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How the Coronavirus Pandemic Will Impact MMOs (and other games)

The entire world is facing something we’ve never seen before in our lifetimes and never seen before like this in all of history. A virus is sweeping the globe, and while I know that some people prefer to keep real life out of their video games, this one is too big to ignore. We want to first say that we hope you are all staying safe and healthy. If you have contracted Covid-19, we wish you a speedy recovery, and if you’ve lost someone due to this pandemic, we offer our sincerest condolences. We recognize the scope of this pandemic and we know that our readers have been affected, and that many more may be before this is over. Know that when we talk about games, it’s not to minimize what is happening in the real world. But we know that for a lot of people, this is an escape….

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Why do students play online games

There are plenty of reasons why students play online games, but the main ones are because students need some time to relax and to get their minds off the stress of studying too hard. If you’re a student and you want the right game while you study, you already have too many options available online. You know the games, but do you know the scientific reasons why students play them?  Whether you want a mobile game to play wherever you are, or you’re looking at the list of online games for students today, this list we have prepared for you will be the comprehensive guide that will help you to know the main psychological and physical reasons why students play online games. Let’s start! THE ACHIEVEMENT COMPONENT If you’ve been reading essays from professional academic writing services, then you most likely have known about psychology and why people play virtual…

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Do Video Games Affect Academic Performance?

If you spend many hours (50+ hours) a week playing video games, then there’s a problem. But if you spend a few hours (5 hours max) a week playing video games, your academic performance shouldn’t be affected. As a student, you have a pile of different assignments and other tasks that come along with the education process. This workload usually leads to many students utilizing video games as a pass time; therefore, they become a part of the “2.5 billion video gamers from all over the world.” This leads to video games getting a bad rap as they are blamed on why a student cannot perform well. However, successful students know that organizing yourself is all you need to get good grades. What every student has to understand and implement is that there’s a time for everything, a time to play, and a time to study. There are two main…

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We Want More Star Wars Games (But Without Jedi?)

I think something we can all agree on is that we want more Star Wars games. I’ve been writing about it here for years and even more sadly, written about it each time an anticipated Star Wars game got canned. And honestly, it sucks. Which is why a lot of fans are excited about the latest Star Wars game on the way – Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. And there’s also that little Lego Star Wars game I keep talking about… But anyway, back to Fallen Order. It may be the next game we’re getting, but is it really the next Star Wars game fans wanted? Robert Endyo from Gameverse has a theory that Star Wars gamer fans want to see less Jedi. Gamers would also like games that would be great as eSports. This site provides the best strategies for e-sports betting. Here’s some of what he has to…

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American High School Shootings Blamed on Video Games

As Parkland, Florida shooting incident  dominates the national headlines, America is once again caught in mass hysteria over high school killings that seem to take place on a weekly basis. Statistics show there have been over 18 gun violence incidents on high school grounds in 2018 alone, where students, teachers and passersby were either killed or injured by a gun-wielding minor. The latest in the string of these deadly events, the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, took seventeen lives and sent fourteen more people to hospitals. The perpetrator was revealed to be one Nikolas Jacob Cruz who, at the time of the shooting, was just 19 years old. Adam Lanza was 20 when he slaughtered twenty children and six teachers of Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. It was one of the worst massacres in the US history that took place in 1999, at Columbine High School in Colorado, when Dylan Klebold,…

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What Truly Makes a Game Last?

This is a magical question that video game developers have been trying to figure out for some time. Just how do you create that magic formula that creates a great game that players stick with for years and years, that is also profitable and expandable and can make the company money? How do you stay relevant in an industry that is rapidly changing constantly? Bored Brit Gamer brings us this great post that focuses on the players and what really makes a game last. It’s long but well-written and it’s worth the read. He says it’s all about the fans: Yet despite the negative points, I don’t think anyone can really complain about the story content that BioWare has been releasing. Perhaps you could say that each chapter could have been longer and there will of course be those who lament the loss of the individual class stories but when…

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SWTOR Dark vs. Light Event Angers Some Vets

Star Wars: The Old Republic is getting ready to introduce their biggest event yet. The Dark vs. Light Event will unite the galaxy in one way or another, or it will tick off vets and confuse new players. There seems to be a little bit of all that going around. So we brought you the news of the latest (and seemingly biggest) event of SWTOR, the Dark vs. Light event and if you’ve been reading the forums, Reddit, and other places where SWTOR fans lurk, you may have noticed that there are some very disgruntled veteran players. So what is that all about? It’s a new event, right? This should be a good thing, right? Well, the short of it is that this huge event was clearly designed to entice new players only. There’s nothing wrong with enticing new players. This means we keep the game live, there are more…

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Crafting Ideas: Component Conversion

Those who know me as a gamer will observe that I have this thing about game economics… I like to make currency, save currency, and understand currency. I like to see how the currency will shape a game and its economics. I like comparing it to real-world situations and finances. I like finding ways to make more money so I can hoard it up or buy whatever I want. It’s weird, right? Well, I’m not alone. There are many other players out there like me who find video game economics fascinating and one of those people has a website dedicated completely to SWTOR economics. We’ve linked to it here on the site before but if you’ve missed those posts, you can check it out at swtoreconomics.com. So today, we want to talk about one post in particular. A new one from a couple of weeks ago titled “Crafting Ideas: Component Conversion”….

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Star Wars Perfume: Has Merchandising Gone Too Far?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Star Wars is hot right now. The new films have created a surge in the franchise’s popularity and we’re seeing Star Wars everywhere. This can be a good thing for the Star Wars fan but can it go too far? While buying groceries this past week, I noticed all the Star Wars branded foods. This is typical of cereals and snack foods, more than anything else, at least here in the US. I saw Star Wars cereals, yogurt, Cambell’s soup cans, and even Cheez-Its with Yoda on the front. They’re on Pringles cans and ice cream, and even coffee creamers. But the Star Wars craze doesn’t end with food. Of course, there are toys and clothes. This is to be expected. However, there has also been Star Wars makeup and now, we have Star Wars perfume. Yes. Star Wars perfume….

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Is SWTOR Still Relevant?

With all the new Star Wars hype out there today, after the new movie released and the others in the works, is Star Wars The Old Republic still relevant? As most of our readers probably know already, the game launched in December of 2011. Since then, we’ve seen five expansions which added more content, with the latest coming in October of 2015. How popular has the game been since? While it’s had ups and downs, there have been over 57 million characters created, 17 million of them Jedi. The game has over 104 hours of voiced cinematics. Players have played more than 645 million hours playing this game. That sounds pretty successful if  you ask me. Still, Forbes contributor, Neil Herndon, wanted to ask the question, “Is SWTOR still relevant?” In this piece, he explores the topic and while his answer is a “yes”, there’s a lot more to it…

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