How Playtonic Raised the Bar For the Industry

Yooka-Laylee is the debut title from Playtonic Games. It is a spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie and a love letter to “buddy-duo” platformers. Yooka-Laylee’s inception was in 2012 when former developers from acclaimed studio Rare decided they wanted to create another iteration of Banjo-Kazzoie. The project was put on hold for a few years until itContinue reading “How Playtonic Raised the Bar For the Industry”

Poochy and Yoshi’s Woolly World (3DS) Review

Poochy and Yoshi are back in a craft-inspired pastel adventure! Kamek is up to no good once again, turning all of the yarn Yoshi into skeins and absconding with them. As one of the few Yoshi remaining, it’s up to the player to work through 6 worlds worth of levels and bosses to recover hisContinue reading “Poochy and Yoshi’s Woolly World (3DS) Review”

New Overwatch Hero Announced: Orisa

A new Overwatch hero was announced today. Meet Orisa, a quadruped robotic tank. Orisa is the sixth tank to be added to Overwatch, and the third new character to be added after the game’s launch last year. An animated short revealing her backstory was released alongside a developer update discussing her abilities. Orisa was created byContinue reading “New Overwatch Hero Announced: Orisa”

WoW’s Community Managers Deserve Respect

World of Warcraft (WoW) players might have heard of Community Managers (CMs). They can be seen posting on forums, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and more. It’s not uncommon for players have an incomplete understanding of what CMs do. Community Managers are far from exclusive to WoW. Community is a vital part of every brand, meaning that CMsContinue reading “WoW’s Community Managers Deserve Respect”

The Legacy of the Wii U

We are only weeks away from the launch of the highly anticipated Nintendo Switch. As we bid farewell to the Wii U, let’s take a look at the legacy it leaves behind. Getting Off on the Wrong Foot Unfortunately, the Wii U seemed doomed from the get-go. With an underwhelming marketing campaign, Nintendo failed toContinue reading “The Legacy of the Wii U”

Overwatch’s Year of the Rooster is Live

January 24th marks the launch of a new holiday event in Overwatch. We mentioned this in a previous article when it was first announced. Now the event is live and there is even more to discuss. Welcome to “Year of the Rooster”, celebrating the real-world Lunar New Year. Lunar New Year is celebrated across manyContinue reading “Overwatch’s Year of the Rooster is Live”

Super Mario Odyssey: First Impressions

Super Mario Odyssey was revealed alongside a slew of other titles for the upcoming Nintendo Switch. Super Mario Odyssey is brought to us by the same teams that worked on Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy.  The two-and-a-half minute trailer brought us just enough information to unpack and try to bestContinue reading “Super Mario Odyssey: First Impressions”

Gaming For A Cause: The Annual Icecrown Challenge

If there’s one thing we’ve seen about the online gaming community in recent years, it’s that they can move mountains when they work together. The World of Warcraft community is in the midst of the Third Annual Icecrown Challenge. Started by Arcane Ratsel, the Icecrown Challenge dares players to speedrun a dungeon from the WrathContinue reading “Gaming For A Cause: The Annual Icecrown Challenge”

Amazon Game Studios Has Big Ambitions With “Breakaway”

Have you heard of Breakaway? Breakaway is one of Amazon Game Studio’s first original Independent Projects (or IP). In 2014, Amazon acquired the streaming platform Twitch for approximately $1 billion. Even before that acquisition, the titan of online commerce has been developing the perfect game for streaming and spectating. That game is Breakaway, a four-vs-fourContinue reading “Amazon Game Studios Has Big Ambitions With “Breakaway””

Beholder Review (PC)

Think back to the world George Orwell dreamed up in 1984. Every move is watched, every action noted. Arbitrary laws pile up while citizens lose track of what is allowed and what is outlawed, let alone who can be trusted. In Beholder, you (the player) can decide to be an instrument of the totalitarian machineContinue reading “Beholder Review (PC)”