Ben Allen

Consumer of all thing geek. Ben spends his time playing video games, writing, pondering the Zelda timeline, and wondering when he will become a professional at all three. You can follow him on twitter @allen24ben

Should You Build Your Own Gaming PC or Buy a Pre-Built One?
Should You Build Your Own Gaming PC or Buy a Pre-Built One?

With a massive library of games available, complete flexibility over your gaming experience, and being able to have the best gaming experience possible, PC gaming is stronger than ever. But jumping... Read More

How to Throw a Great Video Game Party
How to Throw a Great Video Game Party

Turn your thoughts back to your childhood. Whether it was four friends crowding around a TV to play some GoldenEye or hosting a Street Fighter tournament, having friends over to... Read More

Starter’s Guide to Attending Your First Video Game Convention
Starter’s Guide to Attending Your First Video Game Convention

Going to your first convention can be very intimidating, especially if you are heading in solo. Video game conventions especially can be confusing and overwhelming for first-time attendees with little... Read More

Alternative Ways To Pay For Your Video Games
Alternative Ways To Pay For Your Video Games

Gaming is an expensive hobby. A new console can cost anywhere from $250 to $400, a decent gaming PC is at least $500 or more, and a new AAA game... Read More

What is Game Developer “Crunch” And Why You Don’t Want It to Happen
What is Game Developer “Crunch” And Why You Don’t Want It to Happen

It’s 11 pm. You struggle to stay awake, but you have to keep going. Your big project is due tomorrow and your back is up against the wall. There is... Read More

How to Buy Video Games Without Destroying Your Wallet
How to Buy Video Games Without Destroying Your Wallet

Video games are expensive. The standard version of a AAA game at release is $59.99, and that’s not including premium and collector’s versions of games, which can go all the... Read More

The Push for Accurate Science in Video Games
The Push for Accurate Science in Video Games

You can do some pretty ridiculous things in video games. On a pretty normal basis, you can travel across the galaxy, defy gravity with a double jump, eat mushrooms to... Read More

Gamer Health 101: No Healers Required
Gamer Health 101: No Healers Required

It might be hard to believe, but sitting completely still and chugging down energy drinks while staying up till four in the morning playing video games is not healthy. It... Read More

What Game Companies Can Learn From the Battlefront II Fiasco
What Game Companies Can Learn From the Battlefront II Fiasco

Star Wars Battlefront II, EA's newest game, has created quite a buzz in the gaming community. Outrage after outrage has been expressed since early betas, and continues to grow even... Read More

What Is DRM and How Does It Affect How We Play Games?
What Is DRM and How Does It Affect How We Play Games?

Not so long ago, gaming was a simple hobby. You bought a game, put the cartridge or disc into your console, played the game, and then took it out when... Read More

Artificial Intelligence, Video Games, and the Future of Both
Artificial Intelligence, Video Games, and the Future of Both

Artificial intelligence has recently become a hot topic in the tech world. People are finding new and exciting ways AI can improve tons of industries, ranging from healthcare to how... Read More

How to Build the Perfect Video Game Room
How to Build the Perfect Video Game Room

Some call it a man cave. Others refer to it as an entertainment room. Whatever you call it, many people dream of building the perfect game room so they can... Read More

Video Games, E3, and the Reason for Hype
Video Games, E3, and the Reason for Hype

It's E3 season again, and it's a wonderful time to be a gamer. The convention offers announcements and first looks at new games, more information about games we already know... Read More

The Positive Road to Gender Equality In Gaming
The Positive Road to Gender Equality In Gaming

Everybody should play video games. Video games are great for reducing stress, improving hand-eye coordination, and are just fun to play. Yet, there are stigmas in the gaming community. These include... Read More

Buying the Right Games: Reviews vs. Let’s Plays
Buying the Right Games: Reviews vs. Let’s Plays

In today’s world, there are too many games for anybody to play all of them. With the pretty consistent stream of AAA releases in recent years, and a flood of... Read More

How Nintendo’s Failures Are Setting The Switch Up For Success
How Nintendo’s Failures Are Setting The Switch Up For Success

Nintendo is in a great place right now. The Nintendo Switch is selling out nearly everywhere and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has captured the hearts and... Read More

Where Can The VR Industry Improve?
Where Can The VR Industry Improve?

It’s been nearly a year since the VR craze started. As the headsets were being released to the public, many called it the future of gaming, claiming that in the... Read More

What Nintendo Needs To Do Now For The Switch To Succeed
What Nintendo Needs To Do Now For The Switch To Succeed

Thanks to their big presentation back on the January 13th, the world has a better idea what the Switch is. From Japan’s presentation, coupled with the Nintendo Treehouse stream and... Read More

4 Great Games To Practice Communication Skills
4 Great Games To Practice Communication Skills

Being able to communicate is a skill everybody needs. It isn’t a skill everybody has, or are particularly effective at. Many consider simply being able to talk translating to communication... Read More

Hype, Marketing and the Disappointing Aftermath for Video Games
Hype, Marketing and the Disappointing Aftermath for Video Games

No Man’s Sky release and predictable fallout brings up the perfect opportunity to talk about video game marketing, and how hype is ruining video game experiences. With massive amounts of... Read More

5 Ideas To Consider About Pokemon Go
5 Ideas To Consider About Pokemon Go

It’s no surprise that Pokemon Go is the newest fad in mobile gaming, even if it wasn’t exactly what hardcore fans of the series were expecting. And, at least for the... Read More

Is The Future Of Education In Video Games?
Is The Future Of Education In Video Games?

I remember when I was a child and playing educational games on my family’s Gateway computer. I played games like The Magic School Bus, Reader Rabbit, JumpStart, and Number Munchers.... Read More

What Goes Into Running An eSports Team?
What Goes Into Running An eSports Team?

Some of you might have noticed that ESPN 2 broadcasted the “Heroes of the Dorm,” a Heroes of the Storm tournament, with the final match happening on April 10. This... Read More

Why Console Cross Platform Play Could Be An Industry Changer
Why Console Cross Platform Play Could Be An Industry Changer

If you missed it, Microsoft recently announced that they are interested in pursuing the ability for gamers to play games with each other, regardless of their console or platform. In... Read More