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Sony Interactive Entertainment España (SIE España) and Path Games reveal that their first-person horror adventure, Insomnis, is now available on PlayStation. Set in a mysterious mansion where strange things will haunt you this Halloween, Insomnis has been developed as a part of the PlayStation®Talents project. The game is available as a PlayStation 4 / PlayStation 5 exclusive digital-only title for $14.99 / €14,99 / £11.99.


  • Experience the eerie atmosphere of the Castevet Mansion, a place where dark secrets are hidden for those that are brave enough to uncover them.
  • Every choice matters. Insomnis features a bunch of different endings so players will have to carefully choose how to move on in their game.
  • Solve puzzles and riddles to beat the main story in a game that doesn’t feature any combat mechanics.

In Insomnis, players will have to solve riddles and puzzles to uncover the hidden past of its main character, Joe Castevet. The game pays tribute to some of the great horror classics through environmental and narrative cues that will take players on an oneiric journey.

Things looked good when Joe Castevet inherited an old mansion. What he didn’t imagine was that the gift was actually a curse. The haunted Castevet mansion hides a dark secret and Joe will have to explore it to uncover his dark past using all kinds of items to solve puzzles and escape alive.


Sony Interactive Entertainment España (SIE España) and Path Games announce the release date of Insomnis, a first-person horror adventure set in a mysterious mansion where strange things will haunt you this Halloween. Developed as a part of the PlayStation®Talents project, Insomnis will be available as a PlayStation 4 / PlayStation 5 exclusive digital-only title on October 29th for $14.99 / €14,99.


  • Experience the eerie atmosphere of the Castevet Mansion, a place where dark secrets are hidden for those that are brave enough to uncover them.
  • Every choice matters. Insomnis features a bunch of different endings so players will have to carefully choose how to move on in their game.
  • Solve puzzles and riddles to beat the main story in a game that doesn’t feature any combat mechanics.

In Insomnis, players will have to solve riddles and puzzles to uncover the hidden past of its main character, Joe Castevet. The game pays tribute to some of the great horror classics through environmental and narrative cues that will take players on an oneiric journey.

Things looked good when Joe Castevet inherited an old mansion. What he didn’t imagine was that the gift was actually a curse. The haunted Castevet mansion hides a dark secret and Joe will have to explore it to uncover his dark past using all kinds of items to solve puzzles and escape alive.

G-Darius HD Review – PlayStation 4

As the first horizontally-scrolling arcade shooter to feature state-of-the-art fully-3D polygonal graphics, G-Darius made major waves when Taito ported for in-home play on the original PlayStation console in 1998.  Over the years we’ve seen G-Darius pop up in various Taito Legends releases, but now we have our first high-definition remaster with G-Darius HD

G-Darius’s story is a bit convoluted – apparently the world of Amnelia is under attack from a swarm of bloodthirsty cyborgs called Thiima.  The Thiima are apparently angry over Amnelia’s prior use of the A-N (All-Nothing) superweapon to destroy the planet Blazar, and have come hell-bent on destroying any and all Amnelians as a punishment.  The Amnelian Army finds a way to use the A-N technology, combined with captured Thiiman technology to craft two Silver Hawk fighter ships to defend Amnelia from the Thiiman onslaught.  These ships are piloted by the gamer via single-player or two-player co-op.

G-Darius is a quintessential example of the side-scrolling space shoot’em up genre – with gamers piloting the Red Silver Hawk and shooting wave upon wave attacking alien ships, with each level offering up a mini-boss and ultimately a final supersized boss.  It’s fast, it’s fun, but like all shooters – G-Darius can be downright infuriating at times.

G-Darius breaks up the gameplay into a series of levels called Zones, which are named after Greek letters.  Each Zone completion offers the gamer two alternate choices for the subsequent Zone in a pyramidal branching structure that ultimately provides for five alternate endings.  If that weren’t enough gameplay, within each Zone there is an alternate pathway that can be taken to further add to the variety.  My college statistics prof will probably roll his eyes when I guestimate there are at least 45 different possible pathways through G-Darius, so no matter how many times you play through, there’s always something new to see.

