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How to deal with gaming rage

By Josh Alfrey | April 1, 2013

I have often felt head-pounding frustration caused by feeders (players intentionally losing), leavers and trolls. I used to wonder, “How could I make my gameplay experience more enjoyable?” If you consider yourself a gamer, I have no doubt you have...

SModCast network hosts popular podcasts

By Josh Alfrey | March 27, 2013

A world of podcasts is waiting for your leisurely listening pleasure, and it was created by the legendary Silent Bob character from “Clerks,” Kevin Smith. Smith, an actor, director and writer, brought to the world such films as “Clerks,” “Chasing...

Women characters change the gaming world

By Josh Alfrey | March 26, 2013

With Women’s History Month coming to an end soon, it is about time we put a spotlight on women in video games and professional gaming. In most games, female characters started off playing the damsel in distress role: Princess Peach in the Super Mario...

‘Fez’ adds innovation to 2D game genre

By Josh Alfrey | March 24, 2013

“Fez,” a mind-bending and innovative platformer, allows a player to take their gaming love to another dimension. “Fez” will be available for PCs through Steam on May 1. Many players had been waiting quite some time for the title to reach other...

Website offers game exchange service

By Josh Alfrey | March 19, 2013

You know that pile of old games you use as cup holders and night stands? They might actually be useful thanks to a video game trading website. is a site where you can trade your old titles for digital currency that you can use to buy other...

Gamers look forward to 2013’s gaming releases

By Josh Alfrey | March 19, 2013

Gamers are waiting on the edge of their seats in anticipation of this year’s hottest releases. Every year marks a new leap in progress when it comes to gameplay and graphics on video games for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. 2013 will be no different...

Great computer games for free

By Josh Alfrey | March 17, 2013

Some of the greatest computer games you can play today won’t cost you a dime thanks to the very popular free-to-play model. The free-to-play model is unlike pay-to-play or subscription-based games because they are free-to-play games. No matter what...

TwitchTV offers a social community for gamers

By Josh Alfrey | March 17, 2013

Gamers can watch, learn and connect with others through the video game broadcasting website TwitchTV. TwitchTV streams people playing more than 300 different video games from around the world. There is no limit to what games players can watch, with lively...

Students take on the sport of competitive gaming

By Josh Alfrey | March 4, 2013

Competitive gaming is now a true profession, making the best teams $175,000 richer for playing at the highest level. Playing video games competitively is now a full-time career for those who are dedicated enough to try their hand. Thanks to Riot Games,...