Author: Soco Cinconegui

Heated Gaming Moments: What’s Acceptable? (Not Racism)

Felix Kjellberg once again has said something racist. In a livestream last week he used a racist slur. Noted buffoon Ian Miles Cheong chose to mischaracterise this as understandable; as Kjellberg, also known as PewDiePie, let loose the term whilst in a “heated gaming moment”–angry because he was momentarily losing at a game–Cheong suggested that both the phrase and its use were meaningless. In fact, of course, what a person has allowed themselves to become comfortable proclaiming (internally or externally) is what will come out of their mouth when they are excited and cross. If Kjellberg is comfortable with...

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The Sims 4: Parenthood, or, how Millennials are Killing Family, Too

The Sims 4 has been out for almost three years now, and I’ve been playing it almost since launch. I’ve bought DLC after DLC but, until now, none addressed my one major qualm about the base game: its lack of family-oriented gameplay features. But with the addition of the Toddler life-stage earlier this year, and the new Parenthood game pack last month, TS4 now invites players to have as much family as they think they can handle.  The Sims 4: Parenthood Game Pack Maxis/The Sims Studio Electronic Arts May 30, 2017 PC/Mac Origin, $12,99 At launch, The Sims 4 lacked the Toddler life-stage,...

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Mobile RPGs: A Necessary Experiment

A death foretold happened last week: my laptop, which I had bought pre-owned, died after approximately three years of use. I admit it, I might have played a big role in her demise. I put her through thousands of hours of more intensive gaming than she was built to handle. I know there is a chance that she can still be salvaged, although not in my current financial situation. So, these days, I find myself without a computer to work and play on. It’s a pretty tough spot. To remedy the work part, I bought a pretty sturdy bluetooth...

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WWAC’s Gaming Resolutions for 2017

If resolutions are supposed to be about bettering ourselves, the WWAC games section’s resolutions are about finishing our long-standing obligations, making our own games, and finally tackling our ever-growing to-play lists with verve and vigor. Some of our contributors shared their resolutions for the coming year, and maybe they’ll inspire you to game harder in 2017. Wendy Browne: I’ve neglected Geralt of Rivia for too long. This year, I promise to finally get around to playing The Witcher 3 and reading more of the books the game is based on. Now that I’ve finished up with my Smuggler, I also plan to dig...

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Witchers, Soldiers, a Barrel-Smashing Troll: A First Look at Gwent

Gwent: The Witcher Card Game Publisher: CD Projekt Platform: PC, XBox One Release Date: Currently in Closed Beta Note: This review is of the beta version of Gwent: The Witcher Card Game. I signed up for the closed beta of Gwent: The Witcher Card Game, sometime in July and didn’t give it much thought after that. Until, on the worst possible day, I received an email from CD Projekt inviting me to join the closed beta and download the game. That day was November 8th; I forgot about Gwent on the spot. So, for weeks, the email went ignored...

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