While madly shooting at the incoming enemies, some will drop power-ups in the form of colored-coded balls that will enhance the shots (red), bombs (green), and shields (blue), and to wipe out all enemies on screen (gold).  There are also “Capture” balls which allow the gamer to capture enemy ships and/or mini-bosses to use them simply for extra firepower, or to use their energy to fuel alpha beam or beta beam super-weapons.

No surprise, the enemies, minions, mini-bosses, and final bosses all become increasingly difficult – if not downright impossible at times.  G-Darius makes it easier to trudge on with a near-endless stream of credits obtained via a single press of the shoulder button. Still, there were times I simply had to put the controller down for a while to catch my breath while contemplating a different attack strategy.

As mentioned, G-Darius HD is a high-definition visual remaster of the original 1997 arcade release – other than that the games are identical.  Taito includes both versions of the game (Original and HD) so gamers can compare the differences.  And while the HD remaster is at a noticeably higher-resolution than the original, it is nothing like the complete visual overhauls we’ve seen with other arcade classics in the past.  Gameplay in both is limited to a letterboxed screen-within-a-screen, and there are noticeable jaggies (I haven’t typed that in a long time) and antiquated background and special effects.  Still, there is a certain nostalgia that comes with visual like these, HD or not, so I’m willing to give it a pass for excellent gameplay.  And that’s precisely what G-Darius delivers – excellent gameplay.

For fans of shmups, G-Darius is a no-brainer.

Classic Star Wars Games Coming Back To Stores

Aspyr Media is bringing back some fan-favorite, classic Star Wars™ games to stores near you later this year. Two exciting bundles will be available on PlayStation®4 and Nintendo Switch™. The first bundle, Star Wars™ Jedi Knight Collection, marks the return of Star Wars™ Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast and Star Wars™ Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy™. The second one, Star Wars™ Racer and Commando Combo, is a perfect fit for all prequel fans and includes Star Wars™ Republic Commando and Star Wars™ Episode I: Racer.

Each bundle will be available in North America and Europe for PlayStation®4 on October 26, as well as for Nintendo Switch™ on November 16. Pre-order today at a store not far, far away from you. The SRP for each bundle is $29.99 / €29.99 / £25.99.

About the Star Wars™ Jedi Knight Collection

Get two classic Star Wars™ games with the Star Wars™ Jedi Knight Collection, which includes Star Wars™ Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast and Star Wars™ Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy.

Meet iconic Star Wars™ characters such as Lando Calrissian and Luke Skywalker in Star Wars™ Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, where you play as the Jedi Kyle Katarn, employing a unique mix of weapons, Force™ powers and your lightsaber™ in single-player first- and third-person action. Follow an ancient tradition and learn the powers – and dangers – of the Force™ in Star Wars™ Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, a single- and multiplayer action combat game.

Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast:

A Jedi outcast struggles with his past, his enemies, and his destiny. Kyle Katarn’s classic adventure lands on Nintendo Switch™ and PlayStation®4! Experience the legendary single-player epic with modernized controls.

  • As Kyle Katarn, agent of the New Republic, use your lightsaber and the full power of the Force to combat a new evil plaguing the galaxy.
  • Choose wisely from an arsenal of 13 weapons, including the disruptor rifle, thermal detonators, trip mines, and Wookiee bowcaster.
  • Test your skills in 24 single-player missions, four epic boss fights, and one unforgettable cantina.

Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy:

Forge your weapon and follow the path of the Jedi. The online multiplayer classic comes to Nintendo Switch™ and PlayStation®4 with modernized controls. Take on the role of a new student eager to learn the ways of the Force from Jedi Master Luke Skywalker.

  • Play with up to 16 online players in six online multiplayer modes, including Siege, Capture the Flag, and Free for All.
  • Customize your character by defining both look and gender before entering the Academy to learn the power and dangers of the Force.
  • Construct your own lightsaber from handle to blade. As you progress, discover the power of wielding two lightsabers or the ultimate double-bladed lightsaber made famous by Darth Maul.
  • Interact with famous Star Wars™ characters in many classic Star Wars™ locations as you face the ultimate choice: fight for good and freedom on the light side, or follow the path of power and evil to the dark side.

About the Star Wars™ Racer and Commando Combo

Get two classic Star Wars™ games with the Star Wars™ Racer and Commando Combo, which includes Star Wars™: Episode I Racer and Star Wars™ Republic Commando.

