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If you’re interested in reading the individual background life summaries or viewing the updated artwork of our Champions and Villains then please follow the links here: Champions and Villains. If you are eager to discover the main story that ties all the characters together in Project-X, then please use the following link: Story-line. These links are refreshed with new or redone content as they are released. We publish new articles, stories, videos and new or redone artwork weekdays and occasionally on the weekends too.

Hope you are enjoying our content! The next story from book 4 will be published as soon as it is available. Please visit our YouTube Channel for lets play videos, art tutorials, game reviews, Project-X character animations and the P-X Minies animation series.

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Lilo's Lair #79: 2017 Golden Joystick Awards Winners. Presented by Saljack Enterprises. Gaming. Animation. Media. Entertainment. Woman Owned.

The Golden Joystick Awards have been announced! These awards are the second oldest video game awards (the first is Arcade Awards) and can be voted on by anyone online. The Golden Joystick Awards are also called the People’s Gaming Awards and this year marked the 35th annual. I’ve got the list for you guys.

This is perfect timing for it to come out so that you can put some of these games on your Christmas wishlist. It might also make you want to put a new gaming system on your list–*cough cough* Nintendo Switch. That’s because of which game made “Ultimate Game of the Year.” Hmm…

I’m going to offer a little bit of information about some of the winners, but some categories speak for themselves. One game you’ll notice is missing from this list is Mario Odyssey, and I think that is because it came out so close to these awards. Luckily Mario Odyssey picked up a few winning spots on the Game Critics Awards. Particularly, Best action-adventure game, best console game, and Best of Show.


Best StorytellingHorizon Zero Dawn

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This is an action role-playing game only out for PS4. The setting is a post-apocalyptic world overrun with robots. You play as Aloy, a hunter, and archer. The storyline is intense and exciting. It’s about tribal communities, cults, and personal mysteries.


Best Visual Design – Cuphead

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The best visual design is Cuphead! Are you surprised? I guess in an age where almost life-like graphics in games are becoming commonplace, what you need to stick out is crisp nostalgia. The graphics are simple but pleasing. They follow a robust overall theme for the entire game over all aspects and pay tribute to a classic time in cartoons that is missing today.



Best Audio – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda series is known for having great soundtracks throughout every game. That is why it’s no big surprise this one took the best audio spot this year. Go ahead and take a listen to that YouTube video I linked (heh heh). It’s relaxing, it’s inspiring, it’s overall a great listen and perfect for background music that moves your emotions but isn’t too distracting.


Best Gaming Performance sponsored by The Sun AND Breakthrough Award sponsored by Badfly – Ashly Burch (Horizon Zero Dawn)

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Ashly Burch is the voice behind Aloy, the main character in Horizon Zero Dawn. It makes a lot of sense her performance would garner an award when the game is voted best narrative. Hard to win the best narrative without great voice acting! She also voiced Tiny Tina in Borderlands 2 and Sasha Braus in Attack on Titan. Another cool thing about her is she was a story writer for Adventure Time! I’m totally girl crushing right now.


Best Streamer / Broadcaster – Markiplier

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With over 7 billion views and 18 million subscribers, Markiplier is the 25th most subscribed channel on YouTube. He does Let’s Play videos with much enthusiasm and sensationalism. Apparently, a fun watch.


Outstanding Contribution to the UK Games Industry sponsored by The Telegraph – Debbie Bestwick MBE

Debbie Bestwick is in charge of the commercial and legal aspects of Team17. Team17 is a UK based video game developing company. They do games such as Worms and Alien Breed. I recently talked about one of their games in a blog about co-op games for non-gamer friends–the game Overcooked.


Best Indie Game in collaboration with Square Enix Collective – Friday the 13th: The Game

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I’m a little surprised to see this game on the list. I checked this game out when it first launched, and it was having some serious issues! However, they seemed to have fixed those issues, and the game bounced back in the reviews. This is a survival horror for PC, PS4, and XONE.


Best Multiplayer Game sponsored by GT Omega – PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

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Being a game still in Early Access hasn’t held this game back in popularity. It’s one of the top games on Twitch for streamers. This is a battle royale online multiplayer game. Battle Royale is a combo of exploration, survival, and scavenging. The gameplay is a massive last man standing deathmatch.


