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is a Fantasy and Science Fiction enthusiast & Co Founder of Epicstream.com

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  • WoW TBC Best Class TIER LIST, DPS Rankings, Healer Tier Rankings, ...
    World of Warcraft Burning Crusade Classic has made a significant amount of changes to classes that have switched up the top-tier characters for DPS, healing, and tanking! Which class should you run and why? We take a look at in-depth rankings to help inform your decision. The WoW TBC Beta has released and many players want to know what the new DPS rankings, healer tier rankings, and tank rankings are for WoW PvP. There are plenty of good choices to make and the decision can be a complicated one. We’ve made it easier by breaking down the rankings as of today. Of course, as patches and updates release, nerfs and changes may happen which will result in certain classes becoming nerfed or buffed, so you’ll need to stay abreast of changes. WoW has previously stated that they are open to making changes differently than they did in the original 2007 release, so don’t expect it to be the same ranking and tier list as when you played World of Warcraft Burning Crusade 14 years ago. WoW TBC DPS Rankings Tier List According to Warcraft Tavern which has compiled data from raids via wwsscoreboard.com and legacyplayers.com the best DPS Rankings are as follows: 1 - Hunter 1,740.48 2 - Warlock - 1,721.31 3 - Mage - 1,531.13 4 - Shaman - 1,319.78 5 - Rogue - 1,248.42 6 - Warrior - 1,223.63 7 - Priest - 1,151.78 8 - Druid - 1077.81 9 - Paladin - 931.55 Unsurprisingly, the Paladin placed dead last for DPS Rankings. If you are looking to choose the highest DPS class, the Hunter or Warlock class are the clear winners, virtually tied for 1st place. The Mage isn’t a bad 3rd option if that’s more your style, but they do 13% less damage on average, which is a considerable amount. Tier 4 DPS rankings in order are as follows: Hunter, Warlock, Mage, Shaman, Warrior, Rogue, Priest, Druid, and Paladin. Tier 5 DPS rankings in order are as follows: Warlock, Mage, Hunter, Rogue, Shaman, Priest, Warrior, Druid, and Paladin. Tier 6 DPS rankings in order are as follows: Hunter, Warlock, Mage, Shaman, Rogue, Warrior, Druid, Priest, and Paladin. Hyjal Summit DPS Rankings are as follows: Hunter, Warlock, Rogue Mage, Warrior, Shaman Druid, Paladin, and Priest Zul’Aman DPS Rankings are as follows: Warlock, Hunter, Mage, Shaman Priest, Rogue, Warrior, Druid, and Paladin. WoW TBC Tank Rankings Also from our friends at Warcraft Tavern, the best World of Warcraft Burning Crusade Tanks are as follows: 1 - Druid - 1,012.06 TPS 2 - Paladin - 848.18 TPS 3 - Warrior - 825.53 TPS Tier 4 TBC Tank rankings in order are as follows: Druid, Paladin, Warrior. Karazhan Tank rankings in order are as follows: Druid, Warrior, Paladin. Gruul’s Lair Tank rankings in order are as follows: Druid, Paladin, Warrior. Magtheridon’s Lair Tank rankings in order are as follows: Paladin, Druid, Warrior. Tier 5 TBC Tank rankings in order are as follows: Druid, Warrior, Paladin. SSC Tank rankings in order are as follows: Druid, Warrior, Paladin. Tempest Keep Lair Tank rankings in order are as follows: Druid, Paladin, Warrior. Tier 6 TBC Tank rankings in order are as follows: Druid, Paladin, Warrior. Hyjal Summit Tank rankings in order are as follows: Druid, Paladin, Warrior. Zul’Aman Lair Tank rankings in order are as follows: Druid, Warrior, Paladin. Druid is the clear winner of the tanking classes. From overall tanking to Tier 4, Gruul’s Lair, Tier 5, Tempest Keep, Tier 6, Hyjal Summit, the list goes on. If you want to be a tank class, it’s hard to argue against the Druid class. WoW TBC Healer Tier Rankings Healers are a bit trickier to determine the best tier. While we don’t have hard numbers on what is definitively the best, here’s our general opinion on top choices: - Restoration Shaman. Have high utility and versatility. Hard to go wrong here. Strong in raids with totems and water shields while casting Chain Heal. - Restoration Druid. Average output, neither great nor terrible. They don’t have the power to heal single targets effectively or group heal well. The Tree of Life buff is incredibly useful and shouldn’t be underestimated. - Holy Paladin. More of a tank healer, but rarely outclasses Restoration Shamans. Playable, but not the best for healing in raids. Focus more on single-player heals. - Priests. The benefit of a priest is they can tank and heal in raids. They provide utility in doing both but excel in neither. What is the best healer for WoW TBC? I would say Restoration Shamans are the best choice overall. Every raid will want a few and you’ll always be useful. Otherwise, you can’t go wrong with any choice. Each is balanced in its own way and is playable depending on your preferred playstyle. Are you excited to play WoW TBC? What’s the best class in your opinion for damage, tanking, and healing? Leave us a comment below!
