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Eric Watson

Freelance Writer

Fort Worth, TX

Eric Watson

Freelance Writer. Lover of Games, Movies, Books, and You.

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Defense Grid, the 'beer game' that changed a genre

"We wanted to make a beer game," says Michael Austin, creative director and co-founder of Hidden Path Entertainment. "That's a game you can play with one hand while holding a beer." Though Austin and his fellow veterans at Hidden Path had previously worked on several games, Defense Grid: The Awakening was their first self-published title.
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GraviTrax Review

Growing up I didn’t even know the name of the plastic construction sets of tubes that formed cascading ramps for marbles – I just knew they were super fun. Marble runs come in all shapes and sizes, and GraviTrax, engineered by German toy and game company Ravensburger, is not only one of the best I’ve encountered, it’s also the most cerebral.
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Ranking All Six Skylanders Games

Skylanders fans haven’t been feeling confident about the series lately. Activision announced last year that there would be no Skylanders 7 release, the first year a new Skylanders game hadn’t released since the series began in 2011. We’ve been given no new updates on the future of the once stalwart kid-friendly franchise.
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How a videogame composer designed the Tangledeep RPG

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Into the Breach Review

Pacific Rim meets Chess isn’t exactly the most common elevator pitch for indie games, yet it perfectly describes Into the Breach, the long-awaited sophomore release from beloved FTL: Faster Than Light developers Subset Games. Into the Breach successfully retains all the fun roguelike challenges and tactical strategy of FTL while minimizing most randomized frustrations, creating a compelling tactical board game.
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Our biggest screw-ups from Into the Breach

It should be easy. You can see exactly what the vek are going to do next turn, and plan accordingly. There are a lot of ways Into the Breach can go wrong. Here are some of the ways it's happened to us. Jody Macgregor: I'd unlocked the Rusting Hulks squad. Their abilities are focused on using smoke to hinder the vek, which takes some getting used to, and while I was trying to wrap my head around what electric smoke even is, my buildings took some hits.
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Teaching the Classroom with Dungeons & Dragons

Every year the concept of gaming in the classroom gains more and more traction among educators, school boards, students, and parents. Using games, especially role-playing games, as teaching tools has proven incredibly successful. Two high school teachers are making waves by implementing Dungeons & Dragons into their classrooms.
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Crossing Souls Review

Available On: PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, PC (Win, Mac, Linux) My generation (I’m in my 30s) has an indomitable passion for the 1980s. The appeal waxes from fun nostalgia to tiresome and cynical. Sometimes you get brilliant results like Stranger Things, other times it’s a disastrous grab bag like Ready Player One.
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Laser League is future sports with deadly neon lasers

In the year 2150, the biggest arena sport is played with light. "Laser League is a totally new sport we have invented,” said Simon Bennett, founder and director at Roll7. “It’s built to be a fun and exciting original experience.”. Laser League recently launched on Steam Early Access, offering local play of up to 4v4, and online teams of 2v2 and 3v3.
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Aegis Defenders review

What is it? Pixelated, 2D platforming tower defense for two. Reviewed on Windows 10, AMD FX-8350, 8GB RAM, GeForce GTX 960. Things were going well until the escort mission. My regular tactic of hiding behind towers and traps didn't work when I had to safeguard a caravan across a level full of monsters, trying to keep things moving while also juggling multiple characters and opening pathways for them.
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Monster Hunter: World Tips and Guide for New Players

Monster Hunter: World may be the most accessible game in the series (read our review) but it’s still a tricky game to jump into, particularly if you’re completely new to the Monster Hunter series. We’ve compiled some helpful tips and explained some important mechanics to help start novice hunters on the right path to hunting and slaying.
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Monster Hunter: World Review

I had the Anjanath on the run. Monster Hunter’s version of a Tyrannosaurus Rex decided he’d had enough of my hacking and slashing, and fled to higher ground. I chased after him, winding up the trees and branches in the Ancient Forest. We reached a nest-like clearing and faced each other, prepared to duel it out again.
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About

Eric Watson

Eric is a freelance writer who enjoys video games, movies, comics, and Dallas-based sports teams.

He lives near Fort Worth, Texas with his wife and daughter, two dogs, two cats, two fish tanks, some hermit crabs, and a bookshelf full of Transformers.