Studio of the Year – Nintendo EPD

What more needs to be said? Nintendo has had a significant year with the Switch.


Best VR Game – Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

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This is one of the first AAA/blockbuster games that has come out for VR. It’s also a perfect game for VR considering the fright factor. There are some differences between playing VR and not. The visuals are compromised a little, but overall this is a great leap forward for VR regarding game choice.



eSports Play of the Year sponsored by Intel – Agilities


eSports Team of the Year – Seoul Dynasty (formerly Lunatic-Hai)

South Korea won the Overwatch World Championship this year.


eSports Game of the Year sponsored by OMEN by HP – Overwatch


Handheld / Mobile Game of the Year sponsored by Bespoke Arcades – Pokémon Sun and Moon


Nintendo Game of the Year – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild


PlayStation Game of the Year – Horizon Zero Dawn


Xbox Game of the Year – Cuphead


PC Game of the Year – PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds


Critics’ Choice Award – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild


Hall of Fame – Final Fantasy


Most Wanted Award – The Last of Us Part II

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This is an upcoming action-adventure survival game for the PlayStation 4. It is a sequel to the 2013 game The Last of Us. It’s considered one of the most anticipated games of 2018.


Still Playing Award – World of Tanks

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This is a free to play MMO. Which does mean there are in-game purchases. The game is a simple set up, where you control a single tank. You are on a team that faces off against another team. The game is won when the other team’s tanks are destroyed or by capturing their base.


Lifetime Achievement – Sid Meier

I’m pretty excited to see this since I’m a long time fan of the Civilization series.


Ultimate Game of the Year – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Legen of Zelda: Breath of Wild has beat out every other game for the Golden Joystick Awards. Makes me a little salty that it’s only available on the Switch.

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Lilo's Lair #78: Black Friday Deals Part 2, Gaming Computers. Presented by Saljack Enterprises. Gaming. Animation. Media. Entertainment. Woman Owned.

Hey everybody! Woohoo, Friday! Now, I forewarned you yesterday that today is all about computer gaming deals for the fast approaching Black Friday. However, I have to first share with you guys a FREE game for right now. This is a great deal, and it’s a flash deal! Today is the last day of this deal. Okay, so the free game is Killer is Dead – Nightmare Edition for PC. This is a hack and slash game that came out in 2014. It has fantastic reviews, so don’t be afraid to get it. It here on Humble Bundle. If you don’t have an account, you will need to make one. Costs nothing, so don’t worry about that. Remember, grab it quick because this deal is over soon. You can see the countdown on the Humble Bundle page for the deal.

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Now on to the Black Friday deals for computers. You guys, there is just too much for me to list it all here. Too many laptops, too many desktops, too many computer parts themselves. Gah! I’d be writing that list well into next week. However, I’m going to share links to the full flyers so that you can check out the full monty (in case you have something specific in mind). I know I’m looking to build a new gaming desktop and will be drying my eyes out looking at all the ads for very particular parts. I’d love to score a great graphics card to upgrade my current setup at the very least!

What I decided to include on this list are some of the best deals in each category, as well as including a variety of price points for all different budgets.

Make sure to check out the links because some of these deals are already going on!


Parts

Graphics Cards

It’s hard for me to say much since I know if you’re upgrading specific parts of your computer, you probably understand the benefits. If you are ready to get some better graphics to enhance your gaming experience then now might just be a great time to find a deal. Here are some great deals on graphics cards.

  1. EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 SC Gaming 2GB – $115 – link
  2. PNY GeForce GTX 1060 – $194 (save $66) – link
  3. Asus Dual GeForce GTX 1070 – $329 (save $61) link
  4. XFX Radeon RX Vega 56 – $470 (save $100) – link
  5. XFX Radeon RX Vega 64 – $550 (save $100) – link

RAM

When can you go wrong with more RAM? I guess if you’re maxed out, haha. I’m not maxed out, but I sure like the sound of it. Perhaps you need more RAM to run intense AAA games, maybe you need more RAM because you are starting to get into recording or streaming yourself playing games. You certainly need a decent amount of RAM if you want to run multiple big programs like that. If you don’t have the cash to drop on a new graphics card, then RAM might be what you are looking for.

