Joe Portes

Joe Portes is a writer of fiction, essays, and humor.  He teaches Creative Writing at SUNY Adirondack. His short stories appear or are forthcoming in the Indianola Review, Funny in Five Hundred, Pitkin Review, and Z-Platt. Joe loves all genres of video games, movies, and TV as well as comedy podcasts, battle rap, and complicated board games. You can follow him <a href="http://www.twitter.com/joeportes/">@JoePortes </a>and check out his site, <a href="http://www.joeportes.com/">JoePortes.com</a>, for more info.

     

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    All New TV Shows Coming in 2017: Ultimate Guide of Premiere Dates

    If you’re like us, you’re always looking for new TV shows to watch. And in 2017, there is certainly not going to be any shortage of new things to check out. Already this year, we’ve seen many shows make their premiere, including Emerald City, Taboo, and Riverdale. Now that February has hit,...
  • ‘For Honor’ Beta Arrives Jan. 26: Pledge Your Sword Now!

    Ubisoft’s strategic medieval action game For Honor will hold a closed Beta event on January 26th. According to Ubisoft’s site for the game, the event, dubbed “War of the Factions,” will award players with rewards as they fight to put their faction on top. For Honor‘s Beta presents a call...
  • Robots to Help You Parent are Coming in 2017

    You can ask any parent and you’re likely to get the same response: sometimes they’re too damn tired perform, and it certainly is a performance, their kid’s favorite book for the one-hundredth time. Or perhaps their day isn’t going too well and they’d rather not answer a seemingly endless...
  • So, You Got an Amazon Echo for Christmas… Now What?

    One of the hottest Christmas gifts this holiday season was the Amazon Echo. Thousands of people tore the wrapping paper off gifts from loved ones — and Santa — this morning to reveal either the less expensive but just as powerful talking hockey puck that is the Echo Dot...
  • How To Live Smarter with IFTTT

    For a year now, I’ve been seeing the abbreviation “IFTTT” pop up all over the internet. I had no idea what this meant and assumed it was new slang that I wasn’t cool or young enough to know. I frequently found myself wondering, “what is IFTTT?” What I eventually...
  • Two of 2016’s Best Shows are on TBS… Seriously.

    It would be pretty difficult to find anyone who would argue against 2016 being one of the best years television has ever seen. There have been so many great shows to watch that it’s been nearly impossible to catch up on all of them. Westworld, Atlanta, Horace & Pete,...
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    What Most Final Fantasy XV Reviews Were Missing

    First of all, a game’s development time or how long the fans waited for it should not be taken into account when reviewing the final product. I just had to get that off my chest right from the jump; for the rest of the review, I want to focus...
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    ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ Trailer Released

    20th Century Fox has released the first official trailer for 2017’s War for the Planet of the Apes. Andy Serkis (LOTR’s Gollum and all-around CGI actor extraordinaire) returns as Caesar and Woody Harrelson (Zombieland, No Country for Old Men) will be playing the film’s main villain, a military leader...
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    Syfy’s Incorporated Spoiler-Free Review: Is it Worth Watching?

    We’ve checked out the first five episodes of Syfy’s Incorporated, and here are our initial spoiler-free thoughts. The best way to succinctly summarize Incorporated is to imagine a future where Mr. Robot’s F Society (a hacker collective) failed, leading to giant corporations ruling every aspect of life in the United...
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    Holoball Review (PSVR)

    Game: Holoball Platform(s): PC, PSVR (Reviewed) Developer: TreeFortress Games Publisher: TreeFortress Games Holoball, for my money, just might be the PSVR’s first “killer app.” Sure, I loved Arkham: VR but I haven’t touched it since the day I brought my shiny new headset home. And yes, I really enjoy Sports Bar VR and...
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    Carnival Games VR Review

    As you may already know from my previous article about the PSVR, I am really enjoying my shiny new virtual reality headset. I have stacked virtual blocks to unimaginable heights, played golf with 100ft robots, defused bombs with my fiancée, hung out in virtual bars, and, of course, donned...
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    The Future of Social VR Games

    First of all, PSVR is here and it is fantastic. I’m loving every minute of using my new VR headset, even when I got really sick playing World War Toons (a F2P VR shooter) and couldn’t play anything for the rest of the night. It was a sickness that...