Web Platform RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Web RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Facebook Gaming is Now a Standalone App https://www.gameskinny.com/02q9y/facebook-gaming-is-now-a-standalone-app https://www.gameskinny.com/02q9y/facebook-gaming-is-now-a-standalone-app Mon, 20 Apr 2020 21:40:53 -0400 Luke Luby

The Facebook Gaming tab for mobile devices has been somewhat popular since its release over a year ago. However, it's popularity has paled in comparison to the likes of YouTube's gaming section, among others, despite relatively few differences between the platforms.

Much of this has been because Facebook has, historically, not wanted to compete with the established giants in the niche, such as Twitch and Microsoft's Mixer. Now, however, this is going to change, according to a recent announcement by the firm.

The company's head of app development, Fidji Simo, has seemingly confirmed that there will be a standalone Facebook Gaming app.

Simo told The New York Times (via TheNerdStash):

Investing in gaming in general has become a priority for us because we see gaming as a form of entertainment that really connects people.

Simo goes on to mention that watching video game streams isn't a passive activity, apparently nodding to the extensive interactions between streamers and viewers. While Simo did seem to confirm that the social media platform will be branching out into the niche, it's unclear as to what it could bring to the table.

Standalone Facebook Gaming Enters a Crowded Market

As it stands, Twitch, YouTube, and Mixer are the industry leaders for gaming apps, with there also being a wealth of smaller platforms. As such, there's quite a large crowd competing for a relatively limited audience. Alongside that, it's unclear as to what Facebook Gaming could offer popular streamers to attract them from these competitors.

There's also the fact that there's little wiggle-room when it comes to innovation in the niche. One of the few things that the social media giant does have is an abundance of users. Whether this translates to success for Facebook's standalone gaming platform, however, remains to be seen.

The Facebook Gaming app is now available for Google Play. iOS support will come when "Apple approves" it. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more. 

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Castlevania Season 3 Review – World-Building or Filler Arc? https://www.gameskinny.com/2p30j/castlevania-season-3-review-world-building-or-filler-arc https://www.gameskinny.com/2p30j/castlevania-season-3-review-world-building-or-filler-arc Thu, 19 Mar 2020 14:48:24 -0400 Thomas Wilde

Since I saw it, I’ve been joking that Season 3 of Netflix’s Castlevania is, in its way, a truly ballsy move by its producers. Netflix is notorious for canceling shows after their third season, so naturally, Castlevania spends all 10 of its newest episodes building up to what promises to be an amazing Season 4. The final episode ought to be entitled “Try Shutting Us Down Now, Boys.”

In general, then, how you feel about this season of Castlevania will depend on one thing above all else: When you watch serial entertainment, do you prefer the journey or the destination?

Are you happy just spending time with characters you like — and would be okay if the whole show was just watching them bust on each other while they eat soup — or do you prefer a show that has a real sense of forward momentum towards its climax?

If you like the former, then Castlevania Season 3 is absolutely your jam. If you enjoy the latter, and I mostly fall into that camp, this season feels like a lot of setup for a payoff that’s not coming anytime soon.

The last couple of seasons of Castlevania, to be fair, have been mostly about the journey. I enjoyed the second season, but the single most apt criticism you can make of it is that a good two-thirds of its running time are chiefly about Trevor, Sypha, and Alucard snarking at each other in the Belmont library. It’s a long, winding road towards the final episodes, but when they arrive, they hit.

The big draw of the Dracula fight isn’t just the visuals, but the multiple layers of catharsis that go into it: In the end, it feels less like the heroes beat Dracula and more that they finally shocked him into committing suicide-by-Belmont. The action is undeniably amazing, but it wouldn’t be as satisfying without that emotional gut-punch, and that’s why you needed a lot of the build-up.

With Dracula dead, Castlevania’s third season ends up in uncharted waters. The series picks up a month after Dracula’s demise, and takes this opportunity to do a little character- and world-building, with four season-long arcs that never actually intersect.

Trevor and Sypha are now a couple, roaming the countryside as freelance monster hunters, while Alucard has withdrawn from the world, living an uncomfortable hermit’s life in the ruins of Dracula’s castle. Hector has been enslaved by Carmilla, the last of Dracula’s generals, and dragged back to her home in Styria; and Isaac is slowly making his way back across the world, gathering an army of monsters on a mission of revenge against Hector for Dracula’s death.

Each of the four arcs does build towards a sort of climax, but three of the four primarily feel like setup chapters for a greater story to be told later. The fourth, Alucard’s, is the clear loser here, as it feels like a textbook “filler arc,” which only serves to kill time and check in with our old vampire buddy.

Granted, filler arcs in other shows usually aren’t this harrowing – there’s a sequence near the end of the season in Alucard’s storyline that had me holding my breath in suspense – but it doesn’t end so much as it stops.

This is, to be fair, a problem I’ve had with a fair amount of Warren Ellis’ work. Ellis, who has a list of British and American comics work as long as your arm, is back as the solo writer on Castlevania’s third season, and his name on the credits is half of why I checked out the series to begin with.

While much of his script is as barbed and clever as the rest of the series has been, there’s a certain thematic bleakness to the third season of Castlevania in particular that, speaking as a fan of Ellis’ from way back, embraces some of his worst qualities as a writer.

Particularly in the last couple of episodes of Season 3, the series seems to relish in a sort of inescapable darkness that wasn’t there in the first two seasons. If the fight against Dracula was about saving the world, then Season 3 asks the question — throughout all four of its central arcs — of whether the world was worth saving to begin with, and it’s making a pretty strong argument that the answer is “no.”

Again, to be fair, this was also how the first season worked. It was all set up for the second season, which in turn, was all set up for its last couple of episodes. If Castlevania does get a fourth season, to pay off on the narrative threads that Ellis is carefully laying down, then it has every chance of being excellent… or at least, for being entertaining for eight or nine episodes before turning every dial to eleven for its climax.

For now, though, I can’t help but be a little annoyed by an entire season that’s effectively spinning its wheels. Very little of Trevor and Sypha’s story feels like it’s going to pay off later, and Alucard’s could be omitted entirely without an issue. Hector is mostly a non-entity, there to watch on the audience’s behalf as the script establishes a new, dynamic council of villains for next season, and you can probably see where his arc is going from very early on.

Isaac, on the other hand, is easily the star of the show. Buoyed by a standout performance by Adetokumboh M'Cormack, who does a great job with conveying complicated reactions with relatively subtle vocal cues, Isaac’s arc is by turns challenging, fascinating, and revelatory. If there’s a single must-see scene this season, it’s Isaac’s campfire conversation in Episode 6, which is easily in the top three single creepiest things in the entirety of the series to date.

I will say that the series is at least trying new things here. The joke going around is that thanks to some unexpected sex scenes in the last episodes, this is the horniest the Castlevania franchise has ever been, which is a pretty fair statement; I’d also go so far as to say that this is the horniest thing that Warren Ellis has written in years. (I’m not even sure what the next work in line would be. Maybe Vivek's sex montage in Injection?)

By the same token, the whole season feels like it’s a deliberate attempt to lay down some groundwork for the future. It expands the series' explored world, going as far away as Japan, and teases a few interesting details about the particular type of vampires that inhabit this universe.

It even brings up a couple of potential justifications for the strange anachronisms — finding modern instant noodles in 18th-century Europe, or wielding a Gatling gun in 1479 — that have become a series trademark. As is Ellis' style, both of the explanations he offers are rich enough concepts that you could end up building a show just around them.

At the end of the day, though, Season 3 of Castlevania left me feeling unsatisfied. It’s the first half of something that could end up being good, but thanks to animation scheduling, the payoff isn’t coming for at least a year. I also found the season's ending too depressing by half, particularly given a couple of sudden swerves in the last couple of episodes.

It's not a waste of time, and I know a fair number of people who really enjoyed Castlevania's newest season. I get the feeling that if and when I see a Season 4, it'll make me appreciate Season 3 a little more for what it's building here. For right now, though, I'm lukewarm on it.

To frame it another way, it's a tough feeling to put into numbers. If you're really feeling persnickety, I'd probably rate Alucard's arc as a 5, Trevor and Sypha's as 8s, Isaac's as a 9, and Hector's Big Vampire Adventure as a 7.

I'd just as soon scribble out the entire rating scale with a black marker and write, "It's Complicated," in the margin.

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Melvor Idle Potion Crafting: From Farm to Bottle! https://www.gameskinny.com/fyfee/melvor-idle-potion-crafting-from-farm-to-bottle https://www.gameskinny.com/fyfee/melvor-idle-potion-crafting-from-farm-to-bottle Tue, 25 Feb 2020 14:20:31 -0500 Ashley Shankle

Potions don't seem all that important when you're early on in your Melvor Idle quest, but as you push through, you'll quickly find they're a boon. Just about everything from combat to crafting and growing to new, overwhelming heights use potions in some way. 

Potions are made via the herblore craft and start out fairly slow. The first potion you can make, Bird Nest Potion, requires you have potato seeds and garum herbs. Getting the potato seeds is as easy as slapping the junior farmer a few hundred times, but getting garum herbs means you need to start dipping into the farming skill.

If you haven't started on the long journey to farming in Melvor Idle, check out my overview guide on the subject here.

The purpose of this guide is to tip you off about the materials you're going to need for potions deeper into the herblore craft, and where to get the materials that aren't growable herbs.

Because you have to grow herbs yourself, herblore is closely tied to farming. Even if you're not starting to make potions now, it's never too late to get started on the farming treadmill.

How to Get Herb Seeds

There are a few enemies that drop herb seeds at random, but your best bets for stocking up on herb seeds are always going to be:

  • Going to Farmlands and beating up farmers
  • Pickpocketing the farmer (once you reach thieving level 30) to get herb sacks, which will grant a random amount of random herb seeds.

You may get them from bird nests from time to time, but they are far more reliably obtained via the above two methods.

Melvor Idle Potions

The table below touches on each type of potion you can make in Melvor Idle, as well as where you can obtain the ingredients that are not herbs. All herbs must be grown from their seeds by you.

The sorts of herbs in order of when you can farm them are as follows:

  • Garum Herb (Farm LVL 5)
  • Sourweed Herb (Farm LVL 15)
  • Mantalyme Herb (Farm LVL 25)
  • Lemontyle Herb (Farm LVL 35)
  • Oxilyme Herb (Farm LVL 50)
  • Poraxx Herb (Farm LVL 60)
  • Snape Grass (Farm LVL 61) (grown in the Allotments category)
  • Pogtayle Herb (Farm LVL 70)
  • Barrentoe Herb (Farm LVL 80)

Take a look at each recipe's required materials and hold onto the ones you know you're going to need once you're of the right herblore level to craft the potions you want.

