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Microsoft has trouble competing when it comes to exclusive games.

 

One of Microsoft’s highly anticipated games, Scalebound, was canceled. News that shocked many fans eagerly anticipating this Platinum Games Xbox One exclusive. Honestly, this is worse news for Platinum than Microsoft. However, it is important to note that Microsoft has a problem. Where Sony champions their exclusive games, Microsoft still struggles to move past franchises like Halo and Gears of Wars. View full article »

Inclusion Does Not Mean Exclusion

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I welcome diversity in games. Sadly, not everyone feels the same way…

It’s hard for me to understand why I find so many people online and on social media are outraged by women or persons of color taking on lead roles in video games. It boggles the mind, and I’m not just saying this because I’m black. I’m saying this as a fan of video games. Developers choosing to add a diverse cast of characters or main leads who are female, black, gay, transgender, etc. break up the monotony of playing as the same type of generic character that developers usually stick to.

All of the Heroes and Villains from Blizzard's Overwatch.

The diverse cast of Overwatch is a welcome change.

In all honesty, the plain generic white male character is boring. I don’t say this because they are white men. I say this because we have seen their type over and over again. They are the ever lovable sarcastic assholes or the tough-as-nails loner action hero. These characters don’t necessarily need to die, we just need something different and that comes from people of diverse backgrounds creating characters in their own image. View full article »

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2017 games are close, yet so far…

Let just all take a moment to salute the fact that it is only February and video games are absolutely killing 2017. Just look at the picture above! Among critics and fans, these games are making what is considered to be a contentious year bearable. Between a welcomed reinvention of Resident Evil to the arrival of great new IP’s like Nioh and For Honor, everyone has something to be excited about; no matter their taste. Sadly, there is only one problem with this – my ass is broke. View full article »

Pokémon Go Could’ve Been More

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Are you still playing Pokémon Go?

When Pokémon Go came out last summer, it was a bonafide hit. There is no denying that. Cardio exercises increased, outdoor exploration skyrocketed and the number of unwanted individuals was many. Everyone, including myself, boarded the hype train and with good reason. The initial concept of Pokémon Go was fun but simple. Go outside, walk around, find and catch new Pokemon. We all bought into the idea because it was free and expected it to evolve over time.

However, that day never really came. Sure the game introduced holiday events and more Pokémon, but those are not the updates we wanted. At least they weren’t the updates that the game needed to maintain its enormous fan base. I, like many others, became disinterested in the game after catching over 1,000 pidgey.  Soon enough, it disappeared from my phone altogether. I’m left thinking about what could’ve been. View full article »

I’m not going to lie. I died a couple of times while trying to defeat this boss … but you don’t need to see that. Anyway, I had fun taking down this boss. Doom doesn’t have too many bosses. So this was a nice surprise.

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Doom has become the best part of my weekends. Nothing relaxes the mind more than dragging your virtual knuckles through a demon’s skull. What I love most about Doom is how much it retains the feel of the original. It’s fast paced, unapologetic, mindless action makes it fun to power through.

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Some good fun playing For Honor with friends last night. The struggle is real trying to take control of these zones. However, my Peacekeeper put in some work. I’ve really enjoyed this beta. Might buy For Honor soon after release.

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Late night playing the Injustice 2 beta. Practicing my Black Canary. I managed to squeeze a few wins in before this guy started handing me my ass again. Black Canary is an interesting character to play as in Injustice 2. She is great for closing the distance and her Canary Cry works wonders at full range.

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More content from Renegade Plays on YouTube.

Good news everyone! I have a YouTube Channel. It’s nothing much right now. I have three videos uploaded from my plays with the For Honor and Injustice 2 betas. However, I’m hoping to add more every weekend. I’m getting some more gaming done on the weekends and want to share it with everyone!

So far, every video is just gameplay but I’m working on adding commentary in the future. For now, bear with me and I hope you enjoy. Let me know what games you want to see me play and share in the future.

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A picture of Tracer from Overwatch, a game priced at $60 upon release.

How much are certain games worth to you?

How much is a game truly worth? That’s a question I asked myself pretty often. Pricing a video game is very much different than a movie or music album. Yes, we know the standard pricing for a video game is $60, but not every game holds equal value and sometimes I struggle with that.  View full article »

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