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Stephan Rider

Our affiliates at GamerFitNation interviewed Stephen Rider, actor on hit Netflix series Daredevil. They discuss his role in the show as Blake Tower and exchange other hilarious, yet informative, dialogue about breaking the walls of diversity in entertainment. Stephen Rider also spills the beans about his upcoming role where he stars as William Johnson, the first African American Harley Davidson dealer. They will be exploring William Johnson’s story and allowing watchers to journey with him as he competes in a series of races becoming a pioneer in that space.

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If you told little Alyson, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed on a Saturday morning playing Pokemon Stadium, that one day her life would include random quiz shows, she’d probably ignore you and go back to wiping the arena floor with Mewtwo. But lo and behold I and many others run into the strange phenomenon of having to prove I’m worthy of that Metroid shirt. Can I even name another bounty hunter besides Samus? I didn’t realize when I put that Totoro hat on this morning that I was supposed to study up on my anime history. Fellow enthusiasts questioning your nerd-cred leans more toward women, but I’ve witnessed men undergoing the same strange ritual of naming off obscure background characters and information to prove that they were, indeed, a proper fan. Its a fun little trend often referred to as gatekeeping, as if it was our duty as comic book readers and joystick junkies to keep out the “fake” fans – the fans that are only there because its “cool”.

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jontron

There was a time when we didn’t have such easy access to game reviews. We had to look at the game case and hope for the best when we took one out of a store. Now, the magical apparatus of the internet hosts all kinds of gameplay footage and reviews that can both entertain and inform us about what games are worth our time and money. Game developers can’t get away with being lazy and crowding the shelves with mediocre games like they used to, partially because of the popularity of today’s web video reviewers. These are a few people in this quirky sub-genre that are definitely worth mentioning and deserve praise!

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female let's players

There are plenty of reasons that we watch Let’s Players on YouTube or Twitch. You could be stuck on a certain part of a game and needed to see how someone else completed it, or maybe you were thinking about buying a game and wanted to see what the gameplay was like before spending your money. It’s also a good source of comedy for whenever you need a good, video game-related chuckle.

The Song of Seven

On this edition of Quick Kicks, we’ll be discussing Kickstarter campaign The Song of Seven: Chapter 1 by Enlightened Games. The Song of Seven: Chapter 1 is about main characters Kiba, whom is on the verge of adulthood and dodging the responsibility of village chieftain in his father’s place, and his new friend Emma, who’s a tad bit mysterious possessing a knack for invention and alchemy. Together they will journey through their world discovering things that could change the dynamic of their way of living. The video below will give you everything you need to know about The Song of Seven and where you need to go to support the campaign if you so choose.

Super Cordon Bleu

Hello lovelies and welcome to the first ever Quick Kicks! In these biweekly piece of wonder and majesty, I will be introducing to you the newest and most promising Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and Steam Greenlight campaigns!  This episode is all about Super Cordon Bleu, a modern day take on the games of old! Get ready to take your wallet mind on one of the most satisfying and draining journeys it has ever had the privilege to embark upon. 

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In the end, there are still good gamers out there.

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For several years, or rather since the popularity of internet forums and social media, there has been a thick underlining of animosity within the video game community. Tough discussions related to social issues in video games, and small and petty conversations about which piece of plastic is the best and why another fan base sucks, would lead onlookers to believe that we’re all immature, close-minded, and everything they strive NOT to be or become associated with. It seems that no matter what corner of the internet we visit we can’t escape the debauchery, but there are still gamers out there that DO care about the well being of those that share the same passion as them – regardless of their video game preferences, ethnic or gender identification, or life circumstances. This week there will be a live streaming event in the name of a fellow gamer, Denisse Takes, from a community of gamers with hearts of gold.

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It’s that time again folks; Valentine’s Day. Prepare to find yourself caught in a colorful assault of stuffed bears and endless boxes of chocolate. Now, that might not be so bad for those of you currently standing at the ready with a loved one in one arm and a gaming controller in the other! However, for those of you who don’t have that special someone, well… you have your fictional loves.

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The gaming industry today is certainly not lacking in terrible advertisements. Whether these publicizing money-makers are accused of targeting certain groups or beliefs or even individuals, advertisements are the single most important element of getting any game into the hands of interested players. There are definitely some good trailers out there: the Assassins’ Creed series openings became a way of life quite rapidly and Prey 2 got me sufficiently hyped (only to promptly let me down). There are also the ‘mystery’ ones. Game of War: Fire Age sparked one of the most ambitious ad campaigns for a mobile game this year. Spending it’s $40 million advertising budget in a way any predictable Greek war game would, Machine Zone Inc. brought in a scantily clad Kate Upton to appeal to their target audience.

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In case you didn’t already know, Sony is hosting a community event called The Playstation Experience next month in Las Vegas, NV. The event gives fans the chance to unite and experience Playstation on another level. Sony’s social media Senior Manager Sid Shuman has promised it to be a “awesome once-in-a-lifetime event for Playstation fans,” and so far it’s looking to live up to the hype.

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