by Ian 'Sointact' Scott
by Ian 'Sointact' Scott
by Jared 'VectorSpecter' Chesnut

Once upon a time, I refused to play PvP games. I was just terrible at them, and therefore chose to avoid them. Then in 2010 I started playing League of Legends with my friend John. LoL was fun, but I was still terrible, so I walked away from the PvP realm once again. Over the last year or so however, the genre has drawn me back in.

Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) has been the most popular game on Steam since it came out, overtaking Dota 2 for the most concurrent players - with over three million worldwide.

Microsoft’s offers Xbox Game Pass, a monthly buffet of Xbox 360 and Xbox One games, at $9.99 per month. Up until recently, this service featured an older selection of Xbox One games to compliment the library of Xbox 360 titles, making the service seem a tad questionable unless you had a plethora of titles you needed to catch up on within the last decade.

Final Fantasy XIV continues releasing it’s patch updates, moderately on time, beginning the New Year with Patch 4.2: the Rise of a New Sun update. The update not only brings two new dungeons--one of which being a revamped version of a Heavensward dungeon--but also bringing some really great quality of life updates that a lot of players can feel excited about.

The many genres of music offer a route of expression for every possible emotion and message. Music genres are usually defined by the sound or emotions they convey. Punk is known for being gritty and angst-driven, and so it is defined by that image. This method of definition struggles to take shape in regards to the “video game music” (VGM) genre.

Gaming in 1999 was far different than the industry today. At the end of the millennium, developers were mastering 3D graphics and creating experiences far grander than anything ever seen. One game that has defined this time was Ape Escape for the PlayStation.

Since the time where friends got together and played video games at LAN parties, competitive gaming has grown at an exponential rate. Before, games like Call of Duty, Halo, Street Fighter, and Counter-Strike were at the peak of esports with small tournaments all over the country. Fast-forward to 2018, and now these games - and more - are played in tournaments all over the world.

The story of a game is one of its most important aspects. Some games use it as a selling point, while others use it to accent the rest of the experience. If a game is going to focus on its story to succeed, it needs to deliver that story carefully to be effective.