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John Hansen

SCL Case Worker/Freelance Writer

Location icon United States

Hello, my name is John. I am a single dad with a six-year-old daughter; I am an avid gamer with hopes of making it into the video game industry as a game journalist one day. Currently, I freelance write for multiple sites every week.
In October, 2018, I graduated from Ashford University with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication after four long years of juggling work, school, and being a father.
During the day, I work with my special needs brother and also am a Gaming Advisor for Gamestop. For fun, I have a YouTube channel that I make videos revolving around video games to get practice editing and producing my own content. Also, every week I co-host the Pixel Street Podcast which focuses on news and new releases in the video game industry. If any of this interest you, please check them out and if anyone would like to contact me my email is [email protected]

Culture of Gaming
Avengers vs Smash - Which is the Bigger Crossover? | Culture of Gaming

What a couple of days it has been. Right after the Game Awards last Thursday Super Smash Bros Ultimate released, and the next day the Russo Brothers graced us with the first Avengers: Endgame trailer. I think we can all agree that we are truly spoiled to live in a time where both this game and movie are happening.

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REVIEW / PUBG (X1) - That VideoGame Blog

This is the written form of my review. For the video form you can go HERE. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds made its debut on consoles when it launched into the Xbox Game Preview Program earlier this month. I do not play PC games so I was one of the people that had to wait to give ...

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PREVIEW / Laser League (PC) - That VideoGame Blog

This past week, I got a spend an hour playing Laser League in an early access event with some of the developers. The game is published by 505 games and developed by Roll7, makers of pixel based side scrollers OlliOlli and NOT A HERO. Their latest game ditches the pixels and plays from a top-down ...

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REVIEW / Sonic Mania (Switch) - That VideoGame Blog

Author's Note: Below you'll find my review of Sonic Mania, but if you'd rather watch than read your game coverage, check out the video review. Be sure to let me know what you think of the game and please subscribe to TVGB's YouTube channel! Sonic Mania is a true love project made by fans ...

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Interview with Ray Attiyat of AtGames - That VideoGame Blog

This last week I got the chance to interview Ray Attiyat, marketing coordinator of AtGames about the rise in retro gaming and got to learn a little more about the Atari Flashback 8 and Sega Genesis Flashback retro consoles that the company is releasing soon.

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REVIEW / Cuphead (X1) - That VideoGame Blog

Note: A video form of my Cuphead review will be available here and all images are taken from my gameplay I put up on my personal Youtube channel. After being in development for what seemed like forever, Cuphead has finally arrived. Studio MDHR's debut game is hand drawn to look like a 1930's cartoon ...

Xbox Enthusiast
Overwatch 2: Everything we know so far - Xbox Enthusiast

After countless leaks and rumors that Blizzard was making , the game was officially announced at Blizzcon 2019. While we still do not know when we can get our hands on the game, there is a pretty good chunk of information we received from Jeff Kaplan and the team.

The Best Pokemon Mechanics

Pokemon is regarded as a series that sticks to the same formula for its games. Since Red, Blue, Green, and Yellow released in the '90s, Pokemon mostly stands by the notion of "if it isn't broke, don't fix it." The series has handled massive success over 20 years, largely doing the same thing.

The Best Gears 5 Easter Eggs

The Gears Of War series is well known for having a plethora of unique and exciting Easter eggs. From a locust toaster to a gun that fires explosive chickens, Gears of War is always keeping fans of the series on edge with the newest installment; Gears 5 is no different.

Xbox Enthusiast
8 Reasons The Outer Worlds will be Better than Fallout - Xbox Enthusiast

Revealed at the Game Awards in 2018, The Outer Worlds is one of the more intriguing video game releases this year. The developer Obsidian are well known for their work on Fallout: New Vegas. That game is loved by fans of the RPG genre, but a direct sequel never happened.

Club Penguin Hero : Gaming & Tech.
Crackdown 3 Review

John Hansen Originally announced during E3 2014, Crackdown 3 has been one of Microsoft's biggest games with a troubled development. For a game series that has had decent success in the past (on the Xbox 360), you would hope t

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Stadia is Google's Newest Game Streaming Platform

Google announced its new game streaming platform at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco today. The mega company's first dip into gaming is called Stadia and will support any Android or Chrome-based device. The service was shown off being able to instantly transfer your play from a laptop, to a phone, to a underpowered PC, to a tablet, to a television with a Chromecast.

