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Steven Oz

Freelance Journalist

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Steven Oz

Knower of comic books, video games, and other useless information.
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Puyo Tetris Battle... START!

The world of tetriminos and puyos are in trouble and you are the only one to stop it. Vacations in our family meant driving for hours on end to a mysterious destination. When that happened, it was time for a Tetris competition. My brother, mom, and myself would compete for the highest score. While I never won any these battles, I always enjoyed the time we spent doing this.
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The Decadence of Yakuza 0

There are places in the world that stories turn into legend -- like Silicon Valley in the 90's or Chicago in the 1930’s. In 1988, Japan was changing the world. It was the birthplace of gaming culture and height of technology. This is where we find the start of Yakuza 0. The Yakuza games are loved by passionate fans, but many other gamers have not heard of or played this great series.
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Rewind Your Cassette Tapes -- Small Radios Big Televisions Review

Video games could be seen as playable pieces of art. At times they affect your very soul. Perhaps this game talks about the triumph of the mechanical world over the natural land. Humanity taking their place as the ultimate creature. As they rise, it is followed by the eventual fall. What happens when they find the errors of their ways too late?
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Mysterious Hand-eye symbol found in several unrelated video games

Add another mystery to the world of video games. Found on a Reddit forum called r/GameDetectives, they found a mysterious symbol in at least 5 unrelated games. Along with this symbol, comes a puzzle piece that seems to link with all the other pieces to create a map. Four of these games were found on the Steam website and one was browser based.
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All Aboard the Hype Train!

Webster dictionary defines the word "Hype" as promotional publicity of an extravagant or contrived kind. In this realm of video games we know this well. Game companies know what we want. Hype can come in many different forms. When pre-ordering for some game you can get different levels of a pre-order that will come with bonuses.
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Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes Review

Let me preface this review by saying I have never played a Metal Gear Solid game. It just never caught my attention. When Konami/Kojima announced that Metal Gear Solid V would be split into 2 games and both would be set in an open world. You have my attention now. There is a lot of story in this small game.
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Sword Art Online Season One Review

It seems fitting that I would write a blog post about a anime that is about being stuck in a MMO. I going to split this into two reviews because there are two halfs of the first season. Makes sense...right. Let me give you a brief summary of the show. In the year 2022, a next-generation game known as "Nerve Gear" has been developed, making Full Dives into a virtual dimension possible.
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Is there a lack of women in gaming journalism

We have a problem. Yes, a problem that we, as video game journalists, can fix. Women in the industry. I was reading an article on why women won’t be part of voting for 2013's best video game, which discusses difficulties women in the industry faced last year and their absence in the industry. Let me give you a synopsis on what the author was talking about.
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Joe Danger Dev Hello Games Suffers Flood, Massive Loses (Update)

Update to the original story: According to IGN, Microsoft's Phil Spencer heard about Hello Games situation on twitter and that he is "going to look into it." Hello Games, the studio that brought us Joe Danger and the upcoming No Man's Sky announced that their studio "has been totally flooded" as a result of severe storms and flooding in the U.K.
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LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Review

Until the last brick falls. That sentence has nothing to do with my LEGO Marvel review but I liked how it sounds. Today I am reviewing next installment in the Lego series "LEGO Marvel Super Heroes". I reviewed the PS4 version. I will talk about the differences between the PS3 and the PS4 later in the post.
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The Problem with Video Game Journalism

We have a problem. Yes, a problem that we, as video game journalists, can fix. Women in the industry. I was reading an article on why women won’t be part of voting for 2013's best video game, which discusses difficulties women in the industry faced last year and their absence in the industry . Let me give you a synopsis on what the author was talking about.
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What Happened, Nintendo? How to Turn Around the Floundering Wii U

Mario, Zelda, and Kirby. Ahh, the good old days. Remember when you sat in front of your TV screen -- controller in your hand, on your last life, while pushing through the level? All good memories. Some games still have this effect. As I am 26, all I have been doing lately is remembering. This is what brought me to Nintendo...
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About

Steven Oz

As a freelance blogger, I created blogs on many different topics. I interact with the other bloggers and community members that comment on my posts.

I am a gamer. I'm not ashamed to say it, I play video games. Mobile, console, or computer games, I do not discriminate. As someone who plays video games I am a compilation of many different heroes. I would like to think that some of these heroic qualities were passed down to me.

What makes me a gamer? Being surrounded by people who accept me for who I am. Having the knowledge that in the game world or in real life that I am a force for good. I don't just live one life, I live many lives. I matter in this world. At the end of it all, gamers play what we play, not for the game over, but for what we take away.

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Skills

  • G.I.Joe Knowledge
  • Creative Writing
  • Social Media
  • Research
  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Journalism