Twitch 101 with Bex from Trista Bytes

It’s Twitch 101 with Coaching for Geeks and Trista Bytes! Twitch is a beast of a platform, and with the demise of Mixer (Twitch’s only true rival), everyone’s streaming on Twitch. If you want to be a streamer then you need to get the right kit, grow your audience, grow your confidence, and learn some new skills. Whether you’re starting …

3 Ways That Gaming Can Improve Your Self-Image

The idea of self-image is exceptionally vital for many people. After all, the way we think about ourselves will affect us in many different ways, including affecting our mental, physical, social, emotional, and even spiritual health. In other words, how you feel about yourself will affect the way you function. For this reason, it is important to do things that …

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Break the Stereotype: Practice Good Hygiene While Gaming

No one likes stereotypes, but sometimes so many people in a group live up to them that they stick. In this case, they also stink! Gamers have gathered all sorts of stereotypes over the years. Which are true? Which are totally out there? And how can you avoid falling into those categories? Debunking the Stereotypes Thanks to popular media, when most …

3 Tips for Popping Your Online Gaming Cherry

Are you planning to leave the comforts of a single-player game and delve into the more complicated world of multiplayer? We won’t blame you if you feel a little intimidated by the task. After all, you are interacting with other people and there is no telling how they will treat you. Most, if not all, online multiplayer games will unfortunately …

Getting started with Twitch

A quick guide to some of the settings for Twitch channels, including screen caps, and brief descriptions/explanations of the important ones. Keep scrolling till you see: “This is the end. Turn back now!”  Let’s dive in! Channel Settings The following options are found on your channels dashboard at: https://dashboard.twitch.tv/u/**channelName**/settings/channel – but replace **channelName** with your actual channel name. The following …

Lonely Mountains: Downhill – A Review 

Lonely Mountains: Downhill is a game full of boundless charm, that has honestly taken me utterly by surprise. Lonely Mountains: Downhill – previously released cross-platform (on PC, PS4 and Xbox One) in Oct 2019 – has now launched on the Nintendo Switch. Developed by Megagon Industries and published by Thunderful, a publisher with a colourful library of unique games. I …

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The 42 best PC games for new gamers to try

Video games are great!  They let you explore alien worlds, live a life of exhilaration of missed heartbeats and adrenaline and, if the truth be known, a life of dubious virtue. But also collecting coins, matching candy, and saving the day. They can also be a little bit overwhelming for newcomers, with complex controls, confusing terminology, and OH MY GOD …

How to Keep Your Eyes Healthy While Playing Video Games

Video games allow hours of entertainment in worlds that only animation, graphics and creativity could dream up. However, playing them can sometimes come at a cost to your eyes.  If you get headaches easily or have vision problems, you know the importance of playing video games the right way. The following tips can help you keep your eyes healthy while …

4 Things You Should Never Do When Playing Online – Our Guide

Are you planning to head into the online world of gaming? Player One, Ready? While you can jump right in and enjoy your game, know that the online gaming world is the Wild West; territory where anything goes – it’s dangerous to go alone – take this guide to ensuring that your online multiplayer experience isn’t tainted and to manage …

We asked some streamers what games make them happy

Videogames! They can be a source of fun, of exhilaration, or utter fucking frustration when you fuck that fucking mission up for the umpteenth fucking time. *narrows eyes and glares at GTFO* It’s easy to forget that games can be fun when guns deep in the latest grey and beige shooter, or getting attempting to survive as a civilian in …

Post a game to a friend: BARPIG Lock-Inn

BARPIG! The highly social game of post adventuring tavern-time won our ‘Party Game of UK Games Expo’ award and was nominated in our end of year awards too. Surely such a silly game can’t work in a post-lockdown world… right? A game so based on social interaction and being in the same room that it’s surely in piggy hibernation to …

3 ways video games can help build your confidence

In dire need to build your self-confidence? It may sound like counterintuitive advice, but start playing video games! Contrary to popular belief, video games actually help build self-confidence. The most obvious way it does this is that it forces you to interact with other people, (if you’re playing online multiplayer games. With so many multiplayer games today, you are bound …

