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How Many Pokémon Are There?

Throughout the decades since its inception, Pokémon has somehow only grown to become more and more popular. At important points, it had great catalysts for growth and boosts in fans, like Pokémon GO a few years ago and the increase of interest in Pokémon cards and their value during the height of the pandemic.

It’s no surprise that of all the most valuable media franchises in the world, including Harry Potter, Mickey Mouse, Star Wars, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Pokémon has generated the most revenue, with an estimated $100 billion.

Of course, as the brand proves its longevity and new fans arrive annually, some of the older generations can be forgotten and the history can get lost over time. If you’re a newer fan and have questions about how many Pokémon there are in totality, how many generations there are, or who the most powerful Pokémon of all time are, look no further.

How many Pokémon are there?

At the time of writing, there are close to 1,000 Pokémon. 901, to be exact. If you’ve done your research and have seen the number 898 floating around, let us explain. In footage of the upcoming Pokémon Legends: Arceus game, three new Pokémon (Wyrdeer, Basculegion, and Kleavor) were shown, which is where the extra 3 come from. Some aren’t counting them yet until the game releases, but technically we know they exist.

Pokémon are generally broken up into species, of which there are 6.

What are the different Pokémon species and what do they mean?
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The 6 kinds of Pokémon species are Starter Pokémon, Fossil Pokémon, Baby Pokémon, Legendary Pokémon, Mythical Pokémon, and Ultra Beasts.

A Starter Pokémon is the first Pokémon that is available to players in main series games. As a general rule, there are 3 per generation, with the only exception being Generation I which had 2 extra. There are 26 Starter Pokémon.

A Fossil Pokémon is an ancient Pokémon that is only obtained by resurrecting fossils and their evolutions. There are 26 Fossil Pokémon.

A Baby Pokémon is, as the name suggests, an infant Pokémon that can only be obtained by breeding their evolved forms. There are 19 Baby Pokémon.

A Legendary Pokémon is associated with the legends and lore of Pokémon. There are 59 Legendary Pokémon.

A Mythical Pokémon is a Pokémon that can only be obtained through distribution events. There are 22 Mythical Pokémon.

Finally, an Ultra Beast is a Pokémon from another dimension. It is the rarest species of Pokémon, with only 11 in total.

Who was the first Pokémon?

As simple of a question as this may seem, there’s some debate about this within the community. It’s largely because of misinformation and different interpretations of the word “first”.

The first Pokémon in the Pokédex is Bulbasaur. The first Pokémon ever designed and put into game data was Rhydon. In terms of lore, Arceus is of course the creator of the entire Pokéverse, so there’s an argument there too. Mew though is considered to be the ancestor of all Pokémon.

What are the most powerful Pokémon?

Just like there are many ways to interpret who the first Pokémon ever was, there are also multiple ways to measure who the most powerful Pokémon is. The aforementioned Arceus is certainly in the conversation by default, being the creator of all Pokémon and having the ability to stop time, change shape and type, and the full extent of his powers has never been revealed.

Also in the conversation is Mewtwo, an artificial Pokémon initially created to be a weapon before he became self-aware and indescribably powerful.

To see a list our list of the 20 most powerful Pokémon of all time, click here.

Generation I (Kanto)
Pokémon Wiki
  • Release date: 1996
  • Number of Pokémon: 151
  • Notable Pokémon: Pikachu, Charizard, Jigglypuff, Mewtwo, Snorlax, Bulbasaur, Squirtle
  • Main games: Red, Green, Blue, Yellow

Arguably the most iconic generation of Pokémon, easily featuring the most prominent Pokémon in the franchise, Generation I set the formula for every single one of its successors. Despite this, these days it often gets shunned. Fans think that it gets remembered fondly only for being the original.

Generation II (Johto)
Sonic Pokémon Wiki
  • Release date: 1999
  • Number of Pokémon: 100
  • Notable Pokémon: Cyndaquill, Typhlosion, Scizor, Togepi, Lugia
  • Main games: Gold, Silver, Crystal

The main argument against Pokémon Gold, Pokémon Silver, and Pokémon Crystal is that they haven’t aged well in terms of visuals and mechanics. Story-wise however, they’re appreciated for being some of the best Pokémon games, and great and necessary improvements were made upon the first-gen.

Generation III (Hoenn)
Bulbapedia
  • Release date: 2002
  • Number of Pokémon: 135
  • Notable Pokémon: Rayquaza, Groudon, Kyogre, Regirock
  • Main games: Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald

Fans seem to be split down the middle for Hoenn, with some hailing it as the best generation of Pokémon and others thinking it falls somewhere along the middle. Perhaps nostalgia plays a part, but objectively, it included many fan-favorite Pokémon and introduced players to Kanto, which they’ll be forever grateful for.

Generation IV (Sinnoh)
Bulbapedia
  • Release date: 2006
  • Number of Pokémon: 107
  • Notable Pokémon: Giratina, Lucario, Infernape, Arceus
  • Main games: Diamond, Pearl, Platinum

Generation IV features some of the most beloved regions in franchise history, but in terms of its impact on the franchise, nothing is more notable than the Physical/Special split, which many credit with saving the series entirely.

Generation V (Unova)
Pokémon Wiki
  • Release date: 2010
  • Number of Pokémon: 156
  • Notable Pokémon: Zoroark, Hydregion, Mienshao, Zekrom, Kyurem
  • Main games: Black, White, Black 2, White 2

Unova houses an incredible collection of Pokémon and to date, is the generation that introduced fans to the newest Pokémon, with only Generation I coming close. Many herald Black and White with having the best storylines in any Pokémon game ever and largely for that reason, it is a large portion of the fan base’s favorite generation of all time.

Generation VI (Kalos)
Pokémon Wiki
  • Release date: 2013
  • Number of Pokémon: 72
  • Notable Pokémon: Zygarde, Greninja, Xerneas, Talonflame
  • Main games: X, Y

It is of course debatable, but the general consensus around Generation VI is that it has some of the weaker games from the entire series. This is because they’re a little too easy with less emphasis on the storyline. Where you fall on this generation might also be down to what you think of Mega Evolutions, because this is where those came into play.

Generation VII (Alola)
Pokémon Wiki
  • Release date: 2016
  • Number of Pokémon: 88
  • Notable Pokémon: Lycanroc, Necrozoma, Lunala
  • Main Games: Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, Ultra Moon

Another highly debated generation amongst fans, but even those who love the game agree that the hand-holding in it was a little much. 

Generation VIII (Galar)
IGN
  • Release date: 2019
  • Number of Pokémon: 92
  • Notable Pokémon: Zacian, Rillaboom, Dragapult
  • Main games: Sword, Shield, Legends: Arceus

It’s no surprise that Galar is easily the most polarising generation of Pokémon, seeing as though it’s the newest. There tends to be a general resentment for newer things in any long-lasting franchises, but even controlling for that, many fans aren’t happy with the direction of the generation so far. Of course, Pokémon Legends: Arceus could still sway things.