Just remember you guys…you need RAM that matches your motherboard. It’s not one size fits all.

  1. CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2666 – $79 (save $13) – link
  2. Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 32GB 2 x 16GB DDR4-2400 – $310 (save $20) – link
  3. G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2133 – $80 (save $15) – link

Laptops

It’s great to have a gaming laptop because it’s portable. Which means taking it to a friends house to play in the same room. Though it also means taking it anywhere (like around your college’s campus or to visit relatives for the holidays) and being able to game. It certainly sucks when you need to go visit family for the holidays, but your gaming computer has to be left behind.

I want you guys to be aware that a lot of laptops listed as great gaming laptop deals have mediocre RAM/memory at best. It’s just the name of the game with laptops. Just know that that really is the bare minimum requirement for a lot of games on the market these days in 8GB. I think 10 GB is the best minimum to have because of that. I’ve only included one laptop with 8 GB of RAM because it’s a super cool Star Wars laptop and I’m shameless.

  1. GIGABYTE Aero 14Kv7-BK4 14″ Intel Core i7 7th Gen 7700HQ – $1,450 (save $100) – link

  2. Star Wars Edition Yoga 910 [8 GB RAM]$900 (save $400) – link
  3. ASUS FX502VM Core i5-6300HQ, GTX 1060 – $1000 (save $250) – link
  4. GIGABYTE P57Xv6-NE2 17.3″ Intel Core i7 6th Gen 6700HQ (2.60 GHz) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 16 GB Memory 128 GB SSD 1 TB HDD – $1,379 (save $320) – link
  5. MSI GP Series GP62X Leopard Pro-1045 15.6″ Intel Core i7 7th Gen 7700HQ (2.80 GHz) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 16 GB Memory 128 GB NVMe SSD 1 TB HDD – $1,300 (save $100) – link1 link2

Desktops

Can’t go wrong with a desktop. I mean, gaming laptops are cool and everything but if mobility isn’t an issue for you then they are a waste of time. You can get a better setup for cheaper than a laptop. You can also easily upgrade parts down the line if you feel your computer needs an improvement.

  1. iBUYPOWER Desktop Computer NE2030X Intel Core i9 7900X (3.30 GHz) 32 GB DDR4 3 TB HDD 240 GB SSD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 – $2,600 (save $200) – link
  2. Lenovo Desktop Computer IdeaCentre Y710 Cube-15ISH Intel Core i7 6th Gen 6700 (3.40 GHz) 16 GB DDR4 1 TB HDD 128 GB SSD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 – $1,500 (save $$550 + comes with Destiny 2) – link
  3. Dell – Inspiron Desktop – AMD Ryzen 7 1700 – 16GB Memory – AMD Radeon RX 580 – 1TB Hard Drive – $850 (save $200) – link
  4. Alienware – Aurora R5 Desktop – Intel Core i7 – 16GB Memory – NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 – 256GB Solid State Drive + 1TB Hard Drive – $1,270 (save $230) – link
  5. Alienware – Area-51 R2 Desktop – Intel Core i7 – 32GB Memory – NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 – 256GB Solid State Drive + 2TB Hard Drive – $2,600 (save $400 + VR ready) – link

Now, again I didn’t mention everything. I didn’t even touch into processors, storage, and motherboards. Plus there is a massive amount of deals on gaming computers and computer parts. That is why I’m leaving you the links to the best places for Black Friday deals involving computers. You should know that Amazon likes to be a little trickster. Particularly in the form of their flash deals, which are sudden deals that last for short periods of time. That’s why it’s good to keep checking Amazon for new deals to not miss out on what they will have going on. Those jerks don’t like to give you a head start.

As far as everywhere else, better check quickly because a lot of deals already started and are already sold out! Which is crazy since most of us probably hadn’t even thought of Thanksgiving deals yet. However, some of the deals also haven’t started yet. Makes for somewhat confusing times in this huge sale time season.

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Lilo's Lair #77: Black Friday Deals Part 1, Consoles. Presented by Saljack Enterprises. Gaming. Animation. Media. Entertainment. Woman Owned.

