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  • The Average Gamer

    Marshall Barker|May 9, 2024

    Oftentimes, I like to wonder how our world would be different today if history hadn’t played out the way it has. I find it to be a fun way to get lost in thought and see what sort of wacky and fun alternative timelines I can think up. There are some good movies, TV shows, and even video games that like to play around with these ideas too. What would our world look like if the microchip had never been invented, or what would happen if nuclear energy became the norm and not fossil fuels? What would happen to the world if total nuclear a...

  • The Average Gamer

    Marshall Barker|Mar 14, 2024

    When it comes to upcoming video game releases, I am generally pretty well in the know and have a good idea of what I am going to spend money on and what I am not. With that being said, there are still many games that fly under my radar, and the most recent and notable game that this happened with is Helldivers 2. I remember seeing a brief mention about a year ago that the 2015 Helldivers was getting a sequel. I had never played Helldivers and didn’t know anyone personally who had spent any amount of time playing it, so I quickly moved that i...

  • The Average Gamer

    Marshall Barker|Mar 7, 2024

    When it comes to upcoming video game releases, I am generally pretty well in the know and have a good idea of what I am going to spend money on and what I am not. With that being said, there are still many games that fly under my radar, and the most recent and notable game that this happened with is Helldivers 2. I remember seeing a brief mention about a year ago that the 2015 Helldivers was getting a sequel. I had never played Helldivers and didn’t know anyone personally who had spent any amount of time playing it, so I quickly moved that i...

  • The Average Gamer

    Marshall Barker|Feb 15, 2024

    The year 2023 was a great year to be a gamer, and no matter what type of games you are into, there really was something for everyone. And 2024 is shaping up to be another fantastic year for gamers. Every year, we get new entries into established franchises such as Call of Duty, Madden, or the globally popular Fifa. With all of these huge titles, it can be easy to miss out on some great games, and that's why I made this list to showcase three games that I am personally looking forward to in 2024. The first game I want to talk about is Pacific...

  • The Average Gamer

    Marshall Barker|Jan 25, 2024

    For years, gaming has been seen as an antisocial activity. A lot of people still have the stereotype of a person who locks themselves away in their room, eyes glued to a screen, and has little to no social life. There may have been some truth to that in the years before the rise of multiplayer gaming; however, in 2024, this stereotype couldn’t be further from the truth. Gaming has evolved into one of the most socially engaging hobbies a person can have. Depending on which study you want to look at, the number of gamers varies, but the a...

  • The Average Gamer

    Marshall Barker|Dec 7, 2023

    Shopping for anyone can be difficult, but for some shopping for the gamer in their life can be near impossible. It’s understandably difficult for some of us to find the perfect gift for a gamer; navigating the world of gaming is a very foreign idea for many. Did the gamer in your life mention a game that they really wanted and you can’t find it anywhere? Well a lot of games now are only sold on digital storefronts and will never be seen physically on the shelf of a store. Maybe they mentioned wanting a certain accessory for their setup and now...

  • The Average Gamer

    Marshall Barker|Nov 9, 2023

    Anyone who knows me is aware of the fact that I spend a lot of my free time playing video games. Video games have been a huge part of my life for a long time and I have spent countless hours enjoying them. I can still remember my parents gifting me Medal of Honor: Frontline on Playstation 2 for my ninth birthday. I credit that game for turning me into a true gamer. I probably replayed that game more than 50 times over the course of the following year. It has been a long time since I’ve played that game but it will always be one of my most f...

  • The Average Gamer

    Marshall Barker|Oct 5, 2023

    It was a little over five years ago in June of 2018 when Bethesda Game Studios announced they were making a new game set in an entirely new universe. They called the game “Starfield.” Bethesda didn’t give us a release date yet. In truth they really didn’t give us much at all, just that they were working on a new roleplaying game set in space. I have always been a huge fan of science fiction and Bethesda’s previous games, so when I saw Starfield I knew immediately that I had to have this game. The thing with Bethesda is they have a tendency...