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EA Play Showcase – E3 2018

It is that time of year that all hardcore videogame followers yearn for – the kick-off of the Summer Gaming Convention Season with the Electronics Entertainment Expo (a.k.a. E3 Baby!)

I’m HobbyBoxBurns and I’m starting off my contributions to Outside is Overrated by following the announcements and hubbub surrounding E3 2018.

For the uninitiated, E3 is the first showcase of the gaming fiscal year where all of the gaming publishers and developers gather in Los Angeles, CA to show off what they are cooking for the coming year and beyond. However, this isn’t just targeted at games enthusiasts (in fact, regular fans couldn’t even attend the event until last year) – it is also where the companies pitch their roadmap to investors and wholesalers as to why their games are going to be awesome and need to be distributed in mass quantities everywhere.

Anyway, enough with the E3 background, and onto the first conference/showcase of E3 2018 with the EA Play Showcase.

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A Lonely Seadog – Three Hours with Sea of Thieves

Rare’s Sea of Thieves promises a pirate’s bounty. The shared world pirate adventure allows you and your friends to crew a ship, explore islands, hunt for treasure and plunder other players. An amazing premise, but my first three hours with the game left me feeling salty.

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Illustrator John Gallagher on Working in Movies, DC Shows, Comics and Gaming

John Gallagher is an entertainment illustrator who has worked in screen-based entertainment since 1995. His resume includes four seasons working on The Flash, as well as two on Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Falling Skies, Once Upon a Time and dozens of others. He also previously spent nine years working in video games at Bioware Corp prior to moving to film in 2008.

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Olivia Mears Innovates in Cosplay and Food Fashion

Olivia Mears is an incredibly talented 26-year-old artist from North Carolina. She has gained national recognition and internet renown for some of her creations, including Taco Belle, Pizzarella and PBRmor.

Mears recently took some time to chat with OiO about her art and influences.

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16,000 Games and Counting

Software Engineer Jonathan Chapman loves gaming, and he has a physical collection of over 16,000 games to prove it. In addition to the games, Chapman collects different versions of consoles, books, game guides and comics.

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Review: Shadowrun Dragonfall

I’m going to cheat a little bit with this review.  As has been widely reported, I recently reviewed Shadowrun Returns and, in short, it’s a great game for fans of RPGs and turn-based combat.  Well Shadowrun Dragonfall is so similar that I’m going to piggy-back off of that review so I recommend that you read that one first. Continue reading “Review: Shadowrun Dragonfall”

Review: Shadowrun Returns

My possibly-embarrassing New Year’s resolution was to play more video games and I’m off to a pretty good start in 2018.  Recently I played through Shadowrun Returns and I wanted to share my thoughts with the Outside is Overrated audience. Continue reading “Review: Shadowrun Returns”

DragonBall FighterZ Beta Impressions

Guest Post By: Super Saiyan Scott

Being a big fan of both fighting games and the DragonBall franchise, it’s not hard to see why I have been incredibly excited for DragonBall FighterZ since it was revealed at E3 2017. So when I got a chance to play the open beta this last weekend, I sucked up every ounce of hands-on time with the game that my schedule would allow.

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First Impressions: Shovel Knight

Shovel Knight is a colorful platforming throwback to yesteryear. You take the role of Shovel Knight, a shovel-wielding hero who leaps across chasms and defeats enemies on his way to the Tower of Fate. After playing the first couple stages, I think the game has a lot of potential.

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