Do these Fallout 4 VR mods make the game worth revisiting after the TV show?
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The first time I played Fallout 4 VR was in a tiny little booth after Bethesda’s 2016 E3 conference. I called my short time with the game ‘underwhelming‘ back then because the whole experience was little more than a stationary shooting gallery with bottles for targets. Even then though, it was still a thrill to feel like I was actually standing next to a real-life Red Rocket gas station.

Fallout 4 VR finally released in December 2017 to fairly positive reviews, even though there was a lot of criticism about the VR implementation and its lacklustre graphics. Despite these faults however, most helmet-heads on PC were thrilled to have the opportunity to play through the entirety of Fallout 4 in virtual reality. Sure there were some corners cut here and there but still, props to Bethesda for even attempting this port in the first place, I wish more developers and publishers would do the same.

In the roughly 6.5 years since Fallout 4 VR’s release, enterprising modders have been attempting to improve the vanilla experience one tiny mod at a time. But there are some, like content creator, GingasVR, who have put together huge mod lists that aim to alter the original version of Fallout 4 VR and bring it up to the standards of something like Half Life: Alyx.

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Overcoming Tank anxiety in FFXIV made me a better player (and a Dark Knight main)
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Dark Knight in Final Fantasy XIV

Within any traditional Final Fantasy XIV party, there are three roles to fill: one Tank, one Healer, and two DPS in a light party or double that in 8-man groups. For a long time, I checked that last box as a strictly DPS-only player. It wasn’t until years into my adventures that I’d stray from my comfort zone, thrust headfirst into tanking.

I’ll never forget my first proper tanking experience in FFXIV. My FC (Free Company) mates at the time, whom I will honestly never forgive but always be grateful to, insisted I give the role a try. They promised to go easy on me and promised I’d be fine. Reluctantly, I agreed. I was among friends; it couldn’t be that bad, right?

Wrong. But before we get into that, let me explain something. I had tanked before, but never with actual people. I’d clawed my way through the levels using Duty Support and a seemingly never-ending list of side quests and, eventually, by avoiding people in Eureka, the Bozjan Southern Front, and Zadnor. My Tank Job, a Paladin at the time, sat comfortably at level 80, and I was happy never to never reprise the role until the call of peer pressure.

Paladin in Final Fantasy XIV
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Then, the leader of our ready-made light party dropped us directly into Paglth’an. Honestly, it’s one of my favorite dungeons of all time now, but back then it was a horrifying hellscape that I was quite happy never to visit again. When I tell you that I tanked that dungeon while screaming both internally and externally, shaking like a leaf and almost hyperventilating, I am not exaggerating. It was, in equal measure, the most enlightening and terrifying experience I’ve ever had in FFXIV. I was horrified at the thought of leading the party in that way.

For a while, I refused to jump back onto Paladin. I never wanted what felt like so much responsibility again, at least not with other people who would need to suffer through my mistakes. But then I saw the blasted Amaro mount, the reward for reaching level 80 in each class. 

Amaro mount in Final Fantasy XIV
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The Amaro is, to this day, my favorite mount. I call mine X-Wing and it ties me irrevocably to the one main story character who has touched me most deeply in my journey throughout Eorzea — Ardbert.

So, of course, I had to have it, and that meant I had no alternative but to pick up a sword, axe, and gunbladeto get there. This was the start of my deep dive into tanking, and through this, I’ve become a tank main. I overcame that miserable tanking anxiety, and it wasn’t easy, but it’s taught me so much. Mostly thanks to X-Wing, but helped along by the tank titles and rewards. They gave me something purposeful, something actionable I could work toward to feel a little proud of the baby steps there.

I threw myself in with full force, learning a laundry list of important MMO skills — like the importance of frank communication. I lost count of the number of times I immediately announced that I was new to an instance, asking for a little patience and grace. Sometimes people just dropped without saying a word, which I understood to mean they didn’t want to play with a rookie tank. I can’t say I didn’t take it personally at times, but I pulled up my pants and gave myself a pep talk while we waited for a replacement.

Gunbreaker in Final Fantasy XIV
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Most of the time, though, people were unbelievably understanding. They’d give tips, tell me I was doing a good job, and help me along the way. It’s this kind of behaviour that kept me going. It’s also this kind of behaviour that drove me to become a mentor, to help others with those same anxieties.