Potion Name Ingredients
(LVL1) Bird Nest Potion I~IV
5%~30% bird nest drop rate.
1 Garum Herb
2 Potato Seed
Potato Seed: Bird nests, dropped by junior farmer, treasure chests, pickpocketing the farmer
(LVL5) Melee Accuracy Potion I~IV
5%~25% increased melee accuracy rating.
1 Garum Herb
1 Bones
Bones: Dropped by a wide variety of enemies
(LVL10) Melee Evasion Potion
5%~25% increased melee evasion rating.
1 Garum Herb
1 Eyeball
Eyeball: Dropped by enemies in Strange Cave
(LVL20) Ranged Assistance Potion
5%~25% increased ranged accuracy & evasion
1 Sourweed Herb
1 Eyeball
Eyeball: Dropped by enemies in Strange Cave
(LVL20) Controlled Heat Potion I~IV
Automatically start bonfires per charge
2 Sourweed Herb
3 Mahogany Log
Mahogany Log: Woodcutting, or pickpocketing the lumberjack
(LVL25) Magic Assistance Potion I~IV
5~25% increased magic accuracy & evasion
1 Mantalyme Herb
1 Holy Dust
Holy Dust: Dropped by enemies in Holy Isles
(LVL32) Generous Cook Potion
10%~50% chance of 2x food output
1 Mantalyme Herb
2 Swordfish
Swordfish: Fishing
(LVL35) Regeneration Potion I~IV
3%~12% increased hitpoint regeneration
1 Lemontyle Herb
1 Ruby
Ruby: Dropped by an enemy in Giant Dungeon and one in Desolate Plains; pickpocketed from the miner, found mining, and found in pirate booty, elite, and witwix chests
(LVL36) Seeing Gold Potion I~IV
10% chance for silver ore to also produce a gold bar when smithed
1 Mantalyme Herb
1 Silver Bar
Silver Bar: Smithing, and found in elite and pirate booty chests
(LVL40) Fishermans Potion I~IV
Always catch the highest level fish in the area
2 Lemontyle Herb
2 Crab
Crab: Fishing, pickpocketing the fisherman, and killing hermit crabs at Sandy Shores
(LVL42) Skilled Fletching Potion
5%~25% chance to receive 2x items per fletch
2 Lemontyle Herb
2 Bowstring
Bowstring: Purchased from the shop
(LVL45) Ranged Strength Potion
5%~25% increased ranged strength
2 Oxilyme Herb
2 Eyeball
Eyeball: Dropped by enemies in Strange Cave
(LVL45) Gentle Hands Potion I~IV
5% for double thieving rewards
1 Lemontyle Herb
1 Holy Dust
Holy Dust: Dropped by enemies in Holy Isles
(LVL49) Crafting Potion I~IV
5%~15~ chance for double crafting XP
1 Lemontyle Herb
3 Leather
Leather: Bought from the shop, and dropped by cows in Farmlands or Undead Werewolves in Penumbra
(LVL53) Perfect Swing Potion I~IV
10%~80% chance to do zero damage to ores and rune essence
1 Oxilyme Herb
2 Coal Ore
1 Gold Ore
Coal Ore: Bonfire burning, mining, pickpocketing the miner, found in standard chests, dropped by tentacles
Gold Ore: Mining, pickpocketing the miner, found in standard chests
(LVL60) Melee Strength Potion I~IV
2%~12% increased melee strength
1 Poraxx Herb
1 Eyeball
1 Dragon Bones
Eyeball: Dropped by enemies in Strange Cave
Dragon Bones: Dropped by enemies in Dragon Valley
(LVL63) Elemental Potion
5%~25% chance to gain a random elemental rune per craft
1 Poraxx Herb
2 Body Rune
Body Rune: Runecrafting, or dropped by goblins
(LVL65) Magic Damage Potion I~IV
2%~16% increased magic damage
1 Poraxx Herb
1 Eyeball
1 Snape Grass
Eyeball: Dropped by enemies in Strange Cave
(LVL71) Herblore Potion I~IV
1%~6% chance to gain a second potion of a random tier
3 Pigtayle Herb
 
(LVL74) Generous Harvest Potion
5%~25% chance for double harvest
1 Pigtayle Herb
2 Snape Grass
1 Carrot
Carrot: Farming
(LVL85) Diamond Luck Potion I~IV
Your chance to hit an enemy is lucky (roll dice twice and take the better result)
1 Barrentoe Herb
1 Diamond
Diamond: Mining, pickpocketing the miner, dropped by the seething horned elite in Desolate plains, found in elite, pirate booty, and witwix chests
(LVL90) Damage Reduction Potion I~IV
1%~10% increased damage reduction
2 Barrentoe Herb
2 Eyeball
1 Large Horn
Eyeball: Dropped by enemies in Strange Cave
Large Horn: Dropped by elite enemies in Desolate Plains

 

Do you have any tips on quickly leveling farming or the methods you've found fastest to get herb seeds in Melvor Idle? Leave a comment below!

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How to Start Farming in Melvor Idle https://www.gameskinny.com/2q7el/how-to-start-farming-in-melvor-idle https://www.gameskinny.com/2q7el/how-to-start-farming-in-melvor-idle Mon, 24 Feb 2020 13:38:33 -0500 Ashley Shankle

Melvor Idle is one of the few idle games I've played that forces you to switch the tasks you are working on at any given time, meaning if you intend to progress in any field, you need to measure what you put your effort into.

Farming is one of the few tasks that doesn't require you to actively take care of it. You're not actively chopping wood, mining ore, or trying to stab enemies to death. Your only real task is to get seeds, plant the seeds, and let nature do the work.

Why Bother with Farming in Melvor Idle?

If you've been cooking a bit, you may notice you can't cook vegetables since they're not available from the drop-down menu. That's because you don't need to cook your home-grown crops to eat them for health.

At the time of writing, you have two primary options for healing:

  • Catch and cook fish
  • Farm and harvest crops

Fishing requires you take your attention away from another task to both catch the fish and to cook them, not to mention the investments in cooking fires for more efficient cooking.

Since you can set and forget farming vegetables, it seems like the more appealing option. However, it takes a long time to get your farming level high enough to plant and harvest vegetables that heal you a worthwhile amount, and cooked fish does a better job of it overall.

The big draw to farming in Melvor Idle is herbs used to make potions under the herblore craft.

How to Get Started Farming

As with all things in this game, you're going to have to claw your way up to get to the real good stuff. Unfortunately, that takes a bit longer when farming than with most other tasks.

You need two things to be a successful farmer: seeds and compost. Seeds are easier to get than compost, but compost is required for a successful harvest.

How to Get Seeds

Melvor Idle bird's nest.There are three primary ways to get seeds, two of which are combat-based. The easiest, though, is your good friend, woodcutting.

  • Woodcutting — When you chop wood, there's a chance you will obtain a bird's nest for your efforts. You can open bird's nests to receive a slew of random seeds.
  • Fighting farmers — Head to the Farmlands combat area and check out what the three farmers may drop. The junior drops beginner seeds, adult drops mid-tier seeds, and master drops higher level seeds.
    • Some other enemies do have seeds on their drop lists, but farmers are your best bet.

Melvor Idle farmer list.

  • Stealing from the farmer — Once your thieving level reaches 30, you'll be able to steal from a farmer. This can grant a random seed on a successful steal.
  • Harvest crops you have a mastery of 11 or above with — There's a chance you will get a seed when harvesting plants you're familiar with. Mastery 11, to be exact. The chance increases with mastery level.
How to Keep Your Plants from Dying: Compost

Naturally, farming couldn't be as easy as slapping a bunch of seeds in the ground and letting them do their thing. Nope! Instead, you need to give the ground some tender love and care using compost before you plant seeds.

You'll notice before you plant a seed that there is a compost level, which allows you to place up to five composts in the ground before planting.

Adding compost to a seed when planting it in Melvor Idle.

At five composts, your seeds will be guaranteed to grow to full plants. Using compost is the only way to guarantee your crops will come to fruition until you reach mastery 50 with a crop.

Also, surprise: You don't get any farming XP if your crops die. So you definitely want to slap some compost on there.

There are three ways to get compost:

  1. Bought from the shop for 500 coins each
  2. Dropped by adult and master farmers at the Farmlands
  3. Pickpocketed from the farmer once you're at thievery level 30

At the start, you will probably have to rely on buying compost from the shop. It seems pricey, but if you've got a good economy going via woodcutting or what have you, it's not a big deal to buy a slew of compost all at once.

Make sure to place your compost before planting a seed. You will not be able to apply compost after you have already planted. Be careful when planting.

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That's it for Melvor Idle's farming mechanics, which are more simple than they first appear. It's a bit of a run around to get started farming, but it's easy as pie once you're chopping wood all night to get the seeds and money that come with it.

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Sexism Prevents Female Gamers from Achieving the Same Level of Popularity as Their Male Peers https://www.gameskinny.com/vbhew/sexism-prevents-female-gamers-from-achieving-the-same-level-of-popularity-as-their-male-peers https://www.gameskinny.com/vbhew/sexism-prevents-female-gamers-from-achieving-the-same-level-of-popularity-as-their-male-peers Fri, 12 Jul 2019 15:58:04 -0400 JacobDennis

Ever notice how the vast majority of top streamers on twitch are male?

It's probably not surprising to hear that since video game personalities and competitors are generally male, and there is nothing wrong with that. At least there's nothing wrong with it if everyone was competing on a level playing field.

Female personalities trying to get to similar levels of popularity face very different challenges compared to male streamers.

Female personalities are generally reduced to being a girl, and being very attractive rather than having actual merit in their respective games. Quite often the attention that certain female gamers get is only attributed to their gender, which can often be a very harmful thing to hear when they know that they deserve more recognition for their accomplishments.

Take for instance popular streamer itsHafu.

Her gaming career started over a decade ago when professional gaming was not viable as a career choice. She won tournaments in World of Warcraft, Bloodline Champions, and spent most of her streaming career playing Hearthstone arena (which she has recently quit). Hafu was well known as a top arena player consistently placing within the top 100, with several showings in the top 30.

Over the last several years she has steadily grown her following. At the time of her retirement from playing Hearthstone, she would average at around 2000 viewers. Recently she has been playing the new auto-battler from Riot Games, Teamfight Tactics, which has exploded in popularity. Since her switch over to the new game, she has been averaging in the area of 10,000 viewers every stream.

To further her claims as being a very talented eSports professional, she was recognized by Riot Games as being the number one player during the game's beta period. With all these accomplishments, pretty much anyone would be able to say that her popularity is driven by her talent at her chosen games, and her otherwise very well run stream.

Unfortunately, not everyone would agree with her success.

Many of her accomplishments have been dismissed as her getting carried, the games not counting, or her getting lucky. Many people would say that there are dozens if not hundreds of men that are better than her. This is a problem that she would speak very candidly about after Riot Games' recognition of her Teamfight Tactics ranking.

 

The sad part is that this is relatively common. Hafu clearly deserves to have her achievements recognized, but people seem reluctant to do so because she is a woman.

It's not just about accomplishments being reduced to nothing, but rather their entire online persona can be called into question depending on how they present themselves.

A large number of female streamers end up having their conventional beauty be both a boon to career and their biggest setback.

