After a number of other failed attempts, this process actually worked.

The Linux Mint logo on the left, plus a question mark, equals the iTunes logo on the right.
The Linux Mint logo on the left, plus a question mark, equals the iTunes logo on the right.

If you’ve followed my earlier Linux-related guide: How To Play RPG Maker Games On Linux Using Wine, you’ll be familiar with the kinds of things that I had already tried to get iTunes running on Linux Mint. Spoiler alert: None of them worked.

The closest I had managed to get reflects what reports were showing on Wine HQ’s database page for iTunes version 12.x. Namely, the software itself would install properly, but when you try to run it, the interface and the vast majority of the UI elements and…


And the “Hack ‘N Splash” in the tagline made me smile.

Firegirl’s reveal trailer immediately reminded me of the classic “The Firemen” games for the Super Nintendo and Playstation. Firegirl seems to have a lot more going for it than those games ever did though, and I was impressed with the initial footage.

A screenshot from the reveal trailer of Firegirl, where she is blasting a jet of water from her fire hose at some fire monsters on the ceiling.
A screenshot from the reveal trailer of Firegirl, where she is blasting a jet of water from her fire hose at some fire monsters on the ceiling.

In Firegirl, players fight fires using the tools of the trade: a powerful water blast from a fire hose, and an axe to help clear away doors and other inanimate obstacles. The main goal is to rescue people from the flames’ destruction. And kudos to developers Dejima


The sequel is improved in many ways, but the original game still has unique things going for it.

Splatoon screenshots: Jelonzo, Flounder Heights, and Battle Dojo mode.
Splatoon screenshots: Jelonzo, Flounder Heights, and Battle Dojo mode.

Most of what the original Splatoon had to offer on the Nintendo Wii U was brought over to Splatoon 2 on the Nintendo Switch. Concepts and inclusions from the first game were improved upon in a variety of ways, making the sequel more appealing overall. But there were a few things that didn’t make the transition to Splatoon 2. Because of that, players might want to go back and play the original game even today.

Free Online Multiplayer


It’s okay if it’s your first time. Here are some standouts to start with.

Pictures from Laid-Back Camp, Natsume’s Book of Friends, and Food Wars.
Pictures from Laid-Back Camp, Natsume’s Book of Friends, and Food Wars.

With anime being more accessible and popular than ever across a variety of streaming platforms, it can be daunting for newcomers. If you’ve never tried watching anime before, you might be wondering what all the fuss is about. Or maybe you’re curious to try it, but are having trouble choosing what to start with.

For those who are unaware, anime originated in Japan, and that’s where the vast majority of it still comes from today. The word itself is a shortened form of the English word…


Even more games to get before the PSP store closes on July 2nd, 2021.

An image of a Sony Playstation Portable console, with a mockup of the Playstation Store logo shown on the screen, and a large red X across it.
An image of a Sony Playstation Portable console, with a mockup of the Playstation Store logo shown on the screen, and a large red X across it.

With the Playstation Portable’s ability to purchase digital games coming to an end on July 2nd, 2021, there’s never been a better time to get some of the greatest games from the digital PS One Classics library to play on the go. Just like the previous article’s list of games, this list will focus on the games available in the U.S. storefront.

Many of these games are highly sought after in their original disc form, so buying them digitally is usually more affordable as an added…


Some you can even still play on your PSP.

Game screenshots and promotional art collage.
Game screenshots and promotional art collage.

My previous article recommended some games that Playstation Portable owners may wish to consider picking up before their digital storefront closes on July 2nd, 2021. This time though, we’ll take a look at some of the PS One Classics that, for various reasons, might be better suited to get on other platforms or in other formats.

Mega Man Legends, The Misadventures Of Tron Bonne, and Mega Man Legends 2


Sony’s Playstation Store on PSP devices closes on July 2nd, 2021.

An image of a Sony Playstation Portable console, with a mockup of the Playstation Store logo shown on the screen, and a large red X across it.
An image of a Sony Playstation Portable console, with a mockup of the Playstation Store logo shown on the screen, and a large red X across it.

Sony may have reversed their recent decision to close the digital storefronts on PS3 and PS Vita game systems, but the Playstation Portable is still on the way out.

There are a variety of PS One Classics games available on the Playstation Store depending on your region, but this list will focus on the games available in the U.S. store. Some of these titles are hard to come by in their original disc form nowadays, so buying digitally is not only more convenient, but often more affordable too. …


For those times when you can’t rely on password managers.

A laptop keyboard with a mechanical lock sitting on top of it.
A laptop keyboard with a mechanical lock sitting on top of it.
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The advice usually given nowadays if you want to keep your online accounts secure is to use a password manager, such as LastPass or Bitwarden. Sometimes though, you have to work outside of the scope of what most password managers can cover, such as your computer’s login password, or your password manager’s master password.

In such cases, you need a password that is strong, but also easily memorized. And to help illustrate how to make a password that is both, I’ll introduce some of the more traditional password advice, and also talk about purple balloons.

3 Rules For A Strong Password

For those of you who…

Jonathan Hawkins

I’ve a knack for tutorials & how-to’s, unusual perspectives that express themselves thru words, and I love writing about video games, especially wholesome ones.

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