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SxSW Gaming 2017 Con Awards

Shadow Tactics SxSW Gaming 2017

SxSW Gaming 2017 changed up the formula from previous SxSW Gaming events. This year, entry wasn’t free! There were still a lot of booths occupied by award nominees from all corners of the globe, but there was also a section dedicated specifically to student game developers. All this mixed together to create a different SxSW experience from what we’re used to. Let’s take a look at the “best of the best” games that we picked from SxSW Gaming 2017!

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LucidSound LS20 Review

Certainly the star of our LucidSound care package is the LS30, but LucidSound also sent along a sample of their wired headset, the LS20. The two headsets have a lot in common, and it’s clear they share a lot of

LucidSound LS30 Review

Back in January, we checked out the LucidSound booth at PAX South. If you missed that coverage, go get caught up! LucidSound is a relatively new name in gaming-grade audio devices, but as I mentioned in our PAX South coverage, these guys have been working in gaming audio for quite some time now, previously under the Tritton brand name. That pedigree would give the impression that the LS30 is going to be more polished than you’d expect a first offering to be. Now that we’ve got our hands on a pair of LS30’s, let’s put them through their paces in this LucidSound LS30 review!

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Loot Rascals Review: Rascally Roguelike

Another one of our favorite games of PAX South 2017 was Loot Rascals, my Editors Choice for Best Strategy. Indie dev Hollow Ponds is putting the finishing touches on the game for a March 7th release, and I was lucky enough to snag a review copy! Does the full game live up to the con demo hype? Coming up next, my Loot Rascals review!

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Automata Empire Review: Automata for the People

Automata Empire first popped up on our radar after a most unlikely demo – we saw it at an afterparty during PAX South 2016. It took home our Pleasant Surprise award at the con for popping up out of nowhere and stealing our hearts. Automata Empire released last April, but somehow we lost track of it until we bumped into Nonadecimal Creative again in an unlikely place – the Black Ice booth at PAX South 2017! We’re not letting this one get away again – let’s nail down these little fuzzy monsters before they head off in a random direction. It’s time for our Automata Empire review!

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LucidSound Drops the Bass at PAX South 2017

Here at Without the Sarcasm, we like to keep tabs on all the up-and-comers of the gaming hardware scene. On our latest trip to PAX South, we were invited to come check out a relatively new brand of gaming headsets that launched just last year. At the LucidSound booth, we met with CEO Chris Von Huben, who walked us through his company’s current lineup as well as their vision for the future of gaming headsets.

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Nefarious Review: Crime and the Payment Thereof

After decades of cheesy “bad guy steals girl, good guy saves her” tropes in our video games, I think it’s safe to say that we’re in the mood for something… fresh. Nefarious dropped in our lap during PAX South, and it promises to finally break us out of our rut and poke fun at video game history along the way. It’s tricky to spin a tired concept and find a fresh angle – does Nefarious manage to nail biting satire or go directly to jail? It’s time to find out in my Nefarious review!

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PAX South 2017 Con Awards

Mr Shifty PAX South 2017

PAX South 2017 brought its “A” game. A huge increase in exhibitors, more space, sweet new events… and great games! Let’s break down the best of the best!

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10 PAX South 2017 Must See Games

Night in the Woods at PAX 2017

In order to feed my hype addiction, I made a list of 10 PAX South 2017 Must See Games. If you are attending the con, you have to check these out!

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Beginner’s Guide to Civilization 6

The Civilization series has provided me with countless hours of turn-based strategy pleasure. With every new edition to the series, though, the game changes in fundamental ways that can take time to adapt to. If you’re just getting started and having trouble figuring out a strategy, this guide to Civilization 6 should be a good starting point. I’ll cover the major new ideas in this installment, and provide you with the basic strategy that will allow you to dominate!

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