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Everything We Know About Kendrick Lamar’s New Album

Since he first put his stamp on Hip-Hop in a big way with his 2011 independent album Section.80, you could make the argument that Kendrick has never dropped anything less than a classic album. To add to his status as an icon, between albums, he often disappears for years at a time, not even seen occasionally courtside at a basketball game or driving down the street.

If you thought the two and a half year wait for To Pimp A Butterfly after good kid, m.A.A.d city was something, Kendrick has really been testing your patience, because since DAMN. dropped, it’s been four and a half years. In the time since we got the Black Panther soundtrack and a handful of features. But as of late, there’s reason to believe that Kendrick Lamar’s new album could be out very, very soon.

His Final Album With TDE

On a Friday afternoon in August, Kendrick took to Twitter for the first time since around the time that the pandemic started to tweet out a link to a site called oklama.com and a picture of a folder titled “nu thoughts”.

When fans clicked, they found a short letter that Kendrick had penned to them, updating them on the way his life was going. He talked about writing and listening a lot, going months without a phone and reflecting on what matters the most. While that could point to some potential themes on the album, the main piece of news that fans took away was that he announced that his next album will be his final one with Top Dawg Entertainment.

The news was a big surprise because as he noted in the letter, he has been part of TDE for 17 years and as long as any of his fan base has known of him. As far as we know, the split between him and the label is amicable, but that doesn’t take away from some of the mystery of it. Although, we do know what a part of the reason could be.

pgLang

In March of 2020, Kendrick Lamar made the announcement that something called pgLang was here. Back then, fans thought it was the name of his new album or a label he would sign artists to. It turns out it’s somewhat close to the latter, but it’s also far more than that. It’s a multi-media company that serves not just as a music label, but a production house and publishing company.

The only artist who’s come out with a musical release since then is Baby Keem, who released the melodic blueunder pgLang, but multiple artists like Jorja Smith and Brent Faiyaz have been associated with it in one form or another.

Whenever Kendrick’s album does drop, perhaps it’ll drop not just on TDE, but pgLang too. If not, it’s a safe bet that any of his subsequent releases could come as pgLang releases.

What will Kendrick’s new album sound like?

Nearly two years ago now in January of 2020, former Billboard Editorial Director Bill Werde tweeted that he was hearing from friends that recording on the album may be done and that Kendrick was “pulling in more Rock sounds this time”. When it comes to Kendrick, that could mean anything from a little more percussion or guitar to all out Rock moments, but either way it was intriguing. He also made a point of saying that albums are assumed to be finished a lot despite getting worked on further and of course, it seems that that was the case.

Another way that the sound of the album could be going is something similar to what Baby Keem has been doing, in terms of production and/or delivery. The cousins have definitely been spending a lot of time together in the studio, to the point where fans believed a joint album was coming from a while, so it will be interesting to see how Keem has influenced Kendrick.

Who is rumored to appear on Kendrick’s next album?

Earlier this week, 6 new Kendrick Lamar snippets surfaced and while 3 of them were solo, the other 3 had other people credited on them. One of them, to nobody’s surprise, was Baby Keem. Kendrick appeared on the melodic blue not once, not twice, but three times in total, so seeing the new snippet leak didn’t come as a shock to anyone.

The other two people on a couple of the other snippets were Taylor Paige and Eckhart Tolle, a actress and author, respectively.

In an interview that he did last year, Thundercat revealed that he worked on Kendrick’s new album, although “not as much” as he did on To Pimp A Butterfly.

With the news of Kendrick performing at the Super Bowl LVI halftime show with Dr. Dre, Eminem, Snoop Dogg and Mary J. Blige, it’s not unlikely that at least one or two of them will appear on the new LP. The same goes for Kendrick’s current labelmates like ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul and SZA.

When will Kendrick’s new album drop?

Shortly after he put out his “nu thoughts”, Kendrick appeared on Baby Keem’s ‘family ties’, with a verse that shook up the game and had everybody paying attention all at once. On it, he raps “2021 I ain’t taking no prisoner”. To some, that confirmed that he was looking to release his new album before the year’s end. That would give him somewhat of a small window, considering he’d likely not want to release anywhere near Adele or Ed Sheeran, that gives him an even smaller window.

Interestingly, at the same time that the aforementioned 6 snippets surfaced online, people were murmuring that he could be coming out with the album as soon as this Friday. That’s because some trusted sources have said that it could be in the plans and this week’s New Music Friday falls on October 22nd, which Kendrick fans know as the day that good kid, m.A.A.d city dropped in 2012. He could be plotting on dropping it on the anniversary.

To make things even more suspicious, in the midst of all of this chaos, Kendrick’s profile picture on Spotify changed to a never-before-seen picture of him. It marked the first time that it changed since 2017.

Even if the album doesn’t drop on Friday, Kendrick is set to headline at Day N Vegas in just three weeks’ time and although the flyer specified that he would perform music released from Section. 80 to DAMN., plans always change. As we mentioned earlier, it might also be a good idea for Kendrick to put out something new before he performs at the Super Bowl halftime show in February of 2022.

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A Guide to ‘Back 4 Blood’ Characters

October is proving to be a hectic month for big gaming releases and one of the ones that gamers are most excited about is Back 4 Blood. Developed by Turtle Rock Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, it is a first-person shooter that is widely considered to be a spiritual successor to the Left 4 Dead series, with many arguing that it should have just been called Left 4 Dead 3.

In 2008, Turtle Rock Studios was acquired by Valve, the creators of Left 4 Dead. The gameplay in Back 4 Blood is also identical to the series, along with its characters, which is obviously a big part of the entire experience with these games.

How many playable characters are there in Back 4 Blood?

At the time of launch, the game has eight playable characters, which are of course called Cleaners. They are Walker, Mom, Evangelo, Holly, Jim, Karlee, Doc, and Hoffman. Despite this, when you first start the game, you’ll notice that only the first four of those characters are actually playable, while the other half remain locked. To unlock Jim, Karlee, Doc, and Hoffman, you need to complete all four stages of Act I, those being Resurgence, Tunnel of Blood, Pain Train, and The Crossing.

Walker
Windows Central

Traits:

  • Scoring a precision kill increase accuracy by 20% for 5 seconds
  • 10% damage increase

Team effect:

  • +10 team health

If going for kills is your thing, Elijah Walker might be your best bet. A former Army Ranger, he’s a sharpshooter who is rewarded for previse kills and deals higher damage than other Cleaners. His starting weapon is a Glock 23, but already, some have favored an assault rifle and sniper combo that really puts his firepower to its full use. For that, you need the Two Is One And One Is None card in your deck.

Mom
Windows Central

Traits:

  • Can instantly revive a teammate once per level
  • +1 support inventory slot

Team effect:

  • +1 team life

The story of Mom is that her son died at the hands of the Ridden, so she seeks revenge on them whenever she can. Her starting weapon, appropriately, is The Belgian, a double-barrel shotgun. Along with this vengeful side though is her caring side, hence her name and trait of reviving someone once per level and carrying extra meds, making her a support character and vital in many situations.

