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.

Xbox One and Series X|S backward compatibility list 2021

One of the big selling points of the Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S is their excellent backward compatibility. In fact, there are so many original Xbox and Xbox 360 titles that can be played that it’s hard to keep track of them. Fortunately, we’ve got a list of all the games that are backward compatible on Xbox in 2021. Users can play the following original Xbox games on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S using either a disc or a digital download: • Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time • Star Wars: Knig

American Horror Stories Episode 3 Review: 'The only horror here is the writing'

American Horror Stories is an anthological spin-off of American Horror Story streaming on Hulu that lacks any of the panache or quality of its originator. Instead, the show features Z-list actors acting out scripts that feel like first-time writers were given half-cocked ideas that were rejected for AHS and told to make an hour episode out of them. The two-part debut of American Horror Stories was pretty horrible, but it’s episode three that genuinely cements the series’ place as one of the wors

Fortnite, Call of Duty, GTA Online, Dead by Daylight, and more servers down after major internet outage

A major internet outage is affecting multiple games. Fortnite, Call of Duty, GTA Online, Dead by Daylight, Warframe, Rainbow Six Siege, and more are all down due to an issue with one or more Content Delivery Networks. We’ve seen reports of AWS, Cloudflare, and Akamai all facing problems, and these three services help power a large part of the internet. Why are Fortnite, Call of Duty, GTA Online, and other games down? With AWS, Cloudflare, and Akamai servers down, much of the internet has to fa

Is Dead Space 4 a remake, remaster, or sequel?

A new Dead Space is coming from EA Motive, but the brief trailer shown at EA Play makes it a bit unclear as to whether it’s a true Dead Space 4 sequel, a remake, or a remaster. Fortunately, there’s a definitive answer for this question, one that brings the possibility that EA will revitalize the fan-favorite horror series. Here’s what players can expect from the new Dead Space game. Is Dead Space 4 coming, or is the new game a remake or reboot? With what little information we have, it seems li

Will the Dead Space remake feature new content?

It was revealed at EA Play that a Dead Space remake is coming, but fans are curious about what that entails. Is this going to be a 1:1 remake or will EA Motive bring new content into the game? While we didn’t get much out of the short teaser shown, we can speculate at some of the things that might be added (or removed) from the remake. Will the Dead Space remake have added or removed content? If it’s not an exact remake, there are a few ways the Dead Space remake could go with adding or removi

Dead Space Plot Explained: What happened in the original game?

With the fan reaction to the announcement of the Dead Space remake, but many missed the franchise its first time around. After all, someone who is 20 now was only 8 when Dead Space came out. So many gamers are wondering what the game is about. We’ve summarized the plot of Dead Space below, so those who are just getting into the franchise can get a snapshot of the story before the remake comes out. What’s Dead Space’s story, and do I need to know about the plot before playing the remake? The pl

Steam Deck game compatibility depends on anti-cheat

Some fans fear that Steam Deck won’t be successful due to a lack of game compatibility. After all, only three of the ten most popular games on Steam work without significant issues via Proton. Even some major publications are touting that this might be a huge problem. Well, it’s not, because many of these games are likely to get a large boost in compatibility with just one fix. Proton, Valve’s Linux compatibility layer, makes many Windows games playable on Linux that otherwise wouldn’t be avail

How to avoid New World Bricking RTX 3090s

Software and games damaging hardware is rare these days with all the safeties in place. However, some playing the New World closed beta with an RTX 3090 are having their cards bricked. Nvidia’s high-end GPU has an MSRP of around $1,500, but with supply issues, these GPUs are going for almost twice that on the secondary market. This means just the act of playing New World’s Closed Beta is costing some gamers thousands of dollars. How to avoid New World bricking 3090 Here’s the best way to avoid

Is Pokemon Unite pay-to-win: Does it have predatory microtransactions?

Pokemon Unite released today, and players are wondering if the free-to-play MOBA is pay-to-win or not. Many recent free-to-play games have taken the approach of having microtransactions only for cosmetics, which keeps the playing field level no matter how much money someone spends. However, Pokemon Unite isn’t one of these games, and uses pretty much every predatory monetization model combined, which makes this a pay-to-win game. Pokemon Unite has a free-to-play standard currency system. It has

How old is Link in Zelda: Skyward Sword?

