Phasmophobia Is The Perfect Horror Game For Halloween

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Phasmophobia Is The Perfect Horror Game For Halloween

It's October and from the moment it hit the first of the month, we've been officially in Halloween mode. Whether you're looking for a new horror adventure to play for yourself or looking for one that's great for streaming, Phasmophobia is a fine pick for the month of spooks. 

If the game name sounds familiar, you may have heard about it from this past weekend where this horror adventure skyrocketed to Twitch fame with averaging a viewership of over 100,000 concurrently. While that number has dipped a little bit now that the workweek has started, it's still a vibrant and active hub over on Twitch and for good reason. 

It's important to note that Phasmophobia is an Early Access title on Steam, so bugs? You're going to run into them. Its graphics aren't the greatest and the mechanics can go from good to "what the heck just happened" really quick, but still? It's stupidly addictive and a large part of that is because of how this game sets up for playing with friends. 

Phasmophobia Is The Perfect Horror Game For Halloween

about X hours ago from
Phasmophobia Is The Perfect Horror Game For Halloween

It's October and from the moment it hit the first of the month, we've been officially in Halloween mode. Whether you're looking for a new horror adventure to play for yourself or looking for one that's great for streaming, Phasmophobia is a fine pick for the month of spooks. 

If the game name sounds familiar, you may have heard about it from this past weekend where this horror adventure skyrocketed to Twitch fame with averaging a viewership of over 100,000 concurrently. While that number has dipped a little bit now that the workweek has started, it's still a vibrant and active hub over on Twitch and for good reason. 

It's important to note that Phasmophobia is an Early Access title on Steam, so bugs? You're going to run into them. Its graphics aren't the greatest and the mechanics can go from good to "what the heck just happened" really quick, but still? It's stupidly addictive and a large part of that is because of how this game sets up for playing with friends. 

Quarantine Has Made Video Games About More Than Escapism

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Quarantine Has Made Video Games About More Than Escapism

Video games are an escapist medium. That's what everyone always says. And it's true! They allow us to be whoever or whatever we want, no matter the realm of possibility. Wizards, monsters, survivors in the post-apocalypse, anthropomorphic marsupials named Crash – we can be anything. We can escape our day-to-day routines and problems, and we can live a life beyond our wildest expectations. 

In 2020, this is perhaps essential. Between COVID-19, election season, and a constant barrage of bad news, reality is bleak. Exacerbating everything is the fact that, you can’t really leave your house unless you can help it, due to the risk of spreading or catching the virus. There has perhaps never been a better time in modern history to want to escape into the fantasy worlds of video games to just give ourselves a break from it all. 

But despite all of this, I find myself wanting to draw my time in quarantine out, to make time go slower. I’m still escaping in a way, but not in the ways I used to. Rather than hide in a make-believe world by myself, I want to inhabit worlds with other people, I want to live in those moments and conversations.

Quarantine Has Made Video Games About More Than Escapism

about X hours ago from
Quarantine Has Made Video Games About More Than Escapism

Video games are an escapist medium. That's what everyone always says. And it's true! They allow us to be whoever or whatever we want, no matter the realm of possibility. Wizards, monsters, survivors in the post-apocalypse, anthropomorphic marsupials named Crash – we can be anything. We can escape our day-to-day routines and problems, and we can live a life beyond our wildest expectations. 

In 2020, this is perhaps essential. Between COVID-19, election season, and a constant barrage of bad news, reality is bleak. Exacerbating everything is the fact that, you can’t really leave your house unless you can help it, due to the risk of spreading or catching the virus. There has perhaps never been a better time in modern history to want to escape into the fantasy worlds of video games to just give ourselves a break from it all. 

But despite all of this, I find myself wanting to draw my time in quarantine out, to make time go slower. I’m still escaping in a way, but not in the ways I used to. Rather than hide in a make-believe world by myself, I want to inhabit worlds with other people, I want to live in those moments and conversations.

Mod Corner: Among Us Crashes Star Wars Battlefront II With This Mod

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Mod Corner: Among Us Crashes Star Wars Battlefront II With This Mod

Sometimes with Mod Corner we have really helpful ways to enrich game experiences. Other times, we have shenanigans. The latest move for our mod recommendation feature falls under the latter corner with Among Us crashing yet another game: Star Wars Battlefront II. 