Woah, you guys. Thanksgiving is in a week! It certainly snuck up on me this year. I feel like I’m still in the afterglow of Halloween. Anyone else going to watch Planes, Trains, and Automobiles in preparation for Thanksgiving? You can’t beat comedy classics like that with Steve Martin and John Candy. What other Thanksgiving movies are there, anyway? I don’t know of any.

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Now, the day after Thanksgiving is, of course, Black Friday. The day of massive deals and braving the cold and dark to stand in line with a bunch of other people looking to get the same deal as you. I absolutely hate Black Friday. I’ve gone out twice. Once I thought it would be an “experience” and stood in line with family at Toys R Us. It was cold, and I was tired. What more do I need to say? The next time I planned to wait at Target, but I drove by, saw the line, felt the utter pain inside me for sleep, and turned around to go home. Haha. Both times I wasn’t adequately motivated though since I wasn’t shopping, just going with a family who insisted they wanted me to go with them.

Well, this year is different because I’m fully aware of all the deals! Thankfully, some are online so thank god for that. I have two days of blogs for these deals. Today is all about consoles. Tomorrow will be about computers and computer parts. Let’s start!


Walmart

Walmart’s Black Friday sales start 6PM on Thanksgiving. Which may be horrible if you have Thanksgiving Dinner actually at dinner time. Luckily for me, my family has always done Thanksgiving at lunch. Then we shuffle around the house sated and delirious on too much turkey until we can cram some more in later. Walmart’s online sale doesn’t start until 12:01 Friday, November 24th.

There appears to be no deal on Nintendo Switch, but it’s featured in their ad. Which means you can expect for them to have some in stock at full price. There is also a Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 2DS bundle for $79.

The 1 TB PlayStation 4 is $199 (a hundred dollars off) and the Xbox One (500 GB) is $189  (about $61 dollars off).

The PS4 Gran Turismo Sports VR Bundle is a hundred dollars off, costing $299.

There are sales for console accessories as well (controllers and such), as well as games. Some games on sale are as follows:

  • Legend of Zelda: Breath of Wild special edition (Switch) – $49
  • Call of Duty: WWII (XONE, PS4) – $43
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn (PS4) – $19
  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands (PS4) – $19
  • WWE 2K18 (PS4) – $29
  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (PS4) – $29
  • Grand Theft Auto V (PS4) – $29
  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole – $29
  • 1-2 Switch – $29

You guys, there are a bunch of games on sale. They have collections of games at the price point of $19, $12, and even $9. Check out the Walmart Black Friday ad here. Most the game deals start on page 6.


Target

Same hours here you guys. The sales start 6PM on Thanksgiving day.

Yet again, the Switch is not at a discount. Seems we should just be happy places have it in stock at all–haha. Can’t blame stores for that. However, Xbox One (500GB) is only $189, and they will give you a $25 Target gift card. The PlayStations 4 (1TB) is $200. Lastly, on for the consoles Legend of Zelda green, 2DS is $80.

There are controllers on sale ($40), $10 discounts on Xbox Gold and PlayStation Plus subscriptions. There are indeed a bunch of game deals as well.

  • Call of Duty: WWII – $45
  • Forza Horizon 3 – $15
  • Final Fantasy XV – $15
  • Resident Evil 7 – $15
  • Skyrim Special Edition – $15
  • Overwatch – $30
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – $30

You guys, so many games. I just can’t list them all. Here is the Target ad. The video game deals start on page 9.


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An online store, music to my ears. Also, the deals start November 20th. You are going to notice a trend in the prices in all the places I list. PlayStation 4 1TB is $199, Xbox One S is $190, and controllers for both are $40 (twenty dollars off). The PlayStation VR Gran Turismo Sports bundle is $299.99, but they also have the Oculus Rift with Touch controllers for $349.99. Both those VR sets are normally $400.

Here is the ad for you to check out. No game deals from these guys.


Jet

What’s great about Jet is some deals aren’t only one day. For instance, the PlayStation 4 Slim is $199 (a hundred dollars off), and the sale runs the 19th-27th! It’s nice not to feel panicked about getting a one day deal. The Xbox One S is also on sale more days than one. It costs $189 and is on sale the 23rd-27th.

Check out their Black Friday preview here.


Toys R Us

Toys R Us will open a full hour earlier than Target and Walmart. That is 5PM. Also, their doors are not closing at all until Black Friday is over. Some of their online deals will start as early as 9PM the day before Thanksgiving (November 22nd).

