The Thing I Want Most From Destiny 2: Beyond Light Is Less Wasted Game Time

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The Thing I Want Most From Destiny 2: Beyond Light Is Less Wasted Game Time

For over six years, one game franchise has remained a consistent part of my gaming regimen. Destiny and its sequel hit a lot of sweet spots for me, combining engrossing sci-fi/fantasy world-building, role-playing-style character upgrades, and immaculate action/gunplay. It’s a hobby I’ve enjoyed for a long time, and I’m intensely excited for Beyond Light. But that doesn’t mean the game always works for me in every way. Even as I’m thrilled to experiment with new stasis powers or witness the return of The Stranger, the thing I most want out of Destiny 2 at this point is a relief from the exhausting time-wasters.

Like many adult gamers, the demands of balancing work at home, childcare, and increased inconveniences due to the ongoing pandemic hasn’t made for more free time, but less. When I sit down to play a game outside of work hours, I am looking for a getaway and for the time I invest to feel worthwhile.

Contrary to some detractors, I think Destiny 2 has a lot to offer in this regard, including over the last year of content. New activities, like the recent Contact public event, and interesting high-end opportunities like the Prophecy dungeon, are interesting and highly playable. My beef isn’t with the times I’m running around shooting at aliens, but rather much of what surrounds it.

Games To Play For Mental Health Relief

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Games To Play For Mental Health Relief

Mental health is important and 2020 has not made taking care of ourselves easy. For those looking for a journey to dive into for positive mental health, here are just a few suggestions we have that may help. 

Whether it is anxiety, depression, or anything else can impedes mental health, games are a solid way to help cope and they also can be an escape when needed. For this list, we want to offer a variety of games to choose from that can tackle different areas of mental health. 

Florence is a beautiful story that centers around a character that feels stuck, a feeling most of us have related to at one time or another. Florence's life changes when she meets a cello player named Krish as he helps her see the world through an entirely new lens, as well as how she sees herself. 

Games to Play For Mental Health Relief

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Mental health is important and 2020 has not made taking care of ourselves easy. For those looking for a journey to dive into for positive mental health, here are just a few suggestions we have that may help. 

Whether it is anxiety, depression, or anything else can impedes mental health, games are a solid way to help cope and they also can be an escape when needed. For this list, we want to offer a variety of games to choose from that can tackle different areas of mental health. 

Florence is a beautiful story that centers around a character that feels stuck, a feeling most of us have related to at one time or another. Florence's life changes when she meets a cello player named Krish as he helps her see the world through an entirely new lens, as well as how she sees herself. 

Why You Need To Play Nier: Automata

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Why You Need To Play Nier: Automata

In 2017, we saw the release of blockbuster titles like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Horizon Zero Dawn. Because of this, Nier: Automata flew under my radar. Nevertheless, this past spring was the perfect time for me to finally traverse Automata’s desolate and beautiful open world. If someone had told me three years ago that Platinum Games’ thought-provoking action/RPG would play a large role in influencing my decision to pursue a master’s degree in game design, I wouldn't have believed them. And yet, here I am – back in school, and discovering all the ways Automata continues to influence my creative process.

Last week, we finally got a release date and new trailer for the upgraded version of the original Nier. Nier Replicant ver. 1.22474487139 (yes, that’s its real name), is a remaster of the first game – except it’s based on a version that never released in North America. The events of Replicant connect to the sequel's bleak-yet-thoughtful story, so if you haven’t played Nier: Automata already, here’s why now is the perfect time to give it a chance. 

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Why You Need To Play Nier: Automata

about X hours ago from
Why You Need To Play Nier: Automata

In 2017, we saw the release of blockbuster titles like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Horizon Zero Dawn. Because of this, Nier: Automata flew under my radar. Nevertheless, this past spring was the perfect time for me to finally traverse Automata’s desolate and beautiful open world. If someone had told me three years ago that Platinum Games’ thought-provoking action/RPG would play a large role in influencing my decision to pursue a master’s degree in game design, I wouldn't have believed them. And yet, here I am – back in school, and discovering all the ways Automata continues to influence my creative process.

Last week, we finally got a release date and new trailer for the upgraded version of the original Nier. Nier Replicant ver. 1.22474487139 (yes, that’s its real name), is a remaster of the first game – except it’s based on a version that never released in North America. The events of Replicant connect to the sequel's bleak-yet-thoughtful story, so if you haven’t played Nier: Automata already, here’s why now is the perfect time to give it a chance. 

