Take A Tour Of Slime Rancher With Us

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Take A Tour Of Slime Rancher With Us

On the surface, Slime Rancher seems simple. You collect slimes, feed them, and make money from the "plorts" they produce.  But how does the translate to gameplay? What tactics can you use to build a thriving operation? How does exploring an alien planet figure into the equation?

In the video below, I answer those questions and more as I take Jeff Cork on a tour of my ranch, demonstrating the basics of being a successful rancher and sharing lessons I learned the hard way during my playthrough. 

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Watch Us Take The Tacoma Sports Challenge

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Watch Us Take The Tacoma Sports Challenge

We've all been looking forward to Fullbright's follow-up to Gone Home for the same reason: the sports.

Sure, both games have compelling stories that examine the human condition in novel ways, but how are the basketball physics? To answer this question I put Jeff Cork and Kyle Hilliard through the Tacoma sports challenge, seeing how well they could adapt to space football, space pool, and, of course, space basketball.

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Join Us As We Check Out First-Person Insanity In PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

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Join Us As We Check Out First-Person Insanity In PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

Today, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds gets a new mode - a first-person-locked endeavor that's sure to ramp up the intensity to all new levels. While the third-person mode is a mainstay at this point, the most hardcore players may gravitate toward this mode, where you won't be able to glean any information about the enemy by hiding behind handy walls and stairwells.

How will we fare in the new mode? Join us today at 3 PM CT and find out!

You can click the banner below to watch the stream on Twitch, or just tune in here using the embedded video below.

Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (August 3, 2017)

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 Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (August 3, 2017)

This week sees much variety in blogs, thanks to a lack of big releases. So with that, get reading!

Community Blogs For June 27 – August 2:

Oculus Rift Plus Touch Review: Touch Of Genius?Boo gives us a breakdown of the Oculus Rift, a device I finally got to try out over the Fourth of July (I thought it was great, minus the space dogfighting that made me dizzy). Boo praises the controllers, but it's not all immersive joy. Simple things like the menu button placement can be disorienting. Unfortunately, while fun, the kind of PC you need to run the Rift is going to cost you some money.

Your Summer 2017 Guide To Pokémon Go Gyms, Legendary Raids, Eggs, And More

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Your Summer 2017 Guide To Pokémon Go Gyms, Legendary Raids, Eggs, And More

Pokémon Go captured the world when it launched in summer 2016. Beyond the excitement of traveling to new locations to catch monsters and meet like-minded trainers, one of the things that made Niantic's collaboration with The Pokémon Company so interesting was the mystery that surrounded nearly every element about the game.

The mystery was thrilling at first, but after a while, being in the dark wore on users of the app, and they decided to do something about it. Players scoured their local areas, data-mined the app, and started crowd-sourced sites on where to find the best monsters and how to be the most efficient trainers they could be.

Each time a new major update hits, the sense of mystery in Pokémon Go is reinvigorated. However, thanks to the methods discovered and created by players in the original release, light is shed on each successive update quicker than ever before.

The Virtual Life – Trying To Get By In Dream Daddy

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The Virtual Life – Trying To Get By In Dream Daddy

I loaded up Dream Daddy, a visual novel simulator, with a fair amount of skepticism. Everyone I know who played it loved it, and yet there was still some hesitance because the game, from the outskirts, seemed like a parody of visual novels that might inadvertently make its characters vehicles for bad or even cruel jokes. However, within a matter of hours I found myself thinking Dream Daddy would probably end up being one of my favorite games of 2017 because it has something that so many games lack: naked emotional honesty.

Most games are power fantasies. This does not mean, as many believe, that most games are about making players feel powerful by giving them a gun and telling them to kill bad guys. There are all kinds of power fantasies in video games, like leading armies to victory in Total War with a brilliant strategy or running across the football field to get a game-winning touchdown in Madden, or skillfully avoiding enemy fire with slick moves in Mirror's Edge. Few of them go out of their way to put players in a position where they are inhabiting characters who are awkward, clumsy, and trying to spin countless plates just to get through the day-in, day-out of existence.

Four Things To Know About The Space Adventure Tacoma

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Four Things To Know About The Space Adventure Tacoma

Tacoma is a new adventure game from Fullbright, the studio behind the 2013 indie hit Gone Home. Fullbright has exchanged an empty home for an empty space station, where you play as specialist Amy Ferrier who uncovers the mystery behind a missing crew. You wander through this intricately detailed space station and watch hologram simulations play out as you piece together the story.

We greatly enjoyed Tacoma, which is filled with fantastic characters, an enthralling but slow-paced storyline, and more. Watch the video below to learn four things about this space drama.

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Science-Fiction Weekly – An Exclusive Look At Dreadnought

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Science-Fiction Weekly – An Exclusive Look At Dreadnought

If you're a PlayStation 4 owner, a starship has your name on it in Dreadnought's open beta, available now through the digital shop. I spent the last hour firing rocket barrages at other players (and accidentally into the far reaches of space), and can't recommend it enough. Dreadnought is slow moving, yet just as intense as any shooter you'll find on the market. In 20 minutes, you'll get a good read on whether this unique multiplayer experience is worth your time. If you were in the closed beta, you may want to jump back in to check out the wealth of new maps (including two brand new ones) and PS4 Pro support.

If you are reading this column, I'm guessing most of you are on board with this game. The good people over at Grey Box have given us another deep dive into Dreadnought's lore and universe building. Below are details on the two new maps, and yet another Hero Class vessel:

Four Reasons Strategy Fans Should Be Excited For Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle

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Four Reasons Strategy Fans Should Be Excited For Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle

Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle is a strange blend. Nintendo's Mario Bros. characters have collided with the insanity of Ubisoft's Rabbids and the strategic depth of games like XCOM to create an incredibly unique game. You can see an extended play session here, but the video below will offer a more straigh-to-the-point collection of reasons for why Ben Reeves thinks this is a game every Switch owner should have on their radar.

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To learn more things about other games, in variables of four, follow think links for Pyre, Ever Oasis, Injustice 2, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, Prey, Dragon Quest Heroes II, Outlast II, Persona 5, Splatoon 2, Yooka-Laylee, Mass Effect: Andromeda, Nier: Automata, Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild by following the links.

Anime Watchlist: How Can My Recommendations Be This Useful

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Anime Watchlist: How Can My Recommendations Be This Useful

Fights! Power levels! Ice skating! People rushing at each other with swords, pausing briefly, then someone falling down!

Every so often, I'm going to recommend some anime and manga for people to check out and catch up on. If your favorite anime isn't here, let me know! I'd love to check some stuff out and pass the word. If I recommend something you hate, that's also okay! Not everything I recommend will be the best show ever, but if it's something you might be interested in checking out, I encourage you to give it a chance.

This week, we'll start off by talking about My Hero Academia. If you're tuned in to the anime community pretty much at all, you have heard of MHA, so I don't think I'm giving anyone a news flash here. If you're on the fence, though, I recommend just trying out MHA to see if you enjoy its fantastical world and (pardon the pun) quirky characters. In what appears to be the far future, almost all human beings have been gifted super powers, which of course means that some people use them for evil, and other people try to stop them. Superheroing is a regulated service and young Deku is desperate to take part. The creator, Kohei Horikoshi, is a big fan of western superhero comics and it absolutely shows in MHA. I also suggest following him on Twitter for doodles and posts about Marvel figures he buys.