The latest Mod Corner recommendation comes by way of Nexus user 'TheAsianRedneck'. The Among Us Star Wars experience retextures Yoda with custom Among Us models, including Red (super sus), Yellow, Black, and Blue. 

It's a simple mod, nothing strenuous, and is super easy to install. Check it out in action with the video below: 

Mod Corner: Among Us Crashes Star Wars Battlefront II With This Mod

about X hours ago from
Mod Corner: Among Us Crashes Star Wars Battlefront II With This Mod

Sometimes with Mod Corner we have really helpful ways to enrich game experiences. Other times, we have shenanigans. The latest rendition of our mod recommendation feature falls under the latter corner with Among Us crashing yet another game: Star Wars Battlefront II. 

The latest Mod Corner recommendation comes by way of Nexus user 'TheAsianRedneck'. The Among Us Star Wars experience rextextures Yoda with custom Among Us models, including Red (super sus), Yellow, Black, and Blue. 

It's a simple mod, nothing strenuous, and is super easy to install. Check it out in action with the video below: 

Silent Hill Recreated In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Because Why Not?

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Silent Hill Recreated In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Because Why Not?

While we don't have a new Silent Hill game announcement to share, one Animal Crossing fan put their horror spin on their island in New Horizons. Animal Crossing: New Horizons offers unlimited creativity and because of that, mashups are a pretty common occurrence. That being said, one Redditor did a pretty phenomenal job at bringing this particular horror franchise to life in the Nintendo adventure. 

The below Redditor took a screenshot of their island on one particularly foggy day, equipped with the infamous "Welcome to Silent Hill" sign. With the additional Halloween flair thanks to the ongoing Fall event, this person did a pretty stellar job at making sure the atmosphere is on point. They also provided a reference look with an actual Silent Hill poster for comparison: 

This post immediately became popular on Reddit, with many Animal Crossing players asking for the OP to make this creation an uploaded town as a visitable Dream Island. For those that haven't played since Dreams invaded the game, this just means that players can visit certain dreams of other players, created by those looking to go even more outside of the lines in terms of creative contributions. 

Silent Hill Recreated In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Because Why Not?

about X hours ago from
Silent Hill Recreated In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Because Why Not?

While we don't have a new Silent Hill game announcement to share, one Animal Crossing fan put their horror spin on their island in New Horizons. Animal Crossing: New Horizons offers unlimited creativity and because of that, mashups are a pretty common occurrence. That being said, one Redditor did a pretty phenomenal job at bringing this particular horror franchise to life in the Nintendo adventure. 

The below Redditor took a screenshot of their island on one particularly foggy day, equipped with the infamous "Welcome to Silent Hill" sign. With the additional Halloween flair thanks to the ongoing Fall event, this person did a pretty stellar job at making sure the atmosphere is on point. They also provided a reference look with an actual Silent Hill poster for comparison: 

This post immediately became popular on Reddit, with many Animal Crossing players asking for the OP to make this creation an uploaded town as a visitable Dream Island. For those that haven't played since Dreams invaded the game, this just means that players can visit certain dreams of other players, created by those looking to go even more outside of the lines in terms of creative contributions. 

Are Free-To-Play Games Good Now?

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Are Free-To-Play Games Good Now?

I don’t remember exactly when I became familiar with “free-to-play” as a specific designation, but I do know that I had no interest in playing the games it applied to. From shoddy MMOs to Facebook distractions, I thought of all free-to-play games were thinly disguised attempts to siphon money from players – all while meeting only the barest possible definition of “game.” The only one I spent considerable time with was Farmville, but that was because I was writing a piece for Game Informer’s May 2010 issue that ended up being about how terrible and predatory Farmville was. After that, I generally wrote off free-to-play games.

Are Free-To-Play Games Good Now?

about X hours ago from
Are Free-To-Play Games Good Now?

I don’t remember exactly when I became familiar with “free-to-play” as a specific designation, but I do know that I had no interest in playing the games it applied to. From shoddy MMOs to Facebook distractions, I thought of all free-to-play games were thinly disguised attempts to siphon money from players – all while meeting only the barest possible definition of “game.” The only one I spent considerable time with was Farmville, but that was because I was writing a piece for Game Informer’s May 2010 issue that ended up being about how terrible and predatory Farmville was. After that, I generally wrote off free-to-play games.