Eric Watson

Eric Watson

Eric is a freelance writer who enjoys talking about video games, movies, books and Dallas-based sports teams. Every week he watches a random film from his collection of several hundred DVDs and live tweets about it @RogueWatson. He also makes a mean tuna quesadilla. 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.

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Save $50 on All Xbox One Bundles this Summer

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Microsoft is featuring two weeks of savings on new Xbox One bundles, with both Xbox One S and Xbox One X, to kick off the summer. The Xbox One S sale runs until May 19. Then it’s Xbox One X time from May 20-26.

This week all Xbox One S bundles are $50 off:

  • Xbox One S Sea of Thieves Bundle (1 TB) – $249
  • Xbox One S PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (1 TB) – $249
  • Xbox One S Rocket League Blast-Off Bundle (1 TB) – $249
  • Xbox One S Starter Bundle (1 TB) – $249
  • Xbox One S Starter Bundle (500 GB) – $229

All the game bundles come with 1 month of Xbox Live Gold. The Starter Bundle doesn’t come with any games. Instead it includes three months of Xbox Live Gold and three months of Xbox Game Pass. Game Pass is a Netflix-like subscription to Microsoft’s digital library of games. Game Pass features over 100 Xbox One and backwards compatible Xbox 360 games, with new added each month.

If you’re looking for a bit more oomph, you’ll want to wait till next week with the Xbox One X sale. This one’s a bit less straightforward. Purchasing an Xbox One X ($499) between May 20 and May 26 will net you a $50 gift card from participating retailers. The specific retailers have not yet been announced.

The biggest games on Xbox One are reflected in the bundles, though PUBG’s incredible popularity in the Battle Royale genre is being supplanted by the free-to-play, Teen-rated Fortnite. One of the most anticipated Xbox exclusive games is State of Decay 2, which launches May 22.

The Xbox One S sale ends May 19. The Xbox One X promo begins May 20 and ends May 26.

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You Can Now Gift All PC and Xbox One Games on the Microsoft Store

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Microsoft has finally caught up to Steam when it comes to digital gift-giving. Larry “MajorNelson” Hyrb, Xbox Live Director announced the new update that affects all Windows 10 PC and Xbox One games purchased through the Microsoft Store.

To purchase digital games as gifts, simply add the email address of the recipient on PC, or their Xbox Live Gamertag on Xbox. The recipient must be on your Xbox Live friends list.

There are a few limitations when it comes to buying digital games as gifts:

  • Gift purchasers can only buy two discounted products, and a total of 10 discounted products, every 14 days. There are no limits for gift purchases made at full price.
  • Gifting of Xbox 360 and Xbox original games, pre-orders, free products, and consumable downloadable game content such as virtual currency is not allowed.
  • Gift recipients can only redeem gift tokens in the country or region where they were purchased.

It’s also important to note that you can’t gift games you’ve already purchased. This is not a game-sharing feature. Instead you simply have the ability to purchase a game as a gift instead of (or in addition to) buying it for yourself.

Microsoft had previously rolled out a test version of gift-giving for select Xbox One titles last fall. Gift-purchasing is now available for all Windows 10 PC and Xbox One digital games.

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Frostpunk Review

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Available On: PC

Things were going well, or least as well as can be expected against an apocalyptic snowstorm, until the temperature plummeted another 40 degrees. “Snowmaggeddon” is a joke during brutal winters. But nobody’s laughing in the world of Frostpunk when temperatures approach -90 degrees, rendering most of the world uninhabitable.

In the last city my supply of coal dwindled to nothing as my geothermic reactor began shutting down. I watched a cascade of Bad News as my workforce grew sick, homes grew cold, and people began dying. I was forced to pass a law to enable emergency 24 hour shifts. Brave men and women operated frozen coal mines in the dead of night to give us the juice we needed. Some grew sick, and some were so frostbitten they had to have limbs amputated.

But the city survived. These harrowing moments solidify Frostpunk as one of the most memorable and emotional city building sims I’ve ever played.

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PAX Unplugged Officially Returns With a New Date

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When PAX Unplugged was announced last year, some where skeptical that it was a one-off event. Put those fears to rest, as Penny Arcade and ReedPOP have officially announced PAX Unplugged 2018. Badges will go on sale May 17.

“I know we’re biased, but we really did have a blast at Unplugged last year and we’re really excited to come back,” states the official announcement. “Not just come back, but we’re growing the scope of the show considerably. Don’t worry, it’ll still be focused on tabletop gaming, but parts of the building will be opening up to us this year and we should have a bit more room to stretch our legs and smooth out some of the wrinkles.

PAX Unplugged 2018 will take place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA. Last year it took place the weekend before Thanksgiving, but this year the dates have been shifted two weeks later, taking place Nov 30 – Dec 2. That should hopefully ease the chaos of traveling around the holidays. Not to mention another big board gaming convention, BGG Con, that took place at the same time last year.

Like other PAX shows, PAX Unplugged features an exhibit hall stuffed with vendors, develoeprs, and publishers, discussion panels, musical performances, and tournaments. All other PAX events focus on video games and the gaming industry, with a light sprinkling of tabletop. Unplugged focuses exclusively on tabletop games, board games, and RPGs, from a massive freeplay area with lending library to a dedicated area for painting minatures.

PAX Unplugged also includes a special family room area with kid-friendly games. The final day of the expo, Sunday, is designated Kids Day. Kids Day will provide an extra emphasis on family-friendly games, as well as offering reduced single-day Kids Day Badges for the Under 12 crowd. The Kids Day Badge still provides full access to the event.

PAX Unplugged 2018 badges will go on sale at 12 pm Pacific/3 pm Eastern on May 17. You can sign up for Twitter notifications when registration opens.