Streamers such as Pink Sparkles and Amouranth both market themselves as sexy women who use said sexuality to attract people. This is perfectly fine. People are allowed to use whatever they have to their advantage and if that means being sexual, then more power to them.

Pink Sparkles and Amouranth are more akin to pin-up models playing video games than outright sex icons. They are very aware of the fact that they are using their sexuality to their advantage and it is 100% within their control, which is why they do not care that maybe their streams are more risque.

However, it results in a lose-lose situation for them and other streamers.

A popular term to describe female streamers like this is "Twitch thot". This term helps to ruin female streamers' ability to exist on the platform. Any woman, whether she uses her sexuality or avoids it completely, can be called this for basically no reason. It removes any amount of quality from their stream or their popularity and boils it down to, "You're hot, so creepy guys follow you".

It's an insult to what they do because it takes their agency away. When they or anyone else is being called a "Twitch thot", it robs them of that agency, and the viewer is trying to take control of the streamer's sexuality by telling them that they should cover up more or that they are popular just because of their body.

Even when it's not about their body, female streamers may have their viewers focus on other aspects of them.

The most popular female Twitch streamer, Pokimane, deals with people worrying about her personal life. Frequent topics of debate include: does she have a boyfriend, why is she hiding her boyfriend, and is she hiding her boyfriend to get more donations from her fans. This is a continuous problem that has plagued her for several years.

This unhealthy obsession with her life stems from people not understanding that the relationship they have with a streamer is almost 100% one-sided. The viewers do not know a streamer, nor do they hang out. Rather the streamer lets the public in on their lives akin to how celebrities have their lives followed. Viewers often do not understand that and believe that they are entitled to know more about the streamer than they deserve.

The streamer is allowed to set whatever boundary they want with their audience.

All of these are unhealthy topics for people to obsess over about a person that they only have a parasocial relationship with. In some of Pokimane's IRL videos, she actually ends up talking about some of these topics to dissuade the rumors.

Fortunately, everything listed above can be seen as female gaming personalities challenging the problems they face and coming out on top. There are several less fortunate people that have gone through much worse.

Bocchi is a 15-year-old trans-female competitive Super Smash Bros. Ultimate player who recently gained a lot of notoriety for beating long-time player Ally. Bocchi mained the low-tier character Isabelle and managed to barely eke out a win against Ally's Snake. The match was absolutely insane and she took the win in a very stylish fashion.

Fast forward a day or two and Bocchi starts to get harassed for the amount of notoriety that she gained. Many people on Twitter were claiming that she did not deserve the boost in popularity, that her win was a fluke, and that she was actually bad at the game.

Sound familiar yet?

Bocchi, being 15, could not reasonably expect this to happen, nor really handle the backlash that she received. At the time of writing, she was disabled her twitter account and turned down a deal for Gravity Gaming to become both a competitor and a content creator.

One of the worst parts is that at a similar time, 17-year-old newcomer Puppeh placed 5th at CEO 2019 beating top Smash players Samsora, Abadango, and Nairo, all while playing mid-tier Pokemon Trainer.

Was this particular accomplishment more noteworthy than Bocchi's? Maybe, but the more important thing to note is that Puppeh did not receive backlash for beating top smashers with a mid-tier character, nor did he get harassed by people saying his victories did not count.

Puppeh and Bocchi both deserve a lot of credit for the accomplishments that they have, but Bocchi managed to be the right gender for people could not accept her accomplishments. No one knows if or when Bocchi will return despite the outpouring of support that she has gotten in the wake of people putting her down.

These are just a few examples of the wide variety of problems that female gaming personalities go through just for trying to do what they enjoy. Hafu just wants her accomplishments to be recognized, Amouranth and Pink Sparkles do not want their sexuality to be the only thing that defines them even if it is their main selling point, Pokimane does not want people to creepily obsess over her personal life, and Bocchi just wanted to improve and be a good Smash Bros. player.

The vast majority of people in every gaming community are male, and that is for the most part, fine. In fact, it wouldn't be much of a stretch to say that most of the men are not the problem, but a vocal minority of guys that decry female Twitch streamers and competitors as bad at games or as "Twitch thots" need to either change or stop their harassment.

Remember, if you don't like a stream, or you don't think someone is good at a game they are popular for playing, you can always just not watch them, and support other people rather than harassing them.

It's that simple, but a lot of people need to change to make that dream a reality.

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Report Projects Video Games Industry to Hit $179 Billion By 2024 https://www.gameskinny.com/mk6sw/report-projects-video-games-industry-to-hit-179-billion-by-2024 https://www.gameskinny.com/mk6sw/report-projects-video-games-industry-to-hit-179-billion-by-2024 Tue, 04 Jun 2019 10:32:35 -0400 Glitchieetv

The Video Game Market Report: Trends, Forecast, and Competitive Analysis, which measures trends and forecasts growth in the video game world, was recently released by Research and Markets. Looking at key factors such as competition, new product development, emerging markets, and key companies, it is an in-depth evaluation of the past, present, and future of the video game market around the world.

Spanning 207 pages, the report offers an array of projections for the future of the worldwide video games industry. Using market trend analysis collected from 2013 through 2018, the report breaks down where the market is heading, leading to an estimated growth of 6.4% between 2019 and 2024. This growth is projected to see the industry hit $179 Billion by 2024.

Forecast to continue their dominance, shooter games will remain the largest gaming segment due to their appeal across all age groups. According to the report, driving these games will be the "constant improvement in graphics quality which provides real-life" style progression. 

Smartphone games are expected to have the largest growth as well as be the biggest device segment of the market. With popular games, such as PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) getting mobile versions as well as storage capacity increases, the ease of access leads the report to position mobile gaming as a major growth sector in coming years.  

The report acknowledges that emerging nations will not only contribute to mobile gaming, but they will also contribute to the Asia Pacific region reigning supreme in terms of growth and usage. With the growth of high-speed internet and smartphone technology in these areas, not only will mobile games see growth, but online-based video games will grow as well. 

Sony, Microsoft, Activison Blizzard, Google, Electronic Arts, and more were studied as key leaders in the market. Their current product offerings as well as products in development were analyzed.

Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality are expected to have a large impact on the direction of the market. Not only are these devices and technologies used for entertainment, but they can be used for academic and practical, skills-based application as well. 

A PDF of the full report currently costs $4,850. 

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Roguelike Vambrace: Cold Soul Available Now https://www.gameskinny.com/yt2sf/roguelike-vambrace-cold-soul-available-now https://www.gameskinny.com/yt2sf/roguelike-vambrace-cold-soul-available-now Wed, 29 May 2019 09:44:22 -0400 Glitchieetv

Vambrace: Cold Soul is now available for purchase on Steam and Good Old Games (GoG). While the game has only been out for about 24 hours, it is already getting rave reviews. During the first week of its release, players who buy the game will receive a 10% discount. 

The rougelike adventure tale takes place in the frozen town of Icenaire. The town has been cursed by the King of Shades, barricaded behind an enchanted frost wall; the town is now overrun with wraiths. Players take the role of Evelia Lyric, the only person able to enter Icenaire since it has been overtaken. 

Delearch is the main hub of the game, a city below Icenaire. Here, Icenaire's former inhabitants struggle for survival as the King of Shades' power continues to grow. Now living in the former dwarven kingdom are drow, elves, humans, foxier, and, of course, dwarves.

Each race has their own goals, locations to explore and side quests that can be taken up. Completing side quests gives you different attire for Evelia, including lingerie and a Sherlock inspired piece.

Featuring turn-based combat with 10 separate classes, Vambrace is steeped in strategy. With traps, savage enemies, limited supply capacity, and limited money, battles can be ruthless in the beginning. Players should take care to hire the best combatants for their teams, otherwise, they all may perish. 

While Vambrace is only released on Steam and GoG at the moment, a console release for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One is planned for the third quarter of 2019. Check out our guide to not dying for some beginner tips.  

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Enter Mixer Season 2: Rising to the challenge of Twitch https://www.gameskinny.com/uvw42/enter-mixer-season-2-rising-to-the-challenge-of-twitch https://www.gameskinny.com/uvw42/enter-mixer-season-2-rising-to-the-challenge-of-twitch Fri, 02 Nov 2018 12:18:45 -0400 Gabriella Graham

The Microsoft-owned video game streaming service, Mixer, has announced all new features for it's self-declared "Season 2" for users. When their biggest opponent in the streaming game is Twitch, owned by Amazon, they can't afford to pull any punches when crafting a one-of-kind experience.

Naturally, the Mixer team needs to attract quality streamers as well as viewers, and that means they need to help their creators get paid. Most of their new features solve that conundrum while simultaneously offering more user-friendly options than the technical world of MixPlay.

So what's new?

Season 2 comes with a compact list of new and upcoming features for viewers and streamers alike to enjoy:

Skills

With building a truly engaging experience at its core, Mixer rolls out a slew a new interactive options for chat. This includes gifs, animated stickers, and even graphic effects like laser shows, fireworks, and bouncing beach balls (just in time for fall).

As an added bonus - and an extra incentive streamers are sure to notice - the use of Skills financially benefits your favorite creators. To use skills, however, you'll need Sparks.

Sparks Patronage

Audiences earn "Sparks" simply by watching streams, which isn't altogether new to Mixer. However, now they can then spend that completely free to earn currency on creators' channels, via either MixPlay interactive buttons or those new Skills.

Sparks add up over time toward milestones that correlate to financial payouts for streamers. This mean you can help creators pay their bills without dishing out on donations.

Embers

As the flip-side of Sparks, this patronage is of the paid variety. Special -- dare I say "enhanced" -- skills can only be unlocked with embers. Using this flashier skill set in chats also leads to bigger payouts for streamers.

 

Progression

Think of Mixer Progression as viewer rankings or levels rewarded based on participation. With the recognition that not everyone can afford to donate and subscribe, these ranks or levels consider more than financial contributions. In fact, they extend to cover a user's involvement in chats, skill use, daily activity, and even applause received from other viewers.

Gain points through your actions to unlock higher ranks, not to mention new skills. At the bottom rung lie viewers and at the top you'll see VIPs, with various other titles in-between.

Just note that those last two features are still coming soon, including the Applause action mentioned above.

When competition benefits the user experience, everybody wins

"Our ambition is to deliver the most engaging, community-first live streaming service." - Natalie Domingo, Head of Partnerships

According to GeekWire, Mixer hit 20 million monthly active users this past June. This growth is nothing to scoff at considering it started at 100,000 when Microsoft stepped in in 2016. The only problem? Twitch clocks in at a whooping 15 million daily active users. Ouch. That leaves some major ground for Mixer to cover if they truly want to compete. 

We'll have to wait and see if Season 2 successfully propels Mixer even further.