Climb on, strap in, and experience the pure adrenaline-pumping excitement of the Podracing sequence from Star Wars™: Episode I The Phantom Menace in Star Wars™: Episode I Racer. In Star Wars™ Republic Commando, you are the leader of your elite squad of Republic Commandos. Your mission is to infiltrate, dominate, and ultimately, annihilate the enemy.

Star Wars Episode I Racer:

The fan-favorite racer is back! Two engines. One champion. No limits. Take control of a podracer speeding through flaming methane lakes, Tusken Raider assaults, anti-gravity tunnels, and much more in a pulse-pounding, do-or-die fight to the finish line.

  • Choose from 25 playable racers including: Anakin Skywalker, Sebulba, and Ratts Tyerell.
  • Race tracks spanning 8 unique worlds including: Tatooine, Baroonda, and Malastare.
  • Work with Pit Droids to upgrade your podracer for higher top speeds and acceleration.
  • Discover short-cuts and secrets to master your lap times.

Star Wars Republic Commando:

The squad is your weapon. Boss, Fixer, Scorch, and Sev, better known as Delta Squad, are back on Nintendo Switch™ and PlayStation®4! Relive the legendary campaign.

  • Welcome to the Clone Wars: Chaos has erupted throughout the galaxy. As leader of an elite squad of Republic Commandos, your mission is to infiltrate, dominate, and ultimately annihilate the enemy.
  • Battle Relentless Enemies: Battle a variety of highly intelligent and deadly enemies—from brutal Trandoshan mercenaries to the flying insectoid warriors of Geonosis.
  • The Squad Is Your Weapon: Your squad will follow your orders, performing complex commands and strategic maneuvers. You are their leader. They are your weapon.

Centipede: Recharged Review – PlayStation 4/5

Centipede: Recharged is the latest 80’s arcade game to get juiced up for modern day consoles, delivering vibrant neon graphics redesigned for HD displays, cool new power-ups, addicting challenge stages, and all the frantic shooting action of the original backed up with an impressive original soundtrack from composer, Megan McDuffee that will keep you energized for hours of play.While the core concepts of Centipede remain, Recharged spins the look and the gameplay by reorienting the screen so you are now playing horizontally, reducing the time it takes for centipedes to reach your play area but also giving you a wider patch to navigate and avoid them.  Basic rules still apply; hit a centipede in the head to kill it but anywhere else and it divides and multiplies.  Mushrooms dot the play area taking multiple shots to remove, which can get exceedingly annoying when they start to fil up your play area below the purple line.  Mushrooms block your shots and also cause centipedes to reverse direction and advance, and just about the time you get them cleared away insects will rain down through the play area leaving behind more fresh fungus.

Spiders are the game changer in Recharged, leaving behind useful power-ups and weapon upgrades that are required to stay alive and rack up those high scores.  Rapid-fire, spread fire, bombs, lasers, and side-fire are just a few of the dozen power-ups you can collect by killing the spiders invading your play space.  These power-ups do have a limited usage, so it’s always good to have your next icon nearby when your current weapon is about to expire.

Centipede: Recharged offers a core Arcade mode for solo and co-op play and there are also 30 Challenges that mix up the standard gameplay with rules and objectives to create very specific and surprisingly fun challenges.  It’s a fun way to experience the gameplay with clear completion goals aside from just earning high scores; although high score tables do exist for each challenge and the main arcade game with scores being tracked for your system, scores among your friends, and global leaderboards.

The visuals are clean and colorful with that vector graphics neon glow that we first saw back in the Geometry Wars days.  Combined with some intense techno tracks to drive the action, this is the Centipede game we could only dream of forty years ago.  Controls are tight with responsive analog stick input and rapid-fire execution by simply holding down the X button.  It’s as simple and fun as it gets for a game that is all about reflexes and just a dash of power-up tactics thanks to the new power-ups.

It’s difficult to come up with much more to say about this game, at least in words, so check out my gameplay video with commentary where I will take you through the arcade mode and a few challenges, so you can see the game in action and experience the energy of the gameplay and the awesome soundtrack.  Centipede: Recharged is available on the PlayStation Store for only $10 and works great on both the PS4 and PS5 through backwards compatibility.