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    14 days ago By Brian McCormick By Brian McCormick - 14 days ago
  • The Lord of The Rings: Where to Watch and Stream the Entire Trilogy - ...
    Where is the best place to watch and stream The Lord of the Rings entire trilogy as of June 2021? We have an updated list of streaming services that currently have LOTR available to watch! It has been almost 20 years since the Oscar award-winning Lord of the Rings movie trilogy featuring Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, and Liv Tyler first debuted in 2001. The trilogy is composed of The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King. Considered a modern classic, fans everywhere continue to watch the series every year. In fact, a poll released in 2019 discovered that The Lord of the Rings is now even more popular than Star Wars! Certainly, Disney would love to get their hands on such a hot property, if not for the Tolkien estate doing what it can to preserve the integrity of the franchise. Even so, The Lord of the Rings will be getting a new show on Amazon Prime in 2021. So where can you watch and stream The Lord Of the Rings today? Here’s an overview of where you can find it!   Is the Lord of the Rings on Netflix?   The Lord of the Rings is currently not on Netflix. Will the Lord of the Rings come back to Netflix? It's unlikely since Netflix has been focusing on more original content and the show is owned by Warner Media, which also owns the HBO Max streaming service.   Is The Lord of the Rings on Hulu?   The Lord of the Rings is currently streaming on Hulu. You can watch the entire series; including, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King.   Is the Lord of the Rings on Disney+?   The Lord of the Rings series is not on Disney+ and is unlikely to ever be added there, as Disney only streams their own library of content. You can however watch many Disney originals and upcoming series such as, Obi Wan, WandaVision, The Book of Boba Fett, and Star Wars: The Bad Batch.   Is the Lord of the Rings on HBO Max?   All three The Lord of the Rings movies are currently streaming on HBO Max. You can also watch The Hobbit trilogy starring Martin Freeman on HBO Max. This is the only streaming service currently airing all 6 movies with their subscription. It's expected to remain on the platform long-term, since HBO's parent Company, Warner Media owns the rights to The Lord of the Rings.   Is the Lord of the Rings on Amazon Prime Video?   The Lord of the Rings is available on Amazon Prime if you pay the rental cost, which is $3.99 per movie for the HD version. Each extended edition is available for $9.99. What order should I watch The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogy?   Another question we are often asked is what order should I watch The Lord of the Rings. It’s actually quite an interesting decision since The Hobbit added 3 new movies to the franchise. If you plan on watching both The Hobbit trilogy and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, take caution to the order you watch the films. The Hobbit series takes place chronologically before The Fellowship of the Ring; however, the series has a lot of foreshadowing and spoilers that can take away from The Lord of the Rings experience. Additionally, the series has a lot of easter eggs that are meant to be enjoyed after watching The Lord of the Rings. For that reason, if you plan on watching The Hobbit, we recommend the following viewing order.   Watch order for The Lord of the Rings series and The Hobbit: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King   That being said, The Hobbit is not necessary to enjoy the greatness of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. While I personally enjoyed the entire series, not everyone is fond of The Hobbit adaptation. There’s no right or wrong way to watch The Lord of the Rings, so feel free to watch it however you please. Are you a longtime fan of The Lord of the Rings? What viewing order do you suggest? Are there any streaming services you would like to see it stream on? Leave us a comment below!