So, they are running the same console deals as most other places. 1 TB PS4 for $199 and Xbox One S for $189. They also have controllers for both for $40 and the LucidSound LS20 wired gaming headset for $40 (regularly $80). Now, here are some games (not all of them):

  • Assassin’s Creed Origins (Xbox One) –  $39.99
  • Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (PS4) –  $24.99
  • Destiny 2 (PS4) – $24.99
  • FIFA 18 (PS4, Switch) – $29.99
  • Forza Motorsport 7 (Xbox One) – $39.99
  • Grand Theft Auto 5 (PS4) – $29.99
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of War (Xbox One) – $29.99

Check out their ad here. The video game deals start on page 14.



Amazon

Okay, so Amazon deals will be starting November 17th and running through November 24th. That means random deals at random times. You can expect to see the same PlayStation deals here for the PS4 and the VR sets. That is the PlayStation VR Gran Turismo Sports Bundle at USD 299.99  and PlayStation VR Skyrim VR Bundle at USD 349.99.

Amazon you’ll have to keep checking out for their deals because they will always be updating their list. They have said they will offer the newest Just Dance game for 50% off.

Check out their deals here. At the top you’ss see “Deal in your favorite category.” That is where you’ll see “Video Games.” Click there for the video game deals.


Best Buy

Tickets to the Black Friday deal at Best Buy will be handed out around 3PM Thanksgiving Day and the doors open at 5PM. They have the same console deals with the PS4 and Xbox One here, including $40 controllers for both. They also have the Xbox One S (500 GB) Madden NFL bundle with an extra controller for $229.99.

Here are just some of the games on sale:

  • Mass Effect: Andromeda (PS4) – $14.99
  • Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4) – $19.99
  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (PS4) – $19.99
  • Resident Evil 7 biohazard (PS4) – $19.99
  • Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus (Xbox One) – $24.99
  • The Evil Within 2 (Xbox One) – $24.99
  • Nier: Automata (PS4) – $24.99
  • Destiny 2 (PS4) – $29.99

Check out the full ad here. Page 2 features some important sales and then the rest start on page 12.


Dell

The online deals for Dell will start 6:59AM on Thanksgiving day. The same deals for the PS4 ($199), Xbox One s ($190), and the PlayStation Vr Gran Turismo Bundle ($299). What Dell also has Xbox One S 500GB Battlefield 1 bundle with Forza 7 and Forza Horizon 3 for $229.99  at 11 p.m. ET, Nov. 23 and Thrustmaster Ferrari 458 Racing Wheel, Forza 7 and Forza Horizon 3 bundle for $259.99 at 12 p.m. ET, Nov. 24.

Check out the full ad here. The console deals start on page 9. There are some game deals too!


Kohl’s

Also running the same deals as everywhere else on the PlayStation and Xbox consoles. They also have gaming accessories like gaming chairs and VR headsets. Check out the deals in their ad here. Page 2 starts the gaming deals.

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Lilo's Lair #76: Star Wars Battlefront II Drama. Presented by Saljack Enterprises. Gaming. Animation. Media. Entertainment. Woman Owned.

Hello you guys! It’s Hump Day in this here week. That is, it is the exact middle of the week, and we are almost over the hump! A nice little distraction from the middle of the week is the drama surrounding the new Star Wars Battlefront game. Oh boy, there is so much drama! Now let me share with you all the spicy aspects.

First of all, Star Wars Battlefront II is first/third person shooter based on Star Wars (duh). It was developed by EA DICE. Who’s that exactly? Well DICE was it’s own company, a Swedish game developing company probably best known for their Battlefield series. In 2006 EA (Electronic Arts) completed it’s taking over of DICE. That is where we get EA DICE.

Star Wars Battlefront (the first one) came out in 2004. That is before EA took control. It did pretty well for itself and got pretty good reviews. Despite this new one being called number two, it actually isn’t! It’s number four. There was a previous Star Wars Battlefront II as well as another Star Wars Battlefront that came out ten years after the 2005 SW Battlefront 2 and is considered a reboot of the series.

