Shack Chat: What popular game have you never played?

The Shack Staff discuss which popular games they've never had the chance (or didn't want) to play.

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It's time for Shack Chat, our weekly feature where each Friday we’ll ask the Shacknews staff to give their opinion on a particular topic, then open the floor to our dedicated Chatty community to provide a diverse mixture of thoughts on the subject. It’s a great way for us to get to know one another better while inspiring healthy debates with all of you passionate gamers out there. This week, it's all about games we haven't played. 

Question: What popular game have you never played?


Minecraft - Asif Khan, Thinks Notch Is A Jerk

"ERMAHGERD, HOW COULD YOU NOT HAVE PLAYED MINECRAFT?" I don’t know, I like good games. I am baffled by so many Shackers who value graphics and gameplay that hold this game up as something that should be revered. It is just boring to me. Maybe I am dead inside?


Fornite - Bill Lavoy, Managing Editor

A bunch of them. Asif would want me to say The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but technically I played that for an hour. I played Pokemon GO once on my 10th floor balcony, but since catching Pokemon required me to go places, that was over quickly. I even played a bit of Minecraft, but I’m in the camp that finds it rather boring. I played Overwatch for two days, Dark Souls 3 for about 50 minutes, and For Honor for about the same. I even dropped out of a plane in PUBG to take a no-HUD screenshot, then quit the game and never played again.

The game I’m going to give as my final answer is Fortnite. I have never played it, installed it, or been tempted to do so. Besides not being a big fan of PvP these days, I’m just not tolerant of the Fortnite culture. Watching a Fortnite stream reminds me of being stuck at a family gathering with 100 teenage nephews and nieces that I just want to shut up and sit still. I’m glad they love the game, I’m glad the game is doing well, and I wish nothing but the best for Fortnite and its players. Just leave me out of it.


BioShock - Blake Morse, Reviews Editor

I tend to not dive into things that I feel have been overhyped. It’s why I’ve never watched The Wire or played BioShock. If enough people tell me I need to do something the contrarian in me just flares up like a Saiyan who’s about to go into super mode and refuses to give people the satisfaction of influencing my tastes.

The way people talked about BioShock when it first came out you’d think Ayn Rand and her ridiculous concepts about how society should function were created just for the game. “But oh, Blake, it deals with all this stuff, and it’s done so well!” Cool. I’ve seen plenty of movies, TV shows, and video games that I’ve loved and no one gave them the time of day no matter how much fervor I encouraged them with to do so. So there’s no way I’m gonna get into their thing if I can’t be done the same courtesy.

I also really just dislike steampunk and the whole aesthetic that goes along with it which was a large part of the BioShock lore. Wearing a monocle and putting some brass in your top hat and tails does not make you Jules Verne! (Ed. note: The original BioShock is more art deco, but you do you.)


World of Warcraft - Kevin S. Tucker, Voice Actor Guide Writer Extraordinaire

For years, when I would tell people that I was a fan of Warcraft, they always assumed I was talking about World of Warcraft. In fact, I have a Warcraft 3 poster hanging in my house (an image of which is featured above), and many times when people see it, they note the Warcraft logo and assume I’m a World of Warcraft player. I’m not.

Given the game’s popularity, I guess most people now directly equate Warcraft with World of Warcraft. And even though I do very much enjoy Blizzard’s strategy-based Warcraft titles, I have never once in my life played WoW. I’m just not an MMO guy, or really even an online game enthusiast in most cases. When World of Warcraft first launched, my computer was nowhere close to the minimum specifications, so I never even tried to run it. By now, I assume I’ve missed the train entirely. Even though my current desktop has more than enough muscle to run the game, there are just so many other titles I could be playing instead. A 14-year-old MMORPG simply isn’t on my to-do list, popular and iconic though it may be.


Clash of Clans - Brittany Vincent, And Probably Never Will

First, Shack Staff, I don’t understand why everyone hates Minecraft. Yes, babies play it, but it’s a nice, peaceful game that I love to play with my dad. He really enjoys it, and I enjoy playing with him, so I’m assuming the vitriol for Minecraft comes from its many annoying fans, much like Fortnite fans make playing the game frustrating. This is true, do not dispute it.

