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HyperX Reps Rising Content Creators With ‘Queued Up’ Initiative

HyperX is recognized as one of the top gaming peripheral makers in the world and a major force within the esports arena.

The company’s applaud-worthy success (they recently announced total lifetime sales of 20 million headsets sold!) and commendable community efforts present them as an entity worth championing. Another awesome effort HyperX indulges in is its partnerships with popular content creators, such as herculyse, TimTheTatman, and LoochyTV. Now, HyperX is readying a brand new initiative that’s looking to highlight up-and-coming content creators within the gaming, music, artist, etc. spheres.

Starting this year, HyperX will kick off its annual “Queued Up” showcase by showing a ton of love to a new class of creatives through its many social media channels. From this point forward, the Queued Up campaign will focus on a class of five content creators on an annual basis. Each of those five picks will get the ultimate “HyperX Heroes” treatment and also get the opportunity to collaborate with select members from that special group. Alongside that massive networking juncture, those five creators will get a complete gaming room setup revamp that will come with a slew of HyperX products. And finally, each chosen creator will walk away with a six-month paid contract as a brand new HyperX Ambassador.

The inaugural HyperX Queued Up roster of 20 individuals has already been chosen via an internal selection process by an inner committee – the finalists have also been voted on by the HyperX community at large. Now fans have the opportunity to vote online from October 12-22 to determine the highest-ranking finalists for the 2021 Queued Up class (think of it along the lines of the XXL Freshman Class).

The 20 creators fans can vote for are as follows: Lucrity, Kohlive, MicawaveTV, Asivrs, Cahlaflour, emijuju, Tuonto, Elix, SenseiCJ, BearDaBeast23, Rhett, Yoojin, Ludilue, Draynilla, Iough, AshleyRoboto, Samora, Jordielocks, ToriPareno, and Krystalogy.

Once October 30 finally rolls around, the top five picks will be announced during a livestream event that will emanate from the HyperX Esports Arena in Las Vegas. The 2021 Queued Up class and a collective of HyperX talents will be showcased during that livestream as they hop into their favorite games and generally vibe with each other & the viewers.

Stephanie Winkler, director of marketing for HyperX, is super excited about this brand new company-wide enterprise. “We continue to be amazed by the rising number of content creators and we want to highlight and celebrate their talent with our new annual Queued Up showcase,” she stated. “By providing helpful resources and an avenue to elevate and empower dedicated content creators, HyperX is focused on helping the next generation of talent grow and scale their brand.”

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Tokyo Game Show 2021: The 10 Best Gameplay Reveal Trailers

For gamers, the annual lineup of gaming expos gives them a lot to look forward to. 

The Electronic Entertainment Expo, Gamescom, and The Game Awards have a tendency to bring the hype via major game reveals and deeper looks at some of the most anticipated releases of the year. Another major gaming event that showcases the future and present of gaming is the Tokyo Game Show, which is the Japanese equivalent of E3. This year’s TGS had its fair share of extended gameplay sessions for highly anticipated games and some debut trailers for brand new IPs worth checking out. 

Now that the Japanese gaming expo has come to an end, let’s recap the 10 best gameplay reveal trailers you need to rewatch or witness for the very first time.

1. ‘GigaBash’

GigaBash first caught our attention back at this year’s Gamescom. It made its return to the public eye at large during this year’s TGS by showcasing its Story Mode, which looks way better than we anticipated. The game’s awesome amalgamation of King of the Monsters, War of the Monsters, and Power Stone already looks like it’ll be a great time – the addition of a story mode that features fully animated cutscenes and art panels makes GigaBash look like even more of a must-play. We can’t wait to take control of that Power Rangers Megazord-looking mecha to wreak some havoc!

2. ‘The King of Fighters XV’

SNK had a coming-out party for the next entry in the long-running The King of Fighters series. We got treated to a livestream that focused completely on the 2022 fighter by showing off its newest roster members and some gameplay between some pro players. Our first official look at the brand new fighter known as Isla was inspiring, to say the least – not only does she look way cooler than Shun’ei, but she also comes with the sort of moveset we can’t wait to master. K’ finally got some time to shine via his character trailer, which also presents him as a worthy addition to our custom KOF teams. KOF 15 looks great and, judging by the demos we’ve seen, should play just as well.

3. ‘Monster Hunter Rise’

The last Nintendo Direct already gave a sneak peek at the 2022 expansion for Monster Hunter Rise, which has been christened Sunbreak. At TGS, Capcom showed up to deliver even more info about their biggest game of the year. We finally got to see Monster Hunter Rise in action on PC devices and learned it’s launching via Steam on January 12, 2022. Then we learned about the game’s upcoming collaborations with Capcom’s classic action platformer Ghosts ‘n Goblins. Players will get the chance to don Arthur’s iconic armor and go ham with a spear in hand against Monster Hunter Rise’s intimidating behemoths.

4. ‘Gungrave G.O.R.E’

Does anybody remember Gungrave? If that name escapes your memory, just know that it’s a cult classic among PS2 loyalists. Its sequel Gungrave: Overdose was even better for those who gave it a chance. South-Korean Studio IGGYMOB has revived the IP for a brand new installment that’s looking to get even more gamers to acknowledge its gun-toting madness.  Gungrave G.O.R.E’s cinematic trailer left our jaws on the floor due to its healthy serving of violence and gore. The gameplay footage that followed after that cutscene got us pretty excited – the furious gunplay put on display sticks close to the DNA of the series and looks even more impressive thanks to its crispy HD visual sheen.

5. ‘Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin’

Thank god we didn’t get bombarded with the mere mention of “CHAOS!” during this new trailer for the latest Final Fantasy spinoff. Judging by the responses to this latest piece of gameplay footage, curious onlookers seem to be a lot more receptive to what Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin has to offer. The characters still look a bit odd within the confines of Final Fantasy’s mystical realm, but the moment-to-moment gameplay looks a lot better than its initial reveal. The combat looks amazing (you can decide if that’s true for yourself thanks to the new demo, by the way) and the story implications for the rest of the series take center stage here due to the major reveal at the end of this trailer.

