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    Staxel Plucked Out of Early Access

    Full Game Launch

    Developed by Plukit, Staxel‘s team started with Bart van der Werf and Conor Goodman. Bart was originally a programmer with Chucklefish and worked on Starbound. They originally started Staxel in 2014 then releasing it to early access January 2018. The game is now out of early access and retails for $20 USD with a 25% discount during launch.

    Staxel main character standing on their farm with a field full of crops and their cat  and dog

    Staxel is a farming voxel based sandbox game heavily influenced by games like Animal Crossing and Harvest Moon. You’re able to customize your character and the farm you live on. Customizing even runs into the town! Not only do citizens ask you to build amenities, you can build homes for new citizens. Of course, the process can be a bit of a grind to get the required materials for different home designs.

    Also there’s more to Staxel than farming or befriending the town people. With an assortment of bugs, fish, foragables, and mineraly things to collect. Staxel has a decent sized map with an abandoned mine to explore, and islands to discover!

    Probably one of the highlights of Staxel is that it can be an online multiplayer. That way you won’t be alone when you have to grind for those counters and floors when you want Rosemary to move to town. You’re able to live on the same farm or be neighbors with the people you invite. If you’re like me and don’t have someone to play with fortunately you start off with a puppy or kitty to keep you company.

    Staxel possible pet variations of the cat and dog
    Possible pets

    Over all I really like Staxel. This is going on the growing list of games that I can’t put down and will keep coming back to. Although I can see how it wouldn’t be for everyone because of the art style and how much you have to grind for items. If those things don’t bother you, then this might be a game for you.

    Staxel is currently on sale for just $14.99 in the Humble Store. Pick up your copy here and enjoy!

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    Come at Me Summer Steam Sale!

    How to Love Your Library and Your Wallet
    Steam Summer Sale 2018

    Okay, I will confess, I have always been a gamer and mainly on Xbox consoles over the years. I’ve also picked up a Wii and a Nintendo 3DS within that time. When the PlayStation 4 launched, I picked it up on a dare and love it. But behold! I was introduced to PC by several friends and have been told over the years, that PC is the way to go. Boy, did I doubt them? I never had the most amazing rig, but it ran a few games, World of Warcraft being numero uno in Casa de Haddock. I picked up Guild Wars and played that for some time, moved over to another MMO that I can’t think of since it was a 10-minute hit.

    But if we fast forward and save you all from the tragic story of a beloved school and work laptop crashing, I needed a PC. I set myself up with an HP Omen 870-244 rig and purchased the dual monitors via Amazon. Okay, sorry, but I still spared you a long story and the other logistics.

    House Flipper The DivisionNow to the focus of this piece. The Summer Steam Sale.  PC gaming has been in my life a mere 6-months if that! Low and behold, the Summer Steam Sale is here, and I have already made some impressive scores.

    The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Director’s Cut and Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition for a combined total of $4.87. That’s less than five dollars!

    Before the sale, I picked up Borderlands and Borderlands 2 elsewhere for a little easier on the wallet but picked up all the DLC content that I missed for a measly couple dollars. Tomb Raider was a favorite upon the launch of the PlayStation 4 and would love to have a chance to play this on PC with graphics as high as this thing will allow. Oh yeah, I paid $3.25 for that.

    Summer Steam Sale 2018 Under Ten Dollars
    Life is Strange is in there since I would like to try another episodic series. I also grabbed the Bioshock trilogy for a few bucks. Granted I tossed the email with the receipt; it had to of been no more than ten dollars.

    Now that I’ve addressed the goodies I have already grabbed in the sale, how about what I hope to grab in the coming weeks, because of video games.

    Witcher 3 and the DLC content with it is half price, bringing it to $20. Then there is Dragon Age: Origins for its gorgeous deal of $4.99. Shall I mention all the LEGO games that made a list? Shall I also mention that Elder Scrolls, upon the writing of this article, has also gone on sale for 30-50% off? Since Tomb Raider was on my must play list, it is also on the sale list for 70-89% off their original prices.

    I will also mention that the Steam Link, which connects Steam to television is cost effective at this moment and is $2.50 last I heard.

    There are so many other great games out there that I am sure we need to pick up and add to our Steam collection. So tell us, what are you eyeballing, or what have you picked up from the Summer Steam Sale? Remember, this sale only goes through until July 5, 2018!

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    Logitech Father’s Day Giveaway: Modern Gaming Toolbox

    Photo Credit: John Henry

    Photo Credit: John Henry

    Dad’s Toolbox 2.0

    Father’s day is fast approaching. In honor, Logitech is hosting a social contest on its Facebook page to celebrate five different types of dads – the living room king, the hardworking professional, the gamer, the trendsetter, and the adventurous and outdoorsy. Anyone who votes for the photo that best represents his/her dad will be entered to win a Father’s Day prize pack to gift their dad this year.

