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NerdyBirdy Jan 13, 2022
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The Importance of Community: Finding Connection Through Gaming

Connection and community have always been an essential part of healthy living. As social animals, we’re meant to seek out relationships with others. It’s what makes us human and is necessary for us to build friendships, families, and societies. These associations not only fill out our life, they’re also just plain good for us. Strong […]

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Stop Inn Jan 5, 2022
Gaming

Irlen Syndrome – An Xbox Accessibility Journey

Written by Stop Inn. For as long as I can remember I’ve found solace in the world’s we are granted safe passage to through our gaming consoles. From an early age, and indeed one of my earliest gaming memories, it became second nature to flit between the exploration of the vast, winding labyrinths of Super […]

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NerdyBirdy Dec 30, 2021
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End of Year Lists: The 10 Best Games on Xbox in 2021

We’ve finally arrived at the moment we’ve all been waiting for. It’s time to list the best games to come out on Xbox in 2021. The ultimate category of our end of year lists, this edition features a diverse lineup of games, from long-awaited releases, to under-the-radar surprises. Of course, no list could conclusively claim […]

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Oraclea Dec 29, 2021
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How Forza Horizon 5 Put Accessibility into the Driver’s Seat

Written By Oraclea Forza Horizon 5 took home several honors at the 2021 Game Awards, including the award for Innovation in Accessibility. The award is a great honor for Playground Games, who made accessibility one of the core pillars of the game’s design, and whose efforts have been rewarded with one of the highest accolades […]

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NerdyBirdy Dec 23, 2021
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Xbox Ambassadors 2021 End of Year Lists: Best New Designs

As we inch ever closer to the end of the year, we’re turning our attention to the year’s best releases for Xbox and PC. For this week’s end of year lists, we’re highlighting the best graphics and game designs of the year. From eagerly awaited AAA franchises to undiscovered independents, this list showcases the incredible […]

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NerdyBirdy Dec 14, 2021
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How Halo’s 2001 Release Changed the Gaming World

It’s rare that a new release of music, literature or cinema truly changes or defines a genre. Change after all, is difficult to force. Most of a year’s new editions are either incremental additions to a long-standing tradition, or simply derivative copies of previous pieces. But inevitably, a truly groundbreaking release unleashes a new generation […]

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NerdyBirdy Dec 7, 2021
Gaming

Xbox Ambassadors 2021 End of the Year Lists: Best New Soundtracks

As we approach the end of the year, it’s a great time to highlight and celebrate some of the best new releases that we’ve seen this year for Xbox and PC. From eagerly anticipated new AAA titles, to undiscovered new indie darlings, we’re showcasing the best of Xbox over 2021. For this week, we’re focusing […]

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NerdyBirdy Nov 24, 2021
Community

Gratitude For Gaming

In many parts of the world, the end of the year is traditionally a time for reflecting and expressing gratitude for the positive experiences and moments of the last year. Despite the challenges and disruptions of the last two years, we all also have cause for gratitude and giving thanks. For millions around the world, […]

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NerdyBirdy Nov 22, 2021
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Transgender Awareness Week: Celebrating Transgender Achievements in Gaming

Last week was Transgender Awareness Week, a time not only to celebrate the achievements of the transgender community, but also to draw awareness to the challenges and struggles that transgender people still face. Each year, Transgender Awareness Week culminates in International Transgender Remembrance Day, an official holiday to observe and memorialize those who have been […]

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NerdyBirdy Nov 10, 2021
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November and NaNoWriMo: Celebrating the Best Writing in Gaming

For thousands of writers and authors, November is more than a month of fall colors and Thanksgiving. It’s also a time of frantic, non-stop writing. As National Novel Writing Month, November is the host of NaNoWriMo, an online drive for writers to complete a novel-sized manuscript before the month ends. The inhuman task of writing […]

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NerdyBirdy Oct 27, 2021
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The Creepiest, Spookiest, and Most Fantastical Games to Play This Halloween

With its focus on the scary and supernatural, Halloween is the perfect time to curl up with a spine-tingling and skin-crawling new video game. While horror is not the most common gaming category, we’ve compiled a list of games perfect for the spookiest night of the year. From family-friendly frights to truly terrifying gaming experiences, […]

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NerdyBirdy Oct 21, 2021
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Inktober at Xbox: Celebrating Visually Artistic Games

Video games are an inherently visual medium. While all video games must put significant resources towards the writing, music and technical development of the game, the visual graphics, artwork, and design will always remain a critical focal point. In honor of this month’s Inktober, we thought we’d highlight some of the most visually noteworthy and […]