EA Discusses Bullying in Gaming, Plans To Take Action #GamersUnite

I talked a lot about E3 this past week or so, and that’s exciting and all, but there’s something more near and dear to my heart that actually happened before E3. I feel as though if I don’t talk about it, I am not doing my part.

We often joke about EA and its greedy and often sub-par reputation, but they’ve gone and done something that kinda matters, and for that my respect for them has grown. During EA Play 2019 held on June 8th, EA held a meeting called the Building Healthy Communities Summit. Here, they gathered around 230 of their video game influencers (Game Changers) and and other huge members and teams of the gaming community to hold an open and honest discussion about online bullying and harassment.

When asked whether any of these influencers and members had experienced bullying or harassment online, practically everyone’s hands went up.

To many of us, especially female gamers and minorities, this probably isn’t surprising. In fact, gaming research reports that 57% of players (that’s at least 1 in every 2) have been bullied in games. Data has also shown that 1 in 10 of these victims have considered suicide, and 1 in 5 have quit a game because of how they’ve been treated. It’s a real and awful thing no matter who you are, and can truly ruin a gamer’s experience despite how “normalized” it seems to have become.

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Cloud Gaming: Is It Coming For Console?

Cloud Gaming: Is It The Future?

As always, there is a ton of buzz surrounding this weekend’s upcoming E3 announcements, and one of the bigger themes this year may be the intention to expand and improve upon the availability and functionality of cloud gaming services. Google’s game streaming service Stadia will be releasing in November and Microsoft’s xCloud is currently in closed beta. Both are expected to reveal much more about their plans to enter the cloud gaming world, and Netflix could possibly be getting in the game as well.

Cloud gaming, or a user’s ability to instantly access and play PC and console games via internet streaming, already exists through a few major companies. Sony and Nvidia currently offer subscription cloud gaming services through Playstation Now and GeForce NOW, respectively, although their game libraries are somewhat lacking due to licensing and platform limitations. Other cloud gaming services such as Vortex and have existed as early as 2015 and seem to be expanding rapidly. Amazon and Apple are also in the online gaming development process at the moment – because of course they are.

Although the success of the current cloud-based gaming experience has not yet been notable enough to cause a monumental change in the gaming industry, it’s possible that with other large companies jumping on board and pushing forward, we might be in for a whole different gaming arena in the coming years.

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Site Updates: Mid-Year Edition

Happy middle of the work week to all of you! If the week hasn’t treated you right so far, you have two more days to kick its butt and I believe in you. You can get through it!

Today was a bit of an impromptu cleaning/organization day, so I’ve been doing some background maintenance to old posts and things like that. I have a few updates to the site to let you know about!

Contact Me Page Updated

A few months ago I updated my Contact Me page, but then I checked it today and realized it already needed updating again! So here I’ve updated the links to my YouTube channel, Tumblr, Twitter, and Instagram – as well as my email. If you ever need to contact me for any reason at all, feel free to use any of these methods (or follow, or whatever you’d like).

Old Stories and Gameplay Archived

It was time to put some things to rest, and while I will always cherish and continue to improve on what’s left of The Creeper Legacy, the series and other small things I’ve done are now compiled in the Archives page. If at any point these things are revisited, I will definitely let you know.

The Creeper Legacy Table of Contents

While being archived, the table of contents for the Creeper Legacy has been fully updated. I’ve also added a note for those chapters that are missing images (basically all of them 😢), so you don’t have to guess.

The Great Re-Tagging/Re-Categorizing

I have updated and re-configured tags and categories, which doesn’t really mean much for you unless you’re into using them to find things. You can use the dropdown box on the right to look at specific categories, and all tags on posts should be up to date.

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope to see you around again! Happy gaming <3

The Sims 3 is a Decade Old – A Sims 3 Tier List

The Sims 3

On June 2, 2009, The Sims 3 was released in the US, giving us a brand new open world in which our sims (and their homes) could be as weirdly customized as we desired.

The Sims 3 came to us with a lot of new features (and plenty of bugs to go with them) and while many of us still disagree to this day whether it was a better or worse experience than The Sims 2 or 4, I feel as though we can all agree that, at the very least, this game made us laugh in one way or another.

Now, obviously I adore The Sims 3 in many ways. I still love so many features of it that other games just don’t offer and I plan to continue playing it for a long time. I’ve seen many people around making lists of their favorite EPs and SPs from best to worst, so I thought in honor of The Sims 3’s 10th anniversary, I would do it too.

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