6. ‘Arise of Awakener’

Fans of Capcom’s Dragon’s Dogma have been clamoring for a new entry for god knows how long. Deep Down looked as if it would fulfill those fans’ desires, but it sadly ended up being a lost project that we may never get to play. Enter Arise of Awakener, an action/RPG that looks like a spiritual successor to Dragon’s Dogma. The extended gameplay trailer for development studio Taner Game’s new project has us super excited to engage in epic battles with a host of fantastical beings. The combat put on display for this new IP looks amazing and comes as close to everything we loved about Dragon’s Dogma as possible. And you can fly atop dragons, too? LET’S GOOOOOOOOO!

7. ‘River City Girls 2’

The first River City Girls provided gamers with a pretty hype beat ‘em up that modernized the beloved River City Ransom series. Now we’re due for a 2022 sequel that looks like it’ll build on the already strong foundation put in place by its predecessor. Misako and Kyoko are back to beat the breaks off of all sorts of baddies. And now we’ll get to play as boyfriends (Kunio and Riki, respectively), which is a new aspect of this sequel that looks awesome. The pixel art still looks super clean and the sick combos we’ve seen from the game thus far have us fully prepared to experiment with each character’s extensive moveset.

8. ‘Wanted: Dead’

One of the biggest surprise reveals of the TGS show was this brand new action-packed, Kill Bill-esque experience from Publisher 110 Industries and development studio Soleil. When we learned that that studio is filled with Team Ninja veterans who worked on both the Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive franchises, we totally understood why Wanted: Dead looks the way it does. The badass lady cop at the heart of this game is a complete menace – her skills with a katana, pistol, and assault rifle are vicious, fam! And the fact that you can hack off the limbs of your foes and change up their offense makes this new game even more of a must-play once it finally drops.

9. ‘Atelier Sophie 2: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Dream’

The Atelier series has been going strong since 1997, which may be a surprise for some. The latest entry in the JRPG series, Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy, came out to a hugely positive reception and garnered even more attention from gamers who never gave the franchise a chance. This newfound popularity will probably do a whole lot for another direct sequel entry in the series, which is Atelier Sophie 2: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Dream. We finally got to see the game in action and it retains the bright and bubbly feel of the franchise as a whole. Sophie and Plachta are back to do a whole lot of item synthesizing, exploring, and battling. Count us in for all that!

10. ‘Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier’

Did you guys know that a battle royale game based in the Final Fantasy VII universe is coming to mobile devices? Don’t automatically pass on it since you just learned that it’s exclusive to your iOS or Android-powered phone or tablet – it looks way better than it has any right to be. Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier lets players hop into battle as the first line of Shinra SOLDIERs, who fall into the categories of Warrior, Sorcerer, Monk, Ranger, and Ninja. We never knew we even wanted a Final Fantasy VII-inspired battle royale game, but here we are. The Crisis Core vibes here are pretty strong with this one!

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Gamescom 2021: The 12 Best Gameplay Reveal Trailers

America plays host to E3 every year in order to highlight the biggest AAA projects and indie titles set to come within the world of interactive entertainment.

Over in Germany, Gamescom plays the part of that country’s largest video game expo. Even though this year’s installment was an all-digital event, Xbox, lauded gaming journalist Geoff Keighley, and a smattering of other notable game publishers/developers showed up to put their titles in the spotlight. We got release dates (Halo Infinite is landing on December 8th, Horizon Forbidden West is launching on February 18th, and Sifu is releasing on February 22nd!), reveal trailers, and gameplay demonstrations of some exciting games that are on the horizon.

We’re going to show love to the best trailers we laid eyes on during Gamescom 2021 just in case some of you missed them or just need a gentle reminder!

1. ‘Saints Row’

A week before its official reveal, rumors began appearing on gamers’ timelines about a potential Saints Row reboot. It turns out that rumor had plenty of legitimacy to it. This fresh take on the long-running open-world series transports players to the fictional city of Santo Ileso. As the leader of The Saints, you’ll lead your gang against rival crews and try to take the top spot. The cinematic and short gameplay trailers exposed viewers to a vibrant world filled with wild car chases, explosive gunfights, and the same outlandish humor the franchise is known for. Building The Saint’s criminal empire in this reboot looks and sounds like it’ll certainly be a highly amusing endeavor.

2. ‘Marvel’s Midnight Suns’

This next game on the list also got leaked weeks prior. When we heard that this XCOM meets Marvel Comics mashup wouldn’t feature any actual characters from the comic book juggernaut, we had plenty of reason to worry. But after finally getting to see the game’s reveal trailer, those fears have thankfully subsided. Marvel’s Midnight Suns is a turn-based RPG that’s being developed by XCOM developer Firaxis, but it will share zero similarities with the XCOM series according to an interview done by Polygon. That concept certainly excites us and so does the revealed lineup of Marvel heroes we’ve seen thus far – Iron Man, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, Blade, Nico Minoru, Magik, Robbie Reyes as Ghost Rider, and Wolverine are all ready for war. And as the newly created character The Hunter, we’ll fight alongside those iconic saviors against the Mother of Demons, Lilith.

3. ‘Call of Duty: Vanguard’

Now that we’re just a few months away from the release of the latest Call of Duty, the hype train is speeding up as new trailers start trickling in and even more info comes across our timelines. The multiplayer footage we’ve been treated to thus far impressed and so did the first extended demo for Call of Duty: Vanguard’s single-player campaign. In that demo, we were treated to voice actor Laura Bailey’s role as the Soviet soldier known as Polina. Watching her pick off her unsuspecting targets with stealth kills and concentrated sniper shots excites us for the rest of her side of the single-player campaign. The chaotic level put on display here has us chomping at the bit to play it for ourselves.

4. ‘GigaBash’

If a game looks like it’ll be the perfect marriage between Super Smash Bros., Power Stone, and War of the Monsters, then count us all the way in. After getting a longer look at the multiplayer arena brawler in action, we instantly added it to our wishlist. GigaBash is a clear nod to the Kaiju film genre as it features a mixture of massive beasts, towering robots, and large costumed heroes. The free-for-all skirmishes this game lives by look incredibly fun and just what the doctor ordered for party gatherings. This clash of the titans in playable form has us ready to stomp around big cities and beat our comparatively huge enemies into submission. 

5. ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge’

Were we disappointed to learn that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge is coming out next year instead of this year. For sure. But did our sadness quickly wash away as soon as we locked eyes with the game’s newest playable character? YESSIR! The famed TV news reporter who’s known for rocking a super fashionable yellow suit looked amazing as he beat the breaks off of some lowly Foot Clan ninjas. Her implementation of the tools she uses to get all the breaking news as combat items has us extra hype to take her for a spin. We can’t wait to literally drop the mic on some bums while our friends put their “Turtle Power” to good use. WE WANT THIS GAME NOW!

