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‘Heroes’ reboot should focus on one character

By Josh Alfrey | February 23, 2014

Word of NBC’s “Heroes: Reborn” may be drowned out by groans, but if done right it could be the reboot of something special.After a teaser aired, the Internet was ablaze with the fandom clashing on whether “Heroes: Reborn” was the best idea....

Developers’ wings get clipped

By Josh Alfrey | February 18, 2014

The weeklong attack against “Flappy Bird” game developer Dong Nguyen shows the “if you don’t please me, you are a failure at life” way of thinking needs to stop.It’s ridiculous to see obnoxious game critics let their passion for the game fuel...

(Left) Francis Underwood (Kevin Spacey) stands next to (right) Clair Underwood (Robin Wright) in a scene from House of Cards. The second season began Feb. 14.

‘House of Cards’ season two stands tall

By Josh Alfrey | February 16, 2014

Politicians in Washington D.C. are on the verge of collapsing like a house of cards.The second season of the Netflix original series “House of Cards” was released in whole on Valentine’s Day. Many shared their Friday with the charismatic and wonderfully...

‘RoboCop’ lacks heart, creativity

By Josh Alfrey | February 14, 2014

Producers of the action-packed “RoboCop” destroyed all creativity and fun in sight.I love reminiscing on the pre-CGI, saturated Hollywood 1987 “RoboCop.” The director and producers made do with what they had and created a funny, action-packed,...

‘Men’ couldn’t save viewers

By Josh Alfrey | February 9, 2014

George Clooney’s “The Monuments Men” is not a piece of art worth trying to save.“The Monuments Men” succeeded in doing something completely unexpected: The creators were able to take a story of war, death and love and create something terribly...

Microsoft should gear up on War tactics

Microsoft should gear up on ‘War’ tactics

By Josh Alfrey | February 2, 2014

Microsoft’s purchase of a struggling Gears of War franchise requires some necessary pointers for the company.“Gears of War” has become infamous for its stale storyline featuring a horde of aliens trying to destroy the humans. However, one of the...

“Octodad” game’s difficult makes it a great catch

By Josh Alfrey | February 2, 2014

An undercover octopus trying to make it in a human’s world is no easy task.This unique concept is explored in the funny “Octodad: Dadliest Catch.” Young Horses Inc. developers created a sequel to its hilarious and mechanically infuriating video...

Nintendo can level up despite financial loss

By Josh Alfrey | January 27, 2014

After Nintendo reported a $531 million annual loss in 2011, the owners decided it was time for major changes. And who is more qualified to call the shots than this knowledgable Northern Star columnist?It’s important to identify the problem with Nintendo’s...

Online card game deals one million hands

By Josh Alfrey | January 27, 2014

The universe of Warcraft has grown a little more chaotic with the opening of “Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft.”.“Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft” is a digital collectible card game that has taken gamers by storm. This free-to-play game has been...

‘Looking’ actors bring realism to gay couples

By Josh Alfrey | January 20, 2014

Although slow at times, the best quality of “Looking,” a new HBO series about three gay men searching for the perfect relationship, is its great actors.Jonathan Groff, Frankie J. Alvarez and Murray Bartlett portray genuine characters. They are wonderfully...

The Gamies: Video game awards

By Josh Alfrey | January 20, 2014

Last week’s Golden Globe and this week’s Academy Award nominations inspired me to create my own video game award show.Here are my award winners for 2013 games.Game of the Year: ‘The Stanley Parable’“The Stanley Parable” is easily 2013’s...

Clancy, Mario, Titans lead 2014 games

By Josh Alfrey | January 14, 2014

With hundreds of video games being released this year, my three most anticipated include big guns, the apocalypse and Mario.“Super Smash Bros. (4)” for Nintendo 3DS and Wii UAfter almost 15 years, the Super Smash Bros. franchise continues to grow....