    To continue the celebration, we’ve teamed up with Logitech to host our own giveaway. That’s two opportunities to win an awesome toolbox for Dad this year!

    But first, let me introduce you to the stars of this giveaway…

    Logitech G910 Orion Spark Gaming Keyboard

    Photo Credit: Logitech

    Photo Credit: Logitech

    Product Description
    Every gamer wants an extra edge over the competition. Featuring exclusive new Romer-GTM mechanical keys that deliver 25 percent faster actuation than any other mechanical switch, improved durability and intelligent illumination, the Logitech® G910 Orion Spark RGB Mechanical Keyboard is the world’s most advanced mechanical gaming keyboard. It also features Arx Control integration and nine programmable buttons in a performance-driven design.

    Key Features

    • Exclusive Romer-G Mechanical Switches: With an actuation point of 1.5 mm, Romer-G switches register your key presses up to 25 percent faster than competing mechanical switches. Improved durability at 70 million keystrokes, up to 40 percent longer than others on the market, also allows this keyboard to weather the wear and tear of intense gaming.
    • Intelligent Illumination: Customize each key light from a palette of up to 16.8 million colors. Illuminate specific keys when they’re ready to be used or highlight your most important spells and commands. The lighting is centrally located within each switch and is directed by precision optics, to ensure that the lettering on each key is evenly illuminated.
    • Nine Programmable Buttons: Assign game controls and macros to the nine individually programmable G-keys for quick and easy access to complex commands. Orion Spark supports up to 27 commands across three profiles for maximum convenience, and setup is easy using Logitech Gaming Software.
    • Arx Control Integration: Leverage Arx Control, a new app from Logitech G that works with LGS, to access a wide range of information on your mobile device including anything from in-game intelligence, to vital system performance stats, to media controls. Orion Spark features a pullout tray that supports most iOS® and AndroidTM devices, providing easy access to Arx Control data.

    Price: $179.99    |     Available at: gaming.logitech.com

    Logitech G303 Daedalus Apex Gaming Mouse

    Photo Credit: Logitech

    Photo Credit: Logitech

    Product Description
    Designed for and tested by the gaming enthusiast and eSports community, the Logitech® G303 Daedalus Apex Performance Edition Gaming Mouse delivers maximum accuracy, responsiveness and performance. It features Logitech’s exclusive Delta Zero™ optical sensor technology and metal spring button tensioning system in a lightweight, compact form. This performance-oriented mouse also incorporates RGB customizable lighting color and brightness to match your style, system, or environment.

    Key Features

    • Advanced Optical Sensor: This mouse features Logitech’s best optical sensor for maximum tracking accuracy. Our exclusive Delta Zero optical sensor technology minimizes speed-related accuracy variance, commonly known as “mouse acceleration,” for improved accuracy and precision targeting. The optical sensor can also be tuned to achieve optimum lift-off distance and maximum tracking speeds on any gaming surface.
    • Performance-Driven Design: Designed to meet the needs of the performance gaming enthusiast and eSports community, the Logitech G303 delivers the utmost accuracy, responsiveness and performance in a lightweight, compact and durable form factor.
    • RGB Customizable Lighting: For maximum visual appeal, full-color RGB lighting on Daedalus Apex projects light onto your mouse pad and can be customized from a palette of up to 16.8 million colors. Bring your mouse to life with “breathing” light patterns, or set your lighting to sleep when you aren’t using your system.
    • Metal Spring Tensioning System: Logitech’s exclusive metal spring tensioning system on left and right mouse buttons reduces pre-travel, resulting in improved button responsiveness and feel. The left and right mouse buttons have also been tested for 20 million clicks – which is the equivalent of a top professional gamer practicing 10 hours per day for two years.
    • Six Programmable Buttons: Configure your buttons to deliver individual keystrokes or complex macros using Logitech Gaming Software. Gamers’ personal configuration can be saved to onboard memory for maximum speed and accessibility.
    • DPI Settings: The G303 comes with five DPI settings that can be accessed in an instant, making it easy to shift down for pixel-perfect targeting or shift up for high-speed navigation, all with maximum precision.

    Price: $69.99    |    Available at: gaming.logitech.com

    Be sure to check individual product links below for additional information on System Requirements, Product Specifications and Warranty.

    Giveaway Prize

    Modern Gaming Toolbox

    Official Rules

    Giveaway open to the U.S.A.

    Each household is only eligible to win One (1) Dad’s Toolbox via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

    A winner will be selected via rafflecopter by 3pm EST Monday June 17th, 2015.

    I will be shipping the toolbox ASAP to be delivered just in time for Father’s Day.

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

    [box type=”info”]I was gifted a Modern Gaming Toolbox and supplied another to give away. You can read more about our official disclosure policy here. Modern Gaming Toolboxes provided by Logitech.[/box]

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