6. ‘Dying Light 2 Stay Human’

Every time a bunch of new footage of Dying Light 2 Stay Human hits our timeline, we can’t help but get even more enthralled with what’s shown off. The Gamescom footage that we were treated to featured some brutal melee combat, breathtaking parkour leaps, and a better look at all the interesting individuals & groups that will influence our journey. So not only will we have to contend with those less than friendly humans, but we’ll also have to defend ourselves against an army of bloodthirsty zombies. Since this long-awaited sequel equips the main character with a grappling hook and a paraglider, we’ll have a much easier time evading our enemies and getting a better lay of the land.

7. ‘The Outlast Trials’

Before this trailer landed on our screen, we had no idea that an entirely new Outlast game was in the works. It was quite a pleasant surprise, that’s for sure. So The Outlast Trials places you in the shoes of a test subject that’s been imprisoned in a secret facility by the Murkoff Corporation. You’ll be forced to endure the many horrors within that location on your own or with friends as everyone tries to keep their sanity intact. The Outlast Trials gives us heavy Saw vibes, so we can’t wait to scream in horror alongside our online buds once it finally comes out.

8. ‘DokeV’

Where the hell did this gorgeous game even come from? The whole time we were watching it, we were practically in awe. So DokeV goes the Pokémon route by giving players access to a collection of whimsical creatures known as Dokebi. The game’s vibrant in-game world is massive and every bit of it looks amazingly lifelike in motion. The footage that was showcased clearly gave us an extensive look at a game that’s still early in development, but what we saw was promising. The Dokebi creatures are essential during the game’s busy combat sequences, which we can’t wait to be a part of when this project (hopefully) releases someday.

9. ‘CrossfireX

It’s been a while since we last heard about the explosive first-person shooter CrossfireX. Thankfully, it made an appearance at Gamescom during the Opening Night live stream and looked way better than we anticipated. Remedy Entertainment are the developers of the game’s campaign, which looks like it’ll be a wild ride full of Michael Bay-esque movie moments. The same can be said for the multiplayer modes, which are still being worked on by dev studio Smilegate Entertainment. The gameplay that was shown off here looks like it’ll offer a mix between Call of Duty’s fast-paced gunplay and Crysis’ visual design. Sounds like a great combination to us.

10. ‘Death Stranding Director’s Cut’

Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding is certainly a game that’s not for everyone. Its cryptic storytelling and unique gameplay mechanics were appreciated by those who gave it a chance, but there’s also a slew of gamers out there that don’t care for its trippy premise. Death Stranding Director’s Cut is going above and beyond to please its loyal fanbase and possibly attract gamers that passed on it beforehand. This trailer showed off all the cool updates arriving with this definitive edition of the game – there’s going to be motorcycle tricks that are aided by ramps, new weapons that ramp up the game’s action sequences, new missions, minigames, etc. This nine-minute-long trailer gave us reason to be invested in this updated version of Death Stranding.

11. ‘The King of Fighters XV’

SNK’s premiere fighting game series is doing it real big for its 15th official entry. This extended version of the trailer we got during Gamescom dropped a ton of information that dedicated fans have been waiting for. We got a better look at the game’s actual in-game user interface, learned about all the modes included at launch, and got a better idea of the battle mechanics at play. The most exciting portions of this trailer were definitely the new character reveals (we’ve already made that chick with the colorful braids one of our main’s!), the DLC characters teaser, and the confirmation of Rollback Netcode for the game’s online modes suite. The King of Fighters XV is shaping up to be the most mainstream-worthy entry in the series to date. 

12. ‘Soulstice’

If you’ve watched the Berserk and Claymore anime series, then everything you’ve seen from Soulstice so far should have you interested. It sure has us ready to pull up and try out some of those dope moves the main heroine Briar pulled off in these trailers. Soulstice is now on our radar thanks to its dark aesthetic and frantic combat that evokes memories of Nier Automata and Devil May Cry. Hacking and slashing all sorts of demons while your ghostly sibling accompanies you looks and sounds like a fun time. It damn sure looked that way during the hyperactive gameplay demonstrations dedicated to this game.

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The 9 Best Deals from Intel Gamer Days to Level Up Your PC

From Friday, August 27th until Sunday, September 5th, PC gamers can indulge in all the festivities tied to the Intel Gamer Days 2021 celebration—including a bunch of major giveaways and community experiences. If you’re in the market for some new PC gaming-powered gear, you’ve definitely come to the right place. This year’s Intel Gamer Days 2021 deals can be found through a bevy of online retailers and cover a wide range of high-quality products. Check out our recommendations below and be sure to snatch these up quickly so you can outfit your PC gaming center with the coolest gear possible!

1. Corsair

Corsair has a huge variety of CPU coolers that are split into five different categories: iCUE-Controlled Liquid Coolers, Triple Radiator Liquid Coolers, Dual Radiator Liquid Coolers, Single Radiator Liquid Coolers, and Air Coolers. On the system deal front, you’ll get a bunch of extra goodies if you pick up the EON-17-X gaming laptop or Origin PC NEUTRON desktop. This deal offers $10-15 off CPU coolers. Plus the system deals come in two worthwhile offers: You can buy an EON-17-X with Intel Core i9-11900K, get a $50 gift card, free ground shipping, and digital games (up to $200 in value). Or you can purchase an Origin PC NEURON with an Intel Core i9-11900K, get free ground shipping and free digital games (up to $150 in value).

2. CyberPowerPC

CyberPowerPC’s deals are plentiful. You can take your pick from a collection of Intel-powered desktop computers and laptops and not have to worry about breaking the bank too much on your latest purchase. Sounds like a win-win to us! Some of the awesome deals you can take advantage of with CyberPowerPC include 5 percent off all Intel desktops and laptops over $999 with the coupon code “Gamers” at checkout, $50 off all Intel Instant Ship desktops and laptops, and $100 off on Intel Core i7-11700F and i5-11600KF equipped desktops.

3. Digital Storm

Digital Storm is highly regarded for its penchant for crafting the most advanced custom gaming PCs on the market. They deal in making high-quality desktops, laptops, and workstations for their satisfied customers. If you want the latest in Intel technology and need the best in high-end performance PCs, choose Digital Storm powered by Intel. Get a Digital Storm PC built exactly for your needs. The added advantage of free three-day air shipping on all non-freight orders for Intel-based systems is worth taking the plunge on since it offers $150+ in value.

