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    Starbound – Completing the First Planet (Quick Guide)

    Starbound Beginner's 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…

  • Tips

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

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    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.

  • How-To

    Character Profile Advice: Writing Believable Characters

    Character Profile Cloud

    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…

  • How-To

    Writing About Place: Worldbuilding 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…

  • Tips

    Write a Nice Review of an Indie Game: or Any Game!

    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.

  • How-To

    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!

  • Indie

    Astroneer: Low Poly Space Sim Taken to New Heights

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    Astroneer is a low poly space sim with a playful and colorful, stylized atmosphere. It uses its practical fundamental mechanics and graphics to pull off an engaging and creative experience. After completing the tutorial on your basic tools and resources available, the game is essentially an open-world sandbox where you can develop your base camp or head to another planet. It is similar to games like The Outer Worlds and No Man's Sky, without the realistic graphics and more emphasis on casual, puzzle-solving gameplay. Today, I'll take you through what my experience is with this game.

  • Mainstream Faves

    Animal Crossing: Getting Started

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    This game is for Nintendo Switch only! I should have mentioned that. In fact, this game is essentially the major reason I now have a Nintendo Switch. There are so many good games for Switch that are perfectly mindful and low stress, but the media circling around how wonderful this game actually did sell me in a moment of post-materialistic rebellion that I actually donโ€™t really regret. This game took me to a new realm of peaceful gameplaying.