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Jessica Conditt

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Jess is a professional nerd, specializing in gaming, comics, journalism, rum and writing. Native to Arizona, she has had plenty of time to sit indoors, out of the extreme desert heat, and play a variety of tan-obliterating games – and then write bitter, pale reviews on them. Jess has written for online gaming outlets since 2008 and graduated from ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism in 2011 with a degree in journalism, specializing in digital media.

Jessica Conditt's Latest Posts

This is what makes the snapping bone sound in Mortal Kombat X

That juicy explosion of a crushed skull in Mortal Kombat X is actually the sound of a watermelon splattering on a layer of plastic in NetherRealm's foley studio. The remaining bone snaps, cranium hits and squishy organ sounds are mostly made with various fruits and vegetables, Warner Bros Marketing...

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The good and bad of early access from Arma 3 dev

Arma 3 was one of the first games to launch on Steam's Early Access program, releasing day-one with the service in March 2013, though the game had already been out in alpha form for a few weeks. For developer Bohemia Interactive, making something in the public eye, with most of its bugs and secrets...

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Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition hits 58GB in EU, but don't worry

The Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls - Ultimate Evil Edition file size on PS4 is 58GB in Europe, which is more than double the size of the US version, which clocks in at 26GB. The European download is so much larger because of the various language packs it includes, a Blizzard spokesperson tells Joystiq:...

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Battlefield Hardline gets car, hostage multiplayer modes

Battlefield Hardline comes with two new multiplayer modes, Hotwire and Rescue, EA announced at its Gamescom press conference today. Guess which one involves cars and which is about a hostage situation? Hotwire has cops and criminals riding around in shiny, fast cars, attempting to capture and...

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Sims 4 'Create a Sim' demo is live now [Update]

The Sims 4's Create a Sim demo is available right now, this very second, currently and immediately via TheSims.com. EA showed off the Create a Sim feature during its Gamescom press conference this morning. Be on the lookout for our own hands-on preview of The Sims 4 later today. Update:...

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Super Smash Bros. 3DS XL pack is black, white and red all over

A limited edition Super Smash Bros. 3DS XL pack is due out on October 3 in Europe, Nintendo of Europe announced this morning. The pack includes the special 3DS XL with the Super Smash Bros. crew on the front, and the game pre-installed. There's no word on a price or stateside launch for this ruby...

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Titanfall's third and final DLC pack, IMC Rising

The third DLC pack for Titanfall is titled IMC Rising, Respawn announced at EA's Gamescom press conference. It's due out in the fall and it contains three new multiplayer maps. This is the last planned DLC pack for Titanfall, capping the number of maps released post-launch at nine. The previous...

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Gamescom trip day 3: EA conference, Quantum Break

Unstoppable reporter meets immovable object on day three of Joystiq's wild German adventure – but it's officially day one of Gamescom 2014, and we're kicking it off with a press conference from EA at 10AM CEST (4AM ET, 1AM PT, 9AM UK). We're looking forward to potential new information...

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Killer Instinct: Season 2 hits on Oct. 15

Killer Instinct's second season launches on October 15, bringing along two new fighters, game modes and a revamped interface. Season 2 includes the characters TJ Combo and Maya. The Killer Instinct: Season 2 Ultra Edition includes eight new fighters to be released one per month after TJ and...

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Turn into a bird and save the world in PS4 game 'Aer'

Aer stands out even though it is accidentally, obviously on-trend: It's a low-poly exploration game set on a series of floating islands, it features a giant owl and it's devoid of combat. Some of these aspects appear in recent notable games, including Secrets of Raetikon, BioShock Infinite,...

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