With that said, I have never played Clash of Clans, and I am very thankful for it. Before you assume it’s because I don’t like mobile games, I am the former EIC of Modojo and continually tout mobile gaming as well as a handful of great games on the platform. This just doesn’t look like one, though you bet I’ll write guides about it if it means it’s going to get us some hits.


League of Legends - Ozzie Mejia, Senior Editor

When it comes to MOBAs, outside of Dota 2, there isn't one more popular than League of Legends. Here's the thing, though. I'm not a big MOBA expert or much of a MOBA player. I'm not opposed to the genre at all. I do enjoy simplified takes on this category of games, like Blizzard's Heroes of the Storm. I like games that attempt to implement familiar elements from other types of games, the way Paragon (RIP) attempted to.

Having said that, Dota 2 didn't draw me in, partly because of the overly complex rules and partly because of the unfriendly community. And with most of my Dota 2 experiences soured, I haven't bothered with League of Legends to this day. I know this will come to the chagrin of my old Yahoo Esports colleagues, but when it comes to competitive games, I'll stick to fighting games, thank you very much.

(Also, Hearthstone. Hey, did you guys know I hit Legend again?)


Minecraft - Charles Singletary, News Editor

The idea of Minecraft intrigues me, but the art direction just isn’t my flavor at all. It’s probably wild to imagine that such a thing has entirely kept me from playing a game, but it has. I’ve been willing to give nearly every super popular game a shot, but Minecraft is gonna be a no from me, dawg.


Pokemon - Chris JarrardLoser

Everyone is always hyped for more Pokemon. I never understood the appeal and never bothered to try any of the various GameBoy releases or the ocean of spinoff titles across the various Nintendo platforms.

I don’t actually know what the Pokemon games are about, but I’ve heard the people trap animals and force them to fight just like Michael Vick did with his innocent pit bulls. It sounds like a really classy way to spend your free time. Sure, these Poke-mals aren’t real, but it doesn’t make these dirtbag virtual fight promoters any less scummy. You’d think that a company like Nintendo, who always acts like they are exhibiting a family-friendly vibe, would go along with this. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised after the company put profits over values when they began making the Smash Bros. games that glorify violence against company mascots.


Minecraft - Greg Burke, The Video Jerk

Minecraft. I just never had any interest in the game. The barrage of YouTubers and streamers that overreacted to everything in the game at the peak of its popularity didn’t help its case either. It made terrible human beings popular, like Toby Turner and PewDiePie. Yes, there are creeps in the game, no need to scream when you see one in free play mode. Yes, there’s lava, no need to freak out and slam your keyboard.

The “Creative” aspect didn't grab me either. If I’m going to endlessly build something, I’d rather purchase a Lego set of some kind. It just never caught my attention, and the cringe comps from Minefaire are just awful. It’s a good thing it’s been replaced by Fortnite. Or has it?


RuneScape - Sam Chandler, Guides Editor

Everyone’s first experience with playing a massive multiplayer online game seems to be RuneScape, but not for me. While I had friends in school that would talk about all their RuneScape happenings, I was happily playing something else, likely my Nintendo 64 or PS1. It probably didn’t help that my family didn’t have a computer until I was already ending the single-digit era of my childhood.

I so didn’t play RuneScape to the point that I couldn’t tell you want any artwork looks like, what it’s about, any storyline elements – heck, I couldn’t even tell you want the website looks like. However, I have seen some in-game screenshots of people’s characters (I assume it’s their characters) used for memes.

RuneScape seems like one of those games everyone has played at one point or another in their videogame careers. Though I feel like I’ve missed out on some memories and lessons, I think I’ll survive.


Clash of Clans, David Craddock, Long Reads Editor

I’m with Brittany on this one. Every time I visit my mom and stepdad, my stepdad proudly shows me his city, where he houses his army, and talks about how many cities he’s invaded and destroyed, and how he’s never spent a dime in the game and how it’s taken him years to reach the lofty heights he’s reached.

