Jason Faulkner

I'm a video game journalist/content creator. I write news, features, reviews, and guides, and also produce visual content to supplement written word publications.

There's no good guy in the Epic Games vs. Apple lawsuit

Fortnite has been banned from the Apple App Store after launching the Mega Drop incentive today. Mega Drop is designed to let players save 20% on in-app purchases by paying Epic Games directly instead of utilizing Apple’s payment system. However, since this is in violation of App Store guidelines, Apple pulled the plug, and Epic Games is filing suit. However, Epic Games isn’t portraying this situation for what it really is: Epic flexing so they can reduce Apple’s 30% cut. Instead, Fortnite‘s ba

Apple removes Fortnite from iOS App Store, Epic Games files suit in response

Update: Epic Games has filed suit against Apple for “anti-competitive restraints and monopolistic practices.” The full text of the complain can be found here. Epic’s official statement via PR is: “Rather than tolerate this healthy competition and compete on the merits of its offering, Apple responded by removing Fortnite from sale on the App Store, which means that new users cannot download the app, and users who have already downloaded prior versions of the app from the App Store cannot updat

Android Google Play Store Error Code 920 Fix | "Can't be downloaded" bug

You may be confronted with a Google Play Store Error Code 920 message telling you that an app “can’t be downloaded” at some point on your Android phone. This issue can be frustrating, as it doesn’t tell you why you can’t download an app. Instead, it leaves the ball in your court, and you’ll need to troubleshoot the issue yourself. How to fix Google Play Store Error Code 920 on Android Several problems may cause error code 920 when using Google Play Store on your Android phone. The error that m

GTA Online 2000.43 error code fix

GTA Online error code 2000.43 can prevent Grand Theft Auto 5 users from playing either the online or offline modes of the game. This error can occur when you least expect it, and it has several causes. Fortunately, the fixes for GTA Online error code 2000.43 are relatively simple, and won’t take you too much time to perform. How to fix error code 2000.43 for GTA Online Error code 2000.43 occurs in GTA 5 and GTA Online when the game can’t contact Rockstar’s servers. There’s a multitude of reaso

Rainbow Six Siege Operation Shadow Legacy will feature Splinter Cell's Sam Fisher

Splinter Cell frontman Sam Fisher will debut in the upcoming Rainbow Six Siege: Operation Shadow Legacy expansion as the operator Zero. We haven’t gotten much info about Sam Fisher’s appearance in R6 besides his codename and a brief teaser trailer, with a full reveal coming Sunday, August 6. Bringing Sam Fisher to Rainbow Six Siege is yet another tease for a potential new Splinter Cell game. However, Ubisoft hasn’t made any announcements on if and when Splinter Cell will return. The franchise’s

Halo Infinite delayed until 2021

Halo Infinite has been delayed until 2021, according to an announcement from Chris Lee, studio head at 343 Industries. According to the statement, COVID was one of the primary obstacles the team faced this year, which mirrors what we’ve heard throughout the gaming industry. The delay comes in the wake of a lackluster first look at Halo Infinite gameplay. Many fans were critical of the game’s art direction and shared the sentiment that it didn’t look next-gen. Apparently, 343 Industries also fee

Can you skip the Horizon Zero Dawn Optimizing the Game screen?

Before you can play Horizon Zero Dawn on PC, you have to set through the optimizing the game screen. This appears both when you launch the game for the first time, and each time you update your Nvidia GPU drivers. It can take 10-20 minutes for the game optimization to complete, which can be irritating if you’re just trying to jump in and play. Thankfully, you can skip this, because the optimizing the game screen in Horizon Zero Dawn isn’t even necessary. Can you skip the optimizing the game scr

Where do Horizon Zero Dawn and Horizon Forbidden West take place?

Horizon Zero Dawn may seem like it takes place in an entirely foreign land when you first start playing. However, shortly into it, you’ll start figuring out where you are, and realize that the game is located on Earth, even if it’s a very unfamiliar landscape. As you proceed through Horizon, it becomes clearer exactly where the game takes place. We’ll go into detail below on where both Horizon Zero Dawn, and its upcoming sequel Horizon Forbidden West, take place. Warning: Spoilers below for Hor

Fall Guys Missing Username Steam | Why is my ID replaced with "Fall Guys ####" on PC

Fall Guys players are finding that their usernames are being replaced by generic text on PC. If you see that your regular username is now “Fall Guys ####,” you’re not alone. On Steam, people are seeing their regular ID replaced by this generic text. Fall Guys is a smash hit, one which its relatively small development studio didn’t anticipate. Because of this, the servers have been hit hard, and repeated issues and outages have occurred since launch. However, usernames missing on PC isn’t a bug.

Hellpoint Review for PS4, PC, Switch, and Xbox One

Hellpoint review for PS4, PC, Switch, and Xbox One. It feels like Souls-likes are going to overtake battle royales as the most played-out genre. The amount of frustrating, low-quality pretenders to the Dark Souls crown seems to grow by the day. That’s not to say there’s no innovation left for the action RPG sub-genre. After all, just because platforming had Mario doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have gotten Sonic. However, using that analogy, the recently released Souls-like Hellpoint would be more lik

Best Souls-like games for beginners | What Souls-like should I start with?