World War Z: Aftermath Review – PlayStation 4

World War Z: Aftermath is a large update to the base game that adds new locations, a vanguard class, and a first-person perspective to an already established game. The co-op shooter was originally launched to tepid responses and varied reviews. However, the development team released continual updates to grow a consistent fan base. Now totalling a staggering 15 million people have played the game, it is an example of how a slow and steady burn can redeem a launch that stumbles out of the gate.

The game is based on the 2006 by Max Brooks book, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War. This was adapted to a film in 2013 and then the licensed moniker was put on the original 2019 release of the game. All that to say, the game probably has much more in common with the original book as it is an episodic, international romp through multiple groups’ experiences of traversing unique settings and eventually finding safety in exfiltrating from highly populated areas.

You will play as one of four player-controlled characters, and make your way through various locations until a defensible location is found. You’ll have a set time to fortify these massive kill boxes followed by thousands of undead attempting to overrun your location. This game is at its best when you’re spraying a .50 caliber machine gun into an oncoming deluge of ghouls while they crawl over each other to eat you alive. Balancing the strategic defenses of traps, auto-turrets, and mortars with the inevitable swarm of undead enemies was what shined about the previous version of World War Z, and with some quality-of-life patches in this update, it is still the high-point.

You’ll be able to switch to a first-person view for the first time, but don’t expect a snappy first-person feel. Like Grand Theft Auto V’s addition of this feature, in 2014, changing the camera perspective does not change the ground-up mechanics of how a 3rd person game feels and was originally designed. I played through one level completely in first-person. It was a fun challenge to have the more limited view and closer audio proximity to zombies hiding around the corner, but the lack of a true aim-down-sight mechanic was sorely missed. As you squeeze the left trigger to take aim, the camera will slightly magnify your view and tighten your crosshair spread, but you won’t be able to see through that fancy new scope you just purchased to put on your favorite gun. I suspect, like me, most people will turn it on for about 5 minutes and then want to disable it. It’s a great bullet point for your marketing team, but don’t expect the tight controls of a Call of Duty or Halo.

The melee system got an overhaul as well. Now, you can dual-wield smaller knives or sickles to quickly dispatch a wider arc of deadly force on a group of zombies. Previously, you had slow, two-handed weapons that weren’t useful when being overrun due to their encumbrance. This addition gives the player a fighting chance when cornered and it’s a welcome addition. I found myself swinging away once my clip had run dry to try and relocate to then take aim and start unloading on enemies again. It smooths out a wrinkle in the gameplay loop.

The second combat addition is the inclusion of a Vanguard class. In this upgrade path, you’ll sprint forward at oncoming enemies with an electrified shield. It was the perfect answer to being cornered and out of ammo. I loved bulldozing under the base of an ascending wall of zombies and watching them tumble over themselves. It’s a nice addition to current classes and can add a fun wildcard in a group being overrun.

The two new locations are Vatican City in Rome and the snow-covered Kamtchaka in Russia. Each location took about an hour to run through on a lower difficulty and felt meaty enough to warrant the $20 upgrade. I was playing the PS4 version via backwards compatibility and ran into some very heavy frame stuttering in Rome and even some crashes. There was one particular time when I was tackled through the floor and saw the horrific underbelly of shambling zombies as my character fell to the great abyss. These few incidents aside, I hope future patches will stabilize the game.

World War Z originally sucked me in with the promise of copious amounts of undead sprinting towards me and the latest update in Aftermath builds on this solid foundation. It’s still a blast to party up with three friends and mow down droves of rotting monsters as we yell at each other when we’re reloading. The addition of first-person may be a bit of a party trick, but the new melee system gives you a new tool to grab when you’re in trouble. I hope that the stability issues are patched and the team’s impressive technical abilities can shine brighter on older systems. Given the broad player base and the base games availability on Gamepass, I’m sure plenty of people will agree that Aftermath is well worth the price of admission.