Evangelo
Windows Central

Traits:

  • Can break out of grabs once every 60 seconds
  • +25% stamina regeneration

Team effect:

  • +5% increased movement speed

Evangelo is slick and nimble, which explains that he can get out of getting grabbed once per minute, which players usually have to wait for a teammate to help them out with. It also explains how he brings a dose of extra movement speed to the entire team and starts out with the machete. Don’t be so quick to change the machete for a more powerful gun either, because it’s more lethal than it lets on.

Holly
Windows Central

Traits:

  • Recovers 10 stamina every time she kills a Ridden
  • +10% damage resistance

Team effect:

  • +25 team stamina

Much like Mom, Holly Forrester lost some loved ones to the Devil Worm and has since dedicated her life to being a Cleaner. Her starting weapon is a bat, but not just any bat. It’s wrapped with nail spikes and is nicknamed Dottie. Dottie is great for close-quarters combat, but perhaps switching to a machete such as the one Evangelo starts with might be the better option if you want to stick with a melee weapon. Pairing Holly with the Adrenaline Fuelled card increases the effect of her stamina trait a lot too, doubling her maximum stamina and adding 20 to the 10 that she already recovers per kill.

Jim
Windows Central

Traits:

  • Precision kills grant Jim 2.5% stacking damage until he gets hurt
  • +25% aim down sight speed

Team effect:

  • +10% weak spot damage

When he was young, Jim would travel into the woods with his father to hunt. One of the natural progressions from there is joining the military, which is what Jim did. However, upon his return to his home, he found it had been destroyed by the Collapse. A dedicated Cleaner, Jim starts out with a 357 Magnum. If you’re good at not taking damage and getting precision kills, Jim’s perk could see you stack your damage up to +50%. His ADS speed is high too, so he’s a great choice for a player that likes using a sniper.

Karlee
Windows Central

Traits:

  • Can sense nearby hazards and mutations
  • +1 quick inventory slot

Team effect:

  • +25% use speed

Karlee’s story is that she somewhat moves to the beat of her own dream. She was an outsider for a long time and even after fighting the same fight as the other Cleaners, she refused to officially call herself one of them. Either way, she’s a valuable addition to the team. She starts off with a Tec 9 which you can keep because it’s fun, but she isn’t necessarily tied to it either.

Doc
Windows Central

Traits:

  • Can heal each teammate for 25 health once per level
  • +20% healing efficiency

Team effect:

  • +25% trauma resistance

Doc took a hit on her social skills so that she could fully dedicate her life to her passion, her profession. Her medical expertise of course means that she’s currently the game’s resident healer and likely will be for the foreseeable future. The combination of being able to help other characters whilst also being quite lethal herself means that she’s already being considered one of the best Cleaners in the game. Doc starts off with the Beretta M9.

Hoffman
Windows Central

Traits:

  • Has a chance to find extra ammo whenever he kills a Ridden
  • +1 offensive inventory slot

Team effect:

  • +10% ammo capacity

As a conspiracy theorist, when the infection first hit, Hoffman was already prepared because he had been stacking up on supplies for years prior, expecting something like this to happen. What stopped him from hiding away was him running out of supplies along with the death of his mother, which gave him enough of an edge that he wanted to actively go out and fight the enemies himself. He starts off with the M1911 and can carry an extra offensive weapon like a grenade.

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20 Games Like ‘Battlefield’ When You’re Looking For a Good First Person Shooter

With Battlefield 2042 and Call of Duty: Vanguard both on their way with releases due next month, many FPS fans are debating which game they’re going to get. These kinds of discussions take place around this time every year to some extent, but they’re heating up this year, with gamers who were disappointed with the Vanguard alpha and beta threatening to take their money to DICE’s game.

If you want to widen your horizons or are a fan of Battlefield and want something in the same vein to hold you over until 2042 comes out, we’re here to help. Below is a list of 20 games like the Battlefield series. Of course, they’re all shooters, with many of them set during real-life wars, but if you’re a fan of Battlefield, that’s likely a setting you enjoy and want different interpretations of.

1. ARMA 3

ARMA 3 isn’t the kind of game you want to jump straight into if you’re largely unfamiliar with this style of game. You still could, but the learning curve could be off-putting. It’s Dark Souls-esque in that sense, very daunting and difficult to a point that even the smallest of milestones are rewarding. If it helps, you can play with a friend, which does take away some of the frustration. The game takes place in the near future and is constantly being updated, not only with DLC but tens of thousands of mods, which help keep it fresh.

Buy now, $29.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/107410/Arma_3/
2. BATTALION 1944

Developed by Bulkhead Interactive and published by Square Enix, as you might have been able to guess by its name, BATTALION 1944 is the first of many games on this list set during World War II. It’s influenced by the early Call of Duty games in that regard, but it tackles the era well enough that it doesn’t just feel like a copy of something that has come before it.

Buy now, $19.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/489940/BATTALION_1944/
3. Borderlands 3

One of the whackier picks on this list, Borderlands 3 may seem like an odd choice to give you the same kind of joy that Battlefield brings you, but you might be surprised. The game doesn’t take itself too seriously, which is refreshing among games that are considered first-person shooters. It’s also an action RPG, meaning that battles can still be intense even if its characters and their dialogue have a comedic edge to them. Take the plunge.

Buy now, $59.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/397540/Borderlands_3/
4. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

Black Ops Cold War is slowly nearing the end of its cycle and like every other annual release in the franchise, will likely no longer see updates when Vanguard drops at the top of next month. In the meantime though, it’s a great game for giving you a similar feel to Battlefield, with its multiplayer and zombie options. You can criticize the series all you want, but there’s a reason that Call of Duty continues to be the top shooter around year after year.

Buy now, $59.9
https://www.callofduty.com/uk/en/blackopscoldwar/buy
5. Call of Duty: Warzone

In the year and a half since its launch, Warzone has earned itself the right to be mentioned in addition to main entries from the Call of Duty series. Blackout from Black Ops 4 feels like just a small test run compared to what this battle royale ended up becoming. If what you enjoy about the Battlefield series is its large-scale combat, Warzone might be a perfect fit for you. At some point in the next few months, a new map is going to be added too, so this game isn’t likely to be going nowhere anytime soon.

Free to play
https://www.callofduty.com/uk/en/warzone/download
6. Day of Infamy

Named after Roosevelt’s famous speech, Day of Infamy was spawned from the mod of the same name for Insurgency, New World Interactive’s previous game. This game is then of course set during the events of the Second World War, specifically those in the European Theatre. Players can unlock historic units from the war and one of the unique selling points of this game is that it uses proximity chat, meaning you have to communicate with teammates tactically or enemies will hear you. This adds an interesting edge to battle.

