Microsoft reveals the Xbox One X

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Microsoft revealed the official name and some details for the previously dubbed Scorpio console. It’s called the Xbox One X, if this is the next gen console for Microsoft the name similar to the Wii U doesn’t give that impression. Regardless, the next console is unsurprisingly a powerhouse. It doesn’t really look different from the Xbox One S, but it’s much smaller. It will be released in November.

Price: The console will be $500 US, £449, €499, CA$599, and AU$649.

The Games, let’s face it the only thing that matters are the games, so:


Assassin’s Creed Origins

Crackdown 3

Dragon Ball Fighter Z

There are many more games check them out.

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E3 2017 Round Up and Thoughts: Sony


IMG_3433.JPGSo there we have it, E3 is done and dusted for another year and we now know what we can expect from our platform of choice for the next 12-18 months.

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Red Fen – Dragonborn life 3

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Several things have happened since I last wrote; I have a job. I have a new place (the move could fill a novel – probably the most painful experience I have ever had), 3 new monitors and a new graphic card.

I now permanently run DDO on 5760×1080. With 3 24″ curved monitors on a triple monitor stand – it looks superb. I also play World of Tanks with that configuration but sometimes it crashes. Causing me to have to reboot the system (hard).

I am currently running up my third Dragonborn life – reaper 1 mostly. Some quests are really tough; however the older are manageable – as long as you don’t have 3 reapers showing up at the same time. Tend to spoil the party; especially if you’re playing an escort type mission.

I’m currently at 12. So basically I’ve done most chains – the latest being Red…

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Just What Is Atari’s New Console?

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Do not adjust your screen. Atari have confirmed they are set to release a new video game console. This is not a drill.

Atari 2600

Atari CEO Fred Chesnais is keen to make his mark on the once-leading digital entertainment company. Recently, the man who took Atari out of bankruptcy in 2013 seems to have shifted the joystick away from the mobile horizons that saved its backside and back to the good old wood-paneled box of wonder. Murmurs had arisen concerning Atari’s decision to re-enter the console market in the weeks preceding E3 2017, however it wasn’t until an interview with Gamesbeat that Chesnais finally lifted the lid on the industry-Godfather’s fabled return. The so-called AtariBox is stark without any details at the moment, but that doesn’t mean we can’t play out our greatest resurrection fantasies and retro gaming memories.

Atari logo with Chesnais

While the design hasn’t been finalised, the AtariBox was featured in a small…

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Missing In Action: Top 5 Games and Studios Who Were Not At E3 2017

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While E3 2017 has given gamers a wealth of content and games to look forward to in the coming months, for many it’s more about what wasn’t there. Obviously, going into these shows carries a level of expectation from the fan base, which is then further enhanced by the ever-churning rumor mill.

Big companies like Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo obviously have their own plans they’d rather stick to so when there’s an expectation of seeing a certain game and it ultimately isn’t shown, it’s understandable for disappointment to set in. While I personally felt E3 2017 had a lot of great things to show off (more on that next week), there were still a couple of games or studios that surprised me by not being there.

Here are my five biggest no-shows at the annual event this year. Enjoy!

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DDO: Gnomes, noises, noses, and nostalgia

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I won’t bore you too terribly with my own personal gaming crisis, because (a) it only applies to me, (b) will come off sounding like I’m a petulant man-boy who can never be entertained, and (c) further illustrates how wishy-washy I am on any given day toward various MMOs. To sum it up, I haven’t been able to really settle down with MMORPGs this summer. The burnout that started in WoW seems to be extending all over the place for me, and all I really want at this point is one game that will grab me, keep my interest, and give me plenty of goals.

I’ve been flicking through various titles just to get outside of my immediate roster, kind of like how you might do with other games or books or movies (for the record, I’ve been scaling back on games this month to do more writing and reading…

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Five Hits and Misses from E3 2017

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E3 2017 is over and… it was a rather big disappointment. Don’t get me wrong. There was still a lot to love this from this year’s presentations but everything just felt rather underwhelming. There weren’t exactly any real terrible moments but there weren’t all that many high points as well. Well, actually, there are a few of each. Let’s go look at the hits and misses from this year’s E3.

New Fighting Games

Hit: Dragon Ball FighterZ

I don’t think anyone was ready for this. I knew this game was being made and I was eager to see what the guys over at Arc System Works, the same team that developed the awesome anime fighter BlazBlue and Guilty Gear, can do with the Dragon Ball license. But I don’t think anyone was ready for how good it looked!

This game just looked incredible at any level. If you’re a…

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E3 Hangover 2017



So E3 – Electronic Entertainment Expo, or A Reason for Gamers to Lose Their Collective Minds – is over and behind us. There was a lot of information to absorb in a short period of time, and sometimes that time was at odd hours in the morning. But it’s time to re-hydrate and get ourselves back together.

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There are plenty of other folks who have discussed Ubisoft’s performance, Sony’s performance, Bethesda’s performance, Microsoft’s performance, Nintendo’s performance… you get the idea.

I found the differences between consoles strangely emphasized, with Sony talking about the great storytelling experiences they offer, Microsoft showcasing their fabulous graphics and technical prowess, and then Nintendo coming in and talking about how fun games are.

While I think that explains a lot about the focus of these companies, it also seems to explain a lot about their fans… and a lot about why people, whether they…

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Thought experiment: Becoming an MMO musketeer

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Every so often when I enjoy a good fictional franchise of some sort I get a hankering to replicate that experience in an MMO. I can’t be the only one who creates thinly veiled mockups of book, TV, or movie heroes in a game (at least the concept; I don’t try to replicate looks or create a twisted version of the in-canon name). So this week I’ve been reading the fourth Greatcoats book, Tyrant’s Throne, and once again feeling a strong urge to play a Three Musketeer-type in an MMO.

This, upon deeper reflection, is not as easy as it sounds.

My thought experiment today is to try to find the best game and class that would hew to a finesse-oriented sword fighter who (ideally) wields at least one rapier and possibly a pistol as well. It would be a class or build that focused more on precision and rapid…

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Gaming: The Unblogables

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Over the years, I’ve mostly been consistent about blogging on every game I’ve played, but there are exceptions. Usually games that I didn’t play for very long. I don’t have enough to say about each one to fill a whole post, but I thought it might be interesting to collect them together into one quick list. Today, the unblogables will come to light (all right).

The Inn of the Prancing Pony in Lord of the Rings OnlineThis isn’t necessarily an exhaustive list of games I’ve played but not blogged about, but these are the more noteworthy ones.


I played WildStar during its open beta, and I actually wrote up a fairly extensive impressions piece for a paying client. Unfortunately, due to circumstances outside my control, the article never saw the light of day.

The fact that I never returned to WildStar after the beta should give you some idea of what I thought of it. I did like the housing…

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