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    21 days ago By Brian McCormick By Brian McCormick - 21 days ago
  • Is Superman Stronger Than Darkseid Explained
    Who would win in a fight: Superman or Darkseid? It’s a question fans everywhere are asking after the events of the Snyder Cut of Justice League. At the end of the Snyder Cut, we see Steppenwolf swing his ax at Superman only to find Superman completely unfazed. Superman annihilates and outclasses Steppenwolf throughout the entire fight. Steppenwolf is only the soldier of Darkseid, who is the more powerful of the two. So is Superman stronger? Who would win in a fight between them? We will take a look at Superman and Darkseid in the comics and compare the powers and abilities of both and look at instances where they have fought each other. Read on to find out who is stronger!   Has Superman Ever Fought and Defeated Darkseid? Superman has rarely fought Darkseid. Darkseid is a cosmic-level threat that mainly comes into play when the entire universe or multiple planets are at stake of being destroyed or annihilated. Superman has also fought Darkseid when the lives of his friends are at stake. Here are a few iconic battles between the two characters: Superman v Darkseid: The Dark Side #3 - 1998   In "Superman: The Dark Side #3", released in 1998, Superman takes on Darkseid and handily loses. After being knocked out, Lightray, a hero with the power of light, revives Superman by injecting him with his light powers. This charges Kal-El like a sunbath. His costume then glows for the rest of the issue and he goes on to defeat Darkseid in combat. "The Dark Side" comic is a limited series and takes place in an Elseworld. AKA, it exists outside of normal canon. Therefore, this isn’t the typical version of Darkseid or Superman that we normally see. In fact, Superman is hardly recognizable in the issue. That being said, the battle teaches us little about which character is stronger. It appears that Superman isn’t strong enough, at least on his own to beat Darkseid.   Superman v Darkseid: Apokolips Now! - 2003   This is a one-shot comic, which means it is generally considered canon unless DC states otherwise. In this issue, Superman challenges Darkseid to a high-stakes duel (which Darkseid accepts). The fight takes place on an asteroid near Apokolips. The battle is relatively fair without special buffs or hindrances applied to either character as they meet in battle. Superman takes a nice Sun dip before the one-shot begins, so he is in prime condition. The fight is neck and neck, each trading blows. Superman manages to beat Darkskeid’s face to a pulp, rendering his Omega Beams unusable. In the end, Superman manages to come out on top, proving to be the stronger of the two when it comes to brute force and strength. This issue confirms that Superman has the power to defeat Darkseid in battle, given he soaks up some sun beforehand and takes out Darkseid’s Omega Beams.   Superman/Batman #13 (2003)   In this dramatic non-canon comic, Supergirl is killed and it is up to Superman to avenge her death. Superman rages against Darkseid. Darkseid attempts to use his Omega Beams, but Wonder Woman deflects them. Kal-el tells Wonder Woman to leave the fight to him after this, as it is a personal grudge after losing Kara (Supergirl). Thus a 1 v 1 battle ensues. As the fight progresses, they begin circling the sun, which gives Superman a nice recharge. Superman shows off his speed and brute force as he soundly clobbers Darkseid, breaking his arm. He then imprisons him within the Source Wall. Thus, Superman beats Darkseid again.   Is Superman Stronger Than Darkseid Explained Who is stronger: Superman or Darkseid? It’s pretty close to a tie. The answer depends on two major factors. They are: Did Superman get a sun-bath? Virtually every time he has defeated Darkseid, he had to take a sun dip before or during the battle to win. Does Superman thwart Darkseid’s Omega Beams? Given that the Sun’s energy is the source of Superman’s power, I don’t consider a sunbath an unnatural buff. Certainly, if he is sitting in the sun for a couple of hundred years, that is an unreasonable buff to call a fair fight. But a short sunbath seems completely fair. As for Darkseid’s Omega Beams, countering your opponent’s strength should be a part of battle and battle tactics. Superman was completely fair when he beat Darkseid’s face to a pulp rendering his beams useless. Thus, it’s safe to say that given a sunbath, Superman is stronger than Darkseid and can defeat him. Otherwise, it is somewhat in Darkseid’s favor and his Omega Beams. Related: 11 Marvel Characters Who Can Beat Superman
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    56 days ago By Brian McCormick By Brian McCormick - 56 days ago
  • Is Superman Faster Than Flash Explained
    Who is faster, Superman or Flash? This is a question that inevitably comes in countless comic book debates. After scouring the tomes of Flash and Superman canon, we've come to a firm conclusion! We will take a look at charity races, high-stake races, as well as powers and individual feats of speed by both characters throughout their history. Read on to discover the answer of which character is faster: Flash or Superman? Superman and Flash Charity Races: Who won? Alright, first a disclaimer, the charity races are NOT an indicator of who is faster. You’ll find out why towards the end of this article. That being said, it would be erroneous to not take a look at the times The Flash and Superman actually went head to head for speed supremacy. On another note, there are various versions of Flash, including Wally West and Barry Allen, but race results tend to be the same regardless of which Flash is tapping into the Speed Force.   