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Katana Zero – The Adrenaline Rush You Didn’t Know You Needed

Ever since I found Hotline Miami 1, I fell in love with Devolver Digital. I love what they stand for, the games they publish and support, and of course, their on point humor. You can look at any game and just know if Devolver published that. When the WhatsItTech team went to PAX East 2019 and saw Katana Zero, we knew we had to play and after we did, we knew we had to buy, it was just that simple. Katana Zero is high octane energy, dark humor, twists and turns that’d make M Night Shyamalan giddy, and a soundtrack that’d make any synthwave lover gush. The artwork and aesthetic are also impeccable. Let’s cut through Katana, shall we?

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Elephant Gym Concert Review

There are very few bands that I know of that could put on as energetic of a show as a 3 piece. There also fewer bands I know of that could pull off a 2 piece. Both Elephant Gym and Vasudeva pull of both of these feats off splendidly in a packed room at the Mercury Lounge on a Sunday night two weeks ago. Between the high octane energy and the great banter, I left the show in good spirits and hopeful for where some underground music is headed. Continue reading Elephant Gym Concert Review

Apex Legends – The Battle Royale That Doesn’t Feel Like One

I first heard about Apex Legends a day after it came out. I was surprised, considering it was a Battle Royale, the craze hitting the video game industry by storm, and I had heard nothing about it. My experience with Battle Royale’s is admittedly very minimal. I’d seen a lot of PUBG, but never played it, and played maybe 20 hours of Fornite with friends until I had come to the conclusion that it just wasn’t for me. Apex, on the other hand, plays like an absolutely different game and doesn’t feel like a Battle Royale to me. That is largely in part due to the mechanics. Continue reading Apex Legends – The Battle Royale That Doesn’t Feel Like One

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Top 10 Albums of 2018

2018 was a wild year for everyone involved. At the beginning of the year, I decided to listen to 300 albums that I never listened to before, both new and old. Within the list of 300 albums are quite a few albums from 2018. Because I set out in the beginning of the year to listen to a variety of music, I wasn’t sure how it’d affect my 2018 list and what I sought out. Interestingly enough, there’s some surprising variety. Continue reading Top 10 Albums of 2018

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The Messenger – The most surprising Metroidvania of the year

I initially saw The Messenger at Pax East 2018. Intrigued by the script font, the blue background and of course, the incredibly fun looking platforming, I added it to my Steam Wishlist on a whim and continued on with my pop culture adventure. A few months later, I get a notification that one of the games on my wishlist released, and on yet another whim, bought it. I knew essentially nothing about the game aside from the platforming aspect. I didn’t know I was in for an adventure that would take a hold of my life ransom for a full week with practically no pause. Continue reading The Messenger – The most surprising Metroidvania of the year

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Cirkul, a Water Bottle That Infuses Favor As You Drink

An ad for Cirkul appeared on my Instagram feed, a water bottle that uses cartridges to infuse (surprisingly good tasting!) flavor into your water, hoping to keep you hydrated throughout the day. The $5 free trial included a water bottle and two flavors, so hey, what the heck? I paid for the trial and got the Cirkul in the mail, giving me quite the interesting water drinking experience. Continue reading Cirkul, a Water Bottle That Infuses Favor As You Drink

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Foo Fighters Concert Review – MSG July 17, 2018

It’s odd to say that I didn’t have music around my whole life. I had only really started listening to music around the age of 13 when I picked up my guitar. My friend Jason, of the same age, started showing me all the bands he loved and grew up with. He showed me Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Maroon 5, and this band call the Foo Fighters. The band name intrigued me. What on earth was a “Foo Fighter”? Then Jason shows me this video of a long-haired Jesus man walking up to a mic and singing the opening lines to a song that would change it all for me “Keep you in the dark , you know they all pretend…” More than a decade from that day, 3 albums, 1 EP later, and I got to see what a “Foo Fighter” really was.

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My Favorite Metroidvanias

The Metroidvania genre is a very unique, but growing genre. It’s name is a  combination of the popular Nintendo franchise Metroid and Konami’s Castlevania series, specifically Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. It is strongly dependent on a few concepts that we’ll list below before we dive into what my favorites are.  Continue reading My Favorite Metroidvanias

Vivaldi – The Best Fork Of Chromium

Speed, reliability, features. Those are the three main factors I look for in a browser. A couple months ago, I had been curious to see what other browsers were out there. I was primarily a Chrome user for 4 years, with a random blip of Firefox in my history. After going through the gauntlet of browsers, Vivaldi stuck out as a great Chrome alternative, so much so that it is my main browser. Let’s take a look at what makes this feature heavy browser so special. Continue reading Vivaldi – The Best Fork Of Chromium

Top 5 PC Games of 2017

2017 was a surprisingly great for gaming on the PC. There were a bunch of great titles, some of which I didn’t even get a chance to try out. Thankfully, I was kept busy with the great titles below. Look forward to our post on top 5 Nintendo Switch titles in the upcoming week! Let’s dive in, shall we? Continue reading Top 5 PC Games of 2017

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Rocket League for the Switch – Battle Cars On The Go!

Psyonix’s Rocket League has broken a lot of boundaries in the gaming world. They’ve broken into the E-Sports world with their infectiously competitive game of ‘soccer cars’, and they’ve achieved cross-network play between their various platforms. The premise of Rocket League is simple, you drive a car that is rocket powered and hit the ball into the goal. The game is a cross between soccer and demolition derby, allowing you to fly through the air with boosts in order to score points in the five minute match. But how does this game do on the Nintendo Switch? Continue reading Rocket League for the Switch – Battle Cars On The Go!