4. Gigabyte

Gigabyte has a strong lineup of Intel-powered motherboards that fall into the Z590 and Z490 lines. Getting your hands on one of them for a lower asking price is practically a steal, so be sure to pick one up if you’re looking to add that extra bit of processing power to your custom PC build.

5. iBUYPOWER

iBUYPOWER is gaming, defined. As a leading manufacturer of high-performance custom gaming PCs, iBUYPOWER’s innovation shines through the production of its signature series systems, including the Snowblind PC case, featuring the world’s first mass-produced transparent LCD side panel. Customers can capitalize on designing their own custom curated system through iBUYPOWER’s configurator, or snag a pre-built RDY system with free two-day shipping. iBUYPOWER systems can be purchased at promotional pricing starting on August 27th through trusted retailers, or receive instant rebates on select Intel Core i7 and i9-powered custom systems and RDY systems over $999. 

6. MAINGEAR

MAINGEAR’s pre-built MAINGEAR VYBE PCs are easy on the eyes and work as well as advertised. Each one is carefully designed with the best PC gaming components in mind for those looking for the very best custom builds on the market today. There are six of these bad boys available. If you’re looking for a suitable work/gaming laptop instead, then the MAINGEAR ELEMENT LITE is a worthy selection. This deal allows you to save up to $200 on the MAINGEAR VYBE and up to $150 on the MAINGEAR ELEMENT Lite gaming laptops.

7. NZXT

NZXT’s line of prebuilt and custom-built PCs is top-of-the-line material. These expertly crafted pieces of gaming tech are outfitted with an iconic case design, best-in-class liquid cooling, NZXT CAM software, and Intel chipsets that help them reach peak levels of performance. You’ll be able to get the Crysis Trilogy Remastered and Humankind game bundle for free with qualifying systems. 

8. Predator

Acer’s signature lineup of Predator gaming laptops certainly gets the job done. You’ll be able to obtain one as cheaply as possible and walk away with a machine that’s built to last. We recommend checking out the following picks from the Predator line: the Triton 500, Triton 500 SE, Triton 300 SE, Helios 700, and the Helios 300. Once August 27th rolls around, you can save up to $700 on their most popular gaming laptops and several more from the Predator line.

9. Skytech Gaming

The Skytech Gaming bundle comes with all the fixings—you’ve got your 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, a quality GeForce RTX graphics card powered by NVIDIA, and a Gigabyte-branded gaming monitor to complete it all. That trio of PC gaming goodness has the capacity to start your setup off on the right foot. Getting 25 percent off this monumental bundle is definitely worth it. This bundle is everything you need to start gaming and streaming your way to success! Powered by the 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, a beastly NVIDIA RTX 3070 TI, and a beautiful Gigabyte gaming monitor to get the most out of your system. Save big on this sale, don’t miss out!

For more deals and fun surprises, follow along with Intel Gamer Days 2021 here. 

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E3 2021: The 10 Best Gameplay Reveal Trailers

We gotta keep it a hunnid with everyone reading this right now – E3 2021 was kinda buns. Don’t get us wrong, though – there were a few noteworthy announcements that fired up gamers’ timelines across the globe. But the majority of the all-digital event left a whole lot to be desired. We’re not here to go into great detail about the virtual show’s many shortcomings, however. Instead, we’re going to celebrate all the awesome reveal trailers that landed on our screens during the developer/publisher dedicated livestream events. The 10 games we listed below are the definite highlights from this year’s installment of the Electronic Entertainment Expo.

1. ‘Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora’

While the Ubisoft Forward showcase did little to impress, at least it ended with a nice surprise in the form of the debut for a brand new Avatar video game. That game ended up being Avatar: Frontier of Pandora, a first-person experience that gives players the chance to fully explore the Western Frontier portion of Pandora. What was shown off points to a game that’s rife with beautiful sights to see and human foes to vanquish within an expansive open-world environment. It’s gonna be a while before the next Avatar film hits movie theaters, so this licensed action/adventure romp as the blue-skinned Na’vi should hold everyone over until then.

2. ‘Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope’

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle ended up being the type of crossover game that no one even knew they wanted until they got it. Who knew that a bright and bubbly platforming romp that adopted XCOM battle elements would be such a hit? Even though it got spoiled just mere minutes before its official reveal, Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope’s eventual unveiling still elicited plenty of excitement. Everything that made the first game so memorable is returning alongside new elements, such as galactic adventuring, party newcomers, and the usage of Sparks.

3. ‘S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl’

The Xbox + Bethesda Games Showcase had a few gems scattered throughout it. One of the earliest highlights arrived when viewers got treated to an engrossing gameplay demonstration for S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl. Visually, this upcoming first-person shooter definitely wowed in that department. The dark industrial locales and intense shootouts scattered throughout the game’s new trailer built up plenty of hype for its impending release. Plus the attention to detail was clearly evident as the characters onscreen spoke in their native Russian language. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl looks to be one of the most immersive FPS games on the horizon.

4. ‘Halo Infinite’

Were we disappointed to STILL not get an official release date for Halo Infinite yet? But of course! But at least 343 Industries did a good job of giving us all a better look at its multiplayer component. The upcoming free-to-play online multiplayer portion of Halo Infinite looks great and a nice return to form for longtime Halo fans. The battles painted an image of high-octane, action-packed skirmishes full of fast-paced shootouts and the cool implementation of a new grappling hook. Those custom Spartan armors look pretty sweet, too. Halo Infinite’s multiplayer is looking like our next addiction, for sure.

5. ‘Forza Horizon 5’

Absence definitely makes the heart grow fonder in the case of the Forza Horizon games. The fourth game in the spinoff open-world racing series actually dropped in 2018. The long wait for another entry in the franchise was paid off handsomely when Playground Games pulled the curtain up on Forza Horizon 5. The footage that was shown for this much-anticipated sequel is simply jaw-dropping – the gorgeous sunny locales of Mexico looked as lifelike as possible while dozens of cars furiously zipped around them. The Forza games have always looked amazing, but Forza Horizon 5 looks like a true evolution when it comes to the graphical fidelity aspect of it all. We can’t wait to knock over some pins and pinatas in our new souped-up rides.