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There was plenty of interest surrounding this new Star Wars game coming out this week, specifically November 17th. There is still a lot of excitement, but it’s gone from positive to negative. The negative turn started with the loot boxes. These loot boxes have relatively essential things in them and cost real money. However, they are a gamble because you do not know what you are getting! That means you spend more to get exactly what you want. It’s plain and simple, a tactic for the developer to make money off you. It’s generally frowned upon by players, but hey, it’s here to stay now.

What made fans so upset about loot boxes in Star Wars Battlefront II is that it was revealed that major characters, mainly Darth Vader is not playable after buying the game. Instead, he takes 40 solid hours of gameplay to unlock Darth Vader. Either that, or you know, you could pay for loot boxes until you get him. Forty hours is longer than some entire games. It is longer than free-to-play games make you play to unlock their features. 40 hours is EA being evident that they are trying to make as many players as possible spend money to unlock things that should be part of the game already.

Don’t forget, the game costs $60, to begin with. $80 for the special edition. You are paying for an AAA game, and not even getting a lot of the game’s features.

Well, people started to get mad. This seems to be taking microtransactions to a whole new level. That resulted in a lot of talk on Reddit about the outrage involved with this. One particular thread is going to stand out in Reddit history now. A user made a thread titled “Really? I paid $80 to have Vader locked?”. Well EA decided to respond to the thread personally. The first sentence read:

The intent is to provide players with a sense of pride and accomplishment for unlocking different heroes.

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After that followed some other things about how they chose cost on data they collected from the open Beta. This comment has received about 680,000 downvotes. That is 680k different accounts that downvoted this single comment. That is why it’s historic because it is by far the most downvoted comment in all of Reddit history by a long shot! The second most downvoted comment only received about 25k downvotes. Quite a feat for EA.

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Well, the excitement hasn’t ended since that fateful day. What is funny is Blizzard is now taking shots at EA. You see, Blizzard’s Starcraft II is now free to play. Blizzard has been comparing that to Star Wars Battlefront II pretty obviously in their tweets. Things like:

Number of hours it takes to earn the full StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty Campaign: 0

Number of hours before you can play ANY Co-op Commander in StarCraft II: 0

Number of pay-to-win mechanics in StarCraft II: 0

It certainly got our attention considering how focused everyone is on hating Star Wars Battlefront 2, and hey, it’s certainly convinced me about how amazing of a deal it is compared to what else is on the market.

So, apparently, EA has decided to make some small changes to try and appease the unrest. They have decreased the number of credits it takes to unlock characters. Vader was originally 60,000 credits and is now 15,000. I believe that means it takes 12 hours to unlock him, compared to the 40 before.  However, that has not seemed to appease many people, and I don’t think it should.

Tons have gone online to refund their pre-purchase of the game. Around the same time, EA removed the refund button from your account page. Yes, they actually removed it. Which meant if you want your money back you have to go through customer services. People did because really, the only way to boycott a game about microtransactions is to not buy the game. That is because it does not take a large percentage of people buying microtransactions to make it profitable. I’ve heard only ten percent of players are needed to see huge profits from microtransactions. Plus, who wants to spend so much on a game that is essentially a demo?

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Well, are you guys going to play Star Wars Battlefront 2 when it comes out? Perhaps you’ll never play? Or, maybe you will wait till EA bends more and changes the game a lot?

Also, for your information, even after the scaled back credits to unlock things in the game it will take a total of 4,528 hours to unlock everything in the game according to PC Gamer. That is six solid months. Or, if you rather spend money than time, it costs $2,100.

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Lilo's Lair #75: Twitch Cam Girls. Presented by Saljack Enterprises. Gaming. Animation. Media. Entertainment. Woman Owned.

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Alright, so you are likely familiar with Twitch. It is the most significant streaming site for gaming. You can go to Twitch right this moment and check out streams that are live. Lately, there has been some upset from the streamers and watchers. This particular upset is all about cam girls.

What is a cam girl? Well, typically it is something of a stripper on cam. A woman who makes money using sex on her webcam. However, the term seems to have broadened. It’s now not only webcam soft porn girls, but also sometimes yelled at the top of people’s lungs when any sexuality is sensed by certain watchers (whether said sexuality is intended or not), and sometimes it’s even a derogatory term for a girl on webcam at all. Ah, got to love misogyny on the internet. It can be particularly bad in the gaming community where one feels the need to practically apologize for being a girl gamer. I in the past felt the need to be “one of the guys,” “not like other girls”…you know, “oh, no no I’m just like a guy. Not also like those other chicks that you think are XYZ”. Agh! Luckily, I’ve matured past that.

