most memorable, moments of their lives. Let’s be honest though, high school…

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The Sims 4 High School Years — All Cheat Codes

The Sims 4‘s most recent expansion pack, High School Years, lets you live out the awkward teen years in all their glory. Instead of your Sims disappearing for hours during the day, you get to tag along with them and see all the school drama first-hand, for better or worse. Like most…

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PSA: This Sims 4 Glitch Is Making Sims Grow Old Too Quickly

You’d think growing old too fast — within minutes — is something that stays within the confines of a movie like M. Night’s Old, but that’s now the reality of an unexpected glitch in The Sims 4. Following yesterday’s free patch (which introduced sexual orientations, a new phone interface, curved walls, and more),…

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The Sims 4 Build Guide – How To Use Curved Walls

The Sims 4 recently released a big patch ahead of the release of the expansion pack High School Years, bringing a number of overhauls and new content to the long-running simulation game. The patch introduces body hair, sexual orientations that can limit or modify advances from other Sims based on gender,…

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How A Sims 4 Modder Helped the Game Reach its Queer Potential

For much of its 22-year existence, The Sims has been ahead of its time with queer inclusivity. The life simulation franchise allowed for same-sex marriage long before it was legal in the United States, and for many, the series was their first exposure to queer identities at a young age.…

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Predict the Future in Soulitaire, A Story-Driven Psychic Card Game

Card games are sometimes one of the most peaceful experiences you can have. Other times, they’re also a great way to get to know someone better as you move cards back and forth across a table from one another. The very story-heavy card game called Soulitaire seems to get both vibes…

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Little Bear Chef Looks Adorable, and Maybe a Little Evil in Wholesome Games Direct

The Wholesome Games Direct, an annual summer livestream that promotes a wide variety of cozy games, had over 90 games to showcase today. The stream had a ton to offer, and some of our favorites include standouts like SCHiM, Soulitaire, Lumbearjack, Freshly Frosted, and so much more. But my focus…

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Three Horror Games Worth Screaming About From IGN Expo 2022

IGN Expo 2022 showed many games ranging from action to retro earlier today, but there were few surprises or real stand-outs from the hour-long showcase. This is a bit of a bummer in comparison to last year, when IGN announced Doki Doki Literature Club Plus, World War Z Aftermath, and…

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From Monument Valley 2 Devs, How To Say Goodbye Centers on Processing Grief

A number of games over the last few years have gracefully leaned into themes of death positivity and processing grief, such as Spiritfarer and Before Your Eyes. Sure, the majority of games out there use death as a failure state, but portraying death narratively (and sometimes mechanically) in a thoughtful way can…

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Birth Is About Collecting Bones to Cure Loneliness in a Foreign City

Solo-developed by Madison Karrh, Birth is an upcoming point-and-click game with a strange but intriguing premise: You’ve recently moved to a foreign city and live alone, and to quell your growing pangs of loneliness, you decide to collect bones and organs found around the city to build your own “friend.”…

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SCHiM Makes Me Wish I Was a Kid Again

Some of the most magical moments when I was a kid happened in the most mundane circumstances. My brother and I were sick a lot, each battling autoimmune disorders that left us in and out of school routinely. And so on the days where we had nothing to do, we…

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Summer Game Fest: The Journey to Evolve What E3 Left Behind

In July 2020, a PlayStation representative showed up at Geoff Keighley’s door with an unreleased video game controller in hand. Instead of being presented on a shiny, bright stage at E3, the PlayStation 5 DualSense would have its first hands-on demo recorded from a small, unassuming spare bedroom in Los…

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Surprising No One, Sims 4 Is Getting a Werewolves Game Pack

Following about a month of hints and teases from EA, it’s finally been revealed: The Sims 4 is getting a werewolves game pack. Seriously, it’s far from a surprise. When the Little Campers Kit was announced, for example, you could see a sim transforming into a werewolf on a movie screen in…

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Sims 4 Pronouns Already Show Up in Conversations Thanks to a New Mod

Just two days ago, Electronic Arts released an update for The Sims 4 allowing players to give their Sims preferred and custom pronouns. This was a highly requested feature from the community for some time, and one modder was so enthusiastic about the addition that they worked very quickly to…

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Fall Guys Goes Free-to-Play, Coming to Xbox and Switch

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout, the colorful and zany battle-royale that was one of 2020’s big summer hits, is soon going free-to-play and coming to new platforms like Xbox and Switch. This was all announced via livestream by developer Mediatonic earlier today, which covered everything new on the horizon. Though the…

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Ghostwire: Tokyo’s Open World Could Have Looked Very Different

Tango Gameworks’ Ghostwire: Tokyo envisions its Japanese city as a ghost town — literally — with the dead roaming the streets and few humans left alive after a mysterious paranormal event. But at one point during development, Ghostwire’s open world looked different, the developers told Fanbyte in a recent interview.…

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How Japanese Ghost Stories Fueled the Creation of Ghostwire: Tokyo

When asking Ghostwire: Tokyo’s lead development team about whether they believe in ghosts, I received mixed responses. While none of the group members have experienced any supernatural interactions of their own, they smiled at the possibility. Game designer Suguru Marakoshi and producer Masato Kimura hope they do one day. Game…

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