6. ‘Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy’

The long-rumored Guardians of the Galaxy game finally came out of hiding at this year’s E3. And once official info about the game came out, most folks were surprised to learn that it’s deviating from what Marvel’s Avengers did before it. Players will only control Star-Lord as they send out battle commands to Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Rocket Racoon, and Groot. This upcoming interplanetary action/adventure game will also feature the ability to make important decisions that impact your crew members’ opinions of you and impact the story at large. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy’s extended focus during the Square Enix Presents Summer Showcase provided a ton of info and gameplay footage that has us pretty intrigued about the final product.

7. ‘Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin’

Months prior to this game’s official announcement, rumors ran rampant about this Square Enix/Team Ninja collaboration. Everyone finally got to see it in action and it looks to be a pretty cool spinoff that mashes up Final Fantasy’s signature fantastical themes with the hardcore combat mechanics seen in Nioh. The reveal trailer definitely deserves to get mocked for its overuse of the word “Chaos” and the uninspired character designs. But it also deserves to be commended for showing off the game’s impactful combat that looks just as deep and complex as other Soulsborne-themed experiences. Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin is definitely on our radar.

8. Kazuya Mishima Reveal for ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’

As soon as the E3 2021 Nintendo Direct got underway, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate came out swinging with its latest character reveal trailer. The sight of someone carrying Ganondorf to his death piqued our curiosity. But as soon as we heard the familiar drums behind Kazuya Mishima’s Tekken 2 theme, our hype levels went through the roof! We finally got a Tekken representative in Smash and it’s the badass poster boy that has been with the franchise from the very start. Kazuya’s Smash reveal trailer was quite the surprise and it ended up being a fun highlight reel of everything he’s capable of in Nintendo’s mega-crossover fighter. We can’t wait to pull off some sick Korean Backdashes and Demon Uppercuts once Kazuya finally comes out.

9. ‘Metroid Dread’

We didn’t get any more updates about Metroid Prime 4 (and Bayonetta 4!), sadly. But what we did get was a shocking reveal for an all-new Metroid game that adopts the 2D side-scrolling gameplay style that the series started out with. Samus Aran is back to eradicate some extraterrestrial beasts within creepy caves and so much more in the upcoming Metroid Dread. The world’s most recognizable intergalactic bounty hunter could be seen sporting a sweet-looking new suit of armor in the game’s reveal trailer. Plus we got treated to some awesome footage of her new cloaking abilities, which will play a huge part in keeping her alive during the sort of confrontations she can’t possibly win.

10. ‘The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’ Sequel

The final major reveal that Nintendo gave us all was all about Link’s next mainline adventure. The second Breath of the Wild was given a ton of time to show off its biggest features – Link seemingly has the ability to rewind time to send back huge projectiles at his foes and be able to move through solid objects now. His latest journey will take him into the mysterious buildings and other ruins that reside in the skies above Hyrule, which sounds like it’ll be the most exciting element of this highly anticipated sequel. There’s a ton of incredible games to look forward to in 2022 – the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is among that list of games that has us ready to spend some pre-order cash on ASAP!

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Ben Bowman aka “Professor Broman” Talks GCX’21 Charity Marathon and More

Contrary to popular belief, gamers are some of the most generous people you could ever meet. 

Organizations such as The AbleGamers Charity, Extra Life, and Child’s Play continually make concerted efforts to fund positive causes tied to the gaming space. Among those charitable gaming initiatives is the annual Gaming Community Expo,  which brings the community together in order to donate money to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. For this year’s event, the GCX will run its usual fan gathering in a virtual format (within a space station, by the way!) and put on The GCX Charity Marathon. 

That aforementioned event, which will be streaming live from 6/13 at 12 PM EST to 6/20 at 4 PM EST on http://twitch.tv/gcxevent, will feature a host of popular content creators and developers. If the names Dr. Lupo, BigCheeseKIT, and Digital Extremes excite you, then you should definitely pop in and join in on all the positivity being shared amongst the gaming community. During the marathon’s 24/7 livestream, those same personalities and more will donate their time within four-hour blocks. ONE37pm will be joining in on all the charitable fun and showcase some of its ongoing efforts within that same block of time!

Ben Bowman aka “Professor Broman,” who happens to be the Charity Director for the GCX Charity Marathon and Live Event & Chief Marketing Officer for Rare Drop, spoke with ONE37pm about a slew of topics regarding his company’s charitable efforts and so much more.

ONE37pm: How did you get involved in raising money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital?

Ben Bowman: We knew fundraising for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was the right call from the beginning. They represented a set of ideals that we, as content creators, also aspired to achieve. Their mission is unrelenting perfection in the face of what seems to be very difficult odds. Once we heard that their mission was to make sure that no child dies in the dawn of life and witnessed the lengths to which they go to make sure that mission is accomplished, we knew they were the right call. As a charity, they are inspirational, international, and intentional. They distribute their research everywhere in the world and they never send a bill to any family that walks through their doors.

ONE37pm: Why is it so important to show the world that #GamingDoesGood?

Ben Bowman: It is important to show the world that this new and upcoming form of media that is getting so much attention, creating so much celebrity, and truly transforming the way that people enjoy their free time can also be a place that does tremendous good. I’ve known this since I played my first game as a kid and believe it is so important to show the world that gamers are here to help make the world a better place.

ONE37pm: To date, what is the total impact the GCX Charity Marathon has had? How much has been raised to date? How does that dollar amount positively impact the kids and families of St. Jude?

Ben Bowman: To date, we’ve raised over $14 million dollars for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This equates to keeping the hospital running for a full business week. And during that week, children are continuing their education, receiving life-saving treatment, and they are having housing provided for themselves and their family all at no cost to them!

ONE37pm: How would you, as the GCX Charity Director, like to see the marathon grow and evolve over time?

Ben Bowman: I think the future of the marathon will always be determined by how our space grows. I would love for us to continue to innovate and inspire people in the gaming space and, ultimately, I would love for the marathon and all GCX efforts combined to provide 10% of the operating revenue for St. Jude every year!

ONE37pm: Over the past five years, what are some of your favorite moments from the GCX Charity Marathon?

Ben Bowman: I think one of my favorite moments was when Faux, who is an Old School Runescape creator, deleted his 3,000-hour ironman save on his account and then talked about how important those 3,000 hours would be for a patient at St. Jude. That hit me incredibly hard and it does truly put perspective on how valuable time is.