Will you be taking advantage of Mixer Season 2? The variety in Mixer's new currencies takes the place of advertisers vying for their chance in the spotlight - does this difference influence the platform you jump to? Or are you swayed most by a handful of already beloved streamers? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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CryptoPups Mixes the Pokemon Daycare with Cryptocurrency https://www.gameskinny.com/8h4fo/cryptopups-mixes-the-pokemon-daycare-with-cryptocurrency https://www.gameskinny.com/8h4fo/cryptopups-mixes-the-pokemon-daycare-with-cryptocurrency Mon, 05 Feb 2018 14:46:10 -0500 It's Gavin!

The cryptocurrency phenomenon, while interesting, is very polarizing. This might be an obvious statement, but the phenomenon has been somewhat soured with the recent shutdown of Bitconnect and the fluctuating price of Bitcoin. This also means that it's impossible to escape the discussion, even in video games. This is shown with the emerging "blockchain" genre and its newest title: CryptoPups.

The game, currently on presale, has players collect and breed dogs that they can trade or keep. Thanks to the game's use of digital currency (specifically Ethereum), each dog has monetary value whilst making these trades safe and trackable. 

Loki Studios, the creators of CryptoPups, promises to not mess with the market, stating in the official press release: 

"Thanks to the blockchain technology, the development team are prohibited from having puppies themselves and are not able to tamper with the 'ecosystem' of the economy in any way, allowing players to feel safe in their investment."

The studio also expressed hope for the genre as a whole, stating:

"We believe blockchain games will be an ever growing market and will not only attract people familiar with things like cryptocurrencies but will seek to bring in newcomers and help them learn about the technology behind things like Bitcoin and Ether."

This pre-sale ends on Feburary 11th, and there are only 2,000 puppies that will be sold. Only two puppies can be sold per wallet, and a single puppy costs 0.01eth. 

What do you think about this genre? Let me know in the comments -- I'd love to hear your opinion. 

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Best Games to Play Over Thanksgiving https://www.gameskinny.com/crud5/best-games-to-play-over-thanksgiving https://www.gameskinny.com/crud5/best-games-to-play-over-thanksgiving Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:31:54 -0500 Sarah Elliman

There have always been traditions similar to Thanksgiving, sending prayer to whoever for the bounty and harvest you have received in the year. A lot of Thanksgiving traditions we practice today go as far back as the English Reformation. People seek the spiritual, in the hope that’ll give them direction, and good fortune for the next year.

Thanksgiving has been popularized by North America, with other countries following similar traditions. So to get you in the Thanksgiving mood for 2017, we have searched high and low, for the best video games to get you ready for the holidays.

Assassin’s Creed 3 (2012)

Assassin’s Creed 3 covers a lot of North American culture from the French and Indian Wars, to the very end of the American revolution. Furthermore, you get to experience these important events of American history through the eyes of Connor, a Native American, helping the country to gain its independence. The tradition and history will prepare you for the Thanksgiving festivities and give you a fresh perspective on American history. The treatment of Native Americans is certainly eye-opening with Assassin’s Creed 3.

There has always been continued debate on which state held the first Thanksgiving, this is mainly an argument between New England (where Assassin’s Creed takes place) and Virginia. Thanksgiving proclamations also used to be given by the local clergymen up until 1682, where it was then handed over to the state. George Washington, who is a featured character in the game, was known for issuing these proclamations within his time, amongst other notable achievements. So when you see George Washington you can think fondly of Thanksgiving.

Sid Meier’s Civilization IV: Colonization (2008)

As the title may indicate, this stand-alone Civ title focuses on colonization, specifically of Middle and South America. You take control of a colony under one of four countries -- England, France, Spain or the Netherlands, while your goal is to declare independence and win against your motherland. While building your colony's trade and resources, your monarch will slowly make more and more demanding tributes from you. This will keep increasing until you declare your independence.

This game will take you back to the moment of American conception, right up to the fight for independence, so you can witness the story in your own way. What better game to play to get you in the mood for Thanksgiving?

Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs (2006)

This is the first expansion to the world renowned, Age of Empires III. The expansion is based around Native American civilizations. You get vastly different units, supports, and improvements that are focused on Native American culture. There are 16 tribes within this expansion including the Sioux, Iroquois, Cheyenne, Apache, and Navajo. Each Native civilization has different unique technologies that are specific to that tribe.

This expansion offers you the option of focusing on an integral part of American culture and history -- the Native American tribes. Without the help of the Native Americans, Thanksgiving may never have become the prominent holiday it has. Beginning to understand Native culture, even in a basic way, pays tribute to the wonderful people who showed undeniable kindness and integrity.

Empire: Total War (2009)

This installment in the strategy-based Total War focuses on the period of European growth and colonization. You choose an 18th century faction, with the goal to achieve domination over various countries and continents. Aah the sweet, deadly scent of Imperialism rears its head once again. The interesting aspect of this Total War installment is that is has a special campaign mode that purely focuses on the United States. This campaign starts from the settlement of Jamestown through to American Independence.

The United States campaign is especially fitting for your Thanksgiving festivities as it presents you with the very early history of America. Furthermore, this version of Total War was praised at the time of release for being one of the most sophisticated strategy games on the market. You can enjoy your Thanksgiving festivities along with a highly recommended game.

Town of Salem (2014)

This browser-based game swept everyone up in a fervor when it was released. Town of Salem is highly addictive and if you win as one of the baddies, there is a huge sense of achievement. You can also purchase it on Steam if you want to add it to your library. My greatest moment was being in the Mafia three times in a row and winching each time, some of the same people carried over into each game so it was incredibly entertaining.

We chose Town of Salem because it’s incredibly easy to pick up and get to grips with, without having to spend any money. Furthermore, all the characters are dressed up in period clothing, giving you a Thanksgiving-esque vibe and preparing you for the joys of the holiday. Hopefully you won’t have to re-enact the game at your Thanksgiving dinner.

South Park (1998)

The popularity of The Stick of Truth and The Fractured But Whole can’t be understated, but what you may not know, is that there was a South Park game released way back in 1998 for the N64, PC, and PS1. If you own any of these platforms, including the PS2 as it's backwards compatible, then you can play this game for only $6.99!

South Park is a first-person shooter that sees you facing off against a variety of enemies from the TV show after a comet crashes into Earth. You mostly deal with rabid mutant turkeys that you must destroy after they run rampant through the town of South Park. Considering that Thanksgiving is normally celebrated with turkey, this is the perfect game to get you in the holiday spirit.

Seasons After Fall (2016)

Seasons After Fall is a visually stunning game that allows the player to traverse the world through its different seasons. Your ultimate goal is to reunite the lost spirits of each season. You start in fall, running around as an adorable fox in a beautifully crafted, platforming environment. 

The colors are vivid and the landscapes are incredibly diverse. The artwork is so incredible that you'll feel as though the magic of the seasons is with you in your home. This will undoubtedly prepare you for Thanksgiving.

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Those were some of the best Thanksgiving games to play over the holiday this year. Have you got any favorite games you enjoy playing over Thanksgiving or think that we've left something glaring off our list? Let us know in the comments.

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Gift Guide: The Best Gifts for YouTubers and Streamers https://www.gameskinny.com/efvrl/gift-guide-the-best-gifts-for-youtubers-and-streamers https://www.gameskinny.com/efvrl/gift-guide-the-best-gifts-for-youtubers-and-streamers Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:49:54 -0500 Sarah Elliman

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There was our gift guide that will suit your YouTuber or streaming buddies perfectly! 

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What did you think of the guide? Are there any gifts you think are perfect for content creators? Let us know in the comments!

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Razer BlackWidow Mercury Edition Keyboard

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Price: $149.99
Buy it on: Amazon

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The price tag does jump significantly with this piece, but if the person you’re purchasing for is serious about gaming or about their online platform, then this keyboard is perfect. This keyboard offers maximum response times, so you can play your best every single time. However, it does mean if a match doesn’t go well you can’t blame the keyboard.

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The most beautiful part about this item is the programmable back-light keys -- so many pretty colors. Side note, if your friend doesn't use Razer than it is best to stick to the equipment brand they use.

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Razer DeathStalker Keyboard

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Price: $43.31
Buy it on: Amazon

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Once again, every aspiring YouTuber or Streamer needs good equipment, no matter what content they are creating. This is one of the lower-end Razer keyboards, but all their keyboards are expertly made. Whether you’re editing videos or filming your gaming content, having a good keyboard is key to your success. It would be hard to work without them.

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Recon 320 Gaming Headset

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Price: $39.95
Buy it on: Turtle Beach

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Having a good headset is key to getting the audio on your videos perfect and for fine-tuning the audio on your streams. Even if your friend isn’t a gaming content creator, a good headset goes a long way. This headset focuses on clarity of sound, both in games or in chat. It is easy to set-up and you don’t need to be exceedingly techy to understand how it works.

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Glitch Pillow Plush

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Price: $25
Buy it on: Amazon

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If your friend is going to get thirsty while streaming, then they are definitely going to get uncomfortable. Sitting in the same position for long periods of time is something nobody wants to do. You can make their streaming lives easier with this adorable pillow, so they can stream in style and comfort.

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Eat, Sleep, YouTube, Repeat Unisex T-Shirt

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Price: $19.50
Buy it on: Redbubble

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The motto printed on this shirt couldn’t be more adequate in explaining the hectic lives of most YouTubers -- you may have already heard from your favorite channels how much work goes into making one video. The work load can be exhausting, and it's realistic to expect all they have time to do is 'Eat, Sleep, and YouTube.' Also, they may have some very angry subscribers if they're late with content when they don't stick to your schedule. This T-shirt is perfect for your hard-working YouTuber friend.

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Pac-Man Pinky Ghost Plush

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Price: $15.99
Buy it on: Amazon

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Nobody likes to be alone all the time, and when you’re streaming or creating videos sometimes it may feel that way. That is why you should gift your friend an adorable desk buddy, like the cute little pink ghost shown above. You can get creative with this and find an item that suits your friends interests and hobbies. Gaming wise, Pac-Man inspired gifts are always a safe bet. Plus they're always super adorable!

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Twitch Tumbler Cup

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Price: $15
Buy it on: Etsy

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Streaming is not the easiest activity in the world -- the constant commentary for hours on end can take its toll while streaming. So, why not invest in a cup sporting the Twitch logo? Streamers can keep themselves hydrated through those five-hour streams while supporting the very platform they use! There is no doubt that this tumbler cup will be useful for anyone who is an avid streamer.

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Cell Phone Camera Lens ZPTONE

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Price: $11.99
Buy it on: Amazon

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We are all aware that vlogging has taken the internet by storm and many YouTubers have already incorporated this style of video into their channel. Your friend could be out in the world and spot a perfect vlogging opportunity, but perhaps they don’t feel their camera is up to the job. This easy clip-on lens can turn a wide variety of devices into a vlogging machine, able to capture more content at a more consistent quality.

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Twitchin': The Basics of Twitch Streaming for Beginners

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Price: $3.51-$9.99
Buy it on: Amazon

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This book is the closest you'll get to a Twitch for dummies. Well it’s a bit nicer than that, but you get the point. This is an ideal item for someone who is starting out in the streaming scene and wants to understand the platform. It can be tricky when you’re learning the ins and outs of something new, so having a guide can be really beneficial. Furthermore, if your friend own a Kindle, or has the app, it cuts the price down to $3.51!