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Anyway, so what exactly is a cam girl on Twitch? Well, the rules state nothing explicitly sexual.

Nudity and conduct involving overtly sexual behavior and/or attire are prohibited.

Notice how vague that is? Yeah, well everyone has noticed. It means there is this weird gray area where people can complain about anything sexual (like “omg she has cleavage”), but also girls can stream stuff that is most definitely sexual but still has somewhat a guise of not being sexual. Like bending over for the camera, or even having secondary cameras set up for their chest or butt. I guess the guise is if they are cosplaying? I don’t know, it’s hard to see the justification of that not being sexual. “What it’s just a butt cam,” haha, um…

Anyway, yes, I’m saying there are faults on both ends because there is. Those against cam girls and cam girls themselves. However, the real problem seems to be from the rules and admins themselves. With vague rules comes the ability for those in power on Twitch to use the rule as they see fit. Doesn’t that just sound like a recipe for disaster? Well, it has been lately. A favorite streamer (TrainWrecks) was recently banned for “hate speech against women.” It seems deserved. However, that isn’t really the issue. It’s that he received a five-day ban while a girl streamer involved in the arguing with him received a 24-hour ban.

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I’ll tell you right now. The different ban times was not some vague unfair thing about how cam girls get better treatment. However, the rules are so ambiguous, and Twitch likes to stay so tight-lipped that who was to know that? It outraged many, and Twitch finally said it had to deal with how many times a person has been ban previously. This wasn’t TrainWrecks’ first ban, but it was the girls (Nyakkj). However, even with that clarity the question still remains on if Nyakkj should have been banned times before for sexual things in her stream. Hmmm.

The issue just keeps coming back to Twitch’s vague rules. They need to be revamped for the growing and changing community. There is a section called IRL where most of these possible cam girls exist. Some of these girls have claimed that any reports for sexual content on their streams get thrown in the trash. It’s not fair, plain and simple. It appears that these girls using sex to get viewers really are getting special treatment from Twitch staff. The cause is likely money, and probably just personal opinions on how the sexual rule should be interpreted.

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I think we can all agree though that the rule shouldn’t need interpretation. It needs to be specific. My proposed solution would be to have an 18+ area in Twitch where sexually driven streams can go. I also think a stricter, apparent rule should be made for the areas that aren’t 18+ in this scenario. Is this going to make everyone happy? Not by a long shot. That is because there is a lot of hate for cam girls, or girls, in general, to be honest. A big complaint is that they use their looks or gender to make money/get followers. I think this is goofy considering males dominate Twitch by far, or game streaming in general really (not just Twitch). I also think it’s a bit naive. It’s idealism to believe that one specific quality should make a streamer famous. That’s not how the internet works. Take, for example, BuzzFeed. Are their articles quality content? Not at all. It’s quickly thrown together series of pictures and links on a popular topic. Is it popular? Absolutely. That is just something we have to accept. Overall though, no matter the issue at hand, not everyone will be happy when such a significant amount of people are involved.

My opinion on cam girls is I don’t care. It’s just another leg in the horse to get money by having internet followers. They don’t bother me, I don’t bother them. We all can dance in a field under a rainbow if we want. What I’m not really okay with is the hate involved with it, but hey that’s been going on for centuries, and I’m not going to open a can of worms on gender issues. I prefer to keep my topics gaming centered and with this topic, there is apparently a reason to be upset with how some Twitch cam girls are getting different treatment than other streamers.

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Lilo's Lair #74: Best Co-ops to Play with a Non-Gamer. Presented by Saljack Enterprises. Gaming. Animation. Media. Entertainment. Woman Owned.

It’s inevitable that the majority of us will end up spending time with a non-gamer. I know, the horror and shame of it is almost unbearable. What do you even do with a non-gamer? Well, I imagine you met bonding over something else you have in common. However when you are done doing whatever that is you can try to turn that non-gamer into a sleepless gamer addict.