ONE37pm: St. Jude Play Live, St. Jude’s Gaming Division, brings content creators from across the globe to visit their hospital in Memphis. Tell us about your experience with your visit and how it has impacted you to grow your charitable efforts year over year?

Ben Bowman: I’ve always enjoyed going to the Play Live Summit and learning more about the good work that they do at St. Jude. The team at St. Jude Play Live, lead by Zachary Whitten, has been instrumental in keeping us informed, inspired, and clued-in to the day workings at St. Jude so that we are always able to perfectly express where the donations are going and how they help the patients.

ONE37pm: What advice would you give to other streamers who are fundraising?

Ben Bowman: My best and only piece of advice for streamers that are fundraising is this: put on the absolute best show you can because that is your magic when it comes to fundraising. The better your show is, the more you’ll fundraise and the quality of your show is completely in your control.

Rare Drop partnered with GEN XP to build the Space Station and bring it to life. They’ll have a booth on the Space Station and we’re excited for our attendees to check them out. 

About GenXP:

GenXP is a subsidiary of TurboPlay Corporation, a pioneer in scalable, digital marketplace technologies. Based out of New Brunswick, Canada, GenXP leverages these technologies to generate custom virtual experiences for the new [not] normal, and beyond. With hard work and innovation, we push the boundaries of technological possibilities to shape new realities, creating engaging, social, experiential memories. Our virtual event platform and services empower our clients to engage their audiences, fans, colleagues, and customers in virtually limitless ways. Say hello @ genxp.com.

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Here are the May 27th Gaming Events You Won’t Want to Miss

Thursday, May 27th is looking like it’s damn near the official start of the next Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). That’s because gamers are getting treated to five separate livestream events. And chances are all of them will drop some bombshell announcements and showcase a lengthy amount of worthwhile gameplay. We’re here to make sure you’re fully aware of the stacked lineup of events that are set to take place tomorrow and are fully prepared to fire up your timeline after each one concludes.

1. ‘Virtua Fighter x eSports’ Official Announcement Live Stream
Start Time: 4 am PT / 7 am ET

Sega already gave us a good look at Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown – the remastered 3D fighter looks gorgeous and is already prepped for a June 1 release. And thanks to Sony, a whole flood of players are gonna hop into Virtua Fighter for the very first time due to the fact that it will be a PlayStation Plus game for June. The true coming-out party for the game is most likely going to take place at this event, plus we might find out Sega’s esports game plan will be for Virtua Fighter’s welcome comeback.

2. ‘Samurai Warriors 5’ Official Program #4
Start Time: 5 am PT / 8 am ET

Those Musou games are a guilty pleasure, aren’t they? You can just turn your brain off as you pick your favorite mystical warrior and lay waste to hundreds (and even thousands!) of nameless soldiers. The Samurai Warriors series is getting ready to drop its fifth mainline entry and the hype train is pulling out of the station. This livestream will drop some new footage of the upcoming beat ‘em up, plus it will feature commentary from the game’s producer and one of the character’s voice actors.

3. Sonic Central
Start Time: 9 am PT / 12 pm ET
Sega

Virtua Fighter isn’t the only Sega IP that’s getting its own dedicated livestream tomorrow. Sonic the Hedgehog is celebrating his 30th anniversary and it’s pretty clear that some big things are in the works for him. This livestream will give everyone a sneak peek at what’s to come – hopefully, we get to see if those leaked Sonic games are legit and ready to release sooner rather than later. Footage of new partnerships, non-gaming projects, and upcoming events are also planned to be announced during this live celebration.

4. ‘Dying Light 2’ Livestream
Start Time: 12 pm PT / 3 pm ET
Techland

It’s been pretty quiet on the Dying Light 2 front lately. But Techland is going a lot harder in their PR/marketing efforts lately and has done a better job of talking to its dedicated fanbase. A mailer got sent out to a wide range of gaming journalists (including yours truly!), which included a poster and a black flashlight. The secret message hidden on the poster became visible once the light was shined on it. That message let the world know that a big livestream event is set to take place and it will hopefully give everyone a final release date announcement for the parkour-infused zombie experience.

5. State of Play | Horizon Forbidden West Gameplay Reveal
Start Time: 2 pm PT / 5 pm ET

PlayStation is doing it real big for the upcoming sequel to Horizon Zero Dawn. The latest State of Play event will be dedicated to Horizon Forbidden West and it’s set to bless us with 20 minutes of nothing but gameplay. Since this major open-world epic is getting such a huge livestream event, it’s looking like it may actually come out this year. If you want to check in a bit earlier for this stream’s pre-show, go ahead and check in at 9 am PT / 12 pm ET. It’s going to feel so nice to reunite with Aloy and go mechanical animal hunting once again.

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Elton’s E3 2021 Game Reveals Wishlist

Last year’s pandemic put a complete halt to live events.

That troubling development was especially disheartening for gamers since major gaming conventions and industry gatherings were forced to go on an unexpected hiatus. The famed Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3, for short) falls into that category of events that didn’t go down as planned in 2020. Now that we’re smack dab in the middle of 2021, the Entertainment Software Association is putting in a gargantuan effort to make sure their signature E3 event goes off without a hitch. E3 2021 will be an all-digital installment this time around, but that doesn’t mean it’ll be any less exciting than previous years. While Sony may not be on hand to make any in-person announcements, a solid lineup of notable gaming publishers/developers will be in attendance to showcase what’s coming next.

You know how much I love to speculate, which is why I’m here to jot down my wishlist of E3 2021 game reveals that would make me squeal uncontrollably if they were announced.

Nintendo

At this point, anyone that considers themselves on top of any and all gaming rumors knows there’s probably a Switch Pro upgrade in the works. Bloomberg came out of the woodwork with a report earlier this year that alluded to the oft-rumored machine getting the sorts of upgrades that could boost its performance and improve its software library’s graphical fidelity. Nintendo has made every attempt to deny the validity of the Switch Pro, but I’m of the belief that it’s being worked on as we speak.

A major reveal for the Switch Pro during the Nintendo Direct for this E3 would be ideal and I’m hoping they go all-in on its specs and the games being made to take advantage of its boosting capabilities. I’m sure everyone would flip their lids if we got new gameplay demonstrations for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel, Bayonetta 3, and Metroid Prime 4 if they were shown being played on the Switch Pro. On another note, Switch remaster announcements for The Wind Waker and Twilight Princess to coincide with Zelda’s 35th anniversary would be more than ideal.

