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Shroud explains why Tarkov is “a blessing” in the Fortnite and Apex era

Published: 10/Feb/2020 4:52

by Isaac McIntyre


Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek hasn’t kept it a secret he’s been enjoying Escape from Tarkov more than other modern games recently, and now he’s explained why Battlestate’s FPS is “a blessing” in a world of battle royales and franchise titles.

Mixer’s megastar first made his name in CS:GO, before leaving the pro scene behind and transitioning to streaming. Since then, he’s played everything from Fortnite and Call of Duty, to Apex Legends and Rainbow Six.

Heading into 2020, however, Grzesiek has settled on playing hours of Escape from Tarkov, which he’s dubbed “a blessing” in a gaming landscape that sees players constantly jumping from title to title searching for the “next big thing.”

According to the streamer, who was involved in a high-stake Tarkov raid during his February 9 broadcast while talking about the game, the gritty FPS has found a new dedicated fanbase because everyone is “bored out of their minds.”

“You know what’s crazy? If we didn’t have Tarkov, we’d be so bored,” shroud said to his fans as he played through the title. “Anyone that is playing the game, or just watching, if you’re a little bit into Tarkov, it’s lowkey a blessing.”

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Shroud believes Escape from Tarkov has exploded in popularity because of other games being “boring.”

Escape from Tarkov is filling a gaming gap

While shroud doesn’t avoid playing other modern titles at all — he’s dedicated his last few broadcasts to EA-sponsored Apex Legends Season 4 streams, and drops into PUBG on-stream at times — he thinks they’re just “not interesting enough.”

This gap in long-lived multiplayer titles which hook players for months at a time, shroud said, has given rise to Tarkov. Its loot stash system means players want to keep coming back, and its difficulty makes it an interesting challenge. Added to that, its battle royale-similar style has made the switch easier.

Above all else though, Tarkov’s fresh take on the FPS genre, based around one-shot raids, meaningful deaths, loot that lasts beyond the matches, and all the upgrades have made the game a “blessing.”

“There really isn’t anything else out there,” he continued. “Nothing else is keeping anyone’s interest [permanently] anymore, and I think Tarkov is only doing that because there’s nothing else to fill its spot.”

For mobile readers, the related segment beings at 8:18 in the video below.

Shroud isn’t the only streamer addicted

The Mixer star isn’t the only streamer to admit his love for Tarkov either, with Dr Disrespect admitting he’s “addicted.” According to the Doc, the scavenging dynamic, and the share of battling players and NPCs was “unique.”

“[I really like] that whole meta of the game, it’s very intriguing,” he said after first diving into EFT back in January. “That compliments the whole looting, valuing of objects, the detail of the guns and all that stuff. I really like it.”

Shroud’s recent love affair with the FPS hasn’t been all roses either. The streamer recently took aim at how unforgiving Tarkov can be, and suggested smokes or more blind fire features to help with repositioning might fix that.

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Escape from Tarkov has stormed into mainstream gaming om the past few months.

Modern games are still staying fresh too

While Grzesiek may not believe there’s much drawing him back to games like Apex and Call of Duty, those games have done a lot to bring back fans in recent weeks.

Respawn just dropped a monster new Season 4, bringing with it new weapons, a changed map, and a new character, while Infinity Ward is priming to release their own mega-season on February 11.

Those changes may not be enough for shroud though, considering he’s pledged himself to Tarkov. Most recently, he suggested he may start a “regular series,” so it doesn’t look like he’ll be swapping back anytime soon.


TikToker Cody Orlove’s dramatic messages to his ex leaked by hacker

Published: 24/Oct/2020 23:31

by Charlotte Colombo


Overnight, a mysterious hacker under the name of @btxsnail has seemingly taken over Cody Orlove’s Instagram account, posting a range of conversations and photos that not only sheds light on his troubled relationship with ex Zoe LaVerne, but also reveals that he has a new secret girlfriend.

Zoe LaVerne and Cody Orlove were largely seen as one of TikTok’s most long-term and happy couples. They were together for two years (briefly breaking up in March 2019 following allegations that LaVerne cheated) before eventually splitting for good in June 202o.

While the breakup was initially amicable, LaVerne soon accused Orlove of being physically abusive, while Orlove denied the accusations – claiming in a lengthy Instagram comment that they “both engaged in unhealthy behaviours” and were in a “toxic relationship.”

With leaked messages between LaVerne and Orlove now being made public, the true complexity of their relationship is unfolding.


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Instagram: Cody Orlove
While the two are initially amicable, the conversation soon sours.

While an exchange between the two in July initially started off positive, with Orlove stating that he “only wanted to protect” Zoe, it didn’t take long for the conversation to take a more sour turn, with LaVerne hitting out at her “immature” ex for posting a “couple goals” photo with her friend and asking him to “stop talking about [her]” and “leave [her] alone”.

In response, Orlove denied these accusations asking her: “Why would I post that on my feed?”

“I haven’t hurt you close amount to the emptiness you put me through,” he continues.

He then requests that the two only communicate through lawyers from now on, to which LaVerne responds by saying she’s “broke” and can’t afford lawyers.

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Instagram: Cody Orlove
The conversation ends with the two breaking off contact for good.

She says: “Like, it makes no sense? Like, you already know I’m broke so thank you. Shows me how much of a d*ck you are”.

As well as this tense exchange, the hacker also posted screenshots of a conversation between Orlove and Zoe LaVerne’s former best friend, Amber VanPelt, which sheds light on how these two friends became fractured.

As well as accusing 19-year-old La Verne of having an “intense” relationship with 13-year-old TikTok star Connor Joyce – which she claims is akin to “p**dophillia” – she also describes LaVerne as being “toxic to [her] mental health”, even going as far as posing as VanPelt’s ex boyfriend Jack on a texting app.

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Instagram: tiktokroom
The leaked conversation between VanPelt and Orlove contains a range of serious accusations against LaVerne.

VanPelt also claims that LaVerne “talks nothing but poor” of Orlove, claiming that he used texting apps to send hate to VanPelt and telling mutual friends that Orlove would “beat the sh*t out of her.”

Alongside these revelations about LaVerne, the hacker also uncovered evidence that Orlove was in a new relationship, as he uploaded an intimate image of him and another girl.

Orlove has told fans he is “aware of the situation”, explaining that he is “trying [his] best to end it”, while LaVerne appeared to deny all accusations made during an Instagram live. She was also joined by Connor Joyce, who encouraged fans to “spread love, not hate”.