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Old game, new record with Counter Strike: Global Offensive

Eric Swanson, Staff Writer

May 8, 2016


Filed under Arts & Culture

Although “Counter Strike: Global Offensive” has been out for nearly four years, it’s time to review where it began and where it stands today, having held its first $1 million tournament that reached a record 1.6 million concurrent viewers online. CS:GO, as the player base knows it, is a first...

Destiny’s concept leaves much to be desired

Brendt Glaunert, Broadcast Editor

April 9, 2015


Filed under Arts & Culture

Bungie and Activision (developers of the Halo and Call of Duty series, respectively) made way for their newest project which was hyped up to be the biggest game of the year prior to its release date in September of 2014. Destiny is a First Person Shooting game with a “shared world” where players...

Enter the survival horror again with Resident Evil

Enter the survival horror again with Resident Evil

Stuart Benjamin, Arts Editor

February 5, 2015


Filed under Arts & Culture

Over the last six months, production companies have released a number of remastered video games from their early years of console game development.  Games such as the “Halo” series, “Legend of Zelda Windwaker,” and even “Grim Fandango” have all found their way into the next generation. One...

Game review: Super Smash Bros. a super success

Game review: Super Smash Bros. a super success

Connor Spencer, Staff Writer

December 11, 2014


Filed under Arts & Culture

Few game franchises carry as many memories with friends as Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. This video game has been an industry staple since it first burst onto the scene 15 years ago with the original game’s release on the N64 console. While that original game was a bare-bones brawler between fan favorite...

Retro review: Metroid

Retro review: Metroid

Tyler Richter, Staff Writer

April 23, 2014


Filed under Arts & Culture

Say the word Metroid around almost any gamer, and they will know precisely what you are talking about. The entire “Metroid” saga, starting with the original “Metroid” game released in 1986, has become one of Nintendo’s greatest accomplishments, mentioned alongside other greats like the “Legend...

Game review: Don’t Tap the White Tile

Daniel Herron, Multimedia Editor

April 23, 2014


Filed under Arts & Culture

Top of the white tile type games last Monday, “Don’t Tap the White Tile” is a game based on a Japanese release with a simple premise: Tap the black tiles, don’t tap the white ones. Like many good games, this simple premise leads to deeper gameplay. Unfortunately, in “Don’t Tap the White Tile,”...

Game review: Dead Nation

Erin Johnsrud, Staff Writer

April 23, 2014


Filed under Arts & Culture

I came late to the gaming party. It wasn’t until last year that I played my very first game, “Dead Nation,” on the PlayStation 3 that made its way to my apartment thanks to the man in my life. I love horror movies and TV shows, and it stands to reason that I enjoyed killing zombies. The game itself...

Sony’s ‘Second Son’ ravages your retinas

Michael Klein, Editor in Chief

April 10, 2014


Filed under Arts & Culture

Seattle is in chaos and a degenerate graffiti artist may be the city’s only chance or its certain doom. Sucker Punch polished up its “infamous” franchise for Sony’s first major release on its next-gen PS4. Graphically, the game is mind-blowing. It has the speed of a “Grand Theft Auto”...

Game review: 2048

Daniel Herron, Multimedia Editor

April 10, 2014


Filed under Arts & Culture

It’s easy to underestimate the appeal of really simple, clever games. “2048” is the kind of game that would take four times as long to explain as to show someone in person. The goal is to accumulate numbers in pairs until you reach the name of the game: “2048.” The goal is easy to state,...

Game review: Ground Zeroes

Joe Camp, Staff Writer

March 26, 2014


Filed under Arts & Culture

“Ground Zeroes” recalls the opening moments of a good Bond movie. Like the boxcar scramble in “Skyfall” or jetpack getaway in “Thunderball,” this Metal Gear sprints full tilt to the credits. Then it stops cold. The “Ground Zeroes’” story could fill a dinner napkin, if written in...

Game review: Smash Hit

Daniel Herron, Multimedia Editor

March 26, 2014


Filed under Arts & Culture

Some of the most excellent iOS games have very, very simple premises. “Smash Hit” is one of them. You have a number of ball bearings, which you tap the screen to shoot to destroy glass obstacles in your way or to collect more balls. If you hit an object, you lose 10 balls. Score is based on how far...

Infection: Human Race Extinction game review

Daniel Herron, Multimedia Editor

March 18, 2014


Filed under Arts & Culture

It’s hard to point at a single game that has made the transition from browser-based flash game to iOS platform well. “Infection: Human Race Extinction” draws its lineage from a popular flash game known as “Pandemic.” It has not only expanded on the premise and fixed a number of bugs in that ...

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