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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.

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Dragon Age: Inquisition PC patch 3 notes, 'close' to launch

The third PC patch for Dragon Age: Inquisition is focused on fixing myriad bugs, particularly those that break the game for some players, BioWare writes in a blog post. The patch is "close" to release, Executive Producer Mark Darrah said on Twitter over the weekend. The patch tweaks multiplayer ...

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Halo: MCC patch tweaks matchmaking (again), up now

The latest patch for Halo: The Master Chief Collection is live now and focuses on matchmaking, UI, stability and other features, outlined by 343 Industries in summary form after the break. For matchmaking specifically, the patch promises to improve search success rates, reduce instances of the "...

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Driveclub Japan update live now with 3.3GB of new tracks, fixes

Driveclub's Japan update – featuring a new online multiplayer mode, gameplay improvements and five new Japan tracks with 11 variants in all – is available now on PS4. The update, coming in at 3.33GB, is free and will automatically download when launching the game. All Driveclub upd...

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Barely Related: Damn good coffee and House of Cards

No one and no thing can make you feel a certain way. You're in control of yourself, your life and your reactions. Proceed as you will. Welcome to Barely Related, a conversational Friday column that presents the non-gaming news stories that we, the Joystiq staff, have been talking about over the ...

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Grand Theft Auto 5 pre-orders go live with free game offer

Pre-order the digital version of Grand Theft Auto 5 for PC via Rockstar starting today and get some free goodies – GTA$500,000 to spend in the game's Story Mode and GTA$500,000 to spend in Grand Theft Auto Online. Plus, through February 1, get an extra GTA$300,000 for Online, plus a free game...

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Gaming while black: Casual racism to cautious optimism

NPR's Planet Money reported last year on a culture shift in 1984 that drove many women away from pursuing computer science degrees. Computers were more readily available at stores that catered to men and advertisements pushed the narrative that these new-fangled home devices were made for men. Pop ...

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Guacamelee, Runner, Teslagrad and more join Nintendo eShop sale

Nintendo's Super Indie Connection Sale #2 is so on. Own or buy any participating 3DS or Wii U game and get all other games in the sale for 60 percent off. Games included in the sale are Guacamelee: Super Turbo Championship Edition ($6), Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien ($6), Swords & Sol...

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Xbox One price drops to $350 in US starting Friday

The Xbox One will cost $350 at all US retailers starting Friday, January 16, as part of a promotion celebrating the new year. The price drop comes just two weeks after the Xbox One holiday discounts ended. The holiday promotion did well for Microsoft, placing US Xbox One sales ahead of PS4 sales in...

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Nightline investigates GamerGate, online harassment

ABC's Nightline aired interviews with Anita Sarkeesian, Brianna Wu, Tim Schafer and a handful of video game critics and players on Wednesday, in a segment titled, "What It Feels Like To Be A Gamergate Target." It presented an overview of the issues involved in GamerGate, including the portrayal of ...

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Splice slices its way to PS3, PS4 on January 20

Splice, the gene-slicing game with a gorgeous piano soundtrack, is due out on PS3 and PS4 for $15 as a Cross-Buy game on January 20. PlayStation Plus members will get a 20 percent discount during its first two weeks on PSN. Splice comes from music-loving indie studio Cipher Prime and has players pi...

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