Buy now, $14.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/447820/Day_of_Infamy/
7. DayZ

ARMA 2, the predecessor to the game that appears earlier on this list, had a mod called DayZ, but this game is its standalone successor. Developed by Bohemia Interactive and released in 2018 on Windows and 2018 on Xbox and PlayStation, DayZ’s concept is that you must stay alive during a zombie outbreak. You start with little to nothing and must gather supplies and equipment to help you on your journey. In terms of immersion, this game does a good job just like Battlefield and it’s worth a try if you’re a fan of that series.

Buy now, $44.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/221100/DayZ/
8. Escape From Tarkov

Developed by Battlestate Games for Windows, Escape From Tarkov is technically still in development with only the closed beta out at the moment, but that hasn’t stopped gamers flocking to it in big numbers over the years. The game features raids that see players either go it solo or become part of a squad to try to go from one side of a map to the extraction point on the other side, fighting other players along the way. If you die in a raid, you lose everything, including the equipment you brought in, making it a tense playthrough because of the high stakes.

Free to play
https://www.escapefromtarkov.com
9. Hell Let Loose

Hell Let Loose was announced as part of a Kickstarter campaign where $220k was raised for it. This was followed by an early release for Windows in 2019 and a full release this past summer, with a PlayStation and Xbox release earlier this month. The game consists of 50 vs. 50 matches in the Warfare and Offensive game modes. The game was developed on Unreal Engine 4 by Black Matter.

Buy now, $29.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/686810/Hell_Let_Loose/
10. Hunt: Showdown

Hunt: Showdown is still an FPS, but it stands out on this list because while in many games on this list, the enemies consist of soldiers and/or other players whereas here, you’re fighting monsters. While that may seem unappealing to fans of Battlefield, we think that there’s genuine crossover and a reason that a Battlefield fan could enjoy this game.

Buy now, $39.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/594650/Hunt_Showdown/
11. PAYDAY 2

When the casual gamer thinks of heists in gaming, their mind probably goes to GTA: V’s heist update from a few years ago, but there are dedicated heist games, PAYDAY 2 is among the best of them. Developed by Overkill Software, the game has done a great job of maintaining its popularity, catering to co-op very well and adding half a dozen DLC packs since the original release in 2013.

Buy now, $9.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/218620/PAYDAY_2/
12. PlanetSide 2

Rogue Planet Games, the developer of the 2012 game PlanetSide 2, takes pride in delivering “massive combat on a scale never seen before”, as they describe on the game’s official website. A massively multiplayer FPS has never been a better description for a game. In fact, PlanetSide 2 holds the Guinness World Record for the biggest FPS battle, with 1,283 combatants in a single game. If Battlefield’s large settings are your favorite, this is a must-play.

Free to play
https://store.steampowered.com/app/218230/PlanetSide_2/
13. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

PUBG doesn’t get the credit it deserves for helping forward the momentum of battle royale game modes. It wasn’t the first one to kick off the trend, but at one point before Fortnite truly took over, it was the biggest and best option for many. You can play in first-person like Battlefield, but if you’re open to switching it up, there is a third-person view that has its own set of benefits too, like seeing around corners. All these years later, getting used to the game and getting a chicken dinner still feels rewarding.

Buy now, $29.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/578080/PUBG_BATTLEGROUNDS/
14. Post Scriptum

A shooter set in World War II isn’t exactly innovative these days, nor has it been an original idea for a while now, especially with the new Call of Duty: Vanguard game set there, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be done well and any game with that backdrop isn’t worth trying. Many games on this list are set during the period and Post Scriptum is one of them. Specifically, it’s set during the Battle of France, Operation Overlord, and Operation Market Garden. The game takes itself seriously, even more so than Battlefield arguably, which might be a turn-off for some, but is a treat for others. If you’re willing to immerse yourself in the world of the game, Post Scriptum is a pleasant experience.

Buy now, $29.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/736220/Post_Scriptum/
15. Rising Storm 2: Vietnam

As its name suggests, the direct sequel to the first Rising Storm game is set during the Vietnam War, with many of its 20+ maps based on real locations. The game is also true to the era in terms of its weapon choices and methods of combat because players can not only use guns on the ground but take to the skies in airborne vehicles.

Buy now, $24.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/418460/Rising_Storm_2_Vietnam/
16. Rust

In Rust, you start out with absolutely nothing and must gather supplies to increase your chance of survival. You need to be worried about other players killing you here, but even when no one else is around, you’ll need to manage hunger, thirst, your temperature, radiation levels, and wild animals that also want a literal piece of you.

Buy now, $39.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/252490/Rust/
17. Squad

Developed by Canadian studio Offworld Industries, Squad is a tactical first-person shooter that has been out officially for a year now. As the name implies, the battle here takes place in groups and you can play it with a group of friends, which is likely the best way to start and experience it. It’s important to note that Squad is considered a successor to Project Reality, a series of mods for the second Battlefield game. So it’s closely related to Battlefield and worth a try.

Buy now, $49.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/393380/Squad/
18. Titanfall 2

If you’re a Battlefield fan, perhaps games from the Titanfall series don’t come immediately to mind when you’re imagining similar games. However, Respawn Entertainment was founded by Jason West and Vince Zampella, who also founded Infinity Ward and the CoD franchise, so they’re closer than you think. Titanfall 2 boasts not only a single-player campaign, but a wealth of multiplayer game modes, including Amped Hardpoint, Titan Brawl, Capture the Flag, Free for All, and Coliseum, amongst others. It’s a fun shooter that’s well worth giving a try.

Buy now, $29.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1237970/Titanfall_2/
19. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands

Wildlands is the tenth original main series installment in Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon series which started two decades ago in 2001. Released in 2017, the game is the first in the series to feature an open world and Ubisoft did it big because it rivals some of the biggest open worlds in any of their games. The game’s plot sees you and three partners heading to Bolivia to gather intelligence on the Cartel. If you play solo, your teammates will be controlled by A.I., but you do have the option of playing co-op, which should always be the preference.

Buy now, $9.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/460930/Tom_Clancys_Ghost_Recon_Wildlands/
20. Verdun

When Verdun was released, it was sort of panned for being repetitive and monotonous, but the developers responded to that criticism in the best way possible. They listened to constant feedback and updated the game to a point where it feels like a sequel to its original release. It’s a squad-based FPS based in the first World War, which isn’t the most original of settings but is done well, in terms of gameplay. If you’re willing to take a hit on the graphics for that, then you’re in for a treat.

Buy now, $19.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/242860/Verdun/
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The 35 Best J. Cole Lyrics Of All Time

We recently compiled a list of the 25 best J. Cole songs, which features songs from many of his projects and even some lesser-known loosies. Today, we’re back with a list of some of Cole’s best lyrics, which also span the entirety of his professional rapping career.

Check out the list below and let us know if you think we left something out.

1. “Keep grinding, boy, your life can change in one year and even when it’s dark out, the sun is shining somewhere”
‘Premeditated Murder’

When it’s all said and done, no matter how far his career goes, ‘Premeditated Murder’ will hold up as one of the best songs J. Cole ever made. It dropped in 2010 and appeared on Friday Night Lights, and this poetic line from it will always have meaning to millions worldwide.