More power to him. The idea of having to choose between paying to advance in a game or waiting days--sometimes weeks--for cooldown timers to expire and let me perform actions again seems antithetical to the concept of fun.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go die over and over in Dark Souls again. (It’s fun. You’ll just have to trust me.)


The Last of Us - Donovan Erskine, Retired Xbox Fanboy

For a solid 12 years, my console gaming was done exclusively on Xbox. My loyalty to microsoft's gaming platform spanned generations. I had nothing against PlayStation, it’s just that my circle of friends were always on Xbox, so that’s what I gravitated towards. Due to this, I missed out entirely on a plethora of PS3 and PS4 exclusives. The most notable of the bunch has to be The Last of Us. A game that hasn’t exited the headspace of gamers since its launch in 2013. I don’t doubt its greatness, I’m sure TLOU is the excellent hallmark in gaming that people talk it up to be, I just never had the opportunity to get my hands on it.

Now that I finally own a PS4, and with the much awaited sequel continuing the story of Joel and Ellie coming within the next year or so, I plan on finally sitting down and playing through The Last of Us pretty soon. I’m just hoping it lives up to the hype.


Disagree with our picks? Think we're a bunch of clowns? Let us know in the Chatty below.

From The Chatty
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    November 30, 2018 2:52 PM

    Shack Staff posted a new article, Shack Chat: What popular game have you never played?

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      November 30, 2018 2:56 PM

      Assassin's Creed. Never played a single one.

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      November 30, 2018 2:57 PM

      minecraft

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      November 30, 2018 2:58 PM

      Diablo, Dota

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      November 30, 2018 2:59 PM

      Final Fantasys.

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      November 30, 2018 3:02 PM

      All the recent Battlefield games..... because fuck EA

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      November 30, 2018 3:04 PM

      Zelda, Skyrim, Gears of War

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        November 30, 2018 5:12 PM

        Why not try skyrim now? Can get ot for cheap

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          November 30, 2018 6:08 PM

          I am pretty much stuck between shooters and walking sims. Pretty game though

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            November 30, 2018 8:42 PM

            There is lots of walking simulation in Skyrim

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      November 30, 2018 3:04 PM

      I'm with Bill. Fortnight. I like how it looks. People seem to like it. I don't enjoy battle royale games at all. Don't care for PVP these days. Don't love games filled with microtransactions, cosmetic or otherwise.

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        November 30, 2018 3:17 PM

        Same here. Easiest way to kill my interest in a game is to make it mp only and/or load it with microtransactions.

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        November 30, 2018 6:05 PM

        ^this is the same boat I'm in.

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      November 30, 2018 3:05 PM

      I've never played an Assassin's Creed or Dark Souls game

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        November 30, 2018 3:05 PM

        I do have Bloodborne and Demon's Souls though!

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      November 30, 2018 3:05 PM

      ALTTP, WoW, HL3

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      November 30, 2018 3:06 PM

      Just wanted to inform you all that this isn't just a question you can reply to. We have our own answers you can read every time we post one of these. It's in the thread title, but just in case.

      https://www.shacknews.com/article/108784/shack-chat-what-popular-game-have-you-never-played

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        November 30, 2018 3:54 PM

        Having read those responses, someone - who shall remain unnamed - needs to take time off just to watch The Wire.
        Also I like the titles after the staff names.

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        December 1, 2018 8:29 AM

        “Chatty, please stop engaging with our content”

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      November 30, 2018 3:12 PM

      I'm glad I got into Minecraft before it became a popular kids/youtube game. I have a lot of good memories of running a Minecraft server in the early days and fostering a small community. I feel bad for the people who have not gotten to have that experience, who had it colored and ruined by a ridiculous community. I think of Minecraft like Reservoir Dogs. If you were there when it was new and different you had a better experience with it than people who try to get into it now. Just wouldn't be the same, there was a moment and it has passed.

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        November 30, 2018 3:15 PM

        Also did anyone watch that MC Cringe video posted in GBurke's section? Seems kind of like it's just making fun of kids and/or special needs kids, seems sorta tasteless.

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      November 30, 2018 3:15 PM

      Pokemon, Call of Duty, Counterstrike, World of Warcraft.

