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Screenshot from Pizza Tower with Peppino Spaghetti sitting in his pizzeria. Pizza Tower is a platformer with a retro style and fast graphics.

‘Pizza Tower’ serves up a compelling retro platformer

By Daniel Massa, Lifestyle Writer | March 22, 2023

“Pizza Tower” is a charming and exhilarating callback to 2D platforming games of the ‘80s and ‘90s that doesn’t cut corners — only slices — wherever it potentially could with its design. “Pizza Tower” is a fast-paced 2D platformer...

“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...

‘Civilization 5’ expansion creates new world

By Joshua Alfrey | July 9, 2013

The world of politics, war and strategy changes as Sid Meier’s “Civilization V” releases its second expansion pack, “Brave New World,” today.“Civilization V” is a turn-based strategy game where players lead a nation from 4,000 B.C. through...

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...

Tough video game carries stiff series

By Joshua Alfrey | June 25, 2013

Students interested in gaming should check out the Stanley Cup of video games during their break. The competitive League of Legends scene is picking back up as professional gamers make their way into the summer season. The developer of League of Legends,...

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‘Tomb Raider’ reboot revives series

By David Stenger | March 18, 2013

Lara Croft is back in possibly her most intense journey yet. “Tomb Raider” is a reboot of the series, going back to a new beginning. The main character, Croft has been recognized as one of the most recognized video game characters since originally...

Singularity moves past bounds of typical FPS game

By Ryan Chodora | February 24, 2013

Singularity sets out to bend the rules of physics and bend time itself in this sci-fi first-person shooter. It also boasts Communists and monsters. Singularity was developed by Raven Software, published by Activision and was released on June 29, 2010....

Society is becoming desensitized to school violence

Society is becoming desensitized to school violence

By Portia Kerr-Newman | May 1, 2011

School violence happens every day in every state, whether it is a fight, a school shooting or just general bullying. Just recently, I heard of a kindergartner bringing a gun to school in Texas. The gun fell out of the young boy's pants and went off,...