3 Tips to Get You Started on Your Esports Journey – Our Guide

Fancy yourself under the spotlight competing in the esports scene for millions of pounds or millions of dollars? While the journey to that ever happening IS arduous and extremely difficult, it is not impossible. With enough effort and patience, you will slowly climb to the top. If you are ready, begin your journey to becoming an esports pro with these …

Review: Hero Realms

Today we’re taking a look at Hero Realms, a deck-building, fantasy combat game from White Wizard Games; the spiritual sequel to their space-themed deck-builder Star Realms.  In this review we’re looking at the base box – which offers a few competitive game modes for 1-4 players – as well as the character and boss packs, and the co-op campaign mode …

Review: Exceed Fighting System: Shovel Knight Edition

Shovel Knight is a popular, platform-scrolling game franchise. Personally, I don’t have a lot of experience playing this fun, arcadey game, but from watching speedrunners and YouTubers I can describe the base game like this: imagine Mario, but instead of the quirky Italian plummer we all know and love, you control a knight armed with a shovel.  It follows the …

The 4-Step Guide to Properly Cleaning Your Gaming Keyboard

So, you’re a gamer. That probably means that you spend countless hours sitting in front of your desktop or laptop clicking away heads and winning that bread for your team! That said, whatever it is the game you play, the last thing you ever want to deal with is a keyboard that stops responding because some pieces of Cheetos you …

Element by Whirlwind FX – Review

At PAX East 2020, a small company called Whirlwind FX launched their newest creation – the Element keyboard. Advertised as the first ever content reactive, full-sized, RGB mechanical keyboard. It boasts “industry-first extensions to detect, recognize, and synchronize effects with critical utility moments and events in any game – explosions, damage taken, healing, shields and more – producing LED patterns, …

3 gamer tips for hacking your gaming health – our guide

Contrary to popular belief, gamers can experience injuries and health conditions too. After all, too many hand movements and extremely long hours of gameplay can cause different ailments from wrist injuries to mental health issues. As a gamer, it’s important to watch your health as it tends to be easy not to be mindful of your well-being when playing games …

Review: PONG Quest

PONG Quest tries to bring dunegon delving RPG elements to Pong, but lacks the charm, wit, and fun to pull it off.

Review: Kana Quest

A cute, educational puzzler that wholeheartedly embraces a pixel-art aesthetic Learning Japanese is not, it must be said, the easiest thing in the world for a native English speaker. Getting to grips with up to three new character sets – Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji – can be a big part of that difficulty so tools to help are always welcome. …

Review: Totally Reliable Delivery Service

An incredibly hilarious physics based game that forces you to deliver parcels in the most preposterous way with your friends. Like Death Stranding, if it was written by Monty Python. Let’s be completely honest here, Totally Reliable Delivery Service, the new open sandbox physics based game by We’re Five Games and TinyBuild is not a revolutionary game. It doesn’t have …

Review: One Finger Death Punch 2

Warning; this game is addictive. One Finger Death Punch 2 is just as simple yet complex in gameplay, as it is in title. Created by Silver Dollar Games and following on the coattails of its older sibling (familiarly dubbed One Finger Death Punch) from 2014, One Finger Death Punch 2 blazed its way onto Xbox One and Nintendo Switch last …

What the hell is Pixel Puzzle Makeout League?

Life is full of problems. It’s how you solve them that counts. For superhero-in-training, Pixel Girl, it’s simply a matter of turning her problems into picross puzzles (‘pixel puzzles’ in her own words) and solving them that way. Locked door barring the way? No problem puzzle fans, It’s pixel time! Solve the puzzle and the door opens. Need a cat? …

A Trip to the Pokemon Centre

I was one of the lucky 30,000+ people that managed to get into the Official Pokemon Centre Pop-Up shop that was located, right here in good ol’ London, and here’s my review of the shop a little while later. The First Attempt My first visit was on Monday October 28th. Me and my sister Katie had planned it all since …