Chernobylite Review – PlayStation 4

There is always a certain beauty to be seen in post-apocalyptic video games, TV shows, and films.  Sure, they all feature landscapes littered with destruction and detritus, but there’s also that encouraging vision of nature returning and taking back its rightful place amongst the ruins. Polish developer The Farm 51, delivers this post-apocalyptic beauty with their incredible new survival horror adventure FPS.

But while so many other franchises have gone with the “what if” with their post-apocalyptic takes on New York City, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Tokyo, or any modern city – The Farm 51 tackles the real-life current post-apocalyptic wasteland of the Chernobyl disaster with their game, which they call Chernobylite.

There has been a lot of interest in Chernobyl lately, mostly drawn from HBO’s incredible historical drama miniseries Chernobyl (2019), which gave viewers a glimpse behind the Iron Curtain that covered up the Chernobyl nuclear disaster that happened in the former USSR in 1986.  It’s only natural then than Chernobyl would begin popping back up in video games, and who would be more suited to tackle Chernobyl than a game developer situated in the former USSR’s nearest neighbor, Poland.

While Chernobylite certainly isn’t the first game to take on the area surrounding Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (see: Call of Duty Warzone), it is the most exact representation of the wasteland you will find in gaming.  The reason I can say this is The Farm 51 spent a great deal of time in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone armed with 3D scanning photogrammetry devices and software to capture and deliver the most accurate and complete depictions of the Chernobyl plant and it is surrounding area.  We’re talking from as far up as 3D drone imaging of the buildings and landscapes, right down to the actual papers and garbage that is still scattered on the floors from when the initial evacuation occurred.

And folks, these visuals aren’t just your standard gaming fare – Chernobylite churns out some of the most photorealistic visuals I have seen on my PS4 to date.  I had to take a half hour or so in the beginning to simply wander around and take it all in.  It’s simply stunning.  But enough of how the game looks – let’s talk about what it is, and how it plays.

Chernobylite tells the story of Igor, a Chernobyl nuclear physicist who after 30 years, returns to Chernobyl to search for clues of what happened Tatyana his coworker and fiancée, who disappeared shortly before the disaster.  What Igor discovers in the Exclusion Zone is a mysterious substance called Chernobylite, which allows its user to travel back in time and re-experience past events to the point that they can actually change their own past decisions and thereby change their present situations.  It’s an amazing gameplay mechanic that not only changes the outcome of a storyline, but also serves as a “retry” for failed missions.

At its heart, Chernobylite is a first person shooter (FPS), that is heavy on looting and crafting.  The looting is not only performed by the gamer, as Igor, but also by Igor’s team of allies.  Similar to an underground resistance group, these allies work with Igor to eliminate not only the dark Shadow creatures which roam the landscape in search of Chernobylite, but also the paramilitary group that is using the Chernobylite for their own nefarious purposes.  Of course, the game is also listed in the survival horror genre, so prepare for plenty of panic and fear, because The Farm 51 definitely delivers on the jump scares.

The overall play structure is somewhat open; with an obvious main storyline missions surrounded by a bevy of side missions.  There’s also a bit of resource management, as Igor must make decisions on how to divvy up loot (food, supplies) with his AI team members to help develop relationships and keep them happy and on his side.  Of course, that means Igor can also piss-off his team members, which will significantly affect their performance in the game.  In addition, there’s a training mechanic which helps build the team members’ physical stamina, mental acuity, and comradery.

I can’t even lie and say I feel like I’m at all near completion in Chernobylite.  I’ve already put in a good 10-15 hours and I feel like I’m still just scratching the surface.  And considering all of the optional side missions, crafting options, and time travel decision change opportunities, I think it would be fair to say that the replay value with Chernobylite is pretty much infinite.

Chernobylite is an amazing FPS survival horror game that just keeps giving and giving.  You owe it to yourself to check this one out – especially with an MSRP of only $30, you will definitely feel you got your money’s worth.


Xuan Yuan Sword 7 Out Now for PS4 and Xbox One

We are thrilled to announce that Xuan Yuan Sword 7 is out now digitally on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The first game in the 30-year-old legendary series to come to the West, this entry offers a standalone story following hero Taishi Zhao, making it the perfect entry point for newcomers.

To commemorate Xuan Yuan Sword 7‘s launch, we’ve just released a special commentary video exploring the game’s story, setting and mechanics. Witness the game’s fantastical beasts, cryptic environmental puzzles, ancient board games, and a deep combat system that includes summon monsters!

