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Latest ‘Iron Man’ has darker edge

By David Stenger | May 6, 2013

Set aside the witty one-liners and prepare to be on your seat cheering on Tony Stark through all the mayhem and mishaps in “Iron Man 3.” “Iron Man 3” was released Friday, and it has had second-biggest opening since “The Avengers,” which also...

‘Deadly Premonition’ is a cult classic

By David Stenger | May 1, 2013

Who said cult classics only had to be movies? “Deadly Premonition” is a psychological horror game that also has an open-world aspect. The director’s cut was released Tuesday as an exclusive on the PS3. It’s a strange game with aspects that are...

Top 5 summer game releases

By David Stenger | April 29, 2013

While another semester comes to a close, there’s still more coming out this summer. Whether it be a rainy day or you just want to stay inside, here are five events to anticipate this summer. The New Xbox: According to, “Microsoft, as expected,...

‘Poker Night 2’ will delight card players

By David Stenger | April 28, 2013

A bodyguard, a man with a big chin and robotic arm, a dog detective and two robots walk into a bar and play cards. Actually, there’s no punchline--that is what Telltale Games’ “Poker Night 2” is all about. The game involves sitting down with characters...

‘Dust: An Elysian Tale’ tells an amazing story

By David Stenger | April 22, 2013

Who knew fighting monsters could be so beautiful? Players have been struck by the beauty of “Dust: An Elysian Tail.” This game was an Xbox Arcade exclusive until recently, as it is now available for download on Steam. This indie game received a lot...

‘Pandora’s Tower’ has extended playability

By David Stenger | April 16, 2013

Whoever knew the flesh of monstrous beasts could be representations of love? “Pandora’s Tower” is a hack-and-slash action RPG game exclusively for the Wii. “Pandora’s Tower” had been released everywhere in the world except for North America...

‘Injustice: Gods Among Us’ sets the tone for superhero games

By David Stenger | April 15, 2013

Superheroes and villains fighting nonstop: Sounds a lot like everyday life in the DC universe. “Injustice: Gods Among Us” was released Tuesday for the PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii U. It’s a fighting game made by Ed Boon, creator of “Mortal Kombat.”...

Cult fans will appreciate ‘Evil Dead’ revamp

By David Stenger | April 8, 2013

Next time you find a book wrapped in barbed wire, which has warnings written in blood and can’t be burned, here’s a little hint: Don’t read it. “Evil Dead” hit theaters Friday, bringing back the 1981 film. The first film was about five people...

‘Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon’ game adds excitement to sequel

By David Stenger | April 2, 2013

It turns out plumbers not only save princesses: They’re also ghostbusters. “Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon” for the Nintendo 3DS is a sequel to the original “Luigi’s Mansion.” The game starts off with brilliant--perhaps crazy--Professor E. Gadd...

“Slender: The Arrival” game adds chills to series

By David Stenger | March 27, 2013

Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “There is nothing to fear except fear itself.” After playing “Slender: The Arrival” I finally understand what he meant. “Slender: The Arrival” is an indie horror game that leaves the player with only a light...

Q&A with Doug Walker

By David Stenger | March 25, 2013

Doug Walker of is an Internet comedian who is well known for playing his character, the Nostalgia Critic. Walker is an alumnus, and graduated from NIU with a degree in communications. While between panels at Karoshi-Con Saturday,...

Karoshi-Con to bring cosplay to campus

By David Stenger | March 21, 2013

Don’t be surprised if you happen to see people on campus dressed up as colorful characters this Saturday. It’s perfectly normal. Anime Association NIU will host Karoshi-Con from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Holmes Student Center. “Karoshi-Con...