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Are Wicked Bunny Gaming Equipment Worth It?

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Wicked Bunny is a relatively new company entering the E-sports arena to bring you high quality gaming equipment at an affordable price. Despite the stiff competition from established brands such as Turtlebeach, Razer, and Steelseries, Wicked Bunny sets themselves apart by offering gaming equipment of similar caliber at a slightly discounted price.

Here are some of the latest products from their lineup.

Rapid RGB Gaming Mouse

This right-hand only gaming mouse targets FPS gamer. Coming in at a respectable 16000 dpi, the mouse feels responsive and easy to whip around for those quick 180 no-scope trick shots. We tested this while playing Apex Legends, and it improved our accuracy by quite a bit. The lightweight feel of the mouse helps to reduce drag and friction during reactionary movements where you can’t afford to miss a shot.

The Germany Cherry ZF Cherry switches are loud and satisfying. They’re fairly responsive and able to pick up individual clicks even at 300 actions per minute. This is also useful if you play RTS games such as Starcraft II.

One drawback are the RGB lights. The lights cycle through the color wheel fairly fast and it’s noticeable when it’s just sitting idle on your desk. I wish there was a PC user interface for me to adjust the colors, or just disable them altogether.

Agility RGB Gaming Keyboard

This keyboard rivals some of the best keywords in the industry, especially DasKeyboard. The full aluminum chassis lends a sturdy and reliable feel. It also has a good bit of mass to it and plants firmly onto my desk without the need of any rubber feet or stickers.

Keys are tactile, responsive, and have abundance travel distance. The input seems almost instantaneous. There are several modes you can choose from, each comes with it’s own set of features to help enhance work, productivity, or gaming. Gaming is my favorite and most frequently used preset.

The IP68 water and dust resistant adds to the durability and value to this keyboard. I’m a clumsy gamer and I never buy a gaming keyboard that’s not IP68 resistant. Although not recommended from the manufacturer, you can wash this keyboard with soap and water if it gets too dirty.

The RGB lighting is bright on this keyboard. But the colors are vibrant and gorgeous with no fading or inconsistent brightness typically found in cheaper RGB setup. Unlike the mouse, you can adjust the RGB settings directly on the keyboard.

Several hours of real-world testing proved to be satisfactory. My gaming performance on Apex Legends didn’t improve, but my level of satisfaction for the keyboard did. It’s a quick, tactile, and feature rich keyboard that costs $85, but has the quality and performance of $150+ keyboards.

Proximity HDSS Gaming Headset

No gaming setup is ever complete without a high quality pair of headphones. The Proximity HDSS headphone is equipped with oversized earcups. The earcups are probably offer noise-cancellation by themselves given how much of your ear they cover.

The headset is made from a combination of plastic and aluminum. The chassis has a good flex to it and will likely hold up to a good beating. It fits nicely and comfortable over my head with easy telescopic adjustments.

The sound is fantastic. Bass packs a punch and the headset does a great job separating all the different layers of sound. While gaming, you can audible distinguish the sound of footsteps, raindrops, gunfire, and every little bit of details happening around you. It’s a great headset to use if you want to be fully submerge in the game world.

The microphone was a drawback for me. Testing on Discord and in-game voice chat yielded mixed results. Microphone audio quality doesn’t stack up against their rivals.

Overall, this is a great headset for casual online play, listening to music, and zoom calls. Given the poor microphone performance, I wouldn’t use this in a competitive setting.

Final Verdict

The Agility Keyboard is probably the best value given how responsive and good the keys feel. I would easily recommend this keyboard to anyone playing ranked. The Rapid mouse is a solid no-frills gaming mouse that gets the job done. It’s a bare-bone product with very few features to speak of. The only reason I’d still recommend it is because it performs extraordinarily well in the few things that it promises.

The Headset is my least recommended product, mainly due to their microphone. It’s a solid headset if you’re using it for casual gaming, listening to music, and getting on calls. For competitive gaming, look elsewhere.

I can safely recommend Wicked Bunny after having used their products for a few months. After 3 months of use, all 3 products still hold up perfectly without issues. They’re good products that deliver on both performance, build quality, and value. They’re certainly not the cheapest maker in the space, but they’re one of the safest company to bet your dollars on this holiday season.

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6 Awesome Indie Games to Watch for in 2021

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Gaming is truly at its peak in 2021. PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X released late last year, and presumably they will stop selling out long enough for more people to be able to buy them at a reasonable price. Nintendo will be upgrading to the Nintendo Switch Pro soon. Competitive gaming is booming in cities like Las Vegas and Philadelphia. While it’s fun to to think about rumored for a new Pokémon remake and Halo sequels, lets not forget all the awesome indie games that are due out this year.