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Retro Vintage YouTube Poster

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Price: $5.45-$12.28
Buy it on: Etsy

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Etsy is a wonderful site to find unique and handcrafted items that suit your interests. This expertly-made poster is a fantastic way to inspire your friend to get up and make some videos. In addition, if they love what they do, then this poster is a great reminder that they have found something that makes their time worthwhile.

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YouTube boasts a following of over one billion people, with most users watching hours upon hours of content created for the site. Furthermore, the popular streaming medium, Twitch.tv, boasts 15 million active users daily! These entertainment mediums have become ingrained in our culture and many people use these platforms to replace watching TV.

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So, there is a fair chance you know an aspiring YouTuber or streamer trying to make their way in the digital realm. Or, you know someone who has already "made it" and you’re looking for the perfect gift for them. Look no further as our gift guide will present you with the perfect presents for your YouTuber or streaming buddies.

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GOP Arcade: Turning Political News into Playable Games https://www.gameskinny.com/uhgrb/gop-arcade-turning-political-news-into-playable-games https://www.gameskinny.com/uhgrb/gop-arcade-turning-political-news-into-playable-games Tue, 14 Nov 2017 12:11:30 -0500 ThatGamersAsylum

Many of us gamers play video games as an escapist outlet to get away from all the stresses of the world. This has become perhaps no more important than now, when we are in an interconnected world where everyone is willing to share #FakeNews stories, whether from Russian Trolls or the "Failing" New York Times, to your Facebook wall or Twitter feed. All of this is precisely why you came to a video game website: so that you could escape all of that. And yet my editor hates me, so here we are talking about the GOP Arcade instead.

The GOP Arcade is a set of 12 satirical games created to lampoon the GOP during last year's presidential election cycle. Some of these titles, like Trump’s Pu**y Grabber, reflect specific events, in this case the Access Hollywood tape. Others, like Trump Toss, reflects policies and the attitudes behind them, specifically immigration policies concerning Mexicans and the border wall. And yet others still, like Angry Old and Thoughts and Prayers: The Game are as much about a reflection on the GOP as our society at large. While I won’t inundate you by talking about all 12 games, I would like to go over a few of them here.

Beware: We are legally required to make sure that you’re aware that this is a trigger zone. If you are susceptible to being triggered by satire, flashy lights, or -- dare I say -- facts, then you might want to turn back now. But be sure to share this first!

The Voter Suppression Trail

The Voter Suppression Trail is brought to us by a partnership with what our President likes to call the “Failing” New York Times. From the onset, it tasks you with, "Finding out if your vote can survive the adventure of American democracy” all tied up in a neat little package influenced by the classic edutainment game Oregon Trail, a game the GOP can truly appreciate since it was based during the times when America was still great.

First, you choose which character you will play as.

I choose to role play as myself; I played as the white guy.

The game hints at potential challenges on your way to the polling station, but I merely entered the voting facilities and was in and out in a little over a minute. While I didn’t play as either of the people of color, I can’t imagine it’d be any different. This lack of struggle really makes for both an uninteresting story and gameplay. I can’t help but feel like the message was lost somewhere in the mix.

I'd like to note that I’m not racist, I merely enjoy pretending to be willfully oblivious to the plights of anyone that is not myself while I write articles.

Angry Olds

Angry Olds stars the disembodied heads of several old, white guys in an Angry Birds style game. Except, instead of overthrowing the pigs, you are overthrowing all of the things that old people hate, like Obamacare, Gay Rights, and Civil Rights. The one thing I can't help but wonder is where are all the grannies? Is it propositioning that grannies are just woke? 

The metaphor comes across strong in a slap you in the face sort of way. You literally launch these grandpas from a slingshot, with the word "VOTE" plastered along the side, into buildings made of blocks with the names of government programs and movements etched into them, such as Obamacare, Gay Rights, and Immigration. The pigs are replaced by children. TNT boxes function the same, except now they say "Trump" on the side. Presumably because Trump's leadership is explosive, which I think is a statement both sides can agree on in some form or fashion.

Just in case the message wasn't clear enough, when you complete a level it is capped off with a sarcastic, congratulatory quip like,"That'll teach 'em to hide behind social justice!" as your dying wishes cast immigration reform, gay rights, and civil rights into a pile of rubble. 

All that being said, somehow a poppy rendition of “Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone”, which is tucked away on the victory screen, makes all of your injustices melt away. Suddenly I look forward to being able to do just the same when I get old. You know what they say, every grandparent looks forward to the possibility that their generation is the one that ensures there are no other generations. 

Bomb The Right Place

The name of Bomb the Right Place is relatively on point; it'd be like if Call of Duty was named, "Run around like a chicken with your head cut off and shoot anything that moves", or RALACWYHCOASATM for short. From the onset, you are informed that America is viewed as weak and that the only way to solve this is by bombing your way to respect. (Also how I got my girlfriend's parents to like me.)

You are then informed of enemy movement and given the option to either seek diplomacy or BOMB THEM! If you choose diplomacy, you instantly get a game over while being ensured that your enemies will walk over you. Choosing to BOMB THEM places a map of the Middle East in front of you without any country labels and only the name of a target country to assist you. 

You know what this means, right kids? It’s better to have bombed and accidentally hit a civilian hospital 1,000 miles away from your desired target than to have not bombed at all.

It’s like my grandpa always said,”You lose 100% of the wars you never start!” and “You can’t win a war unless you give it 110% of your budget!”, and,”You need to keep your woman in her place. She needs to be washing dishes, not discussing war at the dinner table!” Such a wise, sexist old man. I'll always respect how he tried to ensure the destruction of any chance for me to have a nice life. A truer Angry Old has never lived.

Get Trump’s Taxes

GOP Arcade's load screen says it all. They will forever be lamented.

Irony is sometimes the most powerful tool. And the fact that Get Trump’s Taxes always failed to load, no matter how many times I reloaded (many), how many different days I tried it on (three), or how many computers I tried it on (one), spoke volumes about this situation.

I feel like this should bother me, but a friend once told me to think about it like this. "Your job as a lowly, yet glorified intern doesn’t even require you to reveal your tax returns to employer's," he started,"Just because you don’t have tax returns because you don’t make money is beside the point", he continues, his words cutting deep. "So why should a position like that of the President require it?" If you really overthink it and try to pigeonhole it into your worldview like my friend, then I guess it makes sense. I'm just sad about being poor. 

Trump Toss

Perhaps my favorite title on the list, Trump Toss has you tossing (ie deporting) illegal immigrants by throwing them over Trump's proposed border wall. This sounds easy enough, but you must avoid accidentally deporting American citizens, such as border patrol officers. 

Sadly, this game's greatest strength is also its greatest weakness: difficulty. It is the only game that is challenging and fun enough to actually warrant you playing it over and over in an attempt to earn victory. But it is also nearly impossible because the game doesn't spawn enough illegal aliens to actually facilitate your success. In a way it is almost like the game's poor balancing is an allegory that's possibly suggesting that it'd be impossible to deport enough people to make a border wall that costs billions of dollars seem financially viable. Take from that what you will.

Ultimately, what the game lacks in detail-- it doesn’t even allude to Mexico paying for the border wall-- it more than makes up for with the fun pick and throw gameplay.

Enough is Enough

Overall, the games on this website which I bothered to actually acknowledge were relatively bad, except Trump Toss; that was fun. I guess maybe they weren't supposed to be fun, they were supposed to tell a satirical message, but at times, much like the original draft of this article, it was hard to tell the difference between satire and actually backing a position. If you changed a couple lines in Angry Olds, then it could easily be seen as aggrandizing that position. Maybe that's the point though. Looking at the same situation from very slightly different angles can show drastically different feelings. With material like that you best not blink while consuming satire, you just might miss it. 

What do you think of GOP Arcade? Do you have a favorite game? Let us know in the comments!

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Twitch Streamers and the PayPal Problem https://www.gameskinny.com/p9jb3/twitch-streamers-and-the-paypal-problem https://www.gameskinny.com/p9jb3/twitch-streamers-and-the-paypal-problem Thu, 09 Nov 2017 13:25:11 -0500 Luke Luby

In this day and age, most of us are all too familiar with trolls. They lie in wait, pounce at the earliest opportunity, and attempt to cause maximum turmoil to victims. However, the majority of the time, the worst we’ve ever gotten from a troll is a headache.

This isn’t the case for most Twitch streamers and YouTubers, though. Most of the time, trolls manage to actually do some financial damage, however minor, to streamers. First, a little bit of context about exactly how streamers try to make a living through gaming. Twitch streamers and YouTubers normally make a living from four different sources.

The first of these is a sponsorship deal, which typically only the most popular streamers manage to get. Second comes paid subscriptions. Third, we have donations. And finally, there's advertising, which is incredibly difficult to come by.

While you still need some sort of a following for most of these options, they at least create some income -- or the promise of income -- for streamers, even part-timers. Donations, though, are typically where less popular streamers make the bulk of their gaming income, should they not have access to sponsorship deals.

As for subscriptions, they’re not the easiest things to get. Becoming a Twitch Partner is no easy task. As a prerequisite, the streamer must have an average concurrent viewership of 500+ people and broadcast at least three times per week. That’s a massive hurdle. A random sample showed that only 34 out of the 900+ League of Legends broadcasts pulled over 500 concurrent viewers.

Out of those 34, only half were seeing over 1,000 concurrent viewers, which has a direct impact on the amount streamers can make from showing advertisements. (There’s also the fact that streamers have to split the $5 monthly subscription fee with Twitch. Most reports put this split as $3/$2 in favor of the streamer.)

And this is where the trolls come into play. Normally, they attempt to cause disruption via sexist, racist, or homophobic remarks, but some take it to an entirely new level. These days, the dedicated troll donates money to a Twitch streamer -- normally between $50 and $100, though amounts vary -- only to then dispute the charge not long after it’s processed.

This would seem to be a relatively minor annoyance; they get back their money, and the Twitch streamer doesn’t notice too much, possibly only getting mildly annoyed that they didn’t get the money they thought they would.

Except there’s a little bit more to it than that. You see, most Twitch streamers and YouTubers process their donations through PayPal, and this is where some of the problem lies. When this money is refunded -- called a chargeback -- Twitch streamers have to pay a processing fee, which can end up having a sizable effect on their balance.

Essentially, chargebacks are requests for credit card companies to refund money given to someone through an apparently fraudulent transaction. Over the last few years, streamers, whose livings are often built on PayPal transactions, have become increasingly frustrated as trolls or viewers weaponize chargebacks against them.

This is possible because PayPal wants to protect users from fraud. So, for example, someone could donate a large sum with a stolen credit card. That card’s true owner has the power to contest the charge if they can prove that something dirty went down. PayPal currently doesn’t have much to say about chargebacks, although their website states:

“A chargeback happens when a buyer asks their credit card issuer to reverse a transaction that has already cleared. This can mean that a payment you’ve received in your PayPal account could be reversed, even if you’ve already posted the goods -- which can of course be frustrating.”

