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‘Fez’ adds innovation to 2D game genre

By Josh Alfrey | March 24, 2013

“Fez,” a mind-bending and innovative platformer, allows a player to take their gaming love to another dimension. “Fez” will be available for PCs through Steam on May 1. Many players had been waiting quite some time for the title to reach other...

Website offers game exchange service

By Josh Alfrey | March 19, 2013

You know that pile of old games you use as cup holders and night stands? They might actually be useful thanks to a video game trading website. is a site where you can trade your old titles for digital currency that you can use to buy other...

Gamers look forward to 2013’s gaming releases

By Josh Alfrey | March 19, 2013

Gamers are waiting on the edge of their seats in anticipation of this year’s hottest releases. Every year marks a new leap in progress when it comes to gameplay and graphics on video games for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. 2013 will be no different...

TwitchTV offers a social community for gamers

By Josh Alfrey | March 17, 2013

Gamers can watch, learn and connect with others through the video game broadcasting website TwitchTV. TwitchTV streams people playing more than 300 different video games from around the world. There is no limit to what games players can watch, with lively...

‘League of Legends’ tips for the casual gamer

By Patrick Pastrana | March 4, 2013

Today, I would like to share with you some tips on how to be good at the massively multiplayer online game, League of Legends.League of Legends (LoL or League for short) is a very complex game. It seems it is becoming more popular every day. Anyone who...

‘Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance’ is a refreshing addition to the series

By David Stenger | March 3, 2013

It’s probably the first time there has been a video game with a cyborg ninja and a robot dog as the main characters. “Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance” is a spin-off title from the Metal Gear series in which the player controls Raiden. Raiden is currently...

‘South Park’ game brings perfect mix of comedy and entertainment

By Jen Weddle | February 27, 2013

The fourth graders of South Park Elementary are still trying to be the coolest kids on the playground. This time, they come to us in a completely different form: A new role-playing game called “South Park: The Stick of Truth” will be released March...

‘Chivalry: Medieval Combat’ is good fun

By David Stenger | February 25, 2013

It’s time to grab a sword and shield and yell at the top of your lungs and play Chivalry: Medieval Warfare. Chivalry: Medieval Warfare is a download PC title available through Steam. It’s the first commercial released game by Torn Banner Studios who...

PS4 announced, will see release for 2013 holiday season

By David Stenger | February 24, 2013

The gaming world changed as Sony introduced the PlayStation 4. Sony guaranteed the system will be the most powerful and fun gaming system. Sony live-streamed a conference on Wednesday from New York City. Andrew House of Sony came forward and talked about...

Bundling service allows for affordable fun

By Jen Weddle | December 9, 2012

The word “broke” is often associated with college students. It’s probably because of all the late-night pizza we order or the money we spend at bars. Still, I know I always have a few dollars left in my bank account for the humble bundle. What is...

Wii U combines best of both worlds, offers fun for casual, hardcore gamers

Wii U combines best of both worlds, offers fun for casual, hardcore gamers

By Roy Herrera | November 18, 2012

The time has finally arrived. No, not the time to worry about our finals in three weeks, but the time to move on to the next generation of consoles. It was only a matter of time until the new gaming consoles would be released. On Sunday, Nintendo released...

New bundle offers Doom game classics

By Roy Herrera | October 16, 2012

As Halloween gets closer, TV channels are showing marathons of popular scary movies like Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street. While the movies are great and scary, they can’t provide a frightening experience like a video game can. Survivor...