1. 12 Minutes

12 Minutes is a single-player mystery game centered around a 12-minute loop of time. As the story goes, the protagonist’s wife announces that she is pregnant. Shortly after, a police officer shows up and accuses the wife of murdering his father. After a scuffle, the officer knocks out the protagonist and kills the expecting wife. You then rewind 12 minutes and are tasked with trying to alter the events ahead. The gameplay is a top-down adventure style taking place in a small apartment.

12 Minutes is set to release on PC, Xbox Series X, and Xbox One.

2. Stray

In this open world game, you play as a stray cat. That’s right, not a super hero, not an black ops soldier, or an electric mouse – just an ordinary stray cat. In this futuristic cyberpunk city, you can roam the alleyways, making friends and solving puzzles.  The imagery is beautiful and intricate, especially for an indie game.

Stray will release in October and will be available on PC, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5.

3. The Medium

Video games of the honor genre need to be unsettling to pay off. The Medium certainly delivers on this front. The main character, Marianne, is a pregnant medium who can exist in both the real world and the spirit world at the same time. Players must use this dual-reality system to solve puzzles and forge ahead. Gaming is breathtaking with hyper-realistic graphics and a suspenseful score that will give you goosebumps.

The Medium released on January 28th and is available on PC, Xbox Series X, and Xbox One.

4. Sable

Sable is a third person open world game. Play as the titular character Sable, as you travel through a desert wasteland, scavenging and meeting new characters. Sable gets around on her glider which looks like a lot of fun. The graphic novel-like design looks like an early-gen Borderlands, and is very pleasing.

Sable will release later this year on Mac, PC, and Xbox Series X.

5. 30XX

This old school platform game has all the 32-bit look and sound of your favorite SEGA game. This sequel to 20XX has everything you want in a visually nostalgic game. The pixels are purposely reminiscent of Mega Man. Be patient, though. One death, and your character goes all the way back to the beginning of the game.

30XX is available now on PC, Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4 and Xbox One.

6. Skatebird

Skatebird brings you the money thing missing from all the Tony Hawk Proskater video games: a bird that rides. Simply put, play as a bird on a skateboard as you kick flip and ollie off skate ramps. The game shares many of the mechanics of the Tony Hawk games as you play from a 3rd person angle. As you can imagine, gameplay isn’t heavily grounded in reality. This just means that more trick combinations lead to wilder stunts.

Skatebird will release later this year on PC, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One.

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Pokémon Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary!

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Pokémon, the worldwide phenomenon, turns 25 this year. Feeling old yet? For some, the thought of Pokémon conjures up some nostalgia as they think back to their childhood. For many others, the thought has them reaching for their phone to play the mobile game. To celebrate its birthday, the Pokémon company promises all kinds of fun for 2021. From the trading cards to Pokémon GO, let’s unpack the pocket monster craze and see what’s in store for the birthday celebration.

Pokémon Trading Cards

Pokémon hit America by storm in ’96 and kids everywhere couldn’t get enough. Forget about Pogs, no one cared about Beanie Babies anymore. Everyone wanted Pokémon cards. Like Magic the Gathering, Pokémon TCG is a turn-based game where you stacked your monsters up against the other players. For many, it was much more about collecting than actually playing. The crown jewel of the Pokémon TCG was the First Edition holographic Charizard. Stories of people selling their holo Charizard today for thousands of dollars have collectors calling their mom to dig through the attic.

TV Show

If you were a fan of Pokémon in the 90s, you are no doubt singing the theme song in your head. The anime followed young Ash Ketchum and his Pokémon, Pikachu as they travelled across the land, making friends, catching Pokémon, and battling trainers – trying to become the very best like no one ever was. The show introduced fans to Team Rocket, the regular villains of the series who wanted to use Pokémon for nefarious purposes.

Pokémon on Gameboy

How far games have come since the original Pokémon video games were released. Pokémon Red and Blue released in tandem for the Gameboy in 1996. A brilliant marketing ploy – Game freak released two nearly identical games to the public. The gameplay was the same, except that players needed to play both games to get all 150 original Pokémon. Sure, you could trade with your friends to complete your PokéDex, but most kids just begged mom for both. Remember Mew? Mew was the legendary 151st Pokémon. Game freak built-in code for this Pokémon, but never gave fans an official way to see or catch it. There were rumors that Mew was hidden under a truck by the SS. Anne, but that was bogus. Bust out your Gameshark and enter the cheat code if you wanted a full PokéDex.