But if they can’t prove fraudulence, the charge will go through. Over the last few weeks, a number of these disputes have hit the headlines. Take the case of professional streamer Desmond Etika Amofah, for example. Not too long ago, he released a video about trolls and their chargebacks. Mr. Amofah notes in his video that these fees have a rather negative effect on Twitch streamers. In Mr. Amofah’s words:

“For content creators like myself and many others who suffer from a problem like this, it also f**** up our lives since everything I do is through PayPal.”

Throughout the video, he repeatedly demonstrates how exactly this could affect his short term, as well as long term, income. In the (NSFW) video, which you can see below, Mr. Amofah added:

“When you’re a smaller channel and you have that problem, and you don’t have it as good as I do. . . PayPal freezes your account. Not only that, but they can actually relinquish the funds for the chargeback and the chargeback fees and anything extra they want to tack on from any bank account, credit card or debit card linked to your PayPal.”

The video came as he had to pay out over $100 in chargeback fees because of a single troll making donations and then disputing them. Then there’s the case of Kaceytron, another big streamer, who gets about a half dozen chargebacks each month, often after small donations. In 2013, when she started streaming, she sometimes received donations up to $1,000 that were subsequently charged back.

At the time, PayPal froze her account after she received a number of donations from trolls that the company decided to investigate. After this, her PayPal account was left relatively unscathed. However, for those couple of weeks, Kaceytron felt a major financial impact. As she said not long after:

“That was two to three weeks I didn’t get donations at all. That sucked and affected me pretty bad.”

Sometimes, though, chargebacks and donations can reach a massive level. Take the case of iNexus_Ninja, real name Anthony Archer. Not too long ago, he tried to use this technique to take back $10,000 in donations to Twitch streamer Chance Morris, otherwise known as Sodapoppin. However, the prank was prevented when PayPal denied the chargeback request and allowed Sodapoppin to keep the cash.

Had the chargeback actually worked, Sodapoppin’s processing fees would’ve been massive. (Some articles mistakenly said this was $50,000. Mr. Archer has made over $50,00 in donations to streamers but has only disputed this $10,000 donation.) Mr. Archer then tried to justify his actions, telling the Daily Dot:

“A few people, not saying names, told me he was already rich and did not need the money. He has a house in his name, very wealthy. So I decided to try charge him back as he didn’t really need it.”

Mr. Archer has said that the chargeback attempt on Sodapoppin was the only time he tried to get his money back; his other donations weren’t retracted and no chargeback was filed.

To date, Twitch has seemed not to care about these PayPal donation abuses. Or at least, they just haven’t done anything about it. Hell, they’ve barely even said anything about it. However, speaking to Kotaku, a representative for the company said that they were just unable to do anything about it. They further said that they wouldn’t comment specifically on PayPal’s policies. However, they did add that they were currently working on in-app monetization tools, which should help Twitch streamers fight against these kinds of abuses.

Mr. Amofah, the streamer who lashed out against these types of trolls, may have found a silver lining, though. He told Kotaku that, after hours on the phone with PayPal, he helped them understand how chargebacks affect his ability to make a living. However, that may not be the case for all streamers. As Mr. Amofah told Kotaku about the situation:

“As painful as it sounds, streamers suffering from this chargeback issue have to put themselves through the wringer, and hound PayPal until their voices are heard. Big or small, it makes no difference, and it’s unfortunate that that’s the only option we have.”

At the moment, it seems as if streamers and YouTubers are just going to have to take the brunt of these chargeback fees. Either that, or fight every single troll that happens to come along, which may not work out well in the long run. After all, a reaction -- especially some form of emotional reaction -- is what these guys are looking for. Attempting to take away a streamer's livelihood is just a tool to get the reaction that they’re looking for.

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15 Top Handcrafted Gifts for Gamers Under $36! https://www.gameskinny.com/4wc2j/15-top-handcrafted-gifts-for-gamers-under-36 https://www.gameskinny.com/4wc2j/15-top-handcrafted-gifts-for-gamers-under-36 Wed, 08 Nov 2017 12:00:52 -0500 Sarah Elliman

A lot of us gamers love to collect items that mean something to us and the games that we play. The best gift I ever received was a Dragon Age hoodie! Well perhaps not THE best, but it was pretty awesome. We have picked out 15 handcrafted gifts that are perfect for gamers. As a bonus, all of these gifts are less than $36! Whether you’re buying for a gamer or you want to purchase a little something for yourself, take a look at what we found.

1. Skyrim Minimalist Poster ($2)

This particular gift can range from $2 upwards, depending on the size and whether you want the gift on a canvas. With this poster, you get an amazing piece of Skyrim art with a badass dragon on it. The sizes range from A6 to A1 and are available on both poster paper and canvas. Depending on your style and space there are plenty of options out there for you. 


2. Overwatch Keyboard Stickers ($3.80)

If you want to purchase a gamer a gift the recipient will always have in sight, then these stickers are perfect. They are available for a range of Overwatch characters, such as Mercy, D.Va, McCree, Hanzo, Genji, Symmetra, Mei, Reaper, Ana, Pharah and Sombra. These keyboard stickers are available in a variety of colors that match the characters, and they aren’t mapped to certain keys. This means,  you have the option to put the stickers wherever you want!


3. Undertale Asriel Wooden Figurine ($10)


Undertale has become a massively popular game, more than anyone could have ever expected. This wooden figurine is fantastically made and is small enough to fit on your desk. There are two gestures for the Asriel figurine and it is beautiful. The colors and the expressions are so accurate, it looks like it came straight out of the game.

4. Assassin’s Creed Locket ($10)


If having gaming merchandise in your home isn’t enough, why not buy something you can take with you? This is a charming antique-esque locket with the assassin symbol emblazoned on the front. It can be a fantastic conversation piece with people, and you can carry your favorite game with you wherever you go. It comes with the chain and opens, so you can use it as a regular locket as well. You’ll be able to put a photo of your partner, family or friends in a sweet gaming orientated locket. The same seller also produces Zelda lockets as well, so if this one isn’t to your taste there are others available for the same price.


5. Sans Beanie ($12)


Another Undertale item makes its way onto the list, but can you blame me? When you see a Sans beanie it is hard to resist. The default is San’s serious face, but you can also request a different face in the notes for this beanie. This is an especially cool item if you’re buying it for Christmas as the recipient will be able to keep their head and ears warm, while having a Sans on their head. The seller of this item also has other Undertale character beanies such as Papyrus, Flowey and Asriel. You’ll be able to have your favourite Undertale character with you wherever you go. Or if Undertale isn’t your style there are Pokemon beanies available as well!

6. Solas Vhenan Pendant ($15)


Another item you can take with you everywhere is this wonderfully crafted, Dragon Age inspired pendant. It is a wonderfully formed brass piece with a lot of detail put into the design. You can also buy Sera, Kadan, Anders and Fenris pendants from the seller in their Dragon Age range. They also offer Overwatch inspired pendants as well, so you can take your favorite games with you wherever you go.


7. Blue Glow in the Dark D&D Dice ($16)


There is an absolutely fantastic range of D&D dice on Etsy, but these were my personal favorite. The gradient between colors within the dice is beautiful and merge together so well. The color is soft and the numbers on the dice are clear and well-engraved. You can choose the secondary color, either white or yellow, although yellow will cost you a dollar more. This seller has a wonderful range of dice from rose gold to chrome and healer dice as well. However, when you have glow in the dark dice what more could you want?


8. Wooden Gaming in Progress Sign ($17.15)


One of the only items that isn’t specifically related to an individual game, but it's still another fantastic addition to your home. This gift is wonderful for anyone who is a massive gamer as it comes in a variety of colors for both the background and the text. It is a large sign and would work fantastically outside of someone’s room. So perhaps if you have a teenager who is into games, this would be a great gift to  to give them. 

9. Fallout Nuka Cola LED Light ($17.56)

It’s late at night, you’re still on a massive gaming binge, but it’s been progressively getting darker and darker until your eyes can’t stand it anymore. You turn around and switch on your Fallout lamp: how cool is that? You can turn your house into a gaming haven with this bright addition to your home. 


10. Yen’s Pendant ($17.82)


The last gift on our list that you’ll be able to wear is inspired from Yennefer’s pendant in The Wicther 3. This is a fantastic item for anyone who wants to cosplay, or simply wear it out and about. The item isn’t in your face about being a piece of gaming merchandise and might even tie together that gothic outfit you’re dying to wear. This is a high-quality piece that is perfect for cosplay or for everyday use, anybody who is a fan of Yennefer and The Witcher will absolutely love this gift.


11. 5 Zelda Stained Glass Window Decal’s ($19.99)


This is an incredible gift for anyone who is looking to spruce up a room with some gaming decorations. These decals are inspired from the Windwaker games and are absolutely stunning--you would think they came from a church if Zelda was a religion. The five decals have different designs and colors, so you don’t have to worry about having multiple of one decal. They come in two sizes, either the 8”x4” which is priced at $19.99 or the 7”x13” priced at $39.95.


12. Skyrim Rolling Pin ($19.99)


Do you have a friend who both loves cooking and video games? Well this is the perfect present for them, whether you’re making cookies and want some Skyrim images in them or just want an awesome rolling pin. There are a variety of different images on the rolling pin, so you can get really creative with this item.
The item is made from wood and is 100% safe to use with food. 

13. Handmade Final Fantasy Phone Cases ($20.58)

These Final Fantasy inspired phone cases cover iPhones from the 7 to 4 and Galaxy 7 to 4. The cases are really well made, and the designs are incredibly cute. A personal favorite is the Chocobo design, but you can also get Moogle designs and Cactuar designs for your device as well. Let everyone know your love for Final Fantasy with one of these phone cases, or show someone you love that you know what they like. 


14. Geralt Pillow ($23.90)


When I next get my paycheck this is going to be one of the first things on my list. These pillows are incredibly adorable and who doesn’t want to snuggle with Geralt on the couch? Both the front and back are fully printed, and he even has his swords on his back. Also, this pillow is one of the only times you'll get to see Geralt smile.
There are a variety of other pillows available that are made after popular shows, movies and games. From Spock to Leia and even a Daryl Dixon pillow. Starting to think I’ll need two instead of just getting the Geralt one.


15. Custom Ghost Life-Size Replica ($36)


Last, but not least is this incredibly badass replica of Destiny’s Ghost, which lights up and comes in a variety of colors. You get a stand well. There are a wide range of colors for the LED light, from amber to red and even a colour changing LED.
The item is $36 if you want a mystery colour for your replica, however if you want the colour exactly the way you want it, it’ll cost you $40.50. There are 20 colours available which includes glowing green, so whatever you want is available with this item.