Culture of Gaming
Tom Clancy's The Division 2 Review | Culture of Gaming

Tom Clancy's: The Division 2 at times feels like a repeat of the original game but with more interesting enemy factions and a better environment. When the first Division game released in 2016 there was a lot of hype surrounding it.

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REVIEW / A Way Out (X1) - That VideoGame Blog

Before I get started here, if you have not played A Way Out, and you plan on playing it, I recommend going into the experience blind. I will not be posting spoilers here, but with game this short and a story so involved, it might be best for you to experience it all first-hand.

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REVIEW / God of War (PS4) - That VideoGame Blog

As someone who had never played a God of War game before, I felt like I had a good idea of what to expect from what I had seen of God of War in the past. I came in expecting a lot of gory kills and over the top action and not much else.

Top 5 The Legend of Zelda Games - Googame

There are very few game series that hit the nostalgia sweet spot quite like The Legend of Zelda. Zelda games have been going strong for over 30 years and are as synonymous with Nintendo as Mario is. There are tons of amazing Zelda games to choose from when making a top 5 Zelda games list....

Where Are They Now: The Cast Of Smallville

It has been eight years since the popular Superman prequel show Smallville finished airing. From October 2001 to May 2011, Clark Kent's coming of age story sat as a very popular show during a time before Marvel exploded superhero popularity as one of the biggest entertainment sources in the world.

10 Of Goku's Strongest Techniques Dragon Ball Fans Forget About

Being born a full-blooded Saiyan, Goku has a knack (and love) for fighting and has pushed himself to god-like levels over the years. Throughout his training, Goku has picked up some incredible techniques from Master Roshi, King Kai, Whis, and even taught himself some neat tricks.

Recent Posts

Even with 5G capabilities being in an infancy stage in Australia, Samsung pushed out the recently announced Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, exclusively on contract to Telstra customers. The S10 5G was announced in February of this year at the Samsung Unpacked Event that also brought the announcements of the Galaxy Fold and S10+.

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WWDC 2019: Everything Apple announced

The Apple Worldwide Developer Conference keynote is over and in over the two hours that they were presenting, the tech giant revealed quite a bit of announcements that will get Apple users excited. Here are the things they announced.

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What to look for In a Gaming Laptop

Gaming laptops have come a long way in the last decade. Games that used to be only available on desktop PCs are now available many powerful laptops. They are a good middle ground between playing demanding games on a home computer and

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Everything We Can Expect To See At E3 2019

It is almost one of the most exciting times of the year for gamers. E3 is just a few weeks away, and we cannot wait to see what the gaming industry has in store for us over the next year or two. Although we will not see Sony attending

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REVIEW / Super Mario Party (Switch) - That VideoGame Blog

Super Mario Party was a surprise announcement at Nintendo's E3 livestream this year. At the time, there was not a ton shown off for it. It has now released and we have the best Mario Party game since the Gamecube generation. When starting the game up, you are instantly asked how many ...

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REVIEW / Spyro Reignited Trilogy (X1) - That VideoGame Blog

Our favorite purple dragon is back in high definition and we have missed him greatly. The Spyro Reignited Trilogy released a week ago and it has largely been the only game I have played since. The collection contains complete remakes of the first three Spyro games that Insomniac Games originally made 20 years ago.

PlayStation 1 Top 10 Games - 1212MAG

Sony is the world leader in home console video game sales, the PlayStation 2 is the greatest selling console of all time, and the PS4 is running away as the sales leader this generation. Let's take a look back at where it all started though.

Has Fortnite Reached its Peak? - 1212MAG

Cultural phenomenon Fortnite might be showing an indication that it's dropping a bit. According to TwitchAdvisor, for August, Fortnite's viewership dropped 13%. Don't be worried all you Fortnite fans; the game is still the number one viewed game on Twitch at 7.7 billion minutes watched in the month.

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Was Kingdom Hearts III Worth the Wait? | Culture of Gaming

After over a decade of waiting for a new mainline Kingdom Hearts game to release, Square Enix and Tetsuya Nomura have finally graced us with Kingdom Hearts III. Was the final product worth the 13 year wait though? Since we are now a week away from release, Aidan Simonds is going to join me as ...

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