Author: Poorna Shankar

A highly opinionated avid PC gamer, Poorna blindly panics with his friends in various multiplayer games, much to the detriment of his team. Constantly questioning industry practices and a passion for technological progress drive his love for the video game industry. He pulls no punches and tells it like he sees it. He runs a podcast, Gaming The Industry, with fellow writer, Joseph Bradford, discussing industry practices and their effects on consumers.

OPINION: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Has Me Hooked

I originally intended to write my initial impressions of AMD’s Radeon VII reveal and explain my frustration. I was planning on explaining why charging $699 for a product in 2019 which does not have an...

Xbox Scarlett Cloud

OPINION: Microsoft Is Best Positioned For Next Gen

It is hardly outlandish to state that Microsoft and Xbox had a justifiably rough start to this current console generation. Their console was underpowered compared to the PS4 (itself underpowered, but ...

Shank’s Best and Worst of 2018

2018 was an interesting year in the industry. While we saw excellent titles like Red Dead Redemption 2, we also saw utterly broken products like Fallout 76, deceptive marketing, and the proliferation ...

Fortnite

Opinion | I Played Fortnite, You Guys

There I was sat in some long abandoned gas station, locked in an Epic Dance Battle Of Wits with my buddy Brian. If either of us relented, he’d be labeled a craven. We dare not relent, for this dance b...

Opinion | Red Dead Redemption 2 Is A Goddamn Masterpiece

105 hours. That’s how long it took me to see the closing credits appear for Red Dead Redemption 2. I sat back, taking in the cathartic experience of the past month and a half. It seemed almost impossi...

Opinion: Fallout 76 Must Fail

I had previously written that I didn’t want Fallout 76 to fail. And certainly, that was true at the time. But after reading scores of reviews, watching loads of gameplay videos, and objective technica...

Ray Tracing and DLSS – Where Are They?

Nvidia’s Turing keynote occured on August 21, more than two full months ago as of this writing. If we’re honest, it was essentially a ray tracing keynote, with Nvidia talking up that specific feature ...

Fallout 76 Testing

Opinion – Fallout 76: Bethesda Still Doesn’t Get It

“It’s a beta. You shouldn’t be too critical.” I agree with you. 99 times out of 100, I agree with you. Betas exist to assist the developer make the final game tighter, more balanced, and more stable. ...

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