Superman vs Flash Race #1: Superman Vol 1 #199 When it comes to “friendly” races, Superman and Flash have run a few, starting with Superman #199, titled "Superman’s Race With the Flash!” by Jim Shooter. The superhero duo was called in by the UN Secretary in order to raise charity funds. The race generated enthusiasm and public support, but also attracted the attention of criminal gangs. These gangs bet big money on the winner, and thus tried to foil either Superman or the Flash so they would lose the race and earn them big bucks. The American gang backed Superman, while the European gang backed Flash. On June 10th, the race began, with Superman and Flash instructed to circle the globe 3 times across a designated track. The race went over oceans and by historic landmarks. As the race continued both heroes encountered the obstacles designed by the criminals to slow them down. Catching on to the plan, they help each other to overcome the obstacles. As Flash and Superman reach the final stretch of the race, they are fully aware of the gangsters' intentions. Thus they decide to finish with a tie to prevent either criminal enterprise from winning. So who is faster after Charity Race #1? Neither. We learn nothing about who is faster.   Superman vs Flash Race #2: Flash #175 Fans weren’t satisfied with the race results of #199. A tie! E. Nelson Bridwell and artist Ross Andru decided to up the ante and give the readers a winner! “The Race to the End of the Universe” is the second race between the two characters. This time, a pair of aliens arrive on Earth and threaten to destroy Metropolis or Central City if the two characters don’t race each other. (I guess those aliens were as demanding as fans to know who is faster?). On the cover, the issue shows Flash saying, “Superman, I quit, I can’t beat you,” as Superman replies, “I finally got you to admit you’re not the fasted man alive, Flash!”. In order to make the race fair, Flash is given a special force field that can maintain oxygen. How can he run in empty space is another question (but Superman being able to fly makes sense?).  Once again there are traps along the way including some Kryptonite meteors to thwart Superman. Did the issue reveal who won? Did the cover reveal the answer? No… Instead, we get an answer from viewers saying that the winner depended on the viewing angle of the finish line. Thus, nobody knows who actually won. Fans were foiled from an answer again! (Hey, but those comics flew off the shelves!)   Superman vs The Flash Race #3: World’s Finest 198-199 In an issue titled “Race to Save the Universe” the stakes are raised even higher. To save the universe, Flash and Superman have to run from opposite ends of the Universe to a fixed destination. Doing so will stop time distortions threatening reality. With such a long distance to travel, surely this race will settle who is fastest? Well, once again, we find people trying to foil them along the way, including General Zod and others from the Phantom Zone. They end up injuring the heroes who limp to the finish line. In the end, Flash won! The first winner of a race between the two! Based on the race, we could hardly say Flash is faster, considering injuries to both make it impossible to factor in who is actually the speediest. Superman vs Flash Race Results The above are samples of some of the first races between Superman and Flash. Here are other notable results including the above races: Superman Vol 1 #199 - Tie Flash #175 - Tie World’s Finest #198-199 - Flash DC Comics Presents #1-2 - Tie Adventures of Superman #463 - Flash DC First: Flash/Superman - Flash The Flash #209 - Flash Flash Rebirth #3 - Flash Superman #709 - Superman The final tally from the above 9 races are: Flash Wins: 5 Superman Wins: 1 Tie: 3 From these races, It’s clear that Flash is the definitive winner. So checkmark for head-on races goes to Flash (in all his incarnations). But can these tests really determine the winner?   Superman vs Flash Abilities: Who is Faster? Alright, so if we take out races from the picture and just look at the abilities and powers of the characters, who is faster?   The Flash: How fast is he? Forget racing Superman, the Flash has outraced Black Flash, the embodiment of death. In the race, Flash actually raced so fast he outran space-time itself and ended up beyond the end of the universe, a place death could not exist. Thus, Flash outran death itself. So yea, the Flash can outrun space-time. That’s pretty fast. On a slightly slower scale, he has also proven the ability to outrun the speed of light. This is what helps him travel through time on occasion. For reference, the speed of light is 186,282 miles per second (299,792 kilometers per second).   Superman: How fast is he? Superman can also travel faster than the speed of light. How else does he fly between planets at such an intense speed? Superman once went to the sun and back in 1 minute and 54 seconds. For reference, it takes light more than 8 minutes to get to the Earth from the Sun. That means Superman traveled quite a bit faster than the speed of light.   Is Superman Faster Than Flash Explained In the end, Flash is faster. Flash has won the most races, and his greatest feat, outrunning Death and the Universe itself proves it. Superman has never traveled so fast as to run beyond death and the end of the Universe. In addition, writers always intended for Flash as a speedster to be faster than Superman. Yes, power levels will fluctuate. Even now, Superman and Batman are immensely more powerful in their Justice League version than their solo titled comic book series. That’s just the nature of comics and writer discretion. Flash was always meant to be the fastest superhero from DC. It doesn’t make sense for DC to have Superman be the fastest character alive. After all, Flash has always been advertised as The Fastest Man alive. Related: Is Superman Stronger Than Darkseid Explained
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    57 days ago By Brian McCormick By Brian McCormick - 57 days ago
  • Will There Be a Season 3 of Steins;Gate? Is It Finished or Coming ...
