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What is Valheim? Gaming’s latest obsession

What is Valheim? Gamers everywhere are raving about this game as it surpasses 364,000 concurrent players on Steam.

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Valheim: Gaming's newest obsession

Have your friends been talking about Valheim non-stop for the past few weeks? Well, here are the basics of what you need to know about the game so you can decide whether or not it’s for you.

PC gamers have undoubtedly heard of the game Valheim, by now. At least a few of your friends have likely talked about the game or invited you to play. It’s exploding in popularity right now, but should you pick it up?

At its peak, Valheim reached over 364,000 concurrent players on Steam, shattering the expectations of its indie developer, Iron Gate Studio – Valheim is the studio’s first-ever video game release.

So, what’s all the hype about? Is it worth the $20 price tag? How long will this game hang around? We’ll discuss all of that, here.

What is Valheim?

Valheim is a new co-op, PvE-focused survival game that burst onto the scene on February 2, 2021. Within the first two weeks of its release, Valheim was already topping the Steam charts. At the time of writing, Valheim sits at number three on Steam, behind only CS:GO and Dota 2.

If you’ve ever played a game like Minecraft, Ark, or Rust, you know what to expect from Valheim. You will jump into a procedurally-generated world, hunt for food, build shelter, and survive. Like any good sandbox game, the developers allow players to create their own stories.

Each server will have a massive world for you to explore, complete with enemies, dungeons, bosses, and new materials to gather. Unlike a lot of other survival games, however, Valheim gives players a few clear objectives to complete. Instead of constantly wondering what to do next, subtle markers guide you along your journey.

You’ll probably still need to do a fair bit of Googling to find certain materials and strategies, but Valheim isn’t as hardcore as a lot of other games of its kind. This is evident in the survival aspect, as well. Hunger and temperature won’t take your life in this game like they would in games like Ark and DayZ.

The game is new, and we’re still getting into it ourselves – barely scratching the surface with the help of some friends who did much of the heavy lifting for us. Still, the general idea of this game is to survive, loot, build, explore, and advance.

As for the graphics, Iron Gate has opted for a unique style. The graphics are amazing on one hand and simple on the other. The pixelated nature of characters and the world is obvious, but it doesn’t take away from the sprawling beauty and awe-inspiring scale that the game has to offer.

Should you buy Valheim?

Whether or not you’ll enjoy Valheim will ultimately come down to personal preference. Have you sunk thousands of hours into Minecraft or PvE Ark? Then you’re going to love this game. If you like a PvP focus in your survival experience, then Valheim might not exactly be for you.

Your experience will also depend on whether or not you’re playing with friends. The game is designed to play with friends, making solo play a difficult and lonely experience.

The game is brand new, however, and is still only in early access. In other words, we’re experiencing the barebones structure of what Valheim will eventually become. With consistent updates and improvements, we could have another massive survival game on our hands.

We think it’s worth trying for $20, especially if your friends have already started a server. Another great thing about Valheim is that you can transfer your single character from server to server – inventory and all. You’re never handcuffed to one world. With the ability to create player-hosted dedicated servers, there isn’t much holding you back.

It will be interesting to see where Valheim goes from here. With so many one-hit wonders in the PC gaming space, Valheim looks like a game that’s poised to stick around. Let’s see where this goes.

Image Credit: Iron Gate

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Where to find Dragon Ball vending machines in Fortnite

The Fortnite map has Dragon Ball vending machines with unique items scattered around it, and we’ve shown where to find them.

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As part of the crossover, Dragon Ball vending machines are scattered around the Fortnite map, containing familiar items from the popular anime. Here’s where to find Dragon Ball vending machines in Fortnite.

After what felt like months of hype and speculation, the Dragon Ball crossover has finally arrived in Fortnite, bringing a boatload of new content inspired by the popular anime.

On top of Goku and Vegeta skins, players can also visit familiar locations like Kami House and watch entire episodes of Dragon Ball Super in-game. There are also plenty of themed Quests to complete to unlock a special Shenron glider.

Many of these challenges require you to use a Nimbus Cloud or Kamehameha, and Dragon Ball vending machines are an easy way to get hold of these items. So, here’s where to find Dragon Ball vending machines in Fortnite.

What are Dragon Ball vending machines in Fortnite?

Dragon Ball vending machines are just like the regular vending machines found in Fortnite matches, only they exclusively stock Dragon Ball items rather than the usual array of weapons and health items.

There are currently only two items available from dragon ball vending machines; the Nimbus Cloud or a three-stack of the Kamehameha weapon. Both can be purchased for 250 Gold Bars.

You can grab both items for free from the Capsule Corp Capsules that spawn around the map, however, these often attract plenty of players and can be dangerous to go after.

Dragon Ball vending machines offer a much more risk-free method of gaining these iconic anime items if you can afford to splash some Gold Bars.

Fortnite Dragon Ball vending machine locations

Dragon Ball vending marked on Fortnite map

In total, there are just three Dragon Ball vending machines on the entire Fortnite island, as marked on the map above.

We’ve given a brief description of where to find each one below:

  1. South of Shifty Shafts on the northeast coast of the lake, facing out towards the water.
  2. Inside Rave Cave — jump off the ramp inside the building with three arrows on it and look to your left.
  3. The bottom floor of the tallest building in Rocky Reels.

