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The Problem With Colin Moriarty Isn't Colin Moriarty

There aren't many people that consume gaming news, podcasts and other media without knowing about Colin Moriarty. But for those who are less familiar with the name, here's the briefest of breakdowns:

ICYMI: Microsoft Reveals Games With Gold for August 2018

More free games are coming for subscribers to XBox Live's Gold program n August. Racers and Adventurers delight because here's what you're getting.
XB1: Forza Horizon 2 (Aug 1-31) Playground Games' entry, the seventh in the series, will likely be seen as the highlight of Games With Gold this month thanks largely to the upcoming Forza Horizon 4, announced at E3 2018.

Released in late September of 2014, Forza Horizon 2 put up big review numbers from a number of sites, ending up with an overall Metacritic aggregate score of 86%.

Featuring over 200 cars, the game sold over 2 million copies on the XBox One and Xbox 360 systems combined.
XB1: For Honor (Aug 16 - Sept 15) Allowing for up to 8 players, the ambitious third-person action/adventure title For Honor was released in February 2017. Critics liked it. Players were indifferent.

Pretty much par for Ubisoft's mid-2010s course, really. But, hey. At least it's free!

X360: Dead Space 3 (Aug 1 - 15) Still upset that …

The 1-Up Club Relaunch and Gear Up Sale

All week, The 1-Up Club has been getting a face-lift. That process - save a few pesky bugs - is now over and we are happy to re-launch the site.

The site will be bringing you more content than ever before and in more ways. No matter your gaming habits, preferences or motivations for playing, The 1-Up Club and its growing community will have exactly the kinds of things you want to talk about.

Be sure to subscribe to our new YouTube channel, our podcast channel and the Facebook page to keep up on everything that we're doing here at the site and with our various shows.

To celebrate, we'd like to invite you to support the site by picking up some gear from our ever-expanding store. You can get FREE SHIPPING on all orders through Tuesday July 17, 2018 at 11:59 PM Eastern US time by entering the code SHIP4U. No matter who you are, there will likely be something geared towards you - if not right now, in the very near future.

Welcome to the Weekend!

Excuse Our Dust

This week (July 9-13, 2018), I am updating the website. As such, some things may not work or appear exactly as they should during this time.

You may notice that the video game news site RSS feeds that were featured prominently on the previous site are not at the top of the page. As of early Monday, they are not on the page at all. Most of those feeds will be back by the end of the week. Some will not.

One major thing that we've added to the site is the ability to join the discussion via Disqus. There are hundred of sites that already utilize this format so having a Disqus account allows one to comment on any number of websites of literally any number of topics with just one login.

The 1-Up Club has also begun to create content on YouTube, available through the Multimedia tab on our main menu now and on the sidebar by the end of the week. Video versions of The 1-Up Club podcasts will be posted alongside our audio podcasts, hosted on Podbean. This does not include the Johnny Goodti…

Kickin' it OldSchool: OldSchoolHeel's thoughts on Sony's E3 showing.

Sony = Artsy Fartsy

What was that? There were so many strange, cringe inducing moments during that show that I found it hard to watch. From the videos to the presentation, it looked like it was put together by a stoned, epileptic iguana.

They kicked off with The Last Of Us 2. It appears that Joel is gone, or injured, in hiding somewhere. I don’t know, Ellie may have found out what he did and killed him for it. Either way, I’m not very interested in this game without Joel. I found the first TLOU to be clunky, which is how I find a lot of Naughty Dog’s controls, so, it was the story element and the pained heart of a grieving father that kept me interested in the original.

Seven Samurai minus 4 equals, as The Count would say, “3, mwhaha, 3 Samurai” games. That’s a whole lot of samurai. The games looked interesting, but we didn’t’ really see game play, unless we did. It was hard to tell since they mostly just showed videos and didn’t tell us what was happening. Through the years, you le…

Watch Microsoft's E3 Presser Here

Microsoft is kicking off their E3 at the top of the hour. Here is the livestream for the event.


VIDEO: EAPlay 2018 Review (BONUS: E3 Preview w/ @ryhamner)

E3 2018 is kicking off this weekend, starting with EA's EA Play conference which was held yesterday. Brian and his son, Patrick, discussed the show LIVE on YouTube. From Battlefield V to Anthem to seemingly endless apologetic behaviors (which they made necessary themselves), the show ended up - diplomatically speaking - less than impressive.

Impending Boom: The Coming Bidding War in eSports

In the mid-to-late 1990s, I spent much of the summers trying to convince my father to buy UFC Single-Digit pay per views. In those days, UFC - and mixed martial arts, in general - felt much more different than it did today. The Octagon had not gained any significant traction at that point and, as a result, made the mainstream success the sport enjoys today largely unforeseeable.
Fast-forward over two decades, eSports is slowly beginning to show signs of growth that could very well end up mirroring MMA's own history.