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I’m in – Hacking in Videogames

Once, on the TV show Pretty Little Liars, a woman hacked a police van being used to transport prisoners. By hacking the on-board computer, she took control of the vans’ steering and made it crash. On the same show, one of the main characters hacks a police computer from her laptop via a Bluetooth USB stick. This, needless to say, is not how hacking works. Video games don’t generally approach hacking with the same laissez-faire attitude towards realism, but they haven’t pinned down an accurate representation of hacking that’s engaging and enjoyable either. From the stick-twiddling style employed by the Batman Arkham series to the Sudoku-esque glyph matching in Mass Effect: Andromeda, there are a myriad of different ways to isolate the node and dump ‘em on the other side of the router.

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Shovel Knight: DLC Done Right

Shovel Knight is one of (relatively few) Kickstarter games which have enjoyed continued success following their campaign and subsequent release. The first outing by developer Yacht Club Games, it shattered it’s original campaign goal of $75,000 when it launched in March 2013, finishing at an impressive $311,502. It promised a return to the challenging platformer of the NES era, with a lush 8-bit aesthetic to match. Come release day in June of 2014, it was clear that it had delivered. Met with widespread acclaim, it currently averages a Metacritic score of 90/100 across seven consoles. There was little time for the devs to rest on their laurels, however, as every one of the stretch goals they had set were met during the initial campaign.

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Women In Gaming

Happy international women’s day! To celebrate I was going to do a piece on some of gaming’s finest female leads (I still might), but then I thought that it might actually be better to highlight some women working in the field of game design and development, and to maybe pay tribute to some unsung talent out here in the real world. Shortly afterwards I realised that I wasn’t aware of any women in the industry. Could not name a single one. This made writing the article somewhat difficult.

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The Best Pets in Gaming

Pets are essential in life. It’s all well and good being a badass superhero and saving the world twice a week, but going home to your fluffiest pal is what makes it all worthwhile. Sometimes these pets even come in pretty handy when saving the world, so, bonus! Below, and in no particular order, are a list of some of the best boys and girls in gaming.

Poochy – Yoshi’s Island

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Couples Co-Op

Let’s preface this by pointing out that these games are perfect for any group of friends or loved ones to play together, at any time of year, and are perfectly enjoyable regardless of romantic holidays or opinions thereof!


 

There’s a thin line that needs to be walked when playing games with friends or significant others. It’s the line between good-natured fun and bitter competition. It’s the line between a fun evening spent gaming with friends versus having to stop and watch TV or do something else that’s less contentious. It’s the line between Mario Kart and Mario Party. Below are compiled some games to be played with those you hold dear, games which make allowances for differences in skill level and don’t leave anyone feeling like dead weight.

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Really Gosh Darn Chill Games

The world is pretty nuts right now, huh? Nations are in turmoil, people’s civil liberties are being threatened, and chances are you’ve got a deadline, or an exam, or a really nasty spot or something. It’s pretty tough staying on top of all the different ways in which things are going down the drain, but everybody has to take a break from that sometime. And you know what’s a good way to relax when everything is going to hell around you? Games. It’s games. So strap in, but also calm down, because there are games and it’s all going to be okay.

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