    So you’ve just finished Season 2 of Steins;Gate and want to know if there is more in store for you? Fear not otaku, we’ve got the answer for you! Stein; Gate first released in April 06, 2011, making the anime series now over 10 years old officially! So congrats on the series for remaining relevant a decade after its original release. For those who haven’t watched the series before, Steins;Gate is an intense psychological thriller that involves time travel and a megalomaniac lead character who talks to himself. Is he crazy? Yes. But is he crazy crazy? Still yes. Nonetheless, the events that take place in the show are real, and really dark. It isn’t a show for the lighthearted. Steins;Gate is for folks that want to watch something intense and dramatic that makes you think and question everything. If you're wondering where to watch Steins;Gate, it is currently streaming on Hulu in English Sub, Crunchyroll in English Sub, and Funimation in English Dub or Sub. It is currently not available on Netflix in the US. Helpful hint, if you haven’t watched the show yet, I’d heavily consider the Sub. Certainly, the Dub is “alright”, but I find the main character’s pace and rhythm of speech rather annoying. Perhaps, you’ll like it though. Is Steins;Gate finished or coming back? Steins;Gate is finished. The series concluded back in 2011 with episode 24, titled Achievement Point, released on September 14, 2011. The episode concluded the main storyline of the series. Although episode 24 concluded the main storyline, on February 22, 2012, an OVA titled Egotistic Poriomania gave us an epilogue for the events that took place two months after the main storyline ended. Finally, an alternate version of episode 24 was released on December 2, 2015. Given that we have already received the Epilogue as well as an alternate ending, there really isn’t any new ground to cover with the series. We can safely close the book on this one. Will there be a Season 3 of Steins; Gate? No, there will not be a Season 3 of Steins;Gate. No announcement for a Season 3 has been made. As we know the series concluded after Season 2 and Episode 24. Additionally, we already know the events that take place after the series ended thanks to the OVA episode 25. Did you enjoy Season 2 of Steins; Gate? Leave us a comment below to let us know! RELATED: Best Sites to Read Manga Legally Online
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    57 days ago By Brian McCormick By Brian McCormick - 57 days ago
  • Those Snow White Notes Episode 3 Release Date and Time, Where to ...
