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Top 5 Games to Buy This Christmas
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Top 5 Games to Buy This Christmas

With Christmas quickly approaching, many people like us at Thumb Culture may be looking for ideas on what games to buy. I know; I've got a lot of games on my wishlist, but here are my Top Five Games to Buy This Christmas. This list is in no particular order, so enjoy it and let us know what you think others should pick up in the comments below. Top Festive Five to Have in Your Stockings 1) Dead Island 2 I don't know about you folks, but I love smashing the heads of the undead. That's why Dead Island 2 is a great choice for this. You'll start by selecting one of six playable heroes, each with different stats. Then, venture forth into the chaotic world of Hell-A. You can mod and wield various weapons, such as Hammers, Axes, Knives and Rifles, as you slaughter your way through hordes.    ...
The Game Awards 2023: All Nominees & Winners
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The Game Awards 2023: All Nominees & Winners

2023 is perhaps one of the best years in gaming we've had in a good while, every month filled with brilliant games and Game of the year contenders for us all to not play because our backlog is too big. The Best Of The Best Don't agree with any of the winners? Who got snubbed? Are you happy with this years Decisions? Let us know! The Game Awards 2023: All Nominees And Winners Best Family Game Disney Illusion Island Super Mario Bros: Wonder - Winner Party Animals Pikmin 4 Sonic Superstars Innovation In Accessibility  Street Fighter 6 Diablo 4 Forza Motorsport - Winner Hi-Fi Rush Spider-Man 2 Mortal Kombat 1 Best ESports athlete Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok - Winner Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut Phillip ”ImperialHal” Dosen Max “Demon1” Mazanov ...
The Game Awards 2023: Recap
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The Game Awards 2023: Recap

The long anticipated game awards has finally arrived! Whether you missed the event, or just want a recap, your Game Awards 2023 Recap is right here! Wrap it up It’s understandable to have missed the event this year, concluding at 4am in the UK and filled with many ads that were sometimes inseparable from the main announcements. Listed is every bit of new information I could find. The Game Awards 2023 Recap Pre-show Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons Remake Developer- Avantgarden Platforms | PS5 | Xbox Series X/S | Steam | Epic games Release Date: February 28, 2024 https://youtu.be/RMTQ4HNuzu8?si=1GJu6IuDAI9Vpgvy Pony Island 2 Panda Circus Developer: Daniel Mullins Game's Platforms: Steam Release Date: 2025/2026 https://youtu.be/0h3delBc3uo?si=tNBSbpRJwJQkduH4 T...
#TheSimsForRent Expansion and Event
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#TheSimsForRent Expansion and Event

Recently The Sims For Rent event emerged to promote the new expansion. Offering players an extraordinary opportunity to meet the famous Landgraab family. This article recounts my experience participating in the event and delves into the new feature that allows players to become landlords within The Sims 4. Lucrative Landgraab Landlord Being a fan of The Sims, I eagerly requested to go when Stu mentioned an event in London to celebrate the new expansion release. The event for The sims for rent expansion , invited players to meet the iconic Landgraab family of the game in real life. Expecting an unforgettable experience, it was time to head to the event at a designated venue along with other fans. The atmosphere was electrifying, full of laughter and an Uncanny Valley vibe as it was held i...
Mysteries, Myths & Melodies – Steam Next Fest October 2023
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Mysteries, Myths & Melodies – Steam Next Fest October 2023

Any indie gamer knows that one of the best places to find hidden gems is at Steam Next Fest. Three times a year, hundreds of upcoming/newly released games are showcased with playable demos, livestreams and dev Q&A sessions. And it’s where you’ll find me glued to my desk soaking up every last bit of it. Every year the number of incredible demos increases, the wishlist gets ever bigger and we're always here for it! So, having finally been able to fully absorb the sheer volume of great demos on offer, here’s a few that went straight in my basket:  Agatha Christie - Murder on the Orient Express Developer: Microids Studio Lyon Publisher: Microids Release Date: 19th October 2023 Platforms: PC, Playstation 5, Playstation 4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch The Belgian de...
Video Games Celebrating The LGBTQIA+ Community
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Video Games Celebrating The LGBTQIA+ Community