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      November 30, 2018 3:38 PM

      Any Halo or Pokemon.

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      November 30, 2018 3:55 PM

      Dead Souls, DOTA, God of War.

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      November 30, 2018 5:07 PM

      Dota2
      Fortnite
      MoH
      Madden / FIFA

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      November 30, 2018 5:09 PM

      Shacknews

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      November 30, 2018 5:10 PM

      Red dead redemption 1

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      November 30, 2018 5:11 PM

      The Witcher 3

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      November 30, 2018 5:17 PM

      The list of popular games I haven’t played is more impressive than the ones I have reverse hipster???? but also WTF is up with 1/2 of the ShackStaff not having played MINECRAFT??!

      I haven’t played it on PC, but I’ve easily sunk more time into Minecraft (XBOX 360 and PS4) than any other game in the last 10 years with the kids and by myself.

      I lost an entire weekend to it when the kids and wife were away.

      8 hours straight of just playing Minecraft; no regrets!

      Incidentally I am 45 and I also played with and loved LEGO and on the surface it might seem like a similar thing, I think of MINECRAFT more like a mix of old school RPG and LEGO. We always play on “Survival” mode.

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      November 30, 2018 5:20 PM

      World of Warcraft. I couldn't get behind a monthly cost

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      November 30, 2018 5:37 PM

      Sad to see three of the staff say Minecraft and imply they never would try it as playing this game was literally what brought me to and kept me at the shack in 2010.

      I don't see how anyone who enjoyed Legos (or fucking blocks for that matter) as a kid could not see the appeal. I love great graphics as much as the next guy but I'd never let it get in the way of a great experience as long as it isn't hindered by them. I think it's weird to hold that against the game in an era where we have so many lauded games using lower-poly or other more simple aesthetics to such obviously great effect. I also think its effects on the popularization (not to say it created it) of survival games cannot be understated.

      Next big patch one of you should give it a try. The shack Minecraft crew are a real nice bunch and will make it worth it for you I promise.

      Oh, as for me, I have missed a lot of big console franchises as I went pretty much PC only after the N64 and GC (or maybe with the exception of those). I guess Halo is a big one. I may have played a level or two over the years but I still don't understand when people talk about how it made shooters work on console.

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        November 30, 2018 5:40 PM

        I said that I am probably broken.

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          November 30, 2018 5:59 PM

          To be clear, I'm not giving you guys shit really, just disappointed you guys have missed out on what I consider one of my all time best gaming experiences.

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        November 30, 2018 5:51 PM

        i would postulate that Minecraft has the most online hours logged by Shackers than any other game

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          November 30, 2018 5:55 PM

          World of Warcraft owned the shack when it came out. We had a nice guild with GCR.

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        November 30, 2018 6:05 PM

        I bought it when it first came out and didn't really get it, I put maybe three hours into it. Two years ago a friend of mine invited me to play on his server and I played it for two months straight, I really enjoyed it. I'm not quite sure why I liked it more the second time; maybe because there was more to do, or that I had someone to help me out.

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          November 30, 2018 6:17 PM

          Sometimes you just have to be in the right mood or with the right people. I've certainly had that happen. I like the survival stuff a lot which it didn't even have at first so that might be part too.

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          November 30, 2018 6:33 PM

          The iterative nature of the game worked out eventually. If it was just the overworld, a few minerals, and random mobs and villagers I don't think it would have been worth 1billion dollars to MS. The electronic circuit stuff, the villager stuff, the netherworld, the end, there's a ton of content there even if you just want to mine diamonds and build a giant penis.

          I think I bounced off the earliest versions but at some point it really grabbed me. I really never saw the point of creative mode.

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        November 30, 2018 10:18 PM

        I don't understand it either. It's a fantastic game and extremely fun. It's dismissed as a "kids' game" far too often and it's totally unfair to say that when it's just a nice, feel-good game that doesn't demand much of you and gives you so much in return.

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      November 30, 2018 6:48 PM

      Fortnite, PUBG, all of the Halo games past the first, most CoD games, most BF games beyond BF2

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      November 30, 2018 8:27 PM

      Most of them

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      November 30, 2018 8:30 PM

      I have never played a Call of Duty game. My friends weren't into it, and TF2 was my FPS for the longest time.

