Games for Non-Gamers: Life is Strange

Thea_Strange1 Hello out there my wonderful readers! I’d like to start off this semester talking about one of my favorite games, and the first game on my list of games for non-gamers: Life is Strange. Life is Strange is an amazing example of a heavily story-based game. It even won the Develop Industry Excellence Award in the Use of Narrative category. This particular game is episodic, which means that there are a certain number of episodes or parts of the game that are released over a period of time. For example, Life is Strange consists of five episodes, the first of which was released on the 30th of January, 2015, and the most recent episode, number four, was released on the 28th of July, 2015. Each episode lets you play more of the story, just like the episodes in a TV show. This builds an amazing sense of suspense and longing, making that time spent waiting for the next episode beautifully agonizing, which just pulls the player into the story so much more.Read More

e-Rena: Do You Even Sport, Bro?

Codi_Bro1 Since the early 2000s, the phenomenon known as Esports has been ever expanding. Over the past decade or so, games such as SMITE, League of Legends, Dota, Counter-Strike, Call of Duty, Halo, and many others have become a part of the Esports brand. Interested in competing? Want to watch some matches? Where are these Esports held? Is there a reward? The answer to all of these questions can be found here. So sit back, relax, READ and educate yourself on the ever expanding world of Esports! First and foremost, any videogame, whether mobile, console or PC, can be an Esport. As long as the game has multiplayer compatibility and group of gamers to compete, the game you enjoy playing can be considered “sport” material. The most common forms of Esports are real-time strategy, fighting, first-person shooter, and multiplayer online battle arena. Here are some of the most common games in each category:Read More

We All Bleed Pixels: A Swede Release

Sam_Swede3 When we think of video games, we tend to think of big companies based in America or Japan. Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft, and EA are the big ones that come to mind. Indie gaming is a growing more popular, thanks in part to the growing interest in game development as a career. Because of this more and more developers are cropping up all over the world. One such developer that I will shine a light on is Zoink! Games. Zoink! Games is small indie developer based on Gothenburg, Sweden. They've been around since roughly 2010. They first came on the scene when they were brought in on the production of a game called “The Kore Gang”. The game had been in development for around 10 years, as it was bounced around from developer to developer. The game features 3 playable characters, each of whom are stuck inside robotic suits that amplify their individual abilities. The game focuses on using each character's abilities to solve puzzles. The story centers on the evil Krank brothers who rule a subterranean civilization bent on “outvading” the surface world. The game, which was originally planned for an Xbox release, was released as a Wii title around the world, published by Atari and receiving an aggregate score of 70/100.Read More

Borderlands: A Handsome Deal

Borderlands: The Handsome Collection On March 24th Borderlands: The Handsome Collection was released for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 for $59.99. What is The Handsome Collection, you ask? Well, The Handsome Collection contains re-mastered versions of both Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. The reason the original Borderlands isn’t included and why it’s called The Handsome Collection is because Borderlands 2 and The Pre-Sequel are centered around the story-line of Handsome Jack. For this reason, they fit very well together in a bundle. Whether you have played these games before or not, this bundle is definitely worth buying.Read More

Dojo Unyielding: the Evolution of Evolution

EVO The fighting game community is extremely competitive. This is to be expected, of course: the nature of the genre itself practically demands it. But such fighting spirit requires an appropriate outlet in which to do it. Just as with other competitive games like Magic: the Gathering and League of Legends, there comes a time when mere local and online play is not enough. If you’re good at a game, you’ll want to show it off! If not, you’ll want to challenge the best players around to improve yourself in the game. Thus, fighting game tournaments tend to be quite popular. But there is only one tournament that stands out as the genre’s biggest event of the year. One tournament that gathers the best of the best from around the world to compete in today’s hottest fighting games. One tournament that can claim to be the longest running fighting game tournament of all time: EVO.Read More

Madden and the Problem with the Sports Genre

Madden There is, sadly, a certain competitive nature in sports that cannot be replicated by its virtual counterparts. Even though the spirit of competition is alive and well within the games themselves, the producers of said games only seem willing to play ball when they have a guaranteed home run. Naturally, this all but eliminates any need to actually improve their games. Developers in other genres must consistently put their best foot forward or risk losing their customers to a competitor the next time they release a game.Read More

Spotlight: Sol and Luna

Hello, and welcome to this week’s edition of Spotlight. Today we’re looking at a game called Sol and Luna. Created by Alec Frey and Ian Feldschneider for a game jam, it’s a 2D Platformer with a twist. I fired up the game and immediately started to play. It was confusing to me at first, but as Ian pointed out, it’s a 2 player game! I then started to play alongside Ian and the game made much more sense. The game centers around two characters who are aspects of the Sun and the Moon. You must avoid obstacles, creatures, and other hinderances in order to reach the end of the game.

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The key aspect to this game is teamwork. There are limits to the actions that the two characters can take individually. For instance, Sol can attack enemies that drop health...

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The Red Dragon

The Red Dragon

By Katie Pike

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Accessibility and Gaming

PlayStation Accessibility Menu Computer games have always given the player the ability to let the player reconfigure (known as rebinding) the controls used in a game. When I had played on consoles in the past, I never knew if I could change the presets of a game or reconfigure any of the controls until I had bought the game. With that being said, the developer decides whether or not to put in rebind able controls, whereas with most computer games, the controls are configurable by default. Rebindable controls allow players to override the games preset button inputs. For some console games, such as Call of Duty, KillZone and Halo, the developers have put some different presets, like the ability to change the fire button in shooters from R2 to R1(PlayStation), but not all console games have changeable presets. My question is: why don’t developers make console controls rebindable?Read More

Titan Souls Review

Titan Souls Titan Souls is a game that I knew I would like when I saw it in my Steam news feed. It had lovely pixel graphics, interesting combat mechanics, and looked hard as balls. So without even doing that much research beforehand, I decided to pre-order it and check it out. For my money, I got exactly as was advertised: pretty pixels, wacky combat, and high-level difficulty. While this was enough for me to like it, it was not enough for me to love it. The creators, Acid Nerve, said in E3 interviews that the game was inspired by Dark Souls and Shadow of the Colossus.Read More