Besides those major bombshell announcements, I’m hoping to see King Sakurai pop back up to reveal the next DLC roster entrant for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. There are only two Fighters Pass 2 character slots left, so I’m thinking both of those still unknown picks will shock everyone. Could it be Devil May Cry’s Dante, Crash Bandicoot, Fulgore from Killer Instinct, or even Halo’s Master Chief? After seeing the crossover insanity that Fortnite has now turned into, all bets are off when it comes to future Smash character inclusions. Let’s hope Sakurai has something big planned for Nintendo’s E3 2021 presentation.

Xbox

Halo Infinite. That game needs to get at least half an hour of stage presentation time and it’d better look incredible. Master Chief’s return has been a long time coming and E3 2021’s the perfect opportunity to instill newfound confidence into whatever 343 Industries has been working on since its last showing of the game. Along with an extensive piece of new gameplay footage, I hope we get a final release date announcement to cap it all off.

And if I’m a betting man, I’m placing my entire savings account on the following titles getting new trailers during Xbox’s E3 2021 rollout – Forza Horizon 5, Psychonauts 2, the new Fable, Starfield, State of Decay 3, Avowed, Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II, and the next Perfect Dark. As far as dream reveals go, I’d be more than satisfied if Xbox chose to shock the world by announcing a new Banjo-Kazooie and Killer Instinct. Dreams don’t always come true, but I’m hoping those aforementioned dreams come across my screen in some fashion.

Ubisoft

I gotta keep it a stack with you guys and gals – I truly don’t care about most of the games that come out of the Ubisoft camp. I tend to tune out during their annual Ubisoft Forward stage conference, to be quite honest. Shout out to their fanbase, though – there’s a lot to look forward to as far as new releases go, such as Far Cry 6, Riders Republic, Roller Champions, etc.

I’m slightly intrigued by the Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake since it got delayed for further polishing. I enjoyed it during my young days spent as a PS2 fiend, so I’m hoping the remake gets a graphical touchup to make it truly shine and realize its full potential. By the way, where’s my guy Rayman been hiding? Ubisoft could get me to care about them a bit more if they announced an all-new series entry for the limbless wonder.

Square Enix

I think we can all admit that Square Enix’s output from its Japanese development studios has been way better than the games coming from its non-Japanese studios. Marvel’s Avengers and Outriders haven’t received a whole lot of praise and adoration, to say the least. But games like Final Fantasy VII Remake, Final Fantasy XIV, and NieR Replicant have kept the longtime JRPG publisher in a positive light. Square Enix would totally do right by me if they gave the world a quick glimpse at the work being done on the second installment of Final Fantasy VII Remake, showed off a new Star Ocean, and revealed the latest installment in the Dragon Quest series. A Drakengard 3 remake announcement would floor me but lemme not get my hopes up for that one too much.

Take-Two Interactive

Take-Two Interactive has two major gaming publishers under its massive umbrella – 2K Games and Rockstar Games. Since we all know Rockstar avoids E3 and has a tendency to make everyone’s timelines pop with their own reveal events, it’s pretty evident that 2K Games will be on hand to show off their upcoming projects. I simply adore the BioShock games, so you know I’m very much looking forward to the next series entry that’s currently in development thanks to Cloud Chamber. That thing has been cooking in the oven for God knows how long now, so I think it’s about time they showed us what it looks like. Oh and by the way, where the hell is the next installment in The Darkness series? The last one ended on quite the cliffhanger and I’ve been waiting far too long for a proper resolution. So yeah, all 2K Games has to do is come to E3 2021 and grab my attention with those two FPS gameplay reveals.

Capcom

I’d like to make a confession, folks – I’m an avid Capcom fanboy. It’s been amazing watching them recover from their once broken state and rise to the occasion once again thanks to some awesome remakes, all new titles, and the quality updates being applied to Street Fighter V. As soon as I heard Capcom would be on hand for this year’s E3, my excitement levels went through the roof. 

I’m sure everyone reading this checked out the Capcom leaks and got hyped about what was shown off on that list of unannounced games. Based on what was shown on there, I hope Capcom finally gives its fans an official look at some of those upcoming releases. I’d definitely scream like a madman if Capcom showcased the next Dragon’s Dogma, the next Onimusha, and the remake for Resident Evil 4. And whatever that Pragmata thing is has me really curious about what it could possibly be, so I’d like to learn some more info about that game too.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

The news of the merger between AT&T and Discovery reportedly leading to Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment getting split up has me pretty paranoid. I hope that business move doesn’t end up hampering the great work being done at NetherRealm Studios, Rocksteady Studios, and WB Games Montreal. As far as E3 2021 dream reveals go, I’m totally open to seeing new gameplay trailers for Back 4 Blood, Hogwarts Legacy, Gotham Knights, and Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League. Plus the rumor mill has been going crazy lately concerning a Marvel Comics-themed fighting game that’s said to be in development at NetherRealm Studios, so I’d like to see if that game is legit at this year’s E3.

Sega

Sega’s been making some strong moves lately. This is quite surprising since I used to lament them for ignoring their past catalog of classic games. They’ve handed over the reins to Streets of Rage, Panzer Dragoon, The House of the Dead, and Alex Kidd to talented development teams, which has led to the creation of some noteworthy remakes and sequels. Then you have the games being delivered by Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio keeping fans satisfied – Judgment and Yakuza: Like a Dragon are definite gems worth checking out if you haven’t already.

Do you know who we haven’t seen in a good while from Sega, though? Sonic the Hedgehog! It’s about damn time they showed us what the blue speedster is going to be showing up in next. That rumored remake for Sonic Colors has to be revealed at E3 2021. And as far as dream announcements go, I hope the next major Sonic game ends up being a brand new Sonic Mania and a third Sonic Adventure game. I think Sega has the bandwidth needed to get two separate development teams to work on those massive undertakings, so here’s hoping one or even both of those games ends up getting showcased in June.

Oh, and before I forget – drop the reveal trailer for that Virtua Fighter 5 updated console port, Sega!

