Articles by Alex Alusheff

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Tired of Pokémon? Try Shin Megami Tensei

If you’re like me, you grew up playing Pokémon until you hit high school when you discovered first-person shooters. I tried getting back into Pokémon years later but disconnected to all of the new titles. So I traded in cute and cuddly Pokémon training for dark and gritty demon slaying when I discovered Shin Megami Tensei, the OG team-building RPG.

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Video games that got us through 2020

By now, everyone has done all of their Game of the Year stories. People are still bitching on Facebook and Reddit about The Last of Us Part 2. We get it. You have strong opinions and have a hard time when people disagree with your views online. So we are going a different route because (obligatory 2020 was hard line goes here.) We decided it was better to share the games we played this year that helped us escape from the drama and tragedy of 2020 while getting us closer to January 1. Here are the games that helped get us through 2020. Maybe you will find as much enjoyment out of them as we did.

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How to revamp the turn-based RPG combat system

Square Enix ditched turn-based combat in its remake of Final Fantasy 7. It’s no surprise turn-based combat has grown stale over the years, but it isn’t the genre’s fault. It’s the developer’s for not innovating enough. Here’s how to revamp the entire combat system to its former glory.

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The importance of worldbuilding in video games

When is the last time you played a game that sucked you into its world? I’m not talking about just pretty graphics and landscapes. I’m talking about story, culture, lore, music, backstories, history, religion – in short, worldbuilding. It’s a term often thrown around by fiction writers that basically means crafting a believable, imaginary world that isn’t cookie-cutter like most of the drek we see nowadays. Worldbuilding can make or break a book just as it can a video game.

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Great golf games to play when you suck at real golf

My friend took me golfing over the weekend in the Cleveland area. I thought it was just going to be the two of us playing and it would be a good time to relax, drink, and maybe even learn a little from him. I bought a mismatched set for $40 on Facebook marketplace and was ready to go. As soon as we signed in and walked up to the tee box, we were paired up with two older gentlemen, Carmen and Chris, who later told me they had been playing since 1979. To put 1979 in perspective, that’s when McDonald’s introduced the Happy Meal, the Voyager discovered rings on Jupiter, and Michael Jackson released Off The Wall.