2. “If they don’t know your dreams then they can’t shoot ‘em down”
‘Too Deep For The Intro’

Another cut from Friday Night Lights, this bar has special meaning to J. Cole fans, who often find themselves with dreams that many feel are out of reach for them. Cole himself has been vocal about never telling anyone in school he rapped. A line that goes perfectly with this one is “if you really believe, ain’t gotta talk about it” from ‘Black Friday’.

3. “Cole under pressure, what that make? Diamonds”
‘Return of Simba’

‘Return of Simba’ arrived just a few weeks before J. Cole was set to put out his debut album after two years of delays and doubters claiming he’d never see a release under Roc Nation. It was a triumphant moment and ended with this line, likely an intentional double entendre but a potential quadruple entendre, with diamonds meaning the actual diamonds that coal makes, the diamonds from the Roc sign, him going diamond and dropping gems.

4. “One thing about the men that’s controlling the pen that write history, they always seem to white-out they sins”
‘BRACKETS’

Cole himself called this his favourite line on the album and it’s hard to disagree, with the obvious play on “white” out and whitewashing history.

5. “Saw my old teacher and she asked how I’m living, you ain’t know my shit dropped, bitch? 9/11”
‘N*ggaz Know’

‘N*ggaz Know’ appears on Truly Yours 3, which came to fans as part of the deluxe edition of Born Sinner, J. Cole’s sophomore album. It’s an underrated cut for Cole, with this line being one of the reasons why. Of course, it’s a raw reference to 9/11, but also, Cole’s debut album dropped in September of 2011. It’s likely also a reference to the top of a Porsche 911.

6. “A young boy from a show down in Hampton told me that my song was the reason he beat cancer, ain’t know what to say, I just froze, little too deep I suppose, but after a year of review, I figured out it wasn’t me, it was you, n*gga, congratulations”
‘Roll Call’

This is a true story from very early on in J. Cole’s career, within a year and a half of him signing with JAY-Z. The way J. Cole took time to reflect on the conversation and went out of his way to respond in a song like this is incredible, not to mention giving the boy back the credit.

7. “This next shit is in no way to boast but my city love breakfast ‘cause n*ggas had toast early”
‘Return of Simba’

Another entry from ‘Return of Simba’, this line also has multiple meanings to it. Toast here can mean actual toast, praise and a gun.

8. “Jigga wouldn’t even take my CD when he seen me, two years later, bitch we made it on, on to The Blueprint”
‘God’s Gift’

You only have to see the video of J. Cole performing this song before its release and check the crowd’s reaction to this line to see how much it meant to people.

9. “Pac had a n*gga saying ‘fuck Jigga’, ‘fuck Biggie’, I was only like eleven so forgive me”
‘Villuminati’

The intro to Born Sinner has a lot of lines on it that gives listeners the screwface and this is one. It’s not even that there’s a particular wit to it, it’s just the audacity of the first rapper signed to J. Cole admitting that his favourite rapper, 2Pac, once had him hating Hov.

10. “I be staying out the way but if the beef do come around, could put a M right on your head, you Luigi brother now”
‘9 5 . s o u t h’

The line heard around the world earlier this year when The Off-Season dropped. It is of course a slick reference to Mario having an M on his hat and J. Cole implying he could put a bounty of $1 million on someone’s head who he has an issue with.

11. “I got four brothers, one mother that don’t love us, if they ain’t want us, why the fuck they never wore rubbers?”
03’ Adolescence’

What really makes this line so great is the emotion behind it. J. Cole is talking from his friend’s perspective here and stepping into other people’s shoes is something he does incredibly well.

12. “Always gon’ be a whip that’s better than the one you got, always gon’ be some clothes that’s fresher than the ones you rock, always gon’ be a bitch that’s badder out there on the tours, but you ain’t never gon’ be happy ‘til you love yours”
‘Love Yourz’

Perhaps the truest words that Cole has ever spoken. ‘Love Yourz’ is the track which best embodies the epiphany the Fayetteville rapper had about his life and career in 2014, which was translated onto 2014 Forest Hills Drive.

13. “One thing about your demons, they bound to catch up one day, I’d rather see you stand up and face ‘em than run away, I understand this message is not the coolest to say, but if you down to try it, I know of a better way, meditate”
‘FRIENDS’

I maintain that this song should have been called ‘Medit8’ because it would have contrasted nicely with ‘Motiv8’ which also appeared on KOD, but oh well. The build-up to this ending of the verse is great.

14. “I’m playing daddy to another n*gga daughter, don’t worry, even Jesus never saw his real father”
‘2Face’

This line hits like a haymaker towards the end of ‘2Face’ and speaks to Jesus never seeing God, with Cole likening the situation to the one that so many with absent fathers face worldwide. 

15. “They say you are what you eat and I still ain’t pussy”
‘Looking For Trouble’

Widely regarded as one of Cole’s best verses ever, ‘Looking For Trouble’ also featured Kanye West, Big Sean, CyHi The Prynce and Pusha T, but Cole took the win with multiple witty lines, this play on a cliché being one of them.

16. “This my New Year’s resolution, dog, no more pork in me, I ain’t no Muslim though, Caron Butler, I’m a wizard if you doesn’t know”
‘The Autograph’

This could have been a throwaway line but Cole really went all the way with it, with the homophone of Coran and Q’uran and referencing the Wizards which he played for at the time.

17. “White Range, call that motherfucker Larry Bird”
‘Cost Me A Lot’

A self-explanatory bar likening a white Range Rover to the great NBA Legend Larry Bird, who had a lot of range to his shooting.

18. “I was loved, I was hated, just a n*gga with a dream, I’m a liar, I was honest, I was all of these things, when I’m gone, let ‘em talk, they discussing who I am, when they bury me just know I wasn’t nothing but a man”
‘Farewell’

Picking out one portion of the first verse of this song was tough, because the entire verse is one of the best of J. Cole’s career. This truly sums him up though, as someone who people can relate to despite his fame and success.

19. “Ironic, you been sleeping on the one that you been dreaming ‘bout”
‘Looking For Trouble’

This is the second entry from Cole’s ‘Looking For Trouble’ verse, and the line that he closes the verse out with. Many at the time were calling the rapper Hip-Hop saviour, despite him still being somewhat under the radar and this bar is the perfect summation of that.

20. “They wonder what’s on my mind, what’s lingering in my dome, I tell ‘em ‘ain’t nothing wrong’, I deal with it on my own”
‘Welcome’

Due to the fact that it’s the first song on Cole’s breakout mixtape The Warm Up, ‘Welcome’ was the first time many heard Cole. He ends the song with a relatable and introspective line about not vocalising his problems, choosing instead to tackle them privately.

21. “Overcame a low life status to blow like Gladys, ahead of my time like I live my whole life backwards”
‘Dead Presidents II’

If you don’t know the story, J. Cole did a ‘Dead Presidents’ freestyle on his 2007 mixtape The Come Upbut someone came up to him telling him he had to go harder on the classic beat. His response was the sequel on The Warm Up, which featured this clever line.

