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‘The Newsroom’s’ latest season inspires again

By Josh Alfrey | August 26, 2013

The second season of Aaron Sorkin’s “The Newsroom” brings intelligent discussion and political commentary through high-octane dialogue performed by phenomenal actors.“The Newsroom” is an HBO original series starring an ensemble cast led by veteran...

New YouTube channel brings geeky angle to viewers

By Josh Alfrey | July 15, 2013

The entertainment world of YouTube is evolving with the new collaborative channel Polaris.Polaris is a YouTube channel where a variety of community personalities share their geeky obsessions. It doesn’t matter if it is games, television, movies, anime...

Xbox One, Playstation 4 struggle for top console position

By Josh Alfrey | July 1, 2013

Microsoft has managed to pull itself back into the console war after a very troubling start; however, Sony’s Playstation 4 is not backing down as its 2013 release date is rumored to be only months away.After the Xbox One’s release announcement, reactions...

Students should game through the summer

By Josh Alfrey | June 19, 2013

Why bother spending the summer having fun in the sun when it can be spent exploring another world through your Xbox or PC? Here are video games that can bring you hours of entertainment — no sunscreen necessary. League of Legends This massively multiplayer...

Educational and fun games

By Josh Alfrey | May 1, 2013

Are you worried finals are here and you spent the whole semester playing video games? Luckily, I have some video games that could help you learn something before the big test. Gaming has many benefits beside being an excuse to ignore class. Despite what...

Lessons learned from Sauna Sessions

By Josh Alfrey and Kevin Bartelt | April 24, 2013

As a writer, effective communication is vital to connecting to the student body. Kevin Bartelt and I emulated this through our entertaining video blog. “Sauna Sessions” was created six weeks ago to put a comedic spin on the latest news at NIU. This...

Students should join the gaming community

By Josh Alfrey | April 24, 2013

Students should put down their books and pick up a controller because anyone can be a gamer. Not only is it really fun to do, it can also help you be more successful in other parts of your life. Learn to notice the small stuff If you have ever played...

Students look forward to the All-Star League of legend’s Championship

By Josh Alfrey | April 21, 2013

League of Legend’s Championship Series spring season will come to a close soon, and Riot Games is bringing fans an appetizer before heading into the summer season. “This is an extremely competitive game with huge fan bases like TISM [Team SoloMid],”...

Gamers embrace Earth Week

By Josh Alfrey | April 21, 2013

With Earth Day slowly evolving into Earth Week, environmentalists aren’t the only ones who love a beautiful, clean and healthy environment--just ask any gamer. “A videogame’s environment can turn a game from a good story to an amazing world,”...

‘Geek & Sundry’ channel is gold for geeks

By Josh Alfrey | April 9, 2013

Admirers of the unconventional will fall in love with the quirky hilarity of the second season of Geek & Sundry. Geek & Sundry is a YouTube channel and community founded by actress and geek queen Felicia Day and producers Kim Evey and Sheri Bryant....

Tabletop games are just a fun as virtual games

By Josh Alfrey | April 9, 2013

The world of gaming doesn’t only incorporate joysticks, controllers and things that go boom. All gamers should take a step back and appreciate the diversity of tabletop games, including board games, card games, dice games and roleplaying games. This...

Game Station is a great channel for gamers

By Josh Alfrey | April 3, 2013

If you have ever wondered where to start in the world of being an Internet gaming sensation, you may want to begin at The Game Station. The Game Station is a collaborative YouTube channel that releases gaming news, sketch comedies and podcasts. Besides...