First Party PlayStation Studios Ranked

The Reformed Gamers

From PixelOpus to Naughty Dog, we’re ranking each of Sony’s first party studios and checking in on whatthey have brewing.


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Everything Announced at the ID@Xbox Showcase

Microsoft partnered with Twitch to showcase an ID@Xbox two hour event on August 10th. The ID@Xbox event is a showcase for all upcoming indie games coming to the Xbox family of systems. Continue reading to find out everything announced at the showcase, including some game announcements coming to Game Pass on day one!

Lightyear Frontier

The showcase starts with a teaser of Lightyear Frontier, a 4-player co-op open world farming simulator with base building, and an enriching narrative…with mechs. Yes, you heard that right. Expect this game to drop sometime in 2022.

The Wandering Village

In this city-building simulator set on top of a giant creature, you’re tasked with building and maintaining your village, all the while killing spores and other creatures to keep the ecosystem in your village, as well as the creature you’re living on top of, happy and content. No release date for this yet.

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Weekend Gaming Review – August 2021

Gaming Omnivore

Greetings! We’ve reached August already! It doesn’t seem like I should be looking at the calendar and noticing the autumn season in just a month or so away, but here we are. It’s also been a little while since I sat down and wrote a short update about what I’ve been up to lately(spoiler: video games). Let’s start with the most recent and exciting stuff first…

Quest Complete: PlayStation 5 Acquired

I did it. It’s been 9 months since Sony and Microsoft released their next-gen consoles in the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S. Anyone who’s paid the smallest bit of attention to general gaming news knows how difficult it has been to grab either one. I was fortunate enough to notice an email from GameStop announcing they were set to receive another stock of PlayStation 5s this past week; I was even more fortunate making it through the…

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Board Game Adaptations of Video Games

In Third Person

As someone who runs a website about “video games, board games, and other nerdy pursuits”, my attraction to board games based on video games is particularly strong. Good or bad, I’m always fascinated to see how these video game franchises are translated to the tabletop.

Here are some of the board games based on video games that I own or have owned in the past! What board game adaptations of video games have you played?

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New World delayed again? COME ON!

Bio Break

At least, that was my knee-jerk reaction to hearing last week’s news that this MMO just announced its fourth delay — and this coming shortly after the beta concluded and just weeks away from launch.

If it’s needed, it’s needed. The beta had pretty strong word-of-mouth, but there were concerns over balance and the game bricking graphics cards and some other issues. I get it. I get that you only get one first impression and that Amazon has yet to launch an actual successful game. They’ve got to be second-guessing everything over there. I’ll trust that this was a good call, just like many other MMO delays of past game launches, and hold back from raging out.

Still, on a personal level, this really stinks. Right here, right now is the perfect time of the year for an MMO to launch for me. Fall’s only going to get more busy…

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The Ritual Pool

Dyson's Dodecahedron

“Wow! This looked like something right out of the Ten Commandments!”

The Ritual Pool
The Ritual Pool (300 dpi promo, no commercial license)

Around the wastelands, hidden among the ghost dunes, are ancient ritual sites built in the times just after the reign of the pretty ones. Many were built by the Gooz in an attempt to bring back the ancient masters of this world, but others were built to summon darker masters – anything powerful enough to make a difference in this forsaken world.

The Ritual Pool
The Ritual Pool (1200 dpi)

This site, of course, exists to summon the great Uluhtec – but only by those who wield the sacred orb. And the would-be-leaders of the gooz have been fighting over THAT for who knows how long. By climbing the stairs around the sides and back of the massive idol that sits before the pool, one gets to the platforms on the idol’s head…

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Boss Rush Banter: Which Video Game Best Showcased the Unique Features of a New Console?

At the start of a new console generation, there is typically one game for each new system that is either packaged with the system or released on launch day with the sole purpose of showing off the unique features of the console. For the Nintendo Switch, that game was 1-2-Switch, a multiplayer party game built around the new HD Rumble and IR features of the Switch’s joy-cons. For the PlayStation 5, Astro’s Playroom worked as a celebration of PlayStation’s history while shining a spotlight on the haptic feedback and adaptive triggers of the DualSense controller. Halo: Combat Evolved launched alongside the original Xbox, showing off the console’s incredible (for the time) graphics and increased processing capabilities. Every single console that has ever released has had that one game that really helped prove why people had to buy it, which begs the question – which console game best showcased the…

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Hazelight and the Return to Co-Op Video Games

The Nerdd

Back in Ye Olde Days of video games, it was extremely common for people to play games together. In fact, the very first game ever created was a 2-Player game, Pong. Since then, we have gone through so many different systems of play, between 2-Player Competitive, 2-Player Cooperative, Single Player Story Mode, Single Player Arcade Mode, Local Multiplayer, Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game, and now the very popular Battle Royale, which has 100 people playing a game against each other.

Unfortunately, with the rise of online gaming, specifically the MMORPG and the Battle Royale, the 2-Player game has dropped in popularity. Now you don’t need to be in the same room with your friend to play games with them, which in the pandemic is a good thing, no doubt about it. However, that does mean that sometimes you’re going to miss the 2-Player games, especially if you look…

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Shadows of the Ruinous Powers – Session 69

Dyson's Dodecahedron

(Being a series of quick game notes trying to account for the events of many sessions of playing through The Enemy Within using the Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 1e rules.)

Session 69

Something Rotten in Kislev

  • Nate [Witch Hunter] – I 64
  • Gottlieb [Witch Hunter] – I 63
  • Larry [Mercenary Captain] – I 58
  • Othmar [Assassin] – I 56
  • Wilfried [Templar] – I 53
  • Karl [Artillerist] – I 45

As the cold winter night settles into Bolgasgrad, freezing its way into every nook and cranny as small fires valiantly attempt to keep it at bay, Othmar & Wilfried head to “palace” of Prince Alexis Chokin II. Over dinner they discuss the plans of Wilhelm Lizard’s Flying Circus and where they could best set up to entertain the people while also not freezing themselves and their audience to death.

Meanwhile, following the route established by their earlier scouting, the rest of the…

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How Xbox Became a Powerhouse Because of Xbox Game Pass

When the Xbox first came out in 2002, consoles werefromJapanese developers, but one of the biggest companies in America, Microsoft,wasn’thaving that and decided they wanted a piece of the console pie. As a new player to the console world, Microsoft entered the game head-strong with one of the most powerful consoles on the market. Sadly, the consolewasn’table tocompete against the juggernaut known as the PlayStation 2, and the company needed to rethink their strategy.

Itdidn’ttake long for Microsoft to try again with the release of the Xbox 360,where they had a lot of winswithXbox Live Gold,Xbox LiveArcade,and a great launch line-up; for the meantime, Microsoft was ahead of the console game, if wedon’tcount the Wii. However, Microsoft’s windidn’tlast long as the people running the division at the timedidn’treally care about the gaming side of things; from a business perspective, Xbox wasn’t making themoneythey wantedand this wasseen as a small disruption…

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