Red and Blue have seen many sequels, and the franchise has evolved (no pun intended) with better graphics and more Pokémon. There are now over 800 unique Pokémon that you can catch in the latest games: Pokémon Sword and Shield.

Pokémon Go

In 2016, Pokémon got an adrenaline shot and thrusted back into the mainstream with Pokémon Go. The mobile game lets players use the real-world GPS on their phone to walk around and catch Pokémon using augmented reality technology. Just like the card game or Gameboy, the goal is of course to Catch ‘Em All. Players can team up to take down strong monsters or trade to get what they need. The game is regularly changing and adding new features. Various events like Community Days encourage players to meet up and play together. The game is made so that kids (and adults) can go outside and get some exercise – you have to walk around to find Pokémon, but with COVID-19, adjustments were made so that people can play safely from home.

What’s in Store for 2021

Katy Perry

Pokémon announced that they will be releasing Pokémon themed music throughout the year. Their first collaborator: Katy Perry! More artists are lined up to be announced throughout the year.

Merch

Pokémon promises a rollout of cool merchandise. They teamed up with Bear Walker to release Pokémon skateboards. McDonalds will have Pokémon toys in their Happy Meals. New Trading Cards will be available all year. Build-A-Bear will have your favorite Pokémon available to build and take home.

Games

Another favorite game, Pokémon Snap is getting an overhaul. The reboot displays shiny new graphics and will be released in April of this year.

Pokémon Go is celebrating the original 151 Pokémon with their Kanto Event. The mobile game will highlight the original characters from the red and blue Gameboy games.

Diamond and Pearl?

Rumors are flying around about an announcement that will be made later this month. Fans are speculating that it will be a reboot of the Diamond and Pearl installments of the Gameboy games. Nothing has been confirmed yet.

Pokémon promises all this and more for their 25th anniversary. Whether you haven’t played Pokémon since middle school, or you have kids that play – or you haven’t stopped playing all this time, 2021 is sure to be a nostalgia packed year for fans all over.

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Gamers Hopeless as PlayStation Store Pulls Cyberpunk 2077

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The long-awaited arrival of the futuristic RPG, Cyberpunk 2077 is finally here. And just like that – it was gone. Execs at Sony pulled the game from the PlayStation Digital store amidst complaints about quality.  Gamers wonder when the game will return to the store.

It all started in 2013. Gaming studio, CD Projekt Red, creators of the Witcher game series announced they were developing a new game: Cyberpunk 2077. Cut to the 2019 Electronic Entertainment Expo in June 2019. The trailer for Cyberpunk 2077 was presented to an excited crowd. The presenter? Keanu Reeves. Reeves explained that he partnered with CD Projekt Red to deliver the game. There is a character in the game named Johnny Silverhand. The character is in the likeness of Reeves.

With movies like the John Wick series, Reeves’ career has seen a strong resurgence. The actor too has enjoyed a cult following. His ‘awesomeness’ has dedicated Reddit and Twitter pages. The partnership between Reeves and the gaming studio was enough to send fans into a frenzy. The trailer with hyper-realistic graphics only added to the excitement. The trailer promised a release date in April of 2020

As April 2020 neared, CD Projekt Red pushed the release back to September, stating they wanted to perfect the game. And then they pushed it back further to November, citing delays due to the COVID-19 restricitons.

The game finally released on December 10th for excited fans everywhere. Those who had preordered the game were able to play instantly. And that’s where it all went wrong. Immediately after launch, gamers experienced a bevy of performance issues. Gamers reported heavy glitches and bugs that made the game impossible to enjoy.

Despite the release of a software patch the following day, gamers still had issues with gameplay. This led to PlayStation pulling the game from their digital store. They offered this statement on Twitter:

“SIE (Sony Interactive Entertainment) strives to ensure a high level of customer satisfaction, and we will begin to offer a full refund for all gamers who have purchased Cyberpunk 2077 via PlayStation store and want a refund.”

CD Projekt followed suit by tweeting:

“Following our discussion with PlayStation, a decision was made to temporarily suspend digital distribution of Cyberpunk 2077 on the PlayStation Store” 

This was a tweet from the official Cyberpunk 2077 Twitter account posted Friday.

“You can still buy physical versions of the game in brick and mortar stores and online.”

Despite the well documented issues, Cyberpunk 2077 has still seen high sales. The game sold 13 million units in the first 10 days since its release. Reports have claimed that while gameplay on PlayStation and Xbox have been riddled with issues, PC gamers are not having nearly as many issues.

PlayStation has not given any updates as to when gamers can expect Cyberpunk 2077 to come back to the digital store.

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