The Collector’s Editions

Personally, Collector’s Editions have always interested me. It was not until I had some disposable income that I was able to start collecting these editions. Over the past four years I have probably dropped a few thousand on CEs; some good, some bad, and some I am indifferent on. CEs of games are usually a version of game at launch that come with extra goodies. These can include art books, soundtracks, figures, and whatever other weird thing the company decides to throw in. A good collector’s edition generally strikes a balance between what items it offers, the quality of said items, and the cost of the entire thing. It should go without saying, these editions will cost more than the base game.

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Queer Tabletops: Self-Discovery through Role-Play

If you’re a Queer person reading this, chances are you have been “in the closet” by some measure, though that reductive narrative is limiting. A majority of us express how our time before we discover our true selves is spent feeling trapped playing a role we want desperately to escape. It becomes a prison sentence of isolation as we dissociate from some performative mask that we feel obligated to wear,, often overcompensating, for the identities we keep hidden.

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Ronda Rousey to Appear on the Cover of UFC 2

EA Sports released a 47-second video on Friday announcing that Ronda Rousey would be on the cover of EA Sports UFC 2. The following day Rousey fought Holly Holm in UFC 193 where Rousey was knocked out fifty-nine seconds into the second round. It was her first defeat after twelve wins dating back to 2011. People are already talking about a UFC cover curse similar to the Madden cover curse.

Featuring female athletes on the covers of video game sports titles is starting to become a trend with EA Sports. FIFA 16, that came out earlier this year, featured Steph Catley, Christine Sinclair and Alex Morgan on the covers. Putting female athletes on the covers of sporting gaming titles is not new. Women have been featured on the covers of Olympic titles, such as Amanda Beard and Nastia Liukin on Sega’s Beijing 2008.

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Lord of the Rings Online: The Ballad of Bingo Boffin

I haven’t been playing Lord of the Rings Online as often as I use to. I joined LOTRO about a month after it was released. After my 30-day free subscription ran out, I bought a life-time membership for the game. I logged into the game every day since then up until maybe a year and a half ago. I didn’t lose my love of the game, but I was getting burned out on it and wanted to try something different. Months went by when I didn’t log in at all, but that all changed when my kinship told me about The Ballad of Bingo Boffin.

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Dark Souls Diaries – Part One

I have 500 hours, 7 complete runs, and 2 successful SL1 characters in Dark Souls 1. Since it’s release, the world of Lordran has taken up a massive portion of my life.

And yet, I’ve never played the sequel.

Cue the steam sales! I took the chance to buy the original Dark Souls for a heavily discounted price and upgrade from my measly pirated copy (I’m sorry, Miyazaki), and Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin, the follow-up I never played.

I have no idea what to expect- I’ve avoided all details of this game like the plague. I’m probably going to die. A lot.

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