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Yogscast seeks to surpass $390K in donations

By Josh Alfrey | December 11, 2013

Gamers are giving back this month through the Yogscast Charity Drive video game live stream.Since 2011, the popular group of YouTubers have hosted a charity event throughout December, raising money for numerous organizations.The live stream season began...

The graphic adventure “The Walking Dead: Season Two is a highly anticipated game that comes out in December.

Stay inside with December video games

By Josh Alfrey | December 3, 2013

Even though December gaming isn’t full of big names, its stocking is certainly not full of coal.“The Walking Dead: Season Two”One anticipated release this month is the episodic graphic adventure of “The Walking Dead’s” second season.Players...

Console wars: Xbox One tops PS4 in release battle

By Josh Alfrey | November 22, 2013

With the release of the Xbox One Friday, the console wars have begun.Throughout the year, Microsoft and Sony have been in an epic battle to decide which console will come out on top. The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 have been on the minds of gamers for...

Pitch changes as women’s a cappella begins at NIU

By Josh Alfrey | November 20, 2013

DeKalb | A passion for music comes to life with NIU’s new women’s a cappella group, the Northern Notes.The Northern Notes are NIU’s first all-woman a cappella team, and the singers aim to make an impact on campus by sharing their love of music....

‘Almost Human’ gears toward sci-fi crowd

By Josh Alfrey | November 17, 2013

“Almost Human” fuses a cop show to a science fiction, dystopia future swarmed with androids — and it makes for one interesting show.Fox’s new program, “Almost Human,” premiered its pilot Sunday. John Kennex, played by Karl Urban, is a battle-weary...

Weak gameplay damages ‘Knack’

By Josh Alfrey | November 15, 2013

The disappointing gameplay mechanics of PlayStation 4’s “Knack” left me surprisingly frustrated.The Nov. 15 release of PlayStation 4 included a few launch title games like this family-fun, action-adventure platformer. The game can’t compare to...

PS4 shows promising multimedia features

By Josh Alfrey | November 15, 2013

Next-generation gaming has a strong and dynamic future with the release of PlayStation 4 Nov. 15.Gamers all over the country lined up for hours to get their hands on the new hardware. The system has more than 20 launch titles, so PS4 enthusiasts will...

Winter beers bring comfort to cold nights

Winter beers bring comfort to cold nights

By Josh Alfrey | November 10, 2013

The right winter beer can range from savory and bitter to sugary and spicy. Here’s two great options.Magic Hat Brewing Company’s Heart of DarknessBrews do not get much darker than the stout Heart of Darkness. The soothing bittersweet flavors of Heart...

Ghosts fails to reach hype

‘Ghosts’ fails to reach hype

By Josh Alfrey | November 5, 2013

Warfare and special operations return in Infinity Ward’s popular Call of Duty franchise.Released Tuesday, “Call of Duty: Ghosts” is the 10th and newest addition to the long-running series of first-person shooters. This video game, like recent installments...

Timeless ‘Dracula’ receives twists from NBC

By Josh Alfrey | November 4, 2013

Death and mystery plague Victorian era London in NBC’s supernatural drama, “Dracula.”Show creators take Bram Stoker’s classic story and add a twist of industrialism and vengeance. Diverging from the plot of the original story, Dracula is awakened...

‘Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag’ holes don’t sink ship

By Josh Alfrey | October 30, 2013

The legends of death from the shadows continue in Ubisoft’s “Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.”“Black Flag” is the newest addition in the action-adventure franchise and was released Tuesday.In “Black Flag,” the assassin explores the high...

‘Arkham Orgins’ lives up to legend

By Josh Alfrey | October 29, 2013

The world’s greatest detective is on the hunt in Warner Bros’ new Batman adventure.Released Friday, “Batman: Arkham Origins” is the new prequel game in the Arkham series. Players explore the beginning of Bruce Wayne’s transition into Batman....