Once you track one down, simply interact with it to buy one of the two Dragon Ball items up for grabs.


For more on Fortnite Chapter 3, check out why players think an Eminem skin is on the way, and every NPC in Season 3.

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Apex Legends players slam “trash” Ranked system and matchmaking issues

Apex Legends players have called out the game’s “trash” Ranked mode, arguing that the matchmaking is ruining their experience.

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Apex Legends players have called out the game’s Ranked matchmaking, claiming it’s placing them in unfair matches against opponents well out of their league.

Apex Legends Season 14 has been well received by the community, with the new character Vantage and other quality of life changes bringing the feel-good factor back to the battle royale.

Unfortunately, it hasn’t all been smooth sailing, and fans have been quick to point out a number of issues in the new season. Wattson’s fence is still broken despite the fix that was supposed to come in Season 14, while the Battle Pass has also come under fire.

Now, although Respawn did make some welcome changes, players have slammed Apex Legends’ Ranked mode for putting together lobbies with a huge skill gap.

Reddit user Azrael462 started a thread criticizing the state of matchmaking in Apex Ranked, arguing the wide range of ranks that can make up a single lobby make it less enjoyable for those in lower brackets.

“If I am in gold I should be fighting gold people, NOT F*****G PREDS OR MASTERS,” the user ranted. “You can actually say it’s a skill issue here because clearly it is, gold is the third rank below masters and fourth below pred, now fix your f*****g system.”

Apex Legends Ranked mode, like most similar modes, is supposed to work on skill-based matchmaking, where only players of a similar rank are put together to make for an even fight. However, players are noticing that this doesn’t seem to be the case.

The OP seemed to point the blame at streamers, as they felt that the current matchmaking system was designed to give full-time players in higher ranks more chance of finding a lobby, rather than being lumped together in every match.

“I’m tired of getting 1k damage and 3 kills only to still lose 30 RP because OF A F*****G PREDATOR STREAMER,” the Redditor continued. “Listen to the community and not the streamers because clearly they don’t know a f*****g thing.”

Other comments seemed to agree that Ranked mode is becoming more punishing, especially if you happen to be in the Bronze, Silver, or Gold tiers. “Never seen a game with worse matchmaking IMO,” argued one reply. “No other game made me feel so fucking helpless like apex did, not even League [of Legends],” said another.

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This has been an ongoing frustration among the Apex community, and players will be hoping to see Ranked mode’s matchmaking given some tweaks during Season 14 or in the Season 15 update.


For more on Apex Legends, be sure to check out our review of Season 14, as well as the Season 15 Legend found in the game files.

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How to watch Gamescom Opening Night Live 2022: Start time & game announcements

Hosted by Geoff Keighley, Gamescom Opening Night Live 2022 will deliver major gaming news and premieres so here’s how to watch.

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Here’s how to watch Gamescom Opening Night Live 2022 including the official start time, so you don’t miss a single game announcement or reveal from host Geoff Keighley.

If Gamescom 2022 is anything like Gamescom 2021, then gamers are in for a ton of pleasant surprises as the event gets set to showcase upcoming titles across the globe. The event will be hosted by Summer Game Fest’s very own Geoff Keighley from Cologne, Germany.

While in-person attendance is available this year, you can also check out the biggest and best the gaming industry has to offer via live stream. Here’s a helpful guide on how to watch Gamescom as well as the official start time for the event.

With presentations for Hogwarts Legacy, Sonic Frontiers, and yet-to-be-revealed games on the horizon, you won’t want to miss Gamescom Opening Night Live.

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Gamescom Opening Night Live 2022 start time

Gamescom Opening Night Live 2022 will take place on Tuesday, August 23 at 11:00 AM PT / 2:00 PM ET / 7:00 PM BST. The entire Gamescom event will run from August 23 to August 28, but the most highly anticipated presentation will occur on the opening night, as the name would suggest.

You can catch Gamescom Opening Night Live 2022 on The Game Awards’ official YouTube and Twitch channels. Don’t forget to catch the remaining presentations on the following days, after you’ve taken in everything Opening Night Live 2022 has to offer.

Expected announcements at Gamescom

Of the confirmed games to appear at Gamescom Opening Night Live 2022, Hogwarts Legacy and Sonic Frontiers have generated the most excitement amongst fans. Hogwarts Legacy’s release date has been delayed to February 2023, but fans are still hoping to get another look at the wizarding world it will create.

Here’s a list of games with confirmed Gamescom Opening Night Live announcements:

  • Hogwarts Legacy
  • Sonic Frontiers
  • The Callisto Protocol
  • Dying Light 2 DLC 1
  • High on Life
  • Goat Simulator 3
  • Return to Monkey Island
  • Unnamed sci-fi IP from Unknown Worlds Entertainment

Gamers can still expect a ton of surprises from Gamescom Opening Night Live as Geoff Keighley has promised that 30+ games will be showcased during the nearly two-hour live event. You can expect world premieres as well as several major game announcements.

Of the over 500 gaming companies involved, titans of the gaming industry including Ubisoft, SEGA, Bandai Namco, 2K, and Xbox will be involved in the event, so keep your eyes peeled for a ton of exciting news.


For more, check out everything you need to know about upcoming titles like Modern Warfare 2, FIFA 23, and Pokemon Scarlet & Violet.

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