This collaborative effort from eastasiasoft, SOFTSTAR and DOMO is a celebration of ancient China’s landscape, civilization and culture. With a story deeply rooted in ancient Chinese history and mythology, Xuan Yuan Sword 7 reimagines both as one fantastical and chaotic realm under the governance of a new Xin Dynasty. Witness the final destiny of the Mohists who believed in an ancient philosophy of logic, rational thought, and science that was once as popular as Confucianism in China 2200 years ago.

Physical editions will be produced in partnership with Maximum Games, available on October 12th at all major retailers in North America, Europe and Australia or directly from

For more details on Xuan Yuan Sword 7, please visit:

Survival Horror RPG, Chernobylite, Radiates onto PS4, XB1 Today

Following a hugely successful PC release this past July, video game publisher All in! Games and development studio, The Farm 51, are pleased to announce that Chernobylite is now also available for PlayStation 4 (Digital+Physical) and Xbox One (Digital). Players can get the sci-fi survival horror RPG, set in a hyper realistic 3D-scanned recreation of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, digitally on console storefronts for $29.99 / €29.99 / £24.99.

Fans eager to get their hands on a physical version of the game for PlayStation 4 will be able to purchase a copy from their local retailers in North America as of today (September 28), and on October 1 throughout Europe. The PlayStation 4 physical retail edition of Chernobylite features a detailed digital map of the Exclusion Zone, digital postcards, a digital poster, and a digital artbook, ‘The Art of Chernobylite’.

Chernobylite’s console release isn’t the end of its story however, with more great content planned to be released over the next 14 months in the form of 6 DLCs (including paid and free content). Each DLC will introduce a mix of new missions, monsters, weapons, game modes, and much more. Check out Chernobylite’s brand new website to learn more about the extensive post-launch content roadmap.

Chernobylite is one of the most popular indie games of 2021 and it’s been an honor to help The Farm 51 bring it first to PC and now to consoles,” said Piotr Żygadło, CEO at All in! Games. “Of course, our work with Chernobylite won’t end here, we’re committed to supporting the game going forward. I’m really happy to reveal that players, who own the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One versions of Chernobylite, will receive free, automatic upgrades to the PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X|S versions, respectively, when it comes to next-gen consoles.”

“It’s been a pleasure to collaborate with All in! Games on both the PC and console releases of Chernobylite. We’re looking forward to continuing our work together as we map out a DLC roadmap for the future of the game,” said Wojciech Pazdur, Director of Development at The Farm 51. “Our community can look forward to more DLCs this year for Halloween and Christmas that will add new missions, monsters, and a new map, so stay tuned.”

Chernobylite is a science-fiction survival horror RPG, set in a hyper-realistic, 3D-scanned recreation of Chernobyl’s Exclusion Zone. You’ll take on the role of Igor, a physicist and ex-employee of the Chernobyl Power Plant, returning to Pripyat to investigate the mysterious disappearance of his fiancee, 30 years prior. Compete with a hostile military presence and other stalkers, face supernatural creatures as well as a harsh and unforgiving environment in your search to uncover the truth. Get ready for a thrilling adventure of survival, conspiracy, horror, love, and obsession. Will you survive your fears?

  • Non-Linear Storytelling & Strategy– No playthrough is the same. The choices and  story are in your hands. Choose wisely whether to trust your comrades or not, use resources for survival or research, and to face conflicts or avoid them. The future is up to you.
  • Stealth, Survival, & Combat– Survival in the Zone is not easy, and each day brings new challenges as your comrades die and supplies diminish.  Avoid detection with stealth takedowns or engage in open armed combat.  Danger lurks around every corner.
  • Base Building & Crafting– Construct a base from which to plan your daily operations and excursions.  Utilize workstations to craft gadgets, traps, and weapons, or modify existing equipment to your needs.
  • Resource & Team Management– Companions are key to your survival and the resolution of your journey.  Each day requires careful planning and assignment of resources and tasks to your comrades.

For more information about Chernobylite, including full language support, visit the official Chernobylite WebsiteSteamTwitterFacebookSubreddit, and Discord server.