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LB Hunktears is Fanbyte's Social Editor+ and co-host of Friends Reunion. They mostly write about 2D boys and fast cars. LB is also in charge of Fanbyte's ongoing project to destroy the vile Count Dracula.


Five Ways to Beat Your Friends at Mario Kart Like a Formula One Driver

I’ve learned a lot from Formula One. Mostly about iffy business practices and different European countries, but also about strategy. With the new Mario Kart 8 Deluxe DLC out today, I thought I would pass on some of my strategy knowledge to all of you. So, here are some tried and…

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Bowser and Link in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

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How to Make Your Own Video Game Character Photo Cards

Back in May, merritt k pointed out how much it sucks to buy a physical copy of a video game in this day and age. She’s absolutely right, too. Which got me thinking: What do I like to buy physical copies of? And why? The answer, as any of my…

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GUIDES

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes Is Inspiring Me To Catch Up On My Laundry

I’ve never been good at doing my laundry. Even as a kid, everything I owned kind of lived on the floor of my room in piles. These days, even blessed as I am with in-unit laundry, I keep up just enough so that I always have something clean to wear.…

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In Preparation for Fire Emblem: Three Hopes, Here Are the Best Side Ships of Three Houses

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes is days away. Having squeezed everything I could out of the spin-off’s demo, I am now left to wait, reflecting on these great characters. I truly do love these characters, and they love each other. Three Hopes‘ incoming release has me reflecting on its main…

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Remember When Lupin the Third Almost Won the Monaco Grand Prix?

In 1977, Niki Lauda won the Monaco Grand Prix. Sorry, no, not the real Monaco Grand Prix. The real one was won by Jody Scheckter, with Lauda coming in second. (Though Lauda did go on to win the championship that year.) I’m talking about the fictional 1977 Monaco Grand Prix…

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A Eulogy for the iPod (and the 2000s)

I can’t say that the iPod was the single most important piece of technology in my lifetime. It’s not true. Not even for me, personally. High speed Internet, increasingly tiny computer chips, the smartphone, Twitter, the CPAP machine — all of these have more hold over my daily life than…

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The Crypto.com Miami Grand Prix Was This Weekend, So Let’s Look at Some Formula 1 NFTs

Yesterday, Formula 1 had the first ever Miami Grand Prix, sponsored by Crypto.com. Putting the extremely hyped and ultimately pretty boring actual race that was the Crypto.com Miami Grand Prix to one side, blockchain-based scams Ponzi schemes pyramid schemes Fan Engagement Experiences and Investment Opportunities have become a larger and…

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Livery Editors Are the Perfect Dress-Up Game

Casual Encounters is a column by LB Hunktears, Fanbyte’s resident casual gamer, about what they’re playing — from mobile free-to-plays to console releases, always through a non-expert lens. The best kind of game is a dress-up game. Everyone knows this. Everyone agrees with this. Even if you think you disagree,…

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The Fancies 2021: LB Hunktears’ Games of the Year

Game of the Year, Period, 2021: Wildermyth The reason Wildermyth is my game of the year is pretty simple: it does nothing I don’t like. It’s beautifully balanced. Tonally, it’s the perfect fantasy adventure game — the stakes feel high, but not stressfully so. Sad things happen, and they feel…

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The Demon King’s Castle in SMTV: A Review

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MICROREVIEWS

A Normal Barrel Not Containing Link From Zelda: A Review

Ever since the first Donkey Kong, the humble barrel has had a powerful place in the history of video games. In the 2002 classic The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, this legacy is honored by the presence of many barrels. You can throw them, admire them, or cut them…

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Insomniac’s Wolverine Game Has the Chance to Do Wolverine Right

Last week at Sony’s PlayStation Showcase, Insomniac Games announced a new Marvel Universe building off the success of Spider-Man. In addition to Spider-Man 2, they teased a game about everyone’s favorite fast-healing Canadian mutant: Wolverine. On the most recent Thanks for the Knowledge, John Warren had a great conversation with…

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I Tried to Understand ‘Cottagecore’ with Sims 4

I’m old. I’m not like old old, but TikTok scares me and my back hurts a lot of the time. Born in 1989, I’m a solidly middle of the pack millennial, which, to a young person, makes me basically ancient. I’ve come to terms with this. I’ve made peace with…

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Who at Fanbyte Would Survive the Beach That Makes You Old?

I haven’t seen Old, the M. Night Shyamalan movie about the beach that makes you old, so I don’t know how the beach that makes you old works. But I have listened to this week’s episode of Friends Reunion, in which usual host John Warren discusses Old with special co-hosts Features &…

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‘Jaws’ Hits Very Close to Home During COVID

“If we make an effort today, we might be able to save August.” It strikes me, watching Jaws on a blazing hot Valley afternoon in the summer of 2021, that if they had simply closed the beaches of Amity Island and told nearby towns to do the same thing, the shark…

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Casual Encounters: I Am in Love with the BTS Rhythm Game

Casual Encounters is a column by LB Hunktears, Fanbyte’s resident casual gamer, about what they’re playing — from mobile free-to-plays to console releases, always through a non-expert lens. I don’t normally enjoy difficult games: especially not repetitive ones. I gave up on Dark Souls Remastered somewhere around the third or…

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‘Heaven Official’s Blessing’ Is On Netflix Now So You No Longer Have An Excuse Not To Watch It

Heaven Official’s Blessing, the xianxia donghua based on the web-novel of the same name, is on Netflix now, but I’m looking at you, I’m looking into your eyes, and I can see that you are still not watching it. Why not? You like animation. You like fantasy. You like it…

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Muncher: A Review

After several outlets reported the first appearance of a new Ghostbusters ghost (who will appear in the upcoming Ghostbusters: Afterlife) in an episode of MasterChef Junior: Spain, Muncher has already taken the world by storm, winning our hearts and minds in record time. But why? What’s so good about Muncher?…

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MICROREVIEWS

LB Hunktears’ Five Good Things from 2020

I don’t think it’s a very controversial statement for me to say that 2020 absolutely sucked as far as years go. Amidst all of that sucking, though, were some things that kept me going. This is a list of my five favorite things this year. The On Cinema Oscars Special…

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The Cricket in My Living Room, a Review

In the last month or so, a cricket has moved in with me. After spending a solid amount of time with him, I thought the experience was worth reviewing. This male cricket lives in my living room, I think. I guess he could be in a kitchen cabinet like right…

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