As someone who’d played the game for north of 800 hours over the course of three years, Overwatch felt long in the tooth. Rampant power-creep, a questionable esports ecosystem, and few friends left playing it made it easy to step away from the game. Casually, I had picked up Counter Strike: Global Offensive and invested almost 400 hours into that as I admired the tactile gun play and the arcade-esque approachability the game offers in casual modes. Then, because I am a supremely lucky person, I received Beta access to Valorant.

Overwatch is a Blizzard game that introduces the hero-based…


I let out a groan, watching as a precious tarantula skitters off the edge of a pond and topples down into the water with a splash, never to be seen again. Begrudgingly, I resign myself to claiming the nearby giant water bug, haphazardly tossing my net into the water and fishing it out. I now know I’ve effectively lost 6,000 bells because of the difference in selling price for these bugs to Timmy and Tommy; if Flick has arbitrarily decided to grace my island with his presence that increases my loss to 9,000 bells as he buys everything for x1.5…


The five-foot-ten detective looked like he carried the weight of the world on his shoulders. Dark rings had found permanent residence between a set of stiff, boring eyes that were accompanied by a similarly still facial structure. The man’s cheekbones stood out slightly, but the vaguely trapezoidal shape of his face still had a soft appearance, at least in texture. That wasn’t to say the slight sag at the corners of his mouth nor the unusually large forehead weren’t out of place, but something about him managed to seem young; perhaps it was his clean shave. Dusty black hair tangled…

Neal Sweeney

I play/watch video games and question the reason for existence at every turn.

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