video games

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6:30 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Turn These Characters Into REAL Action Figures

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“Toys to Life” is a relatively new genre of video game that lets you take physical toys and play with them inside a video game.

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10:33 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Your Move: Holiday Releases

Kevin Spacey in 'Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare'

The holiday season is always big for entertainment. Lots of big movies come out, and video games, too.

The new entry in the Call of Duty series, Advanced Warfare, came out earlier this month. The series is best known for its multiplayer, but I really enjoyed the single player campaign. The story wasn’t overly complex, but it was compelling, not unlike a big Hollywood action movie. The appearance of Kevin Spacey as a villain in the vein of his character in "House of Cards" was a pleasant surprise.

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12:30 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

A Little Box With A Big Punch

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Last week, Sony quietly released a brand-new gaming console. Sort of.

It’s called the Playstation TV, and, at its heart, it's a Playstation Vita - Sony’s portable console from 2012 – but without the screen or buttons. Instead, it plugs into any HDTV and uses a PlayStation 3 or 4 controller for gameplay.

The system is tiny - about the size of a deck of cards - and it easily tucks away behind a TV or entertainment center.

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Commentary
12:27 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

New 'Smash Bros.' Is Even Better Than Expected

  The Super Smash Bros. series has always been one of my favorites. When the original came out for the Nintendo 64 in 1999, I discovered it at Blockbuster Video and rented it at least a dozen times. Thirteen years ago, I stood outside a Gamestop all night in line to get Super Smash Brothers Melee for the then newly released Nintendo Gamecube, and I played it with three of my friends until after the sun came up.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Lie To Your Friends For Fun And Profit

'Fibbage' screenshot by Samuel McConnell

I spend a lot of my gaming time playing blockbusters like Destiny or Mass Effect, but games don’t have to have flashy graphics and epic storylines to grab my attention. Sometimes, all I need is a fun concept and a way to play with friends.

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12:30 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

These Games Could Teach You A Thing Or Two

An 'Oregon Trail' player meets an untimely demise
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Now that school is starting, kids are hopefully scaling back on video games and spending some time studying. But some of my favorite games of all time I actually was exposed to through school, and were fun enough to disguise the fact that I could actually be learning through gameplay.

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12:30 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Game Developer Gets Ambitious With 'Destiny'

Normally, gamers who are excited for an upcoming blockbuster title have to wait until the game’s release date to get a good taste of it. However, with the upcoming game Destiny, gamers had a whole week to play, even though it’s not released until September.

Destiny is a first-person shooter, developed by Bungie, which is best known for the Halo series. In the Destiny beta test, you get to play the first bit of the game, exploring a part of Russia that is under enemy control.

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12:30 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

'Mass Effect' Series Is Deep, Detailed And Cinematic

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The summer has been pretty light on new game releases, so instead I’ve gone back to play some of my old favorites. Recently I’ve been playing the first game in the Mass Effect trilogy, which came out for the Xbox 360 and PC in 2007.

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12:30 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

The Evolution of Game Soundtracks

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Music in video games has come a long way from the bleeps and bloops heard in the very first games.

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12:30 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Big Gaming News From E3

The new Wii U 'Zelda' game boasts a more open world than previous installments

The Electronic Entertainment Expo, also known as E3, is the biggest video game industry trade show of the year. Last week at the Expo, Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo all showed off the games they’ll be releasing in the next 12 months.

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