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That was our list of handcrafted video game gifts that should definitely make your Christmas list. There is so much out there--being a gamer has never been so good. There is so much out there to explore, but you can start with our list here. Remember all items will go up and down in price, so always keep an eye out for bargains.

What  do you think about the gifts we've picked out? Have you got any favorites? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

 

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Amazon Releases Retro Zone With a Chance to Win an SNES Classic https://www.gameskinny.com/9w6a3/amazon-releases-retro-zone-with-a-chance-to-win-an-snes-classic https://www.gameskinny.com/9w6a3/amazon-releases-retro-zone-with-a-chance-to-win-an-snes-classic Wed, 01 Nov 2017 11:41:44 -0400 Sarah Elliman

Today Amazon have announced the launch for their new service Retro Zone and to kick things off the launch they’re offering fans the chance to win an SNES Classic. There are five in the giveaway to mark the start of Amazon’s latest service.

Retro Zone is an "online destination for gamers to find content, discounts and exclusive retro games," with many more services centered around the retro gaming market. You will be able to purchase toys such as the Pokemon Plushies, and retro gaming consoles like the NES Classic and the SEGA Genesis Classic are also available.

Furthermore, Amazon Retro Zone will also feature exclusive discounts and in-game content on various mobile retro games. One example of the deals and content you can expect from Retro Zone is one of their kick-off deals: you can save 29% on RayForce and you will receive an Amazon exclusive stage 2 soundtrack with your purchase.

Retro Zone will also have featured pages for top retro brands like Nintendo and Atari where you can buy vintage physical games and featured consoles. Another featured page will be a specific games section that will highlight exclusive content that you can receive upon making a purchase.

Each month, Amazon will rotate the different discounted games and products that are available  within Retro Zone. Meaning there will be more retro games available every month with this service.

If you would like more information and want to check out the Retro Zone page than you can follow this link. Or look for the Retro Zone tab on the updated Amazon AppStore for Android.

What do you think of Amazon's new service? Do you think that you'll use Retro Zone? Let us know in the comments. 

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Immortal Conquest's Charity Campaign begins with 10,000 players already signed up https://www.gameskinny.com/9d228/immortal-conquests-charity-campaign-begins-with-10000-players-already-signed-up https://www.gameskinny.com/9d228/immortal-conquests-charity-campaign-begins-with-10000-players-already-signed-up Tue, 31 Oct 2017 12:51:43 -0400 UltimateWarriorNot

Mobile developer NetEase’s Nerd Vs. Veteran charity battle in Immortal Conquest is officially underway. A total of $15,000 dollars is up for grabs and will be donated to the winning factions chosen charity.

As both sides prepare their forces for combat, interested players can join specific Discord servers for either the Nerd or Veteran alliance. Over 10,000 players are fighting in this contest, and the match is still going strong. The battle allows both sides to show differing strategies while keeping up friendly competition for charity. 

While both sides fight to conquer Delphi, both Leaders have been formally introduced. Rapper Dan Bull and Stack-Up CEO Stephen Machuga might be the Ambassadors to both sides, but the players leading the fight are DayDreamZ and Dan Wise (aka. Little Lewbowsky). DayDreamz is celebrated for being one of the most elite strategy gamers by ranking in the top 10 in Clash of Kings, as well as being a noted strategy gamer on YouTube. Dan Wise is straight from the Pentagon after two deployments to Iraq, he’s an avid strategy gamer with skills in logistics and development.

Nerds and Veterans are fighting to conquer the city of Delphi in-game, a city notorious for its difficulty. Nerds began in Asgard, while Veterans began in Vanaheim. If either side is unable to take the city by the deadline, the winner will be chosen by the team with the most regional capitals. If it’s a tie, the money will be split evenly for both sides to donate to their preferred charity. The contest began with a $30,000 donation from Netease, the developers of Immortal Conquest, to Stack-Up: a charity dedicated to sending games to deployed soldiers and returning veterans.

Immortal Conquest is a strategy game that is heavily focused on the complexities of war, letting players create cities, build armies, and expand their territory to rule the world. Each in-game season resets the world, letting players fight for dominance. Interested gamers can download Immortal Conquest for free on iOS and Android.

Will you be joining the Nerd vs. Veteran fight? Let us know in the comments, or talk to us on Facebook.

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Crusaders of Light Stamina Guide -- How to Use and Recover Stamina https://www.gameskinny.com/hrf1f/crusaders-of-light-stamina-guide-how-to-use-and-recover-stamina https://www.gameskinny.com/hrf1f/crusaders-of-light-stamina-guide-how-to-use-and-recover-stamina Mon, 31 Jul 2017 17:27:05 -0400 Ashley Shankle

Stamina doesn't get in your way too often in Crusaders of Light. Unlike many other mobile RPGs, where Stamina is used to bottleneck your primary progress day to day, in Crusaders of Light, it's used for typically minor tasks. And it's hard to complain about that.

In this guide, we're going to go over the uses of Stamina, which uses are most worth it, and how you can recover it. It's a pretty simple system, but you have to know how it works in order to make the most out of your Stamina.

So let's go over the uses of Stamina first. What uses it up? Is it as valuable as it seems? Well, let's find out!

Stamina Uses in Crusaders of Light

Your Stamina is, luckily enough, only used in a few broad ways: gathering and opening chests. However, there are specifics to that.

When you gather a plant or ore in the field, the cost is 1 Stamina. That's not too bad, right? Right.

When you gather a plant or ore from your guild's node collection, the cost is 10 Stamina. That sounds a bit steep, but collecting from the guild nodes not only grants you the material you want, but it may also grant you gold or other much-needed items for late-game crafting.

Opening treasure chests is another Stamina sink, but luckily, the amount of Stamina needed isn't too high. Opening a small treasure chest costs 5 Stamina while opening a large treasure chest costs 10 Stamina. Pretty easy to remember, and often, it's worth it for the free gold.

And lastly, sending messages to World Chat consumes 5 Stamina per message. Spamming the world doesn't seem like that great of an idea, does it? That's 5 Stamina you could have spent on opening a chest and getting some gold.

How to Restore Stamina

This is one thing that everyone playing Crusaders of Light needs to know: Stamina may not be tied to your overall progress, but being able to gather and open treasure chests is part of the MMO experience. You want to do it, you probably need to do it.

Unless you're a hardcore gatherer, keeping your Stamina up isn't terribly difficult. You'll be racking up Stamina points left and right just by doing your normal routine, and here are the activities that regenerate your Stamina and how much they regenerate:

  • You get 30 Stamina for completing a dungeon for the first time each day (up to 120 a day)
  • You get 1 Stamina per Reputation-Granting Trial Quest (up to 20 a day)
  • You get 15 Stamina per Reputation-Granting Strange Events quest
  • You get 1 Stamina per Preparation Quest (up to 10 a day)
  • You get 3 Stamina per Tournament Battle (up to 15 a day)
  • You get 3 Stamina per Final Challenge Coliseum Battle (up to 30, Saturdays only)
  • You get 3 Stamina per Agitated Elemental clear (up to 15)
  • You get 30 Stamina for clearing a dungeon for the first time 

It's easy enough to rack up 195 Stamina in a single day just going about your business, and on Saturdays, you have that optional extra 30 Stamina to add to the lot.

This sort of Stamina system is much more lenient than many of those you see in competing mobile RPGs and MMORPGs, with your Stamina being closely tied with your gold gains. Your two biggest uses of Stamina, opening treasure chests and gathering, lead to gold gains one way or the other. Opening chests often grants gold, and the refined materials you can craft via your life skill can be sold for gold at the Trading House.

Hopefully, this guide has helped you wrap your head around Crusaders of Light's Stamina system. It doesn't have that many uses and it doesn't regenerate on its own, but the things you can use it on are well-worth it. Knowledge, as always, is power.

Make sure to check out our other Crusaders of Light guides to get even more tips, tricks, and strategies:

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Crusaders of Light Classes and Paths Overview Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/gmj8w/crusaders-of-light-classes-and-paths-overview-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/gmj8w/crusaders-of-light-classes-and-paths-overview-guide Mon, 31 Jul 2017 17:10:29 -0400 Ashley Shankle

With three main classes and three paths each, it can be hard to lock down which class you want to main in Crusaders of Light. The game's heavy emphasis on both PvP and raids in end-game only makes the decision harder. You want something you can have fun with while still being useful to prospective guilds and raiders.

We're going to go over all three classes in Crusaders of Light, along with their respective paths in this guide, with an emphasis on helping you choose your primary path. While the game lets you swap paths on a whim, the amount of EXP it takes to get your path level up to snuff at later levels is exceedingly high. You're going to be picking a main path whether you know it now or not.

You're allowed to choose a path and pump EXP into all three at level 20. Leveling a path increases your stats when you are using it, which all goes toward your total Assessment Score, ultimately making you more powerful.

At the time of this writing, there are three classes in Crusaders of Light: Ranger, Warrior, and Mystic. They all seem to be pigeon-holed into certain roles, but they are a bit more diverse than you might at first think.

Ranger Class

The Ranger may seem like your bread and butter DPS class (and it certainly can be), but this class has some support capabilities in its Animal Tamer branch that diversify its uses.

Scout Path

This is the big go-to for overall DPS in raids. As it stands, no other class provides more damage than the Scout in PvE situations. Here are its modifiers:

This all makes for a critical-hit-oriented class, one that's able to snipe the enemy with heavy hits using the Razor Wind skill before following up with a barrage of auto attacks.

The Scout also receives the skill Starblade Volley, which adds another potent damage skill to this path's arsenal.

Choose Scout if you like to absolutely melt your enemies, just don't expect to be able to do much else. It's decent in PvP, but the Forest Guide path is better suited for going against other players. Scout Path is better as a PvE path.

Forest Guide Path

On the other side of the Ranger spectrum is the PvP-oriented Forest Guide path. While the Scout Path deals heavy damage, the Forest Guide Path specializes in binding and dazing enemies. Here are its modifiers:

Forest Guide is meant to make other players have a bad time. They can be repeatedly bound by Tempest Shot if you get lucky with Slow resists, which in turn, significantly increases damage dealt to them by your character.

This path also gains access to the Moonlight skill which, when you've hit level 30, has a chance to provides a more potent version of the skill that hits 2 or 3 times instead of just one.

Choose Forest Guide if you want to be a complete nuisance in any form of PvP, where you'll be able to totally shut down your foes without taking a scratch and knock any enemy Mystics out of healing their allies. This path is not very effective in PvE.

Animal Tamer Path

This is the support path for the Ranger Class, and it is also the only pet class in the game. Animal Tamers are able to make the absolute most of the Wild Spirit skill, which summons a wolf to fight by the player's side. Here are its modifiers:

What you don't see in the image above is the real draw to the path: The wolf's actual capabilities. Once you reach certain active skill levels and unlock new path-exclusive passive and active skills, the wolf itself becomes a supporting monster able to buff the Attack of nearby allies, as well as grant a moderate heal when it disperses.