Bandai Namco Entertainment

I think I speak for everyone when I say that Bandai Namco needs to give us our first official gameplay demonstration for Elden Ring. The leaked footage of that highly anticipated collaboration between From Software’s Hidetaka Miyazaki and author George R. R. Martin has made everyone go crazy. Just imagine what would happen if we finally got to see some legit footage at E3 2021. New trailers for Tales of Arise and Scarlet Nexus would be pretty cool, too. Do you know what’d be extra hype, though? The announcement of Time Crisis remasters or even a remake for VR headsets, a new trailer & release date announcement for Digimon Survive, and a shocking reveal for a new Ridge Racer. The world needs more arcade racers!

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Meet the New King of Twitch: TheGrefg

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new Twitch record holder in town. Eu Heretics team owner and Spanish streamer David Martínez aka TheGrefg absolutely annihilated the concurrent streams record with the live reveal of his Fortnite Icon series skin. The previous record of 635,000 viewers had been held by Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins as an individual streamer, also beating his own record of 660,000 concurrent streams during the December Fortnite event. 

So how exactly was Martínez able to have a reveal bigger than Ninja or any other content creator? 

Well, Martinez’s win might be a sign of what’s to come from the Latino gaming community in the future. If today’s dominance was any indication, this won’t be the last time we see something of this magnitude from the Latino community, and the last couple of years have seen a surge of popularity amongst international streamers as a whole.

It didn’t take long for word to start spreading about Martinez’s record-breaking performance, and many curious viewers began quickly joining to see what all the hoopla was about. Throughout the stream, Martinez’s emotion was infectious, and you could see the passion and excitement as he slowly revealed his new skin. The event had previously been delayed to give Martinez more of a ‘grand’ announcement, and fans and the streamer alike were pumped for the outcome.

Not only did Martinez top himself (and others), but today’s live stream set a new record for total concurrent viewership on Twitch with over 2.4 million viewers tuning in. This number absolutely crushed the previous record of 1.1 million viewers, set by ELEAGUE TV.

Today we not only witnessed history, but the stream set a serious precedent for what is to come.

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The 10 Best Chess Players in the World

“Best” is a subjective term, but when it comes to chess, the Elo rating system reigns supreme in determining the top chess players in the world. The World Chess Federation (FIDE) has used the Elo rating system, named after its creator Arpad Elo, since 1970 to formalize professionals’ ranks. 

With the renaissance of chess as a mainstream cultural phenomenon following the success of Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit, we gathered the ten best chess players in the world, according to their current rankings. There are a wide array of players not on this list (both active and retired) who have been considered the best at one point or another in their careers. I mean, Garry Kasporov isn’t a top ten ranked player right now, but you’d be silly to not refer to him colloquially as one of the best chess players in the world. Nonetheless, below are the current top ten ranked chess players in the world:

1. Magnus Carlsen

The current World Chess Champion, World Rapid Chess Champion, and World Blitz Chess Champion, Norwegian Magnus Carlsen, is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. He achieved the status of grandmaster at the young age of 13, and his peak FIDE rating (2882) in 2014 is the highest rating ever achieved by a chess player. The list of accolades goes on. 

Carlsen is a deeply versatile player who constantly varies his openings, making him an extremely difficult opponent for even the world’s greatest contenders. His style has developed immensely over his career; he was a famously aggressive player in his youth, committed to sacrificing material to create more activity, but his playstyle has become more universal as he’s aged. 

The 2016 film, Magnus, chronicles his meteoric rise and gives some insight into the inner machinations of one of the world’s most incredible minds. It’s a great watch for chess enthusiasts or anyone who wants to learn about how geniuses push themselves to be better every day.

2. Fabiano Caruana

Caruana became a grandmaster at the age of 14, making him the youngest American player to achieve the title at the time. Growing up in Park Slope, Brooklyn, Caruana played for the US until 2005, after which he transferred to Italy. He’s one of the greatest American players since Bobby Fischer, but he’s never managed to knock the king Magnus off his throne. His peak rating of 2844 in 2014 is the third highest in history, after only Carlsen and Garry Kasparov.

3. Ding Liren
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Liren is the highest-rated Chinese player in history. In 2016, he was the highest-rated Blitz player in the world with a rating of 2875. Ding also surpassed an Elo rating of 2800 in September of 2018, making him the first and only Chinese player to achieve such a rating. 

4. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

Another player who achieved the title of grandmaster by the age of 14, Vachier-Lagrave, is the highest-ranked player in France. MVL’s peak FIDE rating of 2819 makes him the 7th highest-ranked player of all time. He’s still the number four in the world (tied with Ian Nepomniachtchi) and one of the greatest French players in history.

4. Ian Nepomniachtchi

The highest-ranked Russian player in the world right now, Nepomniachtchi’s classical rating of 2184 ties him for the 4th spot with MVL. Among his numerous accolades, Nepomniachtchi won the World Team Chess Championship as a member of the Russian team in both 2013 and 2019, in addition to winning the 2015 European Team Chess Championship.

6. Levon Aronian

Aronian, the number six player in the world, has been a grandmaster since 2000 and has been one of the world’s top players for most of his career. In 2014, the Armenian achieved a FIDE rating of 2830, making him the 4th highest rated player in history. He was the World Rapid Chess Champion and World Blitz Chess Champion in 2009 and 2010, respectively. 

7. Alexander Grischuk
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Another Russian player on the list (Russia was, for a long time, a powerhouse of producing the world’s top chess players), Grischuk is best known for being an elite blitz player, in addition to his prowess with traditional tournament chess. He won the World Blitz Chess Championship in 2006, 2012, and 2015, making him one of the most decorated blitz players still on the circuit.

8. Wesley So

Although So is currently ranked 8th, the Filipino-American player’s March 2017 ELO rating of 2822 makes him the fifth highest-rated chess player in history. Last year, he beat Magnus Carlsen in the first World Fischer Random Chess Championship to take the title. Fischer Random Chess is a form of the game that utilizes the same board and pieces, but their initial position is randomized, making it an extremely creative form of chess. So is another prodigy on the list, who earned the title of grandmaster at the young age of 14.

8. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov

Mamedyarov’s personal best rating of 2820 (in September 2018) gives him the position of sixth highest-rated player of all time. The Azerbaijani player has a long list of accolades, and he even beat Magnus Carlsen for the title during the 2018 Biel Chess Festival.

10. Teimour Radjabov

Radjabov is another Aizerbaijjani player to make the top ten list; he was actually born in the same city as all-time great Garry Kasparov. He famously beat Kasparov in the Linares tournament in 2003 at the young age of 16, launching his status to that of an internationally-renowned player.