How to Get Xbox Game Pass on PC

In this article, I’ll show you how to get Xbox Game Pass on PC. If you thought that Xbox Game Pass was a console-only service, it’s actually available on Windows PCs too! I’ve been using Xbox Game Pass on PC for about a year now. Although I’ve paused my account a few times, it has been one of my top resources. Xbox Game Pass is a service from Microsoft’s Xbox that makes available 100+ video games for digital download on a subscription basis.

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How To Find Free Games On Steam

This is a tutorial on how to find and download free games on Steam. If you’re familiar with the Steam client store or website, you might know the layout can be incredibly open-ended. I use it every day, and it is one of my most useful resources. This allows for some exploration of methods to filter new games posted. Steam is considered one of the most essential clients for finding new game releases for digital download on PC. It is home to tens of thousands of retail, but also free, games.

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JoyToKey Tutorial

JoyToKey and How to Keybind Your Controller

This article is about how to keybind your game controller with JoytoKey to play games, like browser games on Itch.IO, if native controller support is not supported. I play a lot of platformers and games on Itch.IO and Steam that use a keyboard and mouse, but generally, I prefer controller support. Keybinding is a useful ability that can allow you to play more responsively, or even play an indie without native controller support away from your desk!

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Starbound Beginner's Guide

Starbound – Completing the First Planet (Quick Guide)

In Starbound, you use Terraria-style mining mechanics to collect materials and progress through the galaxy. This game was released in 2016. It has had some resurgence thanks to a re-release of the game on the invaluable Xbox PC Game Pass platform. I figured since I didn’t find immediate coverage of my own questions, new players may be wondering how to progress in this game. The game takes place in outer space. It has a plotline involving being stranded in space after a cataclysmic invasion destroys the planet. With some basic tools, you’re left to fend for your own. With a damaged spaceship, you escape to the orbit of a wild alien planet. Now that everyone knows the background, let’s get into how to make it past the first planet!

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Transfer Switch Screenshots and Videos to PC Via USB (Tutorial)

The ability to transfer screenshots from the Nintendo Switch can be ironically confusing with all the support for social media the console has. There are a lot of content creators out there, and when it comes to finding media, which is one reason these Switch screenshots can be almost crucial. Most devices with USB capability have almost complicit plug-and-play, the Nintendo Switch mostly does too–almost. In this brief tutorial, I’ll tell you how to transfer switch screenshots via USB with no problems. This includes videos captured onto the Switch as well. Let’s get started.

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Free Visual Novel Music

Royalty-Free Music: What It Is & Where To Find It

There is an internet vast and full of stuff for putting together specific stuff with other stuff to make intended stuff. Having tested so many games for this site, I thought, “surely, all these fun audiovisual orchestrations must be tapped into some incredibly useful material source.” When I went to learn myself what was involved in making my visual novel, this surprisingly was not so simple. Do not get me wrong, I’m here to give you the goods, but when it comes to music, or graphics, or anything really, the way copyright protection works is stern yet often confusing. So, let me get you going here. Don’t fret–or do! I’m here to tell you that things are not hopeless. More specifically: how to obtain royalty-free music.

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Character Profile Cloud

Character Profile – Writing Believable Characters

Making a character seem real is essentially the sport of writing in a nutshell. The irony of it is most people have built into them everything needed to assess the realness of others in the real world. But what you might have in practical people skills, gets filtered into unbalanced gray areas, in the field or on the page. At times, I find myself with a slew of important characters without consistency. Do not worry, that is okay. Or, perhaps, you’ve mastered this skill. In either case, the aim of this article is to help you apply what you already know with “a character profile.” Today, I’ll give you the tools you need to make a unique character, in motion if you like!

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Writing About Place: For Games And Stories

As a matter of urgency, Mr. Dave Pizza–for as long as I muster it–will bear witness to a fusion of game dev stuff and book/writing stuff. It’s already begun really, but I’m scrambling to realize this vision. So anyway, this article is going to be a how-to on “writing about place.” You guys are going nuts over some of the How-To’s, so Joseph M Tapdancing Kwisatz Haderach, I’m gonna deliver the goods. This article is equally accessible to creative writers, visual novel devs, and game devs. The devs are, of course, in the worldbuilding phase, but perhaps there is even another application I’ve overlooked, screenplay writing maybe. If you don’t even know what I’m talking about? Don’t worry! This is a general concept here. So, with that, let’s get you started.

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Write Nice Reviews About Games

So you want to write a nice review? As I glide through a tremendous Steam list full of unique reviews, it’s actually pretty awesome that gamers are getting involved and writing thoughtful reviews even though some are, not inaccurately, blunt. Praising reviews and critical reviews both serve a purpose. Even a 5-word sentence that reads something like “Just spins me around infinitely” is actually helpful, because if the game costs $20, you might have a point. But let me tell you how, for me, nice reviews are still the best review.

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Godot TileMaps A Quick Beginner’s Tutorial

Let’s talk about GoDot tilemaps. Have you ever played a 2D platformer or Metroidvania and wanted to know how it is made? Maybe you are already making one. I’m back for another insight into the cryptic, enigmatic, secretive, open-source world of indie game development. Tongue-in-cheek there. But I am reaching out to you devs out there to talk about some very useful primary knowledge in GoDot TileMaps!

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Dialogue Blip Sound Effect for Tyranobuilder

Welcome back to another article in my how-to series for gamers and game makers. Today I’ll be talking about making a dialogue blip sound effect in Tyranobuilder free! Sometimes known as dialogue blip. You might be able to use this in Ren’Py or VN Maker, or even other dev projects. Tyranobuilder is where I’ve staked my claim though right now. The sound effect is universally compatible though, just change the part where you actually implement to the protocol for whatever tool you are using. Okay, let’s get started.

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Free Visual Novel Background Images: Using GIMP

Welcome, inspired readers, writers, and ambitious game devs to a new tutorial to assist in your personal game dev projects and how to make free visual novel background images at no cost. I’ve been truly inspired by how many people visited my character generator tutorial, that I’m back for another. I mostly cover indie game highlights with several visual novel reviews. But I am also developing a visual novel in Tyranobuilder, which you can find here. I have taught myself how to try many different techniques in creating background art for visual novels.

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“The Character Creator:” And Other Generators

I talked earlier today about using character creators for game creation, particularly visual novel. I went on a hunt, first on Itch.IO, but then on Google. It took me less than a minute to find a free 2D character creator. I made a video of it being used. I trimmed the video so you didn’t have to do a click play to a full Monty scenario. Check it out though, I was able to customize clothing, facial features, facial expressions, and body types.

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Nintendo Switch: The Powerful, Affordable, Portable Console For Playing and Downloading Games

I read a headline today that said that, this holiday season, the Nintendo Switch outsold XBox and Playstation 4-1. The Switch is a nice candidate for such a purchase, since it is about $200 cheaper than the next gen console alternatives, but there are some other advantages as well besides price. Recently, I talked about how the Wii U made me re-enter the world of gaming and this site earlier this year. What a way to go about it too. If you’re what you would consider, a serious gamer, if there is such a thing, the Switch is totally viable. You might not have photorealistic titles like CyberPunk 2077, but you will have really good games that are just as developed and probably a little more unique actually.

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