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Get rich or die trying

Escape From Tarkov is a game that I can confidently say that I hate with every fiber of my being. And yet, I can’t get enough.

I play it every moment I can, I watch others play, and I read about it. It haunts my nightmares with endless cycles of desire and despair.

For those that aren’t familiar, Escape From Tarkov is an FPS MMO with RPG elements. But before you read that and think this is some cheap Destiny knock-off, let me tell you it’s very much not.

The goal is to “raid” a selection of maps, loot what you can, kill whoever gets in your way and escape with your riches. Each map is different, offering a mixture of long-range and short-range encounters as well as outdoor and indoor environments. These maps are also filled with “Scavs” or AI-controlled players who roam the map. …


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Here are eight games that will help keep you sane while locked inside

We’re all living through troubling times right now. The COVID-19 pandemic is still sweeping the globe and many people have now been stuck at home for at least a couple of months. It can obviously be a highly stressful and challenging time for a whole host of reasons (especially if you’re also home schooling) — naturally, our mental health is at risk under these circumstances.

Video games are increasingly turning out to be a remedy — or at least, a band-aid — despite historically having had a reputation for being a time-wasting hobby. At the moment, video games provide a much-needed respite from our immediate troubles. This escape might come in the form of constructive daily tasks that provide a sense of structure to our lives, or maybe even just in terms of visiting entirely different places that are far removed from the four walls of our homes. …


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An exclusive interview with the developer bringing back classics from Doom 64 to System Shock 2

Nightdive Studios has been on a fascinating journey. It’s earned them a great deal of praise and admiration from fans and developers alike. Over the years, Nightdive has tackled ports and remasters, all the way up to complete source code reverse engineering. The list of games brought to the current generation with their help is truly staggering.

From their resurrection of classic games such as System Shock 2 and Turok: Dinosaur Hunter, to their publication of remastered games such as Blood: Fresh Supply, Nightdive Studios has been of great service to fans who wish to play their favorite games the best way possible. …


Learn to make the most of your time

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Photo by ian dooley on Unsplash

Being productive is tied closely to success. The more you get done, the less you have to do later which lets you focus more on the things you enjoy. That’s the point right?

But being productive can be a difficult task for some, and staying productive can be even harder. In the era of Youtube and smart phones, staying focused and productive can be a real challenge if you don’t know how. There are many ways to help yourself stay focused and make sure you’re as productive as possible so you make the very most of the time you have.

1. Lock down your phone

Our smart phones are wonderful and useful tools that help us communicate and stay connected to the world. …


Create time for yourself, rather than waiting for it

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I’ve wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember reading books. It was always something sitting in the back of my mind, waiting for me to gather the courage to put my insecurities aside and go for it.

The issue was, I never had time.

Well, that’s a lie. I had plenty of time.

My issue was, I was always competing with other things. Friends wanting to hang out, video games, Netflix, YouTube, anything and everything that could distract me, would.

I’d still write here and there, but it was hardly anything that I considered being real work effort. I was making progress, just… really, really slowly. …


Get great and constructive feedback on your work

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Beta reading is an important and crucial step in your novel writing process. Beta readers and critique partners are a huge asset in making sure that not only is your novel completed and in good shape, but that it makes sense and has proper flow and pacing, a well-structured plot, and interesting and growing characters.

There are a lot of things that can be wrong with your books that a grammar scanner can’t tell you and you need real eyes on it to help find them, but sometimes finding those eyes can be a challenge. …


How to face and overcome the dreadful “no”

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Photo by Steve Johnson on Unsplash

If you’re a writer and plan to have your work read at some point, you must face the uncomfortable and unfortunate process of rejection. It’s difficult to fathom at first, and it has the power to drain you of your energy and your creativity, But it’s important to take that failure and turn it into something you can grow from.

I started seriously writing about three years ago. I started with short stories, writing little 3,000-4,000 word stories just to give myself the boost of getting something completed and done. It worked, and after having a few successful writing experiences, I decided I wanted to take the next step and try to share my work with people other than my friends and family. It was a difficult choice at first. Our writing is like our children. …


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The shooters of old have returned with a vengeance

Once upon a time — long before loot boxes or kill streaks — first-person shooters represented the bleeding edge of video games; they were the kings of technical innovation, competitive gaming…almost everything, really. In many respect, it was a simpler time. Season passes were still reserved for theme parks, and the only way to spend extra money on a game was to buy a copy for a friend.

None of this waxing nostalgic should be interpreted as a suggestion that the shooters of today are inferior. In fact, they still regularly represent the benchmark for cutting-edge graphics and they still attract enormous numbers of players. Annualized franchises like Call of Duty or Battlefield clearly demonstrate that there’s still significant demand for high-quality realistic military shooters; games of this caliber simply wouldn’t exist if there wasn’t sufficient demand for them. …


This is how much I made while doing it

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Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash

I discovered Medium around four years ago. I never used it much, made a twitter like micro post and moved on. I had no idea how it worked or what it was for.

Last year I rediscovered it and signed up for the Medium Partner Program. I wrote a few posts, a couple of short stories and even got in a publication or two. Nothing crazy but it was a way to dip my toes into the water of Medium publishing.

In the amount of time that I spent time writing during that month I made a grand total of $2.52, …


Bring your characters to life with these tips

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Photo by Luca Laurence on Unsplash

Characters are the heart and soul of your story. Without them, you would have nothing but a plot that goes nowhere with no one.

Just having characters in your story isn’t enough though. They need to live and breathe, to be real people that your reader cares about. This can prove to be a difficult task if you haven’t done it before, and many first time writers struggle with creating deep and interesting characters that guide the plot, rather than simply have the plot happen to them.

There are many ways to achieve this that new writers may not think of but are necessary to make sure your readers stay engaged and interested in your story in the long term. …

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John Cooper

Husband, Father and aspiring author. Join me in my quest to tell stories.

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