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Steven T. Wright


The Life and Death of ‘Pwned,’ the Word That Defined 2000s Gaming

Since the dawn of the 21st century, many of the most notable examples of gaming slang have remained remarkably consistent. Terms that were initially novel in the late ‘90s and early ‘00s like “deathmatch,” “headshot,” and “clan” have kept their relevance, even as the entire cultural landscape of video games…

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‘Classics of Game’ is YouTube’s Most Wonderfully Weird Gaming Channel

A polygonal gun-toting gorilla lumbers out into the middle of a city street, only to be flattened by a yellow cab. A man in a suit engages in fisticuffs with a lizard-man, only for his prey to comically strut off a cliff. Two wrestlers square off in a ring of…

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A Total Beginner’s Guide to Pinball

As a kid growing up in the rural South, I didn’t get a lot of opportunities to visit the arcade. On the rare occasions that I did manage to convince my family to drive me the hour and change it took to get to what passed as my “local,” I…

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Nothing Really Matters, Anyone Can See, Every Game’s a Roguelike to Me

In online gaming communities, gamers can sometimes get a bit pedantic with their genre labels, occasionally to an obnoxious extent. It’s one of the immutable laws of the internet: scroll through the comments on any article or forum thread that mentions a hyper-specific descriptor such as “Metroidvania” or ‘Souls-like,” and…

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What It’s Like Being a Gamer For Hire

Fiverr is an online platform that advertises itself as one of the web’s leading marketplaces for “freelance services,” a catch-all term for providers who hock a wide variety of products, often far below standard professional rates. At $5 for a minute of amateur voice acting, $20 for a Photoshopped logo,…

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Why Some People Only Play Non-Violent Games

When I first started dating my girlfriend in college, she told me that she didn’t really play video games. This didn’t bother me at all; though I’ve loved games ever since I figured out how to run Doom on a DOS prompt at the age of 5, over the years,…

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The Game Boy Macro is a Fan-Made Love Letter to the GBA

When you take a step into the world of console modding, it can feel like you’ve pierced the veil into an alternate universe, ruled by misshapen plastic creations the color of Easter eggs. While most of them have a resemblance to your favorite video game systems of yore, they exert…

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Mordhau Needs a Dedicated Duel Mode

On paper, Mordhau doesn’t seem to share much in common with fighting games like Street Fighter. But like every great game about in-your-face combat, this medieval first-person slasher boils down to three things: tactics, timing, and spacing.  Beneath the chaos of Mordhau’s battlefields whirrs a highly-robust melee combat system that…

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The Ninja Boys of Mortal Kombat, Ranked

Forget your Hadokens and dragon punches. For me, nothing says “fighting game” like two identical muscle-bound guys who differ only in the color of their gi pounding on each other until one says uncle. Immaculate character balance, a deep roster, rock-solid netcode — sure, those are nice to have. But…

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Meet the Guy Who Won’t Stop Building Deathtraps in Fallout 76

In the halcyon days of gaming, most truly mediocre games were forgotten soon after their unfortunate birth. (For example, do you remember 2009’s major free-to-play shooter Battlefield Heroes? Didn’t think so.) Now that every game released by a major studio is expected to thrive and grow as an ongoing service…

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5 Killer Investment Opportunities That Happen to Be Located On An Isle of Death

Hi, and welcome to our presentation!  We have some wonderful opportunities for the right buyer here today. Kings Canyon is an up-and-coming area featuring a number of unique properties which will only appreciate in value. Want to get in on the ground floor? Then take a look at these five…

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The Story of a Guy Who Dances in Front of Green Screens on Twitch

The first time you encounter one of Stefan “TheSushiDragon” Li’s Twitch performances, you’re likely to cycle through phases of conflicting emotion: confusion, elation, bemusement — perhaps even genuine wonder. Armed only with a green screen, two wrist-mounted micro-keyboards, and more video effects than the entire Tim and Eric back catalog, Li…

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Video Game Santas, Ranked by Effectiveness at Their Jobs

No starry-eyed child ambles through a snowy playground chanting things like “I want to be a freelance Santa Inspector when I grow up.” But when the holidays roll around, and you’ve accidentally spent your entire gift budget on a life-sized John Romero-style replica of your own bloody head on a…

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MechWarrior 5 Is Building Giant Robots With Authenticity in Mind

When you’re designing a long-awaited follow-up to a beloved series that hasn’t had a new entry in over a decade, there can be a lot of external pressure to live up to fan expectations. With MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries, Vancouver-based Piranha Games aims to bring the industrial stompy-robot fantasy of the…

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Deltarune Reminds Us About the Pitfalls of Spoiler Anxiety

The Web’s endless legions of Undertale fans are still reeling from Toby Fox’s unexpected reveal of Deltarune. The pseudo-demo for a theoretical new game set in the same (or at least very similar) universe as Fox’s debut hit. By all accounts it’s something to get excited about. But some fans have cried foul in…

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