When I met my fiancé, I strove to help him try other roles one and only Job — Summoner. Not against his will, I should add. Summoner had just been completely overhauled with the Endwalker expansion, and he was complaining that he was bored. After my own experiences, I was already getting a knack for teaching, and now he’s got a full roster of level 90 jobs, including Tanks, and mains Healer. Yes, we’re the dreaded healer-tank couple, but try not to judge us for it. 

Dark Knight and Sage in Final Fantasy XIV
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That was two and a half years ago, and it’s hard to believe it’s been that long since Endwalker dropped. But now here I am, a Dark Knight main, and I can’t DPS without getting bored. Of course, I’m going to level everything after Dawntrail releases, but I will always go back to tanking. 

Tanking did more than teach me a new role, too. It gave me perspective on fights I didn’t have before. I get why and when a Tank will move so early in some boss fights, so it doesn’t catch me off guard. I see the importance of a wall-to-wall pull in certain dungeons and how much time the DPS have to light the mob up before, well, the mob lights the tank up.

Gunbreaker in Final Fantasy XIV
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That’s not to say that I’m a perfect Tank. I’m pretty far from perfect. I forget my tank stance more than I’d like to admit, I still manage to lose aggro on stragglers in a big pull, and I still get a little annoyed when I’m watching the other Tanks battle it out for aggro during an Alliance Raid, but I’ve learned not to take it too seriously. 

What’s the worst that can happen? We wipe? That’s not so bad. If someone else wants aggro in an Alliance Raid, I’m happy to give it to them and turn myself into a blue DPS. If I forget to turn on my Tank stance, I laugh it off and send a quick “well that could have gone better” in chat. Humor helps, and people seem to appreciate it. 

Warrior in Final Fantasy XIV
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Believe me, I know how petrifying Tank anxiety, or anxiety over any role, can be. Even if it’s not in the Job description, your party often looks to you as a de facto leader, and that comes with pressure. But if you’re unsure about it, or feel like you can’t do it, I’m here to tell you that you can. It may not come easily at first, but communicating your fears and inexperience is part of venturing out of your comfort zone on a new Job. Laugh it off; people are, usually, more understanding than you think. Give it a few runs, and I promise you’ll not only be a better player for it, but maybe you’ll pick up a new main Job, too.

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How to get more storage in No Rest for the Wicked
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How to get more storage in No rest for the WickedA huge part of No Rest for the Wicked is collecting materials, resources, and gear to improve your character. You’ll spend most of your journey collecting so much loot that you will run out of inventory space incredibly fast. The good news is that you can get extra storage to store all your loot that you don’t currently need. Read further to learn how to get more storage in No Rest for the Wicked. No Rest for the Wicked: How to get extra storage for loot Screenshot: PC Invasion There are a couple of ways to get extra storage space in No Rest for the Wicked. First, once you defeat the main boss and make it to Sacrament, you’ll unlock a location called Rookery Lodgings. In the basement of The Rookery is a large community chest that allows you to store up to 40 items. Don’t worry about having trouble finding this location, it’s part of the main quest called “Sacrament.” The second way to get more storage in No Rest for the Wicked is…


Tinkerlands: A Shipwrecked Adventure is a free demo of 2D crafting and spider fights
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I spend a portion of my every week surviving and crafting. And in the game, where the game is called Minecraft. I still have appetite left for Tinkerlands: A Shipwrecked Adventure, a demo that offers topdown, 2D construction and fights with giant frog bosses, among others.

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Palestinian Relief Bundle includes indie classics (and hundreds more) for just $8
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The Palestinian Relief Bundle on contains 373 items for a minimum cost of $8. 213 of the items are are games, including greats such as Wandersong, A Short Hike and Coffee Talk. All proceeds go towards the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund (PCRF), a non-profit working to provide food, water and medical treatment in Gaza.

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Far Cry 7 will star Cillian Murphy, leaker suggests
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Oppenheimer star Cillian Murphy may play the villain in Far Cry 7.

According to leaker j0nathan – who has successfully leaked Ubisoft details before, including accurate reports of Assassin’s Creed Mirage ahead of release – Cillian Murphy could be following in the footsteps of Better Call Saul’s Michael Mando and Breaking Bad’s Giancarlo Esposito by portraying the chief antagonist in the open-world adventure game.

In a cryptic tweet that was posted to the Gaming Leaks and Rumours subreddit, j0nathan shared a photo of Murphy, dynamite with a 72-hour countdown on it, a crab, and the number “7”.