It’s important to pick the right game for a non-gamer. Something that you can play together, something that isn’t a hardcore game….something anyone can enjoy really. Just like there are board games called “party games” that are for folks who aren’t hardcore tabletop gamers, but instead games for those who just want to have a good time and move on. There are those types of video games as well. No, not Mario Party–haha. Experienced gamers can overpower non-gamers in that. Though Wii did successfully get a lot of non-gamers did buy their system and games. Even my mom went out and bought one for her and my dad. Those goofballs probably played about an hour of video games between them before that. Suddenly they are bowling on Nintendo Wii like they live in a 1980’s bowling alley.

Nintendo Wii bowling is a little dated though. I’ve got a list here of great games to play co-op with a non-gaming partner. Whether it be a friend, a girlfriend/boyfriend, or somewhere in between. Here are eight games that make great co-ops with non-gamers. 

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1. Katamari Damacy

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This is an excellent game for non-gamers. You don’t need years of developed hand-eye coordination for the controls, it’s cute, it’s fun, and it’s not stressful. Katamari Damacy is a third-person puzzle, action game. It came out in 2004 for the PS2 but has inspired the creation of other games and has eight sequels itself. That means you don’t have to worry if you don’t have a PlayStation because there are sequels available for Xbox, Windows, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and Vita.

The game’s premise is simple. You want to amass a giant ball by rolling around.


2. Battleblock Theater

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This is a funny game, also don’t forget Castle Crashers which is made by the same folks. Battleblock Theater is a comedy platform game. This game came out in 2013 initially and is now available on Xbox, PC, Mac, and Linux. The controls are straightforward, the graphics are quirky, and again–it’s funny–which is why its great for non-gamers. In the game, you control a prisoner forced to play games.


3. Overcooked

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This is one of those couple experiences that might end up in a fight. Which at least means both people are invested in the game–haha. This is a cooking simulation game that came out 2016 and is available on Windows, PS4, XONE, and Switch. In this game, you play as chefs in a kitchen, not only making the dishes but also serving the customers. A lot of teamwork is involved in getting as many dishes out in a certain time as possible.


4. Stardew Valley

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Technically, this isn’t a co-op. However, co-op open beta is supposed to start end of this year, with the official release happening early 2018. Although, there is apparently a multiplayer mod already in existence! I’ve never played it, and it’s apparently not perfect by a long shot, but it is there to scratch the itch until the official multiplayer comes out. Here is the mod.

Stardew Valley is a farming simulation game and role-playing game. It’s simple, with simple graphics, and is about something anyone can appreciate (gamers and non-gamers alike), which is trying to create a cool farm with crops and animals. Tons of non-gamers have fallen in love with this game. This game is for PC, PS4, XONE, Switch, Mac, and Linux.


5. Lego Games

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Yeah, all the Lego games. They are all low-stress, fun games, that don’t need fancy control work. There are also a lot of Lego games so you can find one that speaks to your non-gamer friend. They are action- adventure games.

Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 is the most recent one in the franchise. It comes out November 14th. It has a bunch of Marvel superheroes, including Guardians of the Galaxy.


6. Don’t Starve Together

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This is another “relationship strength” sort of game, like Overcooked. It is an action-adventure survival game that came out as an expansion to the original Don’t Starve. It’s for XONE, several PlayStations, Android, iOS, Windows, Linux, Mac, and Wii. The controls are simple (point and click), the graphics are cartooning, it’s not overwhelming, it’s great for non-gamers.

The goal is to survive as long as possible, you know, by not starving. IT’s a little stressful, which is why it’s one of those “relationship strength” games where someone might get mad–haha.


7. Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime

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This is a space shooter video game that originally came out 2015 and is available for XONE, Switch, PS4, Windows, Mac, and Linux. This is a game that pretty much everyone likes. The controls are extremely simple ad the only thing that might turn a non-gamer offs that it can be a little difficult sometimes.


8. Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

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A great team building experience, this is puzzle game all about disarming bombs. It came out in 2015 and is available on Android, Windows, Mac, and PS4. One player takes the role of Defuser, controlling the screen and the rest of the players are Experts who read the bomb defusing manual. The Defuser cannot look at the manual themselves! Also, the Experts cannot look at the bomb! Fun times.

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