    Anime has never sounded so good as it does with Those Snow White Notes. The series began with one of the most touching and powerful instrumental scenes of any anime to note as Setsu Sawamura’s grandfather, Matsugoro Sawamura, does a phenomenal rendition of traditional shamisen music in the stillness of a winter’s snow. So far we have had two episodes released of Those Snow White Notes and it is quickly becoming one of my favorite new anime series of the Spring 2021 season. It’s rare to find a show with some originality, beautiful animation, and touching music in today’s otaku universe. Those Snow White Notes Episode 3 Release Date Those Snow White Notes Episode 3 will release on Saturday, April 17 in the US. Those Snow White Notes Episode 3 Release Time The series will air in Japan at 2:25 AM Japan Standard Time. The series will simulcast on Crunchyroll a few hours later at the following times: Pacific Time: 11:45 am  Central Time: 1:45 pm Eastern Time: 2:45 pm British Time: 7:45 pm Those Snow White Notes Episode 3 Where to Watch Subs Online The only place to currently watch the series legally online in English is Crunchyroll. No other sites, such as Funimation, have announced plans to simulcast the series. The series is currently available in sub only. No English Dub has been announced. Those Snow White Notes is currently not available on Netflix, Hulu, Funimation, or Amazon Prime. Those Snow White Notes Episode 2 Summary and Recap Episode 2 was a beauty to watch. The series diverted from Episode 1, which served more as a prologue, introducing many characters that we don’t get to see in the 2nd episode. Episode 2 was all about family as we become familiar with Setsu’s eccentric mother. It turns out she is quite a famous singer, actress, and all-around personality. She was even featured in a TV commercial as Setsu had dinner with his father at a diner. We also learn more about Setsu’s brother, Wakana. He managed to place 3rd in a large Shamisen competition but has plateaued in his abilities, meanwhile Setsu has finally matched him in skill. They reminisce and come together at a local shrine to play a rendition of a song they both created. Their performance highlighted their bond and family traditions while being playful. It marked a turning point and changing of the guard as Setsu has now matched his brother in skill. It’s clear this is the entry point for greatness, as Setsu will go on to discover his own tone and hone his talent. Are you excited for Episode 3 of Those Snow White Notes? Leave us a comment below! RELATED: Will There Be a Season 3 of One Punch Man? When Will It Release?
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    67 days ago By Brian McCormick By Brian McCormick - 67 days ago
  • Does Xbox Games Pass for PC Have Achievements and How Does It Work ...
    So you are thinking about buying Xbox Games Pass for PC? If you have questions, you are not alone. Xbox Games Pass works a bit differently than Steam. Instead of actually owning the games digitally, you are merely gaining access to them so long as they are a part of Games Pass for PC and you continue to pay your membership fees. Here are some of the common questions regarding achievements and answers for Xbox Games Pass. How do achievements work in Xbox Games Pass for PC? Achievements work exactly the same for Xbox Games Pass for PC as if you had purchased the game. Your Microsoft account will still be credited with achievements as you unlock them. These achievement unlocks are permanent and do not go away if you cancel your Games Pass membership. The ability to track and view achievements in Xbox Games Pass for PC became available in December of 2019. Do Achievements work in Xbox Games Pass for PC in Offline Mode? If you play in offline mode, you can unlock up to 50 achievements. When you go online, these achievements will sync with your account. Obviously, your account on other devices won’t show these achievements unlocked until you do go back online on your PC device. What are the Best Games to Unlock Achievements in Xbox Games Pass for PC? If you’re looking to unlock achievements as quickly as possible, here are some of the best games to play with a completion time of under 2 hours: Fractured Minds The Gardens Between Donut Country The Little Acre What Remains of Edith Finch Day of the Tentacle Full Throttle Remastered Is Xbox Games Pass for PC Worth it in 2021? If you are on the edge of purchasing Xbox Games Pass for PC in 2021, I can say it is definitely worth the cost. You are getting access to over 250 PC games, many of them are high quality with hefty MSRPs. Not only that, you can get the first month for only $1. After that it is $9.99 a month. Some of the top titles include Forza Horizon 4, Sea of Thieves, Gears 5, No Man’s Sky, The Outer Worlds, Minecraft Dungeons, and more. The Xbox Games Pass April 2021 new games added were also fairly interesting and included Zombie Army 4: Dead War, GTA V, and Pathway. Do you have Xbox Games Pass for PC? What do you think of it so far? Leave us a comment below!
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    72 days ago By Brian McCormick By Brian McCormick - 72 days ago
  • Is Xbox Games Pass for PC Worth It? 2021 Update, Games List, Review, ...
