Articles

I started writing about games on my personal blog, where I documented my Pokemon Nuzlocke runs and tried my hand at writing news articles. Not long after that I enrolled in GameSkinny’s Journalist Training Program and eventually became a senior mentor for the program. Since then I’ve been freelance writing, with my words appearing on EGM and TechRaptor. Below are some of my favorite articles that I’ve written throughout that time.

News & Features

“If You’re Not First You’re Last”: How MMO Players Race for World First Clear (Sep 13, 2019)

On November 23rd, 2004, World of Warcraft opened its servers to the world. In many ways the original WoW represented the culmination of the massively multiplayer games of the time, refining and expanding upon many of the features that made predecessors like Everquest and Ultima Online so addicting. Among these refined features was the heavier endgame emphasis on raids—series of powerful superbosses intended to serve as the game’s greatest test of players’ skill, coordination, and teamwork, as well as the source of the game’s most powerful gear… (Read more)

Steam, Developers Grapple With Adult Content (Dec 13, 2018)

Earlier this year, Valve was met with a wave of backlash after removing numerous adult games from the Steam storefront. The discussion around these removals eventually culminated into a blog post from Valve in which the company supposedly shifted their stance regarding sexual content on Steam. However, six months after a pledge to allow anything on Steam except for illegal or trolling content, Valve again finds itself at odds with developers and players over the company’s ban on certain adult games from the Steam platform… (Read more)

Epic is Footing the Bill for Shenmue 3 Refunds Following Epic Games Store Exclusivity (July 2, 2019)

Following an outcry from players over Shenmue 3 PC recent Epic Games Store exclusivity announcement, developer YSNET Inc, publisher Deep Silver, and Epic Games announced today that there will be Shenmue 3 refunds—funded by Epic—available for Kickstarter backers… (Read more)

Study Shows Loot Boxes Linked With Problematic Gambling in Minors (July 1, 2019)

A recent study published in the Royal Society Open Science warns of a strong link between loot box spending and problem gambling in minors. The paper, titled “Adolescents and loot boxes: links with problem gambling and motivations for purchase“, found that adolescents aged 16-18 who purchased loot boxes were more than twice as likely to display signs of problem gambling as adults who purchased loot boxes… (Read more)

Ubisoft Faces Backlash in China for Allegedly Political Watch Dogs: Legion Ad (June 17, 2019)

Ubisoft apologized last week after receiving a wave of backlash on Chinese social media. The backlash comes from an advertisement for the upcoming Watch Dogs: Legion which many interpreted as supportive of recent Hong Kong protesters… (Read more)

UK Committee Grills EA and Epic Games On Loot Boxes, Game Addiction (June 20, 2019)

On Wednesday, representatives from Epic Games and EA met with the United Kingdom Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media, and Sports Committee to speak on the topic of immersive and addictive technologies, a roughly 2-hour long session in which committee members questioned the two gaming giants on a range of issues including the ethics of loot boxes, video game addiction, Epic’s allegedly brutal working conditions, and combating player-to-player abuse in games… (Read more)

Real-Money Gambling Game Appears on Steam (Dec 22, 2018)

Gaming and gambling is a hot issue at the moment, with governments even stepping in to examine the relation between loot boxes and gambling, but a new game on Steam is taking it to an entirely new level. As spotted on Reddit by user TarOfficial, x2Roulette is a game that will effectively allow players to gamble real-world money on a casino-style roulette, then sell the potential winnings on the Steam marketplace for credit… (Read more)

Interviews

PK Sullivan and Stephen Blackmoore on Fate of Cthulhu and Punching Elder Gods (April 5, 2019)

I’ll be the first to tell you that the world needs more tentacle-mouthed monstrosities with convoluted names, so you can imagine my delight when I heard that Evil Hat Productions was working on Cthulhu-based sourcebook for Fate Core. Fate of Cthulhu will bring the Lovecraftian Mythos to Fate, with a nice dollop of Terminator on top too. With the game’s Kickstarter on the horizon, I sat down with game designers Stephen Blackmoore and PK Sullivan to talk about the project, what we can expect, and how to punch Cthulhu… (Read more)

Mike Olson and Morgan Ellis Talk Shadow of the Century and ’80s Action (April 2, 2019)

Back in 2013, Evil Hat Productions launched a Kickstarter to develop the next edition of the FATE system, dubbed Fate Core. Among the stretch goals for the project was the promise to develop Shadow of the Century, a follow-up to the acclaimed Spirit of the Century that brings the setting forward into the pulpy action and adventure of the 1980s. It’s finally out now, so I sat down with designers Mike Olson and Morgan Ellis to talk about Shadow of the Century, ’80s action, and Hazzard County’s infrastructure… (Read more)

Reviews & Previews

Afterparty Review (Oct 28,2019)

Afterparty is a lot like a fruity cocktail. It’s tasty and easy to love, with enough sweet flavor to make you ignore that little hint of bitterness that comes along for the ride. Most importantly though, it leaves you wanting another… (Read more)

Pokemon Sword and Shield Review (Nov 20,2019)

Pokemon has always been a franchise with one foot in the future and another in the past. While one steps forward into new features, the other stays rooted in antiquated game mechanics, until the whole franchise is doing the splits. As the series’s first leap onto home consoles, Pokemon Sword and Shield seemed poised to finally lift that second foot and dash headfirst into the future. And they succeed! Mostly. But not without tripping a few times, shedding about 500 Pokemon worth of weight, and stubbing their toe on a late-game rock…(Read more)

Malkyrs -The Interactive Card Game Preview: Like Homework on a Deadline (Feb 11, 2019)

Malkyrs is an interesting game. Touted as an “interactive card game”, it attempts to straddle the line between a physical and digital CCG, with the intention of giving you the best of both worlds. The early access game tries to combine the joys of collecting and trading physical cards with the more complicated rules and RPG elements that can only be achieved on digital platforms, but with pretty mixed results… (Read more)

Tacoma Review: Houston, We Have A Problem (Aug 4, 2017)

Set in the year 2088, Tacoma puts players in the shoes of a contract worker sent aboard the titular high-tech space station to recover the ship’s AI as well as the data stored there. In doing so, players will discover the traces of the ship’s former crew and slowly unravel the details surrounding the workers’ final days aboard their ill-fated ship… (Read more)

Guides

How to Build and Maintain a Farm in RimWorld (July 4, 2017)

As is the case with most survival games, maintaining a steady supply of food is vital to building a lasting colony in Ludeon Studios’ RimWorld. Though you can get by on scavenging initially, you will need to learn how to build and maintain a farm if your colony is ever going to expand and bring in new mouths to feed… (Read more)

Clash Royale Guide: Best Decks for Dominating Each Arena (June 23, 2017)

Clash Royale is a relatively simple RTS. However, consistently toppling other players is anything but. With 11 different arenas to in which to play, each granting access to different sets of cards, knowing which eight cards to build your deck from can seem like a daunting task. But the key is adaptability… (Read more)

Satire

KekRaptor: Soulja Boy Launches New Game Streaming Service Streamya Boy (April 1, 2019)

Not to be outdone by Google’s recent Stadia announcement, rapper and incorrigible entrepreneur Soulja Boy announced today that he will be launching his own state of the art games streaming service called Streamya Boy… (Read more)

KekRaptor: PSN Now Lets You Go Back in Time to Change Name and Life Choices (April 14, 2019)

Good news for those who’ve been stuck with an embarrassing PSN name from their younger days: Sony announced today that PlayStation Network users can now travel backwards in time to prevent themselves from ever picking that name—or taking Jesse to senior prom—to begin with… (Read more)