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NerdyBirdy Dec 30, 2021
Blog

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
Blog

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
Blog

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
Blog

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 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
Blog

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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Fifthpaw Oct 22, 2021
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Xbox Ambassadors with Disabilities Share Their Gaming Stories

Highlighting and amplifying community voices has always been important to the Xbox Ambassadors community. So, in celebration of the disability community this month, we reached out to our Xbox MVPs and Community Champions who are a part of the community and asked them to share their own gaming stories. Here are their stories in their […]

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NerdyBirdy Oct 8, 2021
Blog

Could Video Games Be Good For Our Mental Health?

It’s not exactly a secret that mental health and wellness is a serious concern for millions of Americans. Our mental health affects every aspect of our lives, from work and relationships to the enjoyment of leisure and new experiences. As mental illnesses often have a debilitating effect, it’s become increasingly important for many to prioritize […]

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NerdyBirdy Sep 30, 2021
Community

Should Video Games be Considered as Art?

What is Art? In 1865, the French painter Edouard Manet first exhibited his painting, Olympia, in the Paris Salon. Olympia, which depicts a nude woman being brought flowers while lying on her bed, caused immediate public outrage. The painting was viciously condemned by art critics and the larger public, with the frenzy reaching a fever […]

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NerdyBirdy Sep 21, 2021
Community

Nostalgia Gaming: Why We Keep Going Back

Some of my most enduring childhood memories involve watching my older brother and sister play videogames on an old Super Nintendo in our shared bedroom. At the time, console gaming was still in its infancy, and most of the games of the time were relatively simple and unsophisticated. Side scrolling adventures, 2D fighters, and basic […]

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Miss AshesX Aug 18, 2021
Community

Summer Games Party Stream Line-Up!

We’re halfway through our month-long Summer Games Party and we’ve got some more exciting streams coming up on our official Twitch channel! There are going to be giveaways, missions, and some fun interviews happening so you won’t want to miss out! Here’s what we have lined up so far:   Host: Kiesey Special Guest: Cyrille […]