    Tired of buying Steam games you never play? Low on budget? Want the most bang for your buck? Then you might be interested in Xbox Game Pass for PC. For those unfamiliar, Xbox Games Pass for PC has hundreds of high-quality PC games compatible with Windows 10. You also get access to EA Play on PC at no extra cost, which gives you access to top EA titles. Plus, you can use the Xbox app on PC to download and play all the games you want. New games get added all the time, so the list of PC games continues to expand. Think of it like Netflix for PC games. How Much Does Xbox Games Pass For PC Cost in 2021? Xbox Games Pass for PC costs $1 for the first month, then $9.99 for each month thereafter. Signup for Xbox Games Pass for PC here. What Titles are Currently on Xbox Games Pass for PC 2021 Currently, there are over 250 games on Xbox Games Pass. The most popular games include: Forza Horizon 4 Sea of Thieves Ark: Survival Evolved Explorer’s Edition The Halo Franchise, including Halo: Reach Gears 5 Game of the Year Edition Forza Motorsport 7 Microsoft Flight Simulator Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition Totally Accurate Battle Simulator (Game Preview) State of Decay 2: Juggernaut Edition Descenders Subnautica Torchlight III Yakuza 6 Octopath Traveler Pillars of Eternity 2 Fallout 4 The Elder Scrolls Games (Including Skyrim) Children of Morta Middle-earth: Shadow of War Minecraft Dungeons The Outer Worlds No Man’s Sky Dishonered 2 Xbox Games Pass adds new games every month. New games added to Xbox Games Pass in April 2021 include Grand Theft Auto V, Zombie Army 4, NHL 21 EA Play, MLB The Show 21, and more. The list goes on and on. Find the full list of current games here.  What PC Requirements Do I Need To Play Xbox Games Pass for PC 2021? You will need a Windows 10 PC with the latest update and to download the Xbox app. PC requirements are as follows: OS – Windows 10 Processor – Intel® Core™ 5 quad core or higher; AMD Ryzen™ 5 quad core or higher GPU – NVIDIA GTX 1050; AMD Radeon RX 560 Memory – 8GB RAM, 3GB VRAM Storage – 150GB DirectX® – DirectX 12 API Is Xbox Games Pass Worth it For PC 2021 Update Xbox Games Pass for PC is definitely worth it if you are interested in playing any of the 250+ titles in their library. Their titles range from AAA titles to obscure and older games. If you look at a game like Forza Horizon 4, it currently sells for $59.99, Gears 5 sells for $39.99, and Sea of Thieves sells for $39.99. Xbox Games Pass for PC is only $9.99 per month, so if you are planning on buying 3 games already in the pass, you could instead buy Xbox Games Pass for PC and play all of those games for the next year, plus have access to the other 250+ games in the Xbox library as a free bonus. The one downside to Xbox Games Pass for PC is that if you cancel your subscription, you will no longer be able to play the games you downloaded until you resume your subscription (If you take a break and come back your game progress will remain saved). The main question is, are you a person who likes to play 1 or 2 games and play them over and over again? If so you would be better off buying the individual game. If you’re a person who likes to play a variety of games each year, then Xbox Games Pass for PC is definitely worth it. Also, new titles are always releasing and being added to Xbox Games Pass. So for instance, if a new Forza game comes out, after a while it may get added to games pass and you can play the newer editions. Whereas, if you bought the Forza game in person, that’s the only Forza game you can play and you'd have to shell out another $59.99 or so when the next one releases. So hey, it’s only $1 to try, so why not go for it? You can always cancel if you don’t like the games. Plus if there’s a game you are interested in, you can give it a go first or even beat it in your first month. Plus, you can cancel at any time.
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  • Minecraft 1.17 Snapshot 31W13A Patch Notes for Java Edition
    We’ve been waiting for Minecraft 1.17, dubbed “Caves and Cliffs” to release this year. In the meantime, there's a new update today via Mojang Studios with a new Java Snapshot release! What’s the big update in the new Minecraft 1.17 Snapshot 31W13A for Java Edition? None other than our lovable friend the goat being added! Here’s the full update for the Minecraft patch and everything you need to know. Important to note, this is only for the Java Edition, and not for PS4, Xbox, Switch, Bedrock, and other editions you may be familiar with. New Updates in Minecraft 21W13A Snapshot GOAT - Goats spawn in Mountains - Goats can scale the sides of mountains with their incredible jumps! - Goats can be tempted and bred using Wheat - Goats are another source of milk! ACCESSIBILITY Added an alternative solid black background color for the Mojang Studios loading screen, toggleable with the “Monochrome Logo” accessibility option CHANGES IN 21W13A - Tweaks to Caves - Tweaks to Ore Distribution - Tweaks to Powdered Snow - Dripstone clusters can now be found rarely in normal caves - Deepslate blobs can now be