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April 1, 2020 by Tatiora
Over the last several weeks, large and small businesses alike have been forced to shutter their doors amid the COVID-19 crisis. As more and more people are confined to the safety of their homes, one pastime in particular has surged to the forefront: gaming. It's been reported that Nintendo Switch consoles are in short supply as individuals with a suddenly large amount of free time rushed to acquire the systems, gaming usage is up 75% according to Verizon, and Steam has seen record numbers of ...
March 26, 2020 by Tatiora
As I mentioned in a previous blog, I recently backed a Kickstarter campaign for a board game called Marvel United. The combination of the board game’s designer, publisher, and Marvel theme (I love me some Avengers - who’s your favorite?) had me on ‘board’ (I won’t ask for an excuse for the pun) immediately. First off, let me just start by saying this: as a fellow individual in marketing, I applaud their marketing team. The way they ran this campaign was genius. A...
March 25, 2020 by Tatiora
Over the last few months, the Covid-19 Pandemic has changed the way of life for millions of people around the world. Recently in the United States, schools have been closing across the country, prompting educators to do their best to get resources up online so that all learning doesn’t stagnate.   As children and their parents adjust to this temporary new normal, teachers have been working on setting up remote classrooms and teleconference lessons. To help, Google and YouTube ...
March 19, 2020 by Tatiora
I know there’s an overall stereotype about gamers being solitary and reclusive by nature, and while it’s not altogether untrue, there are definitely outliers. I’m one of them, and the coming weeks of isolation are looming over my head like an ominous shadow - dramatic, sure, but that’s not exactly off brand for me. I am an extremely social person. I host dinners and game nights regularly, I go to the gym (albeit not nearly as often as I’d like to), I visit with ...
March 12, 2020 by Tatiora
Ah, Kickstarter: the land of hopes, dreams, and thousands of people with cash to burn. In its earliest days, Kickstarter was a platform that provided creators with a venue for funding projects they otherwise would never be able to do on their own (and for some, couldn’t do even with successful funding).   Nowadays, Kickstarter is still an effective way for indie developers and other small creators to get their projects funded and out in the public eye, but it’s evolv...
March 11, 2020 by Tatiora
Photo Credit: NintendoIn an effort to save its struggling business, GameStop has appointed 3 new members to its executive board, including games-industry legend Reggie Fils-Aimé. He will be joined by former Walmart US President Bill Simon, and PetSmart CEO J.K. Symncyk.  Fils-Aimé announced the news on his personal Twitter on Monday, saying that “The gaming industry needs a healthy and vibrant GameStop.” The former Nintendo President/COO joins the board with a...
March 5, 2020 by Tatiora
Space is fascinating - and, admittedly, a little bit terrifying. While I’ve always had a sense of awe for space exploration and discovery, I wouldn’t say that it’s something that I ever paid particularly close attention to.  My best friend, Brian, however, absolutely loved space and everything associated with it. He followed space launches, read endless articles and content online, and had several space books strewn throughout his apartment. When Offworld Trading Compan...
March 4, 2020 by Tatiora
Last Friday, organizers for the annual Game Developers Conference (GDC) announced the cancellation of their 2020 event in San Francisco amid growing concerns over the coronavirus. Over the past few weeks, multiple companies including Sony, Microsoft, Epic Games, Electronic Arts, Facebook, Kojima Productions, Amazon, and more announced that they would be withdrawing from the event due to safety concerns. “After close consultation with our partners in the game development industry and com...
February 27, 2020 by Tatiora
Ever stop and think to yourself, “Gee, I spend too much time gaming”? ...Yeah, me neither. Back in January, TrueAchievements.com debuted a tool for XBox users called MyDecadeonXBox that will let users see their stats (time logged, achievements earned, etc.) from the past 10 years. Now, since I don’t own an XBox, I’ve dodged this uncomfortable reality, but there are plenty of other things like this that certainly call attention to how much time I spend playing certai...
February 20, 2020 by Tatiora
I love board games. No, seriously, it’s gotten out of hand in the last few years. This is part of what my basement looks like: Yeah, this is only half of it. And yeah, those two black cubbies down there are also full of games.Ahem. Anyway.  It’s honestly been really cool to watch the hobby evolve over the last 10 or so years. I went to my first GenCon in 2014. If you’re not familiar with the convention, it’s been around since 1968 and markets itself as &ldqu...
February 19, 2020 by Tatiora
Sonic the Hedgehog Smashes Box Office Expectations, Holds Record for Highest Opening Weekend of Any Video Game Movie EverParamount Pictures surpassed expectations with Sonic the Hedgehog this weekend, which opened to high praise from audiences and a gross of over $70 million domestically.  Creators of the movie faced internet backlash last year when they revealed the initial design for the titular character. Director Jeff Fowler was quick to answer fans on Twitter after the initial bac...
February 5, 2020 by Tatiora
Earlier this week, a single tweet signaled the upcoming conclusion of a partnership between TCL and BlackBerry. Due to continually slowing growth in the smartphone market, BlackBerry announced via Twitter on Monday that their 4-year partnership would conclude in August of this year.  “We do regret to share however that as of August 31, 2020, TCL Communication will no longer be selling BlackBerry-branded mobile devices,” said a statement on the company’s Twitter page. &l...
February 4, 2020 by Tatiora
Stardock Announces SoundPackager 10: Customize the Windows Sound Scheme NEW SoundPackager 10 Beta available for current Object Desktop MembersStardock announced the next-generation version of its Windows sound scheme manager, SoundPackager 10 today. SoundPackager allows Windows users to instantly change the default sounds on their computer with themed sound schemes called sound packages.  SoundPackager 10 adds cloud access to thousands of different sounds along with a number of all-...
January 30, 2020 by Tatiora
There are dozens of quotes that express something along the lines of “disorganization is a sign of intelligence.”  Well, if that’s true, then my computer is evidence that I’m a dang genius. Don't let the image below fool you - this is definitely an 'after' shot. The above image is after I'd painstakingly organized.Fences has a lot of fantastic features to help with desktop organization (and, admittedly, I don’t take advantage of them as well as ...
January 29, 2020 by Tatiora
Earlier this month at CES, AMD declared that 2020 was the year for “gamers and creators.” Chief Executive Officer Dr. Lisa Su took to the stage during a press conference and announced that AMD’s 3rd generation processors for laptops have officially arrived.  According to Dr. Su, the new Ryzen 4000 series of chips based on the company’s 7nm Zen 2 architecture are the “best laptop processor(s) ever built.” By incorporating the right technology elements, ...