Following Pride Month 2023, Tyler and I felt inspired to write a TC feature about some great LGBTQIA+ representation in video games. We put our heads together and came up with the following games and characters. The list is done in no particular order so please don't be offended. We did focus on characters written as queer rather than chosen in character creation or player choices. Narrowing down the many games with LGBTQIA+ romantic options wasn't easy. Especially with game series from The Sims to Saints Row, RPGs like Fallout and Mass Effect and more. Being given the choice during gameplay has come leaps and bounds in video game history. Of the many examples of LGBTQIA+ characters, hopefully, the ones you expect are here. It was difficult to narrow it down but I hope you agree with th...
Life In First Person – John Romero Interview
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Life In First Person – John Romero Interview

There are only a few people that can be called true rockstars in the videogames industry - John Romero is one of them. With a legacy of over 40yrs creating games, the Doom Guy himself turns his hand to being an author as his highly anticipated autobiography - Doom Guy: Life In First Person hits the shelves. Doom Guy - John Romero If life wasn't already so crazy busy with running his studio Romero Games, working on the sequel to Sigil - Sigil 2, while also working on the recently announced, highly anticipated, brand new FPS game,  then taking on a load of writing an autobiography and all of what that entails is certainly no easy task. I had the great pleasure to sit down with John recently to chat about his upcoming book, his early days making games, his passion for gaming and life...
Jordan Minor’s Video Game Of The Year Book
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Jordan Minor’s Video Game Of The Year Book

If there is one thing there isn't enough of, that is most definitely the physical print within gaming. Over the past couple of years, we have seen a few amazing companies set up that produce stunning material. Here we have what looks to be another must-have for the gaming book collection, Video Game Of The Year. Too many games, too little time! Video Game Of The Year is brought to us by Jordan Minor. Residing in New York City, Jordan has done everything from freelancing to writing physical books. As an entertainment and Tech Journo, he spent a good amount of time as a Senior Editor with the team over at Geek.com. Jordan is now working on Apps and gaming over at the legendary Pcmag.com. A Closer Look Minor takes the reader on a journey of gaming history in Video Game Of The Year. St...
Xbox Showcase 2023 – Our Top 5 Announcements
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Xbox Showcase 2023 – Our Top 5 Announcements

Microsoft really went all out with their Xbox Games Showcase + Starfield Direct last night. The showcase saw the announcement of many exciting new games, from both third and first-party developers. We’ll be taking a look at our top 5 announcements from the Xbox Showcase 2023. 5 Announcements From The Xbox Showcase That Excited Us Most Now, before we go any further, we realise this is highly subjective and your list may differ. After all, Microsoft gave us a lot to be excited about. Without further ado, here are the 5 announcements from the Xbox Showcase 2023 we’re most looking forward to. 5. Persona 3 Reload We kick things off with Persona 3 Reload. Touted as "the best one in the series" by many of its fans, Persona 3 Reload was technically announced before the Xbox Showcase, albeit ...
Mighty Jaxx Vecna Unboxing
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Mighty Jaxx Vecna Unboxing

We recently were lucky enough to receive this Mighty Jaxx Vecna collectable through the doors here at Thumb Culture. Stranger Things From The Upside Down Standing 8 inches tall, with a 5 inch figure and 3 inch base. This Mighty Jaxx Vecna is an amazing addition for any fan of the Stranger Things series. With Vecna making it's primetime introduction in Season 4 of Stranger Things you can expect a large amount of nods to the series throughout this figure. Even with a small easter egg should you be lucky enough to get your hands on the vinyl figure. So all that's left is time to sit back and enjoy our video unboxing of this epic vinyl figure from Mighty Jaxx! Rest assured that for now, you don't have to venture into the Upside Down to get a glimpse of Vecna! https://youtu.be/dwI4_v7uq...