found between heights 0 and 16 - Axolotls and glow squids now spawn in underground water sources - Axolotls will now always chase after and attack squids, glow squids, tropical fish, cod, salmon, pufferfish, drowned, guardians, and elder guardians - Axolotls now have a two-minute cooldown after hunting non-hostile targets such as fish, squids, etc. - They will prioritize targeting hostile mobs first before hunting. - Bees now see Flowering Azalea (and Flowering Azalea Leaves) as flowers - Additions to Wandering Trader and Mason trades - Additions to chest loot tables CAVE TWEAKS - Mineshaft tweak: increased the max length of pillars and chains. Carver tweaks: made carvers less likely to be too flat to walk through. - Noise cave tweaks: - Increased likelihood of megacaves (large cheese caves) - Reduced likelihood of toothpick pillars (tall 1-block thin pillars) - Other tweaks to make the cheese caves more varied and interesting. ORE DISTRIBUTION TWEAKS - Slightly more iron - Larger diamond blobs sometimes form POWDERED SNOW - Powder snow’s durability/hardness was slightly increased - Freeze time has decreased to 7 seconds and hurt frequency has decreased to 2 seconds - Entities on fire now melt Powder Snow when colliding - Increase vertical movement speed within Powder Snow - Strays, Polar Bears, and Snow Golems are now immune to freezing - Mobs now shake when they are fully frozen - Skeletons converting to strays now only require the 7 seconds it takes for an entity to be fully frozen to begin converting, instead of the 30 seconds it took before - Leather horse armor now protects horses from freeze damage - Mobs that enjoy the heat (Blazes, Magma Cubes, and Striders) take increased freeze damage TRADE & LOOT TABLE ADDITIONS - Added the following trades to Mason: - Will sell 4 Dripstone blocks for 1 emerald - Added the following trades to Wandering Trader: - Will sell 2 Pointed Dripstones for 1 emerald - Will sell 2 Rooted Dirt for 1 emerald - Will sell 2 Moss Blocks for 1 emerald - Moss blocks can be found in Shipwreck chests - Glow Berries can be found in Mineshaft chest minecarts TECHNICAL CHANGES IN 21W13A - Added metric cube of light! - Unused parts of code are no longer removed LIGHT BLOCK - Op-only (/give) air-like waterloggable block - Emits light at a level determined by block state - Visible and targetable only when the item is held (similar to barrier) - Right-click cycles light level Minecraft also addressed a variety of bugs in the update, you can find a full list here. Where to Download Snapshot 31W13A? You can download the Minecraft 31W13A Snapshot from the Minecraft launcher. Simply open the launcher and enable snapshots under the installations tab. Minecraft also recommends you backup your worlds as snapshots have the potential to corrupt the file.
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  • Overwatch Archives 2021 Event Date Start: When Will It Arrive?
    Are you ready for one of the biggest and baddest Overwatch events of the year? Archives is one of the most popular events in Overwatch featuring new challenges and amazing skins. Archive events are PVE based, which means you’ll be working together to defeat a common enemy rather than against other players. Some of the beautiful skins the 2020 Overwatch Archive brought us were the Aviator Pharah Skin, King Jamison Junkrat Skin, Sniper Ana skin, Militia Roadhog skin, and the Workout Zarya skin. What skins will the Overwatch Archives 2021 event bring us? I can’t wait to find out! Overwatch Archives 2021 Event Date Start So when does the Overwatch Archives 2021 event arrive? We expect a release date of around April 13th to the 15th. Previous release dates for Overwatch Archives were as follows: Overwatch Archive: Uprising 2017 - Started April 11, ended May 1 Overwatch Archive: Retribution 2018 - Started April 10, ended May 3 Overwatch Archive: Storm Rising 2019 - Started April 16, ended May 6 Overwatch Archives 2020 - Started March 12, ended April 2 Given the above release schedule, Overwatch Archive events typically begin in the 2nd or 3rd week of April between Tuesday and Thursday, with 2020 being the exception. Given this, we expect the release date for Overwatch Archives 2021 to have an event start date of around April 13-15. When Will Overwatch Archives 2021 Event End? Given a start date of around April 13-15, we would expect the Overwatch: Archives 2021 event to end around May 1-6 based on 2017, 2018, and 2019 end dates. That gives players roughly three and a half weeks of time to participate in the event and acquire exclusive skins. What Skins Will Overwatch Archives 2021 Release? No skins have yet to be confirmed for Overwatch Archives 2021. Above you can find the King Jamison Junkrat Skin from the Overwatch Archives 2021 event. Personally, I think the event has some killer designs with the Junkrat skin being a standout. Are you excited for the Overwatch Archive 2021 event to kickoff? Leave us a comment below! RELATED: Overwatch Characters Become Magic: The Gathering Cards in This Fantastic Fan Project
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