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How to fix the Mike-01 error in XDefiant
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In XDefiant, players take on the role of some of the finest soldiers from across Ubisoft’s shared Tom Clancy’s game universe, but errors can easily disrupt online matches.

XDefiant is a fast-paced first-person shooter for fans of most of the Tom Clancy franchises Ubisoft has released a game for. It includes factions from The Division, Ghost Recon Breakpoint, and even Splinter Cell. However, it comes with all the issues that most online shooters face, including bugs and errors that can plague a community for days on end. One of the biggest is the Mike-01 error, which happens to have a relatively simple fix for those who need it.

How to fix the Mike-01 error in XDefiant

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To fix the Mike-01 error in XDefiant, you need to make sure you have the correct version of the game downloaded. At the time of writing, the XDefiant Server Test Session is well underway for the weekend. However, you can’t play it and will get the Mike-01 error if you haven’t downloaded the Server Test Session version of the game.

To find the Server Test Version of XDefiant, launch the marketplace on the platform you want to play on. Then, search for and open XDefiant before selecting the Server Test Version from the available options. The Mike-01 error is impacting PlayStation users the most, so use the ellipses button to select the right version.

What is the Mike-01 error in XDefiant?

The Mike-01 error in XDefiant is known to be caused by trying to play the wrong version of the game. There have been many betas and playtests for this title, and while all will connect to the game’s servers successfully, only some are active at any given time.

At the time of writing, the Server Test Session is welcoming as many players as possible to see how far the game’s serves can be pushed. However, if you try to launch the full version of the game or another test version, the Mike-01 error pops up and prevents you from getting into matches.

The Mike-01 error is so prevalent in XDefiant that Ubisoft posted a message on the game’s Twitter account. It did this to show as many players as possible that there’s an easy fix, but also because it was getting so many reports of the error.

To avoid issues like this, I always try to delete the old versions of games I play Betas and Alphas for, just in case errors similar to this can occur. It results in more download time but avoids unnecessary faff when all I want to do is get into a game.

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Take-Two wins NBA 2K tattoo lawsuit
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Take-Two has successfully defended itself against a lawsuit in which a tattoo artist claimed the publisher had used their copyright without permission when recreating the likeness of Lebron James’ tattoo in NBA 2K.

Yesterday, Friday 19th April, a jury in Ohio returned the verdict that Take-Two had not infringed on tattoo artist Jimmy Hayden’s copyright after Take-Two’s lawyers convinced the jury that – as it had secured permission to use James’ likeness – that included the basketball star’s tattoos, too.

As reported by Reuters (thanks, VGC), Take-Two’s attorney Dale Cendali claimed the case was a victory for “anyone who has ever gotten a tattoo and might have otherwise worried about their freedom to share their bodies with their tattoos”.

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Peroxide Trello and Discord links to connect with the community
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Peroxide Trello and Discord server

What better way to enjoy a nice day of playing Peroxide than to make some new friends and learn about powerful abilities? The Trello board and Discord server are great tools for learning more about the game, regardless of whether you’re a new or older player. Here’s how to join the Peroxide Trello and Discord to learn more about community events, updates, and gameplay mechanics.

How to join the Peroxide Trello

Peroxide’s official Trello board, which you can view by clicking the highlighted text, lets you learn more about the experience, including rarity percentages, moves in the game and their animations, and several important links such as Discord servers, update logs, and basic mechanics. You can also find Peroxide codes here to get some free items.

Peroxide Trello page

The Peroxide Trello is good for both new and experienced players. New players can read up on class progression to determine which to start with, while those who have been playing for a while can look at various cards to check out new content or the rarity of a powerful move. If you haven’t played for a while and need a quick reminder, you can also learn more about items, important NPCs, locations, and more.

How to join the Peroxide Discord server

Like before, you can find Peroxide’s Discord server by clicking the linked text. Joining the server allows you to talk with other community members about the experience in real time, including participating in game nights, checking up on the latest updates, and accessing premium content. You can also find additional servers through the Peroxide Trello.

However, you’ll need to verify your account to access every beginning channel. Below are the steps to verifying your Discord account for the Peroxide Discord server:

  1. Join the Peroxide Discord.
  2. Head to #verify and use the Bloxlink link to connect your Discord.
  3. Link your Roblox account to your Discord.

Once you link your accounts to Bloxlink, you’ll officially verify your account, allowing you access to more channels. From here, reading premium content requires purchasing a server subscription, which costs real money. Whether you do this is entirely up to you, but it’s not required to join the main Discord.

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