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10 Games That Deserve Their Own Netflix Animated Series

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10 Games That Deserve Their Own Netflix Animated Series

Netflix has delivered several animated series based on video games in recent years, adapting projects like Castlevania, Dragon’s Dogma, Resident Evil, and (probably) Splinter Cell. That’s a good start, but some major contenders are conspicuously absent. That’s why we’ve put together this list of 10 games that we think deserve their own animated series.

No one wants a show that just tries to follow the events of a game exactly; something is bound to get lost along the way, leaving fans upset and newcomers confused. So what makes a game a good candidate for this sort of adaptation? The world should be full of characters and stories worth telling, and have a distinct visual vibe that would look great in an animated format. It doesn’t need to replicate the exact magic of playing the game – the show can be its own thing. Different media do different things well, and that’s okay. So here’s what we’re thinking would work well for our games of choice.

10 Games That Deserve Their Own Netflix Animated Series

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10 Games That Deserve Their Own Netflix Animated Series

Netflix has delivered several animated series based on video games in recent years, adapting projects like Castlevania, Dragon’s Dogma, Resident Evil, and (probably) Splinter Cell. That’s a good start, but some major contenders are conspicuously absent. That’s why we’ve put together this list of 10 games that we think deserve their own animated series.

No one wants a show that just tries to follow the events of a game exactly; something is bound to get lost along the way, leaving fans upset and newcomers confused. So what makes a game a good candidate for this sort of adaptation? The world should be full of characters and stories worth telling, and have a distinct visual vibe that would look great in an animated format. It doesn’t need to replicate the exact magic of playing the game – the show can be its own thing. Different media do different things well, and that’s okay. So here’s what we’re thinking would work well for our games of choice.

Unpopular Gaming Opinion: GI Edition

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Unpopular Gaming Opinion: GI Edition

Unpopular opinions aren't all "I hate this game" stances, sometimes it's enjoying an adventure that really seemed to draw a lot of ire. Sometimes it's simply not understanding a connection that the community as a whole seems to have. What's important is that every video game hits differently and it's okay to feel how you feel about any given title.

With our takes, we want to make sure our readers know that these are just personal opinions and in no way is us saying X game was great or Y game was terrible! These are just how certain adventures resonated with us on an individual basis or how we feel about other topics in the gaming space.

I’m a huge fan of achievements. My Xbox Gamerscore is over 350,000, and while I say it’s a product of me playing as many games as I can, it also comes from me sinking time into 'bad' games that give out easy achievements. Yes, I will play something terrible if it gives me meaningless points. I call them meaningless, and they are in terms of being nothing other than numbers, but I love them and find it is almost like a game within a game to see how many points I can gather to pump up those numbers.

Unpopular Gaming Opinion: GI Edition

about X hours ago from
Unpopular Gaming Opinion: GI Edition

Unpopular opinions aren't all "I hate this game" stances, sometimes it's enjoying an adventure that really seemed to draw a lot of ire. Sometimes it's simply not understanding a connection that the community as a whole seems to have. What's important is that every video game hits differently and it's okay to feel how you feel about any given title. 

With our takes, we want to make sure our readers know that these are just personal opinions and in no way is us saying X game was great or Y game was terrible! These are just how certain adventures resonated with us on an individual basis or how we feel about other topics in the gaming space. 

I’m a huge fan of achievements. My Xbox Gamerscore is over 350,000, and while I say it’s a product of me playing as many games as I can, it also comes from me sinking time into 'bad' games that give out easy achievements. Yes, I will play something terrible if it gives me meaningless points. I call them meaningless, and they are in terms of being nothing other than numbers, but I love them and find it is almost like a game within a game to see how many points I can gather to pump up those numbers.

New Gameplay Today Live - Genshin Impact

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New Gameplay Today Live - Genshin Impact

It's the game everyone wants to compare to Breath of the Wild. And maybe they should! Genshin Impact includes a ton of open-world exploration with a multitude of RPG progression systems in a free-to-play format. Genshin Impact is live now on mobile devices, PlayStation 4, PC, and it's coming to Switch at some point. Command a cast of characters and master the elements to explore dungeons, take on bosses, and solve puzzles.

Is it worth taking the trip into this mysterious and magical world? How predatory are the monetization tactics? Does that even matter when you get a ton of hours of gorgeous gameplay for free? Come chat with us and find out!

We went live earlier, but if you still have burning questions, be sure to check out our second day of streaming! If you can't get enough of our live shows, remember to subscribe on YouTubeTwitchTwitter, and Facebook to get notified when we go live each week!