22. “Tell me how I’m supposed to feel what the President spoke, when he ain’t never had to struggle, ain’t never been broke, ain’t even rode through the ghetto, ain’t never been close, trusting this government like trusting the Devil in oath”
‘I Get Up’

To feel the full weight of these lyrics, it’s best to check out the footage of J. Cole in the studio recording this song. He was in his early twenties and nowhere near the star that he is now, which makes them far more powerful.

23. “Believe in God like the sun up in the sky, science can tell us how but it can’t tell us why”
‘The Badness’

A beautifully written line from the North Carolina MC about finding a meaning to life and the answer not being part of science. There’s also the double meaning of sun and son.

24. “Trynna avoid state troopers, that’s the weight watchers, run this dope, sack this cake ‘til they say “got ya”, until the fat lady sing and n*ggas hate Operas, and Oprah hate “n*ggas”, make no mistake that we know the stakes, still we hope to make over eight figures, slim chances”
‘Knock Tha Hustle (Remix)’

Cole’s pair of verses on Cozz’s ‘Knock Tha Hustle’ remix are some of his best work, largely thanks to this great scheme which features a bunch of food puns. He references weight watchers, calls drugs “cake”, throws in a “stake/steak” play on words and ends it with “slim” chances.

25. “Only thing worse than death is a regret-filled coffin, so try before you die or always wonder ‘what if?’”
‘Crunch Time’

As he once put it, “to never try is the ultimate fail”. J. Cole, with his Dreamville label, ‘Dollar & A Dream’ series and Dreamer sneakers, is clearly all for people pursuing their dreams and here on Truly Yourscut ‘Crunch Time’, warns the listener about the dangers of never doing so.

26. “Five iPhones dropped, my n*gga still in the cell”
‘Revenge of the Dreamers’

This is a line that only gets more sobering as time passes, with iPhones dropping almost annually. There’s of course the wordplay for prison cell and cellphone, but also, the song samples Gohan’s Anger Theme, and Cell is of course a Dragon Ball character.

27. “Her new boyfriend is so clever, overheard a couple of her friends telling her he better than me and despite all the spite that builds with each passing night, I can’t help but think they right because he never did cheat”
‘May The Bitter Man Win’

When taken at face value, you might be wondering why these lines made it onto this list at all. J. Cole’s entire verse is not about a woman as framed, but about Hip-Hop, with her new boyfriend being Kendrick Lamar. Listen to it with that in mind and have your mind blown.

28. “Mama, I ain’t done yet, sit back and watch your sun rise, kick back and know your son set”
‘Beautiful Bliss’

Wale’s ‘Beautiful Bliss’ was the first time that many heard of Cole and for them, he made an incredible first impression.

29. “I’m the answer on the low, I’m a cheat sheet for rappers, I grew up round AC to DC adaptors, plug talk, what I’m really saying is a shame but my n*ggas move ‘cane like HBCU Kappas”
‘Album of the Year (Freestyle)’

The ‘Album of the Year’ freestyle sees Cole rapping over Nas’ ‘Oochie Wally’, a timeless beat. This sequence of bars from it is the standout.

30. “No Bill Cosby shit but if n*ggas is sleeping, then fuck ‘em”
‘L.A. Leakers Freestyle’

It took a long time for J. Cole to drop a freestyle with the L.A. Leakers, but when he finally did earlier this year before the release of The Off-Season, it was clear that it was worth the wait.

31. “Cole World coming, later for them bench warmers, bitch I get covers, you don’t even get covered”
‘Funkmaster Flex Freestyle’

Cole showing out at HOT 97 in 2009 with Funkmaster Flex is one of the brighter moments of the early part of his career. He made an impression with Flex, who ended up asking him for more and telling him to “just curse, who cares?” This line was ruthless and is something we wish we heard more of from J. Cole.

32. “They killed Saddam, now I wonder who’s sane? How you balance being Batman, Bruce Wayne? Old chick calling but I’m onto new things, she still a dime but I always lose change”
‘Head Bussa’

‘Head Bussa’ appeared on the second Truly Yours bundle and is a favourite amongst Cole’s bigger fans, but relatively unknown to the masses.

33. “Ducking the Devil, you could say I live my life in limbo”
‘Diamonds’

J. Cole linking up with French Montana and Rick Ross for ‘Diamonds’ in 2012 was a strange pairing, but showed that Cole could do well in their lane with a stellar verse. He ends it with this gem, playing on the Catholic interpretation of Limbo being the place between Hell and Heaven where those not condemned are.

34. “Am I wrong ‘cause I got some dough and copped a couple finer things? G-Shock to Rolex, my how the times have changed”
‘Like It or Love It’

This line comes from a lesser-known J. Cole feature that he did for Tinie Tempah around ten years ago now, a couple of months after Cole World: The Sideline Story dropped. The line is a reflection of life changing for him at the time.

35. “Imagine a world free from pain and we no longer scared at night, far from the crime, the blind leading the blind, we don’t make the primetime ‘til we dying, the New York Times”
‘New York Times’

On his 50 Cent and Bas collaboration ‘New York Times’, Cole imagines an ideal world before acknowledging the harsh reality that black people often only appear in news stories for their deaths and the myth of ‘black-on-black crime’.

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Best Boxing Bags For Your Home Gym on Amazon

The best workouts do more than keeping you fit; they help you torch your calories and relieve stress. Finding a suitable routine to get through the tough days is a compelling motivation. That is where the best boxing bags come into play. Fight training is advantageous, but it requires strict dedication and cash investment. Rather than spending tons of cash on a gym subscription, consider buying these boxing bags for your home gym practice.

1. Best Overall: Protocol Punching Bag


2. Best Free-Standing: Dripex Punching Bag


3. Best For Kids: Qiqu Punching Bag


4. Honorable Mention: Tuowei Punching Bag


5. Best Double-End: Toco Freido Boxing Bag


6. Also Consider: Locsee Punching Bag

1. Protocol Punching Bag
Best Overall
Amazon

This boxing bag set includes padded gloves with re-closable straps, an adjustable stand, an inflatable pump, and a punching bag. 

Not only is this boxing bag easy to set up, but you can also set it up inside any room of your home or at the gym facility.

Pros: 

  • Ideal for experts and beginners
  • The stand is adjustable from 48 inches to 58 inches

Cons:

  • It might not be ideal for all heights
  • You have to purchase the premium version if you want a large base
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2. Dripex Punching Bag
Best Free-Standing
Amazon

This set comes with dual absorbers and springs to ensure effective noise absorption. You can remove the springs during intense workouts. 

This boxing bag‘s stainless steel tube consists of a multi-layer construction to withstand heavy punches and kicks. 

Pros: 

  • High-quality construction
  • Sturdy floor sucking base 

Cons:

  • The bottom part comes empty, so you have to fill it with sand or water
  • Quite pricey 
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3. Qiqu Punching Bag
Best For Kids
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This boxing bag is ideal for beginners to use for their practice or anger and stress management programs. 