With the release of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, fans are wondering how old Link is in the game. At the beginning of the game, he’s about to participate in a milestone event in a boy of Skyloft’s life, but what age does that put him at? We’ll look at how old Link is in Skyward Sword and put the question to rest. What is Link’s age in Zelda: Skyward Sword? Unlike some entries in the series, Link’s age in Skyward Sword is easy to establish. Series designer Ryuji Kobayashi states the fo

The Sims 4 door can't intersect with wall fix

Sometimes, The Sims 4 players run into an issue when trying to place a door that it can’t intersect with walls. Of course, this is an absurd message as doors are meant to be placed in walls. There are a few fixes for this glitch, but players may find themselves in the position to lose progress if they don’t work. How to fix the doors can’t intersect with walls glitch in The Sims 4 It’s hard to tell what causes the doors can’t intersect walls glitch to happen in Sims 4. There are many reports o

Best TVs for Xbox Series X

Finding the best TV for the Xbox Series X isn’t an easy task. Despite HDMI 2.1 capable consoles and graphics cards being on the market, many TVs aren’t equipped to use the newest standard. An Xbox Series X will work with any HDMI-equipped television, but its full feature-set is only available on certain models. What’s the best TV for the Xbox Series X? There’s no one best TV to use the Xbox Series X with. However, most of the latest flagship models are equipped with HDMI 2.1 and 120Hz refresh

GTA: Underground and other mod downloads taken offline as Take-Two rapid-fires DMCAs

Take-Two is once again taking aim at Grand Theft Auto mods, this time targeting projects around its older titles. Unfortunately, one of the most popular mods for GTA: San Andreas, GTA: Underground, which combines the maps of several Rockstar properties, is no longer available for download at ModDB. It’s been taken down alongside other popular mods like GTA: Liberty City, Vice Cry, and the Liberty City Stories and Vice City Stories: PC Edition ports. The GTA modding community and Take-Two have h

Zelda Skyward Sword Goddess Wall Shapes: What are the drawing symbols?

After finding the Goddess Harp in Zelda Skyward Sword, Link can begin finding Goddess Walls near groups of Blessed Butterflies. After seeing these murals, Link can draw a shape on them to obtain an item. Additionally, to get one of the game’s heart pieces, players must figure out a series of Goddess Wall symbols and draw them. What shapes do I need to draw on the Goddess Walls in Zelda Skyward Sword? For regular Goddess Walls in Skyward Sword, players can draw one of a number of different symb

Steam Deck Attempting a lot of purchases wait a while error fix

Some users who are attempting to pre-order the Steam Deck are getting a message stating, “It looks like you’ve been attempting a lot of purchases in the last few hours. Please wait a while before trying again.” This can be incredibly frustrating for anyone trying to purchase Valve’s handheld PC. So after a year of frustrating pre-orders making users miss out on GPUs and new consoles, what should one do to fix this error? Why do Steam Deck pre-orders say I’ve been attempting a lot of purchases a

Will I get another chance to pre-order a Steam Deck?

Those trying to pre-order a Steam Deck might be getting frustrated at the errors they get while trying to reserve it and just don’t have the time to keep trying. However, for those that are hoping for a second chance to secure a Steam Deck, there’s good news. It seems like there will be more than one wave of pre-orders, so there’s still hope for those that didn’t get to reserve one today. When will the second wave of Steam Deck pre-orders be available? The second chance Steam Deck reservations

Zelda Skyward Sword Bomb Bag Location: How to upgrade your bomb capacity

Bombs are an iconic item in The Legend of Zelda series, and Skyward Sword has a Bomb Bag as well. Since these useful items are used to blast into many different places, players are likely looking for the Bomb Bag’s location early on. Fortunately, there’s not too long of a wait to get the bombs, and players can even upgrade their Bomb Bag to carry more as the game goes on. Where do you get the Bomb Bag in Zelda Skyward Sword? Players can find the base Bomb Bag in Skyward Sword in the second dun

Steam Deck release date, pre-orders, pricing, and specs announced

The Steam Deck, Valve’s rumored portable PC handheld, has been announced, and it looks incredible. It’s not just some feverish concept with an indefinite release date, either. It’s real, and pre-order reservations are going live sooner than you’d think. There will be three models of the Steam Deck, with the primary difference between them being how much storage users get. The three different models are: The pre-order system is a bit unusual. On July 16 at 1 pm ET, you can purchase a reservatio

Zelda Skyward Sword Treasure Guide: All Scrap Shop Upgrade Item Locations

In Zelda Skyward Sword, players must go on a treasure hunt to find the items needed to upgrade their equipment. Gondo, the craftsman in the Scrap Shop in Skyloft requests treasure items (along with some rupees) to upgrade Link’s gear. Unfortunately, the locations of these treasures can be elusive. Fortunately, we’ve found all the upgrade items players need, and you can find where they are below. To fully upgrade Link’s gear, players will need to collect a lot of treasure. This is how much of ea

What's Capcom's plan for Resident Evil Re:Verse after this delay?

Resident Evil Re:Verse has been delayed again, this time into 2022. It’s not surprising that this bland multiplayer companion game is having issues. As I stated in my impressions after playing the beta, Re:Verse is only Resident Evil in that it reuses assets from RE2 remake, RE3 remake, and RE7. I thought it would launch alongside RE: Village and be quickly forgotten, just as Resident Evil Resistance was. However, now that the game is delayed into next year, I’m starting to think that Capcom mus
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