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Jason Fanelli is a tried-and-true Philadelphian, having lived in Delaware County for his entire life. He’s a veteran of the games industry, covering it for over a decade with bylines on The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, IGN, and more. He currently hosts the Cheesesteaks and Controllers podcast on iHeartRadio for Fox Sports Radio in Philadelphia.

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The Ascent Hands-On Preview: Diablo With Guns

Jason checks out The Ascent, an Isometric action shooter with RPG elements. As he puts it: Diablo with guns!


Not So MMO: Pathfinder: Wrath Of The Righteous Preview Impressions

Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous is a robust game. Jason took to the CRPG, whose beta comprises of about 60 hours worth of content, for a spin. Here are his thoughts.


Manticore Games Shows Off The Creativity At The 'Core' Of Its New Platform

Core, the do-it-yourself game creator by MantiCore Games, comes to the Epic Games Store today, bringing 20,000 free games from creators all over the world along with it. Jason was able to go hands-on ahead of the release and chat with its creators about the new game creation platform.


E3 Officially Going All-Digital In 2021, Taking Place June 12-15th

The Electronic Entertainment Expo is returning in 2021, as confirmed by its organizer The Entertainment Software Association, however this time it's going to be an all-digital affair. This is after speculation and reports indicated it was shifting to an in-person event.


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Not So MMO: Evil Genius 2: World Domination Review

Jason has been plotting ways to create his own Dr. Evil-esque empire, however those pesky moral issues are getting in the way of accomplish this in real life. Thankfully Evil Genius 2: World Domination allows him to do so in a video game without any of the ramifications. Here's our review.


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ADATA XPG SE900G External SSD Review

With storage at a premium during the new console generation's infancy, external solid state drives are becoming a necessity. We take the ADATA XPG SE900G External Solid State Drive for a test run to see if it's worth the investment.


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Bravely Default 2 Review - The RPG Files

If you're a lapsed Final Fantasy fan who wishes the series would return to its 2D roots, boy do I have a surprise for you. Square Enix heard your wish and granted it, only with a "Calypso in Twisted Metal" style swerve: it's not called Final Fantasy, it's called Bravely Default II. Here's our review.


Not So MMO: Evil Genius Hands-On Impressions

Jason went hands-on with the upcoming Evil Genius 2: World Domination, finding out that running your own evil empire still requires some more grunt work than anticipated.


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Not So MMO: Hitman 3 Review

Hitman 3 caps off the World of Assassination Trilogy that began with 2016's episodic treatment of the legendary series. Is this send off worth your time in the end? Jason reviews Hitman 3, taking Agent 47, AKA a Human Swiss Army Knife, out for a spin.


Not So MMO: EVERSPACE 2 Preview

Jason jumped into EVERSPACE 2 to check out Rockfish's latest entry into their sci-fi series as it heads to Early Access next week. Check out what he thinks of the upcoming Early Access game.


Fortnite Follies: How The Allure Of Epic's Hit Was Too Much To Pass Up

Jason has been playing Fortnite, a game that while he first played it back in 2018, didn't really grip him. Now, though, the recent Mandalorian season sunk its Battle Royale teeth in him. Jason breaks down why he thinks that is, and some thoughts on the global hit in general.


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Mountain Makalu 67 Wired Mouse Review

The new Makalu 67 mouse is a lightweight, lightning fast gaming mouse that's simple and elegant in its design. Will it bring you the best of what PC gaming has to offer, or are there serious setbacks to worry about? Check out this review to find out more.


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Not So MMO: Hyrule Warrios: Age of Calamity Review

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity has left our reviewer, Jason, conflicted. On one hand it's one of the most efficient uses of Musou formula, but he can't help be feel it could have stuck its landing better. Here's our review of the latest offering from Nintendo.


Assassin's Creed Valhalla: Xbox One X Vs Xbox Series X

Rarely is our writer Jason presented with an opportunity to start a game on one console and finish it on its successor, but that is exactly what happened with Assassin's Creed Valhalla. Take a look at his thoughts about the major differences that have stuck out, as well as how this has changed his mindset with games in general as a result.


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Not So MMO: Bugsnax Review

You've probably had the Bugsnax song stuck in your head at least once since the summer: "kinda bug and kinda snack, try to catch it in your trap, feed somebody and you'll see we are whatever we eat." That earworm invaded our brains the instant Bugsnax made its debut during the PlayStation 5 reveal presentation back in July. But does the full experience stick in your brain after the Bugsnax song wears off? Here's our review.