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In Child of Light gamers become Aurora adventuring through Lemuria, a place where monsters and fairy tales are real

Gamers enter the watercolored world of Lemuria in ‘Child of Light’

By Josh Alfrey | April 29, 2014

Ubisoft Montreal’s roleplaying game “Child of Light” beautifully draws players into the art of the game to tell the heartbreaking story of a lost young girl.“Child of Light” is a classic Japanese-like roleplaying game starring an Austrian aristocrat,...

Writer Lauren Iverson does not think a sequel to the movie Mrs. Doubtfire is a good idea.

Just Sayin’: Sandwiches, ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ sequel and jeans

April 21, 2014

Claire Buchanan: SandwichesI know you ponder sandwich variety as much as I do. Well, you probably don’t, but I do, so here are some tasty suggestions.There are more options than PB&J, like PBN&J, or peanut butter, Nutella and blueberries. But...

‘Fargo’ show keeps Coen fans pleased

By Josh Alfrey | April 14, 2014

The policework that started in the movie “Fargo” is about to get a whole lot more complicated with FX’s original series, premiering at 9 p.m. today.“Fargo” is based off the Coen brothers’ 1996 film. This show’s executive producers, Ethan...

Communication professor Jeffrey Chown introduces the second night of the Reality Bytes Student Film Festival Tuesday night in Cole Hall. The festival showcased student films from across the country.

Film festival Reality Bytes showcases student talents

By Josh Alfrey | April 9, 2014

Incredibly imaginative stories were on the silver screen this week at NIU’s independent student film festival, Reality Bytes.On Monday and Tuesday student films from across the country were on display for students and film admirers. Short movies from...

Danger knows no bounds with ‘Game of Thrones’ this Sunday

By Josh Alfrey | April 2, 2014

Westeros will return and perish in fire or ice with HBO’s “Game of Thrones” on Sunday.Blood has been spilt on every side of the war of five kings, and characters loved by fans have been lost. As Queen Cersei Lannister said, “When you play the...

Gaming fans share passions at Karoshi-con anime convention

By Josh Alfrey @TheMarshawn | March 30, 2014

Saturday’s Karoshi-con anime convention provided a stomping ground for students to share their love for Japanese culture and more.Karoshi-con is a free convention run by the Anime Association of NIU. Seventeen vendors were in the convention main hall...

Gamers playing Dota 2 featured in the documentary Free to Play.

Hopeful gaming future in “Free to Play”

By Josh Alfrey | March 19, 2014

A documentary of love, loss, fear, perseverance and video games is near perfected in Valve’s film “Free to Play.”The “Dota 2” documentary “Free to Play” was released this morning and countless gamers tuned in to enjoy the story unfold. As...

Bringing games to life with live-action series

By Josh Alfrey | March 16, 2014

Video entertainment network Machinima released its first trailer Friday for a live action web-series, in which actors star as video game characters based on the popular fighting game “Street Fighter.” While Ryu might Hadouken his way to being a kick-ass...

YouTubeGamers are able to customize their character’s appearance and what they wear in “South Park: The Stick of Truth.”

Gamers star in ‘South Park’

By Josh Alfrey | March 4, 2014

Prepare yourself for an epic journey of swords, magic and farts in the role-playing game “South Park: The Stick of Truth.”Players become the new kid in town with a mysterious past in this “South Park” game. The characters of the neighborhood are...

Art vs. artist subject worth conversation

By Josh Alfrey | March 3, 2014

Does art take precedence over the artist? This question became prevalent during Sunday’s Academy Awards.People need to be thinking more about if a person’s reputation outweighs his or her art. Woody Allen has faced allegations he molested his daughter,...

Twitch Plays feature is needed on more games games

By Josh Alfrey | February 25, 2014

While I pray to the Helix Fossil every night, the popularity of Twitch Plays Pokémon has opened the door for massive single-player games to emerge.Here are a few roleplaying games that could be equal parts ridiculous and fun to play through the Twitch...

‘Thief’ steals gamers’ hearts

By Josh Alfrey | February 24, 2014

A 16-year-old video game franchise rises from the darkness Tuesday with the release of the stealthy, single-player “Thief.”In the game, the less action the player sees, the better. As a thief, Garrett needs to traverse through a Victorian city using...