The Animal Tamer Path is best in PvE and is a must-have for raids later in the game, making this a solid choice for players who like to hybrid support in large scale PvE endeavors.

Mystic Class

Every MMO needs a healer, and the Mystic is Crusaders of Light's answer to the age-old need for sweet, sweet healing. Like the other classes, the Mystic's paths all have their own specialties, meaning not all of them are dedicated healers.

Verity Spirit Path

The Verity Spirit path isn't just able to heal, it's also able to put out some decent area of effect (AoE) damage to clear waves of mobs with ease. Here are its modifiers:

This path is almost exclusively useful in PvP situations as it has some good mobility via Void Walk and Light Sigil's synergy, as well as some reliable AoE damage. That combination makes this a reliable healer-damage hybrid in PvP fights, which any Verity Spirit player should be focused on over PvE content.

This path's exclusive Void Spirit Rain skill is its main attraction, and once you've leveled more, you get increasing chances to reset its cooldown to recast in sticky situations.

Choose Verity Spirit if you want to lay waste to several enemies at once in PvP while staying well out of harm's way (and able to get out of it if caught). This is not a very suitable PvE path.

Magellana's Judgement Path

Another hybrid path, Magellana's Judgement is even more offense-oriented than Verity Spirit, and it is ultimately the Mystic's only go-to for single target damage. Here are its modifiers:

This is a critical-hit-oriented path, much like the Ranger's Scout Path. But it plays very differently.

Magellana's Judgement relies heavily on the use of its exclusive Suppression skill. Its multiple hits means multiple chances to crit, which will, in turn, do an additional 15% of your Attack Power in damage. The path also converts Light Sigil into an offensive spell at level 25, changing its periodic healing into periodic damage.

This path is still able to heal but is the least healing-oriented of the three. It's viable in PvE and PvP, but do be aware that the Scout's damage is still much higher. There's always a trade-off for hybrids.

Shepherd Path

This is the only "pure" healer path the Mystic has, and it does a fantastic job of keeping everyone on its team alive. Every high-level raid needs Shepherds -- without exceptions. Here are its modifiers:

Shepherd is almost entirely focused around the synergy between Consolation and the passive-granting of the Enlightenment state, which is applied on healing or using Purifying Blast on allies.

Consolation itself heals you and nearby allies at the same time, with Enlightenment increasing the amount of HP restored on Consolation use. It's fairly straightforward, as is everything about this path.

This is a suitable path for most types of content because of the extreme healing. It's most suitable for PvE, but it can do a decent job in PvP.

Warrior Class

Crusaders of Light's only melee class, the Warrior is a capable fighter able to either dish out damage or tank raids depending on the chosen path. If either of those options sounds good, this may be the class for you.

Executioner Path

We've already gone over the other two classes' critical strike-oriented paths, and here we are at the Executioner, the equivalent path for the Warrior. Here are its modifiers:

The Executioner Path relies on getting critical hits with skills to further chain critical hits, and if that Anvil Drop crits, it's going to do a massive amount of damage.

Its real strength lies in its exclusive Blood Thirst skill which, upon unlocking its passive at level 30, will have its cooldown reset if Meteor Crater crits. The class is able to put out a massive amount of damage and can handle group fight situations with ease.

Choose the Executioner if you want to be the heavy-hitting monster you always knew you could be, and are okay with not specializing in either PvE or PvP.

Gladiator Path

If you want to tank, this is your only real option in Crusaders of Light. Gladiator was built to tank PvE content and it does it without breaking a sweat. Here are its modifiers:

The Gladiator is able to repeatedly cast Searing Chains in raids, allowing it to hold enemy aggro -- and it takes less damage from monsters, too.

Its exclusive skill, Gladiator Heart, is a fantastic addition to the path's kit and allows it to take even more damage. It's great to use at the start of boss encounters, as well as keeping yourself alive mid-fight.

This is not a path you would take for PvP situations as the Gladiator is almost entirely focused on making Gladiator Heart more effective and keeping it up. Plus, the modifier that makes this path take less damage from monsters is completely useless in PvP.

Choose the Gladiator path if you want to be the center of any PvE team at all stages of the game. Everyone needs one, but not everyone wants to play one!

Fang of Titanus Path

Another offense-oriented class, the Fang of Titanus Path does things a little differently than the Executioner Path. Instead of relying on critical hits, the Fang of Titanus relies on almost constant area of effect damage. Here are its modifiers:

This path enhances the Warrior's AoE skills to not only make every enemy near it take nearly continuous damage, but to also deal heavy damage to its primary target.

The real clincher for the Fang of Titanus Path is its exclusive skill. Death Gaze ensures no foe will be able to run out of range for long, and at higher skill levels, you can increase its range and potentially have its cooldown reset by the Deadly Forge skill.

This is a PvP-oriented path, as the Executioner can deal with PvE much better. Choose Fang of Titanus if you want to rock the battlefield, but be aware you won't be all that useful in raids.

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And that's it for this guide covering the Classes and Paths for Crusaders of Light. Make sure to check out our other Crusaders of Light guides to make the most of your time in this mobile MMORPG

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Crusaders of Light Life Skills Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/vp99d/crusaders-of-light-life-skills-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/vp99d/crusaders-of-light-life-skills-guide Sun, 30 Jul 2017 17:07:51 -0400 Ashley Shankle

Crusaders of Light, a free-to-play mobile RPG, seems to have all the major bells and whistles of typical MMO gaming. These include life skills, such as the ever-prevalent mechanics of crafting and gathering. You can make some good gold off of both activities, and it's not even all that difficult to do so.

There are currently two life skill paths in Crusaders of Light: Ore mining and plant gathering. Both certainly have their uses, but you can only choose one or the other, and once you've chosen, you also gain access to that life skill's basic refinement processes.

Let's go into the basic ins and outs of the game's life skill system, including how to get started and how to keep up your newfound crafting and gathering skills.

When Life Skills Open Up

At level 13, you will receive a quest to open up life skills. This is easily taken care of and won't take more than a minute or two of your time to complete.

Changing Life Skills

Don't stress over your choice of life skill, as you can easily drop one and pick up the other at any time via the life skills menu by tapping the "Forget Skill" button.

It doesn't cost anything to drop or pick up a skill, but you do permanently lose your proficiency level if you do decide to drop your current skill. You'll have to grind it up all over again.

How to Find Plant and Ore Nodes in Crusaders of Light

As with most other traditional MMORPGs, you have to find gathering nodes in Crusaders of Light to get those useful raw materials.

In the life skill menu (which is found at a tab at the bottom of the skill menu), tap on your gathering skill and then the Ore Exploration or Plant Exploration button depending on which you chose.

You'll be presented with the map, this time specially marked with areas with one to a number of nodes available. Tap on a node to auto-travel there.

When you arrive at your destination, you should be able to see multiple nodes on your minimap, and each one of those nodes can be harvested -- provided you have the stamina.

Thar be iron nodes!

Nodes come in small, medium, and large sizes. The larger the node, the more times you will be able to harvest it.

Gathering Limiters: Stamina and Character Level

If you're like most, you probably want to rush straight toward higher level materials. Unfortunately, there are limiters in place to prevent you from doing so.

The first limiter is your stamina. Stamina is used to gather materials and open the treasure chests you've surely seen on your travels. You can see your stamina gauge in the character attribute screen.

Each time you gather from a standard node, no matter the size, you spend 1 stamina. Gathering from your guild's special node patch costs 10 stamina each time you gather, but may give you more than just the typical materials.

Once your stamina reaches 0, you can no longer gather.

The second limiter, your character level, prevents you from leveling your life skill proficiency past your current level. So if your character is level 19, you're only going to be able to get your skill proficiency to 19.

These are both pretty reasonable requirements and, luckily enough, refining doesn't use any stamina at all.

How Do You Get More Stamina?

There are a few ways to do this. Some of which are:

  • Completing raids (Once per raid, per day)
  • Completing daily events
  • Completing reputation tasks (I'm not sure about the details on this yet)

Refining

This is actually very simple. When you initiate smelting, extracting, or weaving, the game will auto-run you toward the relevant workbench. It's done one by one and can take some time, so refining is the perfect time to take a break.

Which Life Skill Should You Choose?

I would say it's up to you, but frankly, the imbalance between miners and plant gatherers in Crusaders of Light is pretty huge. Far more people choose to mine ore than gather plants, and that's something to keep in mind.

Because there are so many people mining instead of plant gathering, going with plants is the easier money maker of the two. You can gather cotton and toss its refined products up on the trading house for an easy and fast gold profit. But the same can't be said for dark iron ingots due to the high supply compared to demand.

Conversely, there is surely going to be high demand for high-tier ores, bars, and other items gained from ore mining as more players hit higher levels and don't have the stamina (or patience) to hunt down materials for their own crafting.

You can choose based off prospective profits or your own long-term crafting needs, but I go the lesser-done route every time. Competition for ore nodes is fierce, and the potential gold to be made off of plant materials in the long and the short term just seems like a no-brainer.

That's about it for this rundown of Crusaders of Light's life skill system. It's fast, easy, and ultimately, profitable.

Make sure to check out our other Crusaders of Light guides to get even more tips, tricks, and strategies:

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Hay Day Guide: How to Revive Trees https://www.gameskinny.com/toe02/hay-day-guide-how-to-revive-trees https://www.gameskinny.com/toe02/hay-day-guide-how-to-revive-trees Wed, 05 Jul 2017 14:40:42 -0400 Zantallion

Tired of your crops and trees always dying in Hay Day? Well, there's a simple way to keep your plants going, and it'll involve a little help from your friends.

As you're scrolling around your farm, you may notice some of your plants dying -- as indicated by them changing color to something more sickly and looking a bit more ratty than usual.

If you want to save your precious plant, give it a poke and see what options come up. If the only option that arises is an axe, you've waited too long -- and unfortunately, that plant has to go. But if a sign with an exclamation point shows up, you're in luck! That plant can still be saved, and you won't have to slice and dice it. Here's what you need to do.

How to Revive Trees in Hay Day

If you get that life-saving exclamation point, drag it over to your chosen plant to pop a sign in the ground next to the tree. Upon doing so, other players who visit your farm can tap on your fainting flora to revive it for you.

If you want, once you've planted the sign next to your plant pal, you can poke it again and another option will show up, this time one that looks like a megaphone. Using this one will let you make a post about the problem you're having on your Facebook wall, hopefully enticing friends who also play the game to come visit and save your saddened shrubs.

If they do drop by to help, you'll see your plants revived -- along with a new sign displaying the avatar of the person who saved it.

Hooray, your plants get to live on another day!

Make sure to thank the person who saved your seeds by tapping on the sign, which will send them a thank you note. Aren't friends great?

Now that you know how to revive your plants before they kick the bucket, make sure you keep an eye on them to get those exclamation mark signs on them before it's too late. If you do, you can keep your farm happy and healthy for a long time to come.

That wraps up this quick guide on reviving trees and plants in Hay Day! If you need more help with this farming game, check out the rest of our Hay Day guides here on GameSkinny:

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