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      November 30, 2018 8:30 PM

      I've never played an Assassin's Creed game. I don't like Ubisoft.

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      November 30, 2018 8:35 PM

      Never played an MMORPG. I just hate the idea of a whole new layer of social obligation.

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        November 30, 2018 8:36 PM

        Also Pokemon, though I'm about to pick up the new switch one since it's basically a remake of the first.

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          November 30, 2018 8:51 PM

          i have played through 2 of the GBA pokemons,it was while I was nearly dying to death in the hospital and while I know I finished both games because of vague recollections and fragmentary memory, as well as completed save files, i remember almost nothing about them because of allllllll that morphineeeeee and versed and dilauded and whatever else i was on and the life altering emotional and physical trauma.

          ive always meant to pick up a new pokemon game but i dont buy nintendo products anymore.

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      November 30, 2018 8:45 PM

      Mario Kart after the SNES one

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        December 1, 2018 8:02 AM

        Mario Kart. Never played it, looked like a kid's game.

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      November 30, 2018 8:59 PM

      Stinkfinger.

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      November 30, 2018 9:32 PM

      Lots, actually, entire series and occasionally entire genres:

      Pokémon, not a single one for even a moment. I intend to change that, but I just haven't yet. I picked up Ultra Sun and was recently was given my mom's old collection of Gameboy, GBA, DS+DSi stuff which includes a number of others.

      Battle Royale games, zero of them. I don't really have much interest in multiplayer games, though recently Splatoon 2 and Overwatch have started to warm me back to them.

      World of WarCraft, I played the beta a little, but that was so long ago and I played so little of it that I'm not sure it counts. Really, I've barely played any MMO, they're really just not my jam.

      Assassin's Creed, I think I played the first one for about 5 minutes. I have 1, 2, and Brotherhood, just never got around to them.

      Call of Duty, I played the demo for the first one and the first two levels of the coop mode in the Wii port of World at War, that's all I've played from the entire series.

      MOBAs, I played a little of the early releases of the DOTA map for WarCraft 3 when it was featured on Blizzard.com back when that was a thing they did, but I've never played any since.

      duke3d.exe no I'm kidding, I've played the shit out of that and even made levels for it way back in the day. build.exe screamed on my old S3 video card.

      Skyrim I have tried playing most Bethesda Game Studio games but by the time of Skyrim I learned the sometimes the sum of parts I do like is actually something I don't really care for.

      Red Dead series, I always wanted to play the Redemption, but even when I was far more regularly playing games it was rarely on consoles.

      Harvest Moon / Story of Seasons again, I actually have one now, I've just not started it. I've also just started Stardew Valley but the coop game ended in less than an hour because more folks showed up to our hangout.

      Soulsborne games. I have Salt & Sanctuary and I think the Dark Souls 1, but...

      Candy Crush, none of them. Actually you could probably list almost every F2P mobile game here and with a few exceptions you'd be right. I tried the Katamari infinite runner and Pokémon-like Rick & Morty game before pretty quickly dropping them and otherwise I've purchased my mobile games.

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      November 30, 2018 9:35 PM

      Minecraft. Specifically because I know I'll simultaneously love the world building (and play way too much as a result) and hate the world building for being too limited.

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      November 30, 2018 9:38 PM

      Fortnite, PUBG, or any Pokemon game

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      November 30, 2018 9:44 PM

      Fortnite, Pokemon,

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      November 30, 2018 11:01 PM

      PUBG, Dota2, World of Warcraft.

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      December 1, 2018 3:11 AM

      Practically any console exclusives after Genesis/SNES era.

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      December 1, 2018 6:18 AM

      World of warcraft

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      December 1, 2018 7:00 AM

      Bloodborne

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      December 1, 2018 7:13 AM

      Literally everything that's been console-exclusive since the Gamecube

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      December 1, 2018 7:15 AM

      Half life. Skyrim.

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      December 1, 2018 7:31 AM

      Overwatch