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Kyle Gass, left, and Jack Black, of musical duo Tenacious D, present an award on stage at Spikes 10th Annual Video Game Awards at Sony Studios on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, in Culver City, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

VGA’s bring entertainment, credibility to stage

By Roy Herrera | December 9, 2012

This year’s Video Game Awards on Spike TV had some improvements over the previous years’ shows. There are still improvements to be made, but overall the show was an enjoyable two hours. Last week, I wrote about how the producers of the show try to...

Great games to be spotlighted at VGA’s

By Roy Herrera | December 5, 2012

As the year draws to a close, people in the gaming industry have the opportunity to reflect on all the products released this year and decide which video game was the best of all. While multiple websites and magazines make their own lists for game of...

‘Dark Knight Rises’ delievers thrills in DVD release

By Roy Herrera | December 4, 2012

“Speak of the devil and he shall appear.” And the devil itself appeared in the streets of Gotham City to wreak havoc and pain to all its citizens. Tuesday marked the DVD release of one of the biggest summer blockbuster films of all time” Christopher...

Sophomore English major Hantac Chang decides on if he should purchase the Wii-U at the Best Buy on Sycamore road.

Wii U a great gift for all

By Roy Herrera | December 2, 2012

With the holidays approaching, everybody is looking forward to purchasing a gift for their loved ones. One of the best gifts to give is the gift of gaming. Video games have become more popular with each year, and this year is no different. The highly...

Walking Dead game a great story, value

‘Walking Dead’ game a great story, value

By Roy Herrera | November 25, 2012

In the last couple of years, the popularity of zombies has risen in both TV and in video games. AMC’s TV show The Walking Dead is one of the most popular shows right now, according to Nielsen ratings, so gaming companies are trying capitalize on its...

Call of Duty Black Ops 2 brings all the fun, lacks in multiplayer

Call of Duty Black Ops 2 brings all the fun, lacks in multiplayer

By Roy Herrera | November 19, 2012

Activision released the latest game in the Call of Duty franchise, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, on Tuesday. To some people, the series feels repetitive and stale, but to the rest it is another year of fun and competitive gameplay. The last game (Modern...

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 19, 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...

Halo 4 packs great story, graphics

By Roy Herrera | November 12, 2012

“Wake up, Chief. I need you.” Those are the words Halo fans all around the world have been waiting to hear. Master Chief has returned from his slumber and he is ready to get back into action. The last time we saw Master Chief, he was stranded in the...

Video games not as important as civic duty

By Roy Herrera | November 7, 2012

Yesterday, both hardcore and casual gamers welcomed back Master Chief. For those who don’t know, he is a super-soldier in Halo who fights against various enemies in order to protect humanity. It has been nearly five years since we saw him in action....

Microsoft releases new tablet hybrid

By Roy Herrera | October 29, 2012

As the holiday season approaches, some people are already making a list of products they want to purchase and deciding between a tablet or a laptop can be difficult. A tablet is more compact and offers the main features that a laptop has. A laptop, on...

Phil Schiller, Apples senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, speaks in front of an image of the 4th generation iPad, at left, and the iPad mini in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. The iPad has a screen thats about two-thirds the size of the full-size model, and Apple says it will cost $329 and up.

Apple unveils a new line of products

By Roy Herrera | October 28, 2012

Apple held a media event on Tuesday in San Jose, Calif., to unveil its new line of products. Experts speculated Apple would announce a smaller version of the iPad, and they were right. Apple announced the iPad mini and the fourth generation iPad. The...

Microsoft updates Xbox software, holiday prices

By Roy Herrera | October 23, 2012

If you have an Xbox 360 with Xbox Live, you might have come across a few changes in the past couple of days. Microsoft released an update for the Xbox 360 Dashboard last week. If you are one of the few who didn’t receive the update, don’t worry; Microsoft...