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  1. 5 Ways Felicia Day Has Made Gaming More Accessible to Women

    5 Ways Felicia Day Has Made Gaming More Accessible to Women

    AzaleaValkyrie - 01/13/2016 - 06:14 - 0 comments

    She's so much more than a geek icon. Gaming has long been treated as something just for the guys, but why should they get to have all the fun? I was raised on the Commodore 64 and the Nintendo Entertainment System, and I just couldn’t stop there! I can’t even begin to guess how much time I spent on the Sega Genesis and Nintendo 64 when I was a kid. From Kingdom Hearts to Tomb Raider to Heroes of Might and Magic II, I found myself enchanted by any game I could get my hands on. But ...

  2. 10 Ways Video Games Help You In Real Life

    10 Ways Video Games Help You In Real Life

    AzaleaValkyrie - 01/11/2016 - 08:05 - 0 comments

    Have some new excuses to play just one more level. Has a relative or friend ever told you that video games are a waste of time? Fear not, because there are actually a lot of skills that you’ve been secretly learning while gaming your heart out. Here are 10 abilities you’ve gained through video games... 1. Fast Reflexes and Instincts You know that person that always feels the need to say “think fast” before chucking an object at somebody’s head? Thanks to video games, you ...

  3. 10 Video Game Characters I’d Like to Be Friends With

    10 Video Game Characters I’d Like to Be Friends With

    AzaleaValkyrie - 01/11/2016 - 08:50 - 2 comments

    Real life is hard. But games can help! Many people who played video games growing up didn’t have a lot of friends. But playing games brought us a fictional world where we were special when we felt ostracized, where characters relied on us to be the hero when we couldn’t do anything right. Video games are a form of escapism, but who can blame us? We found our power among pixels—it’s no worse than watching television or reading a book. I don’t know about you, but I grew quite at ...

  4. 10 Reasons Guild Wars 2 Is the Best MMORPG Right Now

    10 Reasons Guild Wars 2 Is the Best MMORPG Right Now

    AzaleaValkyrie - 01/11/2016 - 08:07 - 2 comments

    I bet you don't believe that I can prove it. This introduction was the most difficult section of this article to write. How do you convey that a game really is the best current MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game)? After all, that’s kind of subjective. An old writing adage preaches that you should show your point rather than just state that it’s true. Guild Wars 2, in short, is the best MMORPG I’ve tried thus far. It puts an innovative spin on the things you lik ...

  5. Smite Gameplay: 10 Things We Love About This MOBA

    Smite Gameplay: 10 Things We Love About This MOBA

    AzaleaValkyrie - 01/14/2016 - 07:55 - 0 comments

    What is a great MOBA made of? What is it that you look for in a game? Is it graphics? Or do you love to have a good set of characters? When I began to play MOBAs (Multiplayer Online Battle Arenas), I didn't think to ask myself those questions. Something was missing, but I couldn't quite pinpoint what it was. And then I found a MOBA that changed my mind. It had everything—it was gorgeous and full of opportunities for wonderful gameplay like I'd never seen. Better yet, it was still i ...

  6. 10 Reasons Growing Up on PC Games Made Me a Responsible Adult

    10 Reasons Growing Up on PC Games Made Me a Responsible Adult

    AzaleaValkyrie - 01/11/2016 - 08:34 - 1 comment

    There's a lesson in everything we do, even when you're playing as a fat, Italian plumber who does no actual plumbing. A common refrain among parents is that video games will ruin your life. However, I recently realized that there are a lot of ways that playing video games actually helped me to become a responsible adult. Adulthood is definitely scary when it’s looming over your head, but if you take a closer look at the things you love, you can pick up a lot of valuable lessons from them. ...

  7. 10 Ways Steam Has Changed the Gaming Industry

    10 Ways Steam Has Changed the Gaming Industry

    AzaleaValkyrie - 01/11/2016 - 08:14 - 0 comments

    Oh, holy Steam, what all have you brought us? There are certain companies that make you glad to spend your money on their products. And then there’s Valve: the only company that makes you feel grateful for opportunities to give them your money. Valve has brought us many wondrous things. The biggest of these is Steam, the little application that could. Steam is a program that is basically a hub for every computer game you could possibly want, which has changed the gaming industry in ma ...

  8. 5 Game Villains You Should Feel Bad For

    5 Game Villains You Should Feel Bad For

    AzaleaValkyrie - 01/11/2016 - 08:50 - 0 comments

    Who doesn't love to hate a good villain? As Batman once said, “You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.” Many villains are certain that they’re in the right—that they know how to save the world and make it a better place. After enough shady decisions, they’ve descended into villainy and must be stopped by a chipper protagonist. While villains are generally hazardous to the state of the world, you have to remember that they were once ...

  9. Shadow of Mordor Gameplay: 10 Things You'll Love

    Shadow of Mordor Gameplay: 10 Things You'll Love

    AzaleaValkyrie - 01/11/2016 - 08:25 - 0 comments

    Do you have what it takes to simply walk into Mordor? It can often be disappointing to step into the worlds of your favorite movies and books through video games. As a long-time fan of the Lord of the Rings series, I was cautiously optimistic when I heard about Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Of course, I pre-ordered it anyway. After all, I loved The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age and love LotR, on the whole, to the point of being really annoying about it. Are you the kind of person w ...