Ryan Ballinger

Ryan Ballinger

Hello there! I graduated from Oregon State University in June 2018, majoring in Political Science and minoring in US History. Throughout my life I’ve been a huge fan of sports, movies, tv shows, and, above all else, video games. I’ve owned an Xbox and an Xbox 360, a GameCube, a Wii and a Wii U, and, today, I own a PlayStation 3, a PlayStation 4, and a Nintendo 3DS. My roommate recently purchased a Nintendo Switch, and so I’ve played a bit of that as well. Since I got my PlayStation 4 on launch day, I’ve collected a total of 38 platinum trophies. I love a wide range of video game genres, from my favorite, RPGs, to sports games, VR games, action-adventure games, and more. My favorite games of all time are the original Mass Effect Trilogy, and, in more recent years, I’ve loved God of War, Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age, Doom, and the Witcher 3.

Overwatch Story Reveals Soldier 76 Backstory

Blizzard has released a new short story, titled “Bastet,” that gives more background information about Jack Morrison, AKA Soldier 76, and Ana. Perhaps most notable was the reveal that Soldier 76 is Overwatch’s second confirmed LGBT character. In a discussion with Ana, Morrison reveals that he once struggled to balance his duty and his own personal life. As Ana holds a photo of a young Soldier 76 a...[Read More]

Metro Exodus Artyom Custom Edition Announced

Anyone excited for the upcoming Metro Exodus release may have a chance to earn themselves an exciting special edition. Deep Silver, 4A Games, and Dmitry Glukhovsky, author of the Metro book series, announced the Metro Exodus Artyom Custom Edition yesterday in Moscow, and it’s going to be exceedingly rare. In fact, only ten were made, and you won’t be able to find one in any store. The ...[Read More]

Rockstar Games Beginning Work on Next-Gen Titles

One of the most critically acclaimed studios in gaming has started working on next-generation projects. With Rockstar Games branches in India, New York, and Toronto all looking for people to help work on next-generation games, it certainly appears as if the company is gearing up for a big next-gen. What’s more, with Rockstar India hiring several specific technical artists (including both a senior ...[Read More]

Laser Cannons Come to GTA Online

Those afraid that Red Dead Online might mean less exciting updates for GTA Online found those fears vaporized this week. In a new update to the long-running add-on to the original Grand Theft Auto 5, sci-fi weapons the Widowmaker and the Unholy Hellbringer (from the in-game cartoon Republican Space Rangers) can now be purchased from your nearby Ammu-Nation. Of course, the weapons won’t be cheap: t...[Read More]

Resident Evil 2 Demo Announced

A demo for the upcoming Resident Evil 2 remake has finally been announced by Capcom. However, it’s an atypical demo with a time limit. The demo, fittingly titled the “1-Shot Demo,” puts players in the shoes of Leon S. Kennedy, a mainstay in the Resident Evil series.  The player will have thirty minutes to complete the demo’s mission objective, and, upon completion of the mission, the player w...[Read More]

PS4 Sells Over 91 Million Systems Worldwide

It’s no surprise that Sony has enjoyed a great deal of success in the current generation of consoles. With incredible exclusives like Horizon Zero Dawn, God of War, and, more recently, Insomniac’s Spider-Man, it makes sense that the PS4 has only continued to have success over five years after its initial release. Sony recently announced that, after another successful holiday season (bolstered by S...[Read More]

New Fortnite Battle Royale Gun Leaked

It appears that the next weapon coming to Fortnite Battle Royale is a suppressed sniper rifle, according to trusted Fortnite data-miner @Lucas7yoshi_. While the rifle seems to be the same as the “Frostbite” in Save the World mode, the addition of a suppressor makes it an interesting new weapon for the popular Battle Royale mode.  @Lucas7yoshi_ provided several audio clips, images, and animati...[Read More]

2020 Assassin’s Creed to be a Sequel to Origins?

            Another year, another leak for the Assassin’s Creed franchise.    According to an anonymous post on the official Assassin’s Creed subreddit (paired with a blurry image of the apparent title screen), the next game in the franchise is rumored to be titled Assassin’s Creed: Adder. Set after the events of Assassin’s Cree...[Read More]

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