Since this boxing bag has a large diameter, there is more space for striking; therefore, it assists boys and girls to exercise, have fun, and stay active. 

Pros: 

  • Easy-to-store
  • Great for use by the whole family 

Cons:

  • Requires filling with water and sand
  • Relatively heavy base 
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4. Tuowei Punching Bag
Honorable Mention
Amazon

The bottom part of this boxing bag is filled with water or sand, which increases its stability.

Tuowei’s boxing bag is free-standing and has a large thickness and diameter to increase its striking ability. 

Pros: 

  • It helps to improve your flexibility
  • Withstands kicks and punches 

Cons:

  • It might not be ideal for professional boxers
  • Shorter than other adults bags
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5. Toco Freido Boxing Bag
Best Double-End
Amazon

This product has a rubber thickened inner balder that is double-stitched, durable, and prevents leakages. 

You can use this boxing bag to practice eye-hand coordination and reaction speed. 

Pros: 

  • It comes with convenient kit accessories
  • Packaging includes an air pump, one headband, and two balls that you can use to practice 

Cons:

  • Limited color options
  • Quite pricey 
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6. Locsee Punching Bag
Also Consider
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You can use this boxing bag in any setting, from gym facilities to home and office settings.

Thanks to Locsee’s boxing bag‘s high-quality PVC construction, it is durable, has good flexibility, and fast rebound. 

Pros: 

  • Can withstand the impact of kicking and punching
  • Fits on any flat surface 

Cons:

  • Might be inappropriate for professional use
  • The base requires filling 
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Best Men’s Wallet Trifolds on Amazon

Men’s wallets have evolved from the simple card storage cases of the past. Today, they’re made of high-quality materials like metal, leather, and sometimes mesh. That means they’re easier to carry and more practical for everyday use. If you’re looking for some extra space, a wallet trifold is a great option. Here are a few top picks.

1. Timberland Men’s Leather Trifold Wallet with ID Window
Top Pick
Amazon

This rugged wallet is made from durable faux leather and comes with its own window so you can conveniently view your card information.

WHAT WE LIKE: This men’s trifold wallet is made from genuine Italian leather. It features six card slots, two slip pockets, an id window, and two cash pockets. Two separate large cash billfold pockets to keep your cash, receipts, and other paper items easily organized and contained.

Buy now, $31.77
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2. Levi’s Men’s Trifold Wallet
Long-Lasting
Amazon

This wallet features a slim design that is great for business trips. It includes ample storage space, and the front has the brand’s logo on it, perfect for keeping your ID safely at hand.

WHAT WE LIKE: This wallet has six card slots to hold credit cards, bank cards, id cards & more. There are also two hidden pockets and one large bill compartment. A transparent ID window is placed in the center, ideal for displaying your license.

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3. Fossil Men’s Leather Trifold Wallet
Classic-Option
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This men’s wallet features a pocket for cards and a front pocket for cash. The wallet is great for keeping all of your essentials close at hand.

WHAT WE LIKE: This wallet is made of 100% leather. It has multiple card slots and a slim silhouette. The interior features an id window, 4 slide pockets, 8 credit card slots, measurements: 3.25L x 0.75W x 4.25H.

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4. Tommy Hilfiger Genuine Leather Trifold Wallet
Most Versatile
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This wallet is made of PU leather material and has an exterior pocket to hold money or cards.

WHAT WE LIKE: This wallet is made from genuine leather and features six interior card slots, two slip pockets, and one clear ID with a thumb-slide for your driving license or work badge. It also has a large bill compartment that can hold up to five credit cards at the same time.

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5. Columbia RFID Genuine Leather Trifold Wallet
Also Consider
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This wallet trifold has a slim, lightweight design with card slots and a large bill holder. It’s made of a flexible nylon fabric and is reinforced with a durable zip-up elastic closure.

WHAT WE LIKE: This wallet features six credit card slots, two slip pockets, and one centered id window with a thumb slider for quick and easy access to your work badge or driving license. The extra-large bill compartment offers you an extra storage capacity.

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Best Laptop Cooling Pads on Amazon

Sometimes, we have to be on our laptops for quite some time. This causes a laptop’s operating temperature to increase, oftentimes making that airplane engine sound. If you find this happens to you, you probably need a laptop cooling pad. These pads help to lower the temperature of your laptop, allowing you to continue working. They come in different sizes, supporting even the largest of laptops. Here are our top 5 picks for laptop cooling pads.

1. Top Pick: Havit Cooling Pad


2. Runner Up: Klim Laptop Cooling Pad


3. Best Size: Tecknet Laptop Cooling Pad


4. Strongest Design: Aicheson Laptop Cooling Pad


5. Most Adjustable: TopMate Cooling Pad

1. Havit Cooling Pad
Top Pick
Amazon

This cooling pad is a perfect fit for laptops ranging from 15.6 to 17 inches. Its 3 powerful fans run quietly through USB power. The pad also has an adjustable height, to fit your working style.

Pros:

  • Lightweight body
  • Great for large laptops
  • Fans that run without noise

Cons:

  • Not for laptops smaller than 15.6 inches

WHAT WE LIKE: This laptop cooling pad runs efficiently. Its fans are extra quiet and will not disturb you while working. Also, this cooling pad is very lightweight at only 1.5 pounds.

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2. Klim Laptop Cooling Pad
Runner Up
Amazon

With 4 fans, this laptop cooling pad can lower the temperature of even the largest laptops. It has a wide base that is also super lightweight – at just about 1.5 pounds.

Pros:

  • 4 total cooling fans
  • Supports all laptop sizes, up to 19 inches
  • Lightweight

Cons:

  • None

WHAT WE LIKE: This laptop cooling pad has high-powered cooling capabilities, with 4 fans making 1400 rotations per minute. Even though it’s powerful, the fans are quiet and the pad is very lightweight. It has 2 levels of adjustable height too.

Buy now, $29.97
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3. Tecknet Laptop Cooling Pad
Best Size
Amazon

This laptop cooling pad suits most laptops, from 12 to 16 inches. Its body is curved with a slight incline to keep cool air circulating. The pad also has excellent traction even if rested on fabric.

Pros:

  • Reliable pick for standard-sized laptops (12 to 16 inches)
  • Efficient design that circulates cool air and keeps hot air out
  • Pad has traction and will not move on all kinds of surfaces

Cons:

  • This pad does not have adjustable heights

WHAT WE LIKE: This cooling pad has all the essential features you need. It is USB powered, with two ports for added convenience. Its anti-skid capabilities make it a great pick for when you don’t have a desk to work on. For example, if you have the luxury to work on your couch!

Buy now, $24.99
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4. Aicheson Laptop Cooling Pad
Strongest Design
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This laptop cooling pad is made to handle some heavy laptops. It has 5 total fans and a 40-pound capacity, supporting laptops as large as 17.3 inches. It has 4 adjustable heights too.