Anyone who’s into gaming has heard of the Dark Souls series. It’s the franchise that the name is synonymous with difficulty, and has spawned a subgenre of games called Souls-likes. With their reputation for toughness, it can be imposing for a beginner to choose their first Souls-like. After all, not all games are created equal, and even within this challenging genre, some games are more friendly to new players than others. Finding the best Souls-like for beginners is no easy task. None of the g

I'm more excited for the Control AWE expansion than anything else shown at State of Play

Today’s State of Play wasn’t super exciting. However, there was one announcement (besides Bugsnax gameplay) that got me pumped. The second expansion for Control got a trailer, and it looks fantastic. The base game blew me (and our reviewer) away last year, and the first DLC was an excellent addition. However, with the AWE DLC, we’ll be getting our first look at the Remedy Connected Universe. The Control AWE expansion will more closely examine Altered World Events. These occur when paranormal fo

Rumor: Aeon Must Die devs quit studio ahead of State of Play trailer

The world premiere trailer for Aeon Must Die debuted at today’s PlayStation State of Play. However, the game’s future is apparently in peril. A person, presumably involved in the game’s production, has come forward with the accusation that many involved with the game have resigned from developer Limestone Games. Allegations against Limestone Games include crunch, harassment, abuse, corruption, manipulation, and IP theft. The allegations against Limestone Games were presented alongside an origin

Dr DisRespect is moving to YouTube for his comeback

Update: Dr DisRespect confirmed in a tweet that he’ll be streaming on YouTube starting tomorrow. After a month of silence, it looks like Dr DisRespect might be coming back. The popular streamer was banned from Twitch at the end of June and disappeared. Besides a single tweet acknowledging the ban, Dr DisRespect has been uncharacteristically quiet. However, an Instagram Live post today announced his return, and it looks like YouTube may be the next home of the Champion’s Club. Today’s Instagram

Pikmin 3 pulled from Wii U eShop in anticipation of Switch release

With today’s reveal of Pikmin 3 Deluxe for the Nintendo Switch, the original game has been delisted from the Wii U eShop. The tens of people in the world still regularly playing Nintendo’s black sheep console can still physically or digitally purchase the game through third-party retailers. Additionally, if you previously bought Pikmin 3 on the Wii U eShop, you can redownload it as usual. The Wii U listing for Pikmin 3 is still up on the official Nintendo website as of writing. Apparently, you

FBI raids Jake Paul's mansion for reasons unknown

Professional provocateur and YouTuber Jake Paul had an encounter with an FBI SWAT team this morning. The FBI served a federal search warrant on Paul early this morning, and TMZ footage showed at least five vehicles carrying upward of 20 agents were involved in the raid. The reason for the raid wasn’t revealed as it was done under the authority of a sealed warrant. An FBI spokesperson gave the following statement concerning the search to the Los Angeles Times: “The FBI is executing a federal se

Will PS4 controllers work with PS5?

The release of the PlayStation 5 is coming, and fans want to know if its time to buy new gamepads. Sony has been cagey on whether or not PS4 controllers will work on PS5, but we now have an answer. Unfortunately, whether or not you can use the DualShock 4 on PS5 isn’t a simple yes or no prospect. Can you use the PS4 controller on PS5? The PS5 is bringing a whole new revision of the traditional PlayStation controller. Unlike the Xbox Series X controller, which is basically a slightly revamped

Will Xbox One controllers be compatible with Xbox Series X?

With the next-generation looming, gamers want to know if Xbox One controllers will work on Xbox Series X. Every time a new console releases, we’ve been forced to upgrade to a whole new set of peripherals. Wouldn’t it be nice if it was different with the Xbox Series X? We’ll detail which Xbox One controllers, if any, will work on Xbox Series X below. We’ll also point out other peripherals that may be making the generation leap. Do Xbox One controllers work on Xbox Series X? The Xbox One contro

Fall Guys "server already has a game in progress" error fix

Fall Fall Guys released today and is proving to be very popular. Unfortunately, it’s so popular that people are overloading the servers, leading to errors. One of these is the Fall Guys “Sorry, the server already has a game in progress” error. How to fix “Server already has a game in progress” error in Fall Guys The Fall Guys servers are being hammered, especially on PS4, where the game is free for PS Plus subscribers. As such, you can run into errors like the message stating the server alread

Fall Guys Party Size | How many friends can you play with?

Fall Guys is a surprise hit, and with matches containing up to 60 players, you’ll probably want to know what the max party size is. How many friends can you invite to a Fall Guys match at a time? Can you have a high school reunion in-game? Unfortunately, at launch, the max party size for Fall Guys is somewhat limited. Suppose you were hoping to invite a small business’s worth of people to a colorful competition. In that case, you’re going to be disappointed. What is the max party size in Fall
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