Pros:

  • Can support large laptops, with a 40-pound capacity
  • 5 total fans, with adjustable speeds
  • Includes a USB cord

Cons:

  • May be too large and heavy-duty for standard-sized laptops

WHAT WE LIKE: This is a strong cooling pad. You do not need to worry about it breaking down, as laptops don’t tend to weigh more than 40 pounds. It even allows you to modify your fan speed so that you can control just how much cooling off your laptop needs.

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5. TopMate Cooling Pad
Most Adjustable
Amazon

This cooling pad is easy to use. It has an LCD screen so that you can manually modify your fan speed. It also adapts to your work needs, with 5 adjustable heights to comfortably angle your computer.

Pros:

  • 5 quiet fans with adjustable modes and wind speeds
  • 5 height options so that you can have a better angle while working
  • Works for most sized laptops, anywhere between 10 to 15.6 inches

Cons:

  • None

WHAT WE LIKE: This laptop cooling pad is very accessible. It can be angled however you’d like it. It has 5 fans with 6 wind speed options, each working very quietly. This way, you can precisely arrange the cooling situation necessary for your computer.

Buy now, $29.77

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Great MMA Shorts for Training and Competitions on Amazon

MMA is a serious sport in which your every move, counter move, and a decision can affect your performance and subsequently, your outcomes. We have compiled a list of well suited MMA shorts that won’t restrict your movements as you train and practice.

1. Top Pick: Sanabul Cross Fit Workout Shorts


2. Also Consider: Gold BJJ Jiu Jitsu Shorts


3. Most Comfortable: Hawk MMA Boxing Grappling


4. Best Materials: Elite Sports MMA Fight Shorts


5. Great Design Patterns: Anthem Athletics MMA Shorts


6. No Logo: Epic MMA Gear Shorts

1. Sanabul Cross Fit Workout Shorts
Top Pick
Amazon

These shorts have the right design and materials to help you fit right in with the pros. They are not baggy and have open seams with four-way stitching, giving you an increased range of motion, while preventing the fabric from getting snagged on body parts.

It’s made from materials specially treated to remain dry and clean for longer.

PROS & CONS:

These shorts are flexible and well made, perfect for grappling. They don’t reach past your knee and are strong enough to stand up to intense grappling sessions. The velcro at the front can be uncomfortable if you’re not careful during bathroom breaks.

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2. Gold BJJ Jiu Jitsu Shorts
Also Consider
Amazon

These MMA shorts are pocket-less so they can be used for grappling without snagging a finger or toe. Its material is incredibly stretchy, so you have your full range of motion without any resistance or restrictions.

Their design is suited for the most intense workouts, like lifting, kickboxing, and wrestling.

PROS & CONS:

If you grapple in these shorts, you will not regret it,. Its materials are very breathable, and its sweat-wicking properties are evident, especially for those intense, grueling fights. Some people find them a bit long, but not so much that it’s a problem.

Buy now, $34.95
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3. Hawk MMA Boxing Grappling
Most Comfortable
Amazon

These MMA shorts are lightweight and designed for grappling, so they have no outer pockets, and can also be used for other activities, like Crossfit, weight lifting, and running.

They have a Hook and Loop velcro with an inner drawstring, along with sweat-wicking capabilities for added comfort.

PROS & CONS:

These are comfortable training shorts with a nice design and a great looking jet black color. They wash easily, and they dry quickly, so they’re always ready for your next training session. The drawstring is a bit unusual.

Buy now, $15.99
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4. Elite Sports MMA Fight Shorts
Best Materials
Amazon

These MMA shorts have a two-fold waistband that won’t cause chaffing, and a velcro closure paired with a drawstring for maximum stability during even the most intense fights.

These shorts are made from tear-free microfiber materials with side slits for increased mobility.

PROS & CONS:

These shorts are comfortable and will stand up to your most intense stretch test, like deep squats. They generally stop 2-3 inches above the knees, so they’re not as revealing as some options, but the perfect length for most beginners. The velcro closure lining is a bit thick, so you might feel them if doing sit-ups, but generally, you don’t notice them.

Buy now, $9.99 – $19.99
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5. Anthem Athletics MMA Shorts
Great Design Patterns
Amazon

These MMA shorts have aggressive slits and a 4-way stretch crotch that give you an excellent range of motion and virtually zero resistance.

The fabric is fast-drying, so cleaning is easy, it’s tear-resistant, so it will stand up to all training types, and it has top quality prints that won’t fade or crack.

PROS & CONS:

These shorts are highly durable and well designed, and they come in a variety of color and pattern options. They have a velcro closure and a drawstring, but the velcro is enough for most people. To get the right fit go with your jeans size, which is usually a couple of inches bigger than your actual waist size.

Buy now, $39.99
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6. Epic MMA Gear Shorts
No Logo
Amazon

These MMA shorts have no branding on them, and they’re made from a thick fabric that’s durable and can stand up to a lot of use.

The waistband has a rubber grip that keeps your rashguard secure and a drawstring to customize your fit.

PROS & CONS:

These MMA shorts give you a wide range of motion, and they seem well constructed, so you don’t have to worry about them coming loose during an intense grappling session. They come in a nice variety of plain bright colors and they fit most body types well. Some people do not like the sheen of the fabric, but this is a preference, not a problem.

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Best Beard Balms on Amazon

A beard balm helps keep your beard moisturized and looking its best. With multiple options available, we’ve come up with a list that might just help you find the best option that would suit your needs.

1. Honest Amish Beard Balm Leave-in Conditioner
Top Pick
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This is the best beard balm on the market for those who want to keep their beards healthy and smooth.

WHAT WE LIKE: This beard balm is easy to use and doesn’t leave a greasy residue on your face. It works well for all types of beards, including those with coarse or rogue hairs. It comes with an anti-beardruff formula that helps prevent hair from growing back into its original form.

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2. Viking Revolution Beard Balm
All-Natural
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This is an all-natural beard balm that is designed to soften your beard and skin.

WHAT WE LIKE: This beard balm is non-greasy, so you can leave it in all day to condition and soften your beard. The citrus scent leaves your beard or mustache smelling as great as it feels, day after day.

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3. Rocky Mountain Barber Beard Balm
Recommended
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This is a thick, wax-based balm that keeps beards looking great. It does not contain sulfates or parabens, as is common with wax products, making it safe to use on your face.

WHAT WE LIKE: This beard balm is made with all-natural ingredients that will leave your beard feeling and looking amazing. It gives your beard the style and control you want without leaving a greasy or oily residue.

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4. Bulldog Original Balm
Also Consider
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This beard balm is designed to heal dry and damaged skin and reduce the appearance of facial dandruff, ingrown hairs, and other skin issues. It has a strong scent and comes in a resealable plastic jar.

WHAT WE LIKE: This beard balm is formulated with aloe vera, camelina oil and green tea to soften and tame the beard. It’s